ACT is Canada’s leading independent, not-for-profit specializing in evidence-informed resources for the autism and special needs community. In addition to developing our own videos, guides and live events, including web streaming, ACT provides an unrivaled information portal that responds to the diverse needs of our community across the lifespan, including the voice of adults, in multiple languages.
ACT is a registered charity. Our Charitable Tax Number is: #861691236RR0001.
ACT’s Board and Staff are committed to the future
ACT had a highly successful year in 2019. Thanks to support from our donors, sponsors and the commitment of our presenters we were able to provide nearly 20,000 hours of training to 2,700 registrants at seven events in 2019. 2000 registrants were able to join ACT from their communities across BC and Canada, via live web streaming, allowing us to meet our goal of being a truly provincial and national resource.
Our many online resources have been renewed and are serving an increasing number of users:
- You can explore ACT’s B.C. focused resources here.
- The Autism Information Database has expanded and is overseen by an impressive international panel. It provides an unrivaled portal to 1400 evidence-informed resources sourced internationally.
- Autism Videos @ ACT now has 60 videos available – 20 were added in 2019.
Why is ACT committed to continuing as an independent voice for the special needs community?
ACT’s approach and the resources we have built over a decade, with the help of so many in the autism/special needs community, are not duplicated by government or by other agencies. As a not-for-profit, led by a committed Board of Directors, ACT engages in the creative, cost-effective use of web-based technology, online information databases and social media, with the support of a network of experts who volunteer their time.
The 16,000 B.C. families seeking help for their children with ASD, autistic adults, families of children with other special needs, and the thousands of professionals who find ACT’s resources invaluable, cannot rely solely on email and telephone support. They need access, at their convenience, to reliable online information resources, including training, provided by respected researchers and clinicians. Parents and self-advocates also need to source objective resources to help them advocate for their children and themselves when they are denied government services.
ACT can play a role to support families and professionals internationally
We also see ACT evolving to play an important role nationally and internationally – there is a vacuum of readily accessible best practice information and training world-wide, especially in languages other than English. For all of these reasons, ACT is committed to continuing to build our resources. But to build a self-sustaining not-for-profit we have to diversify our income, which is why we are appealing to the families and professionals who make use of our services, as well as to foundations and private companies.
Reflecting back and thinking to the future
20 years ago, reliable information and training for families were painfully scarce. The landscape has been transformed, ‘information’ is everywhere, but with millions of hits for a Google search for “autism”, many families are vulnerable to charlatans eager to take advantage of their confusion. ACT provides a vital non-commercial alternative to a random Google search – a portal to reputable online resources. What ACT provides cannot be duplicated by a government service. As a dynamic, community-based organization that respects families, self-advocates and professionals, ACT has earned the respect of the autism community. With your support we can continue this vital work and make it available to families across Canada and internationally.
Donate to become a ‘Friend of ACT’
Thanks to the support of the autism community, ACT has had the financial stability in 2019 to develop our information resources but we need to continue to build independent sources of funding if we are to continue our work long-term. Please consider a monthly or one-time donation so that we can build a sustainable financial future for what is a unique information service. For ACT’s current fundraising priorities please see Donations.
Sponsorship allows ACT to provide more live events. For more information on how you or your organization could be involved in sponsoring ACT’s online or live events, see Sponsorship.
Other ways to support ACT’s Mission – Volunteer
ACT is a small organization with a large presence because of the support we receive from our volunteers, donors and sponsors. Collectively these efforts enrich our services immeasurably.