Campbell Family CAMH

Are you diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

If so, you can help us understand the role of brain inflammation in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

You will be compensated for your time.

Click HERE to see the flyer for more information


York University

Are you feeling stressed out and looking for support?

We are providing group therapy free of charge to adolescents and young adults (ages 13-22) with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD)/Asperger Syndrome and their parents at Geneva Centre for Autism, to participate in our study.

Individuals with ASD must have at least average intelligence and verbal skills, and must be able to participate in a group with others with ASD and their parents.

Click HERE to see the flyer for more information


York UniversitySeeking parent input into experiences of support: new study at York University is looking for parents of children (age 5-18) with ASD to complete a brief online survey about social support. You can access the survey at:




In the interest of ensuring families are informed, we are sending information from our TCDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) representative. TCDSB has many Special Education Programs and Services that are going to be discontinued.  We want to be sure that all parents are kept informed and have the opportunity to advocate your concerns or advocate for more positive changes. Please visit the following sites for more information. 


windsor_logoFathers    needed for research study on playing with their sons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Are you    the father of a    son who    has been diagnosed with    autism?    We are investigating the play behaviours and    activities used    by fathers with    their sons with    ASD.

CLICK HERE to see the flyer



Adam Beck Public School is hosting an autism awareness fundraiser Thursday, March 26 in the evening and they are looking for some vendors / artists who are on the autism spectrum who are interested in showcasing and selling their work.  This is a wonderful opportunity to promote artists as well as educating the general public by bringing awareness about artistic gifts of people on the spectrum.  Please contact Jen at 416-305-5331416-305-5331 if you are interested in showcasing your work!

CLICK HERE to see the flyer

Toronto family and youth feedback

The Ontario government is looking at a new way of providing services to children and youth with special needs and their families. We are very interested in your thoughts and experiences so that any changes we make reflect your voice, needs and goals. Please click the link to complete the online questionnaire.

For youth: Questionnaire
For family: Questionnaire
For more information




Path 2 Work

A 6 month program that helps individuals with developmental disabilities
and those on the Autism Spectrum find paid employment.

There is no cost to participants

CLICK HERE to see the flyer

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Autism Teenage Partnership

Autism Teenage Partnership presents Autism Teen Nights!

Autism Teenage Partnership is an organization that runs a program where teens diagnosed with autism join in for a social night filled activities and fun.

CLICK HERE to see the flyer

ClICK HERE to see JansonC Autism Teenage Partnership Poster



Keep Calm and Travel On. 
Autism Travel Training

Autism Ontario is excited to offer travel training for individuals with ASD living in Toronto! Space is limited so register soon! This 5 week series of workshops starting January 3rd is designed to help you become more comfortable with everyday travel. Cost: $50 per individual with ASD ages 12 - 18 (no Autism Ontario membership required) & $50 per individual with ASD ages 19 -25 (Autism Ontario membership required).  For more information and to register go to:




This short, live action/animated documentary (using computer 2-D cut-out elements) explores the relationship between Vas - a high-functioning autistic man - and his older sister Christine, who will one day be his official guardian, as they travel about their hometown of Toronto, Canada. Through a series of interconnected conversations on love, family, humour, art, desire and destiny, the film unearths Vas' unique perception of the world and how he copes with the "realities" within and outside of him. At the heart of the story is a sister's attempt to crack the enigma that is her brother as she forges a way for their shared future.

The film is available ON DEMAND anywhere in the world and can be streamed for $2.99 CDN on Distrify (

You can RENT the video for streaming on your computer at:

READ MORE about this film at:


laurentian_logoAdoption Study


My name is Jenna Pepper and I’m a Masters student in the Psychology department of Laurentian University. I am studying family experiences of having an adopted child with a developmental disability in Ontario. I would appreciate your participation in this study.

CLICK HERE to see the flyer

Approval Letter



bowlathonSecond Annual Bowlathon

Second Annual Bowlathon was held on Nov 1st. The event brought in new faces and volunteers. The event raised over $3,625 (and counting). Prizes for top 3 fundraisers went to:
Nico Veliz: i-pad mini - over $1,100 raised (and counting)
Alex Moya: Galaxy Tablet - over $600 raised
Serena Tracado: HP Tablet - over $500 raised

The Toronto Chapter would like to thank all the participants, new and returning players, the volunteers and the Bowling Committee for all the help throughout the planning and execution of the event.

On Behalf of Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter
Marti Veliz
Chair of Event and Fundraising

Matt Wark
Chapter President

CLICK HERE to see the pictures



HalloweenPartyToronto Chapter Halloween party

We couldn't have done it without the support and many volunteers from the UofT Autism Alliance Group!

CLICK HERE to see the pictures



egg_huntDear Toronto Chapter Family and Friends,
The Toronto Chapter and the UofT Autism Alliance club would like to thank all the families who came out to our first ever Easter Egg Hunt. Despite the chilly weather the kiddies enjoyed searching for Easter eggs and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
We'd like to thank Victor Lee and the UofT Autism Alliance club for not only providing the funding but volunteering at the event. We would also like to thank Anna Dicredico and her girls for volunteering. A special thank-you to CDG Centre, Grace and Yasin for letting us use their facilities for this event. Your generosity is appreciated by all the families that attended and the Toronto Chapter CLC.
This event could not have happened without the generosity of everyone mentioned above.
Thank you to everyone who came out!
Marti Veliz


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Dear Toronto Chapter Family and Friends,
April 2nd marked the 2nd Annual Raising of the Flag event in honour of World Autism Awareness Day. The Toronto Chapter and Autism Ontario Head Office were very busy. The day started at the Toronto Stock Exchange where many staff members from Autism Ontario and Toronto Chapter volunteers were greeted by personnel at the Stock Exchange. Nico Veliz, Marti Veliz’s son was chosen to press the LCD button to start the day’s Stock Market.

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After a small respite, the Toronto Chapter was off to City Hall for the 2nd Annual Raising of the Flag ceremony. Autism Ontario and the Toronto Chapter were joined by his Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Andre Marin, Jim Kelsey – VP Corporate Finance, BMO, and Shelley Carrol who read the WAAD Proclamation. Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford and Mayor Candidate Olivia Chow were also among the present. The Veliz family and the Tracado family had the honour of raising the flag on this 2nd Annual Celebration.
The Toronto Chapter would like to thank Joe McDonald for not only taking on the lead on the WAAD event but for also MC’ing the Raising of the Flag ceremony. We would also like to thank the WAAD committee at Autism Ontario, Shane, Kat, Kirsten, Natasha and Joe McDonald and Marti Veliz from the Toronto Chapter.

To close WAAD, the Toronto Chapter attended the TCDSB Autism Awareness Night – Life Beyond the Classroom Walls where we manned an information table. CLC member, Marti Veliz was invited by Susan Menary to say welcoming remarks and CLC member, Lucy Heard presented on her and her son’s experience with autism.
The Toronto Chapter would like to thank all the volunteers who assisted with the day’s events. Your generosity and support is of great value to the CLC, we couldn’t do it without your selfless contribution! Thank you for such a successful day!
We will be hosting a Volunteer Information night this April 17th. The meeting will be held at the Catholic School Board, 80 Sheppard Ave East – Quigley Hall (ground floor) from 6:30 pm to 8:pm. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved with the Toronto Chapter, about how to join the Chapter leadership (nomination required) come out and join us that evening. We look forward to seeing you there!
A reminder that the Toronto Chapter is still accepting nominations for candidates wishing to sit on the Toronto Chapter Leadership Council for the 2014-2015 term. In order to vote Toronto Chapter members must be in good standing, have paid their membership dues and attend the upcoming AGM which will be held on May 21st at the Toronto Catholic School Board, 80 Sheppard Avenue East., Third Floor (308).

Thank you!
Your Toronto Chapter CLC
Janice Yuen, President



Dear Toronto Chapter Family and Friends:
April 2nd marks World Autism Awareness Day.

The Toronto Chapter will be celebrating the 2nd Annual Raising of the Flag ceremony being held at 12 noon at City Hall (Queen/Bay Sts) followed by a reception. All are welcome, we hope to see you there.

TCDSB hosts an “Autism Awareness Night” at the Catholic School Board, 80 Sheppard Avenue East between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.   The theme of the evening is “Looking Ahead Together: Building Success for Students with Autism”.  There will be representatives from various organizations and guest speakers who will address the steps needed in order to prepare students with Autism for life after high school.  Community partners, including Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter will be setting up information booths for parents and staff who are invited to attend.


tshirtThe Toronto Chapter has a limited order of “I Love Someone with Autism” t-shirts (black) and chapter logo on the back. T-shirts will be on sale for $10/ea in support of World Autism Awareness Day. T-shirts will be sold on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested, please email the Chapter at or if you are attending the TCDSB Autism Awareness Night, we’ll have t-shirts for sale there too.

There have been some recent changes to the Toronto Chapter Leadership Council. Due to personal reasons Ginny Pearce has stepped down from her CLC President role only; she remains an active Chapter member and we are happy of her continued commitment to Autism Awareness and the Toronto Chapter!  We are happy to announce Janice Yuen as Interim Chapter Leadership President for the balance of the 2013-2014 term.
The Toronto Chapter Leadership is comprised of:
President: Janice Yuen
Lucy Heard: Secretary
Marti Veliz: Treasurer
Tahira Ikram: Chair of Events
Ginny Pearce: Member at Large

Upcoming Event:
The Toronto Chapter will be taking part in the upcoming Mississauga Marathon, being held May 3rd and May 4th. The Toronto Chapter is coming together to raise funds and, awareness as we continue to support families living with Autism in the GTA!! Join our Toronto Chapter team! To register, click the link below and follow the prompts.
Note there is a registration fee to participate and fee is not income tax deductible. Your CLC will be participating in the Starbucks Hazel 5km marathon.

Can’t join us that day but interested in making a donation, no problem! Click the link below, scroll till you see the 2014 Charity Partners. Autism Ontario is listed as the 2nd Charity Partner on the list. All money raised will assist with 2014/2015 Toronto Chapter initiatives. We cannot do this without your support! See you there!


Thank you!


Your Toronto Chapter Leadership Council,








Autism Transition Study

We are trying to understand how to support youth with autism who are transitioning from high school to employment and volunteer work. We are looking for youth with autism and/or their parents to complete an online survey.

CLICK here to read the flyer


gifted-PROPLE_LOGOParent Support Group for Chinese Families of Children with Development Disability

3rd Saturday every month,
2014 Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar. 15, Apr. 19, May 17, Jun. 21, Jul 19, Aug. 16, Sep 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20
Time: 1:00 pm  to 4:00 pm
Venue: Gifted People Services. 513 McNicoll Avenue, North York M2H 2C9 (Intersection of Victoria Park and McNicoll Ave.)
Fee: Free of Charge
Childcare and Refreshment are provided.
To register, please visit 

Any Inquiries please call 647-699-8416647-699-8416 or email:



Dear Family and Friends,

On behalf of your Toronto Chapter Leadership Council and the Christmas Party Committee, we would like to thank everyone who came out to our 6th Annual Children’s Christmas Party. The party was our biggest and best to date. We had a lot of returning families and many new families attend the party. We’re glad everyone managed to make the trek to the new venue despite the weather that day.

We would also like to thank the many volunteers, without whom we would not have been able to have such a successful event, thank you!

As well, we would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their generosity:

43rd Division, Toronto Police Services
43rd Division, Community Police Liaison Committee


Retired Women Teachers of Ontario, Scarborough Branch




On behalf of everyone on the CLC and the Christmas Party Committee, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a healthy and blessed 2014!

Family photos with Santa will be emailed to families individually. We thank you for your patience.

Ginny Pearce   
Toronto Chapter President
Marti Veliz
Christmas Party Committee Chair








Are you a woman with a visible or invisible disability?
Do you want access to free workshops on healthy relationships, self-esteem and employment?
Are you interested in strengthening your leadership skills?

Then check out Scarborough Women’s Centre Expanding the Reach Project!


Click here to read the flyer

Click here to read the Introduction to the ETR project



Are you are parent of a teenager with high functioning autism or Asperger syndrome?
Would your son or daughter be interested in a study of how teenagers read fiction?
The purpose of our research is to learn about the different ways in which children build up a mental picture of the story when they read fiction. It is important to understand how children interpret the kinds of texts they read in school literature classes. Yet little research to date has examined this, either for typically developing children or children with autism in inclusive classrooms. We would like to work with typically developing children aged 13 and older, and children of the same age who have been diagnosed with high functioning autism (HFA) or Asperger syndrome.


CLICK HERE to read more

Preparing for Life after High School  for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities - Survey

We need input from individuals with intellectual disabilities who are 14 years of age or older, or their parents, as to what types of community activities, programs or education, would be useful for you/ your child.

Please complete this survey to help us plan more choices and opportunities for the future. In addition, please pass this survey on to your contacts who may be interested. This survey is also available at

Download the Survey


KIDS FUN CITY actively supports children with Autism since October of 2012.

On Sunday, October 6, 2013, Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter had an Information Table at Kids Fun City to mark the Canadian Autism Awareness Month. Evan Anastasiadis, Owner of Kids Fun City, and Oksana Romanov, Volunteer & Past President, spoke to families and raised autism awareness in North York, ON.

Special thanks to Evan Anastasiadis for actively supporting children with ASD and Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter families. Kids Fun City provides a  FREE playground and Mini Golf admission to all members of Autism Ontario. Simply present us with your membership card. Over the 2012 winter holiday break, Kids Fun City raised and donated the amount of $500 to Autism Ontario.

The entire Kids Fun City staff and Santa Claus visited over 25 residences in one day and sang Christmas Carols to children with Autism and their families providing them with a monetary gift and a warm and fun experience. This event was such a success and the experience was so wonderful that we are planning to do the same for the 2013 holiday season.

Kids Fun City will continue to support this great cause throughout the 2013-2014 season. For more information, please visit



 Evan Anastasiadis, Owner of Kids Fun City, and Oksana Romanov, Volunteer & Past President, are raising autism awareness






kids_fun_img2Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter Information Table at Kids Fun City







TDSB_logoSpecial Education Conference: Empowering Families through Knowledge and Networking.

tdsb_confGinny Pearce, President of Toronto's Chapter of Autism Ontario and Tahira Ikram, Chair of Special Events for the Chapter speaks to parents who attended the first PIAC - SEAC Special Education Conference for the Toronto District School Board.




Aloha Toronto - Autism Ontario - ARGOS Day

On Sunday, August 18th, history was made, through the kindness of Aloha Toronto and our Toronto Argonauts many of our Autism Ontario families joined together to form the largest Autistic Choir to perform the National Anthem at an ARGOS game. It was a touching moment for the parents and children alike. Our kids did a wonderful job singing Oh Canada, they were led by the dynamic mom and daughter singing team of Kim and Sara Souch.


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Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter Family BBQ

Picture perfect weather, great company and smiles all around was what we had as we held our first Family BBQ on Sunday, August 11th at CDG (Children's Developement Group) premises.
Families were treated to food, fun, laughter, games for the kids, a science show courtesy of Mad Science and music from our resident DJ. The Toronto Chapter Leadership Council and BBQ committee would like to thank all the volunteers that made this event possible.

A personal thanks to the BBQ committee:
Dayris Rodriguez
Anna Dicredido
Pat Guan
Ginny Pearce
Janice Yuen
Thank you everyone for making this day possible for our Toronto Chapter families!
Marti Veliz
BBQ Committe Chair



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Dear Toronto Chapter Family and Friends,
On behalf of the Toronto Chapter, the Bowlathon Committee would like to thank all the people who attended our 1st Annual Roll & Strike for Autism fundraiser. The event was a huge success, raising over $10,000 (on-line, walk-in registration, raffles, 50/50 and merchandize sales). Our success is your success and we should all be proud of what we've achieved.
We would also like to thank all our volunteers who took time from their weekend to lend a hand at the event. We couldn't have done it without you.
A big Thank-you to YTV - CRUNCH Host: Andy Chapman who not only played well but did a fabulous job at MCing the event.
Congratulations to our top 3 individual fundraisers:
1st place - Mini Ipad: Team Zachery - Marla Seigel-Nudelman who raised $2,315
2nd place - Galaxy Table: Team Deborah Kitchen-Stanojevic who raised $2,300
3rd place - Kobo E-reader: Team Nico's Nation - Nico Veliz who raised $2,035
I'd like to acknowledge and personally thank a wonderful group of ladies who comprised the Bowlathon Committee, who worked so hard during all the stages of event planning and the event. Your hard work is appreciated and you made my job a lot easier, thank you.

Ginny Pearce
Janice Yuen
Lucy Heard
Dayris Rodriguez
Anna Dicredico
Pat Kwan
Most Sincerely,
Marti Veliz
Bowlathon Committee Chair




 A BIG thanks to our Event Sponsors:

 CDG_logo     S&C_LogoBowling_Thorn



May 11, 2013: Mother's Day Swim

On May 11th, 2013, Autism Ontario’s Potential Programme, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services and Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter, invited children and youth with autism and their families to enjoy time together as a family for an afternoon of swimming! Twenty-two people attended the event in total. We also recognized and thanked our moms in honour of Mother’s Day. Special thanks to Target @ Centerpoint Mall, ZumbaKo and the Marché Restraurant @ Brookfield Place Street Level for donating gifts for moms.

Link to the photo album on Facebook


The Toronto Chapter would like to thank the staff and students at St. Martha Catholic School, Toronto for their inspiring fundraising efforts throughout the month of April. Your selfless act of generosity is greatly appreciated and we commend you for your efforts.  We’d like to thank Sylvy Spadafora for inviting us to their “Bald for Autism” ceremony held on Monday, April 29th, 2013 at St. Martha Catholic School.


Match Muki Family Community Outreach Program

Notice: Schedule Changes for the MukiBaum Foundation Programs

We'd like to inform you that the MukiBaum Foundation is moving to a new location in Toronto (Steeles & Dufferin area) in the next few weeks. They will be launching our new programs in the new facilities once the renovation will be completed.
Due the renovations, we have to postpone the June Community Outreach Program. The new start date is on October 22nd, 2013.

We apologize for the inconvenience it might cause you.

Any advance payment that were made will be transferred to the September cycles/start dates.
Please feel free to contact our community partner with any question (Einat Enbar, 416-630-2222416-630-2222 ext. 238).  

If you'd like to register, please contact Oksana Romanov at

Photo album from the previous cycle



April 2, 2013: Proclamation of World Autism  Awareness Day in Toronto

Thank you everyone for attending the Autism Ontario flag raising ceremony on April 2, 2013, World Autism  awareness Day! Your participation and empathy for our cause made a chilly day such a warm, bright and historic moment.

Special thanks goes to Mayor Rob Ford for proclaiming April 2, 2013 as "World Autism Awareness Day" in the City of Toronto, to Toronto Councillor Shelley Carroll for reading the Proclamation on behalf of the Toronto City Council and to Protocol Office or their help and support. We are very grateful to James Kelsey, Senior Vice President of the BMO Financial Group, who helped produce the flags for this Province-wide initiative.

Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter is happy and appreciative that Ontario Ombudsman André Marin,  several Toronto City Councillors and Toronto District School Board representatives attended the flag raising ceremony. We also had a great turn out by parents, chapter members and individuals with ASD.

Photo Album:

March 8, 2013: 'OUT & ABOUT' BOWLING EVENT

The Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter established the 'OUT & ABOUT' Program for Young Adults & Adults with ASD. On March 8, 2013, the club members were out and about at a bowling alley. Below is our picture report. Check it out!


Zumba_logoJanuary 20, 2013: Zumbathon for Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter

On January 20th, 2013, Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter held its first ever Zumbathon to benefit the children and adults with ASD. We would like to thank everyone, who participated, i.e., our donors, supporters, Julie Fazekas and her team of Zumba instructors, volunteers, chapter members and non-members for making the Toronto Chapter Zumbathon such a special event. This Zumbathon raised around $2300 in ticket sale, raffle and auction proceeds.

From the bottom of our heart, we would like to thank our partners, passionate autism cause supporters and Zumba instructors Julie Fazekas and Wendy Dunn for organizing this great, dynamic and simply breathtaking event that Sunday afternoon!  

We'd like to thank Zumba instructors Julie Eifert and Linda Raponi for donating their time.
Special thanks to William Lo from Top One Centre, who generously donated the location for our use. Venue address: Top One Centre, 39 Riviera Drive, Markham ON L3R 8N4.

Our warm-hearted thank-you goes to Anne Marie Li for donating most of the raffle prizes.
Ron & Lily Ko from ZumbaKo Dance Fitness generously donated free 2 x 5 Zumba  class passes for the event. Class locations can be found here.

Donations for raffle and auction include the following items: iPod shuffle, Roots watch, Seiko watch, Raptors tickets, Hall of Fame tickets, Joseph Nogucci bracelet, jewelry box, Polo Set, Armani Set, beauty & bath baskets, quilted bags, sushi set, crock pot, blender, Zumba bag with Zumba T-shirt, Frisbees, books, CD's, chocolate basket and Buskin Robbins (Canada) gift certificate.
Raffle & Auction Winners:

Maddy Vierra
Franca Bowler
Alida Stancato
Kim Perrault
Maria Donaldo
Lucy Ditacchio
Julie Tannieckal
Kathy Wilkinons
Kathy Sima
Linda Rojas
Lucy Heard
Maria Zammitti
Mary Spataro
Janice Armstrong
Eilean Dunn
Liz Dance
Elise Figueira
Christina Gaspar
Kim Dunn


Friday, January 11, 2013: Aloha Toronto Winter Party for Autism at Balmy Beach Club   Aloha Toronto, Surfer's Healing, Autism Ontario and Autism Ontario-Toronto Chapter







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