Category Archives: Tools

Research Summaries from York University

The ASD Mental Health website is sponsored by Jonathan Weiss, Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research at York University (who will be speaking for ACT on October 23, 2015. The site goal is to share research regarding mental health and autism. It has research summaries of studies published by a range of journals. These summaries are one to two pages long, and make the science more accessible to a wider audience. Access this site via the ACT Information Database.

Safe and Secure: A free guidebook for families of persons with disabilities

Safe and Secure: Seven Steps on the Path to a Good Life for People with Disabilities is a guidebook for parents and other family members in B.C. who are concerned about the future of their relative with a disability, particularly after the parents are gone. It has information on RDSPs, housing, advocacy and more. Pick up a free copy of the book at a BMO branch in B.C, or order online. The website also has downloadable worksheets.

Samsung Canada is donating tablets – apply before January 16th

In partnership with Autism Speaks Canada, Samsung Canada is launching a pilot
initiative called The Look at Me Project. The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be preloaded with the Look at Me app and given to 200 families with children with ASD across Canada. The Look at Me Project is designed to create a shared community to connect families with similar experiences. This project hopes to facilitate meaningful connections between parents or caregivers and their children as well as foster connections between the 200 families selected.

Learn more at www.samsung.com/lookatme.
January 16th the online application closes.

Try out the pre-flight process with YVR and CAN

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is partnering with Vancouver International Airport, CATSA and Air Transat to provide a unique airport experience for families living with autism. On Monday, November 17th, CAN families will have the opportunity to go through the entire pre-flight process (airport arrival, check-in, security and boarding) without actually taking flight. To learn more about this event, email ryan@canucksautism.ca, or visit canucksautism.ca.

Advocacy Toolkit for municipal elections

The BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition has developed a toolkit to support advocacy for legislation, policy and practice that benefit children and youth and their families, in advance of B.C.’s municipal elections on November 15, 2014. The toolkit highlights some of the current issues facing children, youth and families in B.C., the role of the municipal government, and questions that you can ask of candidates.

Creating a Medical Profile – A Free Tool for Parents and Caregivers

A new tool, developed in B.C., aimed at helping parents and caregivers to prepare for visits to a hospital emergency department is now available on the ACT website. The medical profile form was developed in response to the concerns of many caregivers faced with communicating complex information to medical staff, while coping with a distressed individual with a developmental disability, autism and/or a mental health concern.