Connecting experienced parents with families who are facing a new situation in their autism journey is the core of why our organization exists. Our intake process involves a network of volunteer parents who value the opportunity to provide an experienced voice. Many hours are spent providing individualized information and support over the phone, via email and in person. Our parent representatives are passionate about empowering others to understand the science and benefits behind evidence based autism treatment.
Parent Support Groups:
Our Neighborhood Network groups bring families together and provide many opportunities for parents to meet and network in their area. These meetings often start as structured support groups which evolve into friendships and networks of parents who live close to each other.
The ASN holds monthly educational presentations around the lower mainland (now expanding to other communities) that are given by professionals and parents. Our most popular presentation, “Welcome to Autism”, was developed to address the needs of parents with a new diagnosis who are looking for information and a roadmap to establish evidence based treatment programs for their children. The Autism Support Network also features guest speakers who give presentations to parents in their area of specialization. Topics have included social skill development, feeding challenges, functional analysis, aggression and self-injurious behaviour, sexual health, sibling issues and a myriad of other subjects.
Access to adequately trained autism service providers is one of the biggest challenges that families have in British Columbia. Increasing this capacity is crucial to changing the status quo and meeting the needs of people with autism.
In 2015 the Autism Support Network Society is registered at five Career Fairs around the lower mainland. At these fairs experienced parents and Behaviour Interventionists (BI’s) speak with students about working with people with autism, and career opportunities in the field of ABA.
These career fairs are utilized to assist families in recruiting for their home teams. Job ads are submitted to us, and posted on a job board as part of the ASN display.