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.

December, 2022

Kids Camp at TWO

Monday, December 26 - Friday, December 30, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Vancouver

School is out and it is winter break! Come and join us for a week of winter-themed activities. Bring a nut free lunch and water bottle.  Activities included: Arts & Crafts Cooking Visits to neighborhood parks and stores (weather permitting) Science Experiments Gym and fitness activities Games, puzzles, and building activities Contact the This World's Ours Centre for more information.

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Teen Camp at TWO

Monday, December 26 - Friday, December 30, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Vancouver

Is school out and your teen needs something to do over the winter break? Join us for a week of activities geared toward the teen in your life daily from 9am - 3pm. There will be a social-emotional check-in every morning. Please send a lunch and water bottle every day. The group ratio will be 1 adult to 6 participants....

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January, 2023

Test

Sunday, January 1 - Friday, January 6, All Day
Vancouver

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Employment and Community Studies Program Information Session

Tuesday, January 3 - Friday, April 14, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

KPU Campuses located in Langley, Richmond and Surrey.  All three offer the Employment and Community Studies program.   This program is designed for students with diverse learning needs that hinder educational success. The EACS courses and learning experiences will prepare students for lifelong learning, employment, and community engagement opportunities.  Students will participate in hands-on learning and work experience opportunities. The course...

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PEERS for Teens – Online through Zoom

Tuesday, January 3 - Tuesday, April 4, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

PEERS for Teens is a 12 week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle and high school who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends. Teens and parents attend 90 minute sessions through a Zoom platform once a week over a 12 week period. This internationally acclaimed program, used in over 35 countries, was...

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PEERS for Teens – Online through Zoom

Tuesday, January 3 - Tuesday, April 4

PEERS for Teens is a 12 week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle and high school who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping...

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ASD Kickstart Program (Online)

Wednesday, January 4 - Wednesday, March 22, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This 12-week online group program is specifically designed for families whose child recently received an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis and are at the beginning of their journey. Get the help you need and deserve instead of just sitting on long waitlists for 1:1 OT support without doing anything. The program starts on January 4th, 2023 but will repeat on...

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Minecraft Social Skills Group (Cloverdale/Surrey)

Wednesday, January 11 - Wednesday, February 15, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Surrey

Minecraft Social Group (ages 7-12) Our Minecraft social group is suitable for children ages 7-12 years old who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and who do not engage in severe challenging behaviour. This group is designed for students who have an interest in Minecraft as we incorporate game-playing talents and exploration of new worlds to teach social skills....

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Easter Seals Compass Program for Young Adults – Online Option

Monday, January 23, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Compass - Winter 2023 Session For young adults looking to navigate the transition to adulthood. Compass classes are offered both in-person and online by Easter Seals staff, specialized educators and guest speakers. By the end of the program, participants will be more prepared for school, work, independent living and their transition to adulthood, and be ready to take their next steps...

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Easter Seals Compass Program for Young Adults – In-Person Option

Tuesday, January 24, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Vancouver

Compass - Winter 2023 Session For young adults looking to navigate the transition to adulthood. Compass classes are offered both in-person and online by Easter Seals staff, specialized educators and guest speakers. By the end of the program, participants will be more prepared for school, work, independent living and their transition to adulthood, and be ready to take their next steps...

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FSI Learning Explorations – Effective Collaboration Between Families/Caregivers and School Staff

Tuesday, January 24, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join Chelsea Jelic on January 24th for Effective Collaboration Between Families/Caregivers and School Staff at 1:00 pm Families have the opportunity to work with their child’s school team in a variety of ways throughout the school year. This session will review: • Connections between the roles, rights and responsibilities of teaching staff, administrators, and parents. • Relevant policies and procedures...

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FSI Learning Explorations – Making Friends, Keeping Friends

Thursday, January 26, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us on January 26th  for   Making Friends, Keeping Friends  with Shelley Nessman. Connections and friendships are imperative for many different reasons. Statistics say that loneliness is as great a health determinant as smoking! To have and be a friend is critical to our well-being and the experience of friendship brings meaning to all our lives. This workshop will highlight...

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Easter Seals Adult Social Club (Online)

Monday, January 30, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us from the comfort of your home for an hour every Monday for laughs, connections and just plain fun! January 30 - March 6  Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm (no class February 10th) Ages 19-49 years Cost: $50 Visit the Easter Seals website for registration.

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Easter Seals Youth Fun & Fitness (Online)

Tuesday, January 31, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Youth fun and fitness is all about moving and grooving! During the program there will be active games, daily challenges, and sport time with friends. This program is free of cost, and open to youths 12-24. If you have any song requests let us know! January 31 - March 7 Tuesdays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm Ages 12-24 years Cost: FREE Visit...

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February, 2023

Easter Seals Kids Social Club (Online)

Wednesday, February 1, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us from the comfort of your home for an hour every Wednesday for laughs, connections and just plain fun! This one-hour club will include games, social time and virtual field trips. February 1 - March 8 Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm Ages 6-18 years Cost: $60 Visit the Easter Seals website for registration.

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Test

Sunday, February 5 - Friday, February 10, All Day
Vancouver

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PEERS for Young Adults – Online

Monday, February 6 - Monday, June 12, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

PEERS for young adults is an evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated young adults who are interested in making and keeping friends and or developing romantic relationships. Young adults and social coaches (including parents or other caregivers) attend 16 weekly group sessions for 90 minutes per week. Young adults are taught social skills through didactic lessons and role play demonstrations...

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H.A.N.G. Gamers & Actors Unite! – Cloverdale

Saturday, February 11, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cloverdale

This HANG Gamers & Actors group is all about imagination! “Helping Adolescents / Adults Network and Grow” (HANG) is a way for teens and adults to build peer relationships while practicing social skills. Each session of any “HANG” styled group includes structured greeting activities, group activity planning, gentle in-the-moment coaching, and feedback on observed and emerging social skill dynamics. Each...

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FSI Learning Explorations – Sexual Health

Thursday, February 16, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

SESSION INFO: Join us on February 16th  for  Sexual Health  with Rachel Skidmore. “Let’s talk about sexuality” – this phrase offers up a wide range of possibilities – along with a host of anxieties. As a parent of a child with a disability, this is dreaded while at the same time recognized as an important part of parenting and of...

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Mandt Training – In Person (Surrey)

Friday, February 17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Mandt System is: Relationship Based Crisis Interaction - Used extensively across Canada, the focus of Mandt is on building trust and supporting students, not just their behaviours. Building positive, healthy relationships where students live, learn, work and play is the ultimate goal of our training programs. Behavioural Crisis Interaction Training - Providing the tools for parents & educators to...

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