Special Needs Community Events

ACT lists workshops and conferences in B.C. related to autism and other special needs that are provided by local agencies and organizations.

January, 2021


Mindfulness Groups for Caregivers of Autistic Adults

Friday, January 22 - Friday, February 26, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health have been researching how to support parents/siblings of autistic adults. As part of this research, we are holding a free web-based mindfulness group for parents/siblings to learn ways to cope with stress. Mindfulness...

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Mindfulness Groups for Autistic Adults

Friday, January 22 - Friday, February 26, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We are interested in exploring ways to help autistic adults cope with stress and anxiety. As part of this research, we are holding a free web-based mindfulness group that will teach some new ways to better cope with these feelings....

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FSIBC Learning Explorations – Kindergarten Transitions

Monday, January 25, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us on January 25th, 2021 for: Kindergarten Transitions, with Kerry Lawson, Valerie Irving, and Tracey Beckett The transition from preschool into school can be particularly challenging for parents and their children when extra supports are required: and extra care...

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FSIBC Learning Explorations – Kindergarten Transitions

Monday, January 25, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on January 25th, 2021 for: Kindergarten Transitions, with Kerry Lawson, Valerie Irving, and Tracey Beckett The transition from preschool into school can be particularly challenging for parents and their children when extra supports are required: and extra care...

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1 on 1 Coding Classes for Children

Tuesday, January 26 - Wednesday, March 31, All Day

Fun & Affordable Coding Classes for Children!  The C.O.D.E. Initiative is a registered non-profit that has been empowering children through inclusive coding STEM & coding classes the past 3 years.  We provide children the opportunity to learn coding in an...

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Online Coding Classes for Children – Learn More @ Our Info Session

Tuesday, January 26, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Fun & Engaging Coding Classes for Your Child! Have fun while learning! The C.O.D.E. Initiative is a registered non-profit that delivers online 1 on 1 coding and STEM classes for children and young adults between 7-20 years old. Our classes...

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Behaviour Support Basics for Parents

Saturday, January 30, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us online for a three-hour introductory workshop for parents who want to learn how to teach their children who are early learners language and play skills. We will cover core topics such as reinforcement, prompting, language strategies, and more. You will leave the...

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February, 2021


Skills Training & Employment Program (STEP) | Canucks Autism Network

Monday, February 1 - Friday, April 30, All Day

Paid, 12-week virtual classroom training & work experience in the Lower Mainland Develop skills. Gain experience. Take a meaningful STEP towards employment! For autistic youth & adults (ages 15-30). Over the course of 12 weeks, participants receive paid classroom training...

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Virtual Job Fair | Canucks Autism Network

Monday, February 1 - Sunday, February 28, All Day

Pre-employment skill workshops: Available to anyone across BC Employer presentations: Focused primarily in the Lower Mainland The CAN Virtual Job Fair is a month-long series of virtual workshops and presentations for autistic youth and adults (ages 15+) in February. Job...

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FSI Learning Explorations – Leaving High School: What’s Next?

Monday, February 1, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us on February 1st, 2021 for: Leaving High School: What’s Next? with Karen Speijer and Bonnie Fallowfield How do you prepare for this big change in your son’s or daughter’s life? This workshop is designed to help families understand...

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UBC PEERS® Clinic for Young Adults (VIRTUAL): A 16-Week Evidence-Based Social Skills Treatment Program

Tuesday, February 2 - Tuesday, May 25, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

UBC PEERS® CLINIC (YOUNG ADULT PROGRAM) [Clinic Flyer] An evidence-based social skills program designed to help young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) make and keep friends and to learn dating etiquette WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR? Young Adults with...

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UBC PEERS® Clinic for Teens (VIRTUAL): A 16-Week Evidence-Based Social Skills Treatment Program

Wednesday, February 3 - Wednesday, May 26, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

UBC PEERS® CLINIC (Teen Program) [ See Clinic Flyer] An evidence-based social skills program designed to help teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) make and keep friends. WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR? Teens with ASD between the ages of 13-18...

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Toilet Training For Everyone – Revised And Expanded

Thursday, February 4 - Friday, February 5, 9:30 am - 2:45 pm

“Toilet Training for Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities” has been ACT’s most popular online video since 2014. This reflects how important successful toilet training is for a person to be fully included in the community.  Now, presenters Dr....

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Navigate The Transition to Adulthood – Easter Seals Compass Program

Monday, February 8 - Friday, May 28, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Learn life skills for adulthood. A 16 week program to help young adults, (17-25 years) with diverse abilities, navigate the transition to adulthood and help them live as independent, empowered adults. The program is designed to cultivate skills and foster...

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Mindfulness Groups for Autistic Women

Friday, February 12 - Friday, March 19, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) are interested in exploring ways to help autistic women cope with stress and anxiety. As part of this research, we are holding a free web-based mindfulness group that will teach some new ways...

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SHARE Zoom Group: Sexual Health and Relationships (Ages 15-25)

Tuesday, February 16 - Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Join us for learning, laughs and chats about friendship, dating, bodies, self-esteem, love and more! This virtual group is facilitated by a Registered Nurse with the Sexual Health Rehab Service (Vancouver Coastal Health) and available to all residents of BC...

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PEERS© Online for Pre-teens & Teens

Monday, February 22 - Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Rossslyn Delmonico, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Shelley Lazarus, Special Educator, are excited to be partnering with Mission Association for Community Living to present PEERS Online! PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills) is a 12- week evidence-based social...

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Behaviour Interventionist Basic Training Workshop (Live Online)

Saturday, February 27 - Sunday, February 28, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Join us for a two-day introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis and the implementation of autism behaviour plans. You will leave the course with practical tools you can use in the classroom or home environment. Past attendees have included parents, community...

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March, 2021


Easter Seals Virtual Spring Break Camps

Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join Easter Seals for a virtual Spring Break adventure that will keep your kids, aged 6-18, entertained for the week, or even for a day! You can choose to sign up for one day or as many as you like....

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SHARE Zoom Group: Sexual Health and Relationships (Ages 15-25)

Tuesday, March 16 - Wednesday, March 17, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Join us for learning, laughs and chats about friendship, dating, bodies, self-esteem, love and more! This virtual group is facilitated by a Registered Nurse with the Sexual Health Rehab Service (Vancouver Coastal Health) and available to all residents of BC...

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