Special News & Events

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, January 8th, 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 on January 13th. See THE POSTER for more information, or contact John Tsang at john_tsang2000@yahoo.ca

BACI Self-Advocate Group

There will be no December meeting for the Self-Advocate Group. The next meeting is January 29th. 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: 



Special Olympics 2017 by Vincetic102

 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

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

Seeking New Members for an Interactive Job, Supper and Toastmasters Club

The Tuesday Triple is a unique learning opportunity that offers camaraderie, mutual support and encouragement for those on their employment journey. The group will meet for 10 facilitated 4-hour sessions and is looking for new members for their winter/spring 2018 session.  To learn more or to enrol, please contact James Miller, Assistant Manager by email. James.Miller@posAbilities.ca or call (604) 291-1902. Details are also on page 5 of the PosAbilities Newsletter
WHERE: The Tuesday Triple currently takes place at posAbilities Employment Service,  #307 – 3680 East Hastings Street, Vancouver.

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

King Arthur’s Night

King Arthur’s Night is a version of the story of King Arthur that includes 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, this production has been selected to be part of the PuSh Performing Arts Festival. Buy tickets at the PuSh Festival Website 
WHEN: January 31st–February 3rd,  7:30 pm  and February 4th, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC, 6354 Crescent Road, Vancouver

 Skills for Healthy Relationships – A Workshop Series for Teens

A program for navigating social interactions, self care and relationships for neuro-diverse youth 13 years and older. Starting February 8th this 6 week program is lead by Nicky Waring a Sexual Health and Relationships Educator and is co-sponsored by Kinsight. See THE WEBSITE for details, fees and registration information. 

Sexual Health Workshop Series for Parents and Caregivers

 These 4 workshops, running from January 11th to February 1st, are lead by Nicky Waring a Sexual Health and Relationships Educator,  For more information see THE WEBSITE. 


Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


Katrina cleans up at BACI’s Still Creek Centre after baking some of her delicious shortbread.

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 will be announced soon. Learn more, or submit suggestions on line at 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. 

Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services

For people with an intellectual disability and mental health needs getting the right help can be challenging. Fraser Health has a program for people who face just these challenges that serves those living in Burnaby. Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services can provide individualized assessment, treatment, education and more. For more information including how to make a referral see THE WEBPAGE.

Canada Revenue Agency to have a Disability Advisory Committee

The federal government has reinstated the Disability Advisory Committee. This committee will connect with a wide range of stake holders and take their views into account as it administers tax measures for people with disabilities. See the full announcement on THE 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 December 28th, 2017