Monthly Archives: February 2015

The RASP Search page has a new look!

ACT has redesigned  the RASP Search Page to better assist families to identify professionals who are a good fit for their needs.
Search the RASP list by:

  1. Profession – Behavior Consultant, Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist
  2. Cities served – enter your city or cities closest to you
  3. Languages spoken – does the professional provide service in languages other than English?
  4. Currently accepting new clients – the search can include or omit professionals who indicate they are not accepting new clients.

Coming soon, we will be adding information on whether the professional provides video conferencing and/or is willing to travel to remote communities.

The new RASP Search page is easier to use. If you have any questions, contact ACT. We have a team of information officers who offer individualized support in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Contact us at or by telephone 604-205-5467; toll-free 1-866-939-5188.

Additional RASP Resources:

If you have any feedback about the new RASP Search page, please email



New Grant from Autism Speaks Canada for ACT’s South Asian Autism Awareness Project (ASAAP)

ACT – Autism Community Training is pleased to announce that we have received funding from Autism Speaks Canada Family Services Community Grant to improve our services to B.C.’s South Asian community.
Autism Speaks Canada Logo Family Services Grant

The intention of the grant is to improve community acceptance and support for South Asian families impacted by ASD and to provide South Asian families with information about the rights of their children to services, including early intervention, an inclusive education, and access to job training.

Since 2013, ASAAP has been largely a volunteer effort, and has hosted three popular Punjabi-language events in Surrey in 2013 and 2014 (see page 9 of ACT’s 2013 Annual Report and ACT’s 2014 events listings for details). This grant will enable ACT to provide a dedicated staff member fluent in Punjabi to build awareness and advocacy efforts in B.C., with materials and resources to share across Canada.speaker at Surrey IEP meeting


Facing Your Fears: Free Anxiety Treatment Group


The Neuropsychiatry Clinic at B.C. Children’s Hospital invites participants to the “Facing Your Fears” therapy group specifically designed for the needs of 8-12 year olds with autism and significant anxiety. Groups run after school for 14 weeks from March to June. Children must have average or above average verbal skills, a caregiver who can attend all sessions, and the ability to separate from their caregiver for 30 minutes. Please email Julia Eng for a referral form, or email Dr. Melanie McConnell if you have questions.