Special News & Events


  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

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: 


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, 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 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: 


BC Special Olympics Competitors

Square Peg Society

The Square Peg Society is a support group for Aspergers, High Functioning Autistic and Atypical adults and their families. February’s meeting is about housing. There will be presenters from two groups that are planning new supportive housing developments, one in Vancouver, the other in Port Moody. THE POSTER contains more information. Note that the groups is not meeting in their usual location. RSVP to joetteh@shaw.ca
WHEN: Thursday, February 15th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Community Living Society Offices, 7th Floor, 713 Columbia St. New Westminster 

Rare Disease Foundation – Parent 2 Parent Support Group

The Rare Disease Foundation is focused on linking basic science and clinical practice to increase the efficiency of rare disease research. Patient and family knowledge is vital, and so the foundation brings families together to share resources as they navigate the world of rare disease care. February’s meeting topic is Education. 
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 21st 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Room 2108,  Children and Family Research Institute, 950 West 29th Ave, Vancouver
For further detailed directions: https://bcchr.ca/about-us/contact-us 

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

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

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


Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


Sunset in Burnaby

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

February is National Inclusive Education Month

Each February, as Canadians celebrate our commitment to inclusive education. Learn more about advancing inclusive education or how to nominate someone for a National Inclusive Education Award at Inclusion BC

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

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 8th, 2018