Nov
14
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.

Join us in 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!

For the children we’ll be playing animated movie in the “living room” area of the “teen room” for the kids. Of course, you’ll be in the same room to assist if necessary.

This is NOT intended to be a full family event focused on the kids rather the night is intended to provide support and focus on the parents.

Register now!

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Nov
15
8:45 AM08:45

POPARD’s Introduction to Navigating BC’s School System – for Families with Children with ASD

  • SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1900 (Fletcher Theatre) or Watch online (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

POPARD’s Introduction to Navigating BC’s School System – for Families with Children with ASD

Watch in-person or via live web-streaming

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Veena Birring Hayer, MSW, RSW, Family-School Liaison
Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD)

SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC

Buy TicketsBuy Tickets POPARD’s Introduction to Navigating BC’s School System – for Families with Children with ASD

You can also register by calling us or mail our print form (pdf) .

LevelParents of students with special needsForIntroductoryApproachProviding information for parentsFocusSchool-age childrenAutism-specific?Relevant for all special needs; all are welcome!

About the Event

Live stream: Watch and participate live online by registering for web streaming or attend in-person at SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver.

Ensuring that your child with autism receives an appropriate education can be challenging at times. Many parents report that they are confused about special needs supports and services for their child within British Columbia’s public school system. In 2017, the B.C. Ministry of Education funded the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders to create a new position – POPARD’s Family School Liaison - to provide information and support to parents and caregivers of students with ASD.

In this presentation, Veena Birring Hayer, a registered social worker with extensive experience in supporting parents, will explain the role of POPARD’s Family-School Liaison and will provide information on:

  • Navigating the school system, including the roles, rights and responsibilities of parents, teaching staff and administrators.

  • Policies and procedures that guide special needs programming in the school environment, along with a discussion of advocacy supports.

  • Enhancing family-school collaboration, including strategies for shared responsibilities and addressing barriers to positive engagement.

  • The Individual Education Plan (IEP) including:

    • key features of an effective IEP meeting;

    • how to set goals, objectives and strategies to best meet the needs of students;

    • information on adaptations versus modifications.

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

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Nov
21
10:00 AM10:00

Victoria Autism needs your help with some fundraising at gift wrap table

Best Buy in Langford has invited Victoria Society for Children with Autism to have a gift wrapping table at their Langford store during there V.I.P. sale event for the day before Black Friday!

All gift wrapping is by donation and all the donations go directly to our charity to support our charity, our events and respite offerings.

We need volunteers to sign up and coordinate when they can assist with our gift wrapping table!

When you sign up, let us know how many hours you can help and what time you are able to start.

Thanks in advance.

Register as a volunteer now!

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Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

Teen Axe Throwing presented by the Victoria Society for Children with Autism

Axe and Grind has invited our Autism Teen Group to toss their darts and pick up some hatchets for a ton of fun!

About this Event

Thanks to Axe and Grind for sponsoring their venue for our Autism Teen Group to a cutting-edge event!

Please arrive by 10:45am for a check-in at Axe and Grind.

After axe-throwing, at noon, we’ll meet upstairs at Franks Modern Diner for lunch.

Parents & Guardians (+ those over 18 years old) Click here to pre-sign the waiver

Teens must be 14yrs+ to participate (rules of the venue). If your 13, please feel free to come and watch and/or join us for lunch after.

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited.

If you can no longer attend, please email support@victoriaautism.com or cancel your tickets so others can take your place.

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Nov
24
2:00 PM14:00

Family Music Circle with Nancy Dobbs

  • Saanich Commonwealth Place – Cedar Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Victoria Autism Family Music Circle with Nancy Dobbs for all ages & abilities.

About this Event

Nancy has been working with music for many years and is our special guest to give families a time to sing together. Come and join us for a special VSCA family event this November! All ages and abilities will have the opportunity and the music repertoire, to experience the joy and benefits of singing together.

This is a fun event for the whole family. There is no pressure to perform, you only need to participate to your comfort level even if that means watching from a distance, it’s all okay as long as you enjoy the music.

Register now!

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Nov
29
8:45 AM08:45

POPARD’s Introduction to Behavior and Mental Health – for Families with Children with ASD

  • SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1900 (Fletcher Theatre) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Live stream: Watch and participate live online by registering for web streaming or attend in-person at SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver.

Often families are confused as to when their children with autism are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression, both very common in children with autism. In addition it can be difficult to manage behaviors whether they stem from ASD or other learning, behavioral or mental health concerns.  

In this presentation, Veena Birring Hayer, POPARD’s Family-School Liaison and Dr. Georgina Robinson, Principal of POPARD, will review the most common mental health concerns experienced by children and adolescents with ASD. The focus will be on helping parents identify when to seek support.  In addition, practical strategies for the home environment will be provided, along with an overview of how and where to access mental health services through health and community agencies, including the Ministry of Children and Family Development which has Children and Youth with Mental Health offices across B.C.

The session will further explore challenging behavior at home and school. This will include discussion to help understand the reasons behind behavior and the proactive versus reactive approach.  Effective strategies will be reviewed, and supportive resources will be provided. 

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

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Dec
14
12:30 PM12:30

Victoria Autism Family Christmas Party

Join us for our annual Autism Family Christmas Party

About this Event

Come out and have some Christmas fun with your Victoria Autism Family.

We’ll have a large inflatable obstacle course, kinder gym equipment and a craft table.

Santa Claus has already RSVP’d so get your tickets quick!

There will be some party food as well.

There will be a photographer at the event and some group photos may be posted.

Register now!

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Dec
31
5:00 PM17:00

Volunteer at the Resolution Run

The Victoria Society for Children with Autism has been chosen for the Running Room Resolution Run here in Victoria!

About this Event

Volunteers Needed

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

The Running Room has asked for volunteers to assist in directing runners in the event. Of course, 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 at 5pm on New Years Eve.

Mark the date now and RSVP so they know to expect you.

Thanks

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Sep
14
1:30 PM13:30

Victoria Society for Children with Autism presents Trains at Heritage Acres

Come explore Heritage Acres, meet other families with autistic children, and go for a ride on the train!

Vancouver Island Model Engineers (VIME) operates a mini railway, located in the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society (Heritage Acres). They have generously agreed to host VSCA members again for our family get together on September 14th, from 1:30-3:30pm.

Don’t forget your sunscreen, hats, water, and anything else you need to stay safe in the sun. There will also be other buildings and items to explore!

For directions or more information about VIME, you can check out their website here.

Please note that this event is for immediate families that are supporting a child who is under 18 and has autism. Space may be limited to ensure safety for everyone, as the trains are run by volunteers and only have a certain amount of capacity.

Visit the event’s website for more information.

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Jul
24
3:30 PM15:30

Victoria Brain Injury Society Annual Picinic

  • Central Park (beside Crystal Pool on Quadra St.) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring your family and friends, your lawn chairs and ground blankets, and join VBIS for their Annual BBQ – They’ll be grillin’ up a good time! Looking forward to seeing you there! Please contact their front desk at 250 598-9339 if you would like to join! They are in need of volunteers, so if you or someone you know can lend a hand please call us!

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Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Family Group presented by the Victoria Brain Injury Society

This month's theme is Understanding Brain Injury.


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!

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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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