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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!

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS - Winter - Spring 2008

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Transitioning from High School to Work - Preparing Students with Autism for Adulthood
Vicki Lundine & Catherine Smith  Details>
Nanaimo | January 12, 2008
Regular registration ends January 3, 2008
Surrey | March 8, 2008
Early Bird rate ends January 25, 2008

An Introduction to Sensory Processing in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Reaching a Common Understanding
Mary-Ann Fulks, M.Sc., O.T.(C)
January 19, 2008 - Surrey | Details>
Regular registration ends January 11, 2008

Including Students with Disabilities in Regular Classrooms
Pat Mirenda, Ph.D., BCBA
January 26, 2008 - Vancouver | Details>
Regular registration ends January 18, 2008

An Introduction to Autism Treatment - A Case Management Survival Guide for Parents & Community Professionals
Jill Calder, M.D., Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Services, Thompson Cariboo Shuswap Region
January 30, 2008 - Vancouver | Early Years Conference registration.

star Co-sponsored by ACT as part of the Early Years 2008 Conference.
ACT is not registering the participants for this event 

The Art of Advocacy for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Clair Schuman, E.D., ACT - Autism Community Training
February 2, 2008 - Surrey | Details>

An Introduction to the Verbal Behavior Approach to Applied Behavior Analysis
Suzanne Jacobsen, Ed.D., BCBA & Richard Stock, M.Sc., BCBA
February 22 & 23, 2008 - Kelowna | Details>
Early Bird rate ends January 11, 2008

Understanding and Changing Challenging Behaviors for Young Children with Autism: Practical Advice for Parents and Professionals.
James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA, Director of Behavior Analysts, Inc.
February 29, 2008 - Vancouver | Details>
Early Bird rate ends January 11, 2008

Designing, Implementing and Troubleshooting Verbal Behavior-ABA Programs
James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA, Director of Behavior Analysts, Inc.
March 1, 2008 - Vancouver | Details>
Early Bird rate ends January 11, 2008

The Art of Advocacy for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Clair Schuman, E.D., ACT - Autism Community Training
March 1, 2008 - Nanaimo | Details>

Beyond Sight Words: Access to the Literate Community for ALL
Paula Kluth, Ph.D.
March 28, 2008 - Vancouver | Details>
Early Bird rate ends January 18, 2008

Toilet Training for Everyone: It's Never Too Late! - Webcast Version
Pat MIrenda, Ph.D., BCBA
Available Now | Details>

For a full listing of ACT's upcoming workshops, including ACT on TOUR, go to our Upcoming Workshops page.

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A cluster of recent medical studies report that: A random, uninherited mutation in chromosome 16 makes a child 100 times more likely to develop autism, and that this flaw is responsible for about 1% of autism cases. One researcher claims that the association betwqeen autism and this gene is clear enough that it could lead to the development of a relatively simple test for this kind of autism.  | Full Story>

Mother of autistic boys owes $13,597.64 An MCFD autism-funding audit declares several years of Kathy Kyler's record-keeping inadequate. | Full Story>

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The formation of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA) is announced. | Full Story>

$2 Million Chair in Autism Research and Intervention for SFU | Full Story>

Recent ACT Initiatives

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ACT launches autism bookstore via |  Go to Bookstore>

$2 million Autism Chair for SFU
Vancouver Sun series Faces of Autism wins Award for Service to the Autism Community | Full Story>

A Searchable RASP List |  Full Story>

Manual for Parents of Children with ASD in BC send us your contributions | 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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Small wireless device uses GPS to broadcast its location, allowing parents or caregivers to keep track of children or others in need of supervision for their own safety. | Full Story>

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UW Autism Study to Treat Infants without Symptoms
A study commencing at the University of Washington is designed to explore the effects of very early autism intervention by treating children who may display few or no obvious symptoms, but who do have a sibling diagnosed as on the spectrum. | Full Story>

16 to 21 year olds needed for visual perception study.
Young adults with high functioning autism can earn a $50 honorarium by taking part in a visual perception study being conducted by UBC PhD student Elina Birmingham. | Details >

Three year olds needed for study.
The Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab at SFU and the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University are looking for three year olds for an hour of testing in early January or in March. | Details>

Get Involved in Autism Research!
At the Autism & Developmental Disorders Lab at Simon Fraser University, we are looking for youth between the ages of 12-18 years of age and their parents to participate in a research study on social competence. 
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Youth and Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism, age 16 to 21, families and professionals invited to participate in project studying resiliency in youth and young adults with AS or HFA. | Details >

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