Hamilton Chapter 2016-2017 Year Review- Meet " You Guys"

2016-2017 has been quite the year for the Hamilton Chapter! Our Facebook page has been very active and has more than doubled our number of likes in 1 year! We have continued to offer our adult group & annual events, and our Fun Days have flourished. We have also grown in memberships and have connected with many new families in our community. A huge welcome to all the new families and a special thank you to those who have continued to support us.

We have asked for and received a lot of feedback this past year and we have appreciated it all, especially those with suggestions. Thank you! We have used all that feedback and tried to structure our resources, advocacy efforts and events around the feedback we received. We hope that you have seen that we are trying to offer more choices for all and working on growing our Chapter.

The one thing we hear often is “You guys should...”, “What are you guys doing about...”, “I wish you guys would...”

Who are “You guys” you ask?

Well “You guys” is YOU and ME and ALL OF US.

For those that do not know, Autism Ontario Hamilton Chapter is run solely by volunteers and one part time staff who only works a few hours a week. Currently our Chapter Leadership Council (CLC), is made up of 7 people, and all are parents of children diagnosed with Autism. There would be no Autism Ontario Hamilton Chapter without that CLC to run the Chapter and assist staff. That is where YOU come in. ALL OF US, as parents or family members of those diagnosed with an ASD or Community Members that are passionate about our families... is who “You guys” is. It is ALL OF US that change things and make our community an easier place for our families to live and thrive in.

On Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:00pm we are holding our Annual Chapter Meeting where we will elect our new Chapter Leadership Council Members. We need people to help run the Chapter. If you have accessed our programs or services in any way (or know someone who did) this year and would be impacted if those programs were not there for your family, we ask you to please consider helping us continue to keep this great Chapter going strong. Chapter Leadership Members cannot be in the same position for more than 2 years and this is the final year for many of the current CLC so if we do not have other members join us soon, then the Chapter may not be able to continue going forward.

Anyone who is elected to the CLC must be a member-in-good-standing of Autism Ontario or become one immediately upon election.

We understand that there is some time commitment that comes along with being part of the CLC but the more people we have helping, the better and easier it is on all. The CLC meets once a month (usually on a week day evening) and other time commitments are based on events and interest that CLC members would like to take on.

Please consider joining us and making a difference in your community. We cannot do it without YOU! For more information about what it takes to be on the CLC or to access a nomination form, please email: office.hamilton@autismontario.com

Please feel free to share this on your social media sites with family, friends and coworkers that may be interested in getting involved. We need all of the help that we can get and appreciate your support! Thank you!

   Posted April 11, 2017
One-to-One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund | Fonds de remboursement des travailleurs de soutien individuel pour l’été

Summer One to One Support Worker Reimbursement Fund information will be available on or shortly after May 1, 2017. Please check this website for information and application process at that time.

Des informations sur le Fonds de remboursement des travailleurs de soutien individuel pour l’été 2017 seront disponibles dès le 1 mai 2017 ou peu après. Vous pourrez alors consulter ce site Web pour vous renseigner sur ce fonds ainsi que sur la marche à suivre pour présenter une demande de financement.

   Posted April 11, 2017
Annual Chapter Meeting- April 24, 2017

Notice of Annual Chapter Meeting
Autism Ontario – Hamilton Chapter

Monday, April 24, 2017


Speaker: Jane Isbister from Kinark Outdoor Center

Hamilton Chapter Office
533 Main Street East
Hamilton, ON

We invite you to attend!

• The purpose of this meeting is to elect the 2017-2018 Chapter Leadership Council.
• Please come visit our Chapter office, enjoy a pizza dinner, meet our current Chapter Leadership Council and get some more information on the Kinark Outdoor Center Camp Experience.

Please confirm your attendance by contacting:
Christina Robbins at 905-528-8476
Email: office.hamilton@autismontario.com

   Posted February 28, 2017
Autism Ontario Hamilton Chapter Fundraiser Raffle Weekend Get-A-Way for 4 Niagara Falls

Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets for this awesome Fundraiser.

The draw took place on April 5, 2017. Congratulations to our winner Shelia Chambers who will get to enjoy:

Accommodation’s for 4 in Deluxe Condominium  Passes for 4 people to:  Butterfly Conservatory  Falls Incline Railway  Floral Showhouse  Journey behind the Falls  Laura Secord Homestead  MacKenzie Printery  McFarland House  Niagara’s Fury  Old Fort Erie  Whirlpool Aero Car  White Water Walk  $50 Meal Vouchers to Tony Roma’s  $70 Meal Vouchers to TGI Fridays

Thanks for your support! All proceeds go directly back to the chapter. Click here for more information

   Posted December 14, 2016
Click here for more informationPotential Program Events and Social Learning Opportunities

We are pleased to offer all of these regional events courtesy of the Potential Programme! Please read through them all carefully and take note of the location before you begin the registration process. Each event will have a flyer and registration page.

We have lots of great events coming up so please take a look!

Keep in mind that Chapter run programs will still be listed on this homepage and have their own separate registration.
Click here for more information

   Posted February 17, 2012
Hamilton Chapter Member Fun Days

Our next Hamilton Chapter Member Fun Day will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Please check back soon to register your interest to attend the April Fun Day.

Questions? Email office.hamilton@autismontario.com or call 905-528-8476.

   Posted February 5, 2011
Please watch and shareNew Autism Ontario Video

This video, which features the incredible Michael McCreary, is a wonderful introduction to autism spectrum disorder. The video was created to support customer service professionals when they provide services or support to people with ASD; however the positive response from the general public has been overwhelming. This video is so accessible and entertaining, it offers something for everyone.

We want everyone to understand autism and to see the potential!
Please watch and share

   Posted April 11, 2017
Survey LinkNEW: Parent/Caregiver Survey!/Nouveau sondage d’Autisme Ontario!

This survey is intended only for parents and/or caregivers of people with ASD living in Ontario.

As you may know, the Ontario Government is in the midst of changing how it provides services to children and youth with ASD. The feedback you provide here will help us give timely and informed feedback on province-wide initiatives which we will share with the government.

We will also incorporate these valuable perspectives into our future programs and our advocacy work.
Survey Link

   Posted April 11, 2017
Click here for more informationParent Support Groups

Parent Support Groups are an opportunity to connect with other parents who have a child/children with ASD and see that you are not alone in the everyday challenges you face.

We do offer parent support groups (Family Nights) in the Hamilton area in partnership with McMaster Children’s Hospital ABA Services every Fourth Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm. Support Groups will be held at The Ron Joyce Children's Centre located at 325 Wellington Street, West, Hamilton, ON.

To REGISTER you need to call Amy Phillips, Program Coordinator, ABA Services and Supports T: 905.521.2100 ext.74136

Upcoming groups: March 29, April 26

Questions? Contact our Family Support Coordinator LB Brown at lb@autismontario.com

   Posted June 23, 2011

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