Category Archives: Events

ACT’s Updated ‘New Diagnosis Hub’ – Now also in Chinese!

ACT’s ‘New Diagnosis Hub‘ has been updated in English to help families receiving a new diagnosis of autism for their child. It provides clear information on how to access government-funded services in British Columbia and how to spend the funds wisely. It is also helpful to families who may have received a diagnosis some time ago but are wanting to rethink their child’s program. 

ACT has also translated the New Diagnosis Hub in Chinese, as part of ACT in Chinese, to meet the needs of many families across BC. There are several other large immigrant communities, as well as deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, we would like to better serve by providing captioning and translation. It is very difficult to understand autism and services if you don’t have a strong command of English. Indeed it is very challenging even if you do. Please support ACT’s ability to caption and translate resources in additional languages by donating to our special translation fund.

Visit the New Diagnosis Hub


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ACT 的這個新診斷中心,是要幫助卑詩省新確診為自閉症譜系障礙(通稱自閉症)兒童的家長們建立一個有效的治療計劃。中心內的資訊同時也適用於一些孩子已經得到診斷有些時日,但正在重新考慮孩子治療計畫的家庭。

新診斷中心 New Diagnosis Hub

New! Registration open for Self-Care for Carers | Combating Compassion Fatigue video

Self-care for Carers – a Mindful Compassion Program: A 10 Week Small Group Program for Caregivers of Neurodiverse Family Members

Wednesdays, April 7 – June 9

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – 10 sessions

Presented by Georgina Robinson PhD & 
Zoey Ryan BSc, PCC

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Mindful Compassionate Parenting is a 10-week course that combines empirically-based practices from Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), along with research that supports caregiver and family wellbeing.

This small group program is limited to parents and caregivers in British Columbia, 20 spaces are available. ACT is providing full bursaries for applicants to attend for free. Please apply using this online bursary form. ACT will notify all applicants if they have received a space by March 16th, 2021. Please apply as soon as possible, as we will close the application process once all spots are filled.

The course content is relevant for caregivers who support any child or family member, including those who support adults. Participation will teach skills to help you recharge your emotional and physical reservoir, cope with stress effectively, improve your caregiving relationship and build associated skills in your child or family member.

For those who dedicate their lives to caring for others, this is an opportunity for you to dedicate some time to important self care, learning how to treat yourself with kindness, and soothe any ragged emotions during difficult times.

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ACT’s Bursary Fund is made possible by the support of our individual donors. If you would like to contribute your support to ACT’s bursary fund, please consider making a donation.


Combating Compassion Fatigue

A new workshop on Autism Videos @ ACT – free!

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Presented by Georgina Robinson, PhD 

Caring for children is frequently exhausting. Parenting children with special needs is even more demanding of families, compounded by the need to navigate and advocate across systems. Driven by love, these families are at high-risk of neglecting themselves and developing compassion fatigue. In this 13-part workshop we begin by exploring the “costs of caring” and its potential physical and emotional toll. Then we consider research supported strategies that can empower families and build their resistance to ward off compassion fatigue. Systems supports, self-care, and mindful self-compassion are featured.

Watch here

3 Spring Events | Submit Your Events, Resources, and Research | Autism in the News

Upcoming Events – Spring 2020

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Positive Behavior Support – A Practical Introduction for Parents & Caregivers

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Vancouver, BC & Webstreaming!
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Friday, April 24th, 2020

Vancouver, BC & Webstreaming!
View details & registration

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Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Vancouver, BC & Webstreaming!
View details & registration


Save the Date! – Events in the coming year

Details & registration coming soon

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Thursday & Friday, August 20 & 21, 2020

Two Days of Social Thinking:
A Focus on Emotions

Surrey, BC & Webstreaming
Presented by Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP


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Thursday & Friday, October 22 & 23, 2020

Educational Forum – Future Of Special Education In B.C.

Vancouver, BC & Webstreaming


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Thursday & Friday, November 5 & 6, 2020

Supporting Early So cial and Communication Development through Parent Coaching

Vancouver, BC & Webstreaming


Friday, November 27, 2020

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Parents are Teachers Too! PBS Scenarios in the Home and Community

Vancouver, BC & Webstreaming

Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D


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Toilet Training For Everyone – Revised And Expanded

Vancouver, BC & Webstreaming

Presented by Pat Mirenda, PhD, BCBA-D and Katie Rinald, BCBA


Does your organization have an event, resource listing, or research project to list on ACT’s website?

ACT supports the autism community with special sections on our website for contributions from organizations, researchers, support groups, service providers, and educational training & employment opportunities. Submit to any of these sections:

Share Your April Autism Awareness Month Activities on our Community Events listing

ACT’s Special Needs Community Events listing shares event information from B.C. organizations. Are you planning anything for April to mark Autism Awareness Month? You are welcomed to submit your organization’s events.

Visit Special Needs Community Events to see what is happening around the province,

Participate in research

ACT encourages research that builds evidence-informed approaches to supporting individuals with autism and other conditions. We devote a page on ACT’s website to informing autistic adults and parents of children with ASD about university-affiliated projects which may be of interest.

Visit the Participate in Autism Research page to see all current research projects and project contact information. Submit your research project using our online form to submit your university-affiliated research projects related to the field of autism and special needs. It may take up to one week to post.

Submit a Community Resource to the BC Community Resources Database

ACT is continually adding to our community resources from throughout B.C. You can submit your recommendations for quality resources in your community for inclusion in the BC Community Resources Database. We also appreciate updates or corrections of existing community records.

Categories for submission include


Autism in the News

ACT carefully sources insightful stories, ranging from research and government policy, to the world of entertainment, culture, and lifestyle.

Join ACT’s Facebook page for all the latest updates.

Woman takes up law to fight for son with autism – BBC News

Canadians with lifelong disabilities can lose disability tax credit – Global News

Teachers encouraged by special-needs funding changes – Prince George Citizen

I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder – CBC Books

Girl Scout troop for children with special needs makes scouting ‘meaningful’ – Today

Malena Ernman on daughter Greta Thunberg: ‘She was slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness’ – The Guardian

Autistic teen faced relentless bullying since he came out at age 12. He died by suicide. – LGBTQ Nation

Melatonin may ease autistic children’s sleep troubles – Spectrum News

I’m Autistic, But I Didn’t Know It Until After Marriage And Kids – Yahoo

New Event! Gaining Student Cooperation: The First Step to Learning and Inclusion – Register for only $50

Gaining Student Cooperation: The First Step to Learning and Inclusion POPARD’s District Training Model Friday, October 25th, 2019 Vancouver, BC Web-streaming or in-person Special registration rate of only $50 per person

Alexandra Voroshina, MA, BCBA – Behavioral Consultant, Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD)

Georgina Robinson, PhD – Principal, Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD)

One of the greatest challenges faced by school district staff is how to teach students when they have persistent difficulty following instructions. Gaining student cooperation is vital to set the groundwork for learning in an inclusive classroom. In this one-day presentation, Alexandra Voroshina and Dr. Georgina Robinson will present an overview of POPARD’s Student Cooperation Training (SCT) Model. This approach to intervention, rooted in Behavior Skills Training and Applied Behavior Analysis creates lasting change and increases capacity across multiple layers of the school system. It targets an individual student, but includes training the classroom and school team, and requires district staff to participate and then replicate the model with support from POPARD.

The original seven-district POPARD pilot project of the SCT Model demonstrated that targeting skill development of school and district staff resulted in:

  • An increase from an average of 30% to an average of 80% in successful teaching techniques.
  • Growth in teacher confidence as a result of their students demonstrating positive behaviour change – the pre-requisite for learning.
  • Consistent improvement in student skills, as demonstrated by acquisition data.
  • Increased quality of life reported by family members, in both home and school environments.

The original pilot has now been expanded to three additional districts as part of this new service now being offered by POPARD.

Through this multimedia presentation, participants will learn how the Student Cooperation Training Model can help build capacity across the province. The components of training and outcomes will be outlined. There will be the opportunity to discuss ways in which POPARD can support, through the involvement of its educational consultants, the implementation of this model in the school environment, with ample opportunity for performance feedback.

Join us at the Simon Fraser University’s beautiful downtown Vancouver Harbour Centre campus or join via live web-streaming from your office, home or school.

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Free web streaming registration for school districts teams

School Districts in BC are eligible to register their entire district, watching as a group on one screen, via web stream viewing, at no cost, thanks to sponsorship from Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD). Individual school district participants can register for $50 each. To sign up your district for this offer, contact your POPARD District Partner using the District Partner contact list.

Deadline for submissions of school district registrants is October 11th. You must register to receive a Certificate of Online Attendance.

View web streaming info


Save the date: Upcoming ACT Events

November 15, 2019
Introduction to Navigating BC’s School System
A POPARD Presentation

November 22, 2019
Supporting Indigenous Families Affected by Autism through Engagement and Research
ACT’s 2019 Focus on Research Gathering

November 29, 2019
Behaviors and Mental Health – an Introduction for Families of Children with Special Needs
A POPARD Presentation

New Cutting Edge Strategies with Sarah Ward, September 25 & 26 – Register before September 12th to save $25

Sarah Ward

Wednesday & Thursday 

September 25 & 26, 2019
Surrey, BC

View details & registration

Web-streaming to BC & Alberta
In-person seats are sold-out!

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP

Co-Director, Cognitive Connections LLP, Boston

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, is coming to Surrey to teach hands-on practical strategies to improve Executive Function skills. These two days include many new strategies, so whether you’ve seen Sarah Ward before, or this is all new, you’re sure to walk away with fresh strategies that you can implement immediately.

Sarah Ward is the co-developer of the award-winning 360 Thinking Program which combines core concepts at the heart of executive functioning: situational and intention awareness, mental dress rehearsals, future thinking, time awareness and visualisation, which promote efficient and accurate completion of tasks. This model facilitates the development of 6 key skills for students: initiation, transition, planning, time management, self-regulation and meta-cognition. As the steps of a task are envisioned, potential obstacles can be anticipated for students to problem solve and achieve independence. See event details for a breakdown of each day. Day 2 builds on Day 1 so all registrants for Day 2 need to have attended Day 1.

Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the assessment and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other cognitive communication disorders.

Register before September 12th to save $25!

View details & registration

School District staff please contact ACT to check whether your district has a special rate for this event.

Presented in collaboration with Surrey Schools and the
Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD)

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Web streaming discounts for groups

Cost-effective training solutions for school districts and agencies

Is your school district, agency or community group looking for a low cost way to make excellent, practical training, featuring internationally respected speakers, available to your teams with reduced fees and without the cost of travel? Join us at our live events! All you need is a comfortable venue, good internet connection, big screen, and a sound system.

ACT uses a professional film crew, streaming high-quality video and sound along with a live-chat your registrants can use to ask speakers questions.

Groups of registrants watch together on one screen and pay a reduced registration fee. ACT sends all registrants links to the handout and the password for the web stream to the organizer.

Contact info@actcommunity.ca to arrange for your group’s web stream registration today!

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Bursaries for web streaming

Bursaries for those most in need, including para-professionals, parents who have children with special needs, and adults with ASD are available for web streaming, to the best of our financial ability.

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