About Us

The mission of New Horizons Society for Autism and Special Needs is to create a secure and inclusive community and space for children, youth and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Neurological and/or Physical disabilities, so that those who are differently-abled are able to reach their full potential. Parents/caregivers and families of children, youth and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Neurological and/or Physical disabilities with support, training and advocacy so their families can reach their full potential.

We are a non-profit organization that is governed by a board of directors. Our funding is provided by membership and administration fees, individual’s session fees, program fees, grants, sponsorships, and fundraising. We try our best to keep the cost of our services as low as feasible so your child can receive as much assistance as possible.

Our office is run by our volunteer Executive Director, Betty Turatus and Parent Navigator, Crystal Turatus. We employ Behavioural Interventionists, Education Coordinator, Education Assistants, and Tutors. We contract a BCBA (Board Certified Behavioural Analyst); Behavioural Consultant Level A, both on the registry of Autism Service Provider (RASP) list as per required by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), and a Behavioural Consultant B currently work on her BCBA under a RASP BCBA.

We are affiliated with Autism BC, Canuck Autism Network (CAN), and the Family Support Institution of BC and offer a number of their workshops and training through our office or can help you connect to them through ZOOM. The Williams Lake Learning Association of BC and Family Support Institution of BC- Resource Parent reside in our office as well.

our history

Providing Support Since 2019

New Horizons Society was Founded in 2019 by Crystal Turatus, a young mother who realized the limited resources and support in Williams Lake for her newly diagnosed child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

After partnering up with a Behaviour Consultant to open a facility that provides support in Williams Lake area, Crystal and her mother Betty Turatus worked tirelessly to shape the New Horizons Society for Autism and Special Needs as an incorporated society in British Columbia.

With the increasing positive response from people in the community and the help of countless volunteers, the organization is continuing to grow and create more events.

Image courtesy of Christopher Paul High