Who We Are

  • About Autism BC

    Autism BC 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 Autism BC 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 individuals affected by autism

    Autism BC is a parent based and directed society that has been working to provide support to individuals and families affected by autism since 1975. We provide support to individuals with autism and their families, while assisting in their realization of the right to informed intervention and treatment choices. Our goal is to contribute to making British Columbia the best province for the care, inclusion and acceptance of people with autism.

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

    Autism BC 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.

    Mission

    To promote understanding, acceptance and full community inclusion of people with autism in British Columbia, while providing support for the realization of the rights and informed choices of individuals with autism and their families.

    Vision

    The realization of a social environment which accepts individuals with autism as fully included and participating members with equal rights and responsibilities.

    Autism BC Provides Support Through:

    • Information and referral services
    • Community support groups
    • Social events
    • Workshop and training series
    • Summer reimbursement
    • ABA Summer Camp
    • Ticket giveaways
    • Library resources
    • Concern Cards

    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 into 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, Autism BC continues to support and empower individuals and families affected by autism, by providing them with educational resources and community programming.

    Whats Next?

    We are excited to now be working in partnership with the Pacific Autism Family Network, as well as introducing many new initiatives and programs. Stay connected with us to learn more!