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ACT - Autism Community Training Society
Information Officer- Job Description

Overall Purpose of the Position
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Information Officer will provide one-to-one support and information to parents of children with ASD. He/she will gather information on ASD resources in British Columbia for inclusion in information provided by ACT through its web-site and by mail. He/she will collaborate with other organizations and government agencies, to enhance the understanding of issues related to the well-being of individuals with ASD for families, professionals and the community throughout BC

The Information Officer must have a criminal record check.

Hours per week: 35 hours, Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 5 PM

Qualifications:

Education and Training
Required: Bachelor's degree in social sciences, nursing, education, youth and child care or related field.

Experience
Previous experience providing support to families who have children with disabilities preferred. Experience working in some capacity with children who have ASD preferred. Experience working for not-for-profit agencies an asset and previous experience working in government or in the health or education fields an asset.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities required
· Excellent command of the English language. Knowledge of a second language, in particular
   Cantonese, Mandarin or Punjabi, an asset.
· Knowledge of autism spectrum disorders, early intervention, treatment approaches and practices,
   issues surrounding ASD and provision of services to children and their families required. Knowledge of
   multi-cultural issues related to providing family support, an asset.
· Excellent oral, written, facilitation and interpersonal skills.
· Demonstrated teamwork skills.
· Well developed planning, organizing, decision-making skills.
· Ability to deal tactfully and sensitively with child and family issues.
· Ability to maintain confidentiality.
· Ability to maintain a positive, professional, non-judgmental attitude.
· Ability to work effectively with professionals, government employees, community groups and agencies.
· Ability to maintain records and provide reports of activities.
· Ability to function independently, frequently under pressure, while managing multiple activities
   including effectively managing emergency situations is an ongoing expectation.
· Computer literate.
· Ability to be flexible and innovative in providing support and information support, including ability to
   research using a variety of sources, including the internet.
· Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.

Responsibilities:

Family Support
· Provide information and support to parents following their child's diagnosis of ASD on best practices,
   treatment options and services available through government and privately.
· Strengthen and support families in their role as decision-makers on behalf of their child and
   themselves by providing information about on-going training.
· Continue to provide support and information to parents in the post-diagnostic period and throughout
   the childhood and adolescence of the individual with ASD when requested.
· Support existing community groups that support families of children with ASD and encourage the
   founding of new informal community networks by putting parents of children with ASD in touch with
   each other.
· Gather information on services that can be of use to families and individuals with ASD to be included in
   the information available on the ACT website and by mail.

Collaboration with Other Organizations and Government Agencies
· Work in collaboration with the regional health authorities, including the regional representatives of
   BCAAN - the British Columbia Autism Assessment Network, to support families during the diagnostic
   and assessment period and when ongoing health services are required.
· Work in collaboration with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in supporting parents of
   children with ASD to provide information about policies and practices within the Ministry that apply to
   the provision of services to children with ASD and their families.
· Work in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and
   Related Disorders and school districts to support school-aged children with ASD to improve
   home/school cooperation focusing on the educational and therapeutic needs of the student.
· Work with community agencies to raise awareness of the changing needs of children with ASD
   throughout their lifespan to encourage meaningful inclusion while addressing the need for autism
   specific therapeutic and behavioural supports.
· Support capacity building throughout the province to address: diagnostic and assessment needs,
   training of families of children with ASD, support to professionals working with children with ASD and
   their families

Duties:
· Assist families by providing them with information about ASD, best practices in treatment approaches,
   resources, and services available.
· Make referrals to other community resources as appropriate.
· Maintain comprehensive, up-to-date files; ensure necessary forms are complete.
· Prepare reports and compile statistical records as required by E.D.
· Support families in their roles as self-advocates.
· Support families to make informed decisions.
· Liaise with between families, government and other agencies about eligibility and resources available
   to support a child with ASD and their family.
· Attend meetings as required representing ACT.
· Attend staff meetings of ACT as required.
· Participate in training opportunities as approved or directed by the E.D.

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