Autism Society Ontario - Regional Support Leaders

 This newly created contract position will report to the Executive Director of Autism Society Ontario and is one of 5 part-time positions (10 - 20 hours/week for 30 weeks in 2002/03; 40 weeks/year in 2003-05) in Ontario (London area, Ottawa/Cornwall, and York Region) who will work collaboratively on this project.  This is a 1-year renewable contract with a 3-month probationary period. Travel to Toronto (and other potential locations in Ontario) for training will be required.

 The responsibilities will be as follows:

         Provide support and education to parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and interested professionals in a designated region

         To develop and distribute five resource booklets on special education and adult issues collaboratively with other ASO regional support leaders

         Establish excellent working relationships with regional autism service providers

         Provide at least 3 training seminars per year

         Provide individual consultations to families of children with PDD/ ASDs

         Some evening and occasional weekend work required


Preferred Qualifications:

         A 4 year bachelorís degree in Human Services/Education/Psychology

         Demonstrated understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders

         Demonstrated ability/experience working with people (children to adults) with ASD and their families

         Demonstrated ability/experience working with service providers in the community

         Excellent written & oral communication skills

         Demonstrated adult education and presentation skills to small and large groups

         Excellent organizational skills; flexibility, and creativity

         Strong skills in Computer/Internet/Information management

         Highly developed counselling and interpersonal skills

         An ability to prioritize and meet deadlines: balance a number of tasks and be detail oriented

         a valid Ontario driverís license with access to a vehicle


Qualified applicants should respond in writing by July 30, 2002 to:



While all applications will be considered, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Executive Director

Autism Society Ontario

306 - 1 Greensboro Drive

Toronto, ON M9W 1C8




Autism Society Ontario gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, which receives annually $100 million in government funding generated through Ontario's charity casino initiative.