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News Round-Up – February 2017

Posted February 28, 2017

8 Events Added, 2 New Videos, RASP Updates

Upcoming ACT Events

Join ACT for inspiration and information. At ACT’s live events, leading practitioners and researchers from across the world share evidence-based insights with B.C. parents and professionals.

Mental Health – Looking Beyond Autism: ACT’s 13th Annual Focus on Research Conference
April 28 & 29, 2017 – SFU Harbour Centre – Vancouver – early bird deadline – April 7th.

Attend in person or via live webstreaming! ACT’s 13th Annual Focus on Research Conference will bring together speakers from around the world to provide a forum for community professionals, researchers, and families to learn how to address co-occurring mental health conditions. Join us to consider solutions to the complex realities facing individuals with autism who are also affected by anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. There will be a special focus on how mental health issues affect women with ASD.
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Applications of CBT to Address Emotional Functioning in Youth with ASD
July 24 & 25- Vancouver
Jonathan Weiss, PhD, CPsych, Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research, York University
View event details >>

Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD
July 31 – Aug. 4 – Surrey
Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych
“Amazing and useful information. I wish our whole staff could attend!!”
View event details >>

Executive Functioning Conference
Aug. 10 & 11 – Sidney
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP (Boston)
I learned strategies I can use with all of my students right away.”
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Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD
Aug. 14 – 18 -Vancouver
Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych
“Ken was excellent in presenting the information in a very natural, straight- forward way.”
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Integrating ABA Methods in Schools: Supporting School Aged Children
Aug. 24 & 25 – Vancouver
Richard Stock, PhD, BCBA-D
“Powerful and easy to implement IEP suggestions”
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New event from one of ACT’s most popular speakers!
Picturing Success: Visual Support Strategies for Individuals with ASD
Oct. 20 & 21, 2017 – Vancouver
Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D
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Two Social Thinking® Days for Young Children
Nov. 16 & 17- Vancouver
Kari Zweber Palmer, MA, CCC-SLP & Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP of the Social Thinking Training and Speakers’ Collaborative.
“Wonderful strategies to use with my students and awesome ideas for ways to structure groups in the future.”
View event details >>

Two New Videos added to Autism Videos @ ACT

Have you seen the new look for Autism Videos @ ACT (AVA)? It’s easier than ever to browse and play one of ACT’s 23 free online videos. Start with these new offerings:

The Invention and Reinvention of Autism: Researching ASD Across Culture

blankDr. Roy Richard Grinker, author of Unstrange Minds, addresses issues relevant to autism research:

  • What does it mean to say that a phenomenon is “cultural?”
  • What are the cross-cultural commonalities and differences in how autism is defined and treated?
  • What kinds of cross-cultural research can have an impact on early detection and intervention?

Watch this video >>

Panel Discussion: Supporting Marginalized Families from the Trenches – Perspectives of Parent- Professionals

blankThis panel of parent-professionals provides fascinating insights into their work in supporting other parents of children with diverse needs, either as professionals or as volunteers.

Panel Participants: Roy Richard Grinker, PhD; Deborah Pugh, Executive Director of ACT; Bosang Lee, PhD, Executive Director of Here and Now Community Society; Sunita Braich, ASAAP Parent Facilitator & Surrey School District; Sawsan Salih, Volunteer translator for refugee families; Betty-Ann Garreck, Coordinator, Autism Kamloops.

Watch this video >>

Tax Time is Coming Up: Taking Control of the Future

blankLayli Antinuk and Blair Dwyer of Dwyer Tax Law present this important video Taking Control of the Future to help families understand options to help secure the financial future of their children. The goals are to help families:

  • Understand the full range of planning opportunities available;
  • See how these strategies might be used to accomplish the family’s planning objectives;
  • Enable parents to articulate their objectives and communicate them to a professional advisor with greater confidence;
  • Remain in control of the development and implementation of a plan that suits their needs.

Watch this video >>

ACT has several videos awaiting editing. If you would like to support AVA’s development, donate via cheque, Canada Helps, the United Way, or Employer Charitable funds.

View all videos >>

Looking for Spring Break Activities? Check the AIDblank

Looking for camps for your child with autism? Search the AID – type in “Spring Break Camps” in the Community Resources search box. Or, for more individualized support, email [email protected] or call 604-205-5467 or 1-866-939-5188 to talk to an Information Officer.

See spring break camps >>

Help ACT Produce Training and Resources: Donate Now

blankAs a federally registered not-for-profit society, ACT can provide tax receipts for donations over $10. ACT’s Charitable Tax Number is #861691236RR0001.

How to Donate:

  • By cheque (send to office, made out to ACT – Autism Community Training)
  • Via the United Way (search for ACT- Autism Community Training Society, Burnaby)
  • Online via CanadaHelps or Chimp

Donors and sponsors are listed on our donations page: thank you for contributing to world-class resources.

Donate here >>

Diverse Needs Community Events throughout B.C:

blankSee what is happening across B.C. or post your community/training event for the diverse needs community at Upcoming events in March and early April:

See all events on our Diverse Needs Community Events listing >>

ASD and Employment Meeting: April 3rd, Ottawa

Fulfilling Lives at Work: Advancing Vocational Opportunities in Autism Spectrum Disorders

A pre-meeting on ASD and employment in conjunction with the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) Leadership Summit in Ottawa. The goals are to discussion employment, develop a community of learning and action, and determine strategies. Contact Amber Young: [email protected] or 780-492-7973 for more information.

For more information and to register online:

Post-Secondary Opportunities: Upgrade your Skills

Looking to upgrade your skills or seeking professional certification? ACT lists B.C. Post-Secondary Programs for Professionals on our website. Both Cap University and Douglas College are taking applications now for programs that begin in September 2017.

New RASP applications received after May 15th will be processed by MCFD

blankACT is preparing to hand over the management of the Registry of Autism Service Providers to the Ministry of Children and Family Development as of June 30, 2017. In order to minimise delays for those planning to apply to the RASP, and to provide an efficient transition, ACT advises that all applications should be submitted by May 1, 2017. All new and current applications must supply full documentation by May 31, 2017 in order to be processed. If documentation is received after this date, the file will be transferred to MCFD for processing.

Please note that the RASP application process will remain the same after July 1st as it is a MCFD-regulated process, which ACT has managed on MCFD’s behalf since 2005. For more information on the RASP application process see:

RASP Updates for February 2017

Ten RASP professionals have been added or had their status updated since January 31st, 2017. As of February 24th, 2017, there are 670 professionals on the Registry for Autism Service Providers:

Behavior Consultants (Category A – Non-Supervised)

  • Chelsey Matteotti – Kelowna, Lake Country, Penticton, Vernon, West Kelowna
  • Jennifer Neale – Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody
  • Joanne Tsui Ying Kwong – Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver

Behavior Consultants (Category A –Supervised)

  • Iwona Powley – Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, Vancouver

Speech-Language Pathologists (Non-Supervised)

  • Julie Peters – Port Hardy
  • Michelle Schaafsma – Victoria

Speech-Language Pathologists (Supervised)

  • Brianna Rosenberg – Burnaby, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, White Rock
  • Winifred Murphey – Vancouver

Occupational Therapists

  • Nicola Paetkau – Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Kamloops, Merritt
  • Samuel Wade – Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Surrey, Vancouver

RASP service providers leave the RASP for many reasons including retirement or moving out of province. The following service providers are no longer on the RASP: Penelope Berinbaum (Behavior Consultant & Speech Language Pathologist) and Shauna Dolan, Rina Dulku, Sara Holland, Barbara Ann Kuhl, Maureen O’Connell, Kathryn Wishart (Speech Language Patholgists).

RASP providers are urged to keep their contact information up to date either online or by contacting the ACT office. The RASP Service Providers page has information for new applicants; the criminal record check process and renewal and professional development.

ACT updates the RASP List weekly. See who is new in your community:

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