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Newsletter #14: November 2017

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Autism 30 November 2017 Newsletter
We here in British Columbia are so fortunate to have such amazing people doing incredible things to aid our community members and their families.
 
When I have a moment, I take great pleasure in keeping up with past podcast guests in their public environments. This past month I’ve had the good fortune to see three of those people; Ms. Monique Nelson (podcast dated: February 15th, 2016), Ms. Janet Walmsley (podcast dated: April 1st & 2nd, 2016), and Ms. Jenny Story (podcast dated: May 1st, 2016).
 
Ms. Monique Nelson, from PosAbilities, was a Master of Ceremony at the wonderful Inclusion Art Show & Sale. This annual event is where artists with disabilities can display and sell their art work to the public. The art was high-quality and the artists where present to answer any questions. She was doing a magnificent job ensuring the artists’ work was remarkably exhibited, and making sure the timing of the event ran superbly. It is so apparent that she isn’t only a dedicated professional but is also passionate about her role in our community. What a joyous and enjoyable event it was.
 
I also went to see authors Ms. Janet Walmsley and Ms. Jenny Story during their book signing event at the Indigo Book Store, located on Grandville Street in Vancouver. It was lovely to see these two wonderful women signing their books for their fans. What I enjoyed most was to see them engaging their followers with an empathetic ear, and open nature to offer advice when asked. Admirers walked away with a signed book and good dose of wisdom. I also am excited to let you know that there will be another book to follow Jenny’s award winning book Dysmomia. She informed me that it will be a trilogy and is currently writing it. I’ll inform you when it’s published. What a magnificent mother and daughter team.  
 
The team at Autism 30 will have their own public event this month. We will be at the Annual Richmond Autism Resource Fair on Saturday November 18th at McMath Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia. The event is hosted by Richmond Autism Interagency Committee with Ms. Pam Collins (podcast dated: September 1st, 2016).
 
If you have the chance to support our community then I strongly encourage you to do. I’m always overwhelmed with happiness with the devotion and commitment that our guests have in aiding our community.
 
In other news: Upcoming podcasts you don’t want to miss! 

On November 15th, we speak with Executive Director Ms. Laurie Mawlam from Autism Canada. We’ll be talking about autism across the nation, what her important role is in helping families, and what this national organization offers.
 
You also do not want to miss our podcasts with brilliant and world renowned expert in autism Dr. Wenn Lawson on December 1st and 15th. His podcasts are our gift to you for the holidays. Such a wealth of information and new developments to share. What a remarkable man and we are honoured to have him as our guest.

Talie
 “Live in Love”
The 6th Annual Richmond Autism Resource Fair 

The Richmond Interagency Committee is hosting it's fabulous annual fair.

When: Saturday November 18th, 2017
Where: McMath Secondary (4251 Garry Street, Richmond, British Columbia)
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

They will have Keynote presentation by Sara Fern Walker, resource and information booth, transition panel, break out session on PATH as a tool for life planning, break out session on sexual health, and marketplace. 

Registration is OPEN!

Please confirm your attendance through:

www.autismresourcefair2017.eventbrite.ca

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Book Signing with Ms. Janet Walmsley & Ms. Jenny Story

If you would like to meet Ms. Janet Walmsley author of the book: The Autistic author and Animator: A mother’s view of a daughter’s triumph & Ms. Jenny Story author of the book: Dysnomia you can!

They will be signing their books on November 25th, 2017 at the Indigo Book Store located on Grandville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Sirota's Alchymy Martial Arts & Life Skills Centre major award

Master Michael Sirota was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame this month. His devotion to the special needs community goes unprecedented. 

If you would like to read more about this wonderful achievement click here: 

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101599056884&ca=d8f09531-e7c7-44f9-88f7-081b58d92d94​

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PosAbilities News for November

LIT: 2017 Culture Crawl Preview Exhibit
at Alternative’s Gallery  

 
1659 Venables Street | Opening Reception on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 6 – 8pm.
 
A multi-venue salon-style exhibition titled LIT at the Arts Factory, Cultch, Firehall Arts Centre and Alternative Creations Gallery is opening in November. As the image of single light bulb in a room infers, light has long been associated with a source of inspiration for many artists. We invite you to Alternatives to experience the work of 11 of the 60 featured artists in the showcase: Concealed Studio, Donald Dawson, Robert Dewey, Anyuta Gusakova, Marty McLennan, Pilar Mehlis, Mark Ollinger, Greg Rae, Jacquie Rolston, Dieter Schlatter and Joachim Waibel.
 
The exhibit will be open from November 8 – 19, 2017 - Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm and during Crawl festival hours.  

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Resources for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families as they Age

240-4664 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby - Family Support Network Meeting on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 10-12noon
Community Living BC recently launched a new website, story book and planning guide on the timely topic of aging. The site “Aware Share Care” promotes awareness and provides information, resources, and tools to support the best possible health care for adults aging with developmental disabilities. Its main audiences are individuals, families and primary health care providers like the family doctor or dentist. Check out the site for more information or come to our next Family Support Network on Thursday, November the 30th to get copies of the guides and to learn more about how you can educate your healthcare providers.

Contact Monique to RSVP at 778-945-3367 or email [email protected].

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PAFN Events in November

These are some on the wonderful events that are happening at PAFN's Goodlife Fitness Hub in the month of November. If you are interested please call PAFN Goodlife Fitness Hub.

Address: Goodlife Fitness Hub, 3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC, V7B, Canada
 
PAFN Employment Club

When: Fridays, 10th, 17th, and 24th of November, and December 1st at 10:00 – 12:00
Description: Come network and meet with other individuals on the spectrum looking for work. Hear about employment programs and supports, share job finding tips and support each other in your employment journey! Please RSVP to [email protected]com
 
Connections: A Young Adult Social Club

When: Thursday, November 16th at 18:00 – 21:00
Description: Come hang out in our lifeskills lounge, play games, watch Netflix, eat pizza and make friends! Ages 15-29 Meets once a month on every 3rd Thursday of the month. $5 Donation Suggested. For more information or to RSVP, please call our front desk team at 604.207.1980.
 
Harry Potter Club

When: Saturday, November 18th and December 2nd at 13:00 – 16:00
Description: Harry Potter Club will meet in the Library at the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub every other Saturday from 1pm-4pm. All ages are welcome to attend! For more info, please call 604 207 1980.
 
Pokémon Club Juniors

When: Sat, December 2nd at 15:00 – 16:45
Description: A new Pokémon club for 6-14 year olds is her at the Pacific Autism Family Network! The club is a place for kids to come together and socialize about a common interest. Kids can bring their Pokémon cards, games, Nintendo DS, stuffies, toys, clothing, costumes, or anything else Pokémon related. Kids that are new to Pokémon also welcome! When: First Saturday of every month

​(Podcast dated: April 1st & 2nd, 2017)

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Autism BC November Events
 
BI Basic Training Workshop - Terrace

Saturday, November 18 to Sunday, November 19
9:30am - 4:30pm
Join us for a two-day training workshop on the implementation of autism behaviour plans. You will leave this course with knowledge and practical tools you can use in the classrooms, or home environment. Past attendees have included, parents, community group leaders, students, educators, classroom assistants and other individuals who work with/support children with an ASD diagnosis. Upon completion of this 2-day course you will be sent a certificate to confirm your attendance. This course counts towards 14hrs of BI training.
Topics to be covered each day include:
Day 1
Core elements of discrete trial teaching
Functions and behaviour
Reinforcement techniques
Prompting techniques
Process of teaching from introductory to generalization to mastery
Ethics
The process of accurate data collection
Day 2
Antecedent and established operations
Reinforcement assessment of preference
Token economics
Prompting and prompt-fading strategies
Teaching techniques
Analyisis of data
Peer play facilitation
Maintenance and generalization of learned skills
 
Venue: Kermode Friendship Centre, 3313 Kalum Street, Terrace BC V8G 2N7
 
 
On November 19th, The Prince George Gummy Worms Siblings Group will be enjoying an afternoon at the Roll-A-Dome!

Where: Roll-A-Dome 2588 RecPlace Dr. Prince George, BC
When: November 19th
Time: 2 - 4pm
Please RSVP to Corey at [email protected]
These groups are for siblings of individuals with autism and related disabilities.  Facilitated by parents, these groups give siblings a chance to connect with other siblings while participating in fun activities.
 
Launch into Life!

Transitioning into adulthood and the community beyond high school can be challenging for individuals with autism and their families. Comprehensive transition planning can help to manage the challenges during this time and maximize potential for each person to live a full and meaningful life. 
 
The Launch Program was developed to help families prepare for and respond to key life transitions, and to guide the journey from adolescence to adulthood. It helps families to focus on discovering personal strengths and areas for growth based on their youth’s individual interests, abilities, and needs by answering three key questions:

Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How are we going to get there?

We are pleased to offer a workshop series called Launch into Life! that helps families to create an Individualized Transition Plan for their child and provides valuable information in the following domains:
 
· Education and Employment
· Health and Well Being
· Communication and Social Relationships
· Independent Living Skills and Self-Advocacy
· Legal and Financial Issues
 
Families MUST be avalaible for both sessions
Thursday, November 23rd - 6:30pm – 9:00pm (Parents)
Saturday, November 25th - 9:00am – 3:oopm (Parents and Youth)
VenueNanaimo Child Development Centre - 1135 Nelson Street, Nanaimo, BC V9S 2K4
Cost: $25 per family
 
BI Basic Training Workshop - New Westminster

Saturday, November 25 to Sunday, November 26
Join us for a two-day training workshop on the implementation of autism behaviour plans. You will leave this course with knowledge and practical tools you can use in the classrooms, or home environment. Past attendees have included, parents, community group leaders, students, educators, classroom assistants and other individuals who work with/support children with an ASD diagnosis. Upon completion of this 2-day course you will be sent a certificate to confirm your attendance. This course counts towards 14hrs of BI training.
Topics to be covered each day include:
Day 1
Core elements of discrete trial teaching
Functions and behaviour
Reinforcement techniques
Prompting techniques
Process of teaching from introductory to generalization to mastery
Ethics
The process of accurate data collection
Day 2
Antecedent and established operations
Reinforcement assessment of preference
Token economics
Prompting and prompt-fading strategies
Teaching techniques
Analyisis of data
Peer play facilitation
Maintenance and generalization of learned skills
Venue: Douglas College 700 Royal Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 5Z5
Cost: $100 (AutismBC members) and $125 (Non Members)
 
BI Basic Training Workshop - Victoria

Saturday, December 2 to Sunday, December 3
Join us for a two-day training workshop on the implementation of autism behaviour plans. You will leave this course with knowledge and practical tools you can use in the classrooms, or home environment. Past attendees have included, parents, community group leaders, students, educators, classroom assistants and other individuals who work with/support children with an ASD diagnosis. Upon completion of this 2-day course you will be sent a certificate to confirm your attendance. This course counts towards 14hrs of BI training.
Topics to be covered each day include:
Day 1
Core elements of discrete trial teaching
Functions and behaviour
Reinforcement techniques
Prompting techniques
Process of teaching from introductory to generalization to mastery
Ethics
The process of accurate data collection
Day 2
Antecedent and established operations
Reinforcement assessment of preference
Token economics
Prompting and prompt-fading strategies
Teaching techniques
Analyisis of data
Peer play facilitation
Maintenance and generalization of learned skills
Venue: University of Victoria 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2
Cost: $100 (AutismBC members) and $125 (Non Members)
 
​(Podcast dated: April 15th, 2017)
Events in November for inGIRLSCLUB

LM GC - Performance: Mayday Club Youth Choir

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 6:00pm  8:30pm
A sophisticated evening of theatre.... GIRLS CLUB STYLE!!
Come and watch the Mayday Club Youth Choir perform - http://maydayclub.ca/
START TIME: 6pm
PERFORMANCE START: 6:30pm
A wonderful evening of song, dance, and community! 

Okanagan GC - Cookie Decorating

Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 1:30am  1:30pm
Join us for our GIRLS CLUB event! Details to be announced closer to the date.
Location: NONA (https://nona-cdc.com/contact/)

LM GC - Christmas Party!

Date: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Time: 12:00pm  2:00pm
Come and join your GIRL FRIENDS for a Christmas party!  
Come in your party-dress finest for a fun day full of holiday crafts, holiday treats, and a visit from a Jolly Fellow.


(Podcasted dated: May 15th, 2017)

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CBI Consultants Offer 

CBI Consultants has on offer: Video 5 of their Creating Success in Employment Video Modelling Series: Handling Stressful Situations at Work is now available for only $13 or if you wish to order the whole series for $48
 
This five Video series goes over all the steps to acquire, maintain and to succeed at a "real work for real pay" job in the community.
 
Please see the link below for more information:
 
VIdeo 1-4
 
https://cbiconsultants.com/product/creating-success-in-employment-2/
 
Video 5
 
https://cbiconsultants.com/product/creating-success-in-employment-video-5/

(Podcast dated: January 15th, 2017)

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Square Peg Society November
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(Podcast dated: May 1st, 2017)

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Recommended  Video Of The Month

Starting this month Autism 30 will be recommending a video for you to watch that may or may not be from a previous podcast guest. 

This month we are starting with the one and only Ms. Temple Grandin. This is a must watch for anyone who wants to learn about autism from a brilliant fellow community member. 

Watch this video (Temple Grandin: "The Autistic Brain") by clicking here: 

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Quote of the month:

“The world judges me by the decisions I make, never does it see the options that I had to choose from.”


(Anonymous)