Special News & Events


Celebrating the Olympics at BACI

Watch the Winter Olympics on TV, snack on Olympic treats, and cheer on our Canadian team.
WHEN: Friday, February 23rd 10:00 am – 11:00 am
WHERE: The Hub at BACI’s Still Creek Building, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby 

Launch Party for Real Talk

Real Talk is a new initiative focused on supporting people around sexuality and relationships. Come enjoy snacks and adult refreshments, see the materials that have been developed so far, and share your ideas, challenges and success stories. To RSVP contact John Woods at 778-558-5714 or john.woods@gobaci.com. More details are available on THE POSTER.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 28th, 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Hub at BACI’s Still Creek Building, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

Understanding The Role Of Trustees: Creating a Discretionary Trust

When creating a will many parents struggle with the question of who to ask to be a trustee. This workshop will help you understand the roles and responsibilities of a trustee, and learn which professionals can assist in administering a trust. We will discuss how to choose and find a trustee. Our presenter, Alex Northly is a trust administrator for Coastal Mental Health, an organization that manages trusts for 300 individuals. Our POSTER has all the details
WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Family Gathering Place,​ 7716 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby


 Ongoing Groups and Committees 


Burnaby Village Museum

Music on Mondays

A free music program for families with young children lead by a registered music therapist. New families are welcome. Please join us. For locations and other information see Music Group

South Burnaby Group
Monday, March 5th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, March 12th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

Please feel welcome to join this family networking group that helps to develop services and support for autistic persons. The next meeting is March 10th.  See THE POSTER for more information, or contact John Tsang at john_tsang2000@yahoo.ca

BACI Self-Advocate Group

All self advocates are welcome to join the meeting on February 26th at 10:30 am at BACI’s Still Creek Centre. Please see THE FLYER for more information about the group.  If you have any questions, call the Advisors Gerry Juzenas or Gregg Schiller at 604-299-7851 or email: GreggSchiller@shaw.ca

BACI Advocacy Committee 

The Advocacy Committee works to promote access and inclusion in Burnaby, British Columbia and beyond. We raise awareness and provide information to government regulators and businesses including The City of Burnaby and Translink. New members are welcomed. The next meeting is February 27th. Partners for Inclusive Education will be joining us so we can learn about how their group has created support within Vancouver schools for inclusion and diverse learners. 

For more information see  Advocacy Committee




Events of interest for Burnaby Families 


Special Olympics Training Camp

Free Health Screening for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability

Individuals with intellectual disabilities may not always get the health attention they need and deserve. Special Olympics Health Screenings are one tool to help address this.  These screenings are free and are open to anyone with an intellectual disability, not just those registered with Special Olympics. Special Olympics BC will be running health screenings in the areas of Health Promotion, dentistry (Special Smiles), optometry (Opening Eyes), and audiology (Healthy Hearing). For more information, or to register, please contact Lois McNary at 604.737.3117 / lmcnary@specialolympics.bc.ca Details are available HERE.
WHEN: Individuals 14 years and older – Sat, Feb 24th, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Individuals 3 -14 years of age – Sun, Feb 25, 10:00 am – noon
WHERE: Vancouver Technical Secondary School, 2600 E. Broadway, Vancouver

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group

This month’s topic is “Autism: What Next” with Stella Hui from AutismBC  Workshops and activities are presented primarily in Cantonese with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation.  Please see THE 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 mlaw@ccmcanada.org
WHEN:  Monday, February 26th , 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE:  CCM Ministry, Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, Second Floor

familyWORKS Support Group

familyWORKs is a support group for families who are working toward employment with a family member who has a disability. This month Anjela Godber from Ready Willing & Able will be our guest speaker. Ready, Willing & Able works Canada wide to increase labor force participation of people with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ready, Willing & Able partners with local agencies to offer services for jobseekers. Employers such as Costco, Shoppers Drugs Mart, Home Depot and Value Village rely on Ready, Willing & Able to help them hire and support a diverse workforce. ​See THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 28th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Bonsor Recreation Complex, Upper Floor Meeting Room, 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby

ConnecTra Abilities Expo and Job Fair

Employers interested in hiring a diverse workforce will be at this job fair looking to meet potential employees. Also attending will be a wide variety of organizations and service providers who work to improve inclusion and quality of life. Keynote speaker Marco Pasqua, Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant for the Presidents Group,will be presenting about The Impact of Accessible and Inclusive Workplaces. To learn more about this free event see THE WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Friday March 2nd, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
WHERE: Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Assistive Technology For Young Adults

The Vancouver Parents Transition Group and Developmental Disabilities Association(DDA) present this workshop on Assistive Technology(AT.) AT allows individuals to perform tasks that they would otherwise be unable to do, or increases the ease and safety with which a task can be performed.  The workshop is given by Loubna Kalaaji, DDA’s lead technology specialist. 
WHEN: Saturday, March 3rd, 10:30 am
WHERE: DDA’s Kaslo Hub, 3455 Kaslo St, Vancouver (enter through the parking lot)

BC Centre for Ability Hot Chocolate Run

Run 5 km, 10 km or join in the all ages Fun Run. Raise money for a good cause. Registration closes 11:59 pm on Feb 25th. Click HERE for more information.
WHEN: The morning of Saturday, March 3rd – start time depends upon run selected
WHERE: Lumberman’s Arch Concession, Stanley Park, Vancouver

Faster than a Speeding Bullet: iPads in Autism Intervention

The iPad has great potential to help individuals with education and daily living. This presentation, based on the most current research, will discuss when and how the iPad can be effective. You will have the opportunity to learn about apps to address specific skill areas. Presenter, Dr. Brenda Fossett is an inspired teacher who is widely admired for her ability to convey complex concepts to those who work with children and adults with special needs. For registration information or to learn more about the event see THE WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Saturday, March 10th 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
WHERE: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1900 (Fletcher Theatre), 515 West Hastings, Vancouver

Skating Party to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Join former Canucks Darcy Rota and Bob Murray for a free family event in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day. Skate and helmet rentals are no cost. Skating bars will be available. Refreshments will be served after skating. See THE POSTER for event details. 
WHEN: Friday, March 16th, 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Rink 2, 8 Rinks, 6501 Sprott St, Burnaby

InclusionBC Conference

The 2018 conference will be held May 24th – May 26th at the Grand Delta Okanagan Resort. Early bird registration has now started. See THE WEBSITE for keynote speakers, resort features and more



Links of interest for Burnaby Families


2013 Team BMO repaints the BACI cafeteria

What happens when your special needs child ages out of the system

CBC Radio’s “White Coat, Black Art” addresses the topic of what happens when individuals with disabilities no longer qualify for children’s services. In the Feb 10th, 2018 episode Dr Brain Goldman spends the day with the Geddes family. Gillian Geddes, who needs significant supports, will soon leave high school with no adult program to go to. Her parents speak about the joys and frustrations of living with Gillian, and how the looming situation of having no adult services challenges them. The Feb, 18th, 2018 episode focuses on the wider problem of adults with disabilities who lack government support and the stress this places on their families. Gillian’s sister speak about their lives and their dreams for the future that, naturally, include Gillian. University of Toronto health science researcher Dr Yona Ludsky speaks about the situation in general and why she thinks it is becoming a crisis. 

Click HERE for the Feb 10th episode. Click HERE for the Feb 18th episode. 

New Toronto Research Hub to Focus on  Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. 

Statistics suggest that incidents of mental illness are considerably higher among those with developmental disabilities than among the general population. CAMH’s new Azrieli Centre will focus on research and education that will improve the way the medical community responds to this group’s unique needs.People with disabilities and medical experts agree it’s common to see doctors conflate disability and mental illness, often dismissing the symptoms of one disorder by attributing them to the other. Read the whole story HERE. 

Proposed “Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities Act”

Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre hopes that there will be bi-parisan support for his proposed bill that would amend current legislation to ensure that Canadians with disabilities don’t lose more through taxation or the loss of benefits than they gain as a result of finding a job. Find out more HERE.

Call For Submissions for New Book

The BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society is looking for contributions of poems, songs, personal stories and artwork for a new disability guide. Anyone who has a connection to an indigenous individual with a disability is welcome to make a submission. See THE POSTER for more information.

Adapted Cycling Succeeds in Metro Vancouver Schools

The Biking to School Safety Program visits classrooms to teaching safe cycling skills.  So that all children in participating classes can join in, the programs is now providing adapted bicycles to children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Learn more at HUB Cycling

Burnaby Parks and Recreation Adapted Programs

While people with disabilities are encouraged to join any Burnaby Parks and Rec  program that appeals to them, a number of adapted programs are available. See THE WEBSITE or view THE ACCESS BROCHURE.

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 News and Events for Feb 22nd, 2018