Information for Families

Accessing the RASP List

As of July 1, 2017, the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) has taken over responsibility for maintaining the Registry for Autism Service Providers (RASP) from ACT. Until then the RASP list can be searched from ACT’s website. Search the RASP.

Hiring Professionals from the RASP List

When using MCFD’s Autism Funding: Under 6 Program to pay professionals, parents MUST employ professionals (Behavior Consultants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists) from the RASP List.  If a professional provides service before they have been accepted to the RASP, they will not be reimbursed by the Autism Funding Branch. Parents are urged to check the RASP to ensure that a professional is listed before contracting with them.

A Note of Caution for Parents

When using Autism Funding, it is the parent’s responsibility for ensuring that the child’s program is a good fit. This is a significant task for parents whether their child was diagnosed last month or several years ago. Below, ACT provides information to empower parents to make informed decisions.

A professional’s credentials, experience, and a clear Criminal Record Check have been verified prior to their inclusion on the RASP.  A professional who is on the RASP has stated that he or she meets the minimum requirements for inclusion on the registry as set out in the MCFD Application Form.

Behavior Consultants

Parents should keep in mind that the skills and abilities of Behavior Consultants vary. There is no college of Behavior Consultants in B.C., this means that there is no professional body to whom Behavior Consultants are accountable and can provide protection for consumers. Autism is a rapidly evolving international field of study characterized by ongoing development of new treatments, intervention strategies, and methodologies.

In B.C.,  Behavior Consultants can differ dramatically in terms of their education, training, experience and fee structure.  It is important for parents to ask questions about a consultant’s experience and skills and to refer to the program evaluation checklist. We strongly encourage parents to ask questions of professionals on the RASP whom they may wish to hire. It is important to sign a contract that sets out exactly what the consultant will provide, his or her role in the process, expectations of the family, and costs.

Behavioral Plan of Intervention

A Tool for Collaboration

A Behavioral Plan of Intervention (BPI) is highly recommended for children under the age of six. The BPI is developed by the Behavior Consultant in collaboration with the family and other professionals on the team. This may include a Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist from the RASP List. Having a written treatment plan, such as a BPI, is an important tool in building a team approach and helps to make sure that service providers are accountable to the goals initially set by the team.  Through regular reviews, the BPI measures the child’s progress. This is a document that should always be ‘a work in progress’.  See MCFD’s A Parent’s Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs  for more information on BPIs.

Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists

S-LPs, OTs, and PTs are all regulated by their professional colleges under the B.C. Health Professions Act. Colleges are responsible for setting and enforcing the standards, or rules, of their professions. Under B.C. law, their mandate is to serve and protect the public.

There are many qualified S-LPs, OTs and PTs with extensive ASD-related experience working in public and non-profit agencies; however, the RASP is only for those who work in private practice with children under six with ASD.  The only exceptions are S-LPs and OTs who are supervising professionals new to the field of autism (see below).

Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-Language Pathologists (S-LP) specialize in assessing and treating a child’s speech, language and social communication difficulties. They can work directly with a child or provide consultation to the team providing ideas on how to target specific communication and social challenges.

Supervised Speech-Language Pathologists

This category enables S-LPs new to the area of autism to gain experience with the support of a supervisor while invoicing the Autism Funding Branch for their work. 

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists (OT) provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in the area of functional living skills including play, dressing, feeding, school readiness skills, printing, keyboarding, and social skills.

Supervised Occupational Therapists

This category enables OTs new to the area of autism to gain experience with the support of a supervisor while invoicing the Autism Funding Branch for their work.

Physical Therapists

Physical Therapists (PT) provide assessment and intervention that focuses on the prevention, identification, and easing of movement challenges. They can either provide direct treatment or consultation to the team.

Individualized Support

As of July 1, 2017, the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) has taken over responsibility for individualized information, support and referral services from ACT. Autism Information Support BC can be reached at:

Autism Information Service British Columbia (AIS BC)
Mailing Address: AIS BC c/o 3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia, V7B 1C7

As of July 1, 2017:

Toll Free Line: 1-844-878-4700
Email – Info: AutismInformation@gov.bc.ca
Website: www.gov.bc.ca/autisminfo


Complaint Process – Concerns about a RASP Professional?

As of July 1, 2017, if you have concerns about the service provided by a Behavior Consultant or any other professional on the RASP List, please contact Autism Information Support BC at

Autism Information Service British Columbia (AIS BC)
Mailing Address: AIS BC c/o 3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia, V7B 1C7

As of July 1, 2017:

Toll Free Line: 1-844-878-4700
Email – RASP: RASP@gov.bc.ca
Website: www.gov.bc.ca/autisminfo