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MOVE with AutismBC by GoodLife Kids Foundation

July 12th, 2021


We are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership: MOVE with AutismBC by GoodLife Kids Foundation! This program is open to children and youth aged 12 to 21 with a diagnosis of autism or an intellectual disability. Please continue reading for more information on program enrollment.


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MOVE with AutismBC

GoodLife Kids Foundation (GLKF) is excited to deliver MOVE by GoodLife Kids (MOVE) in partnership with AutismBC. This partnership will allow us to help more youth on the autism spectrum thrive through physical activity and fitness.

Register here for your free account. It will be linked to your AutismBC Membership. If you don’t have an AutismBC membership, you can register for one here!

The Program

MOVE with AutismBC is a virtual offering led by a MOVE Coach. AutismBC members are provided the opportunity to take place in weekly online fitness classes. AutismBC and Goodlife Kids Foundation cover all the costs of this program to offer this to AutismBC Members at no cost to the families.

Programming & Participants

MOVE is a physical activity program that focuses on physical literacy and building a love of fitness. Having fun is a major component! Our Coaches work with our Participants to learn what they like, and those likes get incorporated into the program.

Currently, we have some of the MOVE programming available on the GoodLife YouTube channel. However, this does not accurately show the experience participants receive during a live MOVE class. MOVE Coaches interact with each Participant and gently encourages them while providing instruction.

MOVE Participant Criteria:

  • Ages 12-21
  • Diagnosis of intellectual disability or autism
  • For those under the age of majority, a caregiver should be present (and participating – fitness is more fun with friends!)
  • Participants can live anywhere in Canada

GLKF currently caps program attendance at 10 participants to ensure the Coach can engage and provide effective feedback to each participant.

Participant Experience:

Step 1: fill out an account here
Step 2: The Caregiver and participant have a 5-minute call with MOVE Program Director, Lisa Cardinal.

  1. Welcome, Meet & Greet: Participant and Caregiver join a 30-minute meet & greet with the Coach prior to joining a class.
  2. Join a MOVE Class: Participants and Caregivers join our 60-minute class on Zoom. An example of a class schedule:
    • 10 minutes – welcome, chatting, and warm-up
    • 30 minutes – MOVE exercises
    • 20 minutes – cool down, meditation, and good-byes
  3. Welcome Kit: Participants are rewarded with a MOVE t-shirt and exercise bands sent to them directly in the mail after one month of successful attendance. Currently, we define successful attendance as around 75%.


Timeline & Cost

The program began in August 2021. This is a 3x per week fitness program so there is a considerable time commitment and structure in this program. 

GLKF does not expect to take major breaks or weeks off (i.e. during the summer months). For example, over 2020 December holiday season, all but one MOVE class ran as scheduled. 

This program is being offered at no cost to AutismBC and its Participants. In return, GLKF will require feedback in the form of web surveys to families and AutismBC staff.

Staffing & Scheduling

GoodLife Kids Foundation (GLKF) will supply a minimum of two staff on every MOVE class: a MOVE Coach and a MOVE Support Agent. Our team completes 6-hours of training through Ausome Ottawa, an organization that provides sports and recreation to children and youth on the autism spectrum. Our MOVE Coaches are fitness professionals with training and experience in working with people with intellectual disabilities and autism. The MOVE Support Agents are there to assist with technology and perform roles such as assisting with entry from the Zoom waiting room, muting/unmuting participants, playing music, or managing a stopwatch.

Of note, the MOVE Support Agent role is currently held by a group of individuals with disabilities. GLKF intends to continue to hire from the disability community.

MOVE runs 3 times per week in order to ensure Participants have the best opportunity to add physical activity to their daily lives and meet activity guidelines set out by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). 

— Classes run Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights starting at 7 PST with coach Lou

We hope to see you join our classes and connect with others from the autism community across BC.

If you have questions about this membership perk please contact [email protected]

Don’t want to commit to the weekly program?

Try It Sessions run 5 pm – 6 pm PT on the third Tuesday of each month.

All that families need to do is register here:

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