Below is information about our brochures, our online resources (including meeting and event listings) and suggested websites.
The Autism Support Network manages the following online resources. Please check back regularly as often we schedule events and meetings based on community demand. You can also JOIN OUR MAILING LIST for monthly updates.
Autism Support Network Online Calendar or List of Events – a listing of meetings and events presented by the Autism Support Network as well as information on other events that we attend with our information booth.
Autism Support Network Facebook Page – open to the public for liking, following and posting
Autism Support Network Facebook Event Listings – A listing of Facebook events created for Autism Support Network presentations and meetings. Connected to the Autism Support Network Facebook Page, please like, follow and share!
Autism Support Network of British Columbia – Parent Group (Facebook) – This ASN Parent Group is a forum for ABA parents to talk, ask questions and share stories and concerns. We have kept this a closed group so that parents feel comfortable about posting and sharing personal stories about their families.
ABA Therapists BC (Facebook) – This group is for BI’s to post idea’s on Reinforcers, great stores they go to and Apps they use. It is also a job resource board to connect families and therapists (AKA tutors, AKA Behaviour Interventionists (BI’s).
Our Brochures – our brochures contain excellent information about Autism, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and ABA Therapy Teams. If you would like some brochures to distribute in your area or take to a medical professionals’ office please CONTACT US and we will mail them to you.
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The following are links to suggested websites that we feel people in our network might be interested in. If there are other sites you would like to see listed here please contact us
Non-ASN Recommended Resources
Practical Function Assessment (Hanley Protocol or IISCA)
FTF Behavioural Consulting has been instrumental in the development of a breakthrough in autism treatment. Their approach for eliminating difficult behaviours through Practical Function Assessment has lead to a safe, humane and effective ABA approach. FTF Behaviour Consulting has also used this method to help eliminate Sleep and Eating problems. Many consultants in BC are currently being trained by FTF Behavioural Consulting.
Association for Science in Autism Treatment
The Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) is a not-for-profit organization run by an all-volunteer board of 22 professionals, many of whom are parents of children and adolescents with autism. ASAT is committed to improving the education, treatment, and care of people with autism. Since autism was first identified, there has been a long history of failed treatments and fads levied on vulnerable families. ASAT was the first autism advocacy group to explicitly embrace an empirical, science-based approach to any statements made about the causes and proposed treatments for autism.
Autism Information Services of BC (AIS)
Autism Information Services (AIS) of BC manages the Registered Autism Service Providers (RASP) list. The Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) is a listing of professionals whom parents contract with to provide services to their children with autism. The RASP includes Behavior Consultants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists. Parents with children with ASD, under six, must choose their professionals from the RASP if they wish them to be paid by the Ministry of Children and Families.
Just because a service provider is on the RASP list does not mean that they are a good choice for your family. Please see the ASN video series Welcome to Autism to help you evaluate service providers very carefully and understand their treatment and billing practices before signing any contracts or agreements.
Autism Funding in BC
We highly recommend this Autism Funding in BC and think that it will become every parents’ “bible” of autism funding and treatment administration. The author of this site is a parent, and will tell you in a simple way about the financial side of providing ABA treatment for your child and how to run an effective ABA therapy team in BC.
Autism BC (Formerly-Autism Society of BC)
Autism BC was started in 1975 and is a parent based and directed society providing support to individuals with autism and their families in British Columbia and Yukon. There are an estimated 1100 family members as well as corporate, professional and associate memberships. The Mission of Autism BC is to “empower, support, and connect the autism community in BC”.
BC-ABA is a society that was formed to function in British Columbia, Canada, as the liaison with, and representative of the Association for Behavior Analysis, ABA International. Their goals are to advance behavior analysis in the province of BC and to work towards the regulation on behavior analysis practitioners in BC.
BC Ed Access
BC Ed Access – Action for Equitable Access to Education is for BC Parents of Students With Special Needs.
If you are a parent or guardian in British Columbia looking for support, knowledge and information regarding special education in our Province, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request an invitation to our online support group.
Civil Rights Now!
Headed by Jean Lewis, Dave Marley and Paul Caune, Civil Rights Now is an all-volunteer, non-partisan, not for profit society with a single goal:
To get laws passed that gives Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms real force in the daily lives of British Columbian voters with disabilities.
District 36 ABA Advisory
The District ABA Advisory is for parents of children with autism that are involved in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) under the direction of a Behaviour Consultant. The purpose of the Advisory is to hear input from Parent’s on key issues that impact the effectiveness of ABA services in schools in SD#36.
Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) of BC
F.E.A.T of B.C. is a non-profit, volunteer organization of parents and concerned professionals working for universal access to effective autism treatment for all children diagnosed with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders.
Family Support Institute
The Family Support Institute is a province-wide organization whose purpose is to strengthen and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability. While the FSI does not specialize in treatment for behaviours associated with autism, they have helpful tools for children with disabilities like the MyBooklet BC and Support Worker Central and where families can advertise and find BIs.
Facing Autism in New Brunswick
FAcing Autism in New Brunswick is an insightful blog maintained by parent and advocate Harold Doherty. Harold describes life with his severely autistic and epileptic son, Connor, as well as writing about the serious issues and challenges faced by the autism community in Canada. Harold is one of Canada’s most highly respected autism advocates, and most recently joined the Board of Directors of Medicare for Autism Now!
MEDICARE FOR AUTISM NOW!
The “Medicare for Autism Now!” Society was incorporated in August, 2008. We are a national coalition of non-partisan, parents, advocates, professionals and growing numbers of other fair-minded Canadians seeking Medicare coverage for effective, science-based autism treatment otherwise known as ABA (Applied Behaviour analysis). Over 40 years of research and litigation have identified this treatment as medically necessary. It is the only core health need not included in health care, therefore costing thousands of Canadian families up to $80 thousand dollars a year each to access the only uniquely effective treatment for their children.
The National Autism Center
The National Autism Center is one of May Institute’s centers for service, training, and research. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by providing reliable information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources for families, practitioners, and communities.
The National Autism Center has completed an unprecedented multi-year project — the National Standards Project — to establish a set of standards for effective, research-validated educational and behavioral interventions for children on the spectrum. These standards identify treatments that effectively target the core symptoms of ASD. The resulting National Standards Report is the most comprehensive analysis available to date about treatments for children and adolescents with ASD. It is a single, authoritative source of guidance for parents, caregivers, educators, and service providers as they make informed treatment decisions.
The Pacific Autism Family Centre
The Pacific Autism Family Network Centre (PAFN) is a centre of excellence and network of supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families across the province. The PAFN’s core purpose is to be a Knowledge Centre: Bringing together state of the art resources for research, information, learning, assessment, treatment and support; and building capacity to address the lifespan needs of individuals with ASD and related disorders. The PAFN will build upon existing lifespan services while at the same time addressing the need for support and services across the province.
The Autism Support Network has an office on the ground floor of PAFN Richmond and is also available in the PAFN Chilliwack office twice a month.
SKF Books – Educational Books and Videos for the Autism Community
Based on much research into Autism treatment and thousands of hours of volunteer consulting work with new parents helping them access treatment, SKF Books has developed products that act as a roadmap to help parents improve Autism treatment for their children.
Hewko v. B.C., 2005 Court Transcripts
The Hewko (2005) lawsuit was started to fight for the right to ABA in BC classrooms. This lawsuit was won in BC and never appealed. In short, parents have the right to be part of the collaborative IEP process and they must be listened to and taken seriously. Secondly, the school must have instructional control over the child. This second part is very powerful for making sure there is an ABA trained aide with your child. For more information on using Hewko and other lawsuits, see the our Legal Presedences page, our ABA in Schools page and watch the ABA in Schools and Advocacy Videos.