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    FEAT BC Admin

    In this discussion area, please feel free to share your experience in implementing A.B.A. programs in the school system. We would particularly like to hear from those parents who converted their school teams to A.B.A. We’d like to hear the nightmares as well as the success stories.

    Any insight that can be shared by school-based special education assistants to help parents would also be very meaningful.

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    hi b.c i moved to ont. about 10 yrs ago. and i am brennans mom brennan is autistic.he is in grade two. i am also one of the parents who is in the involed in the legal court battle her in ont.our court date should be some time this summer.i am thinking of moving back home (b.c)i need to know which of the school boards are coroperative and which ones are not looking at moving in the coq.burnaby,new west son now has a full time e.a( educational assested) .which took a lot a fighting to get. she is wonderful with him but does not know aba.we have been running an aba home programe for 4 yrs now.thanks


    Linda Cucek

    In regards to the article of Double-talk from Dosanjh Leaves Children Hanging Again–

    I feel that Dosanjh is no better than Glen Clark, in fact he is much worse! I am also going to add how upset I am with how he reacted to the BC Supreme Court decision regarding the Autism Treatment. I think they should have elected someone who actually cares about the people. He is completely incompetent in the way he leads the province.

    Linda Cucek ( James' mom)


    Susan Burns

    oops forgot e-mail 604-467-8313…susan


    Susan Burns

    oops forgot e-mail 604-467-8313…susan


    Susan Burns

    i am hoping to start aba with my 10 year old soon but i am facing the school scene tomorrow. 1999/2000 they called his support 0.8 and james used every 0.2 to get into as much anti-social behaviour as possible. wish me luck…i was adamant that he needed 1.0 a year ago and his behaviours have really escalated this year


    David Chan

    We need to get the boy an aide for school. if
    any one has any insights into hiring an
    aide.Our team is very green and all are
    returning to school full time in the fall. We
    don't have someone on the team that will
    easily become the aide. Our primary issue
    will behaviour support, and some academic.
    We have the threapy schedule nailed. but,
    school aide issue is still a quite a wild card at
    this stage. Any helpful insight would be




    FEAT BC Admin

    RE: Room Four: School Related Topics
    Thu, 29 Jun 2000 17:27:34 -0700
    "Doug Anderson"

    If you or your husband are self employed or have a receptive
    employer, you
    can have any expense recommended by a doctor written off by the
    company as
    an expense and it will not be a taxable benefit to any
    individual. If you
    want to know more, call Frank Molinka @ 604-929-7241. We have
    used it for
    years to covwer Ryan's (my son ) ABA program, and all of the
    other costs eg
    dental, prescriptions, etc.
    Doug Anderson

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    FeatBC Discussion Board: Room Four: School Related Topics

    By Barbara Rodrigues (Rodrigues) on Thursday, June 29, 2000
    – 09:48 am:

    … To top the morning off, the Income tax
    just said they are going disallow our income tax expenses.

    Jeremy's Mom


    Hi Everyone:

    Just wanted to update you on our search for getting Jeremy into school here in Penticton. I went to a forum about school options – they had 3 Christian schools there, the homeschool group and a private school.

    When I approached the homeschool representive, inquiring if we (Jeremy and his aide) could participate in their outings/field trips – I got a cold reception and she said she would have to ask her group – but I definately got the sense she felt I had something catchy so I didn't pursue it.

    I approached another Christian school and the principal seemed somewhat receptive as long as we provided our aide. She agreed to meet with me, we discussed Jeremy, his program etc. She was receptive but it has to go before the teacher and the board. We hear back from her sometime in July.

    In the meantime, I found out that we had quite a large Catholic school in our community. Joe and I are both Catholic so I applied there. I got an application, applied as a Catholic (nonpracticing) and wrote Jeremy's disability and a long letter outlining his autism but the fact that he is a gentle nonviolent little boy, follows directions well, been in a program for 2 years and we would supply the aide. I said we were willing to meet with them to discuss the matter further. That we were willing to attend on a trial basis etc.

    I sent the letter off….never heard from anyone for 3 weeks…so I called. I was told 'No they are full and need to keep spaces for parishner families…..'He also mentioned they are not equipped to deal with special needs, when I started to say , well, we – he cut me off, said,'I know you addressed that in your letter but we are full – we have 3 parishes that we serve!' Something about how defensive the principal was set my radar up. I quite frankly didn't believe him.

    So……I sent my therapist to the school the next week, she applied, as a nonCatholic with a little girl for Kindergarten….when she dropped off her application, this past Monday, she was told they would let her know within the week…um….I guess parent's of autistic kids don't rate a call back even after 3 weeks.

    Today, she was called and told that her daughter was accepted. Needless to say I am truly angry. I was lied to, told in no uncertain terms there was no room – no one asked to meet with us, no one was honest with us, no one said, can we meet Jeremy and see how he does, etc.

    I am aware that they don't have to accept our son, but a little honestly goes a long way, a little courtesy a lot more.

    Anyway just venting. To top the morning off, the Income tax just said they are going disallow our income tax expenses.

    Jeremy's Mom



    Hi Everyone,

    The BC Government presented a report this week on the state of special education in the public school system. The report is entitled, “A Review of Special Education in British Columbia” and is the product of fifteen months of work.

    Many thanks to Dee Dee Doyle on behalf of everyone at FEAT BC. Dee Dee is the Feat representative to the Special Education Review Committee and headed this project for Feat — kudos for a job well done!

    “A Review of Special Education in British Columbia” is available for download in a printable version on the FEAT server @

    The report is also available in standard web browser format (HTML) at

    FEAT BC’s submission to the Special Education Review Committee is available for download at:

    The Vancouver Sun published a piece on the Government report on Tuesday 06/20/00; full text is below.

    (Miki’s Dad)

    Review calls for special-education reforms in B.C.
    The Vancouver Sun
    Janet Steffenhagen, Sun education reporter

    British Columbia should strive to identify special-needs children at a younger
    age, fully integrate them into regular classrooms and train teachers and
    assistants to deliver appropriate programs.

    Those are some of the recommendations released Monday after a 15-month review of
    special education that included consultations with parents, teachers,
    administrators and special-ed interest groups.

    Stewart Ladyman, a superintendent in the education ministry who conducted the
    review with Linda Siegel of the University of B.C., said there is a growing need
    to improve special education because medical advances mean more and more
    children will be in need.

    For example, he noted that 90 per cent of babies who weigh only one or two
    pounds at birth suffer physical or learning disabilities — and an increasing
    number of them are surviving and entering school.

    "This is not just a little issue to deal with," Ladyman told a news conference
    Monday. "We must realize that our society will have to accommodate a whole
    variety of students. It's not just a blip on the map . . . [special education]
    is not a fad."

    Despite comprehensive provincial policies on special-education, the report found
    widespread differences in delivery — including some school districts that are
    still resisting the policy of inclusion of all students, even though it is in
    its sixth year.

    Ladyman said integration of special-needs kids — who number about 68,000 and
    whose challenges include learning disabilities, physical impairments,
    behavioural problems and giftedness — is usually accomplished in primary grades
    but begins to dwindle by Grade 5.

    And while policies about inclusion do not preclude special programs outside the
    classroom for learning disabled and gifted children, deputy education minister
    Charles Ungerleider said studies suggest their achievement drops in proportion
    to time spent out of class.

    The report also raises concerns about the ability of teachers and special-ed
    assistants to understand and respond to the needs of such a diverse group of

    While teachers who graduate today will have some special-ed training, many of
    those already in the system have had no formal preparation for working with
    special-needs students.

    "Indeed, many teachers expressed the view that they feel that they do not have
    the knowledge they need to work with such students," the report says.

    Noting that teachers will often encounter students with special needs, the
    report recommends the ministry offer tuition rebates for teachers who enrol in
    approved courses to improve their abilities in this area.

    The report also stresses that teachers are legally responsible for students'
    education, and must not abdicate in favour of special-ed assistants, who usually
    have less training and are there to provide care and safety.

    Education Minister Penny Priddy said she was pleased with calls for greater
    consistency in programs around the province and increased involvement of parents
    in developing individual education programs.

    While implementation of some recommendations will take time, she said, she will
    push to have some reforms accomplished within months.

    Ladyman said he didn't call for more special-ed funding because that wasn't in
    his mandate, but he does recommend changes to give school boards greater
    flexibility in how they spend their allotments. The ministry spent $422 million
    on special-ed in this school year.

    Laney Bryenton, executive director of the B.C. Association for Community Living,
    said she was pleased after one quick reading of the report that it addresses
    concerns about inclusion and teacher training.

    The report also recommends that:

    – School boards be directed to implement B.C.'s special-ed policy and report to
    the ministry on progress.

    – Schools ensure individual education programs are dynamic and based on
    educational needs, not solely on funding allocations.

    – Educational needs of students — not workers' rights — be paramount in
    decisions about deployment of staff.

    – Audits focus on educational progress of students, not adherence to processes
    and procedures.

    – Special-ed funding continue to be targeted until there is evidence that
    resources are being used to improve student success.

    – No more special-ed funding categories be established for now.


    Hi Everyone,

    This is just a reminder of the workshop on June 10 in Parksville. Shelley Davis, MA, JD, a behavioural consultant from LEAP, San Francisco with present a workshop entitled Supporting Children with Autism at School – an ABA approach.

    The workshop is for Teachers, Teaching Assistants, District Support Staff and Parents.

    The session is sponsored by Qualicum School District and will be held at Springwood Middle School in Parksville from 9:30 – 3:30. Cost to non-district #69 participants is $25.00 payable at the workshop.

    Register by calling Barbara McLeod (250)757-8566 or Anne Pearson at Winchelsea Elementary (250) 248-3012. For more information on the session please call Barbara McLeod.

    Barbara McLeod
    Alex's mom

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