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Drink Beer, Support Families with Autism

Local autism support group planning March 1st fundraiser at award winning Surrey brewpub

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The Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Support Network is holding a pub night fundraiser on March 1, 2014 to raise funds to go towards their initiatives of providing autism education and information to families and facilitating parent support groups.

The event – Pub Night for an “AU-SOME” Cause – will be held at the award winning Central City Brewing Company from 7:00-10:00pm and will feature a silent auction, souvenir photos, a wine board and raffle draws.  There is a link to purchase tickets on their website

The ABA Support Network is a parent led organization of families and professionals that provide education and support for families about autism and autism treatment. The ABA Support Network builds local networks through parent support groups so that families can connect with others in their own neighborhoods. They also schedule regular presentations with expert speakers for families to attend, and are expanding their website which is a source of information for families who have received an autism diagnosis. The Network also publishes informational brochures and packages for parents with a new diagnosis which are distributed to families through doctors’ offices and government packages.

Families of children with autism often put therapy teams together to work with their children at home.  This requires finding, hiring and maintaining workers and is akin to running a business out of your home.

Dione Costanzo, director of the ABA Support Network says that the results are worth the emotional and financial stress but that families dealing with autism and therapy programs need ongoing access to information and support.

As well as maintaining a website and sending out hundreds of parent information packages every year, the ABA Support Network holds monthly meetings for parents to get together and provide support to one another in their own neighborhoods.

Their schedule of events can be found on their website calendar page and on their Facebook page.

During the past year the parent group has also sponsored a one day conference for parents and educators to learn about ABA in schools, and provided bursaries for families whose children require specialized support in order to attend summer camps.

For information about Pub Night for an “AU-SOME” Cause contact Dione Costanzo at or 604‐817‐1526. Anyone interested in learning more about autism and ABA can visit the ABA Support Network website at

Pub Night for an 'AU-SOME' Cause

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