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February News Round-Up

Posted February 28, 2014

Send in your events for April – Autism Awareness Month

ACT would like to share news of events, celebrations and activities throughout the province to celebrate Autism Awareness Month in April. ACT will post April events on our website. Please send in your local events using our online form, or email

New Job Posting at ACT: Administrative Assistant

ACT is seeking an experienced administrative assistant for the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP), which ACT manages on behalf of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, as well as providing additional administrative support. The Administrative Assistant supports the work of the Manager of Autism Information Services by ensuring that all information submitted by RASP providers is processed effectively. This position requires an organized, technologically savvy individual with a meticulous eye for detail. The administrative assistant develops spreadsheets, creates database records and updates the RASP list on ACT’s website. We are hoping to fill this position as soon as possible. ACT provides a competitive salary and a strong benefits package.
Please send your cover letter and resume to A full job description is available upon request or see our posting on Charity Village. For more information about the RASP, see This posting is now closed. Thank you.

Adults in Transition News

Autism Speaks Canada Sponsors ACT’s ‘Getting the Word Out on Employment for Adults with ASD’

ACT is pleased to report that we have received a grant from Autism Speaks Canada to create an employment guide for individuals with ASD and their families; “Getting the Word Out on Employment for Adults with ASD”. ACT has identified this information gap as part of our strategic planning, and we are pleased to get the funds to move forward. This is a year-long project, and we welcome Brooke Straith, who has done similar work in Ontario, to our staff. We look forward to consulting with parents, individuals with ASD and community agencies across B.C. for this project. For more information, contact

Autism Speaks Canada sponsors Capilano University’s Peer Mentorship Program

Capilano University is delighted to announce funding from Autism Speaks Canada for a peer mentorship program that will support adults with ASD attending Capilano University. This is a collaborative effort between the university’s Disability Services and its ABA Department. For more information contact Dr. Richard Stock at

‘Ready, Willing & Able’ Partnership for Employers & People with Developmental Disabilities.

The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (of which ACT is a member) are collaborating on a “Ready, Willing and Able” national employment initiative for people with developmental disabilities, thanks to a $15 million dollar investment from the Government of Canada. The objective is to:
• Engage and support local and national-scale employers to hire people with developmental disabilities;
• Promote understanding and awareness among employers and the general public on the value of hiring people with developmental disabilities;
• Enhance the capacity of the community employment services system to be the effective bridge-builders that small, medium and large-scale employers need.

Autism Education & Discussion Series

Apply to ABA Department at Capilano University

The Capilano University Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) – Autism department is now accepting applications for September 2014. For more information, email the program coordinator, Dr. Richard Stock (

SFU’s ASD & Family Quality of Life Discussion Series

The SFU Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) and the Laurel Foundation are hosting a discussion series to facilitate discussion among individuals and their families, researchers, and professionals about important Quality of Life issues. Bring your questions, ideas, and comments. For more details, visit
• Saturday, March 8th – Family Quality of Life and Mental Health, SFU Downtown Vancouver Campus.
• Saturday, March 29th – Family Quality of Life and Transitions, SFU Surrey Campus.


Okanagan Walk in June with Autism Speaks Canada

Autism Speaks Canada will be holding their inaugural Central Okanagan Walk June 1st in Waterfront Park, Kelowna. If you are a family or service provider in and around the Central Okanagan and want to learn more about getting involved, visit or contact

CAN’s Leadership Program for Teens and Young Adults with Autism

Check out the Canucks Autism Network’s new Leadership program for teens and young adults with autism who wish to volunteer in CAN programs. Also be sure to watch their website for more details about our upcoming partnerships with Sarah McLaughlin School of Music and Vancouver Adapted Snow Sports (VASS).

CAN Family Festival 2014

Saturday, April 12th, Canucks Autism Network will celebrate Autism Awareness Month with the Canucks Autism Network Family Festival at the Jack Poole Plaza (Vancouver Convention Centre), from 10AM to 2:30PM. There will be a fundraising walk, lighting of the cauldron, live entertainment, BBQ lunch and family-friendly activities.

Request for feedback and photos of community members

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