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    Mike & Jean

    The following letter is our response to the Globe and Mail’s lengthy article about former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s legacy.

    Why is the “Auton” case originating in British Columbia, one of Canada’s most important Charter challenges, glaringly omitted from the former Chief Justice’s carefully curated list of cases pertaining to the Charter? It dealt with whether our healthcare system should provide “medically necessary”, as found by the trial judge, autism treatment to those effected with this often times devastating disorder.

    In 2004, Chief Justice McLachlin wrote the majority opinion which inexplicably overturned two lower court rulings, thereby in the words of a noted constitutional lawyer, “gutting Section 15 of the Charter”, reinforcing decades of systemic discrimination against the disabled and effectively excluding our country’s most vulnerable citizens from the protections of the Charter.
    As a parent, treatment advocate and litigant in this case, I cannot overstate the cost in human suffering resulting from this decision. To this day, the consequences continue to devastate Canadians with autism, their families, our communities and our country.
    Chief Justice McLachlin said, “It’s the humanity in every case that is so important to me, and it always has been.”  Really?  Read the news! No government, provincial or federal, is doing the morally or fiscally correct thing for our children.  Why would they?  The “Auton” decision gave them a free pass; reaffirming that in Canada, “some of us are more equal than others”.
    This shameful decision and its dark consequences are also part of Chief Justice McLachlin’s legacy. One which ought not be ignored or forgotten.
    Jean Lewis, Co-founder-Medicare for Autism Now Society.


    Season’s Greetings everyone!

    Here is the most recent issue of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment publication.

    This is a free publication, made possible by donations of time and funds by those that want science-based information

    on Autism Treatment.  The Association for Science in Autism Treatment is an organization promoting applied behavior analysis and other autism therapies supported by scientific research and opposing autism therapies without scientific evidence

    Please educate yourself, and read this important and informative publication.  Here it is!


    Kaitlyn Born

    Research Opportunity

    I am writing to let you know about an opportunity to participate in a research study about services for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder between diagnosis and service assembly. This study is conducted by myself, Kaitlyn Born, as a part of my Masters in Special Education. This study wants to examine the experience of parents and families of children who have ASD after diagnosis to service assembly (e.g. early intervention, speech pathology, physiotherapy, respite, occupational therapy, etc.).  I want to find out the true experience of families during this time period. The hope is to reveal whether or not these true experiences coincide with what existing literature suggests to be optimal.
    If you choose to participate in this study there will be a small time commitment. There will be two interviews set up, approximately 60 minutes per interview. The first interview will be to hear your story from diagnoses to service assembly.  This interview will be guided with open ended questions, and the interview will be recorded and later transcribed.  At a later time, a second interview will be set up, where it will be asked that you go over the transcription of the interview, and whether or not you agree with the common themes and issues that I extracted. With your participation, you will be promised your complete anonymity, and any information used within the study must be approved by you, the participant.
    If this study interests you, and you would like further details, I would love to exchange emails, or set up a phone call. Know that a request for more information does not obligate you to participate in the study.
    Thank you so much for your time, and considering this research opportunity. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kaitlyn Born



    We are looking for a BI to work with our high-functioning 4-year-old son in Richmond. Experience is preferred, but a good fit is more important. It will be focused on advanced social skills and behaviour management. Dates are Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30-7:00 pm. Please email to: <u></u> if you are interested in the position.


    Stella Li

    Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group Proudly presents:


    “Autism: Now What do I do?” with Fay Yen, MSc, BCBA; Stella Hui, Information Officer, Autism BC


    Date: November 3, 2017 (Friday)

    Time: 10am-12noon (door opens at 9:45)

    Place: Studio, #301 – 3701 East Hastings, Burnaby



    Some of the areas include:

    How to deal with diagnosis and assessment

    How to find behaviour consultant, behaviour interventionists (BIs) and other professionals

    Develop and manage a home program using autism funding

    The 5Ws of behaviour plan

    Support at school

    Speaker and Facilitator:

    Fay Yen is a Behaviour Consultant with over 14 years of experience in the field of autism. She has worked with people 2.5 years old to 15 years old on all areas of the autism spectrum and has been delivering BI training workshop for Autism BC for many years.  Fay worked previously as a Special Education Assistant supported children with autism and speech delay.  She is a mother of a young child.

    Stella Hui has been an Information Officer with Autism BC for 12 years.   She is a parent of a child with autism diagnosed more than 13 years ago.  Stella has coordinated Autism BC’s Burnaby Community Support Group since 2008.  She was the librarian and managed volunteers at the Autism BC.   Stella has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years.


    Coffee/tea and snacks will be provided.


    Please RSVP to Stella before November 1<sup>st</sup>.


    Spencer Angus

    Hi, I am posting on behalf of a research study at the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Lab at Simon Fraser University. (If this is considered inappropriate content please let me know!)

    Do you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder between the ages of 7 and 12 years old? Would you like a chance to win a new Apple iPad? The Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab is currently looking for parents and their children to complete a fun, 30-minute study! The study can be completed in the comfort of your own home through a short 30-minute visit at your home from the study investigator, Hilary Aime. You will be asked to complete a few short questionnaires and then do some fun activities with your child, including learning how to build origami figures. Your participation is important to understanding how children learn differently, and therefore informs our knowledge of the best methods with which to teach them. As a thank you for your time and effort, you will be entered into a draw to win a new Apple iPad with a 1 in 50 chance to win! Please contact the study investigator, Hilary Aime, at for more information.



    Sabrina Freeman

    Hello everyone,

    The Summer edition of the free Science in Autism Treatment newsletter is now available for download.  In this edition, we have a very helpful article from a British Columbian putting BC on the world map (since this newsletter goes all around the world).  Here’s the link:




    Julee Bisiker

    Posting on behalf of a parent:

    If anyone has any recommendations for a paediatric dentist please email:



    Mary Penrice
    TOMORROW! May 10th, 6pm to 8pm at Capilano University.
    Katie Allen M.S., BCBA will be presenting on the Functional Analysis of Problem Behaviour. The first step in treating persistent challenging behaviour is functional analysis. Come learn about these procedures.
    Door Entrance will be:
    Parents & Students: $2.00
    BCBA & other professionals: $5.00
    CEUs: $10
    Seating will be limited, so please register for the event by emailing

    Stella Li

    The Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group proudly presents:

    “The ABCs of ABA” by Crystal-Lee Clark, MA, BCBA, Behaviour Consultant;

    *Summer camp/activities information for autism


    What is and why ABA? Isn’t it for more affected children only?  Whether you’re currently running an ABA program or not, whether you’re caring for/teaching a child, teen or adult, come to explore the science and art of ABA with Crystal-Lee Clark, behavior consultant, who will help us learn how to effectively use ABA for our special loved ones.

    *What will you do in the summer? Need summer camp/activities information for people with autism? Come receive information and bring your questions.


    Date: Friday May 12, 2017
    Time: 10 am to 12 noon
    Place: Studio, #301 – 3701 East Hastings Street, Burnaby


    “The ABCs of ABA”

    In British Columbia an Autism diagnosis means that you will hear about a mysterious therapy known as “ABA”. You will probably be told by diagnostic professionals that it’s the best scientifically supported therapy for children with Autism. You might hear from parent groups that it’s great! You might hear from parent groups that it’s evil. It might even be going on in your house right now. But what exactly is it?

    The answer: It’s not just flashcards and M&Ms! It’s so much more than that and more flexible than you think. This talk aims to give you a basic idea of what Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is and how it can be used with a broad spectrum of learners, ages, and environments.

    This talk will:

    • explore the basic framework of ABA as a scientific method
    • explore the variety of ways in which ABA can be used
    • explore the variety of learners that ABA is best suited for
    • discuss how to get the ABA you need and want

    Crystal-Lee Clark, MA., BCBA

    Crystal-Lee has worked with individuals with autism since 2004 and received her Master’s Degree in Autism Studies in 2012. She has been a Behaviour Analyst at Able Developmental Clinic since 2013 and has recently launched her own behaviour consultation group, Celerate Behaviour Innovations. Crystal-Lee loves to work with individuals of all ages, believing that learning and skill acquisition are a continuous journey. Her practice centers on using Applied Behaviour Analysis as a science and lens to create therapies, environments, and supports that will facilitate meaningful growth and accessible learning for her clients and families. Crystal has a special interest in social skills/communication, and continues to facilitate social groups with Jenny Sojat at Able Clinic in addition to her own behaviour consultation.


    Refreshments will be provided.
    Please RSVP to Stella before May 10th.  Space is limited.

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