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Living & Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
in British Columbia
A Manual for Parents & Community Professionals

For over two years ACT has been working on a manual to provide a comprehensive resource to parents of children with ASD and the professionals who support them. We now have a preview available of several chapters - more will become available in the weeks and months to come.

ACT has decided to make these available now, because we recognize that trying to bring all parts of the manual on line at the same time is near impossible! Rather than delaying publication of the entire manual because of new policy, new research or new contact information, we have decided to share these chapters with the ACT community and accept that the manual will continue to be a work in progress.

We have also decided to publish in PDF format so people can print only what is relevant. This not only saves paper, it also helps to keep our information current. It is envisioned that community organizations and parents will print the relevant sections of the manual for easy reference. For parents without the resources to print relevant sections, ACT will mail them out. It is our hope that in the future we will have the resources to be able to make printed versions of the manual available to institutions across British Columbia and to have it translated into the major languages spoken by B.C.'s immigrant communities.

We encourage those who are reading printed sections of the manual to check our website for more recent updates. If you wish to receive an email when a new chapter is available or has been updated, contact us at: manual@actcommunity.net. This is also the place to send your ideas, corrections, new information and photos! Once we have all 10 chapters available on line, by early in 2009, we will go back and begin updating each chapter again.

NOTE: This Manual is not the BC Ministry of Children & Family Development's A Parent's Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs. If you're looking for the MCFD book, it is available here.

Cover Table of Contents, Acknowledgements and Disclaimer
 
Introduction Getting Started on Your Journey
 
Chapter 1 The Diagnostic Process in British Columbia
 
Chapter 2 Perspectives on Autism Treatment-a Best-Practices Approach
 
Chapter 3 Developing a Treatment Team for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
 
Chapter 4 Medical Issues in Autism Treatments–Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
 
Chapter 5 MCFD-funded Services for Children with ASD
 
Chapter 6 The B.C. Education System–An Introduction for Parents of Students with ASD
 
Chapter 7 The Role of Parental Advocacy in Navigating the School System
 
Chapter 8 Building a Community-Starting Parent & Sibling Groups
 
Chapter 9 Preparing for the Transition from School to Work
 
Chapter 10 Parents as Employers
 
Chapter 11 Estate Planning for Families who have children with Special Needs in B.C.
 
Glossary Glossary of Terms
 
Acronyms   A Guide to Acronyms in B.C.
 





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