Michael Lewis 1950 – 2016

It is with great sadness that the Autism Society of B.C. wishes to advise our members of the passing this weekend of our Past President Michael Lewis.

Michael was a director of A.S.B.C. for 15 years, including a remarkable ten years as President. He had also served as President of Autism Society of Canada and then was heavily involved in the amalgamation of two separate national organizations into Autism Canada. Michael was elected to the new Board and most recently acting as Chair of the Provincial and Territorial Council.

Perhaps even more impactful, than this impressive list of service, were Michael’s contributions as one of Canada’s leading autism advocates. Any family in B.C. today affected by autism owes a debt of gratitude to Michael, and his wife Jean, for their courageous leadership in organizing and directing groundbreaking, family funded, legal initiatives which have shaped the provincial landscape of autism funding for treatment as well as requirements for schools to provide proper autism services.

Michael was also involved in other community service including being a 3 term West Vancouver Councilor and a Past President of the B.C. Boys Choir.

For all his achievements Michael’s greatest passion and pride was his family. Our hearts go out to his beloved wife, Jean, their two sons, James and Aaron, his mother Audrey and his brother Kevin.

A private family service will be held on Monday August 15, 2016 followed by a public celebration of life from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse (6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver).

The family has requested no flowers please. For those wishing to give some form of remembrance we suggest considering a contribution to the most firmly held belief, and committed cause, of Michael’s life: “Medicare for Autism Now”. Donations can be made, or information found, at

ASBC’s Behaviour Interventionist Basics Training Workshop – Penticton (May 28th & 29th) – FULL!
* Please keep an eye out for upcoming workshops, dates will be announced in August!

ASBC Behaviour Interventionist Basics Training Workshop – TERRACE:

ASBC is excited to announce that registration is now open for our Terrace BI workshop! The two-day training on the implementation of behaviour autism treatments will be held in:
•Register for Terrace – April 16th & 17th

ASBC Goes Bowling!

* FREE event for all ASBC Members (bring the whole family)!
$10 for non-members
* Unlimited bowling from 1:00pm-3:00pm
* Shoes included – but don’t forget your socks!
Click here to register!

We are proud to announce the creation of an exciting tool for our ASBC membership that will forever change the autism landscape in BC and make things easier. The ASBC Talent Bank is an online tool designed to help Parents and Behaviour Interventionists find each other. Wherever they live. Province-wide. Find great people. Gain employment in the field of autism treatment. Where you live.

ASBC Goes Bowling

When: Saturday February 20th at 1:00PM
Where: Old Orchard Lanes
4429 Kingsway, Burnaby BC V5H 2A1
This is FREE event for members!
Register today!
Open to ALL ASBC members.
*Members: Please login to register for this event.
*If you are not a ASBC Member, become a member for FREE!
*$10.00 for non-members.

New To Our Team!

We are excited to welcome Robin Hemmingsen, our new Managing Director, replacing Anya who is on maternity leave. Robin joins us from BCIT, where she was the Dean of Business. Robin brings a wealth of experience in educational, community, and volunteer engagement; she is excited about making a difference in the lives of those affected by autism. Welcome to ASBC!

ASBC Behaviour Interventionist Basics Training Workshop comes to Victoria!

We’re excited to bring our two-day basics training workshop to Victoria on January 30th & 31st from 9:30AM-4:30PM!
Click here to register!

ASBC Holiday Office Hours

We would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. The Autism Society of BC Office will be closed from December 21st, 2015 to January 1st, 2016. The office will re-open on January 4th, 2016 at 9:00am.

ASBC in partnership with Park Royal Present: Quiet Time With Santa!

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Park Royal this holiday season to bring a Quiet Time With Santa to you. Join us for a sensory friendly morning on Sunday, December 6 from 8:30am – 10:30am in Park Royal South centre court to meet Santa and explore your way through the shopping centre. This exclusive event will provide a comfortable environment for families to enjoy their time with Santa in a quiet setting before the shopping centre is open to the public. Click here for more information.

ASBC Expands to The Interior!

To help better serve communities in the Interior of British Columbia, ASBC is excited to introduce a new Regional Coordinator based out of Kelowna.  Connecting individuals to local autism resources and service providers, offering support through Community Support Groups, and introducing new ASBC educational and social events to the region, Lisa Watson will help better address the specific needs of the autism communities located in the Interior.  To learn more about how Lisa can provide assistance to you or if you are interested in starting a Community Support Group in the area please email

ASBC & Paladin Disability Present: The Federal Disability Tax Credit Seminar

When?  Friday, November 13th at 1pm

Where? Gymnasium, AIMHI, 950 Kerry Street, Prince George (old Lakewood Elementary)

Presenter?  Lynda Bartie, Vice President of Paladin Tax Credit Solutions Inc.

This is FREE event! Click here to register. 

Individuals with a disability such as autism, may not be getting all the benefits they are entitled to.  The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)  has special tax credits and benefits for individuals with disabilities that can mean tax refunds and benefits totaling up to $45,000 and up to $31,500 in retroactive RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan) benefits. Join us to learn more!

October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada

To help spread autism awareness, support and education this month, ASBC is pleased to introduce a number of new Community Support Groups throughout the province including our two newest groups New Westminster and Parksville. To learn more about support groups in your region or to inquire about starting a new group in your community please email

ASBC Fall Behavioural Interventionist Workshop Series

ASBC is excited to announce that registration is now open for our fall BI workshops. The two-day training on the implementation of behavioural autism treatments will be held in:

Monthly Event Series

For our September ASBC Goes to… monthly event series we are inviting families to join us for a fun-filled, educational day at Science World on September 26th in Vancouver. For our Nanaimo members, join the ASBC for bowling on September 27th. Space is limited so contact for more information or to be added to our mailing list.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

On Sunday September 27th come out and join the ASBC at Swangard Stadium as we show our support for the autism community at the Vancouver Walk Now For Autism Speaks event. Register to walk with our team today. Bring your friends and family and come say Hi at our booth at the resource fair both at the Vancouver event and at the Central Okanagan Walk Now For Autism event in Kelowna on Sunday September 20th.

ASBC-ABA Summer Camp Video

The ASBC has been working hard to grow its online video library. Make sure to watch our most recent ‘must see video’ on the ASBC ABA summer camp. The camp is a unique blend of ABA learning and summer social experiences — a place where children receive appropriate support within the structure of an ABA program, while having fun!

Our Growing YouTube Channel

The ASBC has been working hard to grow its online video library. Our most recent “must see video” is an exclusive interview with Paralympian Dalton Boon. Boon holds 2 Canadian records and will be representing Canada at the Para Pan Am Games in Toronto Aug 8th. Another BC success story – Boon is living proof of the benefits of early intervention.

ASBC- ABA Summer Camp

This summer, we are pleased to be partnering with the Surrey School District to provide a summer camp for children in an ABA home program. The camp will provide a space for children to come with support staff to continue their 1:1 work as well as interact with other children and explore the local community. Click here for more information.

ASBC- ABA Summer Camp

This summer, we are pleased to be partnering with the Surrey School District to provide a summer camp for children in an ABA home program. The camp will provide a space for children to come with support staff to continue their 1:1 work as well as interact with other children and explore the local community. Click here for more information.

Thank You Milestones!

On April 28th Milestones Langley hosted the 4th annual Autism Awareness Blue Carpet Fundraiser for the ASBC. We want to say a big thank you to all the staff that worked so hard to put together such a special evening. Not to mention the servers, who donated 100% of their tips. With the help of those who attended the event and the restaurant’s contributions, Milestones Langley was able to raise nearly $7,000 in support of the ASBC. We would not be the society we are today without donations like these. Thank you Milestones!

Ticket Giveaways

Become a member and enter to win summer event tickets for you and your family! With the help of Kids up Front and other select agencies, the ASBC is able to give away a variety of free tickets to such things as sporting events, theatre shows and even the PNE! Recently we gave away tickets to a FIFA Women’s World Cup game (in a box suite, no less). Contact our offices for more information!

ASBC Goes to Ottawa

On March 30-31, 2015, our President John Esson and Vice President Laurie Guerra attended the first annual Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance Leadership Summit (CASDA) as full members. While attending the summit John and Laurie had the opportunity to meet, and talk, with other leaders in the Canadian autism community about creating a National Autism Action Plan.

CAN FamFest a Great Success

On April 12, thousands of people joined together with Trevor Linden, Orland Kurtenbach, and the Canucks Autism Network to raise awareness of autism. Highlights included music, kids activities, a community parade, and the rare honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza.