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New dates announced - MCFD Autism Outreach Family/Caregiver Workshops

The Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) is holding Autism Outreach Parent/Caregiver Workshops in rural communities across BC.

Update, January 7, 2013 - Details have been confirmed for upcoming workshops in February and March to be held in Cranbrook and Powell River.

The Parent/Caregiver Workshops are part of the second phase of the Autism Outreach Program and will focus on rural and remote communities across the province. The goal of the workshops is to improve access for families to research-based information and resources on autism and treatments for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). MCFD is not charging for the workshop but eligible participants must register to attend. These workshops are open to parents and caregivers only, however, families may invite a member of their child’s intervention team to join them. Each workshop will be conducted by a professional in the area of autism and will be held over two full days during school hours. For more detailed information, please visit http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/autism/index.htm and look to the right hand side of the page.

The following is a list of locations and dates.

(Note: some dates and locations have yet to be confirmed all dates and locations should be confirmed on http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/autism/index.htm by August 2012)

1. June 7-8, 2012: Castlegar, BC: Castlegar Recreation Center

2. June 12-13, 2012: Merritt, BC: Merritt Civic Centre

3. June 14-15, 2012: Fort St. John, BC: Pomeroy Sport Center

4. June 18-19, 2012: Powell River, BC: Dwight Hall

5. June 25-26, 2012: Dawson Creek, BC: Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre

6. September 6-7, 2012: Port Hardy, BC: Port Hardy Civic Centre

7. September 11-12, 2012: Vanderhoof, BC: Vanderhoof Friendship Centre

8. September 2012: Quesnel, BC: Location and dates TBA

9. September 21-21, 2012: Prince Rupert, BC: Prince Rupert Civic Center

10. September 25-26, 2012: Terrace, BC: Sportsplex

11. October 2-3, 2012: Williams Lake, BC: St. Andrews United Church

12. October 11-12, 2012: Salmon Arm, BC: Elks Hall

13. October 18-19, 2012: Pentiction, BC: Shatford Center

14. October 30, 2012: Squamish, BC: Squamish Library

15. November 1-2, 2012: Port Alberni, BC: Gyro Youth Center

16. November 2012: Aldergrove, BC: Location and dates TBA

17. December 2012: Mission, BC: Location and dates TBA

18. December 13-14, 2012: Campbell River, BC: Royal Canadian Legion

19. January 10-11, 2013: Duncan, BC: Island Saving Centre

20. January 28-29, 2013: Gibsons, BC: Gibsons Community Centre

21. February 7-8, 2013: Comox, BC: Comox Community Centre

22. February 12-13, 2013: Chilliwack, BC: The Landing Sports Center

23. February 18-19, 2013: Salt Spring Island, BC: The Hart Bradley (Lions) Hall

24. February 19-20, 2013: Pentecostal Church: 5139 Manson Avenue, Powell River BC

25. March 14-15, 2013: Cranbrook Library: 1212 2nd Street North, Cranbrook BC

We are looking forward to seeing parents and caregivers from these communities and surrounding area soon!