ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C.

ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C. is a work in progress as we gather and continually update information on a wide-range of autism specific materials. Several of our chapters are relevant to families and professionals across disabilities and we are hopeful they will be shared widely.

Community organizations and parents may print the relevant sections of the manual for easy reference. For parents without the resources to print chapters, ACT will mail them out to you. It is our hope that in the future we will have the resources to have it translated into the major languages spoken by B.C.’s immigrant communities. If you have any ideas, corrections, new information or photos, please email

If you have any questions about information in the manual, remember that ACT has a team of Information Officers available to take your call from across BC. Our toll-free number is 1-866-939-5188. In Metro Vancouver call 604-205-5467. We can be reached by email at

A Parent's Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs in British ColumbiaNOTE: ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C. is NOT MCFD’s Handbook for Parents.  Visit A Parent’s Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs for the Handbook.

The handbook is now available in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish:

Farsi, Arabic, Punjabi, Japanese, and French will be available soon. Sign up to our newsletter for updates on new translations.

ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C.
Living & Working with Children and Adults with ASD
Cover Table of Contents, Acknowledgements and Disclaimer
Introduction Getting Started on Your Journey
Chapter 1 The Diagnostic Process in British Columbia
Chapter 2 Developing a Treatment Team for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Chapter 3 Medical Issues in Autism Treatments
Chapter 4 MCFD-funded Services for Children with ASD
Chapter 5 Contracting with Professionals on the RASP
Chapter 6 MCFD Services Available to All Children with Special Needs
Chapter 7 The B.C. Education System – An Introduction for Parents of Students with ASD
Chapter 8 The Role of Parental Advocacy in Navigating the B.C. School System
Chapter 9 Preparing for the Transition from School to Work
Chapter 10 Estate Planning for Families Who Have Children with Special Needs in B.C.
Chapter 11 ACT’s Guide to Building a Community Group
Chapter 12 Guide to Employment for Teens and Adults with Autism in B.C.
Chapter 13 Guide to Working with South Asian Families Affected by Autism
Glossary Glossary of Terms
Acronyms A Guide to Acronyms in B.C.