WEBINAR: The Science of Making Friends for Teens and Young Adults with ASD: The UCLA PEERS® Program - October 24th

Deficits in social skills are considered one of the defining challenges among youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet few evidence-based social skills programs exist for adolescents and young adults with ASD without intellectual disabilities. Using the techniques outlined in her book, The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson will be providing an overview of her empirically supported social skills program for teens and young adults with ASD.

Click here to learn more and to register for the webinar.

REGISTER TODAY for PEERS Facilitator Training March 4-6, 2015 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson for professionals interested in facilitating PEERS groups.

   Posted September 19, 2014
For more information about the film click here.Oct. 24 + 25 York University hosts Academy Award® Director and Feature Documentary: Wretches & Jabberers

Autism Ontario is a proud sponsor of this event.

On Friday, October 24th from 4:30pm ­– 7:00pm York University will host a screening of Wretches & Jabberers, a documentary film about two men with autism who embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. This event is hosted by the Anthropology Department. Zulfikar Hirji, Anthropology Department Graduate Program Director, will moderate a post film discussion with Visiting Professor Gerardine Wurzburg, the Academy Award® winning producer and director, joined by the film stars and disability rights advocates Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher. The event will be located at the Price Family Cinema in the Accolade East Building at York University with a reception to follow. The event is free and open to the York University members and the Greater Toronto Community.

During the day there will also be several student events with Director, Producer, and Visiting Professor Gerardine Wurzburg and the film subjects. For campus maps and directions, click here.

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:30am – 12:30pm there will be screening of Wretches & Jabberers followed by an audience discussion with film stars and disability rights advocates Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher. Gerardine Wurzburg will moderate this discussion. This event will be at Bloor Hotdocs Cinema located at 506 Bloor St. W. This theater is accessible and located near the Bathurst Station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway line. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information about the venue, please visit Bloor HotDocs Cinema's website.

For more information about the film click here.

   Posted October 16, 2014
Click here to learn more!Michael McCreary's "Does this make my Asperger's look big?" Cross Canada Tour

In October of 2014 in recognition of Canada's Autism Awareness month, Michael is taking his show “Does this make my Asperger's look big?” on the road and will be making a documentary about the trip. Michael will be driving from St John’s, Nfld to Vancouver, BC performing pro bono (that means free) in universities, comedy clubs and galas to help local autism organizations raise funds for programs within their communities. 

He will be interviewing families across Canada, highlighting their stories of positive experiences and messages of hope to help change the stereotype of autism.

Click here to learn more!

   Posted October 6, 2014
NEW! Q & A with an Optometrist

A new Q & A with a regulated professional has been added to our Spirale web resource. It features great questions that may be helpful for parents; like: Many children with autism have sensory issues, how can an optometrist accommodate this? Click here.

   Posted September 30, 2014
Click here for more information and to register.October 22: Conference on Mental Health and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are increasingly being diagnosed in our province and are likely to suffer from mental health disorders in their lifetime. Unfortunately, knowledge of their needs among clinicians in Ontario’s adult mental health sector is limited. This one-day conference will be of interest to psychiatrists, medical practitioners and other mental health clinicians.

Click here for more information and to register.

   Posted September 22, 2014
Visit the Ontario Working Group on Mental Health and Adults with ASD siteNew Ontario working group to address mental health and autism in adults

"While more than 93,000 adults in Ontario are affected by the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), many go undiagnosed for far too long. Without appropriate diagnostic and mental health services, many of these adults suffer in isolation. To address this emerging issue, care providers from across Ontario have joined together to create the Ontario Working Group on Mental Health and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder." Read the news release.

The group, which includes Autism Ontario, CAMH and many more, is hosting a one day conference that will be of interest to psychiatrists, family doctors and mental health clinicians, and will run adjacent to Geneva Centre for Autism’s International Symposium, Autism 2014.

Visit the Ontario Working Group on Mental Health and Adults with ASD site

   Posted August 7, 2014
Did you miss the Everyday ABA Webinar on August 6?

Access this webinar and two other resource rich and practical webinars here!

Hosted by Dr. Leslie Cohen, the Everyday ABA webinar provides a basic toolbox of positive and effective behavioural strategies for increasing adaptive behaviours that compete with, reduce, and replace challenging behaviours.

Dr. Cohen will also be running Everyday ABA Workshops in four locations across the province in 2014 and 2015:
Sudbury - Sept 27, 2014
London- Oct 18, 2014
Ottawa - Nov 22, 2014 (link to come)
York Region (Markham) - March 28, 2015 (link to come)

Avez-vous raté notre webinaire « L’ACA au quotidien » présenté le 6 août?

Vous pouvez le consulter ainsi que d’autres webinaires enrichissants et pratiques en cliquant ICI!

Animé par Leslie Cohen, psychologue, le webinaire Everyday ABA (L’ACA au quotidien) se veut d’abord et avant tout une boîte à outils de base proposant des stratégies comportementales positives et efficaces pour accroître les comportements adaptatifs qui font concurrence aux comportements à défi, en réduisant leur fréquence ou en les remplaçant.

Madame Cohen présentera aussi des ateliers sur le webinaire Everyday ABA (L’ACA au quotidien) à quatre endroits différents de la province en 2014 et 2015.
Sudbury– Le 27 septembre 2014
London– Le 18 octobre 2014
Ottawa – Le 22 novembre 2014
York (Markham) – Le 28 mars 2015

   Posted July 10, 2014

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