Update on ACT’s Resources & Panel Discussion on Advocacy

In Celebration of April - Autism Awareness Month

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Presentations on ACT's new resources by staff:

Deborah Pugh, Executive Director
Louise Broadley, Manager of Autism Information Services 
Amy Severson, Manager of Communications
Anne Millerd, Manager Registry Autism Service  Providers
Christine Hung, Information Officer 

Panel Participants:

ModeratorMichael Craig, Board President, ACT- Autism Community Training
Patrick Dwyer,
Facilitator and Vice-President, Authors with Autism; UVic Student Club
John Esson, President, Autism Society of B.C.
Betty-Ann Garreck, Coordinator, Autism Kamloops
Katy Harandi,
CEO, Canucks Autism Network
Susan Noble, Board Member, Autism Okanagan
Louise Witt, Board Member, Autism Support Network

SFU Harbour Centre

Update on ACT’s Resources & Panel Discussion on Advocacy

You can also register by calling us.

Level Introductory
For Family Members; Community Professionals
Focus Across the Lifespan
Autism-specific? Most of ACT resources are relevant across special needs

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About the Event

9:00 - 10:45 An Update on ACT’s Resources
The day will begin with updates from ACT staff on recent enhancements to ACT’s resources for parents of children with autism and the professionals who support them. Many of these resources are appropriate for all children with special needs and across the lifespan. ACT is looking forward to receive feedback from families and professionals on how we should set our priorities for the next decade. The presentation will include brief demonstrations our many online resources:

  • New Diagnosis Hub - Next Steps Guide
  • Autism Information Database (AID)
  • Autism in Chinese
  • Autism Videos @ ACT (AVA)
  • Enhanced RASP Search

11:00 - 2:30 - Advocacy Panel and Discussion

Increasingly it is evident, despite access to individualized funding over the past decade, a significant number of children and their families require intensive support that autism funding does not address. Adults are calling ACT in increasing numbers, some in severe crisis.

While ACT is not funded to provide individual advocacy to parents, or to adults, we guide callers to resources, and coach them to advocate for appropriate services for themselves or their children.

There are a number of autism organizations across B.C., some of which did not exist a decade ago, which have a primary role in advocacy. To open this discussion, a panel of speakers from a range of organizations will present their views on how B.C.’s autism community can collaborate to better support families and individuals with a range of special needs. In particular, we will focus on how to support marginalized families and individuals to have their needs met, including those affected by poverty, mental illness, those living on reserve and in isolated communities and those who struggle in English.

Questions and suggestions from the audience will be encouraged.

About the Presenters

Information on all of ACT’s staff can be found here: www.actcommunity.ca/about-us/staff-members/

Workshop Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Check-in
9:00 - 10:45 Session 1 - Presentations by ACT Staff
10:45 - 11:00 Morning break (light snacks will be served)
11:00 - 12:30 Session 2 - Presentations by Advocacy Panel Members
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch (a light lunch will be provided)
1:15 - 2:30 Session 3 - Discussion Period


The registration fee for this event is $35.00.
A light lunch will be provided. Please register by Friday, April 10, 2015. 



ACT fundraises to provide bursaries for low-income participants and/or those travelling from outside their home regions to an event. ACT only provides bursaries prior to registration.  Please read Bursary Information. You are welcome to call or email ACT's office (info@actcommunity.ca) for more information. ACT provided $24,000 in bursaries in 2014 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to our bursary fund

Autism Funding

Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the total for equipment, books, training and travel costs. ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by the Autism Funding Branch. Please pay when you register; the Autism Funding Branch will reimburse parents after the event.
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