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Self-Disclosure and Self-Representation: Asperger's and the Elon Musk Debate

Michael Cnudde, Communications and Resource Development Specialist, Autism Ontario
~ 5 minute read PHOTO BY: WILL HEATH/NBC In May 2021, billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk disclosed his Asperger’s diagnosis on national live television, opening the floodgates of public criticism against him as well raising questions about his
 

Transitioning to Employment

Sarah Southey, MSW, RSW
~ 3 minute read Updated from an article originally published in 2015 Honest, loyal, highly focused, creative, logical, and attentive to detail are some of the common traits associated with people with autism. Would you want to hire someone with these
 

Top Ten Things You Should Know About Learning to Print

Taunia Clouthier BSc, MSc (OT), OT Reg. (ON)
~ 5 minute read 1. Pre-printing strokes l − ○ + / □ \ × Δ Prior to printing letters, children should know how to draw these shapes. Typically, around two years of age, children will develop the vertical line. By six years of age, most children are
 

Genetics and Autism - Breakthrough in Novel Genetic Contribution to Autism

Michael Cnudde, Specialist, Communications and Resource Development, Autism Ontario
~ 3 minute read Last July, a research team from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), led by Dr. Ryan Yuen, announced it had discovered “wrinkles” in DNA that could provide a genetic cause for autism. Researchers believe this could represent a
 

All about my Autism

Hannah L.
I would like to explain how my Autism affects me and things I wish people knew. I am Autistic, but that is just a part of me. My autism makes going to loud places and having bright lights very very difficult for me. It really hurts my ears and eyes
 

A Book to Celebrate Our Differences

Lisa Lambertus Boros, parent and artist
My 10-year-old autistic son, Evan, and I wrote and illustrated children’s book together called I Wonder…A book to celebrate our differences. It embraces neurodiversity and how our differences make us special. Our book asks questions like, “Why am I
 

Our Trip to the Vaccine Clinic

Fiona Westner-Ramsay
I am the mom of Makobe, an 18-year-old with severe autism who lives at home with us in Muskoka. My husband, Mike, works for Swift Canoe and Kayak, and we are the owners/operators of a local canoe paddle-making business, Badger Paddles. I wish to
 

Quaran-TEAM

Jasmeet
~ 3 minute read Why is the title a not so clever pun you may ask? Well, the essence of this post is to embrace the idea of teamwork. This pandemic has placed an ample amount of stress on families with children in general, but particularly families
 

Happy Birthday Matthew! (Part 2)

Monica Richardson
~ 3 minute read It’s been 6 years since I wrote the story, “Happy Birthday Matthew!” for raisetheflagforautism.com, and reading it and seeing Matthew’s smiling face brings me such joy! Now that we’ve passed his 28th birthday, I thought it was time
 

While World Autism Month Ends, Our Work Continues

Tatum Shiff, Content and Marketing Coordinator, Autism Ontario
~ 3 minute read As World Autism Month comes to an end, we want to thank everyone who helped us rally together to increase understanding, acceptance, and celebration of people on the autism spectrum, foster support, and inspire a more inclusive world
 

Autistic Adults Review The Good Doctor

Michael Cnudde, Specialist, Communications and Resource Development, Autism Ontario
~ 7 minute read The Good Doctor, which airs on CTV, has drawn much attention from the autism community. It centres around Dr. Shawn Murphy, a young autistic savant resident surgeon at an American hospital, played by neurotypical actor Freddie
 

What Autism Means to Us - World Autism Day 2021

Tatum Shiff, Content and Marketing Coordinator, Autism Ontario
~ 2 minute read “Autism means to me that I’m a strong and resilient person who can do anything [I] set my mind to. I just might need some help and accommodations along the way, and that’s okay." - Chris McConnell, Autistic Adult A few months ago, we
 

Celebrate World Autism Day with us on April 6th!

Autism Ontario
Even though COVID-19 has changed how we’re celebrating, we are still celebrating! Many of our in-person Raise the Flag events may be not be happening this year, but we are still rallying together to increase understanding, acceptance, and celebration
 

Meghan's Art

Meghan Barnes
Hi. My name is Meghan Barnes, I’m 17, and I live in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I love to draw landscapes and people. To me, art is a safe space, a place I can go to escape from the struggles of the real word and the social isolation of the COVID

Autism Ontario Celebrates International Women's Day

Autism Ontario
Autism Ontario celebrates International Women's Day 2021 in Ontario by honouring: Autistic girls and women of all ages who find ways, despite increased rates of mental health challenges during a pandemic, to learn online, adapt to new ways of being
 

Early Childhood Indicators of Autism

Autism Ontario
~ 2 minute read You've heard a lot about autism, but may be wondering about the early signs of autism. If you observe multiple items on this list, it may mean that your child is developing differently. If you suspect your child is on the autism

Autism Ontario 2021 Pre-Budget Consultation Submission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, Ontario, February 12, 2021 Autism Ontario 2021 Pre Budget Submission Autism Ontario 2021 Pre Budget Submission February 12, 2021 Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy Minister of Finance c/o Budget Secretariat, Frost Building
 

Superheroes on the Spectrum, Activate!

Vicky McGrath
~ 2 minute read One of the interesting things about my ASD is that even though I’ve had a 25 year career and own my own business, in some areas I am quite emotionally immature. In fact, my 16 year old daughter even says that she is more mature than
 

Autism, Art, and Acceptance

Carl Parker
~ 3 minute read As an artist on the autism spectrum, I have learned to embrace my neurodiversity as well as my talent, and even to celebrate them. It’s been a journey spanning many years from self discovery to self acceptance and finally to self
 

The CARES Program: Research, Development & Lived Experience

Ola Kusnierz, Webinar and Service Navigation Support Specialist, Autism Ontario
~ 9 minute read Autism Ontario has had the privilege of being invited by the team at SAAAC (South Asian Autism Association Centre) to take part in a new initiative, the CARES program. CARES is a facilitator led, highly interactive, semi-structured
 

Mental Health, COVID, and Living with a Disability

Christian Malatesta, adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder
~ 2 minute read This past year has not been easy for anyone, especially for someone like me who is living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). My name is Christian Malatesta, I am 25 years old, I have cerebral palsy, and was diagnosed with ASD at the
 

Adult Autistics Discuss 'Intelligent Lives'

Michael Cnudde, Specialist Communications and Resource Development, Autism Ontario
~ 3 minute read Intelligent Lives is a 2018 American documentary that tells the story of three young adults with intellectual disabilities, Micah, Naomie, and Naieer, while also focusing on the history of the American disability rights movement
 

Ethics in Autism Research

Michael Cnudde, Specialist Communications and Resource Development, Autism Ontario
~ 3 minute read When you think of ethics in research, you might think it’s summed up by asking a participant’s permission or getting that signature on a consent form. But it’s much more than that. It’s also about considering the needs of the research
 

Priority #3: Financial Hardship

~ 6 minute read What was the problem identified in 2018? In Autism Ontario’s 2018 Provincially Speaking Survey 56% of caregivers reported that finances had been a large or very large source of stress in the past year. Similarly, 51% of autistic
 

I actually really like wearing a mask?

Autistic Anon
~ 1 minute read I actually really like wearing a mask? Which I personally find incredibly surprising. As someone who often feels overstimulated by what I'm wearing, I usually avoid unnecessary accessories. I don't really wear hats or jewelry. I can
 

Priority #2: Long Waitlists

What was the problem identified in 2018? In 2018, in Autism Ontario’s Provincially Speaking Survey, the majority of caregivers (73.6%) surveyed reported long waitlists as the largest barrier to services provided under the auspices of the Ontario
 

MICHAELISM- My POV on Life with Autism -

Michael Tanzer, young adult with autism and ASD advocator
~ 5 minute read What does it mean to have Autism? Well, I cannot really answer that question for you? Why not you might ask? Let me clarify my answer. I can answer that question, but it would be based on my own personal experiences of being on the
 

Sensory Strategies for Teens and Adults

Jennifer Cantello Daw and Suzanne Murphy
~ 3 minute read This article was originally published in 2015. People of all ages can require strategies that help regulate (stimulate or calm) their nervous systems. “Sensory-seeking individuals often continue to crave input as they get older
 

Priority #1: Education Support

~ 5 minute read What was the problem identified in 2018? In 2018, in Autism Ontario’s provincewide survey of 1,514 caregivers and 87 autistic adults, Education support was identified as the highest area of need. Nevertheless, 69% of caregivers of
 

Adult Autistics Review Netflix's Love on the Spectrum

Michael Cnudde
~ 4 minute read As part of Autism Ontario’s broader initiative to examine how autistic people are portrayed in the media, we assembled a focus group of adults on the spectrum to review Love on the Spectrum. The group consisted of self-advocates Aaron
 

Persisting Through the Mental Health Effects of COVID

Dr. Stephanie Price, Ph.D., C.Psych.
~ 5 minute read Stress. It is an inevitable part of human life. It is the traffic on the way to work, the new cough that developed overnight, the flooded basement, and the upcoming work restructuring. Our ability to overcome and adapt to stress and
 

How Can I Help My Child to Print?

Taunia Clouthier
~5 minute read Although printing may be like second nature to you, it is actually a very complex task. In order to become a successful printer, it is important to first develop the ‘building blocks’ of printing. These skills help develop the core
 

Racism in Canada: Acknowledge. Reflect. Act.

Jessica Bethel, Director OAP Provider List, Autism Ontario
~ 2 minute read “For those who have seen the Earth from space… the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.” ~ Donald Williams What a time we are
 

COVID-19: My Story of the First Months

Amanda Strapp
~ 4 minute read Like the all of Canada, I was affected when COVID-19 officially arrived and started wreaking havoc. And while I didn’t really notice during the first few months, I really had my eyes opened to the situation we were in when the
 

Service Navigation in Northern Ontario During COVID-19

Angèle Paquette
~ 3 minute read These are very strange and trying times indeed! As one of the Autism Ontario Service Navigators working in North, we usually come across unique challenges and obstacles as we try to reach families to offer support, and provide
 

Autism Pride Day June 18th

Bekki Semenova
~ 1 minute read I want to inform you all of last month’s important event. Every year, on June 18th, the Autistic community celebrates Autism Pride Day. This is a reminder for autistic people and their families that autistic people don’t need so
 

Tips and Tricks to be Physically Active

Patrick Jachyra, PhD, and Bri Redquest, PhD
~ 3 minute read Participating in physical activity can help make you feel good, create routine and provide an opportunity to create social connections. Being physically active can also improve physical health (e.g., reduce risk of a heart attack)
 

The Art of Mindfulness

Stephanie Moeser, BSW, MSW, RSW
~ 3 minute read We are all in this situation together Each of our situations are unique; some of us are finding it manageable and nice to slow down; Some of us are finding it overwhelming and are juggling many different roles; some of us work in
 

Where are Mom and Dad?

Monica Richardson
~ 2 minute read March 24th was our son’s 27th birthday. We ventured to Matthew’s home with a birthday cake his sister baked, and while there were not yet official isolation rules in place, we kept a respectable distance from the personal support
 

Being Social at Work

Sarah Southey MSW, RSW
~ 4 minute read Work is complex and tedious. That’s why it’s called “work.” Being social at work can be even more cumbersome. Most jobs require some form of teamwork and communication; however, those that relate to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
 

Supporting Our Community

Supporting Our Community April 2020 Click here to view the full PDF. In March 2020, with the onset of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, Autism Ontario conducted a survey in English and French to determine what services it should offer to help
 

The Mask

Matthew J. Lemay
~ 4 minute read This article was originally published in 2015. As someone on the Autism Spectrum, I’m always aware of the fact that I’m an atypical living in a largely neurotypical world. I see the same world through a different lens, and my brain
 

Welcome to the Blog!

Ken Robertson
~ 2 minute read Greetings! Welcome to our new Autism Ontario Blog! I am Ken Robertson, elected and volunteer Board Member and Treasurer for the past three years. I am Indigenous from Secwepemc Nation of the South Thompson Band of Neskonlith peoples

Join Us Virtually for World Autism Awareness Day!

Toronto, Ontario, March 30, 2020 Join Us Virtually for World Autism Awareness Day! Join Us Virtually for World Autism Awareness Day! Download the PDF. Thursday, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. And while social distancing effects how Autism

Events Cancellation and Response to COVID-19

MEMORANDUM March 17, 2020 Events Cancellation and Response to COVID-19 Download the PDF Link Dear Parents and Caregivers, Despite our best efforts and due to recent events regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, Autism Ontario is regretfully cancelling

Autism Ontario 2020 Pre-Budget Consultation Submission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, Ontario, February 18, 2020 Autism Ontario's Pre-Budget Consultation Submission Autism Ontario's Submission to the 2020 Pre-Budget Consultation Download the PDF Link February 11, 2020 Honourable Rod Phillips Minister of
 

Volunteer with London

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario

Autism Ontario Responds to the 2019 Ontario Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, Ontario, April 11, 2019 Autism Ontario Responds to the 2019 Ontario Budget Download the PDF Link Autism Ontario is committed to supporting families through this province-wide program change Ontario’s first Progressive

Ontario Government Announces Inter-ministerial Approach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, Ontario, April 2, 2019 Ontario Government Announces Inter-ministerial Approach to Supporting Children and Youth with Autism and Their Families Today’s announcement means families, Autistic self-advocates, clinicians and

Autism Ontario Responds to the Ministry of Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, Ontario, March 11, 2019 Autism Ontario Responds to Ontario Ministry of Education’s News Release “Enhancing Education Support: A Plan for Students with Autism” Today’s announcement by the Ministry of Education does not

Statement From Autism Ontario

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, Ontario, February 12, 2019 Statement from Autism Ontario On February 07, 2019 the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services made an announcement about the changes being made to the Ontario Autism
 

World Autism Awareness Day T-Shirts

Hamilton-Wentworth Chapter
The Hamilton-Wentworth Chapter has t-shirts available for purchase in support of World Autism Awareness Day being held on Tuesday April 2, 2019. T-Shirts are $10 and are available in various sizes. If interested, please contact office.hamilton

London Events

Christmas Decorating Contest: Put your decorating skills to the test and send us a picture of your best work for the chance to win a $5 gift card to Tim Hortons! We will share holiday craft ideas weekly-you decide which crafts to make and how many
 

Volunteer with Sault Ste. Marie

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Volunteer with Upper Canada

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario
 

Thank you Waterloo Volunteers

A BIG thank you to all our past and current volunteers! There have been many families touched by your dedication, hardwork and passion to make a difference in someone else's life. The smiles seen on the children's faces at our events over the last
 

London Annual Chapter Meeting

Does your employment require you to volunteer? This is a great opportunity to join a small non-profit organization and make a huge impact. The skills you offer could be just what we need to assist our committee and community. Our Leadership Committee
 

Volunteer with Huron Perth

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Volunteer with Ottawa

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Volunteer with Thunder Bay & District

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario
 

Thank you Halton Volunteers

A BIG thank you to all our past and current volunteers! There have been many families touched by your dedication, hardwork and passion to make a difference in someone else's life. The smiles seen on the children's faces at our events over the last
 

Niagara Summer Camp FAQs for Parents

Autism Ontario Niagara Chapter
Autism Ontario Niagara Region has provided an informative Summer Camp FAQ package for parents. This package includes details on what to bring, extreme weather policies, important health information including medication policy, and other additional
 

Volunteer with Durham Region

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario
 

Volunteer with Niagara

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario
 

Volunteer with Simcoe

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario
 

Volunteer with Windsor Essex

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario
 

Thank you Wellington Volunteers

A BIG thank you to all our past and current volunteers! There have been many families touched by your dedication, hardwork and passion to make a difference in someone else's life. The smiles seen on the children's faces at our events over the last
 

Volunteer with Kingston

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario
 

Volunteer with Peterborough

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario
 

Volunteer with Toronto

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario
 

Thank you Hamilton Volunteers

A BIG thank you to all our past and current volunteers! There have been many families touched by your dedication, hardwork and passion to make a difference in someone else's life. The smiles seen on the children's faces at our events over the last
 

Thank You Volunteers

A great big thank you to our fantastic volunteers - Steele, Carley, Ian, Dan, Danielle, Kimberly, Matt and Jessica - who facilitate the Young Adult Social Group. You are amazing!!
 

Volunteer with Grey Bruce

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario
 

Volunteer with North East

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Volunteer with Sudbury & District

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Volunteer with York Region

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Autism Ontario. Whether you are looking for something casual or something more committed, there is a volunteer role suited to you. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with Autism Ontario
 

Thank you Peel Volunteers

A BIG thank you to all our past and current volunteers! There have been many families touched by your dedication, hardwork and passion to make a difference in someone else's life. The smiles seen on the children's faces at our events over the last
 

Quarter Auction

Looking for a little online auction fun? ? Join us for the Autism Charity Quarter Auction from the comfort of your home! Auction paddles go on sale on August 21st, with the auction beginning on August 24th and wrapping up with live draws on August
 

Volunteer with Chatham Kent

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