A Halloween story, seeking an admin assistant, community events and more!
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As parents across Canada get their children with special needs ready for Halloween, I am thinking back to 1994 when my then three-year-old son had his first experience of Halloween, after our family returned to Canada from Egypt. We managed only three houses before we had to give up and return home. Rather than saying “Trick or Treat” – Adam would dart into the house and snatch the candy. He was very confused by the whole process. But an hour later (and for the next several nights), Adam started to get his costume on by himself (and normally he only took clothes off) as he had realized costume = candy! In the many years since, Adam has become a Halloween connoisseur but I still remember those early, stressful, but very funny days!
So the message to parents is that Halloween does become easier! Do you have a Halloween story to share? ACT’s Facebook page is very active these days – we are sourcing news and research from across the globe to share with the ACT community. In October we reached 2,550 page likes! But parents always enjoy hearing of the experiences of other families. If you have a Halloween tale to share with ACT’s community post on ACT’s facebook page.
Deborah Pugh – Executive Director
ACT – Autism Community Training
ACT is seeking a Part-Time Office Assistant
These are busy days at ACT and we need some extra admin support. We are looking for a part-time office assistant with an excellent telephone manner and competence with Microsoft CRM systems, Excel and Word. Must be organized, highly accurate and enjoy multitasking! Knowledge of autism an asset.
Hours are flexible, up to 20 hours a week; occasional weekend work. $20 an hour – to start as soon as possible. If you are interested in working with a great organization, respected as the leading source of evidence-informed training and information in B.C., in the company of a friendly group of committed people, email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org . This position will be filled as soon as we find a strong candidate.
Special Needs Community Events in November
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Special Needs Community Events
Spectrum Lights Parent Group presents Family Information Sessions -November 2nd, Burnaby
AutismBC Adults Go to the Museum of Anthropology – November 3rd, Vancouver
AutismBC Goes to Sky Zone indoor Trampoline Park – November 6th, Surrey
familyWORKs Vancouver – November Workshop – Person Centred Planning with Rebecca Pauls – November 14th, Vancouver
Two Social Thinking® Days for Young Children – November 16 & 17, Vancouver
Spectrum Lights Parent Group presents Family Information Sessions – November 16, Burnaby
BI Basic Training Workshop – November 25 & 26, New Westminster
Updates on Degree & Certification Courses Available in B.C.
Capilano University has updated its information on ACT’s information page Post-Secondary Programs for Professionals.
Douglas College has two ASD related programs for practitioners that begin January 2018:
Online Autism Outreach Training
Parents and Behaviour Interventionist, Early Childhood Educators and Education Assistants who work with a child/youth in British Columbia may be eligible. Receive 6-academic credit for $250.00, less half the price of other courses. Apply now – courses begin in January.
Employment Supports Specialty Advanced Certificate – email email@example.com
Learn more about how to support youth and adults who have disabilities find and keep a job. Move forward in your career with the only academic credit program in Canada that is VRA approved. Over $5,000.00 in Awards of Distinction available each year for those that qualify. Apply now – courses begin in January.
Autism in the News
Five myths about autism we need to banish from teaching – TES
Why children with ‘severe autism’ are overlooked by science – Spectrum News
How coping mechanisms allow autistic people to manage their condition– The Conversation
Mom Uses Jimmy Fallon’s Contest To Send Powerful Message About Autism – Huffington Post