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Transitioning from High School to Work meeting for Parents of special needs students

These two meetings will focus on a video that defines the roles and responsibilities for individuals supporting students as they mature with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including parents, and provides participants with information and strategies which promote meaningful participation for students with ASD in the work world and the importance of developing and maintaining career portfolios. This video is aimed primarily at school teams and parents working with middle and high school students on the Autism Spectrum, but the content is relevant for all parents, teachers and community professionals supporting students of all ages with ASD.

The meetings will take place at the Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living building:

11641 – 224th street in Maple Ridge

The meeting is free to parents, however, please RSVP Tracy Hewgill (604)467-8700 if you would like more information and/or would like to attend the meeting.

Estate Planning for Families of Children with Special Needs in BC

The purpose of this presentation is to provide important information for parents of children with special needs on how best to plan for your child’s future.  This presentation will cover both how to maximize the child’s future financial security and how to protect that security once the parent is no longer able to do so.

Presented by the Ridge Meadows Autism Information and Support Group.  The meetings will be held at the Ridge Meadows Association For Community Living (11641 – 224th street, Maple Ridge. This event is free, however, you need to RSVP Tracy Hewgill (604)467-8700.  This meeting is free to attend, however, please RSVP Tracy Hewgill (604)467-8700 to attend.

Part 1:  Thursday May 3rd – 6:30 – 9:30 pm         Part 2: Thursday May 10th – 6:30 – 9:30 pm

For Parents of children with Autism – Meeting

The Ridge Meadows Autism Information and Support Group would like to invite parents of children with autism to a meeting to learn more about POPARD (The Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders). POPARD’s mandate is to provide leadership in collaboration with educators who request support for children and youth with ASD.  Collaboration to promote meaningful consultation with parents and community teams.  POPARD will promote a wide range of evidence-based practice approaches that will facilitate inclusive educational programs in the least restrictive environment.

For more information on the is meeting and to RSVP please contact Tracy Hewgill, Family Support Worker at Ridge Meadows Association of Community living  (604)467-8700.

A limited amount of funding may be available through the United Way to help pay for child care for children 0-6 to allow families to attend theis meeting. Contact Tracy Hewgill (604)467-8700 for more information.


Meeting for Parents of students who have extra support needs

Please join us to hear from Petra Frederick, Leisure Access Coordinator, Maple Ridge/ Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services.  She will be providing information on Leisure and Recreation Programs in our community and supports that may be available for you child.  There is no charge to attend, but an RSVP is required.

The meeting will be held at “THE HIVE” at  ERIC LANGTON Elementary School  (12138 Edge Street, Maple Ridge)

To RSVP and to register your child for childminding contact either: Carol Middleton at 604 463 0881 ext 319 (carol@rmcdc.com) or Tracy Hewgill 604 467 8700 ext 119 (tracy.hewgill@rmacl.org) by April 25, 2012 to reserve a space for your child.

School District No.42

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO.42 meets the learning needs of approximately 15,000 students of all ages in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. The District is committed to educational choice and an inclusive, local approach to special education, and has developed numerous skilled trades training partnerships with colleges and universities.

Our vision is for every individual to feel valued and for all learners to reach their full potential.

Visit the SD42 website at http://www.sd42.ca


Do you have a child with special needs?

The Inclusive Education Parent Advisory Committee is an important district group that works to advocate for excellence for special needs students in the district.  This committee is currently selecting new members for the 2011/2012 school year.   If you are interested in representing parents on this committee, please click on the following link: inclusive education renewal – January 20, 2012

More information is also available by emailing Laurie Smith, at Student Support Services – Laurie_Smith@sd42.ca