Charlene Croft – Blogging Autism

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 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 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, August 21, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta 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: 


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. A trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery for adults on the autism spectrum is coming up. To register and for more details click  HERE. As well limited ticket are available for a Science World outing. Various dates are being offered. Find out more HERE.
WHEN: Friday, August 11, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE: Vancouver Art Gallery, 75o Hornby St. Vancouver

Free Outdoor Movies at Burnaby Civic Square: Every Thursday in August a family friendly movie will be shown in Burnaby’s Civic Square. Bring your own blanket. Movies will be shown rain or shine. For a list of movies and for more details check THE WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Every Thursday in August from 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
WHERE: Civic Square, beside the Bob Prittie Library at Kingsborough St. and McKay Ave.

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group:  This month the group is taking a day trip to Whistler. The cost is $20.00 which includes the tour bus for the whole family. Group 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, August 11, 8:15 am – late afternoon

RCMP Musical Ride:  Come to Swangard Stadium to see 32 majestic horses and their riders perform thrilling cavalry drills to lively music. As well enjoy other family friendly performers, activities and displays. Tickets are only 10 dollars (Children 5 and under are free) and proceeds will help support local charities. Learn more or find the link to purchase tickets HERE.
WHEN: Friday, August 18, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Swangard Stadium at Central Park, Burnaby

Managing Back-To-School Anxiety: Going back to school after the summer is a big shift in a child or youth’s schedule. The thought of returning to the classroom can give rise to fears of what it will be like to start a new school year. Come hear an expert panel discuss back-to-school anxiety and best practices for managing it. This event is also accessible on-line and by telephone, and is sponsored by The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre. For more information see THE WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 29, Noon – 1:00 pm
WHERE: BC Children’s Hospital, Mental Health Building, 4555 Heather Street, Entrance #85, Third floor room P3-306.

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

International Gentle Teaching Conference: Gentle Teaching is a unique relational approach to working with people with disabilities. It is centred on building safe, loving and engaged relationships. Developed by John McGee, the method has had success in teaching people who were previously marginalized because of very challenging behaviour. This year the Gentle Teaching International Conference is being held in Vancouver. Learn more at the CONFERENCE WEBSITE. 
WHEN: Sept 19 – Sept 21
WHERE: Coast Plaza Inn and Suites, 1763 Comox St, Vancouver

Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


Persons With Disability Benefit To Be Increased By $100.00 Per Month: Persons receiving the benefit can look to see the increase when they get their Sept 20th check. To see coverage of this announcement by the BC Government click HERE. For coverage by CBC News click HERE.

Accessibility Sports Hub: Vancouver based viaSPORT and Microsoft Canada have partnered to develop the Accessibility Sports Hub(ASH) an online chatbot that connects people to sports resources for people with disabilities.

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.

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
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BACI News and Events for July 27th