The Challenges of Advocacy During a Pandemic

Filmed May 2020

Dr. Anthony Bailey, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UBC, interviews three active members of BC’s diverse needs community about their efforts to encourage the BC government to protect diverse needs children and their families.

Panelists include:

  • Karla Verschoor, Executive Director of Inclusion BC
  • Tracy Humphreys, Chair of BCEdAcccess
  • Deborah Pugh, Executive Director of ACT – Autism Community Training

ACT is gathering information to support families during the COVID-19 crisis, including resources specific to those who are neuro-diverse and useful general resources. Our COVID-19 Resources page will be updated as new resources come in.

More videos from ACT’s COVID-19 educational learning live stream series

Many parents of children with diverse learning needs are feeling particularly pressured to keep up educational programs during this crisis, even though they have little support to do so. This is increasing stress on many overwhelmed families. This conversation between two school psychologists and a child psychiatrist will focus on the practical, to reassure families on how formal and informal learning can happen on the home front.

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COVID-19 has profoundly heightened anxiety in the autism community internationally. Our
families and organizations are struggling to provide a stable environment for children,
youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Able adults with ASD are also feeling the
strain. ACT has invited three respected mental health clinicians, who have presented for ACT
on autism and mental health, to answer questions on ‘Anxiety and COVID-19’.

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