Hold the date!  This fall will be busy with many fun and educational BACI events (more details to follow):  BACI’s Annual General Meeting, September 22;  BACI Creative Housing Workshop, September 24;  BACI 60th Anniversary Party, October 6;  BACI Wills Trusts & Estates Workshop, November 2 and BACI Senior’s Tea, November 6.  Please watch for upcoming newsletters or refer to our CALENDAR for updates.

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. This program will run over the summer.
WHEN:  Monday, August 15, 6:00 – 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:  (Note date change because of the Labour Day holiday) Monday, September 12, 6:00  – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby. *Watch for a possible change of  location*

BACI Self-Advocate Group:  The group is working on a project to produce a plain-language Anti-Bullying Guide.  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:  This group will not meet in July and August. Next meeting is September 26.

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.  This group will not meet in July and August. Next meeting is September 10.

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.

BACI’s Outcomes Measurement Report:  Read all about BACI’s accomplishments, challenges and what we have learned in our 2015 Outcomes Measurement Report. It’s one of the key ways we monitor our quality improvement and keep evolving as an organization.

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:

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group: CCM Centre started serving the Burnaby community September 2000.  Workshops / activities are primarily presented in Cantonese with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation.  Please see the ENGLISH FLYER or CHINESE FLYER for more information. You may also be interested in the MINISTRY PAMPHLET which outlines their goals.
WHAT:  Family outing – berry picking
WHEN:  *Tomorrow*Friday August 12
RSVP & More Information: Please contact Mable Law to register or for more information: 604-877-8606 ext 244 or

BC Epilepsy Society – Thriving with Epilepsy:  Bring your family and friends, and share breakfast, a walk or both and be inspired!!  This is a free public event. A once in a lifetime opportunity to connect with an Olympian athlete that is thriving with epilepsy! Registration is required to ensure breakfast needs are met.
WHEN:  Sunday, August 14, Breakfast at 10:00 am, Talk at 10:30 am and hike (optional) at 11:00 am.
WHERE:  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
REGISTER:  For more information and to register please visit THE WEBSITE.

The Buddy Club:  Meet a Buddy, Bring a Buddy, Be a Buddy!  This month the Buddy Club, hosted by the Supported Living Network (SLN),  is going to the BC Sunsplash Summer Dance.   Please note that this is a Drug and Alcohol-Free Event. Please see THE POSTER for more detailed information or contact the SLN 778-945-1430 ext. 333.
WHEN:  Wednesday, August 24th, 6 – 9 pm
WHERE:  1387 Venables Street (near Clark), Vancouver
RSVP:  Please call 778-945-1430 ext. 333 ( to RSVP or to find out more).

Family Support Institute (FSI) Trivia Night:  Hold the date for the 9th Annual Trivia fundraiser for FSI. This is an excellent team-building event for a great cause.  Please view THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN:  Saturday, October 1, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
WHERE:  BACI’s Large Ed room, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby
COST:  $25.00 per person includes snacks.  Beverages including alcohol will be available for purchase.

Family Focus Conference 2016:  The Value of One; The Power of Many, October 21 – 23, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC.  Registration is now open.  Please visit THE WEBSITE for more information.

Links of Interest:

Burnaby’s  Fall/Winter 2016 Leisure Guide:  Registration for most fall programs started on August 10.  Find the leisure guide on THE WEBSITE.

Self-Advocate Net News: The summer edition features a survey for all self-advocates on the new bus pass system and a thoughtful article by Cathy Grant, “When did independence trump quality of life”.  A must-read for parents who often ask  the same question when it comes to encouraging independence for our disabled children.  Read it all at THE WEBSITE.

100 free and low-cost summer activities in metro Vancouver:  If you are hearing the “I’m bored” bitter summer whine, then it’s time to look for new things to do.  From our friends at yoyomama a HUGE list of free and almost free things to do this summer to keep the young and the young-at-heart busy this summer.  You can read the guide HERE.

Complex Child Magazine:  Complex Child is a monthly online magazine written by parents of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities. The August edition is all about advocacy with lots of tips from “those parents”.  To view the August edition, please visit THE WEBSITE.

HandyDart Updates:  Linda McGowan, Consumer Advocacy Manager for HandyDart visited our Senior’s Tea in June and provided us with an update on HandyDart.  There are a few changes associated with the new Compass Card roll-out including the fare system and ticket purchases.  You can view the update from Linda HERE.

Special Needs Funding in BC Schools:  “The allocation of services for students in various categories is not like a Chinese Food Menu…if you have designation “X”, it comes with egg rolls and a full time EA.” Read this timely article on the realities of education funding in BC from Action for Equitable Education HERE.

The New Canada Child Benefit – 5 things to know:  “The key to maximizing the CCB lies in minimizing a household’s net income. Any deductions that lower the amount on line 236 of the federal tax return will result in higher monthly benefit payments.”  Read the whole article HERE.

Government Accessibility Consultations open:  Between July 2016 and February 2017, the government of Canada will be consulting with Canadians on planned accessibility legislation.  Find out more about the initiative and how you can participate HERE.

Artists With Developmental Disabilities Explore The Meaning Of Femininity:  Interesting article in the Huffington Post about a nonprofit studio and gallery space in Brooklyn  that works with adult artists with developmental disabilities to bolster life skills through art. Read the article and view some amazing art HERE.

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC Programs:  The CPABC offers a wide variety of programs and services to both the Cerebral Palsy community and the general disability community, from bursaries, camperships and scholarships to self-defence classes and peer support groups.  Please visit THE WEBPAGE for more information, dates and deadlines.

PLAN – Start planning for the future today:  This Summer PLAN is offering several online and in-person learning opportunities that can help you and your family plan for the future and more.  From full-day succession planning workshops to free Registered Disability Savings Plan information sessions PLAN can help you have peace of mind about your loved-ones’ future.   For more info, visit THE WEBSITE.

Down Syndrome Research Foundation:  The DSRF is launching a parent’s series of educational workshops this fall.  The sessions will go from September to June and advanced registration is requested.  New programs at the DSRF include therapeutic art, yoga and Bollywood dancing. There are also a few spots left for the fall education sessions.  Please visit THE WEBSITE for all the information and to register.

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
Carol Stinson:  (Cell) 604.763.5667
John Tsang: (Cell) 604.928.8289
Susan Kwan:  (Cell) 604.720.0028

BACI Family Information and Support
Family Gathering Place
7716 Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5J 4K4
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~ BACI News & Reminders for August 11, 2016 ~