AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Janine Shantz ASD EDUCATORS AWARD
Submit your nominations for the Janine Shantz ASD EDUCATORS AWARD. This award is given in recognition of an educator, EA or other individual who supports your child(ren) who has ASD in an educational or learning environment. This person does not have to be a member of the school board or work in the school system. This person can be anyone who assists your child’s development and truly exemplifies dedication, patience and a true desire to enhance your child’s life.
Education and awareness is our greatest goal and the recipient should exemplify this as a true advocate. The award will be inscribed with the recipients name and arrangements can be made to present at a school graduation or closing ceremonies. We will be accepting nominations until May 31st of each year at which time a decision and announcement will be made.
Please send your nominations by email or mail to www.autismontario.ca/london outlining how this person exemplifies the criteria established and why you believe this person should be honoured with this award. Be sure to include your contact information along with full contact information, school etc. on the individual being nominated. Those who are nominated but not chosen to receive the award will receive a letter from the President advising them that they were recognized for their dedication and work by way of nomination for this wonderful award.
THE GERRY BLOOMFIELD AWARD
Gerry Bloomfield was a founding member of OSAC (Ontario Society for Autistic Children), which later became Autism Society Ontario. These awards are in recognition of his outstanding contributions to ASO and to the cause of Autism Spectrum Disorders. (Historical information and past award recipients can be found on our website) Nominations must be received by March of each year. Each nomination form must have a synopsis of at least 100 and no more than 250 words describing the candidate’s contributions and the impact they have made. A nomination form can be found at www.autismontario.ca. Candidate information will be mailed to the AO membership for final voting. The Award will be presented at the Annual General Meeting in Toronto.
1. Professional Award
The Gerry Bloomfield Award for outstanding professional contributions to the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders or to Autism Ontario In recognition of the critical role played by professionals in the lives of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families May be awarded to an individual or group of individuals whose efforts have contributed to improving the quality of life for a person or persons with ASD and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) through:
~Establishing guidelines and policies
May be awarded to someone whose efforts have had direct influence in making a significant change in the lives of the people with autism and their families.
2. Volunteer Award
The Gerry Bloomfield Award for outstanding contributions to Autism Ontario by a Volunteer May be awarded to an individual or group of individuals whose efforts have contributed to improving the quality of life for a person or persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) through:
~Promoting public awareness and understanding
~Advocating on behalf of Autism Ontario o Supporting the families and communities through outstanding work at the chapter level
May be awarded to someone whose efforts have created a greater profile for an Autism Ontario Chapter or the Association with the community at large. The recipient(s) should be a past or present member of the Association. The recipient(s) should have demonstrated integrity, commitment and loyalty over a sustained period of time to the lives of people with ASD and PDD.
The Executive Committee will review all nominations. Finalists will be presented to the Board of Directors for short list selection. The selected candidates will be presented to the membership for final voting. Each nomination form must have a synopsis of at least 100 and no more than 250 words describing the candidate’s contributions and the impact they have made. Autism Ontario provides a number of scholarship opportunities every year. Our scholarships come in two categories:
1. Jeannette Holden Post-Secondary Entrance Scholarships for Siblings of Students with ASD 2007
2. Eleanor Ritchie Post-Secondary Entrance Scholarships for Students with ASD 2007 Research Scholarships
3. Stimulus Grant for Graduate Study in ASD Research 2007
4. Summer Student Scholarship 2007
5. IMFAR Bursary 2007
6. Autism Ontario Research Studentship (OMHF)
7. Autism Ontario RSIG/OADD Travel Bursary 2007 in Word or in PDF Update on IMFAR Travel Bursaries 2006 IMFAR (International Meeting for Autism Research) is currently the premier autism conference in the academic community. It brings together investigators and clinicians from around the world to report new findings, discuss new technologies and other advances, and to foster collaboration and a sense of community as new research priorities and directions are established in the field.
For the first time, IMFAR was held in Canada in June 2006, which presented a unique opportunity to invest in the future of autism research. Autism Ontario offered a Travel Bursary program to support Canadian ASD researchers & current and future leaders in the ASD community in Ontario so that they could attend this informative meeting. Funds for these bursaries were supported with proceeds from Autism Ontario’s /Together for Autism/™ campaign (formerly Toonies for Autism). The nineteen individuals who attended with the support of Autism Ontario provided a report about their conference experience. *IMFAR 2006 – Autism Ontario Supports Researchers at IMFAR 2006: **Reports from Delegates* Other Scholarship Awards Available in Ontario (Not Provided by Autism Ontario)
The Autism Scholars Awards 2007 - 2008 administered by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies. These awards are supported by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Please contact Autism Ontario for details.