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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
Veuillez noter que cette page est disponible uniquement en anglais. ~ 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
 

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
Veuillez noter que cette page est disponible uniquement en anglais. ~ 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
 

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

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
 

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,

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
 

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

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 Sudbury & 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:
 

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

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 Sault Ste. Marie

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 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

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 Ottawa

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 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: