About ACT

ACT’s Vision

To be one of the world’s leading producers and providers of evidence-based information to enable autistic people to live productive, satisfying lives.

ACT’s Mission

The mission of ACT – Autism Community Training Society is to provide evidence-based information, resources, and training that benefits autistic people as well as their families, professionals and other community partners, to enable autistic people, to live productive, satisfying lives.

Information Services

ACT Autism Community Training provides information and training relevant to the autism community internationally. Based in British Columbia, Canada, ACT develops a wide-range of positive and practical information on everything from sleep problems and diet, to core issues such as diagnosis and aspects of intervention, including information on setting up intervention programs. These resources are free and are available online without a password requirement.

ACT’s Information and Training resources are funded by the income generated by our live events, and through sponsorship and donations. The resources that we share, or develop ourselves, are evidence-based. We do not enter into commercial relationships to promote products or intervention approaches.

ACT Training

ACT provides training through live events focused on a number of areas and by providing free online videos available at the convenience of the user. ACT’s training is self-supporting through registration fees, sponsorship and donations.

History

As visitors on this land, ACT – Autism Community Training is grateful for the opportunity to work and learn on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and səlilwətaɬ people who have lived in this area since before recorded time. These nations are hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. The hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh languages are part of the Salish Language family, which dates back many millennia. We pay our respects to elders past, and to those present and emerging. ACT is committed to addressing the recommendations arising from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, as well as the British Columbia (BC) Declaration Act Action Plan.

ACT – Autism Community Training is Canada’s leading independent, not-for-profit specializing in evidence-informed research and resources to support individuals with disabilities/diverse abilities and their families, as well as community professionals. In addition to our guides, live events, web streaming, and videos, ACT’s information portal responds to the diverse needs of our communities across the lifespan, in multiple languages.

ACT held its first conference in May 2003 as a community response to the great need throughout British Columbia for evidence-based specialized training opportunities on autism spectrum disorders. As a parent of an autistic child, Deborah Pugh founded ACT to ensure that families of children with developmental disabilities and/or autism, and the professionals who support them, had access to reliable  information resources that support  them to make informed choices.

In 2005 ACT opened its office in Burnaby as a provincial centre providing information and support under contract with the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development. While we no longer have government funding, guided by our newly formed Autistic and Indigenous Advisory Committees, ACT’s small but ambitious team continues to provide extensive online resources and a variety of training opportunities for Autistic individuals , parents/caregivers, and professionals both live and online.

ACT’s approach and the resources built over two  decades, with the help of so many, are not duplicated by government or by other agencies. As a not-for-profit led by a committed Board of Directors, ACT  uses web-based technology, online information databases and social media, with the support of a network of experts who volunteer their time.

ACT is most grateful to our members, donors, sponsors, presenters, and community partners including researcher practitioners and Autistic adults, and all who volunteer their time and expertise. Together, we present evidence-based research and resources that would not be possible without these relationships.