Monthly Archives: October 2016

October News Round-Up

ACT Seeking a New Executive Director

Deborah Pugh is stepping down as Executive Director in the New Year after 12 years in a leadership position at ACT. The Board of Directors is seeking qualified applicants to lead ACT into a new phase of its development as B.C.’s premier source of information and support for individuals with ASD, their families, and the professionals who serve them. For details see www.actcommunity.ca/job-posting-executive-director-for-act/

Have Your Say: Federal Accessibility Legislation

The Federal Government is consulting with Canadians on new accessibility legislation. Consultations will be held in Victoria on November 7th and Vancouver on November 26th – see below for opportunities to participate online or face to face. Some of the questions they will be asking are:

  • What are the main barriers to accessibility that Canadians with disabilities face?
  • What would it take to fix those barriers?
  • How can we change attitudes in Canada to better include and respect people with disabilities?

For more details: www.esdc.gc.ca/en/consultations/disability/legislation/index.page#h2.325

Skill Development for Young Adults with Autism

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is offering the CommunityWorks Canada® program, for individuals with autism, ages 15-21, who wish to volunteer alongside typical peers in a variety of community settings, developing work, communication and social skills. For more information, visit the CommunityWorks Canada® program page

EmploymentWorks Canada (EWC) is looking for participants, diagnosed with ASD , between 18 and 29 years, who are motivated to learn from different businesses in the Lower Mainland to develop employment-based skills; for example, social, communication and professionalism in the workplace. Contact Brooke Straith, EWC Program Coordinator, brooke@pacificautismfamily or 604-700-8614.

ACT Event: iPads in Autism Intervention

Faster than a Speeding Bullet: iPads in Autism Intervention – November 26th, 2016 – Vancouver, BC. Presented by: Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

This workshop will review a number of skill areas in which the iPad can be a useful instructional tool and/or an aid for daily living. Relevant apps will be discussed and demonstrated. While apps relevant to all ages will be featured, this workshop is for children and adults with a variety of special needs who require adapted educational, communication or life skills supports.

Mayday Club Youth Choir Performance

The Mayday Club Youth Choir had their first public performance on October 23rd at the Autism Speaks walk. Congratulations on your performance! See the choir in action: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qunoXUUhrJg

For upcoming performances, see the Mayday Club Youth Choir Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MaydayClubYouthChoir/

RASP Updates: new Behavior Consultants, SLP’s, PT’s and OT’s

Four new RASP professionals have been added or had their status updated between September 17th and October 26th. As of October 26 there were 654 professionals on the Registry of Autism Service Providers. See who is new in your community at www.actcommunity.ca/rasp/search/.

Behavior Consultants (Category A – Non-Supervised)

  • Tina Lin – Burnaby, Delta, Ladner, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Tsawwassen, Vancouver, West Vancouver, White Rock

Speech-Language Pathologists

  • Susan Wilson – Serves: Burnaby, Vancouver

Occupational Therapists

  • Hanna Nagtegaal – Serves: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Denman Island, Hornby Island, Parksville

Physical Therapists

  • Deborah Humphries: – Serves: Dawson Creek

RASP RESOURCES

Questions? Contact an ACT Information Officer for one to one support in English, Cantonese, Mandarin or Punjabi.

Mental Health Resources from the Autism Information Database (AID)

In recognition that individuals with ASD have significantly higher rates of mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, ACT’s Information Officers continue to gather relevant resources for the ACT Information Database.

  • Information about ASD and mental health conditions, including ADHD, anxiety, OCD and depression. actcommunity.ca/resource/2922
  • Summary of a research study that examines the types of mental health conditions that often affect children and youth with ASD. actcommunity.ca/resource/1998
  • Common co-occurring disorders for individuals with ASD, including diagnostic challenges and developing a treatment plan. actcommunity.ca/resource/1945
  • In this ACT online video, Dr. Vikram Dua discusses his Autism Comorbidity Algorithm to frame and guide clinical and diagnostic assessment and treatment decisions though a developmental lens. actcommunity.ca/resource/528/

For more information and community resources, search ACT’s Autism Information Database: www.actcommunity.ca/aid. We welcome your suggestions for information or community resources for the AID – contact info@actcommunity.ca.

Survey of Early Childhood Intervention Services Closes Nov 1st

The Family Support Institute, BC Association for Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI) and Inclusion BC have embarked on an information gathering project to determine the key concerns of parents of children and youth with special needs in B.C. Access the survey here: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/FamilyFeedbackServicesforCYSN/ before November 1st, 2016.

Seeking Volunteers on the Impact of Autism

As part of a 4th year / graduate course offered at UBC, the instructor is looking for volunteers with autism in the Vancouver area who would be willing to be interviewed by students in medical anthropology about the impact of autism on themselves and their families. Download this letter for details.

Community Events Across British Columbia

Visit the ACT Community Events page (www.actcommunity.ca/education/community-events) for upcoming social groups, BI training, and conferences. Submit your community events for inclusion in this provincial resource listing.

Autism in the News

Alternative treatments in the news

Staff News

ACT’s E.D. awarded Distinguished Service Award by BCASLPA

Deborah Pugh receiving award from Nathan Hoffart, Julia Hodder (left) and Kate Chase from the BC Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

On October 21, Deborah Pugh, ACT’s Executive Director, was awarded the 2016 BCASLPA Distinguished Service Award for individuals who are not speech‐language pathologists or audiologists but who have made outstanding contributions to the professions and/or the communities they serve, in recognition for her “passion and advocacy for children and adults living with ASD.”

ACT’s E.D. awarded Distinguished Service Award by BCASLPA

On October 21, Deborah Pugh, ACT’s Executive Director, was awarded the 2016 BCASLPA Distinguished Service Award for individuals who are not speech‐language pathologists or audiologists but who have made outstanding contributions to the professions and/or the communities they serve, in recognition for her “passion and advocacy for children and adults living with ASD.”

Deborah Pugh receiving award

Deborah Pugh receiving award from Nathan Hoffart, Julia Hodder (left) and Kate Chase from the BC Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Job Posting: Executive Director for ACT

ACT – Autism Community Training is searching for a new leader to take over the position of Executive Director of this dynamic organization in January 2017. This is a full-time position, based either in Burnaby or Richmond, British Columbia.

PURPOSE

The primary purpose of the Executive Director’s role is to ensure that ACT continuously anticipates and responds to the needs of families and professionals to understand the nature and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder through the provision of quality information and training. The work of the E.D. includes ensuring that the organization’s staff maintains a high degree of expertise, commitment and personal ethics, that the organization is managed in a fiscally responsible manner, that it is represented in the community as having a high degree of expertise and ethical standards and that all community stakeholders are aware of ACT, its services, the issues it is attempting to address and the ways in which it can be of service to them.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Communicating ACT’s vision to the autism community, government and the media
  2. Working with ACT’s Board of Directors to refine and implement strategic and operational goals
  3. Promoting ACT’s role as a leading provider of excellent training in autism-related topics
  4. Leading ACT’s staffing, recruitment & retention strategy
  5. Ensuring ACT’s financial management & and independence through revenue diversification
  6. Supporting the development of ACT as a technologically advanced organization

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline
  • Experience working in the not-for-profit sector providing services to a special needs group ideal
  • Experience in a leadership role
  • Experience working with government ministries
  • Experience seeking funding sources and raising funds
  • Budgeting experience

Skills & Characteristics

  • A passion for serving families and people with developmental disabilities
  • Ability to work with complex individuals
  • Ability to work with complex bureaucracies
  • Ability to work with diverse groups to develop consensus.
  • Collaborative, patience, diplomacy and respect for differing points of view
  • Ability to motivate and align others to a vision
  • Strong strategic thinking ability

About ACT – Autism Community Training

  • ACT provides non-commercial, evidence-based information and training on ASD to parents and professionals – the most comprehensive community-level autism information service in Canada;
  • ACT’s information and support work is funded by B.C.’s Ministry for Children and Family Development and by individual donors and sponsors;
  • ACT’s services support individuals with autism to live productive, satisfying lives within their communities, ensuring that families and professionals, wherever they live in B.C. have access to:
  • ACT hosted 26 live events in 2015, supported through registration fees and sponsorship;
  • ACT is a registered charity; charitable tax number is #861691236RR0001.

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 21, 2016, 4 pm
Please send all resume and covering letter by email: Attention ED Search Committee HR@actcommunity.ca

Download ACT Executive Director brief job description

Province announces special needs money for independent schools

The Province of British Columbia has recently announced that is will be providing an additional $1 million for special needs supports at specialized independent schools in B.C.

Read the full press release here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016EDUC0122-001888

Comment from Inclusion BC: http://www.inclusionbc.org/press-room/whats-new/government-announces-massive-step-backwards-inclusive-education-investing-1-mil