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August News Round-Up

Posted September 1, 2015

ACT News

Back to School Resources

The transition back to school can be exciting, scary, and full of change for everyone. ACT has developed free resources especially for the B.C context to help parents and school aged children with autism manage the transition:

  • Create a student profile to help introduce your child to his or her school team – ACT has developed examples and templates.
  • Chapters on the B.C. school system and how to advocate for your child from ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C.
  • ACT’s free online video Education, Integration, Inclusion by Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen reviews important sections of the B.C. School Act and documents issued by B.C.’s Ministry of Education.

ACT’s Autism Information Database has links to great local and international resources:

Contact ACT at 604-205-5467, 1-866-939-5188 or to speak to an information officer

Share your Family, Fun and Work Photos with the Autism Community

blankACT is collecting new photos of kids or young adults with their peers or families, engaging in work, community or family activities to include in ACT print and online materials. We are especially keen to feature adults with autism in the workplace as we are preparing an employment guide!

Please consider sharing your photos with the autism community. Send your photos*, using this online folder or the online submission form. Our designer is eagerly awaiting your submissions!

* When you submit your photos to ACT, please note:

  • You are giving us permission to use them in our information and promotional material both in print and online.
  • ACT is a not-for-profit; we will not use these photos commercially.
  • ACT will not name any of the individuals in the photos.
  • ACT cannot use every photo submitted but we do appreciate every one sent to us.

Thank you in advance. You can send photos using this online folder or the online submission form.

ACT’s Fall Events in Kamloops and Vancouver

September 17 & 18, 2015 − Vancouver – regular rate ends Sept 9th
Social Thinking and Mental Health Frameworks – Blending Strategies to Reach Our Students Presented by Nancy Clements, MA, CCC-SLP & Nancy Cotton, PhD

October 2nd, 2015 − Kamloops – regular rate ends Sept 23rd
Advocacy Tools for Parents of Children with Special Needs Presented by Deborah Pugh

October 3, 2015 − Kamloops – regular rate ends Sept 23rd
Positive Behavior Support: What Parents Need to Know! Presented by Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

October 23rd, 2015 − Vancouver – early bird rate ends Sept 14th
Thriving in Youth with ASD – What Does it Take? Presented by Jonathan Weiss, PhD

November 7th, 2015 − Vancouver – early bird rate ends Sept 30th
Positive Behavior Support: What Parents Need to Know! Presented by Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

November 20th, 2015 − Vancouver
Advocacy Tools for Parents of Children with Special Needs Presented by Deborah Pugh

November 21st, 2015 − Vancouver
Taking Control of the Future – Planning for Families with Special Needs Presented by Blair Dwyer & Layli Antinuk, Dwyer Tax Law, Victoria

December 5th, 2015 − Vancouver
Faster than a Speeding Bullet: iPads in Autism Intervention Presented by Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Free Online Videos

blankAccess all 16 of ACT’s videos online at These free videos can be viewed on your computer or mobile device. Each video is edited into smaller chunks, so you can watch a few segments at a time on a range of topics including:

MCFD New Parent’s Handbook 2015

blankA Parent’s Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs has just been released by MCFD. It describes Autism Programs, including the Autism Funding process and other useful information for both parents and service providers.

The handbook is available through the MCFD website or can be mailed to you by MCFD. Call the Autism Funding Branch toll-free at 1-877-777-3530 to request a copy.

Facing Your Fears: Free Anxiety Treatment Group for Pre-Teens

The Neuropsychiatry Clinic at B.C. Children’s Hospital invites applications for the “Facing Your Fears” therapy group specifically designed for the needs of 8-12 year olds with autism and clinically significant anxiety. Children, aged 8-12, must have average or above average verbal skills and a caregiver who can participate in the group. For full information, and to apply, call Julia Eng at 604-875-2345 ext. 2719. Questions? Call Dr. Melanie McConnell at 604-875-2345, ext. 5576.

Employment Matters – a documentary

blankEmployment Matters, a documentary about employment of people with intellectual disabilities aired on CBC last Saturday – watch the full documentary online. Employment Matters Too will air Saturday, August 29th at 7pm on CBC or online. For more information, or to purchase DVDs, contact Brandy at

Community Notes

Employment Roundtable – Surrey, Sept 17th

Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) is hosting a day of self-advocate stories. The focus is on self-advocates’ experience of being supported to seek employment and their experiences of being employed. The speakers will provide tips to job coaches and their personal reflections regarding employment. The Roundtable is open to all, including family members and self-advocates. Register online.

Fundraising Gala for Canucks Autism Network – Vancouver, Sept 24th

blankJoin the Canucks Autism Network on Thursday, September 24 at Rogers Arena for their one-of-a-kind, inaugural Reveal Gala in support of families living with autism in British Columbia. The Reveal Gala promises key representation from the Vancouver Canucks, participation from individuals with autism, and exciting surprises throughout the night. To reserve your seats now, visit or email

Walk Now for Autism Speaks – Burnaby, Sept 27th

blankAutism Speaks Canada’s ‘Walk Now’ at Swangard Stadium, Central Park Burnaby, Sunday, Sept 27. More food, More Kids Zone, More entertainment – more fun!! Register, volunteer or donate

Help Translink be More Accessible – Application deadline Sept 30th

blankThe Access Transit Users’ Advisory Committee assists Translink in implementing the Access Transit Strategy by focusing on the universal accessibility of public transportation in Metro Vancouver. They are accepting applications for the 2016 calendar year. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2015. For details, eligibility requirements and application, see their website.

Autism in the Media