About Pacific Autism Family Network
The Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN) is a centre of excellence and a network of support for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families across the province.
Serving British Columbians and all Canadians
The PAFN’s core purpose is to be a Knowledge Centre: Bringing together state-of-the-art resources for research, information, learning, assessment, treatment and support; and building capacity to address the lifespan needs of individuals with ASD and related disorders. The PAFN will build upon existing lifespan services while at the same time addressing the need for support and services across the province.
The centre of knowledge and innovation involves the development of the hub in Richmond and spokes located in communities across the province, in collaboration with local community partners. The spoke centres will have full access to the expertise and information services offered at the hub.
The planning of the PAFN has been an inclusive and collaborative process involving families, individuals with ASD and related disorders, clinicians, community professionals, researchers and representatives of government within the framework of the PAFC Advisory Committee.
The PAFN will be an important addition to the resources available to families with children or adults on the autism spectrum and related disorders in BC.
Meet The PAFN Team
Sergio Cocchia o.B.C. LL.D. (Hon)
Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia C.M., O.B.C., LL.D. (Hon)
Walter Pela, FCPA, FCA
Dr. Suzanne Lewis
A Centre Unlike Any Other
The GoodLife Fitness Autism Family Hub, a.k.a., “the hub”, is a purpose-built 60,000–square-foot facility, that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of children, youth, families and adults with ASD.
Calming, family-friendly spaces with soft lighting will house clinics, labs, classrooms, observation rooms, multidisciplinary research spaces, libraries, and family information kiosks. The hub is designed to provide an open, unique and collaborative environment for some of BC’s most prominent and proven non-profit autism service organizations across the province.
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