Serving B.C.’s immigrant communities affected by autism is a major priority for ACT – Autism Community Training. In collaboration with professionals and parents from the South Asian community, ACT has focused over the past several years in working to improve our Punjabi-language resources. Punjabi is the third most commonly spoken language in B.C., after English and Chinese. For a number of years ACT has provided information in Chinese which can be accessed on the ACT in Chinese area of our website. We hope to continue to expand our resources in other languages in collaboration with community members who understand the additional stress on families who are struggling in English as they try to help their children with autism.
ACT Resources in Punjabi
With the assistance of the members of ACT’s South Asian Autism Project (ASAAP) and our sponsors, ACT has been able to both create and identify valuable resources for the Punjabi-speaking community in British Columbia.
- The Next Steps Following an Autism Diagnosis in B.C. Guide is a Punjabi-language translation of the key information families require to understand how to set up a treatment program for their child, including how to hire a service provider. Laid out in six clear steps, it provides families with reliable, evidence-based information on autism.
- An Introduction to Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) in Punjabi is a free online video. It explains the importance of IEPs in setting measurable goals for students with autism. Presented by Raminder Kaur, a behavior consultant with posAbilities, this presentation was developed by Parbinder Bains and Preetinder Narang, both Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Special Educators with the Surrey School District. All three are members of ASAAP.
- One Parent’s Journey into Autism (in Punjabi) is a video presentation by Sunita Braich, parent of a child with autism, an Integration Support Teacher in the Surrey School District and a member of ASAAP. In this video, Ms. Braich shares her experience in receiving a diagnosis of autism for her child: “There are some things I wish I had known more about before being thrown into what will be a lifelong journey and there are other things, I am proud to say, I feel I intuitively succeeded at.”
- New Chapter in ACT’s Autism Manual for BC! Guide to Working with South Asian Families Affected by Autism (pdf) In this guide, Preetinder Narang, M.Ed., BCBA, Special Educator with the Surrey School District, uses her own experience to explore the challenges faced by professionals working with culturally and linguistically diverse families. Ms. Narang explains the benefits of employing a culturally informed, family-centered approach guided by the “Cultural Assessment Tool.”
- The Autism Information Database (AID) contains over 2,000 resources selected by ACT staff. Search by keyword “Punjabi” to find autism-related information resources in Punjabi. There are also resources in other South Asian languages. Do you have resources to suggest? We welcome your suggestions – send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) is a listing of professionals qualified to work with children under the age of six using autism funding. You can search the RASP listing to see in what additional languages professionals provide service.
ACT’s South Asian Autism Project
ACT is delighted to be partnering with a group of committed South Asian parents and professionals who are collaborating on ASAAP – ACT’s South Asian Autism Project. Their support has been key to ACT’s accomplishments. The committee has been organized to promote early identification and treatment of autism among B.C.’s South Asian community, in addition to promoting autism awareness in the community as whole. The ASAAP committee’s goal is to ensure that children and adults of South Asian descent have equal access to the understanding and resources that can assure all British Columbians impacted by autism the opportunity to be valued and to lead productive lives.
History of the ASAAP Committee
The committee was formed in 2013 and has started by targeting the Punjabi-speaking South Asian Community in the South Fraser region. The members were very concerned that there were few evidence-informed resources in Punjabi about autism despite the large number of Punjabi-speaking families that require support in B.C. They were concerned that families were being taken advantage of by unethical service providers and wanted to raise awareness of evidence-based practices.
Members of ACT’s South Asian Autism Committee
- Neetika Bains, parent
- Parbinder Bains, M.Ed., BCBA, Behavior Analyst, Special Educator, Surrey School District
- Sunita Braich, parent; Special Educator, Surrey School District; Master’s student, UBC
- Balbinder Gill, MD, Pediatrician, Children and Youth Mental Health Team, Richmond
- Mandeep Gurm, MA, Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University
- Kavita Kamat, BCBA, Clinical Director, posAbilities Association of British Columbia
- Raminder Kaur, Behavior Consultant, posAbilities
- Preetinder Narang, M.Ed., BCBA, Special Educator, Surrey School District
- Manpreet Singh, M.S, Project Manager
Thank you to the Funders and Sponsors of ‘ACT in Punjabi’
ACT in Punjabi has been possible through the generous financial and in-kind support of Autism Speaks Canada”s Community Grant, Surrey Schools and Simon Fraser University. If you would like to support ‘ACT in Punjabi’, ‘ACT in Chinese’ or ACT’s efforts to make our resources available in other languages, please contact ACT at email@example.com.