Special News & Events


   BACI’s 2018 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: 


Looking West from Burnaby Mountain Park by Jerry Meaden

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, February 5th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, February 19th, 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 February 3rd. Note that because of Chinese New Year, the groups is meeting on the first Saturday in Feb.  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.  Please contact Rachel Goddyn 778-386-4046 for the date of the next meeting. 

For more information see  Advocacy Committee




Events of interest for Burnaby Families: 


Burnaby Lake by James Abbott

Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group 

This month David Taylor, AutismBC Board member and parent of a child with autism, 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 – noon (doors open at 9:45)
WHERE: Studio #301 3701 E Hastings St, Burnaby


New Westminster Volunteer Fest

Are you looking for a volunteer position? Over 30 local non-profits will be showcasing worthy causes that need people just like you to make a difference. Find an organization that matches your interests. There will be live entertainment and a draw for a shopping spree! KUDOZ is planning to attend. Come by their table and visit them.  Learn more about the fest at the FACEBOOK event page. 
WHEN: Saturday, January 27th 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
WHERE: Royal City Centre Mall, 610 6th St, New Westminster

BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation in Burnaby

British Columbians are invited to come and talk about how poverty can be reduced in the province. Ideas shared at the in-person community meetings will help form the Poverty Reduction Strategy. Supports are available to help  participants, including transportation, child care, disability and health supports. If you need supports, please contact Lara Therrien Boulos by phone at 604 718-8504 or email: ltboulos@sparc.bc.ca  A hot meal will be provided.
WHEN: Monday, January 29th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Firefighters Banquet & Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby

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

At this month’s “in the know” the group 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

The Caregiver Expo

Caregivers provide unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has a mental health or substance misuse problem. Burnaby Senior Outreach is hosting a free day long event featuring over 20 exhibitors, door prize draws, and great speakers including a keynote speech by Bee Quammie, writer, digital content creator, event producer and speaker. The POSTER contains further details
WHEN: Saturday, February 3rd, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
WHERE: Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby

Invisible Disabilities

Join filmmaker Cheryl Green for a daylong workshop on invisible disabilities. Hosted by Christ Church Cathedral, the workshop will cover issues related to invisible disability and the Christian faith and how these issues intersect with race, gender, and sexuality. Cheryl Green will also show her film, Who Am I To Stop It, an award-winning documentary on isolation, art, and transformation after brain injury. $10 registration is $10.00 and this covers the cost of lunch.
Financial assistance is available for anyone who cannot pay the $10 fee See the POSTER for more information.
REGISTER: helen@thecathedral.ca or Phone: 604.682.3848, ext. 25
WHEN: Saturday, February 10 at 10am – 4pm
WHERE: Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard St. Vancouver

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.

International Seating Symposium

The International Seating Symposium (ISS) is considered one of the premier meetings in the world of dedicated clinicians, researchers, manufacturers, and others who work to improve seating and mobility among people with disabilities. This year’s symposium is taking place in Vancouver. See the BROCHURE for more information.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 6th – Friday, March 9th
WHERE: Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Dr. Vancouver


Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


Nicole and Lexia at the Yahoo! Accessibility Lab

Translink launches hands-free fare gate access 

Details about the program and how to apply are available at Translink: Universal Fare Gate Access Program
Here are several news stories about this long awaited development:
The Vancouver Sun
CBC News


John Morris, a 28-year-old car accident/burn survivor, triple amputee and wheelchair user, created this website to share his experiences traveling the world and overcoming the barriers to accessibility. After his car accident, he was told that  travel would be impossible. That was four years ago. Since then he has visited 29 countries & territories and flown more than 750,000 miles.
THE WEBSITE has information about the accessibility of transit systems, taxis, streets and sidewalks, hotels and major attractions for locations all over the world.

Grants and Bursaries for Equipment and Therapy

Families who have a child with a disability have, on average, lower household incomes, yet they must try to meet their child’s needs for therapy and equipment. There are several charities that may help low income families with some of these expenses. 
Variety Children’s Charity
Easter Seals
CKNW Orphan’s Fund

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.


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 25th, 2018