Now available across Ontario!
The Potential Programme is a unique service from Autism Ontario designed to directly support all Ontario families, parents and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  

This programme provides support through greater access to ASD experts in their communities and to provide supportive community-based learning opportunities for children with ASD. 
Read more about the program.
*Formerly the Realize Community Potential Program

Maintenant disponible partout en Ontario!
Le programme Potentiel a été mis sur pied par Autisme Ontario dans le but de fournir un soutien direct aux familles et aux parents d’enfants ayant un trouble du spectre de l’autisme (TSA).

Ce programme leur facilite l’accès aux spécialistes des TSA dans leurs collectivités respectives et les aide à y susciter des occasions d’apprentissage stimulantes pour leurs enfants.Cliquez ici.


Events
Sensory Friendly Showing of the Muppets - Saturday, Dec. 3
Geneva Centre for Autism and AMC have an ongoing partnership to host sensory friendly films in Whitby, Mississauga and Kanata. Read more.

Conference: On the Job: Advancing Vocational Opportunities for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders - February 2 - 3
This exciting conference is being held at the University of Toronto's Hart House. For people with ASD, families, service providers, employers, advocates, policy developers and researchers. See the flier for all the details.

Check out our Events Calendar to learn about events Autism Ontario Chapters are hosting.


Government News/Gouvernement Nouvelles

GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES REVIEW OF THE REGISTERED DISABILITY SAVINGS PLAN

LE GOUVERNEMENT LANCE UN EXAMEN DES RÉGIMES ENREGISTRÉS D’ÉPARGNE-INVALIDITÉ


Research/Study Opportunities
Parents, researchers at Brock University are studying how parents handle child problem behaviours and how confident they may feel. They are looking for parents who have a child between the ages of 2-7 years old with ASD, DD or is typically developing. Flier and Letter to parents. 

Are you an adult on the autism spectrum? Do you support an adult on the autism spectrum? Your particpation is important!

Adults Count! is a province-wide survey led by The Redpath Centre 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
Click here for the flier.
Resource
Navigating College - A Handbook on Self Advocacy written for students with autism by students with autism

At over 100 pages, the handbook produced by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network is said to be the first-of-its-kind to be geared toward individuals with autism rather than parents or professionals.
It’s punctuated by first person accounts and frank talk, offering young people with autism a look at the changes they can expect when transitioning to college both socially and academically.
The guide also touches on topics like self-advocacy, independent living and basics like maintaining good eating and sleeping habits.

The guide is available as a free download or in printed form for a fee.



Dean and Green Eggs and Ham
We had to share this after all the wonderful responses this has gotten on Facebook.

Dean is an 11 year with autism and a severe learning disability and has been a pupil of a special school in Bangor, Northern Ireland for the last 8 years. 6 years ago Dean's speech was very limited and he was given a copy of Dr. Suess' 'Green Eggs and Ham'

He recently downloaded the book for his Mum's iphone and has been reciting the book since then. As his father says this is something they all feel proud of given how much Dean still struggles with speech and conversation.

Dean loves youtube and he and his family recently put up a video of him reciting the book from memory and he'd love to get as many hits as possible. We're always a sucker for Dr. Suess and we're happy to help Dean out.

Watch his video.

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This fundraiser for the Sault Ste. Marie Chapter is happening this Friday. It's for grades 7 - 10. Buy your ticket today to support the Chapter and the great work they do! Get the details.


Autism in the News

MIT News: A new piece to the autism puzzle
Nature News Special : The Autism Enigma
Huffington Post: Autism and Apps, An Open Letter
National Post: Work with me
The Globe and Mail: The Autistic Advantage
Canadian Health: Asperger Syndrome

Do you have a story to share?
If you have ASD, are a parent, an educator or a professional and want to share a story please email kristen@autismontario.com.

We are always looking for stories to spread awareness, understanding, opportunity and to celebrate successes .







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