Monthly Archives: February 2017

News Round-Up – February 2017

8 Events Added, 2 New Videos, RASP Updates

Upcoming ACT Events

Join ACT for inspiration and information. At ACT’s live events, leading practitioners and researchers from across the world share evidence-based insights with B.C. parents and professionals.

Mental Health – Looking Beyond Autism: ACT’s 13th Annual Focus on Research Conference
April 28 & 29, 2017 – SFU Harbour Centre – Vancouver – early bird deadline – April 7th.

Attend in person or via live webstreaming! ACT’s 13th Annual Focus on Research Conference will bring together speakers from around the world to provide a forum for community professionals, researchers, and families to learn how to address co-occurring mental health conditions. Join us to consider solutions to the complex realities facing individuals with autism who are also affected by anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. There will be a special focus on how mental health issues affect women with ASD.
View event details >>


Applications of CBT to Address Emotional Functioning in Youth with ASD
July 24 & 25- Vancouver
Jonathan Weiss, PhD, CPsych, Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research, York University
View event details >>


Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD
July 31 – Aug. 4 – Surrey
Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych
“Amazing and useful information. I wish our whole staff could attend!!”
View event details >>


Executive Functioning Conference
Aug. 10 & 11 – Sidney
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP (Boston)
I learned strategies I can use with all of my students right away.”
View event details >>


Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD
Aug. 14 – 18 -Vancouver
Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych
“Ken was excellent in presenting the information in a very natural, straight- forward way.”
View event details >>


Integrating ABA Methods in Schools: Supporting School Aged Children
Aug. 24 & 25 – Vancouver
Richard Stock, PhD, BCBA-D
“Powerful and easy to implement IEP suggestions”
View event details >>


New event from one of ACT’s most popular speakers!
Picturing Success: Visual Support Strategies for Individuals with ASD
Oct. 20 & 21, 2017 – Vancouver
Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D
View event details >>


Two Social Thinking® Days for Young Children
Nov. 16 & 17- Vancouver
Kari Zweber Palmer, MA, CCC-SLP & Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP of the Social Thinking Training and Speakers’ Collaborative.
“Wonderful strategies to use with my students and awesome ideas for ways to structure groups in the future.”
View event details >>


Two New Videos added to Autism Videos @ ACT

Have you seen the new look for Autism Videos @ ACT (AVA)? It’s easier than ever to browse and play one of ACT’s 23 free online videos. Start with these new offerings:

The Invention and Reinvention of Autism: Researching ASD Across Culture

Dr. Roy Richard Grinker, author of Unstrange Minds, addresses issues relevant to autism research:

  • What does it mean to say that a phenomenon is “cultural?”
  • What are the cross-cultural commonalities and differences in how autism is defined and treated?
  • What kinds of cross-cultural research can have an impact on early detection and intervention?

Watch this video >>

Panel Discussion: Supporting Marginalized Families from the Trenches – Perspectives of Parent- Professionals

This panel of parent-professionals provides fascinating insights into their work in supporting other parents of children with special needs, either as professionals or as volunteers.

Panel Participants: Roy Richard Grinker, PhD; Deborah Pugh, Executive Director of ACT; Bosang Lee, PhD, Executive Director of Here and Now Community Society; Sunita Braich, ASAAP Parent Facilitator & Surrey School District; Sawsan Salih, Volunteer translator for refugee families; Betty-Ann Garreck, Coordinator, Autism Kamloops.

Watch this video >>

Tax Time is Coming Up: Taking Control of the Future

Layli Antinuk and Blair Dwyer of Dwyer Tax Law present this important video Taking Control of the Future to help families understand options to help secure the financial future of their children. The goals are to help families:

  • Understand the full range of planning opportunities available;
  • See how these strategies might be used to accomplish the family’s planning objectives;
  • Enable parents to articulate their objectives and communicate them to a professional advisor with greater confidence;
  • Remain in control of the development and implementation of a plan that suits their needs.

Watch this video >>

ACT has several videos awaiting editing. If you would like to support AVA’s development, donate via cheque, Canada Helps, the United Way, or Employer Charitable funds. www.actcommunity.ca/donate

View all videos >>

Looking for Spring Break Activities? Check the AID

Looking for camps for your child with autism? Search the AID – type in “Spring Break Camps” in the Community Resources search box. Or, for more individualized support, email info@actcommunity.ca or call 604-205-5467 or 1-866-939-5188 to talk to an Information Officer.

See spring break camps >>

Help ACT Produce Training and Resources: Donate Now

As a federally registered not-for-profit society, ACT can provide tax receipts for donations over $10. ACT’s Charitable Tax Number is #861691236RR0001.

How to Donate:

  • By cheque (send to office, made out to ACT – Autism Community Training)
  • Via the United Way (search for ACT- Autism Community Training Society, Burnaby)
  • Online via CanadaHelps or Chimp

Donors and sponsors are listed on our donations page: thank you for contributing to world-class resources.

Donate here >>

Special Needs Community Events throughout B.C:

See what is happening across B.C. or post your community/training event for the special needs community at www.actcommunity.ca/special-needs-community-events/. Upcoming events in March and early April:

See all events on our Special Needs Community Events listing >>

ASD and Employment Meeting: April 3rd, Ottawa

Fulfilling Lives at Work: Advancing Vocational Opportunities in Autism Spectrum Disorders

A pre-meeting on ASD and employment in conjunction with the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) Leadership Summit in Ottawa. The goals are to discussion employment, develop a community of learning and action, and determine strategies. Contact Amber Young: ayoun@ucalgary.ca or 780-492-7973 for more information.

For more information and to register online: https://fulfillinglivesatwork.eventbrite

Post-Secondary Opportunities: Upgrade your Skills

Looking to upgrade your skills or seeking professional certification? ACT lists B.C. Post-Secondary Programs for Professionals on our website. Both Cap University and Douglas College are taking applications now for programs that begin in September 2017.

New RASP applications received after May 15th will be processed by MCFD

ACT is preparing to hand over the management of the Registry of Autism Service Providers to the Ministry of Children and Family Development as of June 30, 2017. In order to minimise delays for those planning to apply to the RASP, and to provide an efficient transition, ACT advises that all applications should be submitted by May 1, 2017. All new and current applications must supply full documentation by May 31, 2017 in order to be processed. If documentation is received after this date, the file will be transferred to MCFD for processing.

Please note that the RASP application process will remain the same after July 1st as it is a MCFD-regulated process, which ACT has managed on MCFD’s behalf since 2005. For more information on the RASP application process see: www.actcommunity.ca/rasp/sp-info/

RASP Updates for February 2017

Ten RASP professionals have been added or had their status updated since January 31st, 2017. As of February 24th, 2017, there are 670 professionals on the Registry for Autism Service Providers: www.actcommunity.ca/rasp/search/.

Behavior Consultants (Category A – Non-Supervised)

  • Chelsey Matteotti – Kelowna, Lake Country, Penticton, Vernon, West Kelowna
  • Jennifer Neale – Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody
  • Joanne Tsui Ying Kwong – Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver

Behavior Consultants (Category A –Supervised)

  • Iwona Powley – Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, Vancouver

Speech-Language Pathologists (Non-Supervised)

  • Julie Peters – Port Hardy
  • Michelle Schaafsma – Victoria

Speech-Language Pathologists (Supervised)

  • Brianna Rosenberg – Burnaby, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, White Rock
  • Winifred Murphey – Vancouver

Occupational Therapists

  • Nicola Paetkau – Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Kamloops, Merritt
  • Samuel Wade – Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Surrey, Vancouver

RASP service providers leave the RASP for many reasons including retirement or moving out of province. The following service providers are no longer on the RASP: Penelope Berinbaum (Behavior Consultant & Speech Language Pathologist) and Shauna Dolan, Rina Dulku, Sara Holland, Barbara Ann Kuhl, Maureen O’Connell, Kathryn Wishart (Speech Language Patholgists).

RASP providers are urged to keep their contact information up to date either online or by contacting the ACT office. The RASP Service Providers page has information for new applicants; the criminal record check process and renewal and professional development.

ACT updates the RASP List weekly. See who is new in your community: www.actcommunity.ca/rasp/search/.

Autism in the News

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Register now! Mental Health in Autism – ACT’s 13th Annual Focus on Research – April 28 & 29

Focus on research 2017 Presenters Dr. Weiss and Dr. Gillberg

Registration now open for live or webstreaming attendees.

ACT’s 13th Annual Focus on Research Conference will provide a forum to address co-occurring mental health conditions and consider solutions to the complex realities facing individuals with autism with mental health conditions. Keynotes with Dr Jonathan Weiss from York University and Dr. Christoper Gillberg from University of Gothenberg, Sweden. Visit the Mental Health – Looking Beyond Autism details page for details on the content, local speakers, location and schedule. Attend live or via webstreaming. 

Sponsored by:

This conference is part of ACT’s Online Mental Health and Autism Initiative, supported by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the University of British Columbia. Additional support provided by Simon Fraser University.

For details see www.actcommunity.ca/education/mentalhealth/

Intro to Autism (POPARD) in Surrey and Vancouver – register soon

Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications (POPARD)

taught by Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

July 31 – August 4, 2017 (Monday to Friday) – Surrey, B.C.
sponsored by Surrey Schools 

August 14 – 18, 2017 (Monday to Friday) – Vancouver, B.C.

This 30 hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, with a small group of participants, reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. Instruction includes pre-readings, practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration and coaching. In addition, course participants complete applied exercises in the key elements of teaching and supporting students with autism.

Feedback from the last event:

  • “Amazing and useful information. I wish our whole staff could attend!!”
  • “Ken was excellent in presenting the information in a very natural, straight- forward way. He was always available to answer questions- offer suggestions and re-explain a concept.”
  • “The biggest thing I learned was dealing with behaviours. I was struggling with this as a SEA and now I definitely have some very valuable tools that I can use.”

RASP Alert; new applications received after May 15th will be processed by MCFD in July.

ACT is preparing to hand over the management of the Registry of Autism Service Providers to the Ministry of Children and Family Development as of June 30, 2017. In order to minimise delays for those planning to apply to the RASP, and to provide an efficient transition, ACT advises that all applications should be submitted by May 1, 2017. All new and current applications must supply full documentation by May 31, 2017 in order to be processed. If documentation is received after this date, the file will be transferred to MCFD for processing after June 30th.

All RASP applications which arrive after May 15, 2017 will be handed off to MCFD for processing starting July 1st.

MCFD will begin accepting new applications as of July 1st. Please note that the RASP application process will remain the same after July 1st as it a MCFD-regulated process which ACT has managed on MCFD’s behalf since 2005. For more information on the RASP application process see: www.actcommunity.ca/rasp/sp-info/

Autism Videos @ ACT – new Advocacy video

ACT has added five new videos to AVA since the beginning of December 2016. Last week we launched a new platform to make this free resource easier to navigate as we now have over 20 videos and we want to make sure our users don’t get lost! Take a look at our new Videos home page which allows you to easily scan all our video offerings and view them when convenient to you, with no passwords. This is a free service made possible thanks to donors, sponsors and of course our presenters, who donate their time to this rich source of evidence-based community training, available internationally to all who need access to positive information on autism and other special needs.

ACT has several videos awaiting editing. If you would like to support AVA’s development, donate via cheque, online via Canada Helps, the United Way, or Employer Charitable funds. www.actcommunity.ca/donate

NEW AVA Video for 2017 – The Essentials of Advocacy

The Essentials of Advocacy: A Parent’s Guide to Advocating for their Child with Special Needs

This free online ACT video provides practical, positive guidance on how to navigate various government systems that control access to services for children with special needs.

 

ACT’s Live Event Calendar for 2017 – Registration Now Open!

ACT is finalizing the details of our 2017 event calendar. At ACT’s live events, leading practitioners and researchers from across the world share their insights with B.C. parents and professionals. Join us for inspiration and information! See below for the events which have already been confirmed. Special thanks to our sponsors and speakers who make ACT’s training possible.

ACT’s 13th Annual Focus on Research Event – April 28 & 29, 2017
SFU Harbour Centre – Vancouver. – Registration opening soon
Mental Health is the focus of this year’s Focus on Research conference. We are delighted to announce our two keynote speakers, Dr. Christopher Gillberg (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Jonathan Weiss (York University, Toronto). ACT’s Online Mental Health and Autism Project committee will finalize the program over the next two weeks – save the dates for what will be a thought provoking two days!

Applications of CBT to Address Emotional Functioning in Youth with ASD – July 24 & 25- Vancouver – Registration opening soon
Jonathan Weiss, PhD, CPsych, Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research, York University

The events below are open for registration – register early and save!

Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD
July 31 – Aug. 4 – Surrey
Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

Executive Functioning Conference
Aug. 10 & 11 – Sidney
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP (Boston)

Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD
Aug. 14 – 18 -Vancouver
Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

Integrating ABA Methods in Schools: Supporting School Aged Children
Aug. 24 & 25 – Vancouver
Richard Stock, PhD, BCBA-D

Picturing Success: Visual Support Strategies for Individuals with ASD
Oct. 20 & 21, 2017 – Vancouver
Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D

Two Social Thinking® Days for Young Children
Nov. 16 & 17- Vancouver
Kari Zweber Palmer, MA, CCC-SLP & Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP

Update on the Ending of ACT’s Contract with MCFD

ACT’s staff and board thank all those who continue sending kind comments via Facebook, email and by telephone. It has been an honour for us to provide navigation and information services to families and professionals across B.C. since 2005. When we have information to share with the autism community from B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development on their new vision of service provision, we will post it on our website and Facebook page.

In the meantime, ACT is continuing to provide our always friendly and efficient service as we work to re-design our programs – see details in our January 2017 News Round-Up.