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Summer Camps, Community Events, Autism in the News – ACT’s News Round-Up June 2018 Edition

Posted June 7, 2018

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GET READY … GET SAFE … GO! – Kelowna – June 16
A Symposium for Supporting Safe and Active Recreation for Okanagan Families Living with Autism.

The C.O.D.E. Initiative Coding Workshop for Beginners – Vancouver – June 25-29
A fun and interactive introduction to various beginner coding concepts.

Free Summer Social Science Experience for Children with ASD ages 2 to 6 – Burnaby – July 4-25
The Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) at SFU is hosting a FREE half-day event every Wednesday in July full of crafts, games, and research activities!

Summer Social Sprouts – Surrey – July 9-20
In this fun, interactive class, kids aged 4-6 will follow the Social Thinking curriculum. Through stories, games and crafts kids will learn 5 lessons in part one of Social Explorers.

Summer Social Saplings – Surrey – July 9-20
Social Saplings is about developing social skills and social thinking in children ages 7-10. This is a great program for kids who have trouble socially and have mild anxiety.

FREE SFU Social Science Camp for children ages 7-12 – Burnaby – July 21
The Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) is hosting our 7th annual SFU Social Science Camp. The camp offers a mix of social games and an opportunity to participate in research using fun activities.

Identifying Mental Health and Obesity Related Risk Factors in ASD – Burnaby – July 21
A FREE event for BC Children’s research trainees, clinicians, professionals, parents who have a child with ASD, and other family members. The goal is to discuss mental health and obesity related risk factors among families of individuals with ASD.

ACT is seeking a Part-Time Office Assistant

These are busy days at ACT and we need some extra administrative support. We are looking for a Part-time Office Assistant with an excellent telephone manner and competence with Microsoft CRM systems, Excel and Word. Must be organized, highly accurate and enjoy multitasking! Knowledge of autism an asset.

Hours are flexible, up to 20 hours a week; occasional weekend work and vacation coverage. $20/hour – to start as soon as possible. If you are interested in working with a great organization, respected as the leading source of evidence-informed training and information in B.C., in the company of a friendly group of committed people, email your resume and cover letter to . This position will be filled as soon as we find a strong candidate. If you have applied to ACT previously, you are welcome to re-submit your application for consideration. View the job posting here.

Autism in the News

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What shall we call “it”? Autism? Asperger’s? Or what? – Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre | Available through the Autism Information Database

Autism Society says adults living with disorder falling through the cracks – CBC News

5 Must-Read Autism Memoirs – KKLZ

Tulane recognizes father of graduating student with autism – The Times-Picayne

I am his only friend. What will happen to my son? Homeless shelters, lack of supports for adult living with autism – CBC News

We should reimagine how we think about autism – Ottawa Citizen

Naturopath college outlaws therapy that promises ‘complete elimination’ of autism – CBC News

Reluctant Keepers of a Brother With Autism – New York Times

Action Must Be Taken to Stop Bullying of Students with Disability – Pro Bono Australia

Rise in U.S. autism prevalence stems mainly from ‘mild’ cases – Spectrum News

Almaguin Highlands student Bailee Harvie kicks ‘bad kid’ label and embraces autism advocacy – CBC News

The underdiagnosis of autism in girls is a story of gender inequality – Wired

Students with special needs in B.C. still face seclusion, physical restraint in schools – CBC News

Upcoming ACT Events


Bursaries for those most in need, including para-professionals, parents who have children with special needs, adults with
ASD, and professionals who need to travel outside of their home regions are also available, to the best of our financial
ability. Bursaries are also available for webstreaming – internationally and Canada!

For information on how to apply for an ACT bursary, please visit the
Bursaries FAQ page


Early bird deadline extended to June 13th! Save $50

Social Stories with Carol Gray
July 19 & 20, 2018
Nanaimo, BC
Carol Gray, Founder and Innovator, Social Stories Satellite Schools and Services, and Carol’s Club

Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD
July 30 – August 3, 2018 – Surrey
October 29 – November 2, 2018 – Vancouver
Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

Social Thinking Conference
August 16 & 17, 2018 – Vancouver
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP
Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP

Non-Aversive Strategies to Assist Individuals with Autism and Challenging Behaviours
Friday, August 24
Vancouver, BC, & Web Streaming!
Andrew McDonnell, PhD, BCBA-D

Managing the Anxious Symptoms of Children and Adolescents with ASD: Practical Strategies
Thursday & Friday, September 27 & 28
Vancouver, BC
Judy Reaven, PhD

Positive Behavior Support in Schools Conference
Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2018
Vancouver, BC, &
Web Streaming
Lynn Kern Koegel, CCC-SLP
Ilene Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D

INVESTing in Girls and Women with ASD
Friday, November 2nd
Vancouver, BC &
Web Streaming!
Dori Zener, MSW, RSW

Register for any two events and save $50.

Use coupon code 50off2 at checkout or
contact ACT.
Valid for both in-person and web streaming registration.
Coupon cannot be combined with other discounts or bursaries