Wishing BACI athletes a wonderful Summer Games

Kudos:   Kudoz  is a new way for individuals with an intellectual disability to learn, experience, connect and grow.  Kudos is a FREE program and, at the moment, has NO WAIT LIST. Learn how Kudoz works, check out the catalogue of splendid learning experiences, and discover how you can be part of the Kudoz community at THE WEBSITE. To see when upcoming events are being held visit the FACEBOOK page. Kudos is a BACI hosted initiative.

BACI Youth Summer Camp: Registration is now open for summer camp. Enjoy arts, recreation and day trips. This camp is open to youth 13 -18 years of age who live in Burnaby or New Westminster and are MCFD -CYSN  funded. Each week has a special theme and costs $60.00. The number of weeks available to each camper will depend upon demand. More information can be found on THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: July 3 – August 25, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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.
WHEN:  Monday, July 17, 6:00 pm – 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: Monday, August 14, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Self-Advocate Group:  The group has finished their anti-bullying guide and is planning a launch event.  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: Meetings are not being held in July and August.

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. The group does not meet in July and August. The next meeting will be Sept 9, 2017


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:  This month the groups is taking a day trip to Harrison Hot Springs. Along the way they will visit a honey farm and a u-pick berry farm. Activities and workshops are in Cantonese with Mandarin translation.  Group goals are outlined in the MINISTRY PAMPHLET. For more information and to register for the day trip contact Mabel Law: e-mail:   or   604-877-8606 ext. 244
WHEN:  Friday, July 14th, 8:45 am – 3:45 pm

abOUT Social:  abOUT is a community collaboration group for people who have an intellectual disability and are LGBTQIA2S. The groups is about connecting, supporting, and empowering folks to hold space for each other and with each other, to love and be loved. Join the next social gathering to meet the group and learn about what they do. For more information or to discuss help with transportation call Fran at 604 723 8315 Click here to join the FACEBOOK group.
WHEN: Friday, July 14th, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Hub Space251 East 11th Ave, Vancouver

An Evening of Music with Thora Rogers and The Silver Linings: The Vancouver Adapted Music Society presents Thora Rogers and The Silver Linings who will play a mixture of familiar covers and music from Thora’s new CD. Cover charge is only $5.00. See THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Sunday, July 16th, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)
WHERE: Backstage Lounge, Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island, 1585 Johnston St, Vancouver

AustimBC Live: AutismBC is presenting a webinar series so you can learn from experts in your on home. This month, AutismBC Director of Operations Andrew Pinfold will be speaking to Regional Coordinator Corey Walker to discuss his insights on employment as a self advocate and to provide strategies based on his “tool box” for success. More information, including details about how to login, can be found on THE WEBPAGE.
WHEN: July 19th, 12:15 pm

AutismBC Goes: AutismBC Goes was created to make outings and social activities a great experience for the whole family. Each venue will provide a safe, fun environment where individual are free to be themselves. Discounted rates make the activities very affordable. The WEBPAGE provides information about all upcoming events. The first event is Bowling in Burnaby.
WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Old Orchard Lanes, 4429 Kingsway, Burnaby

Rare Disease Foundation Family Picnic and BBQ: An afternoon of fun, food, games and carousel rides. This is an opportunity for the Rare Disease Foundation family, researchers, health care workers, supporters, adults and children to get together for a fun filled afternoon. Please RVSP by July 23rd at THIS LINK
WHEN: Sunday, July 30, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Burnaby Village Heritage Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby

Camp Spectacular: Burnaby Parks and Rec and BACI join to offer a summer day camp for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Each week has a special theme and offers arts and crafts, games, swimming, healthy cooking,  day trips and more. There are four day camps for children 5 -12 years which run in the month of July. In August there are four day camps for adults 19 years and older.  Each is a week long. See THE LEISURE GUIDE or the WEB REGISTRATION page for more information.

Plan Institute Caregivers Retreat:  This special weekend retreat is for family caregivers. It allows them to relax, rejuvenate and connect with other caregivers in a beautiful setting. The weekend involves a gentle schedule of activities including nature walks, painting and collaging, sharing stories, guided meditation, as well as alone time for personal reflection and relaxation. All delicious meals will be included. The cost is $300.00 for a single room, or $450.00 for two people who share a room. To register or for more information see THE WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Friday Sept 8th – Sunday Sept 10
WHERE: Bowen Island

Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


LifeLabs Serving Customers With Autism Program: Having blood drawn can be a difficult, anxiety producing experience. This is why LifeLabs has developed a program specially designed to provide caring, compassionate care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The WEBSITE provides details including information on how to book your appointment. The program is now available at all Lifelab Patient Service Centres in BC.

Beach Mat for Accessibility: Vancouver Parks Board will soon be rolling out a trial of a fixed mat that will make English Bay Beach much easier to use for people who use wheels to get around or who find sand difficult to walk on. Read the whole Vancouver Courier story or the Vancouver Sun coverage.

Youth Blog Launch: The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is pleased to announce the launch of its new Youth Blog – coming out of the popularity of the Youth Without Limits support group, the blog features detailed posts about the next Youth Without Limits meeting, workshops, volunteer call-outs and more.

Test Drive A Seizure Alert Device:  Are you considering purchasing a seizure alert device? For a limited time, you can drop by the BC Epilepsy office and “test drive” a demo SAMi Camera or SmartMonitor Watch. Please call 604-875-6704 press 1 or email to set up an appointment to come in an see them in person.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is moving its web presence to As part of the Government of Canada’s Web Renewal Initiative to make its on-line services easier to find and use, the CRA site will now be located at  The date for the official switch over is July 11, 2017. For the next year those accessing the old CRA website will be automatically redirected.

BC Mobility Opportunities Society (BCMOS) Summer Season:  Hike, paddle, sail or garden. BCMOS offers a wide range of accessible activities for people with disabilities. Book a TrailRider wheelchair and get into the woods, or enjoy an hour of supported kayaking in False Creek. Costs are minimal, though a membership form must be completed.  Bookings are available until the summer season ends on August 31st.

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.

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
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 Family Information and Support
Family Gathering Place
7716 Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5J 4K4
web: and

BACI News and Events July 13th, 2017