Who We Are

  • About Autism BC

    AutismBC was founded in 1975, making it one of the oldest autism organizations in the country. Over the years the Society has grown significantly in its reach and programs, providing a variety of services to families, professionals, and employers, as well as the educational and medical communities throughout BC. Today AutismBC remains as one of the country’s most established and trusted autism information providers, striving to help address the needs of the growing number of families and people on the autism spectrum. 

    AutismBC is a parent founded society that has been working to provide support to individuals and families affected by autism since 1975. We provide support to people on the autism spectrum and their families while assisting in their realization of the right to informed intervention and treatment choices. With every decision that you make for yourself or your loved ones, we hope that you can make an informed choice. Our information team can be a starting point to help look for options that might fit or resonate. Our goal is to contribute to making British Columbia the best province for the care, inclusion and acceptance of people on the autism spectrum.

    We have a head office in Richmond, branches in Kelowna, Prince George and Comox and numerous Community Support Groups to better serve our province.

    AutismBC is a founding member of the Provincial and Territorial Council of Autism Canada (formerly Autism Society Canada and Autism Canada Foundation), as well as a proud member of the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA). As a registered charity and not-for-profit, Autism BC recognizes the financial support of the province of British Columbia.

    Autism BC Provides Support Through:

    • Information and Resources referral services
    • Community Support Groups
    • Social Clubs 
    • AutismBC Goes Community Events
    • Training and Workshops
    • Financial Partnership Programs like ABA Summer Camp and Girls Club
    • Membership Ticket Giveaways
    • Library resources

    History

    In 1975, with the dedication and hard work of several passionate parents whose children had been diagnosed with autism, The Pacific Association for Autistic Children was created. At this time, knowledge of the disorder was limited, so our predecessor stepped in to fill the void, working to educate and support the families of BC. During these days, we operated out of the now-shuttered Jericho Hill School on the Westside of Vancouver.

    Since the early years, our society has had five names, three addresses, and our fair share of triumphs and struggles. Today, inspired by the vision our society had all those years ago, AutismBC continues to support, empower, and connect the autism community across British Columbia.