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ACT's live events cover a wide-range of autism related topics. ACT invites leading practitioners and researchers from across the world to share their insights with BC parents and professionals. Join us for information and inspiration! If you have any questions about if an event is appropriate for your circumstances, please email us at
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Friday | June 21, 2013 | VANCOUVER
Are you aware that many people with ASD have great job skills but are either unemployed or underemployed, because of a lack of vocational training and support? Are you, or do you know someone with ASD who wants to work but can't find a job? Are you an employer who might be interested in hiring someone with an ASD? This is a free event and will be attended by representatives from ASD-related organizations thoughout B.C., including: Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC), UBC's Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA); UVIC's Centre for Autism Research, Technology and Education (CARTE); SFU's Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab; Douglas College - Disability and Community Studies Department; UBC Adult Autism Clinic and ACT - Autism Community Training.
This event is co-sponsored by ACT
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Monday to Friday | August 12 to 16, 2013 | VANCOUVER
This course was developed to train school teams and reflects current research and evidence-based practice into the education of students with autism. It covers theoretical foundations and application of theory to classroom practice. Instruction includes practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration, and coaching. This is a 30 hour course held over five days. Dr. Cole received rave reviews for the course he taught last summer for ACT. This event is open to parents, para-professionals and professionals. It is a great opportunity for in-depth sharing and learning and is a pre-requisite course in many school districts.
This event is now full. Please phone our office to be placed on the waiting list.
FRIDAY | September 27, 2013 | KELOWNA
This event will provide concrete ways to help schools and parents develop a plan for adolescents to prepare them for the transition to adulthood. The focus is on helping students and their parents prepare for life outside the more regimented schedule of the school day. The event will review strategies to teach concepts such as responsibility, motivation, and anxiety management. The target audience will be more able students with autism and other social learning conditions, including Attention Deficit Disorder, who are able to meet academic requirements but struggle with the social awareness they will need to continue with their education or seek employment.
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SATURDAY | September 28, 2013 | KELOWNA
This is a fascinating day that will inspire school teams and parents to ‘step into puberty’ with confidence! Joy Becker is a nurse educator who specializes in preparing individuals with ASD and other special needs for the challenges of puberty. Ms. Becker will teach the information children need at various stages of their development to protect them against exploitation. This day is appropriate for those working with children on the autism spectrum who have a cognitive ability that allows them to understand these concepts. Typically these will be students who do not have full-time assistance at school or in the community but are still vulnerable. ACT has had a great response to Joy Becker’s work – bring her insights to your school and family.
Friday & Saturday | October 4 & 5, 2013 | KAMLOOPS
Participants will develop a basic understanding of how to analyze problematic behaviors for children with special needs within the family environment and how to develop a plan to address these behaviors. Emphasis is on developing a collaborative parent-professional partnership to improve family routines.
Friday | October 4, 2013 | VANCOUVER
2013 年10月4日，星期五 - 溫哥華
Parents and main caregivers will be empowered to use practical strategies of Positive Behavior Support to prevent and change problematic behaviors in children with ASD and other developmental disabilities.家長及主要照顧者能透過此講座了解“正面行為支持”的實用對策，進而預防及改變孩子的問題行為。
Saturday | October 19, 2013 | TERRACE
Friday & Saturday | October 25 & 26, 2013 | VANCOUVER
Functional analysis is considered a “best practice” for identifying the causes of problem behavior such as self-injury, aggression, stereotypy and noncompliance. Dr. Iwata will provide a review of currently used techniques and will illustrate the assessment-treatment continuum using handouts and case examples. The emphasis will be on translating research findings into practical application.
Friday & Saturday | November 1 & 2, 2013 | VANCOUVER
The UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS) is a social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. It has an evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with ASD, but is also appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems. The focus of this two-day event, aimed primarily at parents, will be the role parents play in this approach. This training will be based on Dr. Laugeson’s new manual focused on parent training.
Saturday | November 2, 2013 | CHILLIWACK
This presentation will provide an overview of technology and software applications that can facilitate communication and learning for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Participants will see a number of apps in use for the Apple iPad and will leave with a list of apps they can use with their children or students. The Boardmaker Software Family will reviewed with a focus on learning to use this application to create activities to teach vocabulary, sentence construction, math and other concepts.
Friday & Saturday | November 15 & 16, 2013 | VANCOUVER
The realities of siblings with special needs can be very complex; many adult siblings report that they felt that as children their concerns were neglected. This workshop by the leading international specialist in siblings issues will focus on acknowledging the realities experienced by brothers and sisters: peer issues, resentment, loss, and concerns about the future, and how to increase the unique strengths often demonstrated by siblings, including compassion, advocacy, insight, and tolerance. There will be a siblings panel, and day two will focus on training community facilitators to develop a Sibshops group in their community. Day two will be a smaller group – ACT is working to have trainees from across B.C.
Locations of ACT's Live Events in 2013