Monthly Archives: January 2015

Autism Videos @ ACT – no login, and easier navigation

Beth Ann Malow Sleep 2As B.C.’s largest provider of community-level autism training and support, we know that not everyone can attend our live events. Online presentations allow ACT to serve the autism community no matter where our viewers live, providing access to practical information, allowing you to watch when and where you wish, and to review or share the parts that are relevant to your family, team members or colleagues. Did you know that AVA has international users from Katmandu to Nairobi, as well as from across B.C. and Canada? No matter where parents and professionals live, they tell us they appreciate our non-commercial, positive information about living with autism.

Browse the Autism Videos @ ACT online.

Autism Videos @ ACT is possible thanks to many different collaborations.

Families
ACT is very grateful to the generosity of the many parents who have allowed ACT to use videos of their families to educate the broader community about the tremendous potential of children with autism — and the crucial role of parent training and engagement. These videos demonstrate that effective treatment involves the whole family.

Presenters
AVA has been possible thanks to the presenters who allow us to record them, demonstrating their commitment to knowledge translation by their willingness to share their research and clinical experience.

Support from Simon Fraser University’s Creative Services
Sponsorship from SFU’s Department of Psychology and SFU’s team of professional videographers who record and edit our videos, have enabled ACT to provide highly professional videos.

Platform Sponsors 
Thanks to our platform sponsors, we were able to develop this new platform to make navigation and access easier in 2014. This was made possible thanks to Row4Autism and ELS for Autism Canada.

Sponsors for Individual Videos
Sponsorship for individual videos support production costs, maintenance and content development. AVA is only possible thanks to Row4Autism, Canucks Autism Network, Autism Speaks Canada, B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development, NeuroDevNet, Autism Speaks – Autism Treatment Network/ Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health.

More information on our sponsors.

You can help: donate to help support Autism Videos @ ACT

Connect the Pieces on Available Services (Jan 27, Burnaby)

 Please join us for an informative evening that will ‘connect the pieces’ about different services and programs available in the lower mainland.

Where:
Ecole Brantford School
6512 Brantford Avenue, Burnaby
Multi-Purpose Room (Music Room)

When:
Tuesday January 27 2015
7:00 -8:30 pm

For questions, please contact: John Carinha at 604-767-2305.

Speakers:

John Carinha – Parent
John is a Brantford parent who will share his story about his personal journey; navigating the traits of his son’s autism from diagnosis through to blending both home and school environments.

Stephanie Jull – PHD, BCBA Director of Programming for the Canucks Autism Network (CAN)
Stephanie has a PhD in Special Education and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).She has over 10 years’ experience teaching staff in home, school and community settings to provide effective support to individuals on the autism spectrum. She also oversees on going professional development for the CAN program staff team.

Anne Millerd – Manager Registry of Autism Services for the Autism Community Training (ACT)
Anne is a parent of four, one with autism. She has a Bachelor of Education and has over ten years’ experience as a classroom teacher and educational consultant. In addition, Anne has volunteered in the autism community including the ACT Board of Directors where for five years as both a Director and President.  More recently, Anne entered the ABA Program at Capilano University where she was attending courses and working as a Behaviour Interventionist.

 Claudette Sawyer – Principal of Ecole Brantford School
Claudette has worked in Burnaby School District for the past 25 years.  For the last 10 years, she has been an administrator at Ecole Sperling School and Ecole Brantford School.  Although her expertise is French Immersion education, she has played a pivotal role in supporting students with Special Needs.

Join us and you will have a chance to win a signed Daniel Sedin portrait and a CAN pack (hat, lanyard and coffee mug) courtesy of the Canucks Autism Network!

Autism Survey Results are Available from CASDA

In the Spring of 2014, ACT sent out to the 7,000 families and professionals and organizations on our email list a call to participate in the 1st National Autism Survey, initiated by CASDA, the Canadian ASD Alliance – of which ACT is a member. The BC autism community responded strongly, second only to Ontario in the number of respondents – you can read about the details from B.C. in the report. The ‘National Needs Assessment Survey for Families, Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders & Professionals’ is now available both in report form (pdf) and as a video summary.

The survey results and more can be found on the CASDA website.

Samsung Canada is donating tablets – apply before January 16th

In partnership with Autism Speaks Canada, Samsung Canada is launching a pilot
initiative called The Look at Me Project. The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be preloaded with the Look at Me app and given to 200 families with children with ASD across Canada. The Look at Me Project is designed to create a shared community to connect families with similar experiences. This project hopes to facilitate meaningful connections between parents or caregivers and their children as well as foster connections between the 200 families selected.

Learn more at www.samsung.com/lookatme.
January 16th the online application closes.

Investing in Autism Research: NeuroDevNet

Join NeuroDevNet on Jan 13 at 10:15 a.m. -11 a.m. for the announcement of the renewal of NeuroDevNetLOGONeuroDevNet, a Vancouver-based national research network that focuses on early diagnosis and treatments for neurodisabilities, including autism. The event will be held on the campus of BC Children’s Hospital.

NeuroDevNet would like to encourage ACT community families to attend with their children who would feel comfortable in a potentially crowded setting with bright lights and amplified sound. Following the presentations, NeuroDevNet encourages you to interact with the researchers and policy makers gathered, to discuss priorities and needs that need to be addressed in research and services. Media may also be present and will be interested in connecting with you.

As National Network of Centres of Excellence funded by the federal government, NeuroDevNet and its researchers are committed to improving the wellbeing of children with autism, cerebral palsy, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and the wellbeing of their families.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
10:15 a.m. (PST)  Guests arrive
10:30 a.m. (PST)  Program starts

Child & Family Research Institute
Entrance #18
Chieng Family Atrium
938 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Map: Click here

Please RSVP to comm@cfri.ca by Monday, January 12, 2015.

Autism Survey Results are Available from CASDA

In the Spring of 2014, ACT sent out to the 7,000 families and professionals and organizations on our email list a call to participate in the 1st National Autism Survey, initiated by CASDA, the Canadian ASD Alliance – of which ACT is a member. The BC autism community responded strongly, second only to Ontario in the number of respondents – you can read about the details from B.C. in the report. The ‘National Needs Assessment Survey for Families, Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders & Professionals’ is now available both in report form (pdf) and as a video summary.

The survey results and more can be found on the CASDA website.