Annual General Meeting: Autism Ontario Toronto 2017-2018 Chapter Leadership Council
When: Wednesday May 24, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Toronto Catholic District School Board Office
80 Sheppard Avenue EAST
Toronto, Ontario (across from the Sheppard TTC Station)
This year, we are proud to announce two guest speakers for our meeting:
Sharon Silveira, M.Ed who will be presenting “The Importance of Teaching Life Skills at an Early Age’. This topic will provide proven strategies for teaching life skills, setting up children up for success and providing strategies for maintaining consistency. This presentation will be perfect for those parents who have young children.
Dana Petrovic, an Autism outreach coordinator with the Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) initiative. The RWA is a national initiative that works with businesses across Canada to increase their confidence and capacity to hire inclusively. RWA also connects job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Intellectual Disabilities to employers who are looking for skilled candidates and are committed to building an inclusive workforce. This presentation is great for those who are seeking employment opportunities.
Giveaway: One $100 Gift Certificate (for a participant) and Two $50.00 Gift Certificates (for ASD adult participants) will be drawn as a door prizes. Refreshments will be served!
Calls for Nominations
Virtual Reality Gaming: Looking for independent young adults (ages 18-25)
We are proud to announce that we have a new YOUNG ADULT SOCIAL GROUP. The YASG group is for ASD young adults who would like to get to know other like-minded ASD young adults, to make friends and do to fun and interesting activities together. What activities are done will be determined by the participants as a group. It could be fun activities such as bowling, movies, archery, go karting etc., or it could be volunteer activities or it could be learning new skills.
This group is consisted of young adults who are independent and who can travel around Toronto independently. We get together twice a month to go out in the community to do activities. The goal is to make lifelong friends and do fun activities together.
If interested, please sign up by May 27, 2017. Please note that intake is now required for this group.
If you have never attended a YASG event, please complete the YASG Intake Form. The website for the YASG Intake Form and for signing up for the upcoming June 2 event is: www.yasgsite.wordpress.com
For more information, click here: YASG EVENT
CDG Summer Day Camp Programs 2017
Are you interested in CDG Summer Day Camp Programs?
Open for children and teenagers from ages 2 to 17!
Campers will participate in a variety of educational and artistic activites (crafts), build their social relationships and leadership skills, engage in various social group settings, as well as play outdoor games and sports!
If interested, please contact Debbie at 905-237-6717.
For more information please click here: CDG Summer Camp 2017
Click here for registration link: CDG Summer Camp 2017 Registration
2017 March Break Program Subsidy
The Toronto Chapter is excited to announce that we will provide a $100/family subsidy to 25 Toronto Chapter members so that your ASD children/adult can participate in any March Break program.
Please note the following criteria to receive any subsidy from the Toronto Chapter:
1) You must be a Autism Ontario 'Toronto Chapter' member;
2) The Toronto Chapter must have a diagnosis on file or you will have to send in a copy to the address below;
3) You must provide a receipt for the March Break program/camp.
4) Both the Diagnosis and the copy of the receipt has to be received before April 07, 2017.
More information and registration
Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter Children's Easter Party 2017
Join us for our Easter party held in partnership with the U of T Autism Alliance, a student club at U of T. There will be activities, food, snacks, and candy! Siblings are welcome to come too! The cost of the event is free. Parental supervision is required; this is not a drop-off event. Pay parking is available near the building.
When: Wed, April 12, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Cumberland House (Centre for International Experience), 33 St George St, Toronto
The targeted age range for children is 5-15. Please note any dietary restrictions when registering.
More Information and Registration Link
2017 DANCING FOR THE CHILDREN CHARITY GALA
Interested in having a fun night out of dancing, food, and performances for a good cause?
This year, Ciao Bella Dance Studio will be hosting the Children Charity Gala taking place on Saturday, March 4th, 2017.
At the Gala, there will be a prize draw and items that will be auctioned off as well.
For more details on location, ticket cost, and time please click here: 2017 GALA POSTER
If interested, contact the Ciao Bella Dance Studio for tickets at 905-856-4438 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUTH MARCH BREAK PROGRAM AT CDG
Are you interested in CDG March Break Program?
This March Break Program is designed to focus on social skill development, group play and interaction with peers.
Participants will play games, socialize, do arts and crafts, be involved in group discussions with the guidance and support of behaviur therapists, as well as bake and play outdoors!
If interested, please RVSP to Debbie by Feb 20. Her contact information is: 905 237 6717.
For more information including dates, location, and costs please click here: 2017 CDG MARCH BREAK PROGRAM
CDG OPEN HOUSE
Would you like to know about new and exciting programs offered by the Children's Development Group (CDG)?
CDG is known for providing specialized education and therapy for kids with learning differences, including: typical kids with different learning styles, dyslexia, autism, ADD, aspergers and learning disabilities.
Come meet their therapists/teachers, tour the Centre, ask questions and find out about their exciting programs that they have to offer!
If interested, please RVSP to Debbie by Friday, Feb 17. Her contact information is: 905 237 6717.
For more information including times and locations please click here: OPEN HOUSE CDG
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Second Language Parent Mentorship Program
Would you like to connect with other parents of children with autism who speak your language?
Learn about the Second Language Parent Membership Program. This program helps parents/caregivers of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) connect to other parent/caregivers of children with ASD who speak their language either in person or by telephone.
CLICK HERE to see the poster
Are you an independent young adult - between the ages of 19-25 - and looking for a group of like-minded individuals to make friends and do interesting activities together?
If so, see the poster for more information.
Are you an adult with ASD over the age of 18 looking for financial supports?
Find out more & apply for Autism Ontario’s Building Brighter Future’s Fund HERE
Ontario Health Care Research in Developmental Disability (HCARDD) have recently developed a resource to direct families to the tools they might need when navigating the healthcare system. It walks families through the sound, evidence-based research being done in Ontario to effectively support families in the healthcare system, paying close attention to mental health, transitions, women and aging. This resource includes tools developed specifically for caregivers and helpful communication tools to support working collaboratively with hospitals.
Click here to see HCARDD 101 resource
PEERS is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adolescents in high school (and their parents) with high functioning ASD who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.
Are you and your teen interested in being a part of the next PEERS program in the Toronto area (to take place in the spring)? Contact Christa (email@example.com ) to have your name added to the notification list. Note: this program requires a pre-interview and intake session; not all families interested will be accepted into the program.
Thank you to our Members!
The Toronto Chapter would like to thank our dedicated Chapter members for all your support throughout the years. Without you, we would not be here. To our non-members, if you would like to take advantage of subsidies, reduced cost at events etc. become a Toronto Chapter member now. Join and be part to Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter Family. You can register on line by clicking here
Click “Join Now” button on your computer, select “Toronto” under “Become a Member of Autism Ontario”, it’s that easy!
Membership & Support Opportunities
Wishing you and your families a safe and fun-filled summer. Here’s to meeting you at our upcoming events!
Chapter President - Ginny Pearce
Ready, Willing and Able
Are you looking for employment in the Greater Toronto Area?
Geneva Centre for Autism and Kerry’s Place Autism Services, in collaboration with Ready, Willing and Able are working to connect job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder to paid employment opportunities in your community.
Our local Autism Outreach Coordinators can support you in navigating your path to employment by connecting you with:
- A range of employment opportunities in a variety of industries
- Community agencies that provide post-secondary, pre-employment and on-the-job supports
- Any additional supports or accommodations that may be needed on the job
CLICK HERE to start your Application
Ready, Willing and Able is an initiative that generates job opportunities for people who identify as being on the Autism Spectrum, in a variety of industries and sectors. Ready, Willing and Able will help you navigate your path to employment and connect you to supports you may need along the way within Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.
Daria Petrovic - Autism Outreach Coordinator
416-322-7877 ext. 240, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the website HERE
Free fare for Support Persons accompanying individuals with disability
Effective January 1, 2014, a support person accompanying a person with a disability will not be required to pay a fare when travelling on the TTC.
Customers with disabilities who travel with a support person on the TTC must apply for a TTC Support Person Assistance Card to be eligible for this fare exemption. Starting Sunday, March 30, 2014 customers will require a Support Person Assistance Card in order for the support person to travel with the card holder on a single fare.
WANTED: Your Ideas for Social Learning Opportunities
We welcome your ideas for Social Learning Opportunities funded through Autism Ontario's Potential Programme.
Click here to learn how you can share your ideas with us!
Dear Members and Guests,
The Toronto Chapter is more than happy to share information regarding our Autism community.
If you wish us to share your information the Toronto Chapter asks to please forward all pertinent information via email (include necessary links, pdf etc.) to Toronto@autismontario.com for sharing. Please include consent to share said information.
If the information you wish to share is something received from another source, please ensure that consent to share has been provided.
Your Chapter CLC
Office Phone: 1 (866) 925-9969
Address: Autism Ontario Toronto
PO BOX 55570 Cedar Heights