Congratulations to Drs. Angie Ip, Armansa Glodjo and the The British Columbia Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN) team! They are the recipients of a 2024 BC Quality Award in the Optimizing the Early Years Category from Health Quality BC.
Their quality improvement project aimed at achieving earlier diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is leading to better quality care for affected children in BC.
BCAAN launched the Streamlined Assessment Program (SAP) to address a growing need for timelier assessments, particularly among minimally verbal children aged less than 43 months, whose symptoms clearly indicated concerns related to ASD. This was significant, because the earlier the ASD diagnosis, the earlier the access to interventions – which leads to better health outcomes for affected children.