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    Mary Penrice
    Participant

    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Reminder TOMORROW (April 4th) is the Reinforcer Swap & Shop 4pm to 6pm at Capilano University’s Birch building Room 126, organized by the BC-ABA Student Alliance.
    Come and swap out your reinforcers for new ones or simply donate them to others who need them!
    Also, it’s a great opportunity to network with others in the field of ABA.</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Entry by donation to the Student Alliance.</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>There will be a door Prize!</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>We hope to see you there!</p>

    #22639

    Mike & Jean
    Participant

    Dear Prime Minister:

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    Today is “Autism Awareness Day”, when some suggest we should celebrate this neurological disorder as just another way of being. This is bizarre and offensive in equal measure.

     

    Last May, delegates to the Liberal Party of Canada’s national convention, held in Winnipeg, recognized the right way to respond to this national epidemic of staggering proportions when they overwhelmingly passed a priority health-care policy resolution calling upon the Government of Canada to work with provinces and territories to include under our supposedly universal MEDICARE plan science-based treatment for autism spectrum disorder (“ASD”), specifically Applied Behavioural Analysis. A copy of the resolution is enclosed. This initiative was assisted and encouraged by our not-for-profit organization, the Medicare for autism Now! Society (“MFAN”).

     

    To date, almost one year later, you and your Cabinet colleagues have failed to do what your extra-parliamentary party has instructed and literally hundreds of thousands of Canadians desperately need. This inaction is in spite of the Government of Canada having concluded “Health Accords” with every province except Manitoba, most of which purport to involve an emphasis on increased federal funding for mental health issues. Why do you and your colleagues continue to ignore the plight of persons afflicted with ASD and their families, and continue to deny appropriate funding for what our courts have long ago ruled to be the medically necessary treatment of this often devastating neurological disorder?

     

    According to the report “PAY NOW OR PAY LATER, Autism Families in Crisis” released by a Senate committee in March, 2007, the number of ASD diagnoses was then one in 166, which indicated that, fully ten years ago, there were some 48,000 children, aged 19 and under, and 144,000 adults living in Canada with this condition.

     

     

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    Today, in North America the incidence rate of ASD is estimated by the world-renown Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, to be one in 68. We are reliably advised that this ratio translates into roughly 129,000 children and 386,000 adults living in Canada with ASD. Clearly, it is long past time for action, as has been undertaken in the United States where, at last count, fully 44 states require health insurance providers to include in their policies coverage for science-based treatment for ASD, specifically Applied Behaviour Analysis. No further consideration should be given to expensive proposals calling for yet another self-serving bureaucracy and perennial gab-fests, such as the one recently put forward by the Canadian Autism Partnership Project. As a former premier of Ontario, and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Hon. Bob Rae, said, in his letter of April 21, 2016 endorsing the enclosed resolution, “It is long past time to end this unacceptable discrimination by including treatment for this neurological disorder where it rightfully belongs in our country’s health-care system.”

     

    In February, 2016, in talking about old age pension entitlements, you said, “How we treat vulnerable people in our society is very important.” We agree. There can be few more vulnerable people in Canada today than those who suffer from untreated, moderate to severe ASD. In the mandate letter you sent to Health Minister Jane Philpott, upon her admission to Cabinet, you stated, inter alia, “It is my expectation that you will engage constructively and thoughtfully and add priorities to your agenda when appropriate…We will be a government that governs for all Canadians…As Minister of Health, your overarching goal will be to strengthen our publicly-funded universal health care system and ensure it adapts to new challenges.”

     

    We sent an e-mail to the Health Minister, on November 20<sup>th</sup> of last year, asking her what steps were being taken to implement this long overdue and urgently needed policy change. To date, we have yet to receive an acknowledgement of our communication. We have had a similar lack of response from Finance Minister Morneau to a letter, dated June 22, 2016, we sent him respecting this issue. A copy of each communication is enclosed. So much for a government committed to openness and engagement.

     

    What is it going to take to get you and your colleagues in the Government of Canada to recognize the seriousness of this health-care crisis (identified as such by the Senate ten years ago) and to respond by doing the morally right and fiscally responsible thing through ensuring appropriate funding within MEDICARE for the science-based treatment of ASD, specifically Applied Behaviour Analysis?

     

    Yours sincerely,

     

     

    Jean Lewis                                                                             David Marley,

    Director, MFAN                                                                     Director, MFAN

     

    #22635

    Stella Li
    Participant

    Why is adaptive behavior important yet undervalued, often not a major form of intervention for ASD?

    When shall we work on adaptive behavior and what to do?

    Don’t miss out on Peter Gerhardt’s video presentation!

     

    Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group proudly presents:

    “Adaptive Behavior: Life, Safety, Independence, and Community Competence for Adolescents and Adults with ASD”

    video presentation by

    Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Organization for Autism Research, Behavior Analysis Center for Autism, VA, USA

    with facilitated discussion

     

    Date: April 7, 2017 (Friday)

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

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

     

    Topic:     What is adaptive behaviour?  Why is adaptive behavior important for an individual on the autism spectrum to become independent and competent across different environments in the community?  What adaptive behaviors are critical intervention targets?  How to intervene/how to select goal and work on it to increase adaptive behaviors?

     

    Speaker in video:    Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt is the Founding Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research. He is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Dr. Gerhardt is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ.

     

    Refreshments will be provided.  Comprehensive handouts will be provided upon request.

    Please RSVP to Stella shui@autismbc.ca before April 5.

     

    #22625

    Stella Li
    Participant

    Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group proudly presents:

    “Adaptive Behavior: Life, Safety, Independence, and Community Competence for Adolescents and Adults with ASD”

    video presentation by

    Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Organization for Autism Research, Behavior Analysis Center for Autism, VA, USA

    with facilitated discussion

     

    Date: April 7, 2017 (Friday)

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

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

     

    Topic:     What is adaptive behaviour?  Why is adaptive behavior important for an individual on the autism spectrum to become independent and competent across different environments in the community?  What adaptive behaviors are critical intervention targets?  How to intervene/how to select goal and work on it to increase adaptive behaviors?

     

    Speaker in video:    Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt is the Founding Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research. He is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Dr. Gerhardt is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ.

     

    Refreshments will be provided.  Comprehensive handouts will be provided upon request.

    Please RSVP to Stella shui@autismbc.ca before April 5<sup>th</sup>.

     

    #22588

    bsharpe
    Participant

    Hello everyone, here is the latest edition of the Science in Autism Treatment newsletter.  This is a not for profit, volunteer based organization that is committed to providing parents, caregivers and clinicians with science based facts behind Autism treatment.  This newsletter is free so sign up today!

    http://www.asatonline.org/siat-winter-2017-issue/

    Dr. Sabrina Freeman, the founder of Families for Early Autism Treatment of BC, is the Consumer Corner Coordinator for this publication. Her interview is on page 3 of this newsletter.  Factual, raw and unfiltered:

    Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared:
    An Interview with Dr. Sabrina Freeman, Parent, Author, and Advocate

    A wealth of information for all.  Thank you Dr. Freeman and to all of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment Directors and staff.

    #22583

    Stella Li
    Participant

    REMINDER

    The Autism BC Burnaby Community Group proudly presents:

    Financial Management for the Future: RDSP

    by

    Dan McDonald, CPA, PhD, former accounting professor at SFU, volunteer at Plan Institute

    Date: Friday March 3, 2017
    Time: 10 am to 12 noon
    Place: Studio, #301 – 3701 East Hastings Street, Burnaby

     

    TOPIC:   Financial Management for the Future: RDSP

    The Registered Disability Saving Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities.  It is a unique savings program that allows savings to grow in a tax-deferred environment and provides matching federal contributions of up to 300% annually. Canada is the first country in the world to have a RDSP, which helps those living with a disability and their families save for the future.

    What will you get out of this workshop?

    You will learn the ins-and-outs of the RDSP, how to become eligible (including important information on the Disability Tax Credit), how to open, manage and benefit from your own account.  Two stories about the RDSP will be used to illustrate.

    SPEAKER:
    Dan McDonald will be facilitating the session. Dan McDonald is a Lifetime member of PLAN as well as a Certified Professional Accountant [CPA] with a PhD and a former accounting professor at Simon Fraser University. He immediately recognized the exceptionally generous terms of the RDSP when the plan was announced in 2008 and set one up for his daughter. He volunteers as a facilitator for many of the free RDSP workshops hosted by Plan Institute.

    Coffee/Tea, refreshments and handouts will be provided.

    Please RSVP to shui@autismbc.ca ASAP.

    Do not miss this session, especially at this time of the year when you prepare to file taxes.

     

    #22561

    Stella Li
    Participant

    The ASBC Burnaby Community Group proudly presents:

    Financial Management for the Future: RDSP

    by

    Dan McDonald, CPA, PhD, former accounting professor at SFU, volunteer at Plan Institute

    Date: Friday March 3, 2017
    Time: 10 am to 12 noon
    Place: Studio, #301 – 3701 East Hastings Street, Burnaby

     

    TOPIC:   Financial Management for the Future: RDSP

    The Registered Disability Saving Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities.  It is a unique savings program that allows savings to grow in a tax-deferred environment and provides matching federal contributions of up to 300% annually. Canada is the first country in the world to have a RDSP, which helps those living with a disability and their families save for the future.

    What will you get out of this workshop?

    You will learn the ins-and-outs of the RDSP, how to become eligible (including important information on the Disability Tax Credit), how to open, manage and benefit from your own account.  Two stories about the RDSP will be used to illustrate.

    SPEAKER:
    Dan McDonald will be facilitating the session. Dan McDonald is a Lifetime member of PLAN as well as a Certified Professional Accountant [CPA] with a PhD and a former accounting professor at Simon Fraser University. He immediately recognized the exceptionally generous terms of the RDSP when the plan was announced in 2008 and set one up for his daughter. He volunteers as a facilitator for many of the free RDSP workshops hosted by Plan Institute.

    Coffee/Tea, refreshments and handouts will be provided.

    Please RSVP to shui@autismbc.ca ASAP.

    Do not miss this session, especially at this time of the year when you prepare to file taxes.

     

     

    #22555

    Stella Li
    Participant

    <h2>Preparing for your child’s transition into adulthood?</h2>
    <h3>Register here for our Launch into Life! program </h3>
    <h3>Hosted by Autism Society of British Columbia 
    Facilitated by Katelyn Lowe, Ph.D, R. Psych, The Sinneave Family Foundation

    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.</h3>
    This workshop series will help you create an Individual Transition Plan for your child and provide valuable information about the following topics;

    • Understanding preparing for key transitions across the lifespan
    • Managing health and mental health issues
    • Navigating the change from pediatrics to adult health and support care systems
    • Finding the right social and recreation programs in the community
    • Creating a shared vision for your child’s future
    • Developing life and vocational skills
    • Exploring volunteer and work opportunities
    • Understanding housing and supportive programming options into adulthood
    • Legal and Financial issues including guardianship and program funding.

    Who should attend? Families and young people (13+) living with ASD and other developmental disabilities.  Please note youth should be able to attend breakout session independently and participate in identifying goals and creating a vision for their future.

    For more details about this program please contact Bonnie (ASBC Program Manager) at bstein@autismbc.ca

    Dates (please note you must be able to attend the two sessions in March)

    March 2 (6.30pm – 8.30pm) Parents: Winslow Centre, Coquitlam
    March 4 (9am – 3pm) Parents and Youth: 1551 Salisbury Ave, Port Coquitlam
    April 20 (6.30pm – 8.30pm) Parents – BOOSTER Session (optional)

    Register for your place today
    <h3>Thanks to our community partners; The Simon Fraser Society for Community Living, School District #43 and The Sinneave Family Foundation</h3>
     

    #22538

    Stella Li
    Participant

    ASBC Office and Marketing/Outreach Coordinator – Immediate Start Date

    The Autism Society of British Columbia (ASBC) is a parent based and directed society that has been working to provide support to individuals and their families affected by autism since 1975. Assisting families throughout the province, ASBC has a head office in Burnaby (moving to Pacific Autism Family Centre in Richmond March 1), and branches in Nanaimo, Kelowna and Prince George. ASBC is seeking a full time Office and Marketing Coordinator with strong reception, customer service, office coordination, communications and IT skills to assist the society with its daily operations.

    <u>Roles and responsibilities</u>

    • Office administration and clerical support
    • Answering of phones and inquiry direction
    • Membership management (including data entry, emailing)
    • Social media postings
    • Newsletters
    • Event coordination
    • Website updates
    • Bank deposits
    • Assist management and staff where needed

    <u>The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experiences</u>

    • Front desk/reception experience
    • Fluent in most computer programs including MS, Word Press, Mail Chimp, Adobe InDesign and CRM software solutions
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to deal with sensitive and confidential  information
    • Works well in a team environment but can take initiative
    • Organized and detail orientated
    • A post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field (communication, IT, graphic design) would be considered an asset
    • Experience/knowledge of autism would be considered asset

    <u>Other Information</u>

    • Immediate Start Date
    • This position is during ASBC office hours Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Criminal Record check is required

    Interested candidates please send cover letter and resume to adminstrator@autismbc.ca

     

    #22522

    Stella Li
    Participant

    REMINDER:

    The Autism Society of BC (ASBC) Burnaby Community Group proudly presents:

    The Importance of Transitioning Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum into Adulthood: Plan for Success

    by

    Bohdanna Popowycz Kvam, M.Ed., BCBA, Behaviour Consultant

    Date: Friday February 3, 2017
    Time: 10 am to 12 noon (door opens at 9:30 am)
    Place: Studio, #301 – 3701 East Hastings Street, Burnaby BC
    TOPIC:   The Importance of Transitioning Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum into Adulthood: Plan for Success

    There is no ‘one way’ for every child to reach their potential as they grow. However there are strategies that will enhance and provide room for growth which can be capitalized as youth mature into adulthood.

    We will discuss how all stakeholders: family, school and community, can participate in providing, supporting and guiding adolescents towards their personal life goals specifically as they exit secondary school into the work force.

    1. When do we ‘start’ this transition? How can this look like?
    2. Social skills development
    3. Community organization/planning/transportation skills
    4. Pre-job skills into ‘real work for real pay’, internships/volunteer
    5. Jobs of the stakeholders

    SPEAKER:
    Bohdanna has been involved with children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum for over 25 years.  Her background includes teaching in the public school system in USA, being a Coordinator at the National Sports Centre for the Disabled outdoor program, and 12 years of working as a Clinical Director for one of Dr. Lovaas’ replication sites. She has had the honour of developing clinics in the USA, UK and Canada.

    Having extensive experience and knowledge in the autism field throughout the years, Bohdanna has the desire to pass on the torch.  She has been training and building up senior therapists and interventionists for many years.  She founded Harmony House in 2007 with the vision of opening schools, developing social skills programs and guiding children involved in home school situations under the umbrella of supporting families and children with autism.  Nowadays Harmony House continues to support families in various capacities.

    Bohdanna is a mother of two daughters and a son, ages 14 to 24.  Being a mother of children of a wide age range has helped her to understand the needs of people in different age groups.
    Coffee/Tea & Refreshments will be provided.
    Please RSVP to shui@autismbc.ca ASAP.

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