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ACT Events, Participate in Research, Community Events, PACE project, and Autism in the News

Upcoming ACT Events

Regular rate ends July 11th! Save $25

Social Stories with Carol Gray

July 19 & 20, 2018
Nanaimo, BC

Carol Gray, Founder and Innovator, Social Stories Satellite Schools and Services, and Carol’s Club



Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD

Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych
July 30 – August 3, 2018 – Surrey
October 29 – November 2, 2018 – Vancouver



Social Thinking Conference

August 16 & 17, 2018 – Vancouver

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP
Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP



Non-Aversive Strategies to Assist Individuals with Autism and Challenging Behaviours

Friday, August 24
Vancouver, BC, & Web Streaming!
Andrew McDonnell, PhD, BCBA-D



Managing the Anxious Symptoms of Children and Adolescents with ASD: Practical Strategies

Thursday & Friday, September 27 & 28
Vancouver, BC
Judy Reaven, PhD



Positive Behavior Support in Schools Conference

Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2018
Vancouver, BC, & Web Streaming
Lynn Kern Koegel, CCC-SLP
Ilene Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D



INVESTing in Girls and Women with ASD

Friday, November 2nd
Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming!
Dori Zener, MSW, RSW

Register for any two events and save $50.

Use coupon code 50off2 at checkout or contact ACT.
Valid for both in-person and web streaming registration.
Coupon cannot be combined with other discounts or bursaries.

Bursaries

Bursaries for those most in need, including para-professionals, parents who have children with special needs, adults with ASD, and professionals who need to travel outside of their home regions are also available, to the best of our financial ability. Bursaries are also available for webstreaming – internationally and Canada!

For information on how to apply for an ACT bursary, please visit the Bursaries FAQ page



Special Needs Community Events – July & August

Pacific Autism Family Network Summer Camp (ages 6-10)

Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 27, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Richmond

FREE SFU Social Science Camp for children ages 7-12

Saturday, July 21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Burnaby

Identifying Mental Health and Obesity Related Risk Factors in ASD – FREE Parent Workshop

Saturday, July 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Burnaby

Pacific Autism Family Network Summer Camp (ages 6-10)

Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 10, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Richmond

What? Me Worry?

Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 17, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Surrey

Temple Grandin: Developing Individuals with Different Minds

Friday, August 17, 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Vancouver


Participate in Autism Research: Volunteers Needed
Parent Training through Telepractice

Are you a Japanese parent(s) of a child with Autism living within two hours’ drive from Vancouver whose child exhibit problem behaviour at home? Researchers at the University of British Columbia are looking for a Japanese- speaking parent(s) of a 3- to 6-year-old child with autism who is willing to receive parent training via telepractice to improve the child’s behaviour in a home routine.

Telepractice involves the use of telecommunication technology to link a professional with a client who lives at a far distance. The video camera on the computer monitor is employed by users to communicate by sight and sound in real time. The study will last up to nine months. You will receive weekly training from a UBC graduate student researcher to implement a behaviour support plan collaboratively created with you. The effectiveness of procedure in terms of improvement in child behaviour and parent implementation of the plan, as well as acceptability and feasibility of the plan will be examined.

If you are interested in the study, please contact Serina Ando (sando@alumni.ubc.ca) for more information.


Parent and Child Early (PACE) Coaching Project

PACE is poised to start the implementation phase of this important project in a number of communities across B.C. Researchers will evaluate an evidence-based parent coaching intervention for children aged 15 to 30 months who are at risk of, or diagnosed with ASD. ACT has been involved in the project since 2015 when it accepted the responsibility from the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development to administer funding for this important research initiative.

Visit the Parent and Child Early Coaching Project page to find out more, including a video overview of the project, the latest quarterly PACE newsletter, and contact information.


Autism in the News

The most read stories from the past month.
Get the latest on ACT’s Facebook page

Tackling bullying could help reduce depression in autistic teens – Science Daily

Canada’s first national accessibility law tabled in Ottawa – CBC News

Mom’s Facebook post to man who publicly shamed her son with autism goes viral – CBC News
Parents of kids with autism threaten human rights complaint if their children aren’t assigned the same support workers next school year – The Star

Father of autistic child takes to Facebook to criticise people who judge him in public – NewsHub

This special ed teacher promised to one day donate $1M to her students. She wasn’t kidding – North Jersey

Growth spurt in head, skeleton mark autism in boys – Spectrum News

20 years after the MMR scandal the rise in measles shows the consequences of misunderstanding autism – Metro

Can you raise an autistic child to be bilingual – and should you try? – The Conversation

Construction starts on Courtenay’s new Autism Centre of Excellence – Comox Valley Record

Sesame Place is world’s first theme park designated as a Certified Autism Center (video) – NBC News

The CRA makes life more difficult for people with disabilities – The Globe and Mail

Five-year-old boy with autism dies after being found in Calgary pond – CTV News

Important new work on autism could change interventions – UC Santa Cruz

Autistic son faced discrimination at after-school program, mom says – Herald News

Students with special needs asked to stay home from school more often: Report – CTV News

Where Autistic Workers Thrive – Fortune

What happened next to the man with autism whose aide was shot by police – The Washington Post

Summer Camps, Community Events, Autism in the News – ACT’s News Round-Up June 2018 Edition

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GET READY … GET SAFE … GO! – Kelowna – June 16
A Symposium for Supporting Safe and Active Recreation for Okanagan Families Living with Autism.

The C.O.D.E. Initiative Coding Workshop for Beginners – Vancouver – June 25-29
A fun and interactive introduction to various beginner coding concepts.

Free Summer Social Science Experience for Children with ASD ages 2 to 6 – Burnaby – July 4-25
The Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) at SFU is hosting a FREE half-day event every Wednesday in July full of crafts, games, and research activities!

Summer Social Sprouts – Surrey – July 9-20
In this fun, interactive class, kids aged 4-6 will follow the Social Thinking curriculum. Through stories, games and crafts kids will learn 5 lessons in part one of Social Explorers.

Summer Social Saplings – Surrey – July 9-20
Social Saplings is about developing social skills and social thinking in children ages 7-10. This is a great program for kids who have trouble socially and have mild anxiety.

FREE SFU Social Science Camp for children ages 7-12 – Burnaby – July 21
The Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) is hosting our 7th annual SFU Social Science Camp. The camp offers a mix of social games and an opportunity to participate in research using fun activities.

Identifying Mental Health and Obesity Related Risk Factors in ASD – Burnaby – July 21
A FREE event for BC Children’s research trainees, clinicians, professionals, parents who have a child with ASD, and other family members. The goal is to discuss mental health and obesity related risk factors among families of individuals with ASD.


ACT is seeking a Part-Time Office Assistant

These are busy days at ACT and we need some extra administrative support. We are looking for a Part-time Office Assistant with an excellent telephone manner and competence with Microsoft CRM systems, Excel and Word. Must be organized, highly accurate and enjoy multitasking! Knowledge of autism an asset.

Hours are flexible, up to 20 hours a week; occasional weekend work and vacation coverage. $20/hour – to start as soon as possible. If you are interested in working with a great organization, respected as the leading source of evidence-informed training and information in B.C., in the company of a friendly group of committed people, email your resume and cover letter to sporter@actcommunity.ca . This position will be filled as soon as we find a strong candidate. If you have applied to ACT previously, you are welcome to re-submit your application for consideration. View the job posting here.


Autism in the News

Get the latest on ACT’s Facebook page

What shall we call “it”? Autism? Asperger’s? Or what? – Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre | Available through the Autism Information Database

Autism Society says adults living with disorder falling through the cracks – CBC News

5 Must-Read Autism Memoirs – KKLZ

Tulane recognizes father of graduating student with autism – The Times-Picayne

I am his only friend. What will happen to my son? Homeless shelters, lack of supports for adult living with autism – CBC News

We should reimagine how we think about autism – Ottawa Citizen

Naturopath college outlaws therapy that promises ‘complete elimination’ of autism – CBC News

Reluctant Keepers of a Brother With Autism – New York Times

Action Must Be Taken to Stop Bullying of Students with Disability – Pro Bono Australia

Rise in U.S. autism prevalence stems mainly from ‘mild’ cases – Spectrum News

Almaguin Highlands student Bailee Harvie kicks ‘bad kid’ label and embraces autism advocacy – CBC News

The underdiagnosis of autism in girls is a story of gender inequality – Wired

Students with special needs in B.C. still face seclusion, physical restraint in schools – CBC News


Upcoming ACT Events

Bursaries

Bursaries for those most in need, including para-professionals, parents who have children with special needs, adults with
ASD, and professionals who need to travel outside of their home regions are also available, to the best of our financial
ability. Bursaries are also available for webstreaming – internationally and Canada!

For information on how to apply for an ACT bursary, please visit the
Bursaries FAQ page


Early bird deadline extended to June 13th! Save $50

Social Stories with Carol Gray
July 19 & 20, 2018
Nanaimo, BC
Carol Gray, Founder and Innovator, Social Stories Satellite Schools and Services, and Carol’s Club


Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD
July 30 – August 3, 2018 – Surrey
October 29 – November 2, 2018 – Vancouver
Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych


Social Thinking Conference
August 16 & 17, 2018 – Vancouver
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP
Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP


Non-Aversive Strategies to Assist Individuals with Autism and Challenging Behaviours
Friday, August 24
Vancouver, BC, & Web Streaming!
Andrew McDonnell, PhD, BCBA-D


Managing the Anxious Symptoms of Children and Adolescents with ASD: Practical Strategies
Thursday & Friday, September 27 & 28
Vancouver, BC
Judy Reaven, PhD


Positive Behavior Support in Schools Conference
Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2018
Vancouver, BC, &
Web Streaming
Lynn Kern Koegel, CCC-SLP
Ilene Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D


INVESTing in Girls and Women with ASD
Friday, November 2nd
Vancouver, BC &
Web Streaming!
Dori Zener, MSW, RSW

Register for any two events and save $50.

Use coupon code 50off2 at checkout or
contact ACT.
Valid for both in-person and web streaming registration.
Coupon cannot be combined with other discounts or bursaries

ACT is seeking a Part-Time Office Assistant

These are busy days at ACT and we need some extra admin support. We are looking for a part-time office assistant with an excellent telephone manner and competence with Microsoft CRM systems, Excel and Word. Must be organized, highly accurate and enjoy multitasking! Knowledge of autism an asset.

Hours are flexible, up to 20 hours a week; occasional weekend work. $20 an hour – to start as soon as possible. If you are interested in working with a great organization, respected as the leading source of evidence-informed training and information in B.C., in the company of a friendly group of committed people, email your resume and cover letter to sporter@actcommunity.ca . This position will be filled as soon as we find a strong candidate.

Find reliable, evidence-based resources on ACT’s Autism Information Database – now available as a tool anyone can add to a website!

Those of you who follow ACT’s Facebook Page will know that we had a booth at this month’s International Meeting for Autism Research in Rotterdam to spread the word about the Autism Information Database – AID. There were over 2,000 registrants and they all received information about the AID as part of their registration packages!

While many of the world’s leading autism researchers now know about the AID, many families are still not aware of this great tool to help them find objective, evidence-informed resources. A simple key word search of 1300 quality resources is likely to product results. There were 2500 AID searches in April 2018, and we would like to double this by August!

ACT’s focus is on selecting resources that are practical, family-focused and non-commercial, sourced from reputable websites world-wide. We also have resources that can be helpful to adults on the spectrum. This project is over seen by an international advisory panel to ensure quality.


Installing the AID Search on your website

ACT is encouraging other not-for-profits to add the AID link to their websites to improve access to evidence-informed resources for their users.

Set up the AID Search on your site in just one step. ACT provides two options, full-size and compact, to fit the needs of your website. Contact support@actcommunity.ca for help with setting up the AID Search.

View Instructions

Adding the AID Search Bar to your site is simple, only one line of HTML is needed and can be placed anywhere on your site.


Questions? See the AID FAQ’s

Something to add? Do you know of great resources that are not linked to the AID – submit via our simple online form

Materials in translation? We always appreciate submissions in multiple languages as the AID is accessible internationally.

May 2018 News Round-Up

Autism in the News

Get the latest on ACT’s Facebook page

Takeaways from INSAR 2018 – Spectrum News

What are the educational journeys of B.C. students with special needs? UBC team wants to know – Global News

Brands flock to Spanish special needs designers with ‘surreal’ talents – Reuters

Intellectually disabled students excluded, Western study finds – The London Free Press

Is It Time to Give Up on a Single Diagnostic Label for Autism? – Scientific American

B.C. dad pleads for help for 20-year-old son with autism, as wait times for support grow – CBC News

8 Theme Parks Changing The Game For Guests With Autism – Huffington Post

Girls with autism at high risk of sexual abuse, large study says – Spectrum News

Autism Society Honors Sony Pictures Entertainment, ‘The Good Doctor’ at AutFest – Variety

Vacationing with Autism on the High Seas – WMRA

Neurodiversity: disabilities or neurological differences – BBC News

This parent found no support for her autistic daughter — and decided to change that – UC Observer

Abbotsford firefighter praised for efforts with autistic – The Abbotsford News

The good, the bad and the challenging: A breakdown of B.C. class sizes – The Squamish Chief

‘There was no sympathy’: Brampton mom says H&M store discriminated against her son with autism – CBC News

Girls with autism flying under the radar but new guidelines could help doctors with diagnosis – ABC News (Australia)