Monthly Archives: June 2014

ACT June News Round-Up – All ACT videos free, job postings, anti-spam laws & more

In this months roundup:

  • ACT News: ACT Online Videos: Now Free!; Job Posting for Reception/Administrative Assistant; Job Posting for Practicum Student; ACT and Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation
  • Online Behavior Interventionist Training for Rural and Remote B.C.
  • POPARD Job Postings
  • Last Chance to Participate – 1st National Autism Needs Assessment Survey
  • Sign up now for Fall Programs: New Canucks Autism Network (CAN) Programs this Fall; Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada – Vancouver and Kelowna, September 2014
  • New from Simon Fraser University: SFU Seeking Children with ASD for Research Study; Free Camp for Children Ages 7-12 with ASD
  • Summer Fun and Safety: Looking for Summer Recreation Activities? – Check the AID!; Summer Safety
  • Autism in the Media

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June News Round-Up, 2014

ACT News

ACT Online Videos: Now Free!

ACT has recently made available all our online videos for free on a trial basis. We are currently seeking sponsorship to develop more online training. ACT online videos are professionally filmed and edited, and range in length from 1 to 5 hours. They are divided into sections for easier browsing. Register for free online or call our office. For a complete list of our 14 online videos, see

New Job Posting at ACT: Reception/Administrative Assistant

This position plays a pivotal role as the first point of contact for visitors or callers to ACT, addressing their needs and inquiries in a professional, timely fashion.  Duties include taking registrations for ACT workshops, directing information calls to the appropriate staff and data entry into ACT’s information systems.  If you are organized, have strong technical and communication skills, and are a compassionate individual, preferably with knowledge of autism, we encourage you to send your cover letter and resume to with “Receptionist” in the subject line by 10am, Monday, July 14th.

Job Posting for Practicum Student

ACT is seeking a current undergraduate or graduate student for a 3-6 month project. This project requires analysing resources for ACT’s Autism Information Database (AID) and writing records for the AID. The successful candidate must have excellent written communication skills, an understanding of autism and an interest in knowledge translation focused on the needs of families and adults with ASD.

This is a paid position. To search the AID go to

To apply, please send a cover letter and C.V. to with the word “Practicum Position” in the subject line by 10 am, Thursday, July 3rd.

ACT and the Canadian Anti-Spam Law

As a federally registered charity, ACT already follows many of the requirements outlined in the new Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL):

  • ACT asks for explicit permission to add members to our mailing list – we never harvest emails from our events, information calls or third-parties to add to the ACT mailing list.
  • We clearly identify ACT – Autism Community Training as the sender of the email.
  • ACT includes an “unsubscribe” option at the bottom of our email announcements.

If you have any questions about ACT’s privacy policies or email policies, contact Amy Severson, Manager of Communications at or by phone at 604-205-5467.

Online Behavior Interventionist Training for Rural and Remote B.C.

POPARD Job PostingsDouglas College is offering a fourth round of the popular MCFD-sponsored Online Autism Outreach Training to Behavior Interventionists who work in rural and remote B.C. (outside of the Lower Mainland and Victoria). Please share with your networks and urge those interested to apply ASAP.  For more information and application instructions please see:

POPARD Education and Behavior ConsultantPOPARD (Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders) has posted two jobs:

  • POPARD School Psychology Intern

Information about POPARD can be found on their website at or by contacting Dr. Georgina Robinson at To apply go to

Last Chance to Participate -1st National Autism Needs Assessment Survey

Sign up now for Fall ProgramsComplete the CASDA survey before Monday, June 30th to contribute to the development of a National Autism Plan. The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) is seeking input into the realities of caregivers and professionals supporting those with autism from across Canada. The survey only takes 15 minutes. By participating you will be doing your part in informing the Governments of Canada and British Columbia of the needs of families, their children and  adults with autism.

New Canucks Autism Network (CAN)  programs This Fall

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada – Vancouver and Kelowna, September 2014The Canucks Autism Network is introducing five new pilot programs beginning in the fall/winter of 2014, including: drama/improv, music (in partnership with Sarah McLachlan School of Music), gymnastics (in partnership with Kerrigan’s Gymnastics), outdoor rec (in partnership with Power to Be) and skiing (in partnership with Vancouver Adapted Snow Sports). To learn about these programs, or how to register, visit or email

Register here for Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada and join them for some family fun!
Vancouver –  Sunday, September 28, 2014Kelowna –  Sunday, September 21, 2014

Visit the Autism Speaks Canada site for details at

New from Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University (SFU) Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) is studying the skills young children need to successfully regulate their behaviour in everyday contexts such as home, schools and playgrounds. The study will take place at the SFU Burnaby campus and will take about 2-3 hours (including breaks). Upon completion of the study, the parents will receive $10 per hour of participation in gift cards, as a token of our appreciation.SFU Seeking Children with ASD for Research Study

To sign up, please contact Sarah at or 778-782-6746.


Free Camp for Children ages 7-12 with ASD

The SFU Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) is hosting their 3rd Annual SFU Social Science Camp on Saturday, August 16 from 9am to 3pm (SFU Burnaby Campus). Special guests from the Vancouver Aquarium will be present! The camp integrates research and other fun computer, craft, and interactive game activities. Spots are limited so sign up today.


Summer Fun and Safety

Looking for Summer Recreation Activities?

ACT’s Autism Information Database (AID) is an online, easy to search website designed with families in mind. The AID will help you find local services and supports available in your community, whether you are looking for an autism-friendly dentist, a summer camp, a speech-language pathologist or a community group. Search by topic, postal code or city!

Summer Safety

With the onset of summer time and the break in routine, please consider outdoor safety issues and the dangers of wandering.


Autism in the Media

ACT Upcoming Events

August 11 – 15 – Vancouver (sold out)
August 18 – 22 – Vancouver (event details)
August 25 – 29 – Victoria (event details)
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Applications (POPARD). Presented by Kenneth Cole, Ph.D., R.Psych, POPARD Consultant.

September 17 & 18 – Richmond
Social Thinking Providers Conference. Keynote Speakers: Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP; Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP; Pamela Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.

October 4th – Kamloops
Ready, Set, Coach: Supporting Kids with Autism in Community Recreation Activities. Presented by  Stephanie Jull, Ph.D., BCBA-D.  Details & registration coming soon

October 24 & 25 – Vancouver
Promoting Speech and Language in Individuals Across the Autism Spectrum: Collaboration for Success . Presented by Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Details & registration coming soon

December 5 & 6 – Vancouver
The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presented by Elizabeth Laugeson, Ph.D. Details & registration coming soon


Share your Family Photos with ACT

Calling all Photographers!

This month ACT’s staff is busy updating all of our information materials, and we are hoping that you may be inspired by this wonderful weather to provide us with some fresh photos.

As you will have seen from ACT’s materials, we like to include photos of kids/young adults with their peers and their families having fun and engaging in community or family activities.

Please consider sharing family photos with us, to help liven up our print materials and our website, to help grow autism awareness and entice people to use ACT’s resources. To share your photos, either reply to this email*, or use our online submission form.

For examples of how we use photos, you may wish to see our:

  • ACT’s Autism Manual for BC page
  • 2012 Annual Report
  • Flyers that we hand out at information tables

Best regards,

Deborah Pugh
Executive Director
ACT – Autism Community Training

* If you choose to send us a photo via email, please note:

  • When you submit your photos to ACT, you are giving us permission to use them in our information + promotional material we in print and online (including but not limited to: email newsletters, Facebook, event handouts and information cards).
  • These photos will not be used commercially and we will not name any of the individuals in the photos.

We will not use every photo submitted and cannot guarantee photo credit will be given every time the photo is used.

ACT is looking for qualified vendors for database

ACT is seeking qualified vendors who may be interested in a contract to replace ACT’s current database system.

The objective of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit interest in a Request for Proposal (RFP) and ultimately enter into contract with a qualified vendor for a business solution tool including maintenance, data migration from current system (Raiser’s Edge), and training and support that will assist ACT in its delivery of services. Please download this PDF for more details