The mission of ACT – Autism Community Training is to provide excellent information and training, in accordance with international best practices. Our goal is to enable parents, professionals and para-professionals to support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to live productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities.
Information and Referral Services
ACT- Autism Community Training is a province-wide information, training and referral service created to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. ACT refers callers to a wide-range of positive and practical information on everything from sleep problems and diet, to core issues such as diagnosis and aspects of intervention, including information on setting up intervention programs.
ACT’s Information and Referral services are funded by the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), including:
- Three information officers, based in our Burnaby office, who provide telephone and email support to families and professionals across the province on a wide-range of topics relevant to autism services in BC including: diagnosis; best practices in autism treatment; MCFD’s autism funding program and educational strategies. While we are funded only to provide children’s services, we are collecting information on adult services, whenever possible. ACT has staff members who speak Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi. ACT also has information relevant across special needs and we strive to help all callers.
- The Registry of Autism Service Providers; a listing of Behaviour Consultants, Speech Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists, who meet MCFD’s requirements for autism funding purposes for children under the age of six. See the Registry of Autism Service Providers List for Children Under Six section for additional information.
ACT provides training through live events focused on a number of areas and by providing online videos available at the convenience of the user at no cost or for a small fee. ACT’s training is self-supporting through registration fees, sponsorship and donations. We do not receive government funding for this important component of our work.
ACT held its first conference in May 2003 as a community response to the great need throughout British Columbia for specialized training opportunities on Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 2005 ACT opened its office in Burnaby as a provincial centre providing information and support under contract with the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development. We continue to provide training opportunities to parents, para-professionals and professionals both live and online.
ACT is a registered not-for-profit society. We gratefully acknowledge the Consortium for the Advancement of Child Health – Simon Fraser University for co-sponsoring our more academic programs and providing meeting spaces. The web site for the SFU Psychology Department is www.psyc.sfu.ca.