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The Issue of Eye Contact

As society has developed a deeper understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), we have access to more information about the issue of eye contact, much of which has come from persons with ASD who have been able to report on their experience.

Planning...Just in Case...

This series of tip sheets provides suggestions for practical plans and actions that can help ensure the safe and secure future of your child, of any age. The number of steps and the amount of work may seem overwhelming, but it’s important to begin the process and see it through, one step at a time. There is perhaps no other task that will give a parent more peace of mind.

Accessing Inclusive Personal Training Programs for Young Adults with Autism

In Canada, studies have shown that only approximately 3% of individuals with a disability are actively engaged in organized sport.

However, educators and others are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of personal fitness for students with special education needs and typically developing children alike2. And some are convinced that physical education has a central role to play in building self-esteem and social skills that in turn lead to a more active and inclusive lifestyle for young people with autism.

Thank You London Sponsors

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March Break Reimbursement Fund - FAQ's

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is continuing to support March break programs for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders through more regionally based programs. Families should check with MCSS Regional Offices for further information regarding other March break program supports funded by the Government of Ontario. For information about Regional Offices, click here. Do I need to re-submit the proof of diagnosis if I have previously applied for funds? No. If you previously received funds from 2007 – 2020, you do not need to re-submit confirmation of an ASD

Flip Give- Shop Online

Autism Ontario London FlipGive - Shop on Line, FlipGive is an easy and effective way to help fundraise for our London Chapter while making purchases you would normally make anyway. The company you purchase from donates a percentage of the item price back to London Chapter. It's that easy! Movies, coffee, workout wear, name brands, the directory of brand names are endless: How it Works: Click the here to Join the Team This Autism London link is automatically set up for you. Join now it is free. Our invite code is NMJC53 Create your account: name, email and password. Once completed, you are set

Get Involved

Autism Ontario is currently offering a variety of online events, support groups and webinars for the whole family. Whether you’re interested in learning, connecting with others, or just want to have fun, we’ve got something for everyone! Please note: We encourage families to register for the webinars and support groups that work (time and topic) for them, and not to be restricted by the region or city listed on the registration. During online groups, the speaker will specify at the beginning of the group if some of the information will be region specific.

The Emotional Toolbox

Tony Attwood, a well-known psychologist in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), conceptualized the Emotional Toolbox. It represents a collection of tools (strategies) designed to help people deal with negative emotions. 

Gaming Console Setup and Considerations for Individuals with ASD

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to make the plunge and purchase a gaming system for your (inner) child. Currently there are three popular gaming consoles: Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii (rumored to be succeeded by the Nintendo U around the 2012 holidays) and the Microsoft X-box. While each unit has its pros and cons, each unit seems to leapfrog the other year after year.


Developing Job Skills

Like many other parents of a youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I find thoughts of the future can be positively paralyzing. To overcome that paralysis, I decided to focus on helping my son prepare for some form of work when he leaves school. The focus is not on career development, but simply to increase the options that will be available for him to make a meaningful life for himself once he leaves school.

This article provides some suggestions for other parents with similar goals, suggestions that I believe can be applied to individuals wherever they might be on the spectrum.

Case Study: Establishing Work Opportunities for Someone with ASD

My son is not one of the “stars” amongst adults with autism. His computer skills are fine, but not extraordinary. He has no special scientific aptitude. His math skills meet the needs of daily life, not the demands of technical or commercial endeavors. Yet he is happily engaged in a variety of jobs – some volunteer, others remunerative – that give structure to his life week after week. Because of them, he is a contributing, well-known, and accepted adult in our community.

Effective Home/School Communication

Communication between a student’s home and school can have a significant impact on his school program, the on-going development of skills and on the relationship between parents and teaching staff. Many parents report that they wait anxiously to read the communication book at the end of the day and that their emotional state can be considerably influenced by its content.

Positive Advocacy Resources

Advocacy is about securing, protecting and advancing the rights of one’s self or others. People on the autism spectrum/autistic people have rights. Our system has enacted legislation and regulations to support the needs of children, youth and adults on the autism spectrum. All programs and services must be in compliance with current legislation and regulations. Parents and self-advocates, however, may have to strongly advocate to ensure that their rights or their child’s rights are met. Most effective advocates share a combination of important knowledge and skills: An understanding of


Autism Ontario webinars are designed to be an interactive, easy-to-understand, resource for parents, professionals and educators. Webinars are presented in either English or French, by subject matter experts, in a discussion-based format. Webinars are a convenient way for viewers to: Stay on top of current research findings, Learn about educational advocacy, Build resources to support a child on the autism spectrum at school, Gain tools to keep children and youth safe, Learn strategies to navigate the lifespan of people on the spectrum and their families.


According to The Education Act, every board of education in Ontario is required to have a Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). This committee is made up of volunteer representatives from local associations that work to further the interests and well-being of one or more groups of exceptional children or adults. The SEAC representatives make recommendations to the boards of education about the establishment and development of special education programs and services for exceptional students — including students with ASD. Where Autism Ontario has a Chapter, we too have representation on

Political Advocacy Toolkit

Autism Ontario has a strong, positive working relationship with all levels of government. We strive to reflect the lives of people on the autism spectrum and their families across the lifespan in all government conversations. Our organization sits on a variety of committees to help inform public policy and programs locally and provincially, promote evidence-based practice, and support research. We are a trusted voice in matters that affect autistic people and their families. Even though we are a trusted voice, it is critical for decision makers to hear a number of perspectives. No matter what

Our History

The Ontario Society for Autistic Children was founded in 1973 as a registered charity by a group of parents seeking to establish educational and support services for their children. Up until 1973, families were often forced to institutionalize their children because educational and treatment programs were not available. In the years since incorporation, we have seen great strides in research into the causes and treatment of autism and into the development of educational and community-based services for individuals with ASD. In 1974, the organization was instrumental in conceiving of

Service Providers - Add Your Listing

Do you provide an autism-related service or supports? Are you and your staff trained and experienced in working with autistic children, youth, or adults? Click on one of the links below to add your listing.

Simcoe County Donors

Autism Ontario - Simcoe County Chapter is fortunate to receive community support from so many wonderful individuals and organizations. Here is a list of our recent donors and generous gift in kind funders: Granted our Chapter $2500 for our 2019 Ski/Snowboard Program at Mt St Louis! Kiwanis Club of Orillia donated $2000 to be used for our Social Skills Programming! Many thanks to the Catch the Ace committee in Angus for donating $5000 to our Chapter! Patchless MC 'Ride for Autism' raised over $16,500 in 2018! WW Huronia & Mapleview Locations Collected $9,000 in the month of April, 2019! ​ CIBC