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.

July, 2018

Social Stories with Carol Gray

Thursday, July 19 - Friday, July 20, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

July 19 & 20, 2018 in Nanaimo, BC Social Stories can play an essential role in enhancing communication and bringing down anxiety among individuals with ASD.  Over the past two decades, Social Stories, and their innovator, Carol Gray, have earned the respect...

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FREE SFU Social Science Camp for children ages 7-12

Saturday, July 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) is hosting our 7th annual SFU Social Science Camp. This is a FREE, fun, and educational camp for children aged 7-12 with or without Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The...

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Identifying Mental Health and Obesity Related Risk Factors in ASD – FREE Parent Workshop

Saturday, July 21, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

With the support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (UBC), the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (SFU) will be co-hosting a FREE event for BC Children’s research trainees, clinicians, professionals, parents who have a child with ASD, and other family members....

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Pacific Autism Family Network Summer Camp (Session 3)

Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 10, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

About the Camp: The Pacific Autism Family Network is excited to invite you to our second year of summer camp programming. The Super Kids Camp for children ages 6-10, will run in two week sessions and feature inclusive, super hero...

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August, 2018

What? Me Worry?

Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Using Taming Worry Dragons and other sources, we will identify worries and develop cognitive and behavioural tools to reduce their impact on our daily lives. Class is taught in an engaging format and practicing the class taught tools at home...

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Social Thinking Conference

Thursday, August 16 - Friday, August 17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

August 16 & 17, 2018 in Vancouver, BC Social Thinking methodology teaches individuals with social learning challenges to think about the social world, in order to communicate more effectively. It provides practical frameworks and strategies to help interpret and respond to abstract...

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Temple Grandin: Developing Individuals with Different Minds

Friday, August 17, 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm

Temple Grandin best-selling author and internationally acclaimed speaker on autism, is coming to Vancouver.  Temple was one of the first people to publicly share her insights into autism from an insider’s perspective. She is a prominent author and speaker on autism,...

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September, 2018

Managing the Anxious Symptoms of Children and Adolescents with ASD: Practical Strategies

Thursday, September 27 - Friday, September 28, 9:00 am - 4:00 am

Judy Reaven, PhD September 27 & 28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC Children and adolescents with ASD are at high risk for developing anxiety symptoms that interfere with functioning at home, school and in the community. Research has shown that children and teens...

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October, 2018

Positive Behavior Support in Schools Conference

Friday, October 19 - Saturday, October 20, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

October 19 & 20, 2018 in Vancouver, BC Live stream: Watch and participate live from anywhere by registering for web streaming.  All times are Pacific Standard Time. This two day conference will feature a number of presentations focused on the use of...

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November, 2018

INVESTing in Girls and Women with ASD

Friday, November 2, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Live stream: Watch and participate live from anywhere by registering for web streaming.  All times are Pacific Standard Time. Girls and women with ASD largely camouflage their characteristics in an effort to pass as neurotypical. Due to their difficulties reading social...

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