Special News & Events
Artists Helping Artists(A.H.A.)
Artists Helping Artists, a BACI sponsored art studio collective, has undergone an exciting relaunch. The studio has new energy and lots of inspiring projects for artists to explore. A.H.A. believes art is a vital element in tolerance and inclusion and a large percent of our membership is made up of artists with complex needs. Registration is open to any person over the age of 16 who would like to create art or who would like to support artists in the production and marketing of art. No art experience necessary! See the A.H.A. WEBSITE or connect with Katelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN: Mondays – Thursday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: 7724 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby
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 13th, 6:00pm – 7:00 pm
North Burnaby Group
Monday, July 16th, 6:00pm – 7:00 pm
BACI Chinese Parent Support Group
BACI Self-Advocate Group
The Self Advocate Group does not meeting during the summer. Please see THE FLYER for more information about the group.
BACI Advocacy Committee
The Advocacy Committee works to promote access and inclusion in Burnaby, British Columbia and beyond. The Committee does not meet during the summer months
For more information see Advocacy Committee
Events of Interest for Burnaby Families
Spectrum Society Summer Picnic
Spectrum Society invites friends and supporters to join them for their summer picnic/potluck. Join with new friends and old for this annual event. For more information see the Spectrum WEBSITE.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 18th, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Picnic Gazebo, Trout Lake at John Hendry Park, 3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
Disabled Community Connection Network(DCCN)
DCCN is a monthly communication and information group for people of all ages (16+) with any disability. July’s meeting will focus on language and stigma and the way in which those two concepts affect the disabled community. Help brainstorm ideas for community projects that shine light on the disabled experience. Come share your lived experiences through lively, peer facilitated discussion. This group is facilitated by and for people with disabilities. The POSTER has more details.
WHEN: Thursday, July 19th 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Peer Net BC, 408-602 West Hastings St, Vancouver
Real Talk Pizza Party: Chat, eat and share ideas
Folks with a cognitive disability meet over a casual meal, watch some Real Talk videos, and participate in a conversation facilitated by a certified sexual health educator. While this is happening, their families, staff and supporters have their own event at a spot nearby to discuss how best to engage around subjects to do with sexuality. For more information and to register click HERE.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 24th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE: New Westminster – exact location will be given upon registration.
ConnecTra invites you to a workshop all about your personal space! Learn about advocating for your rights and benefits as a person with disability from the Disability Alliance; find out about accessible housing from the Vancouver Resource Society, and explore beautifying your personal environment and that of your community’s, through Disabled Independent Gardeners Association. Light refreshments and amazing company included! Workshop space is limited so RSVP today to book your spot by contacting Steve Street: email@example.com or 604-688-6464 ext 115
WHEN: Tuesday, July 24th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
BC Summer Institute
What do schools that welcome, include and nurture all learners look like? Creating the Future – Partnerships for Inclusive Learning is a summer conference designed to provide a robust learning environment that will facilitate strategic approaches to inclusion and belonging for all students in B.C.’s elementary and secondary schools. Participants will include administrators, teachers, parents, paraprofessionals, therapists and other members of a school based team.
WHEN: Monday, August 20th – Wednesday, August 22nd
WHERE: University of British Columbia
Every year Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) offers caregivers a week-end of rest and rejuvenation on Bowen Island. 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 single occupancy and $450.00 for two people sharing a room. For more details and registration information see the PLAN WEBSITE.
WHEN: Friday, Sept 7th – Sunday, Sept 9th
Looking ahead to the fall there are several interesting conference being held in our region:
- Positive Behaviour Supports in Schools – October 19th and 20th
- Investing in Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorder – November 2nd
- Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities – November 7th to 9th
Links Of Interest To Burnaby Families
Family Support Institute Offers Free PATH Sessions
PATH stands for Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope. A PATH allows a person with a disability ,along with their family, friends and support network, to create a vision for a good life and express dreams. Then a person centred action plan is developed, one that promotes connection and community. Usually there is a charge for a PATH, but Family Support Institute is offering a free PATH to interested individuals. Contact Valarie Irving at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-540-8374 ext 521
Self Advocates are Invited to Tell Their Stories
Community Living BC and Self Advocate Net are seeking stories from self advocates to be published and shared on-line. Contributors selected will be paid $100.00 The stories should be 250 – 350 words long and 8 stories will be selected each month. By telling stories about challenges, successes and adventures self advocates will find a voice while changing stereotypes and breaking barriers. See the Self Advocate Net WEBSITE for more information.
B.C. government promises more study on ‘basic income’
The Government of BC announced that a committee of three academics will research and test the feasibility of a basic-income pilot project in British Columbia. “The researchers will look at whether a basic income is a viable option to reduce poverty, build financial security, and increase inclusion and well-being,” said Social Development and Poverty Reduction Minister Shane Simpson. “Our government looks forward to learning more about how to enhance the income-support system, to achieve measurable and lasting improvements for people living in poverty.” See the full story HERE.
Community Living BC Launches New Website
CLBC has launched a new website to make it easier for individuals and families to find information. The new web site, which can be read from a mobile phone or tablet, is organized around three questions: “Who does CLBC support?”, “What support is available?” and “How do I get support?” Check it out at communitylivingbc.ca
Burnaby Parks and Recreation Adapted Programs
BACI Family Information and Support contacts