Sep
10
to Jun 14

Community Living Victoria Autism Services Social Groups

READY, SET, FUN

*Physical Activity

*Friendships

*Communication and Social Skills

*Being adventurous and trying new things!

After school on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays

In all groups, participants will have the support of a team of experienced Behavior Interventionists, in a maximum ratio of three participants to one Behavior Interventionist at all times. Activities will provide opportunities for the individuals to work on their social skills, both in-house and in the community. Every attempt will be made to ensure that everyone benefits from a fun and educational experience with CLV. Autism Services can also assist with all administration related to Ministry of Children and Family Development's Autism Funding. The fee for each group varies, but is equivalent to $30 per hour. Optional pickup and drop-off for group is available at $1 per km.

For more information, contact: Rachel Knoop, 250-477-7231, local 237 or email  autism@clvic.ca

For a registration form, visit their website.

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Apr
30
to Jun 7

Children and Youth with neuro-diverse special needs public consultation

  • Public Hearing locations - TBA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth invites British Columbians to share their input, experiences and recommendations on assessment and eligibility processes for children and youth with neuro-diverse (e.g.: ASD, FASD, Developmental Delay) special needs.

You can participate by speaking with the Committee at a public hearing, or by making a written, audio or video submission. The Guiding Questions may assist you in preparing for your presentation or submission.

For teleconference opportunities, please contact the Parliamentary Committees Office at 250-356-2933 (toll-free in BC at 1-877-428-8337).

Please note that submissions to parliamentary committees are considered public documents and may be published on the Committee’s website or made available to interested parties, usually following the release of a Committee's report. Please do not include any confidential information in your presentation and/or submission.

For more information visit: the Standing Committee’s website

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May
23
to May 25

Inclusion 2019 Conference presented by Inclusion BC & Community Living Victoria

  • Victoria Conference Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Inclusion 2019 will bring together more than 600 people from across the province to network, share, celebrate and learn about best practice and innovation in inclusion, diversity and human rights. This includes people with intellectual disabilities, community support workers, family members, educators and executives.

Keynote speakers and presentations include:

View the conference schedule and information on attending the event.

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May
30
1:00 PM13:00

Disability Tax Credit Workshop Presented by the Victoria Brain Injury Society

Come join a leading specialist on Disability Tax Credits to learn: 
· If you are eligible
· What the requirements are for the application
· What are the steps and processes
· Learn about refunds
· Ask questions!!
Please note that space is limited, so please RSVP to admin@vbis.ca or call us at 250-598-9339 to reserve your spot. It is recommended that you bring a trusted family member or friend with you. 

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May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Family Group presented by the Victoria Brain Injury Society

This month's theme is Caregiver Wellness and Resources.

This group is for friends and family members of brain injury survivors. It is a safe space free from judgement for loved ones to discuss issues relating to brain injury. You don’t need to attend every group but just drop-in when a topic feels relevant or you’d like to share with the group. Our Peer Support Drop-In also continues to 7:30pm these nights so feel free to bring your loved one with you!

For more information visit www.vbis.ca

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Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Songs on the Water: Music Showcase in Support of Autism Community Training

Welcome Summer 2019 at the Vancouver Rowing Club, with a very special evening of music, food, and friendship to support ACT's free resources for the autism community. A BBQ, wonderful music, and views across Vancouver Harbour, will cater to all your senses! Join the 'Friends of ACT' as we celebrate the warmth of our community and the summer season in the intimate surrounding of the Vancouver Rowing Club.

Featured artists include: Melanie Dekker, Yvonne McSkimming, Ben Heffernan, Kate MacColl, and Mark James Fortin.

Visit the event website for more information and tickets

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Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Q & A Money Talk with John Davies

John is a consultant with extensive leadership background at Community Living BC as well as financial management with World Financial Group.

Bring your questions and take advantage of this opportunity to start a conversation about how to prepare a robust financial future for someone with an intellectual / developmental disability.

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Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Autism Family Spring Party presented by Community Living Victoria

Come out for a Spring Party and Lunch with Victoria Society for Children with Autism at the Cedar Hill Rec Centre.

There will be:

  • Bouncy Castles and Sumo suits from Brooke and Steve at justbounceinflatables.ca

  • Kindergym equipment

  • Plus crafts and food for everyone!

Please register on the event’s website for a ticket

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Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Family Support Group - Victoria Brain Injury Society

This group is for friends and family members of brain injury survivors.
We provide a safe space, free from judgement, for family and friends to discuss the complex issues relating to brain injury. Our Peer Support Drop-In group for clients is now open until 7:30 pm on these Thursdays, so your loved one is welcome to come with you and have a hot drink and a chat with one of our amazing Peer Supporters and other clients.

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Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Quiet Easter Bunny Photos at Westshore Town Centre

Is your child sensory sensitive?

Westshore Town Centre is pleased to offer a quiet experience with the Easter bunny after our Centre closes on Tuesday evening, April 16.  The Easter bunny will be available for visits and photos between 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM.

No registration is necessary, and visitors will receive a treat just for hopping by!

 

Photos by Jon-Mark Photography
$19.99 plus applicable taxes for one 4×6 print and a digital download
Each photo package purchased comes with a mini-me plush bunny valued at $15!
Additional plush bunnies can be purchased for $10 with proceeds benefiting the Victoria Society for Children with Autism

Cash, debit and major credit cards accepted.

Visit the Mall’s website for more information

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Mar
21
1:00 PM13:00

Registered Disability Savings Plan presented by the Victoria Brain Injury Society

Did you know… a registered disability savings plan can help you save for the future?

WHAT: A registered disability savings plan (RDSP) is a savings plan that is intended to help save for the long term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit.
WHO: For those with a disability who are under 50 years old
 
Please call VBIS reception: 250-598-9339, or visit www.vbis.ca to RSVP for this workshop.

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Mar
18
to Mar 22

Community Living Victoria March Break Camps

Once again, CLV is excited to offer two March Break Day Camps this year, and you're invited! 

Each camp will offer fun and challenging activities, planned by our skilled Behaviour Interventionists, just for the occasion. 

A schedule of activities will be sent to all participating families prior to the start of the week.

March 18 to 22, 2019

12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

North Douglas Church, 675 Jolly Place

Cost: $500

There is a $1 per km charge for transportation to and from camp, if you require this.

Ages: 9 to 18

March 25 to 29, 2019

12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

North Douglas Church, 675 Jolly Place

Cost: $500

There is a $1 per km charge for transportation to and from camp, if you require this.

To register:

Email: Autism@clvic.ca

Call: Rachel or Dan at 250-477-7231 local 237 or 249

Deadline to register: March 8, 2019

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Mar
17
9:30 AM09:30

Safari Jeff @ Westshore Mall

Safari Jeff is an animal specialist who presents to children across Canada and beyond.  Westshore mall is planning to host a “quiet show” for children who are sensory sensitive.  There would be no audio or visual component to this show, the participants sit in a circle and Safari Jeff shares the animals in a slow paced environment, giving families and children the time they need to process the moment.  It would be held before our mall opens.  More about Safari Jeff here: https://www.safarijeff.ca/biography

Keep an eye out for the registration details

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Jan
28
1:00 PM13:00

Monday Movie presented by the Victoria Brain Injury Society

Monday Movie afternoons are held each Monday (except Stat holidays). Come on down and see a movie, have some popcorn, chat to folks. Please let our peer supporter know if you have ideas of films/documentaries/concerts etc. you would like to see.

This program is for VBIS clients only. Find out how to become a client.

Monday, January 28—The Dark Knight Rises

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice

Starring : Christian BaleHeath LedgerAaron Eckhart     

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Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Family Fun and Circle Song Event Presented by the Victoria Society for Children with Autism

  • Saanich Commonwealth Rec – Teen Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Victoria Society for Children with Autism invites you to join their Autism Fun Family Event this January includes PIZZA, games, video and a Music Circle with Nancy Dobbs for all ages and abilities. We’d love to have you come out and enjoy some fun with us.

This event is for the whole family. There is no cost, but please register so they know who is attending and number of participants.

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Jan
21
1:00 PM13:00

Monday Movie presented by Victoria Brain Injury Society

Monday Movie afternoons are held each Monday (except Stat holidays). Come on down and see a movie, have some popcorn, chat to folks. Please let our peer supporter know if you have ideas of films/documentaries/concerts etc. you would like to see.

This program is for VBIS clients only. Find out how to become a client.

Monday, January 21— Inkheart

A teenage girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's  hero.

      Starring : Brendan FraserAndy SerkisEliza Bennett

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Jan
2
to Jan 5

Autism Services Winter Break Camp - Community Living Victoria

Join Community Living Victoria’s Autism Services Winter Break Camp. There will be fun and games, crafts galore and daily outings that everyone will love. It's a time to share in fun times and make new friends and some lasting memories over the holiday season.

A schedule of events will be provided closer to the start of camp. Choose from a three-day camp or add a day, to make a four-day camp.

Dates: January 2 to 4 or 5, 2019

Time: 12 to 5 p.m.

Locations: North Douglas Church, 675 Jolly Place

Cost: $300 or $400, according to duration

Visit the camp’s website for more information or to register

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Dec
31
5:00 PM17:00

Running Room Resolution Run - Victoria Society for Children with Autism

The Victoria Society for Children with Autism
Has Been Chosen for the Running Room Resolution Run!

Volunteers Needed

Once again, we are invited to partner with the Running Room as the charity of choice. This event provides important support to VSCA, so please help by letting us know if you are open to volunteering.

The Running Room has asked for our volunteers to assist in directing runners of the event. Cheering is a great help and encouragement to the runners as well.

Adult supervision is required for any kids that are volunteering. Total volunteer time is about 2 hours max starting around 5:00pm on New Years Eve. Mark the date now and RSVP to help at EventBrite.

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Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

Parents Night Out presented by the Victoria Society for Children with Autism

  • Saanich Commonwealth Rec – Teen Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Victoria Autism Parent’s night out. Dinner provided.

Last month was a success so they are trying it again!

Meeting is at the Commonwealth Teen room AND because we know some parents are having difficulty attending due to not being able to afford or find care for their child, we’re inviting your kids too!

Childcare will be limited. We’ll be playing animated movie in the “living room” area of the teen room for the kids with some supervision. Of course, you’ll be in the same room to assist if necessary. This is NOT intended to be a full family event, the night is intended to provide support to parents.

For more information or to register visit the event’s website or the VSCA website.

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Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

Teen Paint a Mug Party presented by Victoria Society for Children with Autism

Join the Victoria Society for Children with Autism Teen event this month at Fired Up in the Mayfair Mall – Connect Court

Havn’’t gotten a gift for your parents yet? Here is a GREAT opportunity to come out and meet other Teens w/Autism

We will all be working on painting or designing a mug each (Maybe a future Christmas gift?)

Sign up and we look forward to seeing you in the new Fired Up location at Mayfair Mall at the Connect Court.

For more information or to register visit the event’s website or the VSCA website.

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Nov
2
8:30 AM08:30

Investing in Girls and Women with Autism presented by Autism Community Training

Live stream available: Watch and participate live from anywhere by registering for web streaming.  All times are Pacific Standard Time.

Girls and women with ASD largely camouflage their characteristics in an effort to pass as neurotypical. Due to their difficulties reading social cues, girls and women with ASD are disproportionately victims of bullying, sexual assault and abusive relationships. Mental health challenges such anxiety, depression, panic, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD and addictions often come to the attention of professionals before an ASD diagnosis is given, if at all.

INVEST: Identify Needs, Validate, Educate, Strengthen and Thrive has been developed by Dori Zener based on her extensive clinical experience with women and girls with ASD.

During this one day workshop, participants will learn how to use the INVEST model to:

  • Assess needs and elicit strengths

  • Create a therapeutic environment that validates and fosters resilience

  • Teach models for introducing important topics such as personal safety, gender identity, adapting to change

  • Use therapeutic techniques to develop emotional regulation, social skills and greater self care

  • Support girls and women as they thrive with new challenges and experiences

About the Presenter

Dori Zener, MSW, RSW, is an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist in Toronto. She has been working with individuals affected by ASD and learning differences for over a decade, with a particular interest in girls and women. She hosts “Asperfemme,” a free support group for women on the spectrum.

For more information or to register visit the event’s website.

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Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Exploring the Many Sides of Mental Health presented by AutismBC

  • Nanaimo Child Development Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Exploring the Many Sides of Mental Health'

This 3hr workshops will examine the two sides of a family coin understanding the challenges and pressures of typical family life that are often magnified or multiplied by the additional stresses and obstacles of caring for a child living with a disability.

The session will examine parental and youth mental health through a lens of lived disability and offer proactive and evidence-based practices that can increase mental health outcomes for your family, and, yourself as parent, guardian, or caregiver.

Registration is now open and you can learn more by visiting the event’s website.

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Oct
31
3:55 PM15:55

Family Meet up Trick or Treat - presented by Victoria Society for Children with Autism

This Halloween we are meeting to do trick or treating at a local mall, Westshore Town Centre aka Can West Mall @ 3:55pm on Oct 31st!

We’ll meet with Jesse Galvon Reid at Fairways entrance by Starbucks and walk through together.

We may add a second mall once more halloween mall events are announced, watch our website and facebook account for details.

For more information or to RSVP visit the event’s website.

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Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

Autism Teen Escape Rooms presented by Victoria Society for Children with Autism

The Victoria Society for Children with Autism invites you to join their Autism Teen Group for some great Halloween themed Escape Rooms!

They’ll have some lunch afterwards in the game room and discuss how our fate.

Please don’t choose a room you’ve done previously.

Please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite if you are going to join us.

Zombie Apocalypse

You have just returned home from a trip away and discovered that your town has been stricken by a zombie plague! Where do you turn for help? You discover the local police station has been overrun by zombies, and in your search for help, you have stumbled into a secure area and become unexpectedly locked in! The doors can only hold the zombies at bay for one hour! You must uncover the secrets of what has caused the townspeople to be turned into ferocious zombies in order to escape and make your way to freedom before you too become the next victims of the Zombie Apocalypse!

Sorcerer’s Lair

Adventurers across the land have been inexplicably vanishing. Many believe they have fallen prey to an evil sorcerer who has been using them as subjects on which to test his evil black magic spells! What will become of you and your friends when you too are captured and imprisoned by the Evil Sorcerer? Will you have the wits to escape his enchanted lair, or will you become the next victims to his latest spell?

ALLERGY WARNING: This room contains real hay (face masks are available) and flickering lights.

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit the event’s website.

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Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Exploring the Many Sides of Mental Health and ASD presented by Autism BC

This 3hr workshops will examine the two sides of a family coin understanding the challenges and pressures of typical family life that are often magnified or multiplied by the additional stresses and obstacles of caring for a child living with a disability.

The session will examine parental and youth mental health through a lens of lived disability and offer proactive and evidence-based practices that can increase mental health outcomes for your family, and, yourself as parent, guardian, or caregiver.

Registration is now open and you can learn more by visiting the event’s website.  

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Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Exploring the Many Sides of Mental Health presented by Autism BC

  • 4471 Margaret Street Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 6G7 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This 3hr workshops will examine the two sides of a family coin understanding the challenges and pressures of typical family life that are often magnified or multiplied by the additional stresses and obstacles of caring for a child living with a disability.

The session will examine parental and youth mental health through a lens of lived disability and offer proactive and evidence-based practices that can increase mental health outcomes for your family, and, yourself as parent, guardian, or caregiver.

Registration is now open and you can learn more by visiting the event’s website.

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Oct
9
8:00 AM08:00

The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services is hosting a public meeting

  • Songhees Wellness Centre in Esquimalt (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Each fall, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget. The Committee is empowered to consider and to make recommendations on the annual reports, rolling three-year service plans and budgets of B.C.'s eight statutory offices.

One local mother who has been struggling with the transition process for her daughter from children to adult services is presenting to this committee about her experience. Like her, anyone can voice their opinions and discuss their experiences on this (or any other) subject with the committee directly at FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca (submissions by October 15)

Stories might include:

1) challenges you are facing

2) impact of transition on your child/family

3) possible solutions

Your voice matters! Together, you can make a difference!

For further information:
Jennifer Arril
Committee Clerk
Room 224 Parliament Buildings
Victoria BC V8V 1X4
T 250-356-2933

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