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Autism Diagnosis in BC
Online: www.actcommunity.net/autism-information/autism-diagnosis-in-bc.html
This page presents an overview of the diagnostic process in BC. For a more comprehensive view, see Chapter 1 of ACT's Autism Manual for BC, which is available as a free download in .PDF format.

Living & Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in British Columbia.- A Manual for Parents & Community Professionals
Online: www.actcommunity.net/autism-information/autism-diagnosis-in-bc/57-autism-manual-for-bc.html
ACT's Autism Manual for BC is a work in progress as we gather and continually update information on a wide-range of autism specific materials. Several of our chapters are relevant to families and professionals across disabilities and we are hopeful they will be shared widely.

We publish this information in PDF format so people can print only what is relevant. This not only saves paper, it also helps to keep our information current. It is envisioned that community organizations and parents will print the relevant sections of the manual for easy reference. For parents without the resources to print chapters, ACT will mail them out to you.

It is our hope that in the future we will have the resources to be able to make printed versions of the manual available to institutions across British Columbia and to have it translated into the major languages spoken by B.C.'s immigrant communities.

Parents handbook from MCFD
Online: www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/autism/pdf/autism_handbook_web.pdf
This handbook is for parents and caregivers of children and youth who may have, or have been diagnosed with, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).It provides information on ASD, intervention, and programs available for children and youth with ASD and their families. The Ministries of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Education and Health Services work closely to coordinate assessment, diagnosis, intervention and support services for children and youth with ASD and their families.

BC Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN)
Online: www.phsa.ca/AgenciesAndServices/Services/Autism/default.htm
What is BCAAN? A program of the Provincial Health Services Authority, BCAAN is responsible for assessing and diagnosing children who may have autism. The goal of BCAAN is to provide timely assessment and diagnosis within reasonable distance of the child's home. BCAAN includes specialists and health care professionals throughout BC. Assessment services are provided by each of the five geographic health authorities.

The Knowledge Network
Online: www.knowledge.ca/program/autism-the-road-back
The Knowledge Network has produced Autism: The Road Back charts the personal journey of three BC families with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It talks to parents, service providers, and experts in the field about assessment, diagnosis, and options available for treatment, and provides guidance for families trying to navigate their way through the challenges of ASD in the first six years of their child's life.

The Autism Society of BC
Online: www.autismbc.ca/
The Autism Society of BC is a parent-based and directed society providing support to individuals with autism and their families in BC and the Yukon. 

ACT-BC: Autism Community Training BC
Online: www.actcommunity.net