Transition Updates from MCFD
The Ministry of Children and Family Development has just released information for parents and professionals on the upcoming transfer of individualized support and RASP services from ACT to MCFD.
Effective July 4, 2017, MCFD will offer services through Autism Information Services BC (AIS BC). Families, service providers, ministry staff, and the general public can reach AIS BC at:
3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia, V7B 1C7
Toll Free Line: 1-844-878-4700
Email – general information: AutismInformation@gov.bc.ca
Email – RASP: RASP@gov.bc.ca
Website: live web link available July 4th (www.gov.bc.ca/autisminfo)
View MCFD’s full information releases: Transitioning Information and Support Services to MCFD.
ACT’s Mission Continues! Donate to Support ACT’s Free Resources
ACT is refocusing our work in 2017 to concentrate on training and information resources to ensure that the autism community continues to have access to evidence-based, community-focused information and training.
We will continue to provide these great resources:
- Live events – available both in-person and via web streaming; bursaries available.
- Autism Videos @ ACT – nearly 30 free online video.
- Autism Information Database – over 1,000 vetted information resources related to ASD, and other special needs, in multiple languages.
- ACT’s Special Needs Events Listing – information on what special needs organizations across BC are offering
During this time of transition and transformation, your financial support would be greatly appreciated. We know that families and professionals have many demands on your financial resources; ACT is approaching foundations and seeking sponsorship.
As a federally registered Canadian not-for-profit society, ACT can provide tax receipts for donations over $10. ACT’s Charitable Tax Number is #861691236RR0001.
How to Donate:
- Online via Canada Helps or Chimp.net
- By cheque (made out to ACT – Autism Community Training)
- Via the United Way (search for ACT- Autism Community Training Society, Burnaby)
- Call ACT at 604-205-5467 or toll-free 1-866-939-5188 to donate by telephone
Visit our Donations Page for more information: www.actcommunity.ca/donate
Upcoming ACT Conferences
ACT is hosting a number of live and online training this summer and fall. Register soon to ensure your seat and take advantage of early bird rates.
Live Web Streaming Now Available for Four Upcoming Events
Thank you to our sponsors and speakers who make ACT’s training possible.
At ACT we know that it is a challenge for some to come to Vancouver to attend an event in-person, so we have been working to make more of our events available for you to watch from your own device via live web streaming. We have four great presentations available for registration – bursaries are available:
- July 24 – Applications of CBT
- Aug 24 & 25 – Integrating ABA Methods
- Oct 20 & 21 – Visual Support Strategies
- Nov 16 & 17 – Two Social Thinking Days
Comments from Past Web Streaming Attendees
“Thank you for the chat opportunity, resources, webinar modality – I could hear and see very well.”
“The webinar worked really well and made it easy for me to attend.”
“Thank you for the opportunity to view this conference via webstreaming. It is such a great way to increase community education!”
New MCFD-funded Event Bursaries for Parents of Children with ASD
MCFD has provided ACT with funding for a bursary program for parents and caregivers of children with autism to attend ACT events at reduced registration rates ($25 a day*) until March 31, 2018. Seats will be filled on a first come, first registered basis. Each parent is eligible to receive one in-person event bursary up until March 31, 2018. Additional bursaries are available to register for web streamed events. *Learn more about how to register using the MCFD event bursary program.
ACT continues to offer bursaries for para-professionals and professionals to improve accessibility to both our live and web streamed events. Please apply early and before you register for the event.
Applications of CBT to Address Emotional Functioning in Youth with ASD
July 24 & 25- Vancouver
Jonathan Weiss, Ph.D., CPsych, Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research, York University
Day 1 available via web streaming
A Professional Development Opportunity
Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD
July 31 – Aug. 4 – Surrey – only 2 spots left!
Aug. 14 – 18 -Vancouver
Kenneth Cole, Ph.D., RPsych
“Amazing and useful information. I wish our whole staff could attend!!”
Executive Functioning Conference
Aug. 10 & 11 – Sidney
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP (Boston)
“I learned strategies I can use with all of my students right away.”
Integrating ABA Methods in Schools: Supporting School Aged Children
Aug. 24 & 25 – Vancouver
Richard Stock, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Available via web streaming
“Powerful and easy to implement IEP suggestions”
(CEUs for BCBAs and BCaBAs are available. See event page for details).
Picturing Success: Visual Support Strategies for Individuals with ASD
October 20 & 21 – Vancouver
Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D
Popular ACT speaker, Dr. Fossett is the presenter in the ACT video Positive Behavior Support: What Parents Need to Know!
Two Social Thinking® Days for Young Children
November 16 & 17 – Vancouver
Kari Zweber Palmer, MA, CCC-SLP & Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP, Social Thinking Training and Speakers’ Collaborative
Available via web streaming
“Wonderful strategies to use with my students and awesome ideas for ways to structure groups in the future.”
Biggest Jump in RASP Approvals since 2005
The BC professional community has responded with a dramatic increase in the number of applications to the RASP – up over 78% over the first five months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016 – in response to ACT’s call to submit applications before the handover to MCFD (June 30th). ACT’s staff has been working intensively to process these applications, to ensure families have access to as many professionals as possible – approvals are up 88%.
In May, 26 RASP professionals were added or had their status updated – the largest one month increase since ACT took over the administration of the RASP in 2005. There are now 718 RASP professionals on the RASP, compared to 696 professionals at the end of April. Two people have stepped down. To search the RASP: www.actcommunity.ca/rasp/search/
New RASP Consultants (including those who shifted category)
Behavior Consultants (Category A – Non-Supervised)
- Bianca Andreone – Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Vancouver
- Candace Brady – Mackenzie, Prince George, Quesnel, Vanderhoof
- Andrew Harrison – Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, New Westminster, Surrey, Vancouver
- Felicia Harter – Abbotsford, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Delta, Hope, Langley, Surrey
- Valerie Varasteh – Burnaby, North Vancouver, Richmond, Vancouver
Behavior Consultants (Category B –Supervised)
- Kelly Carlson – Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam
Speech-Language Pathologists (Non-Supervised)
- Sarah Castell – Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Surrey
- Nadine Fort – 100 Mile House, Barriere, Chase, Clearwater, Kamloops, Lillooet, Logan Lake, Merritt, Salmon Arm, Williams Lake
- Nadine Gagnon – Agassiz, Chilliwack
- Kelli Hansen – Powell River, Sunshine Coast
- Pamela Lau – Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver
- Hilary Scott – Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission
- Jessica Sproat – Burnaby, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Richmond, Squamish, Vancouver
- Alicia Walker-Dighton – Abbotsford, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs
- Karen Zacharias – Abbotsford, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope
- Kyla Zachary – Saanich, Sidney, Victoria
Occupational Therapists (Non-Supervised)
- Kathleen Brooke – Cherryville, Lumby, Vernon
- Ashley Gorges – Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission
- Maria Hammond – Oliver, Penticton, Princeton, Summerland
- Brianne Kirkby – Campbell River, Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland
- Janna Luck – Squamish, Whistler
- Christine Pearce – Campbell River, Comox Valley, Parksville, Qualicum Beach
Occupational Therapists (Supervised)
- Amanda Hoffus – Castlegar, Fruitvale, Genelle, Rossland, Trail
- Kayla Ladouceur – Cowichan Bay, Crofton, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Victoria
- Marie Maratos – Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver
- Alysha Paiaro – Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver
Professionals no longer listed on the RASP
RASP service providers leave the RASP due to retirement or moving to a different job or province. Since April 30, Margherita Jessa, and Laurie Patrick have been removed from the RASP.
Reminder: New RASP Applications will be given to MCFD for Processing in July.
ACT will hand over the management of the Registry of Autism Service Providers to MCFD as of June 30, 2017. ACT advises that all new applications will be given to MCFD for processing in July.
The RASP application process will remain the same after July 1st as it is a MCFD-regulated process, which ACT has managed on MCFD’s behalf since 2005. For more information on the RASP application process see: www.actcommunity.ca/rasp/sp-info/ Early Years Professional Development Web Portal The Provincial Office of the Early Years has developed the EYPD web portal earlyyearsbc.ca. You can search for training events, post your own event, sign on to the Science of Early Child Development and more. Anyone working with young children can now find, plan and schedule professional development in the early years sector. For more information.
Special Needs Community Events in B.C:
Browse ACT’s Special Needs Community Events calendar at www.actcommunity.ca/special-needs-community-events/
- June 5 Introduction to Executive Function – Richmond
- June 11 Mini Golf: for families living with autism – Coquitlam
- June 14-17 Inspired By Love Learning Event – Richmond
- June 14 Learning Together to Help Each Other Learn – Inclusive Education Summit – Richmond
- June 18 Parksville Mini Golf: for Families Living with Autism – Parksville
- June 19 When Should You Tell Your Child He/She Has ASD? – Richmond
- June 24 Autism’s Own Conference 2017 – Victoria
Post your community events, and reach a new audience. This listing is a popular part of our monthly newsletter, which reaches over 7,300 people a month.
Self-Advocacy in B.C: Conference, Newsletter and Support Group
- The June Edition of the Kamloops Self Advocate Newsletter for people with Diverse Abilities and their parents in B.C. is available now! Publisher Krystian Shaw is looking for contributors for upcoming issues. For more information see selfadvocatenet.com/kamloops-self-advocate-newsletter/.
- The Autism’s Own Conference is organized by people on the autism spectrum in Victoria. This year the theme is Conversations on Autism over the Lifespan and there will be panel discussions, musical and theatre performances and artistic displays. For more information see the ACT Special Needs Community Events Calendar.
- Self-Advocate Group (Surrey/White Rock)
If you know of more self-advocate resources, please submit to info@actcommunity.
Survey: Inform Future Activities of the Kids Brain Health Network
The results of the survey will be used to inform research and knowledge translation priorities for Kids Brain Health Network over the next several years. The survey is available online until June 30, 2017.
Teaching Individuals with Autism about Bodies and Privacy
Earlier this month there was an article in the Chicago Tribune about teaching young men with autism consent and personal boundaries. Commentary: Autistic men don’t always understand consent. We need to teach them. (Chicago Tribune)
Teaching children and young adults with autism about their bodies, privacy, personal boundaries and puberty can be difficult topics for parent and caretakers. ACT hosts an online video presentation on this topic, and has collected many resources in the Autism Information Database.:
- Joy Becker “Navigating Puberty, Adolescence and Beyond: Supporting Individuals with Neuro-Developmental Challenges”
- AID resources available on romance, puberty, health, self-care, and sexuality.
Helping Medical Professionals Understand Autism and Mental Health
The need for GPs (family doctors) to receive proper training in autism is not unique to Canada, according to this article in a UK paper: GPs urgently need training on autism (the Independent).
ACT has long recognized this lack of training and provides the following resources:
Create a Medical Profile form (developed in collaboration with BC Children’s Hospital) to help family communicate effectively with emergency departments.
Mental health is a major concern for the autism community. The Online Mental Health & Autism Project provides two presentations, available for free online, with more planned for later this year.
- Recognizing Mental Health Disorders in Children and Youth with ASD
- Treating Anxiety, Depression, and OCD in Children and Youth with ASD
Post-Secondary Opportunities: Upgrade your Skills
Looking to upgrade your skills or seeking professional certification? ACT lists B.C. Post-Secondary Programs for Professionals on our website. Capilano University and Douglas College are taking applications for programs that begin in September 2017.
Autism Videos @ ACT
ACT hosts over 25 free online videos in two languages. Browse for non-commercial, evidence-based presentations on a wide-range of topics relevant to families and community professionals including:
- Positive Behavior Support: What Parents Need to Know! Presented by Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D
- Parent Support for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Communities – a Global Perspective Presented by Mayada Elsabbagh, PhD, McGill University
- The Invention and Reinvention of Autism: Researching ASD Across Cultures. Presented by Dr. Roy Richard Grinker, Professor at George Washington University and author of Unstrange Minds –Remapping the World of Autism.
- Bilingualism and Language Development in Children with Autism Presented by: Pat Mirenda, PhD, BCBA
- Panel Discussion: Supporting Marginalized Families from the Trenches – Perspectives of Parent-Professionals
- The Essentials of Advocacy: A Parent’s Guide to Advocating for their Child with Special Needs. Presented by Deborah Pugh, Executive Director of ACT – Autism Community Training.
Browse for more free online video presentations: www.actcommunity.ca/education/videos/
Autism in the Media
- For once, an autistic role will be played by an autistic actor (Salon.com)
- For families with autistic kids, a chance to dine out without stress or stares (Chicago Tribune)
- The Challenges of Autism in Small-Town America (the Atlantic)
- Parents can help children with autism become better storytellers (Spectrum News)
- How a new job fair is battling the stigma around autism (CBC News)
- Q&A: ‘I’m not going to hide’: Finding employment with autism (CBC News)
- The many walls of silence around autism (Boston Globe)
- One daughter has cancer and one has mental illness. Only one is able to find treatment (Global News BC)
- ‘Anything for Matty’: RCMP make man with intellectual disabilities honorary cadet (CBC News)
- Too many children being prescribed melatonin to aid sleep, experts warn (the Guardian)
- How an autistic child became world pinball champion (BBC News)
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