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BACI Chinese Parent Support Group:  A family networking group that helps to develop services and support for autistic persons and to raise awareness of autism in the Chinese community.  Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact John Tsang: or 604-928-8289.
WHEN:  Saturday, April 8th, 6:30 pm  – 8:30 pm.
WHERE:  Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby.

BACI Self-Advocate Group:  The group is learning about voting and participating in democratic elections.  Everyone is welcome to attend and contribute.  Please see THE FLYER for more information about the group.  If you have any questions, please call the Advisors Gerry Juzenas or Gregg Schiller at 604-299-7851 or e-mail:
WHEN:  Monday, April 24, 10:30 am – Noon. 
WHERE:  Boardroom, BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Children’s Music Appreciation North Burnaby – Music on Mondays: Family fun for young children with action songs and a music sing-a-long for families lead by a registered music therapist. Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact Susan Kwan: or 604.720.0028.
WHEN:  Monday, April 24, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta Avenue, Burnaby.

BACI Children’s Music Appreciation South Burnaby– Music on Mondays: Family fun for young children with action songs and a music sing-a-long for families lead by a registered music therapist.  Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact Susan Kwan: or 604.720.0028.
WHEN: Monday, May 1, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby.

BACI Senior’s Spring Tea: The Seniors Committee invites members to join them for a light lunch and dessert followed by special entertainment from some of our talented BACI individuals. For more information contact Bridget: 604-942-0631 or Ilona 778-650-0190.
WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

KUDOZ:   Kudoz is a catalogue of hundreds of splendid learning experiences for folks with cognitive disability to learn, grow, and develop a better understanding and awareness about themselves. Find out more about KUDOZ, a BACI hosted and sponsored initiative, at THE WEBSITE and view upcoming events at THE FACEBOOK page.

Don’t forget that the BACI Family EVENTS CALENDAR  is updated frequently and that all current and past E-newsletters are archived at our BLOGSITE


Events of interest for Burnaby Families: 


Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group: This month the group will be watching a video presentation on Adaptive Behavior: Community Competence and Independence for Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. For more information please contact Stella Hui  at 604-434-0880  or
WHEN: Friday, April 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 am
WHERE: Studio #301, 3701 E Hastings St, Burnaby

Basic Income for People with Disabilities: Former Senator Hugh Segal leads a conversation about a guaranteed income for all. Hear about a vision for a county without poverty where everyone is valued and everyone belongs. This event is co-sponsored by BACI.  See THE POSTER for more information. You can register on-line at EVENTBRITE  or call 604-299-7851
WHEN: Monday April 10, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: The Roundhouse Theatre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Burnaby School District Transition Information Evening: Learn about the resources available to youth with disabilities who are leaving high school. More than 30 organizations that provide work, leisure and post-secondary education opportunities will be in attendance. The school district WEBSITE has more details.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Burnaby Central Secondary School, 6011 Deer Lake Parkway, Burnaby

“At The End Of Intellectual Disability”:  Come hear Dr. Christopher Kliewer  unravel the construct of intellectual disability that has dominated policy and practice. Learn how we can move away from deficit ideology and toward the notion that intellect is immutable and individual.  See THE WEBSITE for more information. You can register on-line at EVENTBRITE.
WHEN: Friday, April 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: The Aboriginal Gathering Place, Douglas College, Room 4650 – 700 Royal Ave. New Westminster

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group: Workshops / activities are presented primarily in Cantonese with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation.  Please see the ENGLISH FLYER or CHINESE FLYER for more information. Group goals are outlined in the MINISTRY PAMPHLET . Group co-ordinator Mable Law can be reached at 604-877-8606 ext 244 or
WHEN:  Monday, April 24th , 10:15 am – NOON
WHERE:  CCM Ministry, Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, 4500 KingswayBurnaby, Second Floor
TOPIC:  ADHD – Parenting and Social Skills with David Chong

BC People First Annual General Meeting:  BC People First aims to promote equality for all people who have been labelled with a disability. Membership is free and open to self-advocates. The afternoon includes a workshop called Know Yours Rights with Fred Ford. See  THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
WHERE: Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre Branch ,1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Facing the Future Together: Succession planning for families of a loved-one with a disability:  PLAN Institute presents a workshop about passing on the roll of supporting, advocating and caring for your relative with a disability from the parents’ generation to the next generation. Visit THE WEBSITE to register.
COST: $75.00
WHEN: Saturday, May 6
WHERE:Unitarian Church,  949 West 49th, Vancouver

Special Olympics Youth Sports Day: A free fun filled day for children with intellectual disabilities. Registered and new athletes ages two to 12 are welcome. All participants will receive a free T-shirt and refreshments. Please register by Friday, May 5 with Sarah Wall 604-802-4226 or  See THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 2017 1p.m. – 4p.m.
WHERE: St. Thomas More Collegiate, 7450 12th Ave, Burnaby


Links of interest for Burnaby Families: 


CanAssist: This University of Victoria based program provides customized technologies and software so that all people have the opportunity to participate, contribute and reach their full potential. Their services are available to people in the Metro Vancouver area. Particularly check out their apps which are free to download.

Adapted Synchronized Swimming: Burnaby Caprice Synchronized Swim Club is offering synchronized swimming for everyone at Burnaby’s CG Brown Pool. Check out THE WEBSITE for more information.

My Self Serve:  At the end of February, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation introduced major changes to the way that British Columbians apply for and manage disability benefits and income assistance. A new on-line system called My Self Serve is now available.  A short video is available to explain how to begin using the system. Disability Alliance BC has prepared A SUMMARY of the changes and has contact information for people experience problems with the new system.

Burnaby School District Summer Session: Registration for the summer session begins on April 10th. The programs offered and district policies are available at THE WEBSITE.

Tax Assistance and Information for People with Disabilities: Disability Alliance BC has launched a new program to assist people who are receiving the Persons with Disabilities(PWD) benefit or the Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers(PPMB) benefit with simple income tax filings, information and referrals. See THE WEBSITE for more information.

Burnaby Parks and Recreation Spring 2017/Summer 2017 Programs: Access the Adapted Programs brochure from the Burnaby Park and Rec Website.

Education Advocacy Resource List:  Nice list of links to resources for parents who are advocating for inclusive education.  Find the list HERE.


Burnaby Parent Support Resources & Groups:  BACI Family Support has put together a listing of organizations that support families who live in the Burnaby region with on-going in-person support or on-line support.  You can find this list at the Family Support & Advocacy site WEBSITE with a short explanation of the type of support available.

BACI Family Information and Support contacts
Rachel Goddyn:  (Cell) 778.386.4046  – Workshops & Newsletter
John Tsang: (Cell) 604.928.8289 – Chinese Parent Support Group
Susan Kwan:  (Cell) 604.720.0028 – Music on Mondays

BACI Family Information and Support
Family Gathering Place
7716 Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5J 4K4
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BACI News and Events April 6, 2017