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ACT is a registered not-for-profit society. We are a province-wide information and referral service created to support families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We offer families and professionals a wide range of positive and practical information on everything from sleep problems and diet, to core issues such as diagnosis and aspects of intervention, including information on setting up programs for their children. Need support and information? Call us at 604.205.5467 / 1.866.939.5188 or email!

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Discovering the Possibilities with Visual Strategies: Meeting the Communication, Behavior & Social Skill Challenges for Individuals with ASD
Presented by Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Friday, October 24, 2008 - Vancouver | Details>

The Art of Advocacy for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Clair Schuman, Executive Director ACT Ė Autism Community Training
Friday, November 14, 2008 - Vancouver | Details>

Managing the Worry Bug: Cognitive Behavioral Group Treatment for High-Functioning Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Judy Reaven, Ph.D., Director of the Autism and Developmental Disorders Clinic, JFK Partners, University of Colorado Denver
Friday, December 5, 2008 - Vancouver | Details>

ACT Autism Training Webcasts

Take advantage of ACT webcasts to gain access to practical training from the experts, and up-to-the-minute research from the convenience of your own computer or internet connection.

Toilet Training for Everyone: It's Never Too Late!
Pat Mirenda, Ph.D., BCBA
Available Now | Webcasts Overview>

Focus on Research Event Ė Early Intervention Approaches for Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Children with Autism
Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., Director, University of Washington Autism Center, Professor of Psychology
Sally J. Rogers, Ph.D., Director, M.I.N.D. Institute, University of California, Davis
Available Now | Webcasts Overview>

Building Social Relationships: A systematic Approach to Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum
Scott Bellini, Ph.D. Assistant Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Available Now | Webcasts Overview>

ACT webcasts require a high-speed internet connection and a computer that is no more than a few years old. Before you register for a webcast, it's a good idea to verify that this test video will run with the computer and internet access you have available.

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ACT posts news reports and other sources on this website for the information of our readers only. ACT neither endorses nor condemns this material. We urge readers to consider this information with a critical eye and to form their own opinions about its validity or applicability to their situation.

ACT seeks a part-time Technology Support Officer - 14 hours per week. Join our energetic team and support our electronic environment that is integral to our work. Please view the attached job description. Competitive hourly wage rate to be negotiated. Please send resume and cover letter addressed to Clair Schuman, Executive Director via email to
or by fax to 604-205-5345. No telephone calls please. Deadlines for applications is October 19, 2008. See Job Description for more information.

SFU Presents: Two free public lectures by leading autism researchers:

October 7 ‚Äď Katherine A. Loveland, Ph.D.
How will advances in the field of autism research affect children and adults with autism and their families in British Columbia?
October 28 ‚Äď Wendy Stone, Ph.D.
Topic to be announced.

Both events will be held at the SFU Harbour Center, Fletcher Challenge Theatre. 8 pm.

A Note from the
Pacific Autism Family Center:

"Please join our discussion about the new Pacific Autism Family Center. We encourage all interested parties to register and participate in our blog about issues related to the center. Please forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested in being a part of a positive, family oriented center for BC children and young adults. Our registration page can be printed off and faxed for those who may not have web access."

Minister Tom Christensen has released a two page letter addressed to families about the transfer of services from CLBC to the MCFD. | Details> (.pdf)

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Support Team Act in Autism Speaks' Walk Now for Autism! Please sponsor a walker or sign up to join us & take part!  | Full Story> (offsite link)

Show & Shine raises $2,000! | Full Story>

Families forced to move to get autism therapy  | Full Story> (Vancouver Sun).

Special needs, special journey Ellen Smith writes about parenting children with special needs.  | Full Story> (Richmond News).

Surplus Comes at the Cost of Families in Crisis: Press release from the BC Association for Community Living | Full Story> (.pdfs, 63 kb).

B.C. to deny services based on IQ: Province adds 70 IQ criteria to CLBC regulations | Full Story> (Vancouver Sun).

Read a BCACL press release on this issue, and a copy of the provincial government's Order in Council; (both .pdfs).

The Press Weighs In

It was wrong months ago -- and it is still wrong today, Pete McMartin, Vancouver Sun | Full Story> (offsite link)

Developmentally disabled teen prompted new IQ requirement, Wendy McLellan, The Province | Full Story> (offsite link)

Youth advocate lashes IQ-based denial of care, Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist | Full Story> (offsite link)

An article in the BC Medical Journal discusses Gaps in BC's Healthcare System for those with a Developmental Disability and a Mental Health diagnosis. | Full Story> (offsite link)

BCACL petitions court opposing IQ-based CLBC criteria for Adults | Press Release> (.pdf; offsite link)

The great autism rip-off How a huge industry feeds on parents desperate to cure their children. | Full Story> (offsite link)

Recent ACT Initiatives

Family Photos Needed! Help ACT keep our website bright by sending us pictures of your family | Details>

Explaining Autism in the classroom
DVD/VHS Tapes now available | Details>

Formal Complaint Resolution Process Developed for RASP Complaints | Details>

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