Monthly Archives: March 2017

Upcoming ACT Conferences with New MCFD Bursaries

ACT is hosting six training opportunities this Spring and Summer. Register soon to ensure your seat and take advantage of early bird rates.

Special funding from MCFD will allow ACT to provide 50 bursaries for each of our larger events to allow parents and caregivers (including foster parents) to register for $35 a day.

  • Access will be provided on a first come, first registered, basis.
  • Each registrant will have access to only one in-person bursary until March 31st, 2018.
  • Additional bursaries will be available for web streamed events, including this month’s Focus on Research Conference, accessible province-wide.

More details about this new bursary program will be available soon on the ACT website.

$2.85 million Parent Coaching Project Awarded to UBC

ACT is very pleased to announce that a decision has been made to award funding for a three year $2.85 million project focused on researching parent coaching in diverse communities in British Columbia. The project will be led by Dr. Pat Mirenda and Dr. Anthony Bailey, of the University of British Columbia, both well known to B.C.’s autism community for their knowledge of autism and commitment to the need for families to receive quality intervention services that support the best outcomes for children.

“This will be one of the largest-ever studies of parent coaching,” said Dr. Bailey, the Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the UBC Institute of Mental Health. “It also breaks new ground in its inclusion of rural and disadvantaged families in the parent coaching model, and in the degree of choice that will be given to parents as to where coaching is delivered, including via the internet.”

For more details on the project please see the  UBC press release here.

ACT has been holding the project funding, which was provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and will continue to play a role in receiving reports from the project until it completes in three years’ time. ACT would like to thank all members of the Steering Committee who have contributed to this innovative project.  In particular, we recognize the important role of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research in convening an international panel of expert researchers who evaluated the applications and made the selection.

RASP Updates for March 2017

Twenty RASP professionals have been added or had their status updated in March 2017. There are 688 professionals on the Registry for Autism Service Providers as of March 31st:
www.actcommunity.ca/rasp/search/.

Behavior Consultants (Category A – Non-Supervised)

  • Shaheen Bhagudi – Ladner, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, Tsawwassen, Vancouver, White Rock
  • Renee Chong – Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, North Delta, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver
  • Elyssa McKee – Burnaby, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver
  • Tana Richards – Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Surrey, Vancouver
  • Lillian Wong – Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Vancouver

Behavior Consultants (Category B –Supervised)

  • Thea Brain – Burnaby, North Vancouver, Richmond, Vancouver, West Vancouver
  • Rosa Gonzales – Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Vancouver
  • Kourtney Rasmussen –  Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, White Rock
  • Kyla Swanston – Chemainus, Cobble Hill, Crofton, Duncan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake
  • Phung Van – Burnaby, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver

Speech-Language Pathologists (Non-Supervised)

  • Jennifer Buckley – Abbotsford, Langley, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver
  • Stacie Donison – Victoria
  • Shelley Gelineau – Chilliwack
  • Michele Lacroix – Cranbrook, Golden, Invermere

Speech-Language Pathologists (Supervised)

  • Tess Fairburn – Burnaby, Delta, Langley, Richmond, Surrey
  • Leeann Flood – Kelowna, Keremeos, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Peachland, Penticton, Princeton, Summerland, West Kelowna
  • Marie-Elise Marcoux – Castlegar, Rossland, Trail

Occupational Therapists

  • Rebecca Bjorklund – Black Creek, Campbell River, Comox, Comox Valley, Courtenay, Gold River, Quadra Island
  • Lisa Holowaychuk – North Vancouver, Vancouver, West Vancouver
  • Elizabeth Ullrich – Victoria

Professionals no longer listed on the RASP

RASP service providers may leave the RASP due to retirement or moving to a different job or province. William Brandon was removed in March.

Supervised Occupational Therapist launches April 1, 2017

This new category has been created to help Occupational Therapists, new to the field of autism, to acquire enough experience to qualify for the RASP. Note that MCFD is in the process of updating their forms. Applicants and their supervisors may use the existing RASP application and Supervision Verification Record  to apply for this category

Reminder: New RASP Applicants must have all documentation in by May 31st.

ACT is preparing to hand over the management of the Registry of Autism Service Providers to MCFD as of June 30, 2017 when our contract ends. In order to minimise delays for those planning to apply to the RASP, and to provide an efficient transition, ACT advises that all new applications should be submitted by May 1, 2017.

To ensure that new applications can be fully processed before the transition, all documentation must be provided to ACT by May 31, 2017. If documentation is received after this date, the file will be transferred to MCFD for processing.

All new RASP applications which arrive after May 15, 2017 will be processed by MCFD.
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/

Share Your April Autism Awareness Activities

The autism community will be celebrating, advocating and raising awareness of autism throughout April – Autism Awareness Month.

Are you walking? Lighting it up? Holding an event? Let everyone know!

ACT’s April – Autism Awareness Month newsletter will be received by over 8,200 people and organization across B.C. and beyond.

During the month of April, send ACT photos of your events, for inclusion on ACT’s Facebook Page.

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/

The Future of Autism Services – Your Feedback Needed – $100 Gift Card

Dear member of the autism community,

In December 2016, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) announced that it would no longer be providing funding to community organizations, such as ACT – Autism Community Training, to provide autism information/support services to families and community professionals. Instead, MCFD will be taking over these services, beginning July 1, 2017.

At ACT, we are not sure that there has been adequate consultation with the autism community prior to government’s decision to integrate autism information and support services into those provided directly by MCFD. This survey is designed to give YOU the opportunity to provide input on where you would prefer to access information and support services for individuals with autism.

Thank you for taking the time to respond. It will take less than 2 minutes of your time, and by completing it you can enter a draw for a $100 Amazon gift card.

 

 

 

Findings from the survey  will be shared in a report to the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The report will not personally identify any respondents, and your responses will not impact your ability to access services by ACT or the MCFD.

If you have any technical issues with this survey, please contact: Katherine katherine@reichertandassociates.ca Research Lead

Please share this page or the survey link found here: www.research.net/r/FutureOfAutismServices

 

A New RASP Category as of April 1, 2017 – Supervised Occupational Therapist

In order to build capacity and meet the needs of B.C. children with ASD, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – British Columbia (CAOT-BC), the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC), ACT and the Registry of Autism Service Providers Advisory Panel has put into place a new category for the RASP – Supervised Occupational Therapist. This category will be effective as of April 1, 2017.

The new category is intended for registered OTs new to the field of ASD who do not have clinical experience working with children with ASD under the age of six.  The intent is to allow OTs to invoice the Autism Funding: Under Age 6 program while they gain experience.  This experience will be gained while under the supervision of an experienced OT who currently qualifies to be on the RASP. 

For further details on the ACT website please see:

 

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 >>