Special News& Events


Midsummer Flowers in Burnaby


InWithForward is a collective of innovators and designers that are bringing change to human services. They spend time with and listen to people receiving services and then work with them to initiate change.  Kudoz and Real Talk are two programs that started with the work of InWithForward. InWithForward have a new home and are inviting BACI members and families to their open house to celebrate the move. InWithForward is a BACI sponsored initiative. For more information click HERE.
WHEN: Thursday , August 1st, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE: 708 East Hastings Street, Vancouver


BACI Annual General Meeting – Save The Date

BACI’s AGM will be held on Thursday, September 26. 



 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, August 12th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, August 19th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

 BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

There are no meetings in July and August.  Facilitator, John Tsang, always welcomes new members. Contact John at john_tsang2000@yahoo.ca or see THE POSTER to learn more. 

 BACI Self-Advocate Group

 The Self-Advocate Group will meet again in Sept. Please see THE FLYER for more information.  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 will be in Sept

For more information see  Advocacy Committee

Events of Interest for Burnaby Families



Fountain in Burnaby on a Summer Day

Rare Disease Foundation Annual Picnic

The Rare Disease Foundation creates communities of patients, caregivers, health care providers, researchers and supporters, that work together to transform the lives of those living with rare disease. Their annual picnic is an afternoon of games and fun. To register click HERE.
WHEN: Sunday, July 28th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby

Science World Sensory Friendly Mornings

Sensory Friendly Mornings are exclusive events for individuals and families living with autism or sensory processing differences. Guests can enjoy Science World exhibits in a comfortable, welcoming and less crowded environment. Wherever possible, exhibits will have adjusted operations and lowered volume levels from 8am to 10am. Guests are welcome to stay and explore Science World as long as they wish. To learn more and see upcoming dates click HERE.
WHEN: Saturday, July 27th, 8:00 am onwards
WHERE: Science World, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver

MyBooklet BC Training Session

MyBooklet BC is A FREE online tool that families and people with disabilities can use to create a beautiful and personalized information booklet for a loved one or for themselves. Family Support Institute is hosting a MyBooklet BC training session. Click HERE for registration. For more information contact (604)540-8374 ext 528 or btaylor@fsibc.com
WHEN: Monday, August 12th, 6:00 pm
WHERE: 227   6th St, New Westminster

posAbilities’ Picnic in the Park

posAbilities invites friends and supporters to join them for food, music, and celebration with the beautiful people of posAbilities. Whip up a yummy potluck dish and head over to the park for some BBQ and bonding. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pam Balog at 778-945-3354 or pbalog@posAbilities.ca
WHEN: Thursday, August 22nd, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Central Park, 6110 Boundary Rd, Burnaby

Family Smart Practice Training

Young people 19 – 26 who have experienced mental health challenges and their families are invited to be part of the Familysmart® Practice Training. This training helps participants develop interpersonal skills and make connections. It also is an opportunity to influence how others connect and work with children and youth when they are struggling with their mental health. A $ 60 Honorarium and Certificate of Participation will be provided on completion of the training. For registration information click HERE.
WHEN: Thursday, August 29th
WHERE: New Westminster

Level Up with PLAN

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network is now offering two levels of their popular Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) workshops. Level 1 is for those who want to learn about what an RDSP is, who benefits and who qualifies. Level 2 is for those who want to learn about more advanced RDSP topics including withdrawals, transfers, investments, rollovers and what to do when a beneficiary passes away. Registration is now available for fall workshops. For more information click HERE.


Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults (CAYA)

CAYA is a province-wide service program that supports adults aged 19 years and older who require an augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) system due to a severe communication disability. The Government of BC recently announced funding to allow CAYA to update some of its aging equipment and systems. This new funding ensures that adults in B.C. living with conditions ranging from autism to ALS, will continue to have the supports and technology to communicate independently with their families, co-workers, friends and neighbours, said Jeff Riley, program manager,CAYA.

T21 Mom Pod Cast

A family PODCAST hosted by Mary Cardle who lives in Metro Vancouver.  Mary is a single mom by choice living in Metropolitan Vancouver, BC, with her beautiful daughter, Ainsley (2012), who is rocking an extra chromosome, also known as Down syndrome. Mary shares her insights about  Down syndrome, single parenting, special needs, and pretty much everything in between.

Ministry of Children and Family Development Respite Program to receive $6.3 million boost

Children with special needs and their families are getting more help from the provincial government with a $6.3 million boost to the province’s respite program. Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s minister of children and family development said that more than 1,300 families on a wait list will now receive respite funding. “And those who are receiving the funding already, there’s almost 5,000 families, will see a boost in the respite funding that they’re going to receive.” Conroy noted that the government has not increase respite funding for over 30 years, say that lack of access to respite is an issue “that has far too long been ignored and allowed to get worse.” Read the full story HERE.

Burnaby Parks and Recreation’s Fall and Winter Leisure Guide Now Available

Registration for most Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 programs starts on August 14th.  The LEISURE GUIDE lists adapted and accessible programs. Individuals with disabilities can also sign up for other programs that interest them. People that need extra support are welcome to bring a support person with them. In addition Parks and Rec. access volunteers may be available to facilitate participation and provide minimal support. Call 604-297-4576 to speak to the access co-ordinator.

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 July 25th, 2019