It’s spring it seems. I hope all have been enjoying the blooms and the longer days.

April is Autism Awareness month. The prevalence of Autism is increasing across BC. Most recent figures identified one in 56 children and youth between birth and age 18 are diagnosed with Autism. The mathematics would suggest individuals with Autism, then, are a part of all of our lives. Hopefully this month encourages us to get to know those individuals, to spend time with them and to celebrate the strength and diversity they bring to our lives. We are thrilled that Michael McCreary will be visiting us at the end of April to share his insights and humour about life “on the spectrum”.

We have just completed the fiscal year at the CVCDA.  Our “years” always run from the 1st of April to the end of March. Each June we review our year’s work with our membership at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year’s AGM will be held on Wednesday, June 19th at 5 p.m. here at the CVCDA. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to become a member of our Society, you need to pay a $2 membership and provide us with your contact information. Being a member allows you to vote at any of the Society’s general meetings. Just drop by our office and we can sign you up.

If you have any questions about any of the activities or programs at the CVCDA do not hesitate to send me an e-mail at joanne@cvcda.ca. 

 
 

ASPIECOMIC, MICHAEL McCREARY
LIVE AT THE STAN HAGEN THEATRE

Please join the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) as we present AspieComic, Micheal McCreary for his presentation of “Does This Make my Asperger’s Look Big?”. 

Michael McCreary may only be twenty-two, but he’s already well on his way to fulfilling his lifelong, albeit short, dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. The young comic, a high school grad from Orangeville, Ontario, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of five. In an act of self-preservation, combined with the desire for constant attention and the inability to stop talking, stand-up comedy seemed inevitable. Buy tickets here.

 

FAMILY RESOURCE FAIR

Please join the Comox Valley Early Years Collaborative at the 2nd annual Family Resource Fair on Wednesday April 10th, 2019 from 10am – 12pm at the gym of Courtenay Elementary School (1540 McPhee Ave).

Expect to find experts and information on family resources for children, newborn to 6 years and for their families and caregivers. There will also be fun snacks, prizes and activities such as story time and a puppet show. Lots of surprises for everyone.

MCFD funds provide tools and equipment for Comox Valley early learning centres

In 2018, the Comox Valley Supported Child Development Program (SCDP) was given some one time funding from the Ministry of Children & Family Development. The funding was to be allocated to equipment and resources for early learning centres through out the Comox Valley. To help them decide what would be the most useful way to use and distribute these funds throughout the community, a survey was developed to collect information about what local centres might benefit from the most.

Program staff started by establishing that each centre would receive a Sensory Kit and one large item of equipment such as a tricycle, wagon or egg chair (depending on funding). The survey asked questions such as ‘Would your centre prefer to receive items singularly or in a kit?” (bulk amount of one item). Within these kits would be an array of items, giving child care professionals and the children options to choose from.

Surveys were completed and returned by December, 2018 and since then, program staff had been busy analyzing results, ordering and compiling equipment in preparation of distribution to each of the centres.

Distribution took place on Wednesday April 3 at the Child Development Centre. A representative from each of the centres who had completed the survey was invited to… continue reading at https://www.cvcda.ca/2019/04/04/mcfd-funds-provide-tools-and-equipment-for-comox-valley-early-learning-centres/.

 

SIBLING SUPPORT GROUP SPRING SESSION

The Comox Valley Child Development Association is running our forth support group for siblings of children with diverse abilities. 

The sibling support group is an opportunity for siblings of children with diverse abilities to meet each other in a relaxed recreational setting. We provide a fun and safe space for kids to share ideas with other siblings who often have similar experiences.

Our spring session will run Thursdays starting on April 11 thru to May 16, 2019 (six weeks). Group is open to siblings ages 9-12.

 
 
Joanne Schroeder

Executive Director, Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA)