Monthly Archives: October 2015

UBC’s CIRCA lectures (Oct 29, Nov 17, Dec 8)

UBC’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) is hosting three lectures this fall.

  • October 29th  “Dotted or Horse Spotted”: Adventures in Pragmatics
  • November 17th  In Their Own Words: The Experiences of Students with High-Functioning Autism Attending College or University
  • December 8th  An Overview of Comprehensive Applications of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS®)

For details, download the CIRCA notice (pdf).

Job Posting: Website Administrator

Posting for Website Administrator

The Website Officer is responsible for administering and maintaining the ACT website and other web-based services to effectively present ACT, its mission and services to the public. The successful candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills. This is a small 10 person office, so ability to collaborate with co-workers is essential.

This position would be suitable for someone who has experience, and would like to expand on their experience in an environment that will support their professional development. For a complete job description, please email info@actcommunity.ca

Position Requirements

Education

Post-secondary diploma or degree in web design or development or similar.

Required Experience

  • WordPress – Creating, editing, deleting pages; manipulating menus; adding images and other media to content. Creating links throughout the site. Updating plugins & the CMS itself.
  • FTP – Backing up files. Uploading files to the server.
  • Photoshop – Creating website mockups & banner images.
  • HTML and CSS – Basic HTML & CSS composition & refactoring.
  • Website servers and hosting – Exporting databases, managing email accounts, restarting server (via a control panel interface).
  • Database – Managing fields and producing reports

Desired experience:

  • PHP, SQL – Author/edit WordPress plugins
  • Microsoft CRM – Create or modify reports, basic management
  • Javascript/jQuery – Author/edit WordPress plugins and theme
  • Google Analytics – Extract Website stats
  • SEO optimization – Investigate methods to improve SEO and implement on ACT’s website

Salary and details

This job is a minimum of 3 days a week. There is potential for full time work, dependent on skills and interest. The job includes benefits and paid vacation time. Hours of work can be negotiated within the office’s hours of 8:30 to 4:40, Monday to Friday.

The position is available in November.

Please send your resume, cover letter and any portfolio work by 11:59 PM, Sunday, October 25th. Send to:

ACT-Autism Community Training
150-2250 Boundary Road, Burnaby, BC V5M 3Z3
E-Mail to: info@actcommunity.ca   or Fax: 604-205-5345

We thank all applicants; however, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

New ABA Courses at Capilano University

Starting in January 2016, Capilano University is offering two new courses in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA):

  • ABA 100 Introduction to Behavior Principles is an excellent course for parents, SEAs, BIs, and others interested in learning about the science of human behavior.
  • ABA 101 Observation Practicum will allow students to sample a variety of clinical settings including early childhood/preschool, school aged, adult services and a recreational setting.

For more information on these courses and how to apply, contact Dr. Richard Stock, BCBA-D, (rstock@capilanou.ca).

Free Events in Punjabi

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These free evening events will be presented in Punjabi at the SFU Surrey Campus, adjacent to the Surrey Central Skytrain Station. This series has been organized by ACT’s South Asian Autism Awareness Committee. Thanks to Manpreet Singh, Parbs Bains, Kavita Kamat, Sheija Abraham, Preetinder Narang, Balbinder Gill, and Raminder Kaur for their assistance. Download the poster for details. Register online for free at www.actcommunity.ca/events or call 604-205-5467 to reserve your seat.

These events are sponsored by a grant from Autism Speaks Canada.

October 13, 2015 – Surrey, ਸਰੀ, BC
The Individualised Education Plan (IEP)—what the school is supposed to do and how the parent can support the IEP process (in Punjabi). Presented by Raminder Kaur, Behaviour Consultant, posAbilities

November 17th, 2015 Surrey, ਸਰੀ, BC
Advocacy Tools for Parents— how to help your child get the services they need (in Punjabi) Presented by Deborah Pugh, Executive Director, ACT

December 1st, 2015 Surrey, ਸਰੀ, BC
One Parent’s Journey in Autism— the important role that family plays in supporting their child with autism (in Punjabi) Presented by Sunita Braich, Integration Support Teacher, Surrey School District

A Reminder to RASP Professionals – Review Your RASP Listing

In September, ACT contacted all RASP professionals with a reminder that we can update availability online very quickly. We are hoping that if professionals can keep their listing up-to-date, they can save time by not having to respond to families they can’t serve. Parents often express to ACT Information Officers that they really appreciate not having to contact professionals who are not available.

If you are a professional on the RASP, you can review your record here. It is simple to update your listing online or you can contact Jeff Hoffman, RASP Administrative Assistant, at raspadmin@actcommunity.ca or call 604-205-5467.

Parents can also contact Jeff Hoffman if they are not receiving a response from a RASP professional; ACT is happy to check whether the contact information is still current. Emailraspadmin@actcommunity.ca.

New: “ACT’s Guide to Employment for Teens and Adults with Autism in B.C.”

After over a year of research, ACT is publishing The Guide to Employment for Teens and Adults with Autism in B.C. The guide provides teens and adults with autism, and their families, with details of B.C.’s employment services, both public and privately funded. The guide also has much that is relevant to other special needs. It can be found on the ACT website as Chapter 12 in ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C. Funding for this guide was made possible by a grant from Autism Speaks Canada.

Increasingly the need for employment is being recognized as crucial to ensuring quality of life for people with disabilities. The provincial government declared September as Disability Employment Month in B.C.

New Social Thinking Article in Chinese: 社交思考、整合執行功能和心理衛生:社交、學業與情緒的相互影響

社交思考、 整合執行功能和心理衛生: 社交、學業與情緒的相互影響 (“Social Thinking, Executive Functioning and Mental Health: The Interplay of the Social Mind, the Academic Load and Emotions”) is now available on the ‘ACT in Chinese’ page of the ACT website. 社交思考、 整合執行功能和心理衛生: 社交、學業與情緒的相互影響. The article, authored by Michelle Garcia Winner and translated by ACT Information Officer Christine Hung, briefly explains what social executive function is and how it can influence not only academics but also mental health.

Visit ACT in Chinese/自閉症社區訓練協會at: www.actcommunity.ca/act-in-chinese/