Provincial- Black Caregivers Circle
The Circle’s mission is simple; To provide a safe and understanding environment where mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and any caregiver to a black individual on the spectrum can share their own journey of supporting their child
The shape and structure of the circle are fluid, shifting, and flowing to accommodate the needs of the group on that particular day. Through compassion, laughter, and tears, group members share, listen, and give advice. Some members were born in Canada, some have lived here for many years, and some are newcomers just starting on their journey. Within the circle, members celebrate successes, listen empathetically to challenges, and give each other permission to release themselves from the double duty of having to explain the nuances of their shared experiences.
Host: Halimo Hashi, M.S.W.R.S.W,
Halimo Hashi is a Somali-Canadian critical social worker and mental health therapist practicing with diverse and racialized communities across Ontario.
Halimo is also the Executive Director of
Shifting Ways, an agency that provides critical workshops, research and resources on topics including intersectionality, race, trauma, migration processes, and challenges/ opportunities for racialized families and newcomers to Canada. Halimo works across many fields, including forensics, mental health, settlement and academia.
In her positions as a hospital and community worker, as well as a university lecturer at York University, Halimo champions a critical and intersectional lens that honours the lived experience of her clients and students.
Halimo is a firm believer in bottom-up solutions that place the power of change in the hands of the people while recognizing the need for advocacy, activism and equitable change at all levels of society.
Autism Ontario hosts this circle for it to be a voice for all caregivers of black children so that no caregiver stands alone. To read more about the Black Caregivers Circle see link below:
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