Autism 30

Newsletter #12: September 2017

Autism 30 September 2017 Newsletter
I’ve always considered September to be the “Start” month. This is the month when the fun and carefree summer months are over and someone is about to click the stop watch until summer returns. Welcome to the start of so many things. It’s the beginning of a new school year, the start of a new schedule and project, and new television programming that expand our view of the world to name a few. 
Going back to school is leaning a new routine for the whole family. Meeting new friends and people you didn’t know before. Bracing and looking forward to new experiences and lessons that will teach us more about the life we want to live and how to live it, and who we are as people.
With the increased number of people diagnosed with autism, the media has taken note and are now featuring more people with autism in their movies, television shows, and online programing. New shows that feature storylines where people with autism are the stars of the show are the Netflix show Atypical, and ABC’s The Good Doctor, and TNT's Claws, to name a few. This is all great news and I’d love to hear your opinions of how our community is represented.

Women of autism will also be recognized this month as Temple Grandin will be one of September 2017’s ten inductees into the National Women’s Hall of Fame also!
Whatever you are about to embark on this month I hope that you will be successful in your journey.
If you’d like to send in your comments, and questions to our team you can do so by going to the website and click the word contact and let us know.
The fall is coming but may we rise up to the challenge. 

 “Live in Love”
EmploymentWorks Canada Program

If you would like to sign up for ​the next course with EmploymentWorks Canada Program, they are accepting applicants. Please contact them.  

The next course dates are: October 23 2017 to January 23 2018.
(podcast dated: September 15th, 2017)

Square Peg Society Events
Square Peg Society is having an important meeting. If you are interested read the details below. 
(Podcast dated: May 1st, 2017)


RAPS Events

This is a reminder that the Richmond Autism Parents Support resumes this September 28th. This meeting will take place at the Caring place (7000 Minoru Blvd. Richmond, BC, V6Y 3Z5) at 7:30pm.  

Meeting will continue to take place the last Thursday of every month. 

(podcast dated: July 1st, 2017)
Soar Inclusive Preschool is still accepting new students for the fall term. The starting and 1st day of school is: September 11th, 2017. Please contact them for details. 

For students aged 2.5 to 3 years old
Times will be Monday to Friday, 9:00-11:30 for 2 or 3 days a week.

For students aged 4 to 5 years old
Times will be Monday to Friday, 12:30-3:30 for 5 days a week.

Location is in the beautiful and amazing PAFN Goodlife Fitness Hub.

If you are interested in attending please contact them by going to their website and click the word contact.

(Podcast upcoming: August 15th 2017)

PAFN Events in September

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

September 20th:
Randy Lewis: "Pitch, Program & Promise" 09:00 – 12:00
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Burrard Room)

Created by
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September is Disability Employment Month in BC and we are thrilled to welcome Randy Lewis back to Vancouver! On behalf of BC WiN, Community Living BC and the Pacific Autism Family Network, you are invited to join Randy Lewis for a discussion on "pitch, program and promise". This session is specifically for Service Agencies who work to connect people with disabilities/diverse abilities to employment. You may know Randy as former Senior VP of Walgreens, where he led their organization's recruitment of over 1,000 people with disabilities in their warehouse operations and retail locations. Space is limited, so early registration/RSVP is encouraged. Venue: Burrard Ballroom, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa - 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver.
Mayday Youth Choir Practice 18:30 – 20:00
Weekly on Wednesday
Pacific Autism Family Network Hub - 3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond (map)

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Do you know a child, teen, or young adult who loves to sing or dance, and would benefit from meeting an empathetic and team-minded peer group, but struggles in social settings? Who would enjoy being mentored by like-minded young adults, and being part of an award-winning performance crew? The Mayday Club Youth Choir for Neurodiversity is now accepting applicants of all ability levels, between the ages of 5 and 30, to be part of our choral singing and hip-hop dancing performance crew for 2017 / 2018. Train under some amazing instructors, make friends, and tour the province to build confidence, and advocate for a cause you believe in! Visit us online at To apply, fill out our online application form, which can be found here:
September 23rd:
The Art of Manding: Skills & Ideas to teach children with Autism (Amanda Raichelle)
Sat, 23 September, 12:30 – 16:30

Pacific Autism Family Network, 3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC V7B, Canada

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This workshop is for parents and BIs who are working with young children with autism who are beginning stages of vocalizations - sounds to single words and want to learn about verbal manding. During this workshop you will: - Learn what manding is and why we need to teach it - Learn how to create requesting opportunities throughout a child’s day to increase communication - Create a tool box of reinforcers to take home with you A basic understanding of the priniciples of Applied Behaviour Analysis is a pre-requite for this class. The Autism Support Network is sponsoring the event and including the the video class ABA 101: Basic ABA theory (value $20) by iTalk Autism ( *New extended workshop will include more examples and learning opportunities! Price is $25, includes bag of reinforcers, workbook and light refreshments. **$20 early bird rate for registrations before September 6th

September 21st: Connections: A Young Adult Social Club 18:00 – 21:00
Monthly on the third Thursday, 9 times
Pacific Autism Family Network, 3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC V7B, Canada

Created by
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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.

Parent to Parent Help & Advice (By Appointment)
Fri, 22nd September, 12:00 – 14:00

Pacific Autism Family Network, 3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC V7B, Canada 

Created by
Michelle Auton will be available to speak with parents who would like a 1:1 conversation with an experienced parent. Michelle is a mother of 3, and has been involved in the autism community in BC for the past 20 years. She has a son with Autism who is now an adult. If you are a parent who would like to connect with another experienced parent, please phone the center to make an appointment with Michelle. Tel: 604-207-1980.

PAFN Employment Club
When September 22nd, 29th, and October 6th 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]

3rd Annual Disability Employment Month Forum & Tea
Tue, 26 September, 13:00 – 16:00

Pacific Autism Family Network, 3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC, Canada (Auditorium 2nd Floor)

Created by
Join us in learning how people have overcome employment barriers to find success in the workforce. Listen from community organizations how people of diverse abilities have become valuable team members in different industries and sectors. Help us recognize employers who we have identified as champions in inclusive hiring and a supportive workforce. Listen to some exciting success stories of our clients and their journey to meaningful and sustainable employment. How to Register: Admission is FREE! Visit

Harry Potter Club
Sat, 16, 23rd September and October 7th, 13:00 – 16:00

Pacific Autism Family Network, 3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC V7B, Canada

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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.

EmploymentWorks Canada
When Tuesday the 22, 29 September and October 7th, 09:00 – 12:00

Nutrition for Autism
Mon, 25 September, 18:00 – 20:00

Pacific Autism Family Center, Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC, Canada (Auditorium, 2nd Floor)

Created by
"When we are fully nourished, we are capable of so much more" Kate Hutchinson, BA, RHN, CGP, graduated with Distinguished Merit from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2009. For the past 8 years, she has worked with hundreds of children in her Vancouver-based practice, Whole Family Nutrition, where she specializes in nutrition guidance for behavioural concerns including children and adults with diagnoses of Autism, Asperger’s, OCD, ADHD, ADD, Anxiety, Dyslexia, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. She has taught at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition for the past six years, in addition to giving frequent educational talks for the public. Kate is thrilled to announce that she will be joining the clinical team at the PAFC, and will be giving an overview of her experience and approach in this introductory talk, as well as sharing valuable information on the gut-brain connection. This is a free event. For more information or RSVP: [email protected] or 604 708-8205

Gaming Club
Thu, 5 October, 18:00 – 21:00
Monthly on the first Thursday

Pacific Autism Family Network, 3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC V7B, Canada

Created by
Gaming Club is an inclusive club for teens and young adults with diverse abilities. Games rated E10 and under only please. $5.00 donation requested. WHO: 15-29 year olds DATE: 1st Thursday of every month TIME: 6-9 PM Please call 604-207-1980 for more information!

​(Podcast dated: April 1st & 2nd, 2017)
Autism BC September Events

​Join Autism BC for their Facebook Live event happening on September 19th at 6:30pm when they will discuss Individual Education Plans (IEP) with special guest speaker, Liz Bell.
Title:  Effective IEP Meetings
Description:  Your child's IEP is a living document that outlines the goals and plans which your child, the school and you will work on through the year. It can seem daunting to all parties. Hopefully, the ideas and suggestions in this presentation will help you feel more prepared before and more effective during the meeting, as well as more empowered for the school year.
About the Speaker:  Liz Bell, MEd. - Liz has been a teacher in SD43 for 20+ years.  She has worked with students and their families as a Student Services Teacher in Middle and High School and as a Student Services Team Leader for 10 years.  She is currently teaching at Pinetree Secondary School, Coquitlam School District: Learning Services, Co-Teaching, Head Teacher.  Liz participates in workshops and action groups around Diversity, Inclusion, IEP's, supporting parents of students with diverse needs.
Login from wherever you are to and write your questions in the comment section. They will do there best to address all questions asked.

​(Podcast dated: April 15th, 2017)
CBI Consultants Information

Chad Bouchard is the Self-Determination and Employment Coordinator for CBI Consultants. He has a new product that may benefit your clients employment experience.  

CBI Consultants has just released the fifth video in their Creating Success in Employment: Video Modelling Series, Handling Stressful Situations at Work.
This video goes over 10 scenarios that show the “hidden” workplace rules individuals may not know about. The video scenarios and accompanying workbook show strategies individuals can use to get along in the workplace and reduce their stress in new situations. The video illustrates two useful strategies which guide individuals to assess social situations and figure out the best response.

The SODA strategy (Stop-Observe-Decide-Act) is a tool that helps an individual plan what to do in any social situation, including at the workplace. The SODA strategy has steps the individual can follow to attend to relevant social cues, process these cues, and then select specific skills to use to successfully participate in social interactions. Videos 1-7 show some common workplace situations that may be new or stressful to the individual, where the SODA strategy is used to help choose what to do or say.

Videos 8-10 show stressful situations where the use of the positive reframing strategy (also called cognitive reframing) helps with self-regulation. These scenarios identify negative thoughts that the individual may have about a situation and recommends a set of questions which support them to think of positive alternatives. By stepping back and positively reframing the individual can look at the situation in another way.

The video is divided into two sections, section one shows the scenario with pauses throughout to highlight the strategy that could be used in that instance. Section two shows the same scenario with no stoppages giving you the opportunity to practice using the strategy with the participant. We suggest going through section one with the job seeker first before viewing section two

Video 5 is available now, complete with facilitators guide and participants companion for only $13

Or order the full 5 video series for a special price of $48

For a sample of Video 5 , please click below

Sample Video 5        

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact.
Chad Bouchard contact details on the webpage. 

(Podcast dated: January 15th, 2017)
Quote of the month:

"The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things."

By: Temple Grandin