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ACT June News Round-Up – All ACT videos free, job postings, anti-spam laws & more

Posted June 30, 2014

In this months roundup:

  • ACT News: ACT Online Videos: Now Free!; Job Posting for Reception/Administrative Assistant; Job Posting for Practicum Student; ACT and Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation
  • Online Behavior Interventionist Training for Rural and Remote B.C.
  • POPARD Job Postings
  • Last Chance to Participate – 1st National Autism Needs Assessment Survey
  • Sign up now for Fall Programs: New Canucks Autism Network (CAN) Programs this Fall; Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada – Vancouver and Kelowna, September 2014
  • New from Simon Fraser University: SFU Seeking Children with ASD for Research Study; Free Camp for Children Ages 7-12 with ASD
  • Summer Fun and Safety: Looking for Summer Recreation Activities? – Check the AID!; Summer Safety
  • Autism in the Media

ACT News
ACT Online Videos: Now Free!
ACT has recently made available all our online videos for free on a trial basis. We are currently seeking sponsorship to develop more online training. ACT online videos are professionally filmed and edited, and range in length from 1 to 5 hours. They are divided into sections for easier browsing. Register for free online or call our office. Browse the complete list of our 14 online videos.
Job Posting for Reception/Administrative Assistant
This position plays a pivotal role as the first point of contact for visitors or callers to ACT, addressing their needs and inquiries in a professional, timely fashion.  Duties include taking registrations for ACT workshops, directing information calls to the appropriate staff and data entry into ACT’s information systems.  If you are organized, have strong technical and communication skills, and are a compassionate individual, preferably with knowledge of autism, we encourage you to send your cover letter and resume to with “Receptionist” in the subject line by 10am, Tuesday, July 8th.
Job Posting for Practicum Student
ACT is seeking a current undergraduate or graduate student for a 3-6 month project. This project requires analysing resources for ACT’s Autism Information Database (AID) and writing records for the AID. The successful candidate must have excellent written communication skills, an understanding of autism and an interest in knowledge translation focused on the needs of families and adults with ASD. This is a paid position. To search the AID go to To apply, please send a cover letter and C.V. to with the word “Practicum Position” in the subject line by 10 am, Thursday, July 3rd.
ACT and Canada’s Anti-Spam LegislationAs a federally registered charity, ACT already follows many of the requirements outlined in the new Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL):

  • ACT asks for explicit permission to add members to our mailing list – we never harvest emails from our events, information calls or third-parties.
  • We clearly identify ACT – Autism Community Training as the sender of the email.
  • ACT includes an “unsubscribe” option at the bottom of every email announcement.

If you have any questions about ACT’s privacy policies or email policies, contact Amy Severson, Manager of Communications at or by phone at 604-205-5467.

Online Behavior Interventionist Training for Rural and Remote B.C.Douglas College is offering a fourth round of the popular MCFD-sponsored Online Autism Outreach Training to Behavior Interventionists who work in rural and remote B.C. (outside of the Lower Mainland and Victoria). Please share with your networks and urge those interested to apply ASAP.  For more information and application instructions please see:
POPARD Job PostingsPOPARD (Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders) has posted two jobs:

  • POPARD Education and Behavior Consultant
  • POPARD School Psychology Intern

Information about POPARD can be found on their website at or by contacting Dr. Georgina Robinson at To apply go to

Last Chance to Participate – 1st National Autism Needs Assessment SurveyComplete the CASDA survey before Monday, June 30th to contribute to the development of a National Autism Plan. The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) is seeking input into the realities of self-advocates, caregivers and professionals supporting those with autism from across Canada. The survey only takes 15 minutes. By participating you will be doing your part in informing the Governments of Canada and British Columbia of the needs of families, their children and adults with autism.


Sign up Now for Fall Programs
New Canucks Autism Network (CAN) Programs This FallThe Canucks Autism Network is introducing five new pilot programs beginning in the fall/winter of 2014, including:

  • drama/improv, music (in partnership with Sarah McLachlan School of Music);
  • gymnastics (in partnership with Kerrigan’s Gymnastics);
  • outdoor rec (in partnership with Power to Be) and;
  • skiing (in partnership with Vancouver Adapted Snow Sports).

To learn about these programs, or how to register, visit or email

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada – Vancouver and Kelowna, September 2014
Register here for Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada and join them for some family fun!

  • Kelowna –  Sunday, September 21, 2014
  • Vancouver –  Sunday, September 28, 2014

Visit the Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada page for details or go to

New From Simon Fraser University
SFU Seeking Children with ASD for Research Study
Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) is studying the skills young children need to successfully regulate their behaviour in everyday contexts such as home, schools and playgrounds. The study will take place at the SFU Burnaby campus and will take about 2-3 hours (including breaks). Upon completion of the study, the parents will receive $10 per hour of participation in gift cards, as a token of appreciation. To sign up, please contact Sarah at or 778-782-6746.
Free Camp for Children Ages 7-12 with ASD
The SFU Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) is hosting their 3rd Annual SFU Social Science Camp on Saturday, August 16 from 9am to 3pm (SFU Burnaby Campus). Special guests from the Vancouver Aquarium will be present! The camp integrates research and other fun computer, craft, and interactive game activities. Spots are limited so sign up today.
Summer Fun and Safety
Looking for Summer Recreation Activities? Check the AID!
ACT’s Autism Information Database (AID) is an online, easy to search website designed with families in mind. The AID will help you find local services and supports available in your community, whether you are looking for an autism-friendly dentist, a summer camp, a speech-language pathologist or a community group. Search by topic, postal code or city!
Summer Safety
With the onset of summer time and the break in routine, please consider outdoor safety issues and the dangers of wandering.

  • Wandering Tips from the Autism Speaks Community
  • A Story About Going Outside(visual story template)
Autism in the Media

  • iPads Allow Kids with Challenges to Play in High School’s Band (NPR)
  • Labels are for Cans: Autism in the Workplace (CBC Radio)
  • A Special Kind of Compromise Needed for Special Needs Students (Vancouver Sun)
  • Autism Does Not Equal Murderous Rage (Globe and Mail)
ACT Upcoming EventsAugust 11 – 15 – Vancouver (sold out)
August 18 – 22 – Vancouver (event details) – only 5 seats left!
August 25 – 29 – Victoria (sold out)
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Applications (POPARD). Presented by Kenneth Cole, Ph.D., R.Psych, POPARD Consultant.
September 17 & 18 – Richmond. Social Thinking Providers Conference. Keynote Speakers:

  • Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP;
  • Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP;
  • Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP;
  • Pamela Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.

October 4th – Kamloops. Ready, Set, Coach: Supporting Kids with Autism in Community Recreation Activities. Presented by  Stephanie Jull, Ph.D., BCBA-D.  Details & registration coming soon

October 24 & 25 – Vancouver. Promoting Speech and Language in Individuals Across the Autism Spectrum: Collaboration for Success . Presented by Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Details coming soon

December 5 & 6 – Vancouver. The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presented by Elizabeth Laugeson, Ph.D. Details coming soon

Register online or call the office at 604-205-5467 or 1-866-939-5188.