AUTISM Community Training (ACT) is hosting its first ever Information Evening for Punjabi Speaking Families – “Building A Bright Future for Children with Autism” next Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Surrey School District Office, Room 2020, 14033—92 Avenue, Surrey.

ACT said: “We are taking this step as we are concerned that relatively few families from what is a very large community are taking advantage of our services. By organizing a public meeting, we hope to raise awareness of autism in general and of ACT’s services, in particular. This event is being cosponsored by the Surrey School District and the Canucks Autism Network.

“ACT is B.C.’s largest not-for-profit providing support, information and training to families across the province. Our information and support work is funded largely by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and is supported by private donors and volunteers. This initiative is part of a larger focus on better serving the many immigrant communities in B.C. who have not been adequately reached by autism awareness campaigns that have enhanced understanding of autism across North America over the last decade.

“Being able to provide this free information evening for the Punjabi speaking community is a huge milestone for us here at ACT.”

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. For more information about “What is Autism?” go to

For more information, call ACT at 604-205-5467 or email Ruby Bhandal at

Free but seats are limited; so pre-register. Priority will be given to family members.

ACT has a Punjabi–speaking staff member to help with registration.

Presented by a panel including:

* Dr. Vikram Dua,         B.C. Children’s Hospital

* Rina Dulku, Surrey Centre for Child Development

* Dr. Karen Bopp, Ministry of Children & Family Development

* Parbinder Bains, Surrey School District

* Preetinder Narang, Surrey School District

* Deborah Pugh, ACT – Autism Community Training

Siblings, parents, grandparents and neighbours— all are welcomed to this community event aimed at increased awareness of the potential of children and adults with autism. English-Punjabi translation will be provided.

This event has been organized by ACT’s South Asian Autism Awareness Committee and is co-sponsored by the Surrey School District and Canucks Autism Network.