Monthly Archives: March 2016

Monthly Support Group for South Asian Families in Surrey, B.C.

Do you know a South Asian family with a child with with autism who could benefit from meeting other families and learning new strategies? ACT’s South Asian Autism Awareness Project (ASAAP) is made up of South Asian professionals and parents who would appreciate your support in publicizing our upcoming parent support groups.

Our meetings are held in Punjabi and English, they are friendly and informal. Discussion topics will be chosen by the group, and the discussion will be held in both Punjabi and English.

Calling ACT to register is appreciated, as we will be providing refreshments, but not a necessity.

  • March 31, 2016 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm  – focus on school issues
  • April 28, 2016 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • May 26, 2016  – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Download the poster

The meetings will be held at Prince Charles Elementary School:Surrey elementary school







Contact ACT for more information – 604.205.5467 or email

The ASAAP initiative has been made possible with support from the membership of ASAAP and sponsorship from Autism Speaks Canada, Simon Fraser University and the Surrey School District. 

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For more information on this project, see our ACT in Punjabi page.

Autism in the News

Satisfaction Survey from Ministry of Social Development open to March 29th

2016 Service Satisfaction Survey

The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MDSI) is offering its clients an opportunity to provide feedback regarding its service quality. The survey is open to all individuals who receive income or disability assistance. Participation is optional, anonymous and is not linked to eligibility. The survey will run from February 22 to March 29, 2016 and can be accessed online Clients can also participate by telephone or request a paper version by calling toll-free: 1-877-223-8078 during working hours.

Save the Date: POPARD, Social Thinking and Sarah Ward

Details & registration for the following events are coming soon

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders – Practical Applications (POPARD)
Kenneth Cole, PhD
July 11 – 15, 2016 in Metro Vancouver , BC

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

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders – Practical Applications (POPARD)
Kenneth Cole, PhD
August 15 – 19, 2016 in Metro Vancouver , BC

Sarah Ward – Cognitive Connections LLP
September 15 & 16, 2016 in Richmond, BC

Updated! ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C.

ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C. contains 12 chapters with helpful information relevant to the autism community, with many chapters relevant across special needs. The following chapters have been updated:

Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who contributed to making this information available to parents and professionals across B.C. Please see individual chapters for names of contributors. Browse all ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C. chapters.

Early Bird Deadline – March 9th for Focus on Research Conference

Autism & Family Quality of Life – Developing Culturally Responsive Research and Intervention Programs April 15 & 16, 2016, Vancouver
early bird deadline ends Wednesday, March 9th
While autism awareness has grown exponentially in the last decade, many marginalized families across special needs are still not receiving adequate levels of support. The goal of this conference is to share perspectives and build relationships between community organizations, researchers, clinicians, educators and family members, to provide researchers with the important research questions that the community wishes to have answered. This event, co-sponsored by Simon Fraser University, features:

  • 11 presentations by 14 speakers
  • 2 panel discussions
    • Supporting Marginalized Families from the Trenches – Perspectives of Parent-Professionals
    • Setting Research Priorities that Address the Needs of Marginalized Families
  • Live online streaming for selected presentations (registration required)
  • Many opportunities to engage with other attendees

Download the complete schedule online or see the event details page for presentation descriptions and presenter biographies.

Join the conversation – Register online or call 604-205-5467 or 1-866-939-5188.

Ways to Support this Innovative Conference: