Many parents and caregivers feel lost when their child is first diagnosed with Autism. On this page, you’ll find links to various organizations in Victoria and across British Columbia that can provide information and resources about your first steps.
Don’t forget to check out the other pages under our “resources” tab to find even more information.
In Victoria, the Queen Alexandra Centre is home to the Vancouver Island Children’s Assessment Network, which provides assessment services for children on Vancouver Island with complex developmental needs. They also provide services such as Supported Child Development and the Early Intervention Program.
Private Autism Assessments
Dr. Kelly Price is one of the only psychologists in Victoria who offers private assessments.
Resources, Information and Support
Autism BC is a parent based and directed society that has been working to provide information and support to individuals and families affected by autism since 1975. Their mission is “To enhance and improve the lives of those affected by autism in BC.” They provide support in three key programming areas: Information and Awareness, Support and Education and Training.
ACT BC provides a wide-range of autism-related training to parents and professionals, mostly at Simon Fraser University’s Downtown Campus in Vancouver, Canada. They also web stream events and these are open to registrants internationally. They offer bursaries to parents and professionals, targeting low-income participants.
Their whole website has a lot of resources including an Autism Information Database for across BC, but of particular interest might be their “New Diagnosis Hub” which you can find here.
This website is all about money and administration, and has some a lot of great guides including “first steps” to BC funding and federal funding, legal aid with schools, and more.
The Autism Support Network is an organization of families and professionals educating and supporting families about Applied Behavior Analysis and its’ application as a treatment for autism. The Autism Support Network seeks to strengthen our community across British Columbia by building local networks so that families can connect with other families in their own neighborhoods.
Community Living Victoria supports people with developmental disabilities together with their families, support networks and community by promoting their full citizenship. They provide many services including funding, family and parent support and community inclusion.
Victoria Disability Resource Centre (VDRC) is a cross-disability, grassroots, not-for-profit organization run by and for persons with disabilities. They work closely with people who have a disability and with other community organizations to find and remove barriers that prevent full participation in life.