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Happy Holidays from ACT

ACT Holiday Hours

ACT will be closed December 25th to January 1st and will reopen on Monday, January 4th at 8:30AM. In case of emergency, please call 778-945-1086; this number will be monitored during the holiday season.

If you have a general question that can wait until the New Year, please leave a voicemail at 604-205-5467.

Apply to Present

ACT’s 12th Annual Focus on Research: Autism & Family Quality of Life – Developing Culturally Responsive Research and Intervention Programs

See details and download application Deadline to apply to present is January 18, 2016.

ACT’s 12th Annual Focus on Research Conference will provide a forum for researchers, community organizations, educators and parents to consider the realities facing marginalized families who have children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Intellectual Disabilities.

Apply to present – see details and download application. Deadline to apply to present is January 18, 2016. The conference will be held April 15 & 16.

ACT Welcomes Parent Coaching Intervention Research Project

ACT – Autism Community Training (ACT) is delighted to be chairing the Parent Coaching Steering Committee that will put in place an innovative research project targeting the needs of B.C. families who suspect that their very young child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The $3 million project has the potential to answer many research questions about the value of parent coaching in changing the developmental path of children who develop autism. It is being funded by the Government of British Columbia and is the only project of its kind in Canada targeting children under three years of age focusing on researching parent coaching. For the Government of B.C.’s news release see: Autism research project to help B.C. parents of young children.

ACT welcomes the opportunity to partner in this project with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and with the Pacific Autism Family Centre, as well as the Ministry of Children and Family Development. One of ACT’s interests will be to see whether this research can help pinpoint ways of supporting families from chronically under-served groups within the autism community, including aboriginal families, recent immigrants, refugees and those living in rural and remote communities.

ACT looks forward to working with the many professionals and agencies across B.C. who will welcome the opportunity to support parent coaching. Collaboration with community health nurses and speech-language pathologists based in public health units, organizations such as the Infant Development Program (IDP) and Aboriginal IDP, professionals who specialize in autism, as well as organizations supporting immigrants, all will be key to reaching vulnerable families and their children.

Upcoming Events

Vancouver Island this Spring

February 20th, 2016 – Sidney
Positive Behavior Support: What Parents Need to Know! Presented by Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Save the Date! – 2016 Events with Roy Richard Grinker, Michelle Garcia Winner and Sarah Ward

Details and registration coming soon

April 15 & 16, 2016, Vancouver
ACT’s 12th Annual Focus on Research – co-sponsored by Simon Fraser University

Autism & Family Quality of Life – Developing Culturally Responsive Research and Intervention Programs
Keynote speaker: Roy Richard Grinker, author of Unstrange Minds (www.unstrange.com/)

August 4 & 5, 2016, Vancouver
Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke from Social Thinking®

September 15 & 16, 2016. Richmond
Sarah Ward from Cognitive Connections Therapy, LLP

Apply to Present at ACT’s 12th Annual Focus on Research

Apply to present – see details and download application.
Deadline to apply to present is January 18, 2016.

Conference Focus: Autism & Family Quality of Life – Developing Culturally Responsive Research and Intervention Programming

ACT’s 12th Annual Focus on Research Conference will provide a forum for researchers, community organizations, educators and parents to consider the realities facing marginalized families who have children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Intellectual Disabilities.

Apply to present – see details and download applicationDeadline to apply to present is January 18, 2016.

Support ACT’s Work this Holiday Season

“Thank you for ‘ACTing’ as a provocative and caring agent for positive social change. All the best for an even better ACT and the world we live in.” – Student

“I want to thank you for your time, your support and everything that you gave and you are still giving for our children. Please pass my full regards to Erika that she supported me through all my phone calls.” – Parent

“This reaffirmed my belief and renewed my faith that parents can and should be active participants in their child’s assessments and intervention.” – Professional

Have you benefited from ACT’s free online videos, information services, bursaries or advocacy advice? As the holiday season approaches, consider donating to ACT – Autism Community Training. ACT’s core government funding has been frozen since 2011. We are good at doing more with less, especially with the support of our terrific staff and volunteers, but our ability to respond to the urgent requests of vulnerable families is stretched to the point where we are having great difficulty meeting their needs. If you or someone you know is in the position to donate to ACT, you can support work that is not funded by ACT’s contract with the provincial government including:

    • Supporting Autism Videos @ACT (AVA) – For families and professionals, tight schedules, limited funding and long distances can make attending ACT’s live events challenging. Help us expand AVA’s library of free online videos to make learning opportunities available to all members of the autism community. www.actcommunity.ca/videos
    • Bursaries for Live Events – Training should be accessible to all. In 2015, over 150 parents, students and para-professionals attended an ACT event supported by an ACT bursary. www.actcommunity.ca/bursaries
    • Supporting New Canadian and Refugees – When your English is not fluent, understanding autism and autism services can seem impenetrable. ACT has translated the Next Steps Guide into Chinese, and is now working on a Punjabi version. Next we hope to translate materials in Arabic and Korean. Reach out to new Canadians struggling to support family members with autism by supporting ACT’s Translation and Interpreter Fund.
    • Supporting Adults with Autism – Adults with autism are extremely vulnerable and receive very little attention compared to children. While ACT is funded to work with children, some 10 % of our calls are now from families and adults themselves looking for information on diagnosis, mental health treatment, employment and housing. In 2015 ACT produced the ACT’s Guide to Employment for Teens with Autism in B.C. We would like to do more with your support.

You can support ACT’s work through:

As a federally registered not-for-profit society ACT can provide tax receipts for donations over $10. ACT’s Charitable Tax Number is #861691236RR0001. For more information and to see past donors: www.actcommunity.ca/donate/

 

Volunteer Opportunity: File Clerk

Are you a detail-oriented person with strong organization skills? If so, ACT is interested in hearing from you. We are recruiting a regular part-time volunteer file clerk who will be involved in the maintenance and reorganization of paper files for approximately five to ten hours per week during regular office hours. Ideally the successful candidate will begin in December or early January. People with ASD are encouraged to apply. For further details or to apply, send your resume and cover letter to raspadmin@actcommunity.ca with ACT Volunteer File Clerk in the subject line.