Monthly Archives: October 2013

Specialisterne Reception with Thorkil Sonne Nov 5, 2013

Join the Community Living Innovation Venture for a special presentation by Thorkil Sonn, founder and chair of Specialisterne. Specialisterne is an internationally recognized leader in harnessing the talents of people on the autism spectrum by providing them with the opportunity to sustain meaningful employment.

Date: Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, from 7pm to 9pm,

Location: Room C150, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

For questions or to RSVP by October 31, 2013, email: 


Calling All Siblings, Ages 8-13, for demonstration Sibshop – November 16 – Vancouver

ACT – Autism Community Training and the Down Syndrome Research Foundation are partnering on a special training November 15 & 16th focused on the needs of siblings of children with special needs. To improve community supports for siblings, we are providing Sibshop Faciliator Training, facilitated by Don Meyer of the Siblings Support Project in Seattle. Don is an internationally recognized writer of multiple books on the sibshop approach which he developed.

Wanted!  25 sibs between 8 -13 years old to participate in a 4 hours of fun activities

When:    Saturday November 16, 2013, 10am to 2pm

 Where: Simon Fraser University’s Downtown Vancouver Campus, (two minutes walk from Waterfront Station)


Treats for the siblings and their parents:

  • The kids will have a fun filled four hours (including a kid-friendly lunch!)
  • Kids will receive a $15 iTunes gift card as a thank you for participating.
  • The parents who transport them will be given a $50 gift voucher towards an ACT event or online video.
  • ACT will provide full supervision. Parents are not required to stay as it has been found that siblings appreciate an opportunity to engage with their peers without a parental presence!

If you are a parent whose child without a special need is an interested sibling, please contact Vivian Walker, ACT’s event planner, before November 1st for more information. Vivian can be reached at 604-205-5467 or

For more information on the event see:

National crisis in autism diagnosis and treatment facing Canadian families – Global TV

Global TV is highlighting the crisis in autism diagnosis and treatment facing Canadian families coast to coast, and the lack of dependable national data on waiting lists, with a weeklong series. For the first instalment see the video on the Global TV website.

Free Talk on Augmentative and Alternative Communications (Oct 17th, UBC)

On October 17th, Dr. Carole Zangari will speak on: “Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in the Preschool Classroom: Infusing Core Language Intervention”

Details and RSVP online

Description: Speech-language pathologists and educators supporting preschoolers with autism and other developmental disabilities often need to infuse AAC interventions into classroom activities and routines. In many therapeutic settings, however, there is not a systematic process for teaching core vocabulary. This presentation describes a curricular approach in which core language is taught using early literacy activities, such as shared reading and writing lessons, typical classroom routines, and play/learning activities.