Diverse Needs Community Events
ACT uses our Diverse Needs Community Events listing to share information provided by many different organizations. Below are a few of the upcoming events. To see what is happening around the province, visit Diverse Needs Community Events You are welcomed to submit your organization’s events. Over 7,000 individuals and agencies receive ACT’s News Round-Up.
August & September Events
Social Sprouts 2 (Ages 4-6)
August 12-16, Surrey
Social Sprouts 2 (Ages 7-11)
August 12-16, Surrey
Summer Crew Camp (Ages 7-13)
August 19-23, Burnaby
LEGO Assisted Social Skills Camp
August 26-30, Delta PEERS© in the Valley for Young Adults
Mondays from September 16 – December 16, Abbotsford
PEERS© in the Valley, Pre-teens & Teens
Mondays from September 16 – December 2, Abbotsford
Special rates for those with a disability!
BC Ferries Disability Card & Access2Card
Did you know there are a number of programs that can apply to special kids and adults that can make summer travel more affordable?
BC Ferries Disability Card
- Discount fares are available for the person with a disability and his/her escort that will save one-half the regular passenger fare for both you and your travelling companion.
- To receive this rate, you must present a BC Ferries Disabled Status Identification (DSI) Card. Discounts do not apply to vehicle rates.
- Apply on the BC Ferries website
- The Access2Card helps those with disabilities who require assistance to access entertainment and recreation at participating venues across Canada, including movie theaters, the Vancouver Aquarium, and Britannia Beach Mine Museum.
- The person with a disability pays regular admission and the support person receives free admission.
- Complete the application form here – membership charges apply.
NEW! Find more information on other discounts including camping, fishing, travel, and transit, on ACT’s Recreation & Travel Passes for People with Disabilities page.
Visit the Recreation & Travel Passes page
Submit your photos
Share your Family Photos with ACT
ACT is looking for photos of children, teens and adults with autism hanging out with their friends, siblings, school mates, parents and grandparents, or on their own having fun.
We use these photos to add life and personality to our print and online materials and to portray people with autism around BC enjoying life in our communities.
To submit your photos, email them to [email protected]
Visit our Share Your Family Photos page for more information on how we use submitted photos. Below are some of the submitted photos we’ve used in our emails, website, and in our print guides.
Participate in Autism Research
Research is crucial to build our knowledge of what are evidence-informed approaches to help individuals with autism and other conditions. Below are selected listings of university-affiliated research projects which parents and community professionals may be interested in exploring.
- How People with ASD Experience and Understand Online Gaming as a Communication Learning Platform: A Phenomenological Approach
- Participants Needed for UBC Study on ASD and Bilingualism
- Addressing the Needs of Students with Autism with Self-Injurious Behaviour: A Narrative Inquiry
- Healthcare services, stress, and resilience among Canadian children with disabilities
Visit the Participate in Autism Research page to see all current research projects and project contact information.
Submit your research project
Use our online form to submit your university-affiliated research projects related to the field of autism. It may take up to one week to post.
Autism in the News
ACT carefully sources interesting, insightful stories to inform our 6,000 plus followers on ACT’s Facebook page
B.C. serves up $6.3 million boost to province’s respite program – Cloverdale Reporter
$2 an hour for 20 years: Woman with Down syndrome gets chance at minimum wage – CBC News
Majority of autism risk resides in genes, multinational study suggests – Spectrum News
Autism awareness: ‘Better teacher training needed’ – BBC News
Autism, explained: What’s the spectrum and how it develops – Global News
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra launches program for kids with autism – CTV News
South Surrey parent takes continuity concern to teacher-regulation branch – Surrey Now-Leader
New Dating App Hiki Helps People With Autism Find Love and Friendship – NBC NY
6 Misconceptions About Autism Debunked By an Autistic Adult – Yahoo
Alberta disability funding delays worry parents, advocates – Edmonton Journal
Elementary school assistant jailed for sharing pictures of her grandchildren with online predator – CBC News
Medical conditions may mark distinct autism subtypes – Spectrum News
‘It’s surreal’: Vancouver Canuck Quinn Hughes surprises fan with autism at graduation – CTV News
New York High School Holds Heartwarming ‘Silent Graduation’ So Student With Autism Can Receive Diploma – CBS NY
New Autism NS program teaches about healthy relationships – Halifax Today
Blind autistic singer’s church performance attracts America’s Got Talent – BBC News
Diverse needs kids getting suspended, sent home from school: Autism Calgary – Calgary Herald
Large study supports discarding the term ‘high-functioning autism’ – Spectrum News
Children wise to fear hand dryers, and 13-year-old proves it with published paper – CBC News