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2nd POPARD course August 12-16 – Due to popular demand!

This is a listing for 2013. For our 2014 POPARD delivery, go to the POPARD 2014 details page.

Due to popular demand, we’ve added a second POPARD course in August in downtown Vancouver. Now full!

Visit the details page for more information. You can register online, use our Registration Form (pdf) or call us at 604-205-5467 or 1-866-939-5188

About the event: This 30 hour course has recently been revised to reflect current research and evidence-based practice in teaching students with ASD. Instruction includes pre-readings, practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration and coaching. In addition, course participants complete applied exercises in the key elements of teaching and supporting students with ASD.

Expectations: the course structure involves pre-readings and class discussions, in addition to ongoing opportunities for the participant to apply concepts through active participation.

Brenda Dussault, the presenter is a highly experienced Special Education teacher.  She has worked with children with special needs for 20 years: as both a classroom teacher and a District Inclusion Support Teacher; in settings from elementary to high school and in BC, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Yukon. For the past five years she has worked as an Education and Behaviour Consultant for the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders.

Real Work for Real Pay – what happens next?

The June 21 meeting, ‘Real Work for Real Pay’ was a tremendous success, attracting 150 participants, for a full day of intense and positive discussions focused on improving the employment prospects of adults with ASD. Participants came from across B.C. There were over 20 adults with ASD who brought great personal insight to the day, as well as educators, job coaches, representatives of many agencies, clinicians, researchers and a number of parents.

Sponsors of the event include UBC’s CIRCA & Adult Autism Clinic, UVIC’s CARTE, SFU’s Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab, POPARD, Douglas College’s Disability and Community Studies Program and ACT. Many thanks to all presenters, facilitators and note takers. Particular appreciation to the Pacific Autism Family Centre and the Century Plaza Hotel who donated the venue and catering.

As participants want to capture the knowledge generated, ACT has taken responsibility for gathering the information on the ACT Online Learning Community. The hope is to use this as the start of a province-wide initiative to meet the challenges of employment for adults with ASD.  If you are interested in being kept informed of developments, join the ‘Real Work for Real Pay’ online group by emailing info@actcommunity.net with ‘Real Work for Real Pay’ in the subject line.