The Autism Support Network is an organization of families and professionals educating and supporting families about Applied Behaviour Analysis and its’ application as a treatment for autism. We seek to strengthen our community across British Columbia by building local networks so that families can connect with other families in their own neighbourhoods.
Autism Support Network Board Members are dedicated to improving and increasing access to quality Treatment services in the home and in the community for all individuals who may benefit from it.
The Autism Support Network holds neighbourhood network meetings where parents can connect with other parents and share trials and tribulations. Most of these meetings also feature guest speakers who give presentations to parents in their area of specialization. Topics have included social skill development, feeding challenges, functional analysis, aggression and self injurious behaviour, sexual health, sibling issues and a myriad of other subjects.
Connecting experienced parents with families who are facing a new situation in their autism journey is the core of why our organization exists. Our intake process involves a network of volunteer parents who value the opportunity to provide an experienced voice. Many hours are spent providing individualized information and support over the phone, via email and in person.Our parent representatives are passionate about empowering others to understand the science and benefits behind evidence based autism treatment.
Parent Nancy Walton produced a set of videos that every parent with a child with autism should watch. The “Welcome to Autism” series helps parents become savvy consumers of treatments, “ABA in Schools” and “Advocacy” are critical videos for parents wanting to have their children integrated into the public or private school system.
Connecting experienced parents with families who are facing a new situation in their autism journey is the core of why our organization exists. Our intake process involves a network of volunteer parents who value the opportunity to provide an experienced voice. Many hours are spent providing individualized information and support over the phone, via email and in person. Our parent representatives are passionate about empowering others to understand the science and benefits behind evidence based autism treatment.
One of the most important things to the Autism Support Network is strengthening our community. Businesses, community organizations and individuals can support families that are living with autism in their community by partnering with us in a variety of ways. We rely fully on donations and grants to be able to do the work that we do.
We want donors to know that our number one goal through fundraising is to strengthen and build capacity in our communities.
We see all of our partnerships as a unique way to do this!
A big thanks to Health Sciences Association (HSA) for another grant of $5000.
This is the third year in a row that HSA has awarded the Autism Support Network a grant.
Congratulations to ASN President Stephanie Lawson who won the Volkswagen Volunteer award. Volkswagen donated $2000 to the ASN.
Thank you Volkswagen!!!
Orange Kitchen + Bar in Poco is donating $1 from the sale of each dessert to the Autism Support Network.
If you live in or near the Tri-Cities or happen to be passing through, this could be a delicious way to support this valuable resource, and enjoy one of our local businesses.
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Our staff and board of directors consists of a variety of professionals who are parents of children with autism. As well, we have an Advisory Panel of community members and Autism Service Providers that we work with. We strongly believe in “Parents Helping Parents”, we highly value our grassroots beginning will continue to operate with no financial gain.
Nancy Walton, a mother of two, has been involved in meetings with MLA’s, MP’s and School administrators regarding ABA services for all children with ASD, since her son was diagnosed in 2000. She facilitated meetings for parents for 7 years first through the Autism Society of BC and later through the Autism Support Network Society, an organization which she founded in 2007. She was also one of the founders of the ABA Advisory in the Surrey School District and was instrumental in the development of the ABA Support Worker program in the district. Nancy currently works part time at the Chilliwack Hub of the Pacific Autism Family Network and as a Teacher on Call.
Elaine was a founding board member of the Autism Support Network. She has been an active member of the Autism community since her oldest son was diagnosed in 2005. She is a parent to 3 boys, an entrepreneur and advocate who believes in equitable access to education and treatment across the lifetime, regardless of socioeconomic and cultural factors. As the Education coordinator for the ASN, Elaine is happy to have the opportunity to work directly with parents. She is an experienced parent who has been through diagnosis, setting up ABA programs, navigating the school system, homeschooling, working with MCFD, and adult transition and CLBC. She is able to help families find support and navigate through difficulties at any point in their child’s development.
Stephanie and her husband have one son who was diagnosed with Autism in 2015. She attended her first Autism Support Network meeting in January 2017 and switched from a center based to home-based treatment program for her son shortly after. In 2018, Stephanie joined the ASN board of directors as Secretary and became president in September, 2019. She is thankful for the support of her parents who have allowed her to go back to work where she is Vice President of Operations at Magnum Nutraceuticals. She enjoys going to the gym, going for nature walks and playground visits with her son and volunteering for the Autism Support Network.
Jason became an activist on a national level when he went to his MP to ask for a National Autism Strategy and Medicare of Autism. He later joined the Autism Support Network where he is very helpful with advocacy issues and legal documentation for the organization.
Jason is a manager in the software industry. When not leading his team at work he and his wife spend their time chasing after their three boys. Their oldest son has autism and is currently in elementary school. Jason’s older brother is also on the spectrum so Jason has seen first-hand throughout his entire life the importance of advocacy within the autism community and hopes to contribute to that effort through his Board position.
Dione Costanzo is a mother of two teenage boys and was instrumental in founding the Autism Support Network. Her youngest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. She is most passionate about ensuring every family and individual has access to science-based ABA treatment. Dione has a wealth of experience in advocating for ABA treatment and services in BC and is continually supporting other families. Dione is a freelance Social Media Director and independent business woman.
Louise is a registered social worker and parent of two teenage children. Since her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, she has been actively involved in the autism community and was a founding member of the Autism Support Network. Within the ASN, Louise does a great deal of volunteer outreach work with parents in crisis. Louise was also a member of the Pacific Autism Family Network steering committee.
Michelle is a mother of 3, and has been involved in the ABA community since 1999. She and her husband, on behalf of their son, are proud and grateful to have been one of 30 families involved in the Auton case, which resulted in funding for children with autism. Michelle works as a Behaviour Consultant. More recently she has concentrated on advocating for ABA services for adults.
Tom has been an active advocate for his son who was diagnosed with autism. He facilitated the Vancouver Neighbourhood Network meetings with the Autism Support Network since 2017. Tom is now working as a patient and family engagement advisor at the BC Women’s Hospital.
Stephanie Kluch is a mother of 2 children. The oldest child was diagnosed at age 3. Her family has been running a home based ABA team for 4 years. Stephanie is the Vice President of the ABA Advisory in the Surrey School District. She expresses that she is so thankful for these veteran parents that advocated, fought, and worked so hard for us to have the ABA support worker program. She looks forward to gaining a wealth of knowledge from the ASN board and to give back to the community. Stephanie work from home, and is passionate about her kids, sports, and Autism.
Dorit retired from a career in banking and real estate sales. In 2012 she became full time caregiver to her infant grandson who at age 3 was diagnosed with autism. Her focus then broadened to include accompanying him to therapy sessions. In 2017, she started doing a lot of volunteer work for the Autism Support Network. She joined the ASN Board of Directors in 2020 and took on the position of secretary in her first year.
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