Special News & Events

King Arthur’s Night

We are excited to be offering deeply discounted tickets to the February 4th production of King Arthurs’s Night. Come see spectacular battle scenes, castles, talking animals and a rock band. Featuring an inclusive cast and starring Niall McNeil, an actor and play wright with Down Syndrome. Note that there is some mature content in the show, it may not be suitable for everyone. To reserve your $5.00 ticket please RSVP to Rachel Goddyn at rachel.goddyn@gobaci.com or 778-386-4046. To ensure that we are able to meet everyone’s needs we will  need some information about the accommodations you require. For more details such as information on parking and transit see THE POSTER.
WHEN: February 4th, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC, 6354 Crescent Road

 Spring Break Camp

Come join the fun. BACI’s 2018 Spring Break Camp will provide art, recreational activities and opportunities for youth to socialize. This camp is for youth aged 12 – 18 years old who are MCDF Children and Youth with Special Needs eligible and live in Burnaby or New Westminster. For a link to the registration form and for more information CLICK HERE.
WHEN: March 19 – 23, and March 26 – 29. (Note: March 29 is Good Friday, so there will not be camp on that day).


 Ongoing Groups and Committees: 


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
Next Meeting – Monday, February 5th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, January 15th, 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 a family potluck on January 13th. 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 January 29th 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.  Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 23rd. 

For more information see  Advocacy Committee




Events of interest for Burnaby Families: 


Opportunity For Free PATH Facilitator Training 

A PATH facilitator helps individuals to develop a big-picture plan to achieve their hopes and dreams using a PATH, a powerful graphic planning process. A 3 day PATH  Facilitator Training with Shelley Nessman and Sheldon Schwitek is coming up in February, and will be offered at no cost to three people provided they offer PATH facilitation to 3 individuals for free during the next year. Applications must be in by January 15, 2018. Is this something you would love to explore? Then APPLY TODAY ! 

Square Peg Society

The Square Peg Society is a support group for Aspergers, High Function Autistic and Atypical adults and their families. January’s meeting is about housing. Come hear Ross Chilton of Community Living Society talk about innovation in housing and supports. THE POSTER contains more information. Note that the groups is not meeting in their usual location. RSVP to joetteh@shaw.ca
WHEN: Thursday, January 18th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Community Living Society Offices, 7th Floor, 713 Columbia St. New Westminster 

Disabled Community Connection Network (DCCN)

DCCN is a monthly communication and information group for people of all ages (16+) with any disability. At January’s meeting the group with be discussing how to create a mixed media art project that focuses on capturing access barriers. Food is provided. See THE POSTER for more details.
WHEN: Thursday, January 18th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE:  PeerNet BC, #408-602 Hastings,Vancouver

Parent Training to Address Problem Behaviours of Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder & Developmental Disabilities

This free training by Dr. Karen Bears focuses on parenting interventions for children with disruptive behaviours. Dr. Bears will review the various forms of parent training for ASD & DD, review four key concepts to help understand why challenging behaviours occur, and provide an overview of common strategies for helping children with DDs and challenging behaviours. For registration and more information see the THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: Saturday, January 20th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Pacific Autism Family Network, 3688 Cessna Dr,  Richmond

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group  

This month’s topic is “How we raise our kids with ADHD.”  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, January 22nd , 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’s speaker is Meaghan Taylor-Reid, one of Burnaby’s Services to Adults With Developmental Disabilities (STADD) navigators. STADD can help CLBC eligible youth between 16 and 24 plan for the future and the transition into adulthood. The navigator will help families form a planning team and coordinate supports and services from government and agencies. ​See THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 24th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Bonsor Recreation Complex, Upper Floor Meeting Room, 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby

Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group 

This month David Taylor will present “Autism and Taxes.” For more information please contact Stella Hui at 604-434-0880  or burnaby@autismbc.ca 
WHEN: Friday, January 26th, 10:00 am – 12:00 am (doors open at 9:45)
WHERE: Studio #301 3701 E Hastings St, Burnaby

An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

This 30 hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, with a small group of participants reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. For course fees and other information CLICK HERE
WHEN:January 22nd – January 26th
WHERE: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Registered Disability Savings Plan Information Session

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a savings plan specifically for people with disabilities. It allows savings to grow in a tax-deferred environment and provides matching federal contributions of up to 300% annually. Come to a free workshop to learn all you need to know about becoming eligible, opening and maximizing the benefits from an RDSP. To register or to find out more see the THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 30th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: PLAN Offices, #260-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver

In The Know – Support For Families With Children Who Have Mental Health Challenges

At this month’s “in the know” the groups is going to watch the webinar “Social Skills Support for Children Living with Mental Health Challenges”.  Our expert, Jeannie, has many good and practical suggestions to support our exceptional kids with navigating tricky social situations. Parent facilitator Graeme Partridge-David is also available by phone or in person to discuss parenting challenges and to share his experiences and knowledge.  To learn more, see THE POSTER.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 30th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Board Room, New Westminster Children’s Centre, 811 Royal Ave, New Westminster 

TeenWork Canada

TeenWork Canada is a program offered by CBI Consultants that provides the opportunity for youth with disabilities 15 – 19 years old to secure successful and meaningful part-time employment while they are attending school.  The program is 41 weeks in length and has several components. Youth must meet certain conditions to be accepted. Participants are now being selected for the February 2018 intake. Learn more at the CBI WEBSITE.



Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


Murray and his autism assistance dog Clive. dee and tula monstah

Airbnb Aims To Improve Accessibility With The Acquisition of Accomable

Accomable was established so that travellers looking for accessible accommodation would have more options and accurate information. Airbnb said it hired Accomable’s founders and most of its seven-person staff to build out Airbnb’s wheelchair-accessible housing inventory and provide more complete and accurate information to disabled travelers, who often rely on a hotel emailing pictures of a room to determine whether it is accessible. See the full story HERE.

March of Dimes Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative

Would a Smart Tablet improve your ability to participate in your community, be independent, communicate, manage daily tasks, explore and control your environment? If so you may qualify for a free Smart Tablet from the March of Dimes. The application deadline is February 9th. Learn more on the Disability Alliance BC WEBSITE.

StopGap Foundation Coming to Vancouver

Just one step can prevent wheelchairs, walkers and strollers from accessing businesses. StopGap Foundation is a charitable organization that builds colourful single-step ramps for businesses to close the gap that exists between sidewalks and elevated storefronts. They aim to provide access while raising awareness about barriers. Check out their website at http://stopgap.ca

BC Poverty Reduction Strategy

Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson wants British Columbians to share their ideas to help shape the Province’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy. Dates for meeting in the MetroVancouver Area are available on the WEBSITE.

UN Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival On-Line

This December The National Film Board, Inculsion BC and The BC Self Advocate Network teamed up to showcase films that explored the representation of people with disabilities for the 1960’s to the present day. These films are now available on-line at the National Film Board WEBSITE. 

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 Jan 11, 2018