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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 email@example.com . 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
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What shall we call “it”? Autism? Asperger’s? Or what? – Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre | Available through the Autism Information Database
5 Must-Read Autism Memoirs – KKLZ
Tulane recognizes father of graduating student with autism – The Times-Picayne
We should reimagine how we think about autism – Ottawa Citizen
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
Upcoming ACT Events
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
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
Judy Reaven, PhD
Positive Behavior Support in Schools Conference
Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2018
Vancouver, BC, &
Lynn Kern Koegel, CCC-SLP
Ilene Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D
INVESTing in Girls and Women with ASD
Friday, November 2nd
Vancouver, BC &
Dori Zener, MSW, RSW
Register for any two events and save $50.
Use coupon code 50off2 at checkout or
Valid for both in-person and web streaming registration.
Coupon cannot be combined with other discounts or bursaries
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . This position will be filled as soon as we find a strong candidate.
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
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 email@example.com for help with setting up the AID Search.
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.
Autism in the News
Get the latest on ACT’s Facebook page
Takeaways from INSAR 2018 – Spectrum News
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
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
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
This two day conference will feature a number of presentations focused on the use of PBS strategies in the school environment with children with special needs. Read more on the event page!
Practical Ways to Decrease Challenging Behaviors in School, Home, and Community Settings with Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel, Stanford University, California
PBS – Working Together to Support Children and Families with Dr. Ilene Schwartz, University of Washington
More details on PBS in Schools Conference are coming soon. Sign up for our mailing list to get the latest on the schedule, panels, and discounts.