12 February 2009

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New Announcement by Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
RBC (Royal Bank of
Canada) has announced that it will be offering a Registered Disability Savings Product (RDSP) effective February 16th 2009. For those of you who want to take advantage of 2008 benefits and contributions this can be achieved by opening an RDSP prior to the March 2nd extended deadline. To set up an appointment locally with an RBC advisor call 1-800 463 3863.  You can arrange to meet an RBC representative at your local RBC branch or at a mutually convenient location. Read RBC’s full press release.
PLAN partners with RBC to reach more Canadians
RBC and PLAN also announced that they are teaming up to inform Canadians about the RDSP. We estimate approximately 500,000 Canadians will be eligible to open an RDSP and our mutual goal is that people be aware of how the RDSP will assist people with disabilities in assuring their future financial security.
Update yourself with the latest RDSP-related news
To learn more about the RDSP please visit the most authoritative website on the subject, www.rdsp.com
If you have not already taken taken advantage of the one year free membership to PLAN, register now at www.rdsp.com or www.plan.ca and receive regular emails on RDSP-related issues and other areas related to planning for a good life for you, a relative or a friend.
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Contact Information: Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) • Suite 260 - 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2.
Phone: 604.439.9566 • Fax: 604.439.7001 • Email: inquiries@plan.ca • Web: www.plan.ca and www.rdsp.com/

Click to read observations on the RDSP by John Toft, parent, of the Families Matter Co-op in Ottawa

As we have advised in earlier bulletins, the Ontario government has announced that it will change the Ontario Disability Support Program to ensure that both Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) assets and withdrawals will not disqualify someone from ODSP
Read the Government press release

Bulletin from PLAN, which spearheaded this form of savings for families with a son or daughter with a disability:
December 1, the RDSP Becomes Official!

The Registered Disability Savings Plan is now an official Canadian Registered Plan and can be issued by financial institutions across Canada. The RDSP promises to be a life-changing future planning tool for hundreds of thousands of Canadians with a disability, and we are excited that this has become a reality. We see the RDSP as an opportunity for families and individuals across Canada to greatly increase their future financial security and quality of life.
PLAN announces the launch of the new website www.rdsp.com --the place to go for any information relating to the RDSP, including financial updates, provincial treatments, details and analysis, stories...
Try out the RDSP Calculator.

Canadian Government extends RDSP deadline to March 2009
Canadian Government welcomes national availability of Registered Disability Savings Plans and extends deadline for establishing a plan and applying for the 2008 Grant and Bond.
Read the full article



Researchers pulling back the veil on adult autism
A story, with Canadian content, about adults with Asperger's who may have normal or above normal intelligence, but disastrous social skills.

Egyptian Autism Study Published
Anti-myelin–associated glycoprotein positivity was elicited in 62.5% (20/32) of all autistic children, in 50% (9/18) of patients with mild to moderate autism, and in 78.5% (11/14) of those with severe autism. Click for extracts from this paper and the full text of Serum Anti-Myelin-Associated Glycoprotein Antibodies in Egyptian Autistic Children by Gehan Ahmed Mostafa, Zeinab Awad El-Sayed, Manal Mohamed Abd El-Aziz and Mohamed Farouk El-Sayed, in Journal of Child NeurologyThis research replicates similar studies by Singh and others in North America.



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Series of Events

Augmentative Communication Community Partnerships-Canada (ACCPC)
has posted information about 2009 workshops and seminars at:www.accpc.ca
Please contact for more information:
Barbara Collier
Executive Director
Augmentative Communication Community Partnerships-Canada
131 Barber Greene Rd.
Toronto ON M3C 3Y5

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) Workshops & Seminars
Within BC or online.
To help you in planning a safe and secure future for your relative with a disability, PLAN offers a variety of seminars and workshops on topics of interest to families. For a list of upcoming events, go to PLAN's website: http://www.plan.ca/Resources_Workshops2.php

The Center for Self-Determination

is “the primary clearinghouse, training and technical assistance source on Self-Determination in the United States and other countries. The Center is devoted to moving power and authority over resources directly to individuals with disabilities, families and allies. Visit the website at http://www.centerforself-determination.com/ to learn about special events over in the next few months in various regions.


Individual Events

26-28 February 2009, in Herning, Denmark
Meeting of Minds 3, 2007.  a Conference on Autism:

 a multidimensional approach - research and practice

For researchers, parents, professionals, people with autism, and others with an interest in autism and related disorders. Meeting of Minds is a concept which brings different mindsets together. The 2009 conference centres on issues in areas such as the medical, the educational/psychological and quality of life.

Plenary sessions are being presented by the following keynote speakers:  

·        Lorna Wing, Dr, NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism

·        Judith Gould, Director, NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism

·        Elkhonon Goldberg, Professor, New York University School of Medicine  

·        Christopher Gillberg, Professor,  University of Gothenburg  

·        Gary Mesibov, Professor, University of North Carolina (to be confirmed) 

·        Rita Jordan, Professor, University of Birmingham  

·        Mohammad Ghaziuddin, Associate Professor, University of Michigan  

·        Per Hove Thomsen, Professor, University of Århus

·        Maria Råstam, Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg

·        Richard Mills, Research Director, Research Autism/National Autistic Society

·        Olga Bogdashina, Visiting lecturer, University of Birmingham

·        Eva Billstedt, Dr, University of Gothenburg

·        Holger Kallehauge, Retired High Court Judge, Disabled Peoples Organisations

·        Kjeld Høgsbro, Professor, University of Aalborg


Further details on the conference, including the full programme can be accessed via the website www.meetingofminds.dk where online booking is now available.

February 26-March 1, 2009, in Vancouver
Biennial Autism Congress: Autism Through the Lifespan
featuring over 18 of the world's foremost autism experts speaking on a full range of topics
Link for more details: http://www.autismvancouver.com

March 11, 2009: Deadline for Call for Papers:
3rd International Conference - October 21 - 25th, 2009.
Come To Your Senses:  Creating Supportive Environments to Nurture Sensory Capital Within   
Organized by Dr. Nehama Baum and MukiBaum Treatment Centres
Click on this link for more

April 2, 2009, evening, in Hamilton
The Canadian National Autism Foundation hosts
Autism Awareness Day Concert to mark World Autism Awareness Day
at the Studio at Hamilton Place
Our featured guests will be Rik Emmett, Sons of the Hammer (Members of Teenage Head & Junk House-Tom Wilson), Victoria Boland and Andrew Rudd (Victoria co-wrote  & sings our Foundation’s autism song called, "Don”t Give Up On Me Autism”.
The CNAF was formed in Hamilton, Ontario our home base, in June of 2000, by parents of children with Autism. The objectives of the Canadian National Autism Foundation are charitable. The Canadian National Autism Foundation has been formed to provide funding for:
Educating the general public and professionals
Providing information and resources to families of children with Autism
Providing funding for Canadian based research and development
Promoting national autism awareness
See website with more details about the concert: http://www.cnaf.net/

April 2-3, 2008, in Ottawa
Autism Awareness Centre Presents:
April 2nd: Leslie Broun: Essential Elements of Positive Practice;
Dr Peter Gerhardt: Transition Planning for Any Age
April 3rd: Jenny Clark Brack: Ready S.E.T. Go! Sensorimotor Early Childhood/Elementary Themes & ASD
Holiday Inn Plaza la Chaudiere, 2 Montcalm, Gatineau/Ottawa
For more information, phone toll free: 1-866-724-2224 or (780) 474-8355 Fax: (780) 477-8350
E-mail: vharris@shaw.ca or visit our website at www.autismawarenesscentre.org

May 14-15, 2009 Birmingham, UK

Autism Awareness Centre Conference
Lori Ernsperger: Girls Under the Umbrella of ASD

Eustacia Cutler: Life Experiences and A View of Autism

Dr Lori Ernsperger: How to Get Children to Eat: Practical Strategies for Addressing Food Aversions and Eating Challenges

Pamela Hirsch: Conversations in Autism

Click for conference details and to register...



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