Distributing over 1200 New Diagnosis Parent Packages
Managing the Registry of Autism Service Providers – 519 professionals as of December 2013
Provided $12,500 in bursaries
Launched ACT’s new website – over 111,000 website visits in 2013
Added seven new online videos for a total of 14 videos – now all free!
New! ACT is hiring an Information Officer
ACT has an opening for a full time Information Officer. Responsibilities include:
responding to autism-related inquiries from families and community members, province-wide;
researching and evaluating evidence-based information resources from across the world;
sourcing community resources from across B.C. relevant to families supporting individuals with special needs.
Must be knowledgeable about autism and passionate about communicating knowledge.
Compassionate with strong verbal and written communication skills.
A related undergraduate degree (e.g., psychology) is preferred.
Competency in computer applications including databases and Microsoft Excel is preferred.
A full job description is available upon request. ACT offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Apply by email with resume and cover letter to email@example.com with “Information Officer” in subject line. Applications will be accepted until August 11th; ACT is seeking to fill this position by the end of August.
Ruby Bhandal has changed positions and is now working as the RASP Administrative Assistant and Information Officer. Ruby is fluent in Punjabi and this will enable us to better support many South Asian Families. Tess Zevenbergen has been filling in as a temporary receptionist over the last several months, and she is now moving on to other opportunities. Many thanks to Tess for her excellent work! Anjela Godber, ACT’s Information Officer and Community Outreach Officer has left ACT to pursue other opportunities. We thank Anjela for contribution to ACT and her efforts in working with underserved communities. Bonita Theron has joined ACT as our new Receptionist and will be the first point of contact for ACT’s callers and visitors.
Online Behavior Interventionist Training for Rural and Remote B.C. – Deadline – August 20th, 2014
Free Camp for Children Ages 7-12 with ASD – August 16, 2014
The SFU Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) is hosting their 3rd Annual SFU Social Science Camp on Saturday, August 16 from 9am to 3pm (SFU Burnaby Campus). Special guests from the Vancouver Aquarium will be present! The camp integrates research and other fun computer, craft, and interactive game activities.
Conference – Creating the Future with Inclusive Learning – August 25-27
Family Support Institute of B.C is hosting a conference August 25 – 27, 2014 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. This year’s topics are Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Positive Behaviour Supports (PBS) and Transition. Visit their site for details or to register.
Walk Now for Autism in Kelowna and Vancouver, September 2014
Register here for Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada and join them for some family fun!
Children with ASD Age 3-6 Needed For Computer Study
The SFU Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) is studying the skills young children need to successfully regulate their behaviour in everyday contexts such as home, schools and playgrounds. The study will take place at the SFU Burnaby campus and will take about 2-3 hours (including breaks). Upon completion of the study, parents will receive $10 per hour of participation in gift cards. To sign up, please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-6746.
Facing your Fears: accepting referrals for fall group sessions at BC Children’s Hospital
The Neuropsychiatry clinic at UBC is currently accepting referrals for our next Facing Your Fears cognitive-behavioural therapy group for treatment of anxiety in children with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s disorder. This is for children aged 8 – 12 who can participate in a group setting for at least 90 minutes. To apply: Phone Julia Eng at 604-875-2345 X2719 and request an Outpatient Groups Referral Form. The group sessions are Tuesdays OR Thursdays, 4:00 to 5:30, September to December 2014 at BC Children’s Hospital, Mental Health Building For additional questions, please contact Dr. Melanie McConnell at 604-875-2345 ext. 5576.
ACT has recently designed a promotional poster to advertise our services to those who may not know of the information services we provide. Please email us if you would like us to send you some to post in your community centre, doctor’s office or school.
Free ACT Online Videos
Watch where you like, when you like and as often as you like – ACT has recently made all our online videos available for free. We have titles related to:
B.C. education system;
the transition to adulthood and independence;
effective interventions and
functional skills such as toilet training.
ACT’s online videos are professionally filmed and edited and range in length from 1 to 5 hours. They are divided into sections for easier browsing, and many have supplemental materials or links to additional information. Register for freeonline or call our office. Browse the complete list of our 14 online videos or download our online videos handout (pdf).
Upcoming ACT Events in Kamloops, Prince George, Richmond and Vancouver