Providing resources in additional languages is a priority for ACT – Autism Community Training in our efforts to support individuals affected by autism internationally. In collaboration with professionals and parents from the South Asian community in British Columbia, ACT has focused over the past several years in working to improve our Punjabi-language resources. Punjabi is the third most commonly spoken language in B.C., after English and Chinese. For a number of years ACT has provided information in Chinese which can be accessed on the ACT in Chinese area of our website. We hope to continue to expand our resources in other languages in collaboration with community members who understand the additional stress on families who are struggling in English as they try to help their children with autism
ACT Resources in Punjabi
With the assistance of the members of ACT’s South Asian Autism Project (ASAAP) and our sponsors, ACT has been able to both create and identify valuable resources for the Punjabi-speaking community in British Columbia.
- The Next Steps Following an Autism Diagnosis in B.C. Guide is a Punjabi-language translation of the key information families require to understand how to set up a treatment program for their child, including how to hire a service provider. Laid out in six clear steps, it provides families with reliable, evidence-based information on autism.
- An Introduction to Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) in Punjabi is a free online video. It explains the importance of IEPs in setting measurable goals for students with autism. Presented by Raminder Kaur, a behavior consultant with posAbilities, this presentation was developed by Parbinder Bains and Preetinder Narang, both Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Special Educators with the Surrey School District. All three are members of ASAAP.
- One Parent’s Journey into Autism (in Punjabi) is a video presentation by Sunita Braich, parent of a child with autism, an Integration Support Teacher in the Surrey School District and a member of ASAAP. In this video, Ms. Braich shares her experience in receiving a diagnosis of autism for her child: “There are some things I wish I had known more about before being thrown into what will be a lifelong journey and there are other things, I am proud to say, I feel I intuitively succeeded at.”
- New Chapter in ACT’s Autism Manual for BC! Guide to Working with South Asian Families Affected by Autism (pdf) In this guide, Preetinder Narang, M.Ed., BCBA, Special Educator with the Surrey School District, uses her own experience to explore the challenges faced by professionals working with culturally and linguistically diverse families. Ms. Narang explains the benefits of employing a culturally informed, family-centered approach guided by the “Cultural Assessment Tool.”
- The Autism Information Database (AID) contains over 2,000 resources selected by ACT staff. Search by keyword “Punjabi” to find autism-related information resources in Punjabi. There are also resources in other South Asian languages. Do you have resources to suggest? We welcome your suggestions – send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the Funders and Sponsors of ‘ACT in Punjabi’
ACT in Punjabi has been possible through the generous financial and in-kind support of Autism Speaks Canada”s Community Grant, Surrey Schools and Simon Fraser University. If you would like to support ‘ACT in Punjabi’, ‘ACT in Chinese’ or ACT’s efforts to make our resources available in other languages, please contact ACT at email@example.com.