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   Posted December 31, 2014
2014 Ride & Stride


   Posted September 28, 2014
Hopes for Hope - 2014

On August 16th the 5th annual Hoops for Autism,
Shoot for Awareness event took place.  
The results are in and this year's event raised a whopping $
33,442.88!!!
 
We could not have achieved this without the help of so many.  
 
We would like to thank the following;
-C.H. Robinson for their sponsorship of this event and matching the donations.
 (Andy Hoffman, a former CLC member and employee of C.H. Robinson - committed C.H. Robinson to sponsor this event for this year and last and match non-employee donations.)
-Bob FM - for being a major sponsor and advertising our event for free. Also Bob FM partnered with Subway to provide coffee and cookies for a 'Morning Coffee Break', They also donated 500 bottles of water.

 
We would like to thank Oxford Dodge for bringing their BBQ for the day and sponsoring and serving the chicken dinner.  
 
We would also like to thank the following businesses for their support of this event, all of whom donated food:
Harvey's with Hamburgs and Hot dogs, Dempsters with buns, Summer Fresh Salads with snacks and salads, Kiwi Kraze with frozen yogurt treats, Wendy's for providing a Frosty moment.

 
Thank you to the following businesses who provided services at a discounted rate.
i Fast Parties Ltd, Big Top Tent Rentals, New Era Graphix, Lyn Cooper (face painter)
The following organizations and individuals for their generous donations;
Enterprise car rentals, London Children's Aid Society Employee fund, Dave Schulthies and the Business Club of London, Link Advertising, Robin Frkovic (Birthday donations), ADAH Chapter 276, Hammond Power Solutions

 
Our Chapter Leadership Council (CLC) who volunteered their time to help this event run smoothly.
The many volunteers who came out to help us run this event.

 
The Hoops participants who played hard throughout the day in rain and drizzle and collected pledges.  
 
And last, but not least...to Nick Slade who created this event 5 years ago, for his hard work in making this event bigger and better every year and his commitment to Autism awareness in our community.
 
Despite the rain and drizzle it was an amazing day for Autism awareness!

   Posted September 27, 2014
Ontario's Building Brighter Futures Fund

Accepting applications starting September 15th to Autism Ontario's Building Brighter Futures Fund
The Building Brighter Futures Fund provides financial assistance to Ontario adults with ASD or their families through a reimbursement of funds used to open doors for greater participation in local communities. Funding is provided by generous donors!

Le Building Brighter Futures Fund – Un fonds pour bâtir un avenir meilleur Autisme Ontario acceptera les demandes d’assistance financière au titre de ce fonds à compter du 15 septembre 2014
Le Building Brighter Futures Fund permet de fournir une assistance financière aux adultes de l’Ontario qui vivent avec un trouble du spectre de l’autisme (TSA) ainsi qu’à leurs familles. Cette assistance prend la forme d’un remboursement des sommes dépensées pour favoriser une plus grande participation à l’intérieur des collectivités locales. Le Building Brighter Futures Fund a été créé et est alimenté par de généreux donateurs!

   Posted September 27, 2014
St. Thomas Cooking School

St. Thomas Cooking School
Date
Wednesday September 24, 2014
Time
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location
Loblaw Store Cooking School
1063 Talbot St.
St.Thomas Ont
MAP
Description
What could be more fun than cooking classes? It’s a great way to learn how to cook, learn about new foods, build social skills and have a whole lot of fun!
THIS EVENT IS FOR CHILDREN AGES 8–18 YRS OLD
Pizza Party - Create your own pizza and fresh fruit snack
Cost
This event is free with registration
The cost will be funded by Autism
Ontario’s Potential Programme
Click here to Register for this Event

   Posted September 26, 2014
Autism Ontario Online T-shirt Campaign!

Autism Ontario is launching a 3 week on-line fundraising campaign
September 10th
 The “Spread a Little Love in Your Community” campaign features this awesome graphic t-shirt for men, women and youth. The goal of the campaign is to build supportive and inclusive communities by creating awareness and the opportunity for dialogue about autism spectrum disorder. Funds raised will support the ongoing work Autism Ontario does to ensure people with autism are provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society.
Click on the image below for more details

   Posted September 25, 2014
Stratford - PD Day Movie

Stratford - PD Day Movie 
Date
Friday September 26, 2014
Time
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location
Stratford Cinemas
551 Huron Street
STRATFORD, Ontario
Description
Dolphin Tale 2” continues the story of Winter, the brave dolphin who survived losing her tail, with the introduction of Hope
Cost
Free with registration 
The cost of admission will be funded by Autism Ontario’s Potential Programme.
Click here to Register for this Event

   Posted September 24, 2014
2014 Family Weekend at Great Wolf Lodge

2014 Family Weekend at
Great Wolf Lodge
Date
Friday September 26, 2014
Saturday September 27, 2014
Location
Great Wolf Lodge – Niagara Falls 
3950 Victoria Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ont
L2E 7M8
Description
Families will have the opportunity to come and enjoy a weekend retreat at Great Wolf Lodge! 
 
Autism Ontario will be offering a discounted group rate to our families at the cost below: 
 
Friday, September 26, 2014
$159.99 plus applicable tax 
 
Saturday, September 27, 2014
$189.99 plus applicable tax 
 
Please fill out the registration form to indicate your interest. Each individual guest must make their own reservations with Great Wolf Lodge and will be given Group Code and Booking Information upon completion 
of registration form.
Cost
This event is free with registration 
The cost will be funded by Autism 
Ontario’s Potential Programme
Click here to Register for this Event

   Posted September 22, 2014
Woodstock Fall Swim

Woodstock Fall Swim
Date
Sunday September 28, 2014
Time
12:15pm - 1:15pm
Location
Aquatics Centre
315 Finkle St
Woodstock, Ont
MAP
Description
Come out and join us for a swim and to meet families and new friends
Cost
This event is free with registration
The cost will be funded by Autism
Ontario’s Potential Programme
Click here to Register for this Event

   Posted September 21, 2014
Tillsonburg Autism Parents Support Group

Tillsonburg Autism
Parents Support Group
Date
Thursday October 2, 2014
Thursday November 6, 2014
Thursday December 4, 2014
Time
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location
Livingston Centre - Rm E
96 Tillson Ave
Tillsonburg, Ont
Description
Being a parent/family member of a child, teen or adult on the autism spectrum can be highly stressful. “Perfect” parents and families do not exist, but some cope much better than others. Join us for an evening of relaxed, informal information sharing with other parents who are on this same journey
Coffee/beverages provided.
Cost
This event is free with registration
Host
Keitha Reesor

   Posted September 20, 2014
Charity Football Game

Charity Football Game
Date
Saturday October 4, 2014
Time
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location
TD Stadium
Description
In support of local charitable and non-profit organizations, the Western Mustangs are hosting their 5th Annual Football Charity Game on Saturday October 4th at 1:00pm and would like to extend the invitation to you. 

There will also be fun family activities available such as giveaways, a Family Fun Zone, and much more!
Cost
They have given Autism Ontario 75% OFF tickets to the event;

   Posted September 18, 2014
Everyday ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) with Leslie Cohen

Everyday ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) with Leslie Cohen
Date
Saturday October 18, 2014
Time
9:00am – 4:00pm
Light lunch will be provided
Location
59B Potters Rd
Tillsonburg, Ont
Description
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has long held a key role in the treatment of people with ASD. A central component of this role is the removal of barriers that prevent people with ASD from effectively accessing social, educational, clinical, and community resources. The focus of Everyday ABA is to provide a basic toolbox of positive and effective behavioural strategies for increasing adaptive behaviours that compete with, reduce, and replace challenging behaviours.
Cost
This event is free with registration
The cost will be funded by Autism
Ontario’s Potential Programme
Click here to Register for this Event

   Posted September 16, 2014
Webinar - The Science of Making Friends for Teens and Young Adults with ASD

Webinar - The Science of Making Friends for Teens and Young Adults with ASD: The UCLA PEERS® Program
Date
Friday October 24, 2014014
Time
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location
Webinar
Description
Deficits in social skills are considered one of the defining challenges among youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet few evidence-based social skills programs exist for adolescents and young adults with ASD without intellectual disabilities. Using the techniques outlined in her book, The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson will be providing an overview of her empirically supported social skills program for teens and young adults with ASD
Cost
This event is free with registration
This workshop is sponsored by Autism Ontario’s Potential Programme in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services and Autism Ontario
Click here to Register for this Event

   Posted September 14, 2014
Family Respite Project

Family Respite Project
Letter of Information for Families
Dear Parent/Guardian:

Thank you for your interest in the Family Respite Project being offered by the Autism Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate program at Fanshawe College.  Upon completion of their program, our Autism Behavioural Science students will have a firm grounding in the principles and practices of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA).  Additionally, our graduates will learn about evidence-based practices in autism treatment, understand the characteristics of ASD and will have increased knowledge of child development as it relates to ASD. 

In the Fall Term, students take a course entitled Working with Families and Teams.  This course introduces students to the interpersonal skills required to work collaboratively with families of children with ASD, and the members of a multidisciplinary team.  To enhance their learning in this course, and to better appreciate the realities of supporting a family with ASD, we would like our students to participate in providing respite support to a local family. 
 
They will be required, as one of their course assignments, to complete approximately 10 hours of respite support to an identified, matched family.  This short-term, quality respite care will be provided to consenting families at no cost. 

During their respite hours with your family, students are available to accompany your family on community outings, assist with appointments, spend time with your child(ren) in your home, etc.  Students will be available as an ‘extra set of hands’ and at no time should be considered the sole care provider of your child(ren).
 
A minimum of one adult (family member or support worker) must be present with the Fanshawe College student and the individual with ASD.
 
Your information will be shared with a Fanshawe student, when we have made a match between your family and our student.  Students will be required to sign a confidentiality form at the beginning of their school year to ensure that information regarding their experience with your family is kept confidential. 

Completion of this form will indicate your interest in having a student matched to your child with ASD.   Once we receive this request, we will begin the matching process to have a student begin providing respite (for a total of 10 hours) in September-October 2013.  If/when a student is matched to your family, you will receive a confirmation email, and will then be sent additional documents that will require your signature, in order to complete the matching process. 
We thank Autism Ontario for allowing us to share information regarding this opportunity via their membership list
Please note, all inquiries regarding the Family Respite Project should be directed via email or telephone Julie Knights-Thomson, Program Coordinator and Course Instructor, Fanshawe College, and not through Autism Ontario London Chapter.
We look forward to working with you, your child, and your family!
Registration will close on Friday Sept. 19th at 11:59 pm.

   Posted September 8, 2014
George Bray Hockey Registration

George Bray Hockey Registration
Date
Saturday Sept 13, 2014 - 9:00am - Noon
Wednesday Sept 17, 2014 - 6:00pm 9:00pm
Saturday Sept 20, 2014 - 9:00am - Noon
Location
Glen Cairn Arena
Description
The Association is "a parent participating non-profit organization," which offers children of any age, male and female, who require special education assistance in Elementary and or Secondary Schools, an opportunity to play hockey.
George Bray offers each child equal ice time regardless of his or her ability; even if they have never played hockey before. 
                                       
We stress FUN not Competition."  

   Posted September 8, 2014
SEE US SHINE

SEE US SHINE
Autism Ontario London Chapters
1st Annual Talent Show
What:  SEE US SHINE- Autism Ontario London Chapters 1st Annual Talent Show
 
An AMAZING way to showcase talents infront of an audience, prizes and lots of fun for everyone!
 
*2 Part Talent Show*
 
Stage Talent
Looking for individuals on the spectrum (may be accompanied by siblings or friends) to showcase their talent. It can be singing, dancing, magic, musical instruments, anything to WOW the audience!
 
Arts/Crafts
Looking for individuals on the spectrum who would like to showcase arts, crafts, knitting, crafty work they are proud of.
 
The talent show is tentatively booked for October 25th from 6-9pm, more details will be available at a later date to be part of the crowd.
 
NOW ACCEPTING- STAGE TALENT & ARTISTS
Please email 
alicia@autismontario.com before September 24th to secure your space.   
 
There will be two practice dates before the actual show and we will have volunteers on hand to help with set ups, practice, etc. Practice dates will be emailed to participants upon registration.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please email Alicia Romain our Family Support Coordinator 
alicia@autismontario.com

   Posted September 8, 2014













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