Monthly Archives: May 2017

Early Bird Deadlines Looming for 5 Summer Events!

ACT has planned great events this summer featuring excellent presenters: Richard Stock, Jonathan Weiss, Sarah Ward and Kenneth Cole.

Save money and register before the early bird deadline.  See below for bursary information.

  1. Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Surrey & Vancouver) – Early bird rate ends May 31
  2. Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills – Early bird rate ends June 7
  3. Integrating ABA Methods in Schools: Supporting School Aged Children – Early bird rate ends June 14 (web streaming available)
  4. Applications of CBT to Address Emotional Functioning in Youth with ASD – Early bird rate ends June 14 (web streaming available Day 1 only)

Bursary Information for Parents and Professionals

ACT also has MCFD – funded bursaries for parents and bursaries for para-professionals and professionals to improve accessibility to both our live and web streamed events.


4 Web Streamed Events – Registration Open

At ACT we know that it is a challenge for some to come to Vancouver to attend an event in-person, so we have been working to make more of our events available for you to watch from your own device via live web streaming. We have four great presentations available for registration and bursaries available (see below),

Live Web Streaming Available:

Bursary Information for Parents and Professionals

ACT also has MCFD – funded bursaries for parents and bursaries for para-professionals and professionals to improve accessibility to both our live and web streamed events.

Comments from Web Streaming Registrants

“Thank you for the chat opportunity, resources, webinar modality – I
could hear and see very well.”

“The webinar worked really well and made it easy for me to attend.”

“Thank you for the opportunity to view this conference via webstreaming. It is such a great way to increase community education!”

“Thank you. I enjoyed the web streaming more than I expected to.”

Donate to Support ACT’s Free Resources for the Autism Community

On June 30th, 2017, the Ministry of Children and Family Development is ending funding for a community-based contract to support families with children with ASD – the service will be provided directly by government*.

While ACT is disappointed at no longer being able to provide individualized support to families, our commitment to the autism community remains strong. ACT’s free online, community-focused, information and training offer unique evidence-informed resources for the autism community nationally and internationally.

We are seeking sponsorship and donations to support our free online resources. These include Autism Videos @ ACT and the Autism Information Database.

For more information on how to support ACT’s work and to donate see

*  As soon as ACT received details from MCFD that we can share with the autism community, we will  post it:



Survey: Caregiver Training Module (deadline May 25th)

­­­­­­­­­The BC Association of Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI), through support from the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, is undertaking the development of a Caregiver Training Module.  They are asking you to share your knowledge and expertise through an on-line survey.   The survey will require 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by Thursday May 25th.  For more information: 

1) For parents raising children with special needs:

2) For caregivers supporting families and their children with special needs:

3) For child development and intervention service providers (including MCFD Social Workers):

4) For agencies and organizations supporting families and children with special needs:

For more information, go to the BCACDI website at (click on the caregiver module text under the banner).

All new RASP applications should be submitted by May 1, 2017 to be processed by ACT

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:

For more information on the transition process, see: 


Job Posting: Administrative and Training Coordinator

Administrative and Training Coordinator
ACT – Autism Community Training (ACT) is a registered not-for-profit society that has provided training and support to families and community professionals from our Burnaby office since 2005. ACT has a strong reputation for innovative work, we use online technology to support families across B.C. and Canada with web streamed conferences, free online videos and the Autism Information Database, in addition to our highly respected live events. ACT mission is “to provide excellent information and training, in accordance with international best practices. Our goal is to enable parents, professionals and para-professionals to support children and adults with ASD to live productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities.”

Since 2010, ACT has provided:

  • 14,000 registrants with over 100,000 hours of training by leading clinicians and researchers;
  • Over 120  live events in three languages, in 14 communities across BC;
  • Autism Videos @ ACT, includes over 25 free online videos – available internationally.

In addition to our training focus, ACT provides:

The position of Administrative and Training Coordinator, reflects ACT’s refocusing on our core commitment to providing community-level training, through providing live and web streamed events, in addition to online videos. 

The Administrative and Training Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director, to shape ACT’s training program for 2018 and beyond and will coordinate their work with ACT’s Website Officer and Financial Controller. The Coordinator serves as the first point of contact for ACT, and ensures that inquiries are addressed in a professional, timely fashion. A strong customer service orientation, and administrative skills are required, including reception experience  and event planning skills. This is a one year contract position. 

As ACT’s new focus will be on promoting our work nationally and internationally, a comfort in working in a national/international environment will be an asset.

Required Experience

  • 2 years’ experience in a responsible administrative role
  • Excellent organization, planning and project management skills
  • Detail oriented with superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient with MSOffice suite, including Word and Excel; CRM experience an asset
  • Skill in website maintenance and social media an asset
  • Knowledge of autism an asset

For a full job description, contact  Submit resume and cover letter confidentially to  Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills. Review of applications will begin immediately. Anticipated start date is early June 2017.