Welcome to your London Autism Ontario Chapter! Our goal is to be a reliable source of information and support for London, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin citizens who have a connection to autism, including families, children, adults on the spectrum, caregivers, support workers, and teachers.
What we do:
- To help our community learn about ASD, the London Chapter conducts special speaker and/or training workshops. These cover such topics as advocacy, support and the latest news in ASD Research. These courses are advertised by e-mail and our website.
- Work with community partners to promote and enhance awareness about autism
- Holds various fundraising events throughout the year
- Run programs and events for individuals with ASD and their families to get involved, socialize and network.
Our Vision: Acceptance and opportunities for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Our Mission: To ensure that each individual with ASD is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society.
Prevalence Rate of Autism: An Estimated 1 in 66 children have been diagnosed with autism. Visually, that’s one child per school bus. More Statistics Click Here.
Chapter Leadership Council – ACM voted 16 individuals to the Chapter Leadership Council. We look forward to planning the 2019/2020 year! Looking for volunteer opportunities, contact our chapter office.
2018-2019 Year in Review - 147 New Families covering London, Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford contacted us. We made contact with families in the SW Region 3609 times in the year. Autism Ontario London provides social learning opportunities, support groups, programs, and community awareness and most importantly connects and support families.
Autism Ontario London Chapter also gratefully accepts financial donations of any value, we rely on fundraising and donations to financially support our services. Autism Ontario London Chapter is a non-profit charity and receives no direct government funding. To learn more about how you can help, donate, fund-raise, or circulate events, please contact our office at 519-433-3390 or donate electronically by select the donate button on the header and select “London” as the chapter.
For the past several years Rival Business Solutions, owner Ken Lucas, has committed to the Rival Charity Golf Tournament, donating proceeds of the tournament to four charities- Autism Ontario London being one of the charities.
Our London Chapter, and the community it serves, appreciates all the opportunities Rival has provided. Rivals tournament donations have been used to support social learning opportunities (clubs, and groups) for youth and children with autism; in addition to making resources and support available to parents.
London Chapter represented Rival Hole #17 this year. Families with autism provided a ball washing opportunity to players and a questionnaire on autism. Our families enjoyed the day. This social opportunity allowed for individuals to be the experts on their autism, share autism awareness facts, and explain the questionnaire and draw.
Thank you to: Powerhouse Brewery, Fionn MacCool’s, Toboggan Brewery, Beertown and McCabe’s for their donations for the draw and supporting our organisation when asked.
Thank you to all those that participated in the tournament, we hope to have your continued support.
Thank you for the thousands of positive experiences and smiles you have provided, this is just two of those smiles.
On September 7th, Autism Ontario London was supported by UWO volunteer students to support the first week back to school for families with autism. The event goal was to provide a sensory friendly environment that children with autism and their siblings could engage in games , rock painting and yoga. It also broadened the experience of the university students with personal experience, providing connections with autism.
The activities supported social engagement and taught relaxation methods with yoga, breathing and painting. Everyone made a new friend – COMPLETE SUCCESS!
Thank you O’ Serves volunteers, our Autism Ontario London committee, families and a special thanks to Emilia Klassen, a UWO student and yoga instructor, for volunteering her time and skills.
A huge thank you to our community supporters of this event:
Scholars Choice, providing new games,
Sobeys for providing snacks and
VP Landscaping for providing all the river rocks we wanted.
Your Involvement is Needed:
These opportunities for our families are valuable, they help individuals with autism connect with one another, create new peer friends, and be accepted -reducing the feeling of isolation or being misundstood. We need community support to create our clubs, groups, and social supports – we are asking for your help. Please help with donations, availability, opportunities and time. We cannot do this without your aissistance.
Please be generous and support Autism Ontario London- be part of a positive experience and change lives.