Autism Society of
British Columbia

About Autism BC

AutismBC is a parent based and directed society that has worked to provide support to British Columbians affected by autism since 1975. We are a founding member of the Provincial and Territorial Council of Autism Canada (formerly Autism Society Canada and Autism Canada Foundation), as well as a proud member of the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA).

We are a non-profit, registered charity and acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia. In addition to our Richmond head office, we have branch offices in the Interior, Northern BC and on Vancouver Island.

Everything You Need to Know About Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, difficulties with verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted or repetitive behaviours.

As of March 2014, 1 in 68 children have been identified as having ASD with it being 4.5 times more common in boys (1 in 42) than in girls (1 in 189).

It is often primary caregivers who first notice behaviours consistent with ASD in their child. For example, when the child does not meet typical developmental milestones.

While signs of autism typically develop gradually, some children will reach developmental milestones at a normal pace and then regress.

ASD is a spectrum disorder, meaning it affects each individual differently. Symptoms vary in intensity and type from person to person.