Monthly Archives: November 2013

ACT Job Posting: Event Planner

 

 About ACT – Autism Community Training

ACT- Autism Community Training is a not-for-profit society that provides information and support to families and professionals across British Columbia about all aspects of autism, including referrals for diagnosis and treatment.

ACT’s mission 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.

A vital part of ACT’s work is providing training opportunities on many facets of autism treatment as well awareness events aimed at improving acceptance for those with autism. ACT provides between 15 and 20 live events a year with audiences ranging from 30 to 500 participants. Attendees include parents and family members of those with ASD, para-professionals, school-based teams, and professionals, as well as adults with ASD.

 

Job Summary

The event planner is a key position at ACT. In addition to taking responsibility for event organization, their role is to collaborate with other staff members to facilitate ACT’s relationships with educators, therapists and families members across B.C.

Specifically, the event planner is responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining event plans
  • Negotiating contacts, booking venues and ordering catering
  • Arranging travel and accommodation for staff and speakers
  • Planning and adhering to event budgets
  • Managing events and troubleshooting onsite
  • Identifying and coordinating event volunteers
  • Seeking event sponsorship
  • Event promotion

Qualifications/Experience

ACT is looking for someone with a proven record in event planning:

  • A BA and a certificate related to event planning or similar is preferred
  • Excellent organization, planning and project management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with a wide-range of people including those with developmental disabilities/autism. Knowledge of autism and it’s impact on families is an asset
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices and procedures within the field of event planning
  • The ability to coordinate multiple requests in a timely and diplomatic fashion
  • Ability to work independently, problem-solve on day to day tasks, with overall direction from the Manager of Training or Executive Director
  • Flexible, collaborative approach in working with co-workers
  • Experience with Social Media and basic website editing an asset
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge an advantage
  • Strong skills in Word and Excel programs required
  • Experience with booking AV equipment required
  • A valid B.C. Driver’s License and access to vehicle required

ACT offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Please provide salary expectations with your application.
Submit resume and cover letter confidentially to events@actcommunity.ca  before 3:30PM on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013.  No telephone calls please.
Interviews are planned for December 12th and 13th, with an expected start date of January 6th, 2014.

 

Thank you to everyone who applied. This job posting is now closed. 

Free event in Punjabi and English (Dec 5th): Building a Bright Future for Children with Autism

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Surrey School District Office –  Room 2020, 14033—92 Avenue, Surrey, B.C.

FREE! Register online or download flyer (pdf in English and Punjabi)
For more information, call ACT at 604-205-5467 or email Ruby Bhandal at rbhandal@actcommunity.ca

About the Information Evening

Siblings, parents, grandparents and neighbours— all are welcomed to this community event aimed at increased awareness of the potential of children and adults with autism. English-Punjabi translation will be provided.

This event has been organized by ACT’s South Asian Autism Awareness Committee and co-sponsored by the Surrey School District and the Canucks Autism Network.

For more details, including the schedule and list of presenters, visit the event details page or download flyer (pdf in English and Punjabi). English-Punjabi translation will be provided.

ACT Spring 2014 events

We’ve recently posted several upcoming ACT events, and registration is now open.

This spring, we’ve got Social Thinking, Puberty, Coaching and Toilet Training events. Register now and bring the whole team!

  • ACT has a generous Bursary Policy for those with low income or who have to travel. 
  • ACT events are pre-approved for your AFB funding.

Call or email our office with any questions: 604-205-5345 or 1-866-939-5188 or  info@actcommunity.ca 

Employment Supports Specialty Advanced Certificate at Douglas College

Douglas College – Employment Supports Specialty Advanced Certificate is for practitioners who want to help people with autism spectrum disorder find and keep meaningful work. This fully online 15-credit public post-secondary credential is the first in Western Canada to address this important area of need.  CLBC/Douglas College Foundation bursary awards are available for this program.

Reposted to add that the registration deadline is November 30th, and the program starts January 2014.

Update your email contacts list: ACT email addresses update

In August, ACT transitioned from our www.actcommunity.net address to www.actcommunity.ca – at the same time, we updated our email addresses.

Emails sent to our old @actcommunity.net address are being directed to our new @actcommunity.ca addresses, but we encourage you to update your contacts list to our new @actcommunity.ca addresses.

Creating a Medical Profile – A Free Tool for Parents and Caregivers

A new tool, developed in B.C., aimed at helping parents and caregivers to prepare for visits to a hospital emergency department is now available on the ACT website. The medical profile form was developed in response to the concerns of many caregivers faced with communicating complex information to medical staff, while coping with a distressed individual with a developmental disability, autism and/or a mental health concern.

Adult Siblings Panel – Nov 15th, Vancouver.

On Day 1 of the Sibhops event, we have 7 adult siblings for a panel discussion. This is a unique opportunity to see what siblings have to say about about the challenges and the strengths of growing up with a sibling with special needs. When we had a siblings panel last year, it was one of our most popular and powerful sessions. Not to be missed!

More details of the Sibshops Event
Register online for Day 1 or Day 1 & 2 of Sibshops or call 1-866-939-5188 or 604-205-5345.

October News Roundup

In this issue:

  • COMMUNITY EVENTS
    • Celebrating the Official Launch of Specialisterne in Canada – November 5, 2013
    • Autism Awareness Event in Punjabi & English – ‘Building a Brighter Future for our Children’
    • SFU to Host Three Family Quality of Life Panels.
  • NEW RESOURCES
    • Advocacy Support for Young Adults Eligible for CLBC
    • Creating a Medical Profile – A Free Tool for Parents and Caregivers
    • ‘A Friend’s Guide to Autism’ – A New Autism Speaks Family Support Tool Kit
    • Autism Related Books and DVDs by Mail!
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
    • Employment Supports Speciality Certificate – Douglas College
  • AUTISM IN THE MEDIA
    • Autism and Ability
    • Bursting at the Seams: Global TV on autism treatment, funding and wait times
    • Dental Care and Adults with Disabilities
    • Dating and Autism
  • ACT LIVE EVENTS SPRING 2014 – SAVE THE DATES
  • LEMONDADE AND AUTISM AWARENESS IN KELOWNA
  • USING AN APP TO ASSESS SLEEP PROBLEMS

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Celebrating the Official Launch of Specialisterne in Canada – November 5, 2013

Thorkil Sonne, founder and chair of Specialisterne, an internationally recognized leader in harnessing the talents of people with autism with skills in the high tech field, will be presenting in Vancouver for the first time on November 5th, from 7:00 – 9:00, Room C150, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver.  RSVP by October 31, 2013; for more information contact:  maggie@theventure.ca.

Sibshop Training –Bursaries Available to Those Living in Underserved Communities

Thanks to the generosity of the Edith Lando Foundation, we have limited funding to subsidize the registration costs of those travelling from outside Metro Vancouver to take two days of Sibshop Facilitator Training with the founder of the Sibshop Program, Don Meyer, on November 15 & 16th in Vancouver. This is a great opportunity for professionals and parents who would like to organize a siblings support group in their community. ACT is unable to provide travel expenses. For more information, see the event details page. For more information about bursaries call the ACT office toll-free 1-866-939-5188. The deadline for applying for a bursary is Nov. 7th.

Autism Awareness Event in Punjabi & English – ‘Building a Brighter Future for our Children’

On the evening of December 5th, ACT will be holding an autism awareness event at the Surrey School District with a panel of speakers including Parbinder Bains, Surrey School District; Dr. Vikram Dua, BC Children’s Hospital; Dr. Karen Bopp, Ministry of Children and Family Development and Rina Dulku, Surrey CDC.  The CAN Van will be there! If you are interested in receiving more information, email Ruby Bhandal rbhandal@actcommunity.ca

SFU to Host Three Family Quality of Life Panels

Have Your Say!  Keep your eyes open for 3 upcoming events about Family Quality of Life and ASD planned for Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey.  These events will be co-hosted by Simon Fraser University’s Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) and the Laurel Foundation and will feature a panel and audience discussion.  Attendees will also be able to participate in the ADDL research project examining these issues.  Visit ADDL for more information or to participate.


NEW RESOURCES

Advocacy Support for Young Adults Eligible for CLBC

The Office of the Representative for Children and Youth has recently announced that it will provide advocacy services for young adults who are eligible for services from Community Living BC, until their 24th birthday. For information on eligibility, see the Fact Sheet or the RCYBC homepage.

Creating a Medical Profile – A Free Tool for Parents and Caregivers

A new tool, developed in B.C., aimed at helping parents and caregivers to prepare for visits to a hospital emergency department is now available on the ACT website. The medical profile form was developed in response to the concerns of many caregivers faced with communicating complex information to medical staff, while coping with a distressed individual with a developmental disability, autism and/or a mental health concern.

‘A Friend’s Guide to Autism’ – A New Autism Speaks Family Support Tool Kit

Autism Speaks has released a new toolkit for family friends who want to better understand how to support the whole family, especially when they are dealing with a new diagnosis.  The toolkit  answers questions about autism, how a parent might feel, and how family friends can help.

Autism Related Books and DVDs by Mail!

While ACT loves to sell autism related books at our events, we also encourage callers to borrow resources from two key libraries that are open to the public daily and will mail books and other resources across B.C. free of charge. Many of these resources are referenced on the ACT Information Database which can be searched to find excellent resources that ACT staff have identified. The resources in our database are carefully chosen, and more reliable than a Google Search.  Many of the books found in the ACT database are available through the following libraries:

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Employment Supports Speciality Certificate – Douglas College

Interested in working with people with autism to find and keep meaningful work?  Douglas College has a new online credential, the first in Western Canada to address this important area of need: Employment Supports Specialty Advanced Certificate. CLBC/Douglas College Foundation bursary awards are available for this program.


AUTISM IN THE MEDIA

Autism and Ability

Jake Barnett was diagnosed with autism and given little hope of ever speaking. Jacob is now 15. Read his mother’s account of his journey, The Spark: A mother’s story of nurturing genius. He has also been featured on CBC Radio, The Current, a  story of a boy and his mom . Hear Jacob speak, Forget What You Know: Jacob Barnett at TEDxTeen.

 

Bursting at the Seams: Global TV on autism treatment, funding and wait times

In this remarkable series, Global TV has highlighted the need for an national autism strategy for Canada by contrasting autism treatment opportunities, funding levels and waiting times across Canada which  forces some desperate families to move to ensure the services their children need. The series includes the following stories:

 

Dental Care and Adults with Disabilities

Where can adults with disabilities get the dental care they need?  Read more in this disturbing article in the Globe and Mail ‘The Obstacles to Dental Care for Adults with Disabilities‘.

 

Dating and Autism

Think dating is tough? What about when you have autism – how many other things do you have to add to the checklist? This Globe and Mail article conveys the complications of being single and autistic.


ACT LIVE EVENTS SPRING 2014 – SAVE THE DATE

  • January 31, 2014 – Vancouver – Navigating Puberty and Adolescence – Joy Becker, RN, BSN
  • February 13 & 14, 2014 – Richmond – Zooming In – Social Communicators in the Classroom, Playground and at Home – Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP and Pam Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • February 21, 2014 – Sidney – Navigating Puberty and Adolescence– Joy Becker, RN, BSN
  • February 28, 2014 – Vancouver – Toilet Training: It’s Never Too Late!  Pat Mirenda, Ph.D., UBC
  • March 1, 2014 – Vancouver – Ready, Set, Coach – Stephanie Jull, Ph.D., Canucks Autism Network
  • April 4 & 5, 2014 – Vancouver –10th Annual Focus on Research

LEMONDADE AND AUTISM AWARENESS IN KELOWNA

MJ and his service dog Kiley hosted a SunRype “lemonade stand” at our September 27th event in Kelowna. MJ’s brother Jack was the accountant for the day and he tallied over $400 in donations for several autism-related non-profits, including ACT – Autism Community Training. Read more on the difference Kiley, the support dog, makes to MJ and his family.


USING AN APP TO ASSESS SLEEP PROBLEMS

The Children’s Sleep Network is excited to announce the pilot launch of the Participatory Research Project Sleep/Wake App (SWAPP). This tool will help parents and physicians properly assess sleep problems at the community-level, resulting in quicker access to appropriate treatment. It will also help contribute to monitoring outcomes, creating better evidence for controversial and novel sleep therapies.