Congratulations Marg!

Join us in congratulating our Executive Director, Margaret Spoelstra on her appointment to the Order of Canada! Many of you know her and her incredible dedication to advocating for acceptance and opportunties for all individuals with autism; as well as her tireless work with Autism Ontario Chapters, families, self-advocates and professionals.


Our Work
RDSP Review
On November 23, 2011, Marg Spoelstra attended a meeting in Toronto to discuss and review the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). As a follow-up to the meeting, a letter has been sent on behalf of Autism Ontario outlining the key points we raised.
Click here to read the 10 key points.

Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) Response Paper
The LCO is undertaking important, long-term work to improve the way our legal system meets the real-world needs of persons with disabilities. Our contribution to their discussion allowed us to ensure the LCO is fully aware of the unique challenges faced by persons with ASD. Click here to read our response paper.


Champions!
Two Argos and the Super-Elite Football Camp are our newest Champions!
Autism Ontario is thrilled to announce our newest Champions, Toronto Argonauts Andre Durie, Nick Burns and Super-Elite Football Camp! This year’s winner of the CFL’s prestigious Jake Gaudaur Award, Andre Durie has combined his work with Nick Burns and the Super-Elite Football Camps with his ongoing support of Autism Ontario, and we couldn’t be happier.


Thank you, Andre and Nick, for seeing the potential! 

Click here the website.


Conferences

On the Job: Advancing Vocational Opportunities for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Feb 2-3, 2012 Hart House Toronto,ON

From Diagnosis to Daily Living: A Lifelong Approach to Working with Individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
February 17 &18 - Japanese Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON

Community Alliance for Developmental Disabilities and Autism Conference - April 25-16 Hellenic Community Centre, London, ON


Research Opportunity
Government of Canada Seeks Feedback Regarding Employment of Persons with Disabilities
Paid Research Interviews
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), a department of the Government of Canada, is conducting important research on the employment of persons with disabilities. This phase of the research focuses on people who have a mental health condition or a cognitive disability, including autism spectrum disorders. The research results will be used by the Government of Canada to help address the employment-related needs of persons with disabilities.

The research is being conducted by Phoenix SPI, an independent research company. The research will take the form of telephone interviews that will last 20-30 minutes. People who take part will receive a copy of the questions in advance and have the option, if they want, of filling out the questionnaire and returning it before the interview takes place.

Participants will receive a cash payment to thank them for their time and participation. Please be assured that your feedback will remain confidential and that your participation will be anonymous.

The interviews will take place over the next 2-3 weeks. Please consider taking part in this important research. Your feedback would be very helpful. To determine your eligibility to take part, please call the following toll-free number: 1 866 770 4649.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Le gouvernement du Canada cherche à obtenir de la rétroaction au sujet del’embauche des personnes handicapées
Entrevues rémunérées dans le cadre d’une étude
Ressources humaines et Développement des compétences Canada (RHDCC), un ministère du gouvernement du Canada, réalise une étude d’importance au sujet de l’embauche des personnes handicapées. Ce volet de l’étude porte sur les gens qui ont un problème de santé mentale, une incapacité cognitive ou autisme. Le gouvernement du Canada se servira des résultats découlant de l’étude en vue de favoriser la satisfaction des besoins des personnes handicapées dans le contexte de l’emploi.

C’est Phoenix SPI, un cabinet de recherche indépendant, qui se charge d’effectuer l’étude, laquelle s’appuiera sur la réalisation d’entrevues téléphoniques de 20 à 30 minutes environ. Les personnes qui se prêteront aux entrevues recevront les questions à l’avance. Ces personnes pourront aussi choisir de répondre au questionnaire par écrit et de le renvoyer avant la tenue de l’entrevue.

Les participants recevront une compensation monétaire en contrepartie de leur contribution à l’étude et du temps qu’ils y auront consacré. Soyez sans crainte, vos observations seront traitées en toute confidentialité, et votre participation demeurera anonyme.

Les entrevues auront lieu au cours des deux ou trois prochaines semaines. Nous vous encourageons à participer à cette étude d’importance. Vos commentaires seraient très utiles. Afin d’établir si vous êtes éligible pour participer à l’étude, veuillez composer sans frais le numéro suivant : 1 866 770 4649.

Nous attendrons de vos nouvelles avec intérêt!


Become a member of
Autism Ontario.

Membership has its benefits!


Our Chapters host events, groups and social learning opportunities across the province. Be sure to regularly check our Calendar of Events.

The 2012 March Break Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families who either retain the services of a one-to-one support worker OR pay for a March Break camp/program for their child/youth with ASD.
The deadline for all applications is January 24, 2012, no exceptions. Reimbursement will be made based on random selection.
Le Fonds de remboursement de la semaine de relâche 2012 est mis à la disposition des familles qui font appel aux services d’un travailleur de soutien individuel pour leur enfant ou leur adolescent ayant un TSA OU qui déboursent des frais pour que celui-ci participe à un camp ou à un programme durant la semaine de relâche.
La date limite pour toutes les demandes est le 24 janvier 2012, sans exception. Les familles qui recevront des remboursements seront choisies au hasard.
Click here/cliquez ici


Parent Survey: Satisfaction with RCP Program and Services
We are conducting a short survey for parents who have accessed RCP Program (now called Potential Programme) activities and services. 
Click here to go to survey

Sondage pour parents : Satisfaction avec le programme RPC et ses services
Nous menons un court sondage pour les parents qui ont accédé aux activités et aux services du programme RPC (aujourd'hui appelé le programme Potentiel) 
Cliquez ici pour compléter le sondage.


Adults Count! A survey on Youth and Adults with ASDs in Ontario

It has been two decades since there has been a provincial survey on adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Ontario. Since the 1990s, there have been major changes to the population of adults that are identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Many adults seen in clinical practice report that their ASD and related symptoms provide challenges that are not addressed. 

Adults Count! is a province-wide survey that will provide important information of the profiles and needs of youth and adults on the Autism Spectrum. 

To receive information about Adults Count! or to participate in this survey, contact us at: adult.survey@redpathcentre.ca or 416-920-4999 x 0165 or visit Redpath Centre's website.

Click here for the flier.




Disclaimer: It is important to do your own research and make your own informed decisions. Please note Autism Ontario does not endorse any specific therapy, product, treatment, strategy, opinions, service, or individual. We do, however, endorse your right to information.

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