AFIRM Modules outline the step-by-step process of planning for, using and monitoring Evidence Based Practices for learning with ASD across a wide variety of ages and abilities.
Here are links to websites with information on autism, Asperger Syndrome, ordering books and videos, and other related information.
The following list of resources, are representative of currently available information on autism and related issues. Inclusion on the list does not imply endorsement by the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders.
Evidence Based Practices
Social Emotional Learning
An evidence-based social skills program for children, adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Website includes information about the program, research, resources such as role-play videos, opportunities for training to become a PEERS certified provider, and upcoming events.
A Speech-Language Pathologist designed curriculum for Social-Emotional learning.
The official Michelle Garcia-Winner Social Thinking website, including information about the Social Thinking programs and methodology, eLearning modules, recorded webinars, and Social Thinking products to purchase.
Functional Life Skills
An overview of the Assessment of Functional Living Skills, an assessment and curriculum guide that focuses on skills for independence in Home, School and Community settings.
A downloadable Life Skills Program Planner (in PDF) from the Grand Erie District School Board.
Teaching Sexual Health
A resource from Vanderbilt Leadership Education, with downloadable files for parent guides on puberty for students with disabilities.
A resource from Alberta Education created for teachers and parents for teaching sexual health to students grade 4 and up, with lesson plans, resources, and best practice guidelines.
King County Public Health website outlining the FLASH Curriculum for sexual health, including a variety of lesson plans specific to special education, for varying ages and students.
The Oak Hill Positive Choices Curriculum, for teaching students with intellectual and developmental disabilities about sexual health and safe, positive relationships.
Language / Literacy
An evidence-based language / literacy program for students with developmental disabilities.
Interactive, online reading program for kindergarten to grade 5 students.
An evidence based reading assessment and instruction program for pre-kindergarten to grade 3 students.
The official website of Cognitive Connections, an organization run by Speech-Language Pathologists Sarah Ward and Kristen Jacobson, specializing in executive function skills. The website contains information about assessment, evaluation and services, access to training opportunities, and both free and for purchase resources specific to Executive Functions.
General Strategies and Supports
A free resource with a multitude of information about various Positive Behaviour Support strategies, categorized by Tier and challenging behaviour to manage.
The official Carol Gray Social Stories website, including sample social stories, information about workshops and training.
This site is a hands-on resource which is operated by the TEACCH program at the University of North Carolina. It has a thousands of downloadable resources, visuals and ideas.
A wide variety of task boxes for various functional and motor skills.
Remote / Online Instruction
A practice brief sharing tips for defining expectations for remote instruction and online learning, based on a Positive Behaviour Support framework.
A variety of webinars related to remote and online learning, specifically with a focus on transition planning and goals for adolescents and young adults.
An overall framework and variety of articles on sub-topics related to supporting all students to actively engage in distance learning.
A compilation of resources related to providing remote service delivery and distance learning to young children with developmental delays and disabilities at home with their families.
ACT provides information and support to parents, professionals and para-professionals on autism-related topics as well as high quality workshops available in the Lower Mainland and throughout the province of BC.
An organization providing a variety of year-round programs (including sports and recreation opportunities) to children, youth and adults with autism and their families within the province of BC.
A website created by self-advocates within BC, for other self-advocates and their supporters, providing resources on health, housing, relationships, employment and other areas.
A variety of resources aimed at helping families with younger children to cope with challenges arising during an emergency or disaster situation, such as the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A resource available in multiple languages, designed to provide a toolkit of ideas for helping to support individuals with autism through uncertain times such as the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A provincial not for profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability. Supports and services are free to all families.
A provincial charitable organization providing support to parents and grandparents through support lines, parent education, and advocacy support.
Links to the BCTF website. Designed to help parents understand the roles and responsibilities of teachers, educational assistants and the school system in BC.
An autism “hub” providing a number of organizations both housed with the PAFN hub building, and as part of a larger support network, including service and therapy providers, medical services, and employment programs.
Autism Resources (British Columbia)
Information on diagnostic assessments for autism, including how to begin the assessment process, regional contacts and referral forms.
Provincial information centre for autism, including family supports, service providers (Registry of Autism Service Providers or RASP), autism funding and community services.
Parent founded society providing support and information for individuals with autism and their families in BC, including education and training opportunities, various resources, and connections to various support groups.
Basic information on the BC Education system, including a Special Education Review “Teaching Students with Autism Resource Guide” (2000), in downloadable format.
Information on technology resources and supports available to BC students, and procedures for service delivery.
Autism Resources (Canada)
Autism Society Canada works across the country to reduce the profound impact of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) on individuals and their families and to support the implementation of better surveillance, quality research, and universally accessible, scientifically validated treatment and service delivery for all Canadians with ASD.
A Canadian organization that provides workshops and conferences across Canada on topics within autism.
Located in Toronto, this organization provides various clinical programs and services to over 3,000 families in the Toronto area, and provides information on conferences, research and training opportunities (in person and remote) for individuals and families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder across Canada and internationally.
Autism Resources (US and International)
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder provides modules and downloadable resources on a 27 Evidence-Based Practices. The NPDC developed the Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM), also listed on the AFIRM website.
Statewide center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, including links to various resources, information about evidence-based practices, and access to training opportunities and research.
A project with the mission of increasing capacity for supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Missouri public schools.
Australia’s largest Autism specific service provider, including one of the largest autism specific school programs in the world, and resources for individuals with autism across a variety of ages.
The UK’s primary source for Autism information, resources, services and research.
The National Autism Center (US) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating evidence based information about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Resources include information on a variety of research-supported treatments for ASD, and an Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools Educator Manual in a downloadable version.
This is from the Centre for Disease Control and contains a range of information about Autism Spectrum Disorders, including up to date research and links to further resources.
Large selection of articles and and research on the causes of and treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders, as funded by the Autism Research Institute.
A research centre at the University of Pittsburgh, conducting research on new interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum disorder, and conducting clinical trials assessing efficacy of interventions. Several current research programs are actively recruiting participants, with Canadians eligible to participate.
An interdisciplinary research initiative housed by the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education, addressing issues and topics that are relevant to improving the lives of those with ASD and their families. CIRCA hosts events and opportunities to disseminate research to a variety of disciplines and roles, with upcoming events posted on an ongoing basis on the website.
An online resource providing self-help information, community programs and workshops, and resources for parents and caregivers of individuals managing anxiety.
The website of the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre associated with BC Children’s hospital, providing support for families across the province to navigate the mental health system, opportunities to access resource and tools, and peer support.
Organization providing highly specialized treatment for individuals across BC with severe mental health and substance use/addition issues.
A non-profit organization providing province-wide resources to individuals affected by schizophrenia and psychosis and their families, including access to services and supports, education, research and advocacy.
Local crisis line numbers, including a link to a map of crisis line services associated with each of British Columbia’s five health regions.
BC Children’s Hospital Mental Health Services website, including information about services, assessments, treatment and various resources.
Specialized assessments, consultation and short-term treatment for neuropsychiatry and neuro-developmental child and youth disorders.
Mental health assessment for children and youth with a broad range of mental health concerns including depression anxiety and behaviour challenges.
Mental Health and substance abuse information, for individuals managing mental health and substance use challenges, or those supporting them.
Health and wellness resources for young people ages 12-24, including online and in person supports and services in communities across the province.
An organization of families of children and youth with mental health challenges, as well as young people with mental health challenges, providing a Parent & Youth in Residence Program, a Family Smart Practice Program and a Health Literacy Program.