Category Archives: Fundraising

Support ACT’s Work this Holiday Season

“Thank you for ‘ACTing’ as a provocative and caring agent for positive social change. All the best for an even better ACT and the world we live in.” – Student

“I want to thank you for your time, your support and everything that you gave and you are still giving for our children. Please pass my full regards to Erika that she supported me through all my phone calls.” – Parent

“This reaffirmed my belief and renewed my faith that parents can and should be active participants in their child’s assessments and intervention.” – Professional

Have you benefited from ACT’s free online videos, information services, bursaries or advocacy advice? As the holiday season approaches, consider donating to ACT – Autism Community Training. ACT’s core government funding has been frozen since 2011. We are good at doing more with less, especially with the support of our terrific staff and volunteers, but our ability to respond to the urgent requests of vulnerable families is stretched to the point where we are having great difficulty meeting their needs. If you or someone you know is in the position to donate to ACT, you can support work that is not funded by ACT’s contract with the provincial government including:

    • Supporting Autism Videos @ACT (AVA) – For families and professionals, tight schedules, limited funding and long distances can make attending ACT’s live events challenging. Help us expand AVA’s library of free online videos to make learning opportunities available to all members of the autism community.
    • Bursaries for Live Events – Training should be accessible to all. In 2015, over 150 parents, students and para-professionals attended an ACT event supported by an ACT bursary.
    • Supporting New Canadian and Refugees – When your English is not fluent, understanding autism and autism services can seem impenetrable. ACT has translated the Next Steps Guide into Chinese, and is now working on a Punjabi version. Next we hope to translate materials in Arabic and Korean. Reach out to new Canadians struggling to support family members with autism by supporting ACT’s Translation and Interpreter Fund.
    • Supporting Adults with Autism – Adults with autism are extremely vulnerable and receive very little attention compared to children. While ACT is funded to work with children, some 10 % of our calls are now from families and adults themselves looking for information on diagnosis, mental health treatment, employment and housing. In 2015 ACT produced the ACT’s Guide to Employment for Teens with Autism in B.C. We would like to do more with your support.

You can support ACT’s work through:

As a federally registered not-for-profit society ACT can provide tax receipts for donations over $10. ACT’s Charitable Tax Number is #861691236RR0001. For more information and to see past donors:


New Grant from Autism Speaks Canada for ACT’s South Asian Autism Awareness Project (ASAAP)

ACT – Autism Community Training is pleased to announce that we have received funding from Autism Speaks Canada Family Services Community Grant to improve our services to B.C.’s South Asian community.
Autism Speaks Canada Logo Family Services Grant

The intention of the grant is to improve community acceptance and support for South Asian families impacted by ASD and to provide South Asian families with information about the rights of their children to services, including early intervention, an inclusive education, and access to job training.

Since 2013, ASAAP has been largely a volunteer effort, and has hosted three popular Punjabi-language events in Surrey in 2013 and 2014 (see page 9 of ACT’s 2013 Annual Report and ACT’s 2014 events listings for details). This grant will enable ACT to provide a dedicated staff member fluent in Punjabi to build awareness and advocacy efforts in B.C., with materials and resources to share across Canada.speaker at Surrey IEP meeting


Join Joy Becker’s Ride – Fundraiser


Joy Becker, popular ACT presenter of the Navigating Puberty and Adolescence events, is facing her second battle with breast cancer in the past five years. The Lantzville Pub (outside of Nanaimo) is hosting a cancer fundraiser on Joy and Rick’s behalf on November 20th. You can donate online, or tickets are available at the Lantzville Pub at 250-390-4019 or call 250-755-9512. To contribute to the silent auction, call 250-268-8000. Joy is taking a one-year sabbatical. This fundraiser is to support Joy and her family with the additional expenses that are part of the cancer journey ACT is sending best wishes to Joy, from all of those who appreciate her work, her humour and her passion.

Update: tickets for the event at the Lantzville Pub are now sold out (congratulations, Joy!), but you can still make donations online.

Autism Speaks Walk: Vancouver, September 28th

ACT – Autism Community Training will be at the walk this weekend – will we see you there?

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada: Vancouver 2014

When: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Where: Science World/Olympic Village (Directions)

Registration Opens: 8:30 am
Official Start: 9:45 am

Transit: *If you’re planning on taking the Skytrain to Main Street that station is under construction upgrades and you must take a different train to this  station.  Please check the  Train2Main link here for all of this  information. 
Walk Distance: 3 km

See the Autism Speaks Canada site for details.

Walk for Autism: Kelowna, September 21

For more details, please see the Autism Speaks Canada page for this walk.


When: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Where: Rhapsody Plaza (the Dolphin Fountain), 1200 Water Street (Directions)


Parking and access is from the street or adjacent to the plaza.

Walk Distance: 3 km
Registration Opens: 8:30 am
Official Walk Start: 10:00 am

You can register online for free, or contact