In 2008, the Government of British Columbia announced that it would support the development of a new centre for autism that would create a provincial hub for research, information and family support.
Since that time, the not-for-profit Pacific Autism Centre Society (PACS) has worked with a large number of stakeholders in the autism community to develop a vision for the project. The goal is to increase provincial capacity to meet the lifespan needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their families, across BC.
The project is in the early development stages and is envisioned as a “hub and spoke” model – with a central “hub” in the lower mainland and regional “spoke” centres located in communities throughout the province. Each one of these “spokes” will be staffed by a “navigator” to provide information to families and individuals in that community.
A plan for the operation of the centre will evolve with its design, and will involve partnerships with organizations and agencies already operating in the autism field.
Please stay tuned for updates as the project evolves.
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