Autism Society Ontario York Region Chapter

NEWS


 


April 27, 2005

Learning Disabilities Association of York Region
~ Presents ~
"LEARN TO TEACH THOSE WHO LEARN DIFFERENTLY"

Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Aurora Public Library
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Registration Deadline is Friday, May 20, 2005
The Cost:
$125 for working professionals and
$75 for students from post-secondary education programs (i.e. College or
University - Social Worker, Recreation Leadership, Early Childhood Education and Human Resources).

For additional information call our LDA-YR Executive Director, Lynn Ziraldo at (905) 884-7933 x22 or email info@ldayr.

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Brookfield Programs Presents
VARIETIES OF ABA PROGRAMMING FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Sunday May 29, 2005
9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
A workshop with John DeMarco, B.C.B.A.
Consulting Behaviour Analyst, Brookfield Programs
Registration limited to 21 participants to allow for questions & discussion
Cost: $65.00 (GST included)

This workshop introduces the array of interventions based on applied behavior analysis currently being used for children with autism. We will compare and contrast the following major programming approaches:
· Lovaas Protocol
· Verbal Behavior (Partington and Sundberg; Carbone; McGreevy)
· Precision teaching

The workshop is designed for parents, paraprofessionals and other interested individuals
For more information/ to Register
416-915-5550
info@brookfieldprograms.com
www.BrookfieldPrograms.com

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Aspergers Parent Support Group
MEETINGS MONTHLY, LAST THURSDAY
7:00 PM
34 Berczy St., Aurora
1st Floor Boardroom

Kerry's Place Autism Services
Community Services York Region/Simcoe County
Facilitator: Rose Anne Punnett, Autism Consultant
905-713-6808 x 312
rpunnett@kerrysplace.org
www.kerrysplace.com

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KATHRYN'S SEAC WEB PAGES

Developed and Maintained by Kathryn Everest
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Representative
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
York Region District School Board

Please visit http://ca.geocities.com/everest3732@rogers.com/mypage.htm

This web page supports links to important York Region District School Board and Ministry of Education documents supplementing Autism Society Ontario's education manual: 'NAVIGATING THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SYSTEM IN
ONTARIO - A HANDBOOK FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS'.

This hardcover three-ring binder is approximately 200 pages long is available through ASO for $25.00/copy PLUS postage and handling.

Order online at http://www.autismsociety.on.ca or by phone to the provincial office, 416-246-9592.

Save postage and handling costs by picking your copy up at any chapter meeting or workshop.

Aspergers Syndrome and Giftedness
Website maintained by Kathryn Everest
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Representative
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
York Region District School Board
http://ca.geocities.com/everest3732@rogers.com/giftedasperger.htm

Best Regards,
Kathryn

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ON-LINE PECS RESOURCE

Thanks to a Chapter parent for submitting this:

Photo PECS cards. These are downloadable ($20 for a whole ton) JPEG photographs of the "real world" objects that are usually depicted with drawings. Created by two "parents of" who are photographers in Utah.

http://www.squarepics.com/

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MELISSA'S STORY

When Melissa was three years old, I stood watching her sleeping like an angel and whispered softly to her, 'This is the day your life might change
forever my precious.' My husband and myself would find out later that day that our beautiful daughter had autism. And so began our family's struggle to live with this mysterious disorder.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Rhonda Shlanger and I am happily married to a fantastic husband and have two amazing children!

Melissa is our miracle child. Our hero and a real trooper. By the age of a year, my husband and I noticed signs that indicated something was
wrong. Poor eye contact, sitting for long periods of time in her high chair without complaining, not pointing, and being totally oblivious to her
environment.

At three, Melissa literally had no speech and cried a great deal of the time when her needs were not met. Jumping, rocking, squeaking took up most of her waking hours. Sounds were difficult for her to handle.

Melissa eventually was diagnosed with Autism at three, by the Sick Children's Hospital. Through years of intensive therapy and auditory
training, a technique for the ears that lower certain frequencies and raise other frequencies, Melissa improved dramatically. Constant intervention on our part was essential.

Our daughter was obsessed with nails and beauty. A doctor who has autism, told us to take the obsessions and to turn these into a career. This
philosophy worked. Today our daughter is an Esthetician and runs her own business. Miracles can happen, however not every family experiences
this. Many of our beloved with Autism experience severe challenges every day.

I have just found out about an organization called the National Alliance for Autism Research. They are a group of parents that raise money through
walk-a-thons across the country. A short form for this organization is called NAAR. This particular organization started out in the United States
and has been incredibly successful, raising millions of dollars to find the causes and hopefully one day a cure for this mysterious disorder.

I am writing to invite you to join us on May 15, 2005 at Mel Lastman Square for 9pm. The walk begins at 10am. I would like to lead a team of walkers for Sweet Melissa, as well as for all the many children and adults facing challenges and frustrations because of this neurological disorder everyday of their lives.

Please consider sponsoring me for this very worthwhile cause. You can make checks payable to NAAR. Send it to Rhonda or Arthur Shlanger by May 1st, 2005. Please write Sweet Melissa in the memo section of your check.

Shlanger Family
163 Hammerstone Cr.
Thornhill ON L4J 8B2

Thank You so much for showing that you care! Let's all make a difference and improve the quality of life for these heroes.

Sincerely yours,
Rhonda Shlanger

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HOMEOPATHY

Celebrating Homeopathy Awareness Week and Amy Lansky's talk show about homeopathy on Autism One Radio, I am offering to 10 children with Autism one full year of free homeopathic consultations.  Experience the benefits of this gentle healing art.  This offer is open to all families in York Region with an autistic child.  Email or phone in your interest, with your name, address, phone number, child's name and age.
A draw will be held to choose 10 families on May 1, 2005.

Soula Kallinis DSHomMed
Classical Homeopath
905-763-2192
Soul Spa Healing Arts Studio
34 Centre St.
Thornhill, ON
Email: homeopathyinfo@sympatico.ca
For more information about homeopathy
www3.sympatico.ca/homeopathyinfo

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April 24 DisAbility News & Views Radio Show

Guests: Sunday, April 24th 5-6PM on WXRL Radio 1300AM
(Sorry I didn't get this out in time, hopefully you can access this through the archives on the website, as noted below)
Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D, is a communication disorder specialist, and licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in autism, Asperger
Syndrome and related conditions. Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D., who is highly respected for her work on behalf of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, is the Editor-in-Chief, and Liane Holliday Willey, Ed.D., author, lecturer, and an individual with Asperger syndrome, is the Senior Editor. ASQ has an exceptional advisory board consisting of 21 members of the international autism community, including Tony Attwood, Simon Baron-Cohen, Catherine Lord, Nancy Minshew, and Lorna Wing.

Dennis Debbaudt is the author of Autism, Advocates and Law Enforcement Professionals: Recognizing and Reducing Risk Situations for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London-Philadelphia, 2002, Avoiding Unfortunate Situations Way/SAC,
Detroit, Michigan, 1994, and a veteran of law enforcement in the private sector since 1977. Debbaudt is a frequent presenter at autism conferences worldwide, and is increasingly hosting train-the-trainer workshops for school districts, law enforcement training programs, and autism advocacy groups.

Temple Grandin, PhD.,a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also
lectures widely on autism - because Temple Grandin is autistic.Grandin is the author, co-author, or editor of several books, including Genetics and
the Behavior of Domestic Animals (1999), Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from My Life with Autism (1995), and Emergence: Labeled Autistic (1986) and Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. This career planning guide is written specifically for high-functioning adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum, their families, teachers, and counselors.

DisAbility News & Views Radio Show
Access past radio shows, resources and more on the website!
www.disabilitynewsradio.com

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Please submit all correspondence (including submissions and change of email address) to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.   We encourage decisions based on knowledge.  The information brought to you through our "Items Of Interest" does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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April 14, 2005

Autism One 2005 Conference May 26 – 29

Chicago Marriott O’Hare Hotel
http://AutismOne.org

Autism One is a 501(3)(c), non-profit, charity organization, started by a small group of parents of children with autism. Parents are and must remain the driving force of our community, the stakes are too high and the issues too scared to delegate to outside interests.

The most comprehensive conference on autism ever assembled now offers greater focus to help you address specific needs, shorten your learning curve, and bring you quickly up to speed.

Most Comprehensive
Questions and answers do not stop at the boundary of a discipline. Multivariate in presentation and cure autism bows to the collective weight of doctors working with therapists working with educators working with parents working to recover their children.

Our children benefit from an inter-disciplinary approach. Autism One 2005 is proud to feature over 100 of the leading experts presenting in four tracks to help you make the best decisions:

1. Biomedical Treatments
2. Behavior / Communication / Education Therapies
3. Complementary and Alternative Medicine
4. Government / Legal / Personal Issues

You will meet and learn from such outstanding experts as Dr. Jill James, Dr. Rashid Buttar, Dr. Mady Hornig, Dr. Richard Deth, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, and Dr. Temple Grandin to name only a few. You will be inspired by the progress across disciplines reported by both practitioners and parents.

We are pleased David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm, will deliver the keynote address. David has written a fascinating book chronicling much of our community’s recent history, including the big picture power plays, while detailing the struggle and obstacles each of us as parents face.

Greater Focus
This year we are introducing a number of important changes to provide what we are calling a “lived experience.” Conferences have a tendency to talk at you. That’s not good enough. Real learning occurs at a deeper level; a level that combines the abstract with the practical.

Initiatives include:
1. The Mentor Program: You may request a mentor. Mentors are fellow-parents with recovered children or children well on their way to recovery.
2. Three Mini-Tracks: 1. Parents New to the diagnosis; 2. Puberty, Adolescence and Adulthood and; 3. Environmental Medicine/Issues are available.
3. Pre-Conference Day, GFCF and SCD - Culinary Delight: The Pre-Conference day is devoted to hands-on cooking to take the mystery out of gluten- casein-free and specific carbohydrate diets.
4. Gluten/Casein free items on breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus: Menu options will include gluten- and casein-free for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Have a taste, it’s good.

Please see http://AutismOne.org for more information, including a list of topics and speakers.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you and we’ll see you in May.

My Best,
Edmund Arranga
714.680.0792
http://AutismOne.org
earranga@autismone.org

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NEW! York Region on a Limited Budget
An updated edition of the handy reference booklet, York Region on a Limited Budget: How to Survive When You Don't Have a Lot of Money is now available. Originally produced in 1977, this booklet has been made possible through the wonderful time and resource commitments from several consumers and YSSN staff. Available through: http://www.yssn.ca/news.htm

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ZOE'S NEW BEGINNINGS

We are located at 8551 Weston road units 7-8 Woodbridge Ont.  We are currently offering a Full Time program 8am-12pm (hours will
change according to demand). This 4 hour program we are offering 1:1 ABA therapy and 2:1 social skills and integration where the ABA will be
utilized. We are taking children ages 3-8 so they can appropriately be integrated with children their own age. Programming will be done based on
the parents’ goals for their child and will be written up by Lauryn Barmash (ABA therapist). We have on staff a Doctor from Sick Kids
Hospital who will be attending monthly sessions to observe and see child's progress and twice a month session with head ABA Therapist.

We have Various Programs your child can choose from
FULL TIME
Monday-Friday
$60,000 per year
$33.00 per hour
7 hours per day
8am-3pm
8-12pm - Full integration , Lunch included in class room setting, a
program Assistant , Social skills programs, Social skills programs, and
social skills assessments
12-3pm
1:1 ABA therapy, programs for academics, ABA kit, Observation twice a
month by supervisor, observation once a month by MD

FULL TIME 1/2 DAY
Monday- Friday
48,000
$46.00 per hour
4 hours per day
8-9am
1:1 ABA therapy , Programs for academics, ABA kit, Observation twice a
month by MD, Observation once a month by supervisor
9-12pm
Full Integration in child care setting, Lunch included , a program
Assistant 2:1

If requested we do offer Part time ( every other day ) programs as well.

Lauryn Barmash
905 851 8005
Lauryn2334@hotmail.com

Thank you again
If you need anymore information please feel free to contact me



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Please submit all correspondence (including submissions and change of email address) to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.   We encourage decisions based on knowledge.   The information brought to you through our "Items Of Interest" does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
 


April 9, 2005

PECS FOLLOW-UP TRAINING

Travelodge Hotel Toronto Airport
925 Dixon Road
April 21 & 22, 2005
Presenters: Anne Hoffman, M.Ed. & Diane Black, M.Ed.

See the website for the brochure containing all the details: http://www.pecs-canada.com/English/upcoming_workshops.htm

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO
YORK REGION CHAPTER

APRIL 12, 2005
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


GUEST SPEAKER: Margaret Spoelstra, Executive Director Autism Society Ontario
“Pivotal Skills and Responses for Children and Adults with ASD”

Please join us at our Annual General Meeting on April 12, 2005
At 7:00 pm at the Loyal True Blue and Orange Building.
11181 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (two streets north of Elgin Mills)
Room B07



Autism Society Ontario – York Region Chapter has been very active this year and we look forward to sharing our accomplishments and receiving your input in planning for our upcoming year.

Nominations for our 2005-2006 Chapter Leadership Council have been submitted and they include:

Cenza Newton
Jasna Tome
Brenda Wynne
Cindi Buick

Kathryn Everest
Paul Kalmykow
Janet Kalmykow
Liz Cohen
Lynda Beedham
Aliya Rahim

Bios on the nominees are available at asoyork@axxent.ca

Chapter elections will be conducted at the meeting. Please email us at asoyork@axxent.ca should you wish to add your name to our list of nominees. Your membership must be in good standing.

Our guests include Randy and Mandy Klein from “Micah’s Favourite” and Peter Wetzel, from Nature’s Own Bakery and Natural Food Mill Products. Their companies produce a wide variety of Gluten Free Casein Free products. They will provide samples for all to enjoy and you will have the opportunity to purchase their products.

Our guest speaker is Margaret Spoelstra, Executive Director, Autism Society Ontario. She will be presenting “Pivotal Skills and Responses for Children and Adults with ASD”.

We were also honored with having one of our children and her classmates featured in this year’s “Toonie For Autism Day” campaign video. You will have the opportunity to view “My Friend Dylan – I Wonder What We Will Learn”.

For more information please contact us at (905)780-1590 or asoyork@axxent.ca

We look forward to seeing you there.

Cenza Newton – President
Autism Society Ontario – York Region Chapter

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GENETICIST SPEAKING IN TORONTO

Hello Chapters geographically closer to Durham Region,
FYI - See note below from Lynne Leyland. (LynneLeyland@aol.com)

Hi,

I wanted to let you know that Jeanette will be in Toronto on April 17th. She is the guest speaker for our NFSO biannual meeting.

She will be arriving Saturday - I don't have the timing as yet and will be staying at the Radisson Hotel - Victoria Park and 401 on Sat night. She will be presenting Sunday from 10 am to noon at the hotel.

If anyone wishes to attend - it is free - but they need to let me know in advance. She will be talking about her autism research (with a focus on the
NF/autism component) and also talking generally about life with a disabled brother.

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SIBLING WORKSHOPS

The Toronto chapter of Autism Society Ontario, in coordination with Kerry's Place Autism Services, is pleased to offer a workshop for
children who have a brother or sister with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This is a great opportunity for siblings to get together and share
experiences with one another in an informal and fun environment. The workshop will include a simulation, videos, crafts, games, activities
and group discussions.

Dates: Saturday April 16 and 23, 2005 for 8 to 10 year olds.
Saturday May 7 and 14, 2005 for 11 to 13 year olds.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Kerry's Place Autism Services, Toronto Location
376 Rusholme Road (Dufferin & Bloor)
Fee: $20.00
Pizza lunch and snacks will be provided
To register please call 416-534-1644. Register early: space is limited.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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April 3, 2005

CORRECTION - QUEEN'S PARK ON MONDAY APRIL 4

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO "RALLY" BEING PLANNED.
We are encouraged to show our support to Ms. Martel by being present at the Legislature when she speaks .
I apologize for the error.

News from some of our listmates: A ruling has been made by the Superior Court in the Deskin/Wynberg case. The ruling is posted at the website of the families' lawyers at www.essac.com (click on "news"). Word from the families is that they are pleased with the decision. Press releases with a summary of the decision should be released in the next few days.

"Shelly Martel, MPP will raise a question on Monday, April 4, 2005 in the Ontario Legislature regarding the recent decision by Justice Kiteley in the Deskin/Wynberg lawsuit. She is asking for a show of parental support on the floor that day. Shelley has supported our kids all along and now that we have a win she is prepared to get it out there on the Legislature floor immediately. Please come out and give her the support she has always given our children. Shelly requests that we be there for 1:00 p.m. and go directly to her office in room #112. Please either call ahead and leave a message or an email to let her know you are coming so she can let security know.
Tel: 416 325-9203 or e-mail: smartel-qp@ndp.on.ca "

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COURSE: Autism Spectrum Disorder - Assisting Student's Development

This 39 hour on-line course provides educational staff with tools needed to work successfully with children diagnosed with this complex condition. It is delivered by a team of professionals from school boards and Hamilton Health Sciences Corp., including International Autism Authority Dr. Peter Szatmari. A strong emphasis will be placed on communication, social skills, behavioural skills, family, sensory and educational issues. There will be a final exam.
The course starts on May 13th and costs $274.32.
Enrollment is limited. Please contact Myrna Kelly at Mohawk College for further information. 905-575-1212, ext# 3345

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ASO METRO TORONTO CHAPTER'S GENERAL MEETING



Hello,
I am writing on behalf of the Autism Society Ontario - Metro Toronto Chapter.

Spots are beginning to fill up for our next general meeting on Thursday April 28th at 7:30 p.m.! RSVP early if you or staff plan on attending this very beneficial evening!


If you or staff members would like to attend, please RSVP to my email or use
the information located on the flyer. All those whom wish to attend need to
RSVP to 416-489-0702 or info@asotoronto.org.

We would love to see you there!! Thank you for your help and support!

Come hear author Thelma Wheatley, the first Canadian parent to publish a
book about raising an autistic child. Thelma's novel, My Sad is All Gone has
made her the first parent world-wide to write about violence,
self-mutilation and psychosis in an autistic child from a parent's
view-point. Her book has also been endorsed by Temple Grandin, an autistic
icon, who writes: "My Sad is All Gone is essential reading for anybody who
needs to learn about pharmacological treatments for severe rage in teenagers
and adults with autism."

Thank you again,
Deborah A. Richardson
Autism Society Ontario - Metro Toronto Chapter
(416) 212-2773
Deborah.Richardson@moh.gov.on.ca

www.asotoronto.org

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FREE NATUROPATHIC LECTURE



Free Lecture: “Healing Autism Naturally & Emotionally”

Learn About Naturopathic Medicine by Nora Jane Pope, N.D., Naturopathic Doctor

& Coping With Autism by Camille de Haney, B.S.W., Life Coach, Positive Links Consulting.



7pm, Thursday, April 21, 2005 Common Health Centre, 2nd floor, 348 Danforth Avenue

Reservations recommended: - call Nora Jane Pope, N.D. at 416-969-9181



Presentation Outline: Introduction


What is Naturopathic Medicine, how are Naturopathic Doctors trained, how are they licensed and regulated by the Ontario Government



Philosophy: Naturopathic Philosophy and the 6 Naturopathic Guiding Principles


Treatment Options


Nutrition: safely use vitamins & minerals with your current medication, address drug-induced nutrient deficiencies, manage side effects, manage stress. The latest medical research will be discussed.

Herbal Medicine: use herbs to lower stress, support liver function, support kidney excretion, manage side effects and avoid drug-herb interactions. The latest medical research will be discussed.

Chinese Medicine: use acupuncture, herbs and foods to balance yin & yang, manage syndromes which lead to neuronal degeneration. The latest medical research will be discussed.

Homeopathic Medicine: examples from various remedies will be discussed. Treatment is customized to patient's specific symptoms

Lifestyle Counseling: identify & avoid triggers



The Impact of Autism on the Family


Objective: This presentation will: (I) explore how having a child with autism can impact upon the family unit (II) Identify coping strategies that will improve family dynamics.


Summary Question & Answer Period

Why you should come to this lecture:


Nora Jane Pope, B.A., N.D. is a general practitioner of complementary & natural medicine. She diagnoses, treats and prevents disease. Her training combines Western Medicine with the integration of natural therapies. She has been treating children with autism since 2001.

Camille deHaney is the President of Positive Links Consulting, a company that provides Life, Corporate Coaching and Training in Self-Development and Diversity Issues. Camille has practical experience in partnering with families who have a child with a disability. She helps families, identify their strengths, achieve more family balance and develop coping strategies to face their unique challenges.



This lecture will give you a good overview of complementary medicine, as well as an analysis of the latest research on these therapies. The impact of autism on the family unit will be discussed.



Space is limited. To avoid disappointment, please call to make a reservation at 416-969-9181.

For more information : Nora Jane Pope, N.D. Camille deHaney, BSW, Life Coach

The bodyclinic Positive Links Consulting

11 Yorkville Avenue Tel: 905-764-3404

Toronto M4W 1l2 Fax: 905-764-2129

416-324-8999 www.positivelinksconsulting.com

e-mail: drnora@rogers.com info@positivelinksconsulting.com





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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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April 2, 2005

RALLY AT QUEEN'S PARK ON MONDAY APRIL 4

News from some of our list mates: A ruling has been made by the Superior Court in the Deskin/Wynberg case. The ruling is posted at the website of the families' lawyers at www.essac.com (click on "news"). Word from the families is that they are pleased with the decision. Press releases with a summary of the decision should be released in the next few days.

"Shelly Martel, MPP will raise a question on Monday, April 4, 2005 in the Ontario Legislature regarding the recent decision by Justice Kiteley in the Deskin/Wynberg lawsuit. She is asking for a show of parental support on the floor that day. Shelley has supported our kids all along and now that we have a win she is prepared to get it out there on the Legislature floor immediately. Please come out and give her the support she has always given our children. Shelly requests that we be there for 1:00 p.m. and go directly to her office in room #112. Please either call ahead and leave a message or an email to let her know you are coming so she can let security know.
Tel: 416 325-9203 or e-mail: smartel-qp@ndp.on.ca "

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SAYING GOODBYE TO OUR REGIONAL SUPPORT LEADERS

Autism Society Ontario received Trillium Funding for a 3-year period in order to hire Regional Support Leaders (RSL's) in various chapters across the province. Our chapter had the good fortune to have two outstanding individuals - Lynda Beedham and Liz Cohen. Many of us have have enjoyed the benefits of the program with Liz and Lynda providing support to our parents, relatives and individuals with ASDs as well as professionals free of charge for the past three years. This program has also brought us the resource materials "Children Diagnosed with Autism: What to Expect and Where to Get Help" along with the upcoming Teen and Adult Guide due out in late spring.

It is with great sadness that we announce the termination of the RSL positions in York Region as of March 31st. Our RSL's have been informing individuals seeking support of this deadline and have been providing names of service providers in York who provide case management and other services. Here is a list of such services:
Kerry's Place Autism Services: Case Management
Geneva Centre for Autism: Case Management
York Support Services Network: Case Management
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Representation: at both boards
Thistletown Regional Centre: Case Management, assessments
MCSS - for funding (SSAH, ACSD, Enhanced Respite Funding, Change of Circumstances)
Due to demand, Liz Cohen will provide support on a fee-for-service basis under the name BBB at Home Autism Support. She will offer similar services to the RSL position, along with help in setting up behaviourally based home programs. Liz will continue to provide our chapter with regular workshops. More information and price lists will be available in an upcoming Articles of Interest, but if you would like to book an appointment, you may email her at liz@deaknet.com

Our Chapter will restore itself to a member-supporting-members format. We have long been an organization that sustained itself through dedicated volunteer and fundraising efforts and will continue as such. We will continue to offer monthly support meetings, send regular email newsletters, host speakers for workshops, operate our summer camp program and lending library and provide reference materials and support to families and professionals in York Region.

The Chapter Leadership Council recently approved a motion to hire a part time Chapter Coordinator to facilitate parent support and field telephone and email inquiries. You may continue to contact us at (905) 780-1590 or via email at asoyork@axxent.ca

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Liz and Lynda for all their hard work and dedication in supporting families and professionals who are touched by ASDs. It would be remiss not to mention that Liz and Lynda also put in many, many volunteer hours over and above their RSL duties and for that we are ever so thankful. Clearly, they have played a major role in our chapter's success and accomplishments over the years. Our thanks to you both!!

Cenza Newton - President
and the Chapter Leadership Council 2004-2005
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter

CHAPTER COORDINATOR POSITION AVAILABLE
PART TIME/CONTRACT
AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO - YORK REGION CHAPTER
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter is seeking an organized individual to assist the chapter with administrative duties. You must be available to work in our office in Richmond Hill 2 days/week (10 hours). Additional volunteer opportunities to network and gain knowledge about services and supports in York Region make this an ideal position for a parent living with autism.

Responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:
maintain chapter database
IT support
manage incoming mail/phone calls/emails
direct messages to appropriate Chapter Leadership Council representatives
report chapter banking to provincial office
room/workshop bookings
photocopy/file
maintain information displays and materials
camp registrations
resource development
manage/maintain lending library
manage co-op student placements
If you are interested in this position please submit your resume to asoyork@axxent.ca
An individual holding a paid position within the chapter may not sit on the Chapter Executive. Must be able to start immediately.


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TOONIE FOR AUTISM DAY IS APRIL 29!
Toonie for Autism Day is April 29, 2005. Has your child's school registered yet?

As a member of this year's Toonie for Autism Day Committee, I'm very excited about this year's campaign. The premiere screening of this year's video "My Friend Dylan ... I Wonder What We Will Learn" was held at Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School in Aurora on March 22nd. This year's video features students from Holy Spirit and the school had an absolutely amazing "Toonie for Autism" WEEK - holding a variety of cool activities in support of this awareness program.

Toonie for Autism Day brings awareness into the school and benefits not only individuals with autism, but also their peers, by fostering acceptance and understanding. It's a great opportunity to set the foundation for future relationships/friendships for your child.

Awareness materials: brochures, flyers, video, bookmarks, etc. are provided free of charge to each and every school that registers on-line at http://www.autismsociety.on.ca/tooni_2005/index.htm. Have a look at the campaign info on the website and see what a tremendous program this is.

Below you will find a list, as at March 22, 2005, of participants registered in York Region. We're ahead of last year's numbers, but still have a ways to go as there is an individual with ASD in virtually every school and/or community.

Please help us spread the word by getting your child's school involved.

Sincerely,
Cindi Buick, Past President
ASO York Region Chapter

Registered Participants:

York Catholic D.S.B
St. Charles Garnier School Richmond Hill
Holy Family Catholic School Thornhill
Holy Spirit Aurora
Our Lady of Peace Maple
St. Stephen Elementary Cath.Sch. Woodbridge
St. Clare Woodbridge

York Region D.S.B
Meadowbrook P.S. Newmarket
Pleasantville PS Richmond Hill
Willowbrook P.S. Thornhill
Walter Scott P.S. Richmond Hill
Unionville P.S. Unionville
Richmond Rose P.S. Richmond Hill
Crossland P.S. Newmarket
Charles Howitt P.S. Richmond Hill
Regional Special Education Newmarket
Unionville High School Unionville

Corporate/Private/Personal
Movement From Within Inc. Richmond Hill
Kerry's Place Autism Services Aurora
Finding The Way Markham
York University Thornhill
Mike Cacciotti (relative of Cenza Newton, York Chapter President)
Parry Sound Esodynamics Centre (relative of Cenza Newton, York Chapter President)



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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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March 30, 2005

Plan your summer now!

AURORA YOUTH SOCCER CLUB - SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAM

The Aurora Youth Soccer Club in collaboration with Special Olympics Ontario is proud to offer a Special Needs Program for children 6-16 years of age. This eight week session program will run on Saturday mornings from 10 - 11 am at Sheppard's Bush in Aurora. The program will involve at least one tournament for participants. The program starts on June 11th.

For more information contact the Aurora Youth Soccer Club at (905) 727-0624, www.aysc.ca or Bruce Punnett at Kerry's Place at (905) 713-6808 ext. 311.

Registration forms are now available at www.aysc.ca

AUTISM DAY AT THE SKYDOME

Friday, August 5, 2005.
Game Time 7:05 pm at Skydome

Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees

Tickets will be discounted up to 40 percent with a portion of ticket sales going to autism research in Canada and to support individuals in our community living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This offer is open to everyone. Watch for more details and order form online at www.autismsociety.on.ca




McHappy Days
- Please Mark on Your Calendar Right Now -
May 18,2005

Autism Society Ontario - York Region's ASK Camp has
been selected by Susan Garber, Franchisee of the
McDonald's Restaurants at 1600 Hyw #7 (Hwy 7 and
Centre Street, Vaughan) and the McDonald's at the Food
Court in the Promenade Mall (Bathurst/Centre St,
Vaughan), to be the designated charity of the McHappy
Days on May 18th.

$1 from each sale of each Big Mac, McHappy Meal and
Egg McMuffin will be directed to our Chapter's Summer
Day Camp for Autistic Children/Youth and to Ronald
McDonald House Charities. This money will be used to
subsidise parent fees for children going to the camp
this summer.

We need some help from the chapter members, plus the
many friends of people in the chapter, to:

1) Help man (woman) the counters for a least an hour
or two that day - no burger flipping experience
required! E-mail Paul Paulkalmykow@yahoo.ca if you
are able to help out. You will support a great cause
and help out by aiding in the increase of knowledge
about ASD in the community.
2) Come out with a huge appetite, and bring all your
friends,neighbours and family, and enjoy a breakfast,
lunch or dinner at the Centre/Keele or Promenade
McDonald's outlets on May 18th. You may wish to
re-send this e-mail to at least 20 of your closest
email contacts in your address book!

Have you marked your calendar, daytimer or your PDA
yet? You haven't? Do it RIGHT NOW. Put away those
pots and pans! Lock up the fridge and turn off the
stove and microwave.... And we will see you at
McDonald's on the 18th of May.



BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

Autism Society Ontario is holding our 2nd Annual
RAAA! Beach Volleyball Tournament

Saturday August 6, 2005
Ashbridges Bay, Toronto

Help us raise funds for the very important work that we provide for children and adults with autism and their families.

Our goal is to have 24 teams help us raise over $16,000 for ASO

Come join us for a day of fun
Put together a team
Challenge co workers, students and friends
Volunteer to help the committee
Come and watch some exciting games
Watch for more information at www.raaatournamentaso.ca



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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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March 22, 2005

ASO YORK Region Chapter and Support Meeting - Feb 22.05

PRESENT:
Cenza Newton, Lynda Beedham, Liz Cohen, Joanne Scott Jackson, David Kates, Lyn Eckersley, Lisa Dunn, Marla Teicher, Lisa Wilson, Bruce McIntosh, Laura Kirby, Chris Wanschura, Julie Panakos, Brenda Wynne

1) Welcome and Introductions. Our president, Cenza Newton welcomed everyone and introductions were made.

2) ASO York Region - Annual General Meeting - April 12, 2005, 7-9pm, B07, Loyal True Blue and Orange.
- Elections will be held to elect the members of the Chapter Leadership Council(CLC). Council consists of the four Executive positions plus 8 members representing key activities of the chapter. CLC is limited to 12 members through our by-laws. CLC's mission is to represent the chapter members in dealings with the Provincial Chapter, all levels of Governments including the school boards and service providers.

i) Executive Positions - President
- Vice-President
- Treasurer
- Secretary
ii) 8 other Chapter Leadership Council Members

Anyone interested in a position is encouraged to send your name and a brief bio about yourself to the chapter at asoyork@axxent.ca.

-Our guest speaker for the meeting will be Margaret Spoelstra, Executive Director, Autism Society Ontario

3) ASK Camp Update: Check http://www.bbbautism.com/ask_camp_05.htm for registration forms. Submit your registration no later than Friday, March 18, 2005. Please note the requirement to volunteer at our BINGO fundraising nights (up to 3 nights per year). Campers will have the opportunity to spend 2 nights at the Kinark camp and 1 night at a Provincial Park.
4) Toonies for Autism Day - April 29th, 2005. In its 4th year, the day creates awareness by schools participating in the fundraiser and support materials including a video are sent to Ontario schools. www.autismsociety.on.ca
5) Regal Catalogue Fundraising - The Spring 2005 catalogue is available in the information area outside ASO York offices or by contacting Brenda Wynne at 905-770-1452. All proceeds are given to our Chapter.
6) Survey Update - A survey will soon be announced. It will gather information about who in York Region we are supporting to enable us to all help each other better. It will be available online. Watch for further information in the Item of Interest email distribution.
7) Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Update Evening - Please join us for this update on Tuesday March 29th 7:00pm - 9:00pm Room B7, Loyal True Blue and Orange Building (LTBO), 11181Yonge Street (north of Elgin Mills), Richmond Hill. RSVP to asoyork@axxent.ca .
8) YOGA FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM - Katy Bennett of Azure Yoga is instructing Hatha Yoga classes at LTBO on Thursday mornings 10-11:30 am. Drop in is okay.

9) Micah's Favorite - gluten free products available. Randy and Mandy Klein and daughter Micah are a new chapter family. They have partnered with a health food store chain. They will be at the AGM in April with a show n tell and samples to taste.

Micah's Favourite
Makers of Fine Gluten-Free Products
Catering available
Newmarket
905-898-0739
randy@micahsfavourite.com
www.micahsfavourite.com


10) Aurora Youth Soccer league is partnering with Special Olympics. The program will be 8 weeks starting in late May and running through to end of August, it will be on a Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 at a park in Aurora, cost yet to be determined, age 6- 16 years of age. Other info should be arriving soon, any questions please feel free to call Bruce Punnett at 905 713 6808 x311 or email bpunnett@kerrysplace.org

11) Dr Kevin Stoddart is available for consultation appointments at LTBO for parents of children with Aspergers diagnosis. Contact the chapter to book an appointment by email at asoyork@axxent.ca or voicemail 905-780-1590.

12) Regrettably the Regional Support Leaders positions sponsored by the Trillium Foundation will terminate on March 31, 2005. Lynda Beedham and Liz Cohen have held these positions for our chapter and through their tremendous knowledge and support we have all benefited.

13) Autism Society Canada press release on Feb 23,2005. To read the release go to http://www.autismsocietycanada.ca/en/whats_new.html


Brenda Wynne
Secretary and CLC Member
ASO York Region Chapter


 


March 14, 2005

SUPPORT IN THE CHINESE COMMUNITY

Dear Community Partners

Spirit of Life is a voluntary non profit organization funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to serve the Chinese Community in York Region. We aim at enhancing the quality of life for the individuals with developmental disabilities and other needs through education and support. You are cordially invited to our Official Opening Ceremony & Media Conference

Date: March 17, 2005 (Thursday)
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Golden Regency Restaurant
Unit 88, 2/F, Pacific Mall
4300 Steeles Avenue East, Markham, Ontario
Light lunch will be served after the conference.
Please RSVP to Mr. Thomas Li, Program Coordinator on or before March 15, 2005
905-477-3727
<office.sol@bellnet.ca>

Spirit of Life is a voluntary not-for-profit organization, aimed at enhancing the quality of life for
individuals with developmental disabilities and other special needs through education and
support.
In December 2004, the organization received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to
provide information and support service to community workers, medical professionals, early
years educators, and parents with children from 0 – 6 years of age. Our goal is to increase
public awareness through education and to provide current information and linkage to
community resources such as parent support groups and educational workshops to families in
the Chinese community in York Region.


Spirit of Life
3160 Steeles Ave. East
Markham, Ontario L3R 4G9
Tel. 905-477-3727
1-866-861-6031
Fax 905-477-3763
e-mail office.sol@bellnet.ca
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ASPERGERS SOCIETY OF ONTARIO
Workshop Series for Winter/Spring 2005

Location Bloor Jewish Community Centre
south west corner of Bloor and Spadina Ave
Time 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost $ 40.00 per person, per workshop
Light refreshments will be served

Aspergers Society of Ontario
Margot Nelles
Executive Director
<margot@aspergers.ca>
www.aspergers.ca
416-651-4037

An Introduction to Asperger Syndrome
Monday April 11
Dr. Kevin Stoddart - Social Worker and specialist in Asperger's
This workshop will review the major characteristics of Asperger Syndrome, illustrated with examples in children and adults. Theories as to the causes of Asperger Syndrome and a brief introduction to multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment will be provided.

Asperger Syndrome: The School Experience
Thursday April 21
Georgina Rayner - Educational Advocate
This workshop will review the identification process in school boards, and the accommodations required for children and youth with Asperger Syndrome, to ensure success in the school setting. A question and answer period will be provided.

Parenting Children with Asperger Syndrome
Monday May 9
Fern Quint, B.A., R.N.- Nurse and mother of a young adult with Asperger Syndrome
Fern will discuss her experience of parenting an individual with Asperger Syndrome. Strategies that have worked for her will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring questions related to parenting for discussion.

Teens and Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome
Thursday May 19
Dr. Kevin Stoddart - Social Worker and specialist in Asperger's
Dr. Stoddart will discuss issues facing older teens and young adults with Asperger Syndrome, and their families. Topics addressed will include the transition to work or post-secondary education, mental health problems, and developing social and life skills.

Financial Planning for the Future
Monday June 20
Mary Stokes - Lawyer practising in the area of wills, trusts and estates
Parents of children with special needs want to ensure their child will be provided for financially in the future. This workshop will describe how to prepare through the use of wills, trusts and other financial and legal opportunities.

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SOCIAL ACTIVITIES (ASPERGER'S)

Asperger's Group Social / Leisure Activities in Newmarket
Kerry's Place Autism Services
Dafna Avisar, facilitator
(905) 713 - 6808 x 341
davisar@kerrysplace.org
Volunteers are welcomed

Homework / Social group for grade 9 & 10
This is an integrated group for students with Aspergers and mainstream students
Wednesday evenings 5:00pm 8:00pm.
At the Youth Centre, 56 Charles Street, Newmarket.

Rock Climbing Groups
at Of Rock and Chalk Climbing Gym, Newmarket
Cost: $15.00 per session

Climbing for adults with autism
Tuesdays 2:00pm 4:00pm

Climbing for adults with Aspergers
Tuesdays 5:00pm 7:00pm

Climbing for adolescents with Aspergers, ages 11 - 15
Thursdays 6:00pm 8:00pm

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FREE E-NEWSLETTER

Hello List;
A fabulous NEW free E-newsletter for you. Please see subscription
information below.
Linda Hodgdon's book 'Visual Strategies for Improving Communication' is
available to members in your chapter's Lending Library, or purchase through
Parentbooks:
416-537-8334
1-800-209-9182
www.parentbookstore.com
parentbk@netcom.ca

..............

From the author of 'Visual Strategies for Improving Communication', one of
the most recommended books in the field of autism,
Linda Hodgdon's E-newsletter, 'Another View' is published the second
Thursday of each month.
This E-Newsletter is an information packed resource addressing the
communication needs of students with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and
related behavior or social skill challenges. You will learn more about
effective teaching strategies, helpful resources and lots more. . . .
To help ensure that you receive Another View in your inbox (not bulk or
junk folders) please add office@usevisualstrategies.com to your address book.
The E-newsletter will automatically be sent in HTML format. If you would
prefer to receive it in TEXT format, please e-mail me at
office@usevisualstrategies.com with the subject line 'TEXT Request'.
I look forward to sharing some great ideas and information with you.

Warm Regards,
Linda Hodgdon, M.ED., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Communication Specialist
Consultant for Autism Spectrum Disorders &
Related Communication Challenges
http://www.UseVisualStrategies.com
http://www.LindaHodgdon.com

P.S. Please be sure to contact me at info@usevisualstrategies.com with
your questions or topic suggestions.
P.S.S. Please feel free to forward this E-newsletter to educators or
family members who you know would be interested.
Thank You!

Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a Speech- Language Pathologist and a
Consultant for Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is the author of the
bestseller, Visual Strategies for Improving Communication, one of the most
recommended books in the field of autism.
Internationally recognized as a powerful and informative speaker and
consultant, Linda has presented her insightful and dynamic workshops to
audiences of educators and parents worldwide.


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PRIVATE ART LESSONS

MARNIE GOODMAN
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Classical Animation Diploma
416-856-9101
marniegoodman@hotmail.com

Offering private art lessons in your home to adults and children of all ages
and abilities.

I have worked with special needs children at Camp Robin Hood and have a
younger brother with multiple disorders. I am sensitive to and understand
the needs of these children and their families.

Through art lessons, children learn fine motor skills and have the
opportunity to draw and share their feelings and experiences.

References available upon request.


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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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March 11, 2005

Correction to a previous Items of Interest:

NEW ... FROM THE YORK REGION SPECIAL SERVICES AT HOME ADVISORY COMMITTEE
SSAH and the Web

To have better communication with SSAH users, the SSAH Advisory Committee has created a web presence and a discussion group. The discussion group enables users of the SSAH program to post questions and suggestions, as well as get new information from the ministry and agencies. The web page contains information about members of the committee, meetings schedules and list of current issues that the committee is working on.
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/SSAHYork/

You are invited to join the SSAHYork Discussion Group moderated by Rafael Zeltser, SSAH Advisory Committee co-chair and parent of a child with autism.

In our last email we invited you to subscribe by emailing Rafael with your request. Rafael would prefer that if you wish to join, simply go to the web site: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/SSAHYork/ and click on the Join button instead of emailing her with your request to subscribe. Thank you.

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BOOKS and RESOURCES



To purchase locally please contact
Parentbooks
416-537-8334
1-800-209-9182
parentbk@netcom.ca
www.parentbookstore.com

From: "Autism Today" <news@autismtoday.com>

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
By Dr. Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson
Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation speaks in the clear voice of a woman who emerged from the other side of autism, bringing with her an extraordinary message about how animals think and feel. Temple's professional training as an animal scientist and her history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no other expert in the field. Standing at the intersection of autism and animals, she offers unparalleled observations and groundbreaking ideas about both. Autistic people can often think the way animals think -- in fact, Grandin and co-author Catherine Johnson see autism as a kind of way station on the road from animals to humans -- putting autistic people in the perfect position to translate 'animal talk.' Temple is a faithful guide into their world, exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, yes, even animal genius. Not only are animals much smarter than anyone ever imagined, in some cases animals are out-and-out brilliant. The sweep of Animals in Translation is immense, merging an animal scientist's thirty years of study with her keen perceptions as a person with autism -- Temple sees what others cannot.
Price: $25.00

Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum
Editor: Stephen Shore; Foreword by: Temple Grandin
Edited by Stephen Shore, author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum aims to help people with autism effectively self-advocate in their pursuit of independent, productive, and fulfilling lives. Ask and Tell is unique by being the first book to speak to the twin issues of self-advocacy and disclosure for people with autism and by consisting exclusively - including the cover art and the preface by Temple Grandin - of contributions by those on the autism spectrum for persons on the spectrum.
Price: $21.95

Thinking About You, Thinking About Me
By Michelle Garcia Winner
Practical strategies, ideas, worksheets, and ready-to-use IEP goals make this book great for families and staff attempting to meet the needs of students with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. The intervention ideas as 'innovative and practical for home and school use.'

Price: $39.00

Exploring Feelings - Anger
By Dr. Tony Attwood
The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy program Exploring Feelings was designed by the author to be highly structured, interesting and successful in encouraging the cognitive control of emotions. Every child participating in the program has a workbook for the six two-hour sessions that includes activities and information to explore the specific feelings of being happy, relaxed, anxious or angry. There are sections in the workbook to record individual comments and responses to questions. At the end of each session, a project is explained to the child, which is to be completed before the next session. At the start of the next session the project is discussed with the person implementing the program or the group of participants using the program. The Exploring Feelings program is designed to explore the mental world from a scientific perspective.
Price: $19.95

Exploring Feelings - Anxiety
By Dr. Tony Attwood
There are two Exploring Feelings programs, one is designed to explore and manage anxiety, the other to explore and manage anger. The original program was designed for small groups of two to five children between the ages of 9 and 12 years, with two adults conducting the program. However, the Exploring Feelings program can easily be modified so that it can be used with just one child. The activities can also be modified to be age appropriate for an adolescent or adult. The program was designed as a treatment for an anxiety disorder or anger management problem in children with Aspergers syndrome but the program can be equally applied to children with High Functioning Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS). A teacher, speech pathologist, occupational therapist or parent could implement the program without having training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Price: $19.95

Asperger's: Diagnostic Assessment with Dr. Tony Attwood
- DVD - By Dr. Tony Attwood
Dr. Attwood is recognized and respected internationally for his leadership in the Aspergers field. His book Aspergers Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals is the leading seller worldwide on Aspergers. His winning charm as a speaker is matched by the knowledge he shares with his audience. Brett Emigh and Dr. Tony Attwood Features in this video include: " A live interview with Brett who was undiagnosed and a separate interview with his parents " Diagnostic Characteristics of AS " Girls and AS " How to explain the diagnosis with the child or adult " Dealing with adult diagnosis " And much much more! An essential guide for: " Child and School Psychologists " Special Education Teachers " Speech Therapists " Psychiatrists " Parents Future Horizons is donating a percentage of the proceeds from this video to Bretts education fund.
Price: $129.95

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
By Veronica Zysk and Ellen Notbohm
Brand new book! A time-saver. A life-saver. Parents and professionals can now bypass countless hours spent seeking answers to the mystifying day-to-day challenges of autism. In snappy, can-do format, 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum offers page after page of try-it-now solutions that have worked for thousands of children grappling with sensory, communication, social, behavior, self-care issues and more.
Price: $24.95

A Thorn in My Pocket
Cutler, Eustacia
Inarguably, the most famous, successful person with autism in the world today, Temple Grandin was a non-verbal, often-violent child in the 50s. Her mother, Eustacia Cutler raised Temple when her child's condition was classified as 'infant schizophrenia,' brought on by 'frigid mothering.' The common remedy was to warehouse those diagnosed in institutions for the retarded. Eustacia's story is a strikingly honest story of myth and reality, angst and guilt, family and society. Eustacia's literary masterpiece reaches out to a much larger community than the one directly affected by the epidemic growth of autism today. 'A magnificent accomplishment!'
Price: $24.95



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From: "Autism Today" <news@autismtoday.com>
New Books of the Month for March


Hopes and Dreams: An IEP Guide for Parents of Children with ASD
by Kirby Lentz
This is the book parents have been waiting for! With an emphasis on preparation and collaboration, this practical resource shows parents step-by-step how to become truly active members of the IEP team, thereby achieving their child's and family's hopes and dreams. The reader-friendly text and accompanying worksheets help you develop the best possible education program for the individual child. While geared toward parents, Hopes and Dreams is also recommended for educators to help them see parents' perspective. SPECIAL OFFER: FREE CD containing all the worksheets allows you to customize the information, truly making it work for you!!


Let's Talk Emotions: Helping Children with AS, HFA, and NVLD, Learn to Understand and Express Empathy and Emotions by Teresa A. Cardon
he often overlooked area of emotions, which poses a major challenge for children with autism spectrum and other social cognitive challenges, receives major emphasis in this collection of easy-to-use activities for children ages 4-18. Children learn to identify and respond to their own feelings as well as the feelings of others, thereby improving their chances of maintaining and establishing fulfilling and successful social relationships.


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Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and HFA
by Temple Grandin and Kate Duffy; Foreword by Tony Attwood
This career planning guide is written specifically for high-functioning adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum, their families, teachers, and counselors. The two authors weave together a unique blend of information and advice based on personal experiences. Temple Grandin draws from her own experience with autism spectrum disorders and her professional career, and Kate Duffy uses her expertise on employment issues and the mother of two teenagers with autistic-like behaviors. The result is an extremely useful and practical book that introduces step-by-step processes for the job search with a major section on the impact ASD has in the workplace, including managing sensory problems, how to nurture and turn talents and special interests into paid work, jobs that are particularly suited to individuals on the spectrum, and much more. First-hand accounts of job experiences and advice from individuals representing a broad range of careers particularly suited for high-functioning individuals on the autism spectrum round off this exciting new resource.


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Perfect Targets: AS and Bullying; Practical Solutions for Surviving the Social World
by Rebekah Heinrichs, foreword by Brenda Smith Myles
Most children and adolescents with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome are victims of bullying at school and in the community. Indeed, some of their unique behaviors and characteristics make many of these children easy targets for chronic, frequent and severe bullying.
This book takes an honest look at the different types of bullying and the actions adults must take to curb bullying, thereby helping to prevent the often lifelong effects of this insidious form of behavior on victims. Practical strategies and solutions at the school, class and individual level are presented.


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To purchase locally, please contact
Parentbooks
416-537-8334
1-800-209-9182
www.parentbookstore.com
parentbk@netcom.ca

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MAGAZINES

Two new non-profit magazines about Autism launched:

Spectrum Magazine
For subscription information please visit: http://www.spectrumpublications.com/ .


The Autism Perspective - TAP Magazine
For Subscriptions and further information visit the TAP website at: http://www.theautismperspective.org/

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




 


March 11, 2005

GIANT STEPS SCHOOL

from GIANT STEPS TORONTO [Vaughan site]

Giant Steps Toronto is an educational / therapeutic centre for elementary school age children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. We focus on a team approach here at Giant Steps Toronto with our four therapists (Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Therapy, Music Therapy and Play & Social Skills) working in conjunction with the two York Region District School Board teachers to develop each student's Individual Education Plan for the upcoming year.

If you are interested in the potential of your son or daughter attending Giant Steps Toronto in the 2005 - 2006 school calendar, please plan to attend one of the following tours and information sessions at our school.

Monday, April 4th, 2005 at 1:00 p.m.
Please call the school to book with our secretary if you wish to attend. 905-669-8299
For further information, please visit our website at www.giantstepstoronto.ca

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NATIONAL SERVICE DOGS

National Service Dogs Annual Easter Egg Hunt is set to go in 5 locations across Ontario. Brampton, Barrie, Oakville, Uxbridge and Cambridge. Proceeds from the events will help NSD to train and place future autism service dogs. National Service Dogs is enriching the quality of life and enhancing the independence of children living with autism.
Visit www.nsd.on.ca for more information on NSD and the hunt.

GOOD FRIDAY MARCH 25, 2005
Pre-Registration deadline is Friday March 18, 2005.

BARRIE Contact Becky 705-722-3792 becky.brunton@rogers.com
UXBRIDGE Contact Nancy at 905-852-5648 support@thistledown.info
OAKVILLE Contact Dani at 519-623-4188 dani@nsd.on.ca
BRAMPTON Contact 905-755-9560
CAMBRIDGE Contact Dani 519-623-4188 dani@nsd.on.ca


Danielle Forbes
Director, Partnership & Revenue Development
Co-Founder NSD
dani@nsd.on.ca
www.nsd.on.ca
519-623-4188

Join NSD at the Toronto Sportsman Show March 16-20 National Trade Centre, Exhibition Place

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CHANGES TO ONTARIO DISABILITITY SUPPORT PROGRAM (ODSP)

On December 15th 2004 the government introduced changes to the Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program regulations. The changes took effect immediately, and will have an important effect on people applying for social assistance after December 15th 2004, and on those already on assistance.

For a complete text of the regulations, consult the Ontario Gazette of January 1, 2005, at the following web address: http://www.ontariogazette.gov.on.ca/mbs/Gazette/Gazette.nsf/Main/4026EE333CB4047D85256F7B005CA330/$FILE/138-01.pdf

For the ODSP policies, consult:
http://www.cfcs.gov.on.ca/CFCS/en/programs/IES/OntarioDisabilitySupportProgram/Publications/odspisdir.htm

For the OW policies, consult:
http://www.cfcs.gov.on.ca/CFCS/en/programs/IES/OntarioWorks/Publications/ow-policydirectives.htm

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DR. HOLDEN GUEST SPEAKER AT NFSO

The Neurofibromatosis Society of Ontario(NFSO) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeanette Holden will be the guest speaker at our April bi-Annual meeting to be held Sunday April 17th at the Radisson Hotel Toronto.[Victoria Park and 401]. Registration commences at 9:30am.
Registration is free, however, donations would be most appreciated. Dr. Holden will begin speaking at 10 am. Her topic will include information about current research she is involved in and the connections/association between neurofibromatosis(NF) and autism and about living with a disability. For further information please visit our website at www.nfon.ca or to register call the NFSO at 1-866-843-6376 or Lynne Leyland at 905-619-8926.

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MAILING FROM N.A.A.R. via A.S.O.

Hello ASO Members,
You have received or will be receiving in the mail a letter from the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) regarding their upcoming Toronto events. You are receiving this mailing because of your membership with ASO. The mailing was sent from a private mailing house with labels printed from our ASO provincial office. The envelope has NAAR's return address and nothing in the mailing indicates a connection with ASO. In keeping with our privacy policy, your address was not shared with NAAR or transfered to any other data base. We wanted you to know about the NAAR events, and that's why we worked with NAAR staff to get the information to you in this way. If you have any concerns or questions about this, please phone or email our office.
Thank you.

Margaret Spoelstra, Executive Director
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON M6K 3C5
marg@autismsociety.on.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca
416-246-9592 x22
Member, ASD-CARC
www.autismresearch.ca


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NEWS RELEASE - EDUCATION

News from OPEN - Ontario Provincial Education Network
March 10, 2004
News Release
TORONTO - Education Minister Gerard Kennedy today announced that the
Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) will be reshaped to
follow recommendations of a two-year intensive review with Charles Pascal,
the newly appointed chair of the EQAO overseeing this work.
View the full text at:
http://ogov.newswire.ca/ontario/GPOE/2005/03/10/c3350.html?lmatch=&lang=_e.html
Questions?
mailto:minister@edu.gov.on.ca?subject=McGuinty_government_confirms_new_direction_for_EQAO


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What does Autism Spectrum Disorder look like in young children?
Whether you have a diagnosis of ASD, are waiting for an assessment or merely suspect ASD may be impacting your child's development, please join us for a discussion with Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter.

"Children Diagnosed with Autism: What to Expect and Where to Get Help"
Date: Wednesday May 4th
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Family Resource Centre
3 rd floor Promenade Mall # 313, Thornhill
Contact: Fran Chodak 905-882-8509
Please RSVP by April 27

The Family Resource Centre is a joint Project of the Bathurst Jewish Centre & Jewish Family & child Service. Our mandate is to promote the growth and development of children and their families.
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RED FLAGS for AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Sometimes people fail to recognize that the following characteristics indicate that something is wrong. They may mistakenly assume that such behaviours are normal for a 'quiet' child.

Ø Failure to achieve any of the following milestones:
Babbling by 11 months
Simple gestures, ie. waving, by 12 months
Single words by 16 months
2-word phrases, a noun and a verb, by 24 months
Ø Loss of any language or social skills at any age
Ø Doesn't respond when name is called
Ø Rarely makes eye contact when interacting with other people
Ø Doesn't point to show things he/she is interested in
Ø Doesn't smile socially
Ø More interested in looking at objects than at people's faces
Ø Seems to prefer to play alone
Ø Doesn't make attempts to get parents' attention
Ø Seems to be in 'own world'
Ø Doesn't respond to or avoids parents' attempts to play, even if relaxed
Ø Avoids or ignores other children when they approach him/her
Ø Has odd or repetitive ways of moving his/her hands and/or fingers
Ø Seems oversensitive to certain textures or sounds
Ø Lacks interest in toys, or plays with them in an unusual way;
lining up, spinning, opening / closing parts rather than using the toy as a whole
Ø Has compulsions / rituals, has to perform activities in a special way or sequence

-from CAIRN: Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network www.cairn-site.com


For more information about autism please contact
Autism Society Ontario
York Region Chapter
11181 Yonge St. # 303-5 Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2
voicemail 905-780-1590
asoyork@axxent.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca

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SUPPORT IN YORK REGION (EAST)

Hello List;

Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
Parent Support Group meeting venue opportunity
Outreach to families in east York Region

Would monthly meetings at Lemonville Community Centre (McCowan and Bloomington Road) be convenient and of interest to folks in the eastern area of York Region? We MAY have an opportunity to expand our capacity for supports if there is sufficient interest.

Please share your thoughts to
asoyork@axxent.ca

Thank you,
Autism Society Ontario
York Region Chapter


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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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March 9, 2005

McHappy Days - Please Mark on Your Calendar Right Now
- Wednesday May 18,2005

Autism Society Ontario - York Region's ASK Camp has
been selected by Susan Garber, Franchisee of the
McDonald's Restaurants at 1600 Hyw #7 (Hwy 7 and
Centre Street, Vaughan) and the McDonald's at the Food
Court in the Promenade Mall (Bathurst/Centre St,
Vaughan), to be the designated charity of the McHappy
Days on May 18th.

$1 from each sale of each Big Mac, McHappy Meal and
Egg McMuffin will be directed to our Chapter's Summer
Day Camp for Autistic Children/Youth and to Ronald
McDonald House Charities. This money will be used to
subsidise parent fees for children going to the camp
this summer.

We need some help from the chapter members, plus the
many friends of people in the chapter, to:

1) Help man (woman) the counters for a least an hour
or two that day - no burger flipping experience
required! E-mail Paul Paulkalmykow@yahoo.ca if you
are able to help out. You will support a great cause
and help out by aiding in the increase of knowledge
about ASD in the community.
2) Come out with a huge appetite, and bring all your
friends,neighbours and family, and enjoy a breakfast,
lunch or dinner at the Centre/Keele or Promenade
McDonald's outlets on May 18th. You may wish to
re-send this e-mail to at least 20 of your closest
email contacts in your address book!

Have you marked your calendar, daytimer or your PDA
yet? You haven't? Do it RIGHT NOW. Put away those
pots and pans! Lock up the fridge and turn off the
stove and microwave.... And we will see you at
McDonald's on the 18th of May.



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HANDWRITING SKILLS



York Paediatric Therapy Services, Richmond Hill
Fine Motor groups that teach and focus on printing and handwriting skills.
Please call Darcey at 905-737-9680 for more information.



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UNITED WAY



Hello List;
We honour the request of many on this list to not send attachments. Should you wish to receive the pdf document referred to below, please contact United Way of York Region.
Thank you,
ASO-York
.........
Subject: Crisis Support Services
Human Service Providers, Cultural/Faith Groups, Constituents Offices of Elected Officials

The Asian tsunami is still affecting some residents of York Region. I am pleased to share with you an inventory of Crisis Support Services provided by member agencies of United Way of York Region for information and referral. It is important that together we continue providing timely support and services to those suffering the effects of the tragedy.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Regards,
Simon Cheng, Community Resources Director
United Way of York Region
Aurora/East Gwillimbury/Georgina/King/Markham/ Newmarket/Richmond Hill/Vaughan/Whitchurch- Stouffville
Tel: 905-474-9974, ext.241
Toll Free: 1-877-241-4516
www.uwyr.on.ca
Because...it takes so little, to do so much.
Give generously to your United Way - York Region



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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES



Make a Difference For A Child & Volunteer

Kinark is an accredited children's mental health centre providing quality services to children, youth and their families in a number of communities in Ontario and right here is York Region. Volunteers are needed as Host Families offering 1-2 day or overnight visits in their home per month, and Special Friend Volunteers are also welcomed to take children on outings for 2-4 hours each week. Please contact Diane Humeniuk at: 905-898-4572 or 1-800-230-8530 Ext: 682 or email at diane.humeniuk@kinark.on.ca

For further information, please visit the Kinark web site at www.Kinark.on.ca, and if you wish further information to be forwarded to you, please provide your name, address and contact info and we will forward a package of information to you. Thanking you in advance for your consideration.


per: Diane Humeniuk
Respite Volunteer Coordinator - Kinark Child & Family Services - York Region



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Strategic Employment Solutions (SES) Spring Conference 2005
The full link to the conference brochure is http://www.strategicemploymentsolutions.ca/pdfs/discover_possibilities_conference.pdf

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Family Alliance Ontario and Integration Action for Inclusion Conference
April 8-10, 2005
www.family-alliance.com


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GAME FOR KIDS

a listmate shares ...

Jacob's Beaver Leader is a special education teacher and has developed a game/resource for kids with autism.
http://www.redgamemusic.com/


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NEW ... FROM THE YORK REGION SPECIAL SERVICES AT HOME ADVISORY COMMITTEE
SSAH and the Web

To have better communication with SSAH users, the SSAH Advisory Committee has created a web presence and a discussion group. The discussion group enables users of the SSAH program to post questions and suggestions, as well as get new information from the ministry and agencies. The web page contains information about members of the committee, meetings schedules and list of current issues that the committee is working on.
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/SSAHYork/

You are invited to join the SSAHYork Discussion Group moderated by Rafael Zeltser, SSAH Advisory Committee co-chair and parent of a child with autism. Send an e-mail with subject line 'Subscribe' to "SSAHYork Moderator" <rafaelzeltser@rogers.com>
http://www.giltam.com/SSAH Advisory Committee/


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RECREATION IN STOUFFVILLE

COMMUNITY LEISURE / RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
Families living with ASD encouraged to enquire!
Town of Whitchurch Stouffville, Leisure Services Department, in partnership with Reach For The Rainbow, supports people of all abilities to access their full range of leisure and recreation programs. Reach For The Rainbow determines eligibility then covers costs of 1:1 mediators to access leisure programs. If you don't qualify under Reach For The Rainbow criteria then the Town of Whitchurch Stouffville will try to match a volunteer 1:1 mediator at no cost to families.
See your Parks & Rec. guide or contact
Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
Program & Aquatic Supervisor
Micole Ongman
905.642.7529 x 323
micole.ongman@townofws.com


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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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March 8, 2005

WALK FAR FOR NAAR



Hello Everyone,

As you may recall, I am a co-chair for the inaugural Canadian Walk FAR for NAAR taking place at Mel Lastman Square on Sunday, May 15th.
As co-chair, I wish to ensure that everyone on this list received an invitation to join us for our kickoff luncheon on Sunday, April 10th (it's free). This luncheon will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about NAAR and the funding they have provided to research projects in Canada, to hear Dr. Szatmari speak and to meet other team leaders for the walk.
There will be invites sent out for many of you through various autism-related organizations. I have copied all the information from the invitations below for you. I hope that many, if not all of you, can join us for not just our Walk on May 15th, but also for this kick-off luncheon.
Also, as of yesterday, the website for registrations is now up and running. We must apologize for the delay, but international charity logistics took longer than expected to complete.

I have added my team name as Morrison's Movers. If you would like to form your own team, please set up your team on the website and begin to register your participants from your team. If you would prefer to join up with my team, please add your name and any other participants to the Morrison's Movers. Over the next week, I will be working at completing the team page, adding our participants and updating the page to include photos, etc. It will be exciting to see this database grow. We have hundreds of people / organizations already commit to participating in this walk, I cannot wait to see the team pages start multiplying on the site!!!
To register, please visit www.canada.autismwalk.org or take the long and scenic route via www.naar.org where you will find more information on other walks taking place and learn all about NAAR before entering the Toronto Walk page.

All the best,
Nancy Morrison


Inaugural Toronto Walk F.A.R. for NAAR Kick Off Luncheon
Key Note Speaker: Dr. Peter Szatmari
Sunday, April 10, 2005
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Colony Grande Ballroom
89 Chestnut Street
University of Toronto Residence

Register online at http://canada.autismwalk.org

An Event of the National Alliance for Autism Research
The Kick-Off Event is a free informative meeting for
those interested in learning about and supporting NAAR

Please RSVP by April 1st 2005
NAAR Canada
416-362- NAAR (6227)
888-362-NAAR (6227)
Fax: 416-362-6228
or torontowalksforautism@naar.org

The 2005 Inaugural Walk will be held at Mel Lastman Square
on Sunday May 15th 2005

Visit us at http://canada.autismwalk.org

About NAAR....
The National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) is the first organization in North America dedicated to funding and accelerating biomedical research focusing on autism spectrum disorders. Established in 1994 by parents of children with autism concerned about the limited amount of funding available for autism research, NAAR was created in a spirit of optimism and excitement over the opportunities for accelerating the pace of autism research. The spirit continues to guide the organization today, enabled by recent advances in the neurosciences and other scientific fields.



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AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION



I hope you've heard the exciting news by now: the second ICE Canada Conference is going to be held again on the weekend of April 8, 9, 10, 2005. That's coming up very soon! This time it's going to be right here in Toronto.

Knowing your interest in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), I thought you might want to attend all or part of this consumer-centred conference - specifically focused on AAC. We have a great program lined up again, lots of time to talk to others who have an interest in learning more about AAC, as well as plenty of time to talk with other teens and adults who use various means of augmentative and alternative communication.

Please visit our website for more info: www.iceconference.ca &and feel free to pass on this information far and wide.

Hope to see you there,
Nora Rothschild
ICE Conference Chairperson

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MOBILITY TRANSIT



COMMUNITY PUBLIC FORUMS
For Accessible Services With
YORK REGION MOBILITY TRANSIT

· Do you need Mobility Transit?
· Have you had access to Mobility Transit and it's now been cancelled?
· Have you experienced any of these situations?:
· Lack of decision in writing
· Lack of notification of decision
· Restricted use ie. only to day program
· Lost applications
· Attendant care required to access Mobility
· Excessively long appeal time
· Inconvenient process
· Barriers to Language/culture
· Denied use without written explanation as to why
· Are you interested in self-advocating for change?

So come out to your local Community Forum and look at possible ways to facilitate positive change for access to York Region Mobility Transit. Meetings will take place on:

Thursday, March 31st from 3-4:30 and 7-8:30 at 136 Winges Road, Unit 6 in Woodbridge
Tuesday, April 5th from 3-4:30 pm only at 4460 14th Avenue, Hagermans Corner Community Home, in Markham
Wednesday, April 6th from 3-4:30 and 7-8:30 at 101 Edward Ave, Richmond Hill

RSVP preferred to either mobility_forum@yahoo.ca or Community Legal Clinic @ 905-508-5018 extension 235





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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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March 7, 2005

DISABILITY AND ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR

(TWO LOCATIONS)



Disability and Estate Planning Seminar with Kenneth C. Pope, LL.B, TEP

Saturday April 2nd. 10:00 Am and 2:00PM at the Bob Rumball Centre

2395 Bayview Avenue, North York. Downstairs fireplace lounge.

Introduction by: Christian Kingsmill, Lifeskills Counselor



Kenneth C. Pope is an Ottawa-based lawyer with a province-wide practice devoted to trusts and disability issues. There is a requested $10.00 contribution for participants, to help cover the cost of presenting the seminar.



Topics:

How can parents provide for their children even after they are gone? Do you have a Will with a Henson Trust in it?

How can your child with a disability become eligible for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)?

How can ODSP payments be increased from $708 to $930 ?

How can families living with a disability benefit from the disability tax credit? How can claims be made for years as far back as 1985 if applicable?

How can families benefit from the caregiver provision on income taxes? What about payments for back years?



To register for this teleconference, call:
(613) 567-8675 or 1-866-KEN-POPE (1-866-536-7673).

Feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested.



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Save On Taxes, Protect Inheritances And

Maximize Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Benefits

Thursday March 17th @ 7:00PM



Disability, Estate, and Financial Planning seminar

with Kenneth C. Pope, LL.B, TEP
&

William Sizoo, financial advisor

Location: St. Luke’s Presbyterian

Church, Rossland Rd. W. & Park

Rd. N . Oshawa

Kenneth C. Pope is an Ottawa-based lawyer with a province-wide practice devoted to trusts and disability issues. He is presenting a seminar along with Mr. William Sizoo, who is an experienced financial advisor who has been in the business since 1985. There is a requested $10.00 contribution for participants, to help cover the cost of presenting the seminar.

Topics:

How can parents provide for their children even after they are gone? Do you have a Will with a Henson Trust in it?

How can your child with a disability become eligible for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)?

How can ODSP payments be increased from $708 to $930 ?

How can families living with a disability benefit from the disability tax credit? How can claims be made for years as far back as 1985 if applicable?

How can families benefit from the caregiver provision on income taxes? What about payments for back years?

Financial Aspects

To register for this seminar, call:
(613) 567-9724 or 1-866-KEN-POPE (1-866-536-7673).

Feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested.



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MASSAGE THERAPY



Hello List;
If anyone can recommend a female Massage Therapist who is experienced with autism, please contact Rose Ann and c.c. asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you,
Lynda

Rose Ann Punnett
Autism Consultant
Kerry's Place Autism Services - Central East
905-713-6808 ext 312
rpunnett@kerrysplace.org



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SOCCER IN MARKHAM



from a chapter parent, thanks!

"Thumbs UP Soccer" of the Markham Soccer Club have a unique program for children with unique abilities. Come out and watch your child play in a safe nurturing environment with a mentor.
When: Sunday afternoons 3 to 4 pm from March 13th to May 1st
Where: Mount Joy Indoor Soccer Field

For more information please contact Susanne at 905-471-8207
Registration is Sunday March 6th. 4:00 at Mount Joy



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YOGA



Autism Society Ontario, York Region Chapter will continue to reach out to parents/caregivers of children with autism and/or special needs by continuing Yoga classes in March 2005.

Katy Bennett will be instructing the Hatha Yoga classes to provide guidance with stretching, grounding and relaxation. Please note space is limited.

The schedule is as follows:

Morning classes - 10:00 - 11:30 am
Start date - Thursday March 24, 2005

Cost - $ 100.00 for 10 weeks

Location - Loyal True Blue and Orange Home Building - room B13

Register - azureyoga@neptune.on.ca - 905-473-6586

Payment - make cheque payable to Katy Bennett and mail to:

Autism - York
11181 Yonge St # 303
Richmond Hill, On L4S 1L2
Attn: Yoga Registration

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SERVICE DOGS, HORSEBACK RIDING

(Thanks Mandy for sharing this resource with your chapter!)

www.paws-n-hooves.ca

Owner Assisted Service Dog
You and your dog training is custom tailored to do tasks you find difficult in daily living.
" We can certify your dog for public access.
" We will guide you through the process of becoming a service dog team.
" We will provide you with specialized instruction for both you and your dog.
" A customized program to meet your specific daily challenges will be set up for you and your dog.
" We certify your trained dog to legally accompany you into general public areas, buildings and transportation. Certification cost is included in the program for one year.
" Followup Program to aid in the maintenance of your team's performance.

and in York Region ...

The Howell Riding Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life
for children and their families through qualified horse therapy. We are a
unique center that offers therapeutic horseback riding, sleigh rides,
carting and horse type games to provide much need relief and enjoyment for
these special children. Our goal is to provide a fun and safe place for
children and their families to enjoy themselves while being among others
dealing with the same situations sharing strategies for coping while they
are forming lasting friendships. All these children benefit from the
therapeutic riding through friendships and a loving bonds they form with
our horses, other riders, volunteers, and instructors providing much
needed stress relief while guiding them through the healing process.
The children will decide upon their energy level whether they wish to ride
the horse/ponies or they wish to go in a cart/sleigh. They can choose to
drive the cart/sleigh or have a volunteer do it for them. The choice is
theirs. This gives the child control over their situation where they do
not have the choice elsewhere due to their condition.


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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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March 6, 2005

AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO

REGIONAL SUPPORT LEADER

TUESDAY MORNING SUPPORT GROUP

(Our last two sessions)



Location: 11181 Yonge St. Suite 305, Richmond Hill

(East side of Yonge, North of Elgin Mills)

Cost: $5 per session, at the door

For Information: Voicemail Liz Cohen at the York Region Chapter office 905-780-1590



The following presentations are from the Conference Proceedings CD produced from the Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium on Autism 2004. Group discussion lead by Liz Cohen, Autism Society Ontario Regional Support Leader will follow.



March 8, 2005 from 10:00 to 2:00

Developing Friendship Skills and Making Them Work

Kevin Baskerville, Autism Inclusion Coordinator,

Warwickshire Local Education Authority, United Kingdom



March 22, 2005 from 10:00 to 2:00

Special Diets for Special Kids: Why and How to Try Dietary Interventions

Dr. Lisa Lewis, Co-founder, Autism Network for Dietary Intervention,

New Jersey, USA



^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^



Hi Everyone, Zeenat has been a trusted member of my staff for 3 1/2 years. If you have the time, I would consider it a personal favour if you would consider filling out her survey.

Thanks, Liz Cohen



“My name is Zeenat Ahmad and I am an undergraduate student at York University. I am currently collecting data for my Honours Thesis. I am doing my thesis on the health and well being of mothers who have children with autism between 2 to 10 years of age.

I am asking if you could kindly agree to participate in my research by answering the attached questionnaire. Please note that you are under no obligation to participate at all, even if you agree now, you can terminate your participation at any time. You may also decline to answer particular questions, if you wish.

A benefit of participating in this study is gaining knowledge about the health implications of having a child with special needs. There are no expected risks for participating in this study. All the participants will be entered into a draw to win a prize; the winners will be notified via e-mail If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my Professor, Dr. Haltrecht, at ed.haltrecht@sympatico.ca. You can also contact me at zeenatahmad@hotmail.com

To obtain questionnaire, kindly email me at zeenatahmad@hotmail.com. “



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AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO
YORK REGION CHAPTER
EVENING SUPPORT GROUP AND CHAPTER MEETINGS

REMINDER ~ NEXT MEETING TUESDAY MARCH 8
Topic: Advocacy and the special education system

Please join us at our Information Evenings and Parent Support Group/Chapter Meetings to find out more about how we help each other by sharing our experiences. We all face the same issues; learning about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the impact it has on our lives, dealing with professionals, locating supports, securing funding and advocating for appropriate programs.

Whatever you are facing, someone else has been 'down that road'. We offer mutual support and information through our workshops, newsletters and group meetings and have compiled an extensive database on services and supports in York Region and the G.T.A.

Location: Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill
Meeting Room B 07
Time: 7:00 p.m. > 9:00 p.m.
Cost: no charge

MARCH 8 Topic: Advocacy and the special education system
MARCH 29 Special Education Issues - SEAC Information Evening
APRIL 12 (speaker and topic to be advised)
APRIL 26 Chapter and Support Group
MAY 10 (speaker and topic to be advised)
MAY 24 Chapter and Support Group

AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Available for purchase at all meetings and workshops at the York Region Chapter Parent Resource Centre + Member's Lending Library.

CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM: WHAT TO EXPECT AND WHERE TO GET HELP
Strategies and Information for Ontario Families and Care Providers (204 pages)

NAVIGATING THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SYSTEM IN ONTARIO (2nd EDITION)
A Handbook for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (231 pages)

Order online: www.autismsociety.on.ca or by phone 416-246-9592 x 24
Cost per manual: $25.00 at meetings, (plus Shipping And Handling $8.00 if ordered online or by phone)

[To be published Spring 2005 - THE TEEN AND ADULT GUIDE]

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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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March 3, 2005

Hi all,
Just a reminder about this opportunity. We've had a number of submissions already, but the deadline is March 5 - this coming Saturday.

Hello ASO friend, Chapters, members and adults on the autism spectrum,

The Adult Manual that ASO is producing is nearing completion. RSL Anne Wittich has been working hard to get all the resources and submissions pulled together as quickly as possible. One of the final pieces we would like to include is an opportunity for adults on the spectrum to advertise their own business ventures. For example, some folks we know sell their artwork, music, or offer a particular service for which they have been formally or specifically trained, such as Melissa's Spa (featured in ASO's Autism Newslink).

In order to have your information considered for inclusion, the following criteria must be met:

1) You and your business must be located in Ontario. The adult must have a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum (Autism, Aspergers or PDDNOS). (the specific diagnosis will not be disclosed in the manual)

2) The information will only be published in black and white and it must fit on no more than a half page of an 8 1/2" x 11" page.

3) The information must include the full name of the person, their business name or product, and basic information about how they (or their designated support person) can be contacted about their product or service. (e.g. website, email address, home address and/or phone number).

4) One reference: You must include the contact information from a customer (beyond immediate family) who would be willing to speak with ASO about their experience with your product or service. This person's contact information will not be disclosed in the manual or to anyone but ASO staff associated with this project. (ASO's privacy policy applies to the gathering of this information.)

5) Info must be submitted to mail@autismsociety.on.ca or by fax 416-246-9417 prior to March 5, 2005.

If you have questions, please contact Anne Wittich at anneasoo@magma.ca

There is no charge for advertising your product. ASO reserves the right to make the final decision about inclusion of submissions in this manual.

We look forward to hearing from interested individuals.
...................................
Margaret Spoelstra
Executive Director
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON M6K 3C5
marg@autismsociety.on.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca
416-246-9592 x22
Member, ASD-CARC
www.autismresearch.ca

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REGIONAL ASPERGER SYNDROME CLINIC DAYS

In cooperation with Autism Society Ontario, Kevin Stoddart will be offering regional Clinic Days for families of individuals with a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis of) Asperger Syndrome. One to two hour consultations are currently available in the cities listed below. The fee of $100.00 per hour of consultation is payable at the end of the session. This also provides an opportunity for local service providers to receive consultation about children and adults with whom they are working.

To arrange an appointment, send an email to kevin.stoddart@aspergers.net and include a summary of the specific issues that you would like him to address. Possible areas of consultation include:

q Managing a difficult behaviour
q Dealing with mental health issues
q Developing a comprehensive treatment plan
q School-related problems
q Discussing the diagnosis with affected youth
q Fostering social skills in children
q Preparing for adulthood
q Living with a partner with Asperger Syndrome

Clinic Days are now scheduled in:

q Richmond Hill on March 9, April 13, May 11 and June 8, 2005
q London on March 24, 2005
q Cornwall on April 8, 2005
q Regular office hours are held in downtown Toronto

Kevin Stoddart, MSW, PhD, RSW, is a social worker whose clinical focus is children, teens and adults with mild Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger Syndrome. He is a speaker on Asperger Syndrome and consultant to families and agencies. Kevin has a private practice based in Toronto, and has carried out research and published in the areas of ASDs and developmental disabilities. He edited a multi-disciplinary book on Asperger Syndrome: Children, Youth and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: Integrating Multiple Perspectives, which will be available at some clinics at a discounted rate.

Toronto Office: 180 Bloor Street West, Suite 601, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2V6
Phone: 416-920-4999
Email: kevin.stoddart@aspergers.net

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BARRIE SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

The Don't Stand Alone Foundation For Children With Autism invites you to
their next monthly Support Group Meeting.

Since this is during the March Break and I am sure many of us will need
some respite time around half way through the week, we will have no guest
speaker. Instead, we will enjoy a night out to have social time to share
and problem solve our common experiences in raising children with autism.
Coming up in the next two months, guest speakers Janice Bell from Kerry's
Place and Shirley Sutton(OT).

When: Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Time: 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Where: Swiss Chalet at 397 Bayfield in Barrie at the back section of the
restaurant.

RSVP: Tel # 721-8607 or 424-4527 by e-mail at dcurrie@sympatico.ca.

Visit our Web Page at http://dsaf4.tripod.com/ to learn more about our new
charity.


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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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March 1, 2005

MARCH BREAK FUN!



SKATING: Please join us at the ASO York March Break Skating Party

Sponsored by ASO York. No admission fee required.
Donations to ASO York are gratefully accepted.

When: Tuesday March 15th 1:00-2:00

Where: Elgin Barrow Arena - East, 43 Church St. S, Richmond Hill

(near Yonge & Major Mackenzie)

Directions: Please see this link for map and directions http://www.arenamaps.com/arenas/164.htm


RSVP: bruce.mcintosh@rogers.com or 905-761-5226

Helmets are recommended. Easy-gliders are permitted.

Several high school students will be available to help young skaters requiring assistance. Parents are responsible for supervising their children.

We will have 2 reserved Change Rooms. Please check the blackboard for our Change Room numbers as you enter the East Arena.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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SWIMMING: March Break at the Wave Pool

Following up on the successful trampoline event (to be repeated in the future), I have arranged for an ASO group at the Richmond Hill Wave Pool.

When: Friday, March 18th 3:00-5:30

Where: The Wave Pool, part of the Lois Hancey Aquatic Centre,
5 Hopkins Street, Richmond Hill (near Yonge & Major Mackenzie)

Directions: Please see this link for map and directions http://www.richmondhill.ca/maps/popupmaps.asp?imgid=CCentre_TheWavePool.jpg


Cost: $3.50 per child, includes one free aide. This could be a parent, therapist, or mediator, 16 or older. Swim certification is not necessary. If we have 15 kids or more we'll all get a 15% discount.

RSVP: bruce.mcintosh@rogers.com or 905-761-5226

One-to-one support is an absolute MUST in this
environment, regardless of age or ability. Lifejackets
are available. DO NOT depend on the float toys
available in the pool. Please arrive 15 minutes early
to get changed. There is a special needs change room
available, as well as the family change areas.

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ART GALLERY: FREE (!) Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Something a bit less strenuous, and FREE! I have not
made arrangements for a group, but we're planning on
taking our kids down on March 16th. If you'd like to
go together, e-mail me at bruce.mcintosh@rogers.com or
call 905-761-5226 and we can co-ordinate ourselves.
This info comes from Today's Parent (Toronto edition)
and I have not yet confirmed with the AGO.




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RESEARCH GRANTS AND STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS (2005)

Hello everyone,

Please forward this message to any potentially interested applicants. If you have difficulty clicking on and opening the specific application criteria for each of these awards, visit our website www.autismsociety.on.ca

Thank you very much!

Marg


Autism Society Ontario is offering a number of scholarships for 2005.
Jeanette Holden Post-Secondary Education Entrance Scholarships for Siblings of Students with ASD
Eleanor Ritchie Post-Secondary Education Scholarships for Students with ASD
Autism Society Ontario Summer Student Scholarships
Stimulus Grants for Graduate Study in Autism Spectrum Disorders
...................................
Margaret Spoelstra
Executive Director
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON M6K 3C5
marg@autismsociety.on.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca
416-246-9592 x22
Member, ASD-CARC
www.autismresearch.ca


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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Feb 24, 2005

Subject: New Toonie for Autism Day Video!

Hello ASO members and supporters

On behalf of the Toonie for Autism Day Committee, Autism Society Ontario is very excited to be releasing its 4th Toonie For Autism Day® Campaign video entitled "My Friend Dylan. I Wonder What We'll Learn?" It is a wonderfully engaging story about Dylan and her grade 3 classmates in York Region who describe what they learned about themselves and having a student with autism in their class.

Find out more about how you, your organization, business or school can get a free copy of this excellent video by participating in the 2005 campaign.

NEW! This year's campaign also includes free bookmarks with tips on being a friend to someone with autism, along with one of Lynn Johnston's For Better or for Worse comic strips about students with differences.

For more information, click on our website www.autismsociety.on.ca and click on the Toonie symbol at the bottom left-hand side of the page. Every school in Ontario will be receiving a copy of the campaign package within the next few weeks. Be sure to check with your local school to encourage their participation!

Thank you.

Margaret Spoelstra
Executive Director
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON M6K 3C5
marg@autismsociety.on.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca
416-246-9592 x22
Member, ASD-CARC
www.autismresearch.ca

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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Feb 24, 2005

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! ASO YORK'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
PLEASE JOIN US -- YOUR VOTE MATTERS:

Your membership must be in good standing in order for you to place your
vote. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Date: TUESDAY, APRIL 12TH

Location: Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill
(two streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge)
Meeting Room B 07 in the basement

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Margaret Spoelstra, Executive Director, Autism Society Ontario

As a recipient of the ASO York Region Chapter "ITEMS OF INTEREST" you are
part of the ASO York family. Our organization supports families and
professionals who are touched by autism. For many, many years, that support
has come from the drive and dedication of volunteers. For the 2004-2005
year, our Chapter Leadership Council consisted of:

Cenza Newton, President
Bruce McIntosh, Vice President
Brenda Wynne, Secretary and Camp Fundraising Committee
Jasna Tome, Treasurer & Camp Committee
Cindi Buick, Past President & Toonie for Autism Day Coordinator
Kathryn Everest, SEAC Rep YRDSB and Camp Committee
Janet Kalmykow, Camp Fundraising Committee
Paul Kalmykow, SEAC Rep YCDSB and Camp Committee
Mary Merlihan, Bingo Coordinator
Aliya Rahim, former ASK Camp Staff Member, private therapist
Lynda Beedham, Regional Support Leader and Chapter Volunteer
Liz Cohen, Regional Support Leader and Chapter Volunteer

Our Chapter has a dynamic team of energetic people who work well together
and we are inviting you to join in! If we all pitch in and do a small
chunk, it means we can accomplish more without overwhelming a small group of
volunteers.

You are invited to seek nomination for the 12-member Chapter Leadership
Council by March 15, 2005. Please submit your name along with a short bio. Once nominations have been submitted, the list
of nominees will be posted in the Items of Interest. We will vote to
determine CLC membership at the AGM on April 12th. Your membership must be
in good standing in order for you to place your vote. Within the newly
appointed Chapter Leadership Council, the CLC members will elect the Chapter
Executive: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer.

The result of the elections will be posted in a future Items of Interest.

If you would like to speak to someone about a Chapter Leadership Council
position before seeking nomination, please leave a voicemail message at
(905) 780-1590 or email us at asoyork@axxent.ca.


Sincerely,
Cenza Newton, President

 


Feb 23, 2005

CPI FOR PARENTS
 
from Kerry's Place Autism Services
Community Services York Region/Simcoe County
 
CPI for parents – those interested please let Rose Ann know.
Arrangements will be made once a significant number of parents have indicated interest (at least 10 people).

Rose Anne Punnett
Autism Consultant
905-713-6808 x 312
rpunnett@kerrysplace.org
www.kerrysplace.com

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MARCH BREAK PROGRAM
 
KERRY'S PLACE AUTISM SERVICES MARCH BREAK PROGRAM
For Youth between the ages of 17 and 25 years old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis

March 14th to 18th 2005 (inclusive)
8:30am to 4pm
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
484 Water St., Newmarket
(Intersection of Main St & Water St.)

Fee:   $ 260.00 for whole week 
Lunch is not provided

Payment:          Due by March 9, 2005.
Enrolment:        Closes March 9, 2005
                        Limited to 9 spaces

To enroll please call
Chris Duggan 905-713-6808 ext 310
cduggan@kerrysplace.org
Kerry's Place Autism Services
34 Berczy St, Suite 150
Aurora
L4G 1W9

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DUAL DIAGNOSIS
 
Treatment Options for people who may have a Dual Diagnosis (a developmental disability and mental health needs)

An evening with Psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Wilson and York-Simcoe Behavior Management Consultants

Thursday March 3rd
Park Place Manor – 15055 Yonge St, Aurora, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
(South of Wellington on the West Side of Yonge Street)

Light supper @ 6:00 Program starts at 6:30 pm

This is a free presentation .

If you have a specific question for Dr. Wilson you can email him at sydhc@dhc.simcoe-york.on.ca
 
For more information, contact Simcoe York District Health Council at 905-830-9899.
 
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SEAC INFORMATION EVENING

 

Autism Society Ontario – York Region Chapter is holding a SEAC Information Evening on March 29th from 7-9pm.

 

Our chapter is fortunate to have representation on SEAC (Special Education Advisory Committee) with both public and separate school boards in York Region.

 

Kathryn Everest (SEAC Representative – YRDSB) and Paul Kalmykow (SEAC Representative – YRCSB) will be explaining SEAC, their roles on the committee and answer any questions you may have about the policies and procedures in the respective boards regarding special education.

 

If you have any concerns, challenges, positive strategies you would like to share or have a child entering the school system and need some questions answered, this is a great opportunity to empower you with information in regards to your child’s education. 

 

We invite you to meet Kathryn and Paul and see how our chapter is working within the local education system on behalf of our children. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

March 29th 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Room B7

Loyal True Blue and Orange Building

11181 Yonge Street (north of Elgin Mills)

Richmond Hill  

RSVP to asoyork@axxent.ca

 
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Thank you
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 


Feb 22, 2005

GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS

Micah's Favourite
Makers of Fine Gluten-Free Products
Catering available
Newmarket
905-898-0739
randy@micahsfavourite.com
www.micahsfavourite.com

Product package samples available at the York Region Chapter Parent Resource Centre

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ASPERGERS PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
NEXT MEETING DATE
THURSDAY February 24th, 2005
7:00 PM
34 Berczy St., Aurora
1st Floor Boardroom

Kerry's Place Autism Services
Community Services York Region/Simcoe County
Facilitator
Rose Anne Punnett
Autism Consultant
905-713-6808 x 312
<rpunnett@kerrysplace.org>
www.kerrysplace.com

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INTERVIEW WITH TEMPLE GRANDIN

From Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health
Autism First-Hand: An Expert Interview With Temple Grandin, PhD
Posted 02/03/2005

Editor's Note:
As a child, Temple Grandin, PhD, like many children with autism, couldn't
speak and raged for no identifiable reason. Yet she grew up to earn a PhD
in animal science from the University of Illinois; pioneer humane ways of
treating cattle using knowledge gleaned from her disorder; and write on the
sensory and cognitive experience of being autistic. Medscape's Randall
White, MD, interviewed Dr. Grandin, Associate Professor of Animal Science,
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, on her insights into autism
spectrum disorder.

Medscape: In one of your essays you wrote, "Teachers need to use fixations
to motivate instead of trying to stamp them out."[1] What would that
achieve for people with autism?

Dr. Temple Grandin: Let's say that a child loves trains -- that's a very
common fixation. Well, read a book about trains, do math problems with
trains, read about the history of the railroad. In other words, if a kid
loves trains, you can somehow drag a train into just about every subject in
school to get him motivated to study it. Fixations are tremendous
motivators. Look at someone like Mme. Curie, who discovered radium; she
certainly was fixated on what she was doing. A little bit of fixation gets
things done.

Medscape: You also wrote, "I screamed because it was the only way I could
communicate."[1] Describe that experience from childhood.

Dr. Grandin: That was when I was a little kid. I remember not wanting to
wear a hat. So I screamed and threw it on the floor of the car, and mother
said, "Put it back on." So I screamed and chucked it out the window.

Not being able to communicate is a tremendous frustration. If a child has a
behavior problem, especially a nonverbal child, you've got to figure out
what's causing it. Is it frustration because they can't communicate?
Another problem might be sensory sensitivity, something that's often
ignored. Every time you take the kid into Wal-Mart, he's screaming. Well,
the reason for that is that the fluorescent lights are flickering and
driving him crazy, the noise in there hurts his ears, the smells overpower
his nose. Wal-Mart is like being inside the speaker at a rock and roll concert.

Then you've got to figure out, when you have a nonverbal child who all of a
sudden has a behavior problem, whether he has a medical problem, like acid
reflux, that's not diagnosed. Other reasons they might scream would be to
get out of doing something or to get attention.

Medscape: Regarding your own history with communication problems, you
wrote, "The speech therapist was the most important professional in my
life."[1] Why was that so?

Dr. Grandin: Because she got me talking. She started working on me when I
was 2 and a half years old, and then when I was 3, my mother hired a nanny
who spent hours doing lots of little kids' turn-taking games. I can
remember, after lunch, I had a rest period when I could revert to autism,
and I would pick the fuzz off the rug and eat it, and dribble sand through
my hands -- I can remember just getting hypnotized doing this. If I had
been allowed to do that all day, I wouldn't be here now.

I'm a big believer in lots of early intervention with little kids. We've
got to get them talking if possible and get them interacting with people. I
think the social interaction of going to elementary school is extremely
important. But then when you get into being a teenager, in the real mild
Asperger's, there are some who just need to be removed from the social
pressure cooker. You know, I think sometimes we go overboard on social
conformity, especially with teenagers.

Medscape: A recent story in The New York Times examined the conflicts that
occur between some people with autism, some of whom protest any treatment,
and their parents.[2]

Dr. Grandin: I've read those things, the whole conflict about ABA --
applied behavior analysis. Those techniques are mainly for very little
children, for 2 to 5 year olds, to get language started. They're not for
high-functioning 8 and 9 year olds. And most people in those protests are
the more mild Asperger's types. We need to be working on developing the
talents those people have so they can have jobs and support themselves. I
really believe there's a certain portion of high-functioning Asperger's
patients who need to be going to the university and getting in with their
intellectual peers, and just skipping the whole teenage mess because that's
not a life skill you need anyway. And it was the worst part of my life,
absolutely the worst. Interacting with teenagers is not part of my career!

Medscape: Would you have achieved what you have if you were not autistic?

Dr. Grandin: I don't think so, because there was a motivation that I had
that a nonautistic person doesn't have. And I had a visualization skill
that goes beyond what most people have. When I designed a piece of
equipment, I could actually test-run it in my head like these
virtual-reality computer programs. And I didn't even know that other people
couldn't do this. That's the positive side of autism. Now obviously, if you
have a child who's still nonverbal and not toilet trained, that's the
negative side of autism. It's a continuum, going all the way from Einstein
down to somebody who remains nonverbal and not toilet trained.

Medscape: I want to talk with you about the relationship of doctors with
people with autism. Have you been under the care of a physician, and if so,
how would you rate the care you received?

Dr. Grandin: Well, when I was a little kid, I had a psychiatrist, and of
course he was Freudian trained. He wanted to find my psychic injury, which
we now know is totally wrong. And I think he helped my mother more than he
helped me. He really had very little effect on me.

The most important people in my life when I was older were Mr. Carlock, my
science teacher, and my aunt out on the ranch. She tolerated my fixations
rather than trying to get rid of them. Mr. Carlock directed my fixations
into studying science. Unfortunately, when I was in high school, the
professionally trained people like the psychologist wanted to get rid of my
cattle-chute fixation. Well, that cattle-chute fixation ended up being the
basis of my entire career, and half of the cattle in this country, when
they go to a meat plant, are handled in equipment I designed. I think
that's a pretty good thing to do with an autistic fixation. The
professionals wanted to just take it away and stamp it out.

Medscape: What should physicians and psychologists who treat children and
adults with autism keep in mind?

Dr. Grandin: First of all, we have to look at the functioning level,
because what's appropriate for nonverbal patients is totally different from
what's appropriate for very mild Asperger's patients. I think they do need
to learn social skills, but I think we get to the point where there's so
much emphasis on social skills, there's no emphasis on career development.
I get social interaction through shared interests with things at work, like
talking about how to build something or solve a problem in animal behavior.
Now that's really interesting to me; social chit-chat's not.

Yes, we have to learn social survival skills. One of the things I had to
learn is you can't tell people off and tell them they're stupid. I got
fired from a job for that early in my career.

Medscape: You have been on the same low dose of an antidepressant for 20
years. Can you describe how you arrived at this and how it helps?

Dr. Grandin: As I got into my late 20s, anxiety and panic attacks got worse
and worse. It was like a constant state of stage fright. I read an article
in Psychology Today called "The promise of biological psychiatry." This was
back in the late 70s, and it talked about antidepressants for panic
disorder and gave some doctors' names. I looked their names up in an Index
Medicus book. Mr. Carlock had taught me how to use those books.

I got this paper with a list of symptoms in it, and I said, "That's me!"
They used 2 different drugs back then, imipramine and phenelzine.
Phenelzine has too many problems with the special diet, so I talked my
family practitioner into giving me imipramine, and within 3 days the
anxiety subsided -- it was like magic.

At autism meetings, I've had parent after parent come up to me and say, "He
did just great on a little bit of Prozac [fluoxetine], and they gave him
more, then he went ballistic and doesn't sleep at night." A lot of people
on the spectrum need a much lower dose of something like Prozac than
nonautistic people do.

Medscape: Are you still on imipramine?

Dr. Grandin: I switched to desipramine after about 3 years because I got
tinnitus, and then it stopped. The tinnitus got triggered by a really loud
sound from an electric drill.

One of my big concerns, after all this "black box" stuff that's going on
now with antidepressants, is doctors are going to start substituting things
like risperidone in place of Prozac. I think that's just terrible. I'm
seeing so many kids morbidly obese from atypical antipsychotics, and
parents are saying, "Oh, my kid was eating dog food he was so hungry; he
eats flour." I think a little bit of Prozac would be better than getting
100 lbs overweight on olanzapine.

So you've got a black-box warning because there's a slight chance of
talking about suicide when the side effects with the atypicals are way
worse. I went to a meeting the other day and a doctor had given risperidone
to a 2 year old just to help him sleep. That's ridiculous! Maybe they ought
to try a weighted blanket. Oftentimes that helps them to sleep.

Another thing that's a real problem is educating general practitioners not
to tell parents that the kid's going to outgrow it when they bring in a 2
year old showing autistic symptoms. That's still a problem, especially when
you get away from the big cities -- it's a medical waste land out there.
The thing that happened with the risperidone and the 2 year old was in a
little country town.

Medscape: The weighted blanket reminds me of your squeeze machine.

Dr. Grandin: That's right. To a lot of these kids, pressure is very
calming. The squeeze machine is just one way to do pressure. Other simpler
ways are things like bean-bag chairs, weighted vests, and weighted blankets.

Medscape: Can you describe the squeeze machine?

Dr. Grandin: It works like a squeeze chute used to hold cattle for
veterinary work. You get on your hands and knees. It's got 2
foam-rubber-padded side panels and works with compressed air; when I pull a
handle, it squeezes me. I first got interested in this when I was 16
because the anxiety attacks were just crippling me, and I noticed that when
they put the cattle in their squeeze chute for vaccination, they sometimes
tended to relax. So I went and tried the squeeze chute out at the ranch and
found that it did kind of relax me.

Pressure is calming, and many people with autism will do things like wear
tight belts or very tight clothes. Of course, the professionals wanted to
take the squeeze machine away from me. Mr. Carlock said to me, if you want
to find out why it's relaxing, you're going to have to study the science,
and he got me looking up abstracts. Instead of taking the squeeze machine
away, which is what the other professionals wanted to do, he used it as a
way to motivate an interest in science.

Supported by an independent educational grant from Janssen
References
1. Temple G. An inside view of autism. Available at
http://www.autism.org/temple/inside.html. Accessed January 4, 2005.
2. Harmon A. How About Not 'Curing' Us, Some Autistics Are Pleading. New
York Times. December 20, 2004; A:1.

Disclosure: Randall F. White, MD, has disclosed that he owns stock, stock
options, or bonds in Quest Diagnostics, Novartis AG ADR, and Millipore Corp.

Disclosure: Temple Grandin, PhD, has reported no financial relationships
relevant to this educational activity.

Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health 10(1), 2005. © 2005 Medscape

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you


Feb 22, 2005

Tuesday Morning Support Group – Change

February 22, 2005 from 10:00 to 2:00

"Can Johnny Come Out to Play?: Social Skills for Preschoolers”[1] Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas, Kansas, USA

The title of this presentation is confusing as the original Symposium presenter was replaced by Dr. Smith Myles; it should be called “The Hidden Curriculum”. This is a very worthwhile topic which concerns ‘hidden’ social niceties that are seldom considered when teaching social skills to the growing child with ASD. After the presentation, we will discuss how to adapt them to the different ages of children represented by attendees.

If you have concerns about attending this topic, please keep in mind that we do have other presentations on CD ROM that can be substituted if the group would prefer to see something else.


Hope to see you there,

Liz Cohen, Regional Support Leader



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[1] This presentation is from the Conference Proceedings CD produced from the Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium on Autism 2004.

Group discussion lead by Liz Cohen, Autism Society Ontario Regional Support Leader will follow.


 


Feb 20, 2005

REMINDER

AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO - YORK REGION CHAPTER

Evening Support Group and Chapter Meetings

Next Meeting Tuesday FEBRUARY 22

Please join us at our Information Evenings and Parent Support Group/Chapter Meetings to find out more about how we help each other by sharing our experiences. We all face the same issues; learning about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the impact it has on our lives, dealing with professionals, locating supports, securing funding and advocating for appropriate programs.

Whatever you are facing, someone else has been 'down that road'. We offer mutual support and information through our workshops, newsletters and group meetings and have compiled an extensive database on services and supports in York Region and the G.T.A.


Location: Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill

Meeting Room B 07

Time: 7:00 p.m. > 9:00 p.m.

Cost: no charge

Mark Your Calendars:
MARCH 8 Topic: Advocacy, Building Your School Team
MARCH 29 Special Education Issues - SEAC Information Evening
APRIL 12 (speaker and topic to be advised)
APRIL 26 Chapter and Support Group
MAY 10 (speaker and topic to be advised)
MAY 24 Chapter and Support Group


AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Available for purchase at all meetings and workshops at the York Region Chapter Parent Resource Centre + Member's Lending Library.

~ CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM: WHAT TO EXPECT AND WHERE TO GET HELP
Strategies and Information for Ontario Families and Care Providers (204 pages)

~ NAVIGATING THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SYSTEM IN ONTARIO (2nd EDITION)
A Handbook for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (231 pages)

Order online: www.autismsociety.on.ca or by phone 416-246-9592 x 24
Cost per manual: $25.00 at meetings, (plus Shipping And Handling $8.00 if ordered online or by phone)

[To be published Spring 2005 - THE TEEN AND ADULT GUIDE]

 


Feb 19, 2005

SOCCER IN AURORA

I am updating you on soccer program to be put on by the Aurora Soccer club. It is a definite go, the league is going to partner with Special Olympics, the program will more then likely be 8 weeks starting in late May and running through to end of August, it will be on a Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 at a park in Aurora, cost yet to be determined, age 6- 16 years of age. Other info should be arriving soon, any questions please feel free to call 905 713 6808 x311 or email Bruce Punnett bpunnett@kerrysplace.org

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ONLINE WORKSHOPS FOR WRITERS WITH DISABILITIES

Always wanted to see your name in print? The Canadian Abilities
Foundation is presenting a series of online workshops (first one to be
held in March) for people with disabilities who are interested in the
writing life.
If you love expressing yourself in writing and dream of seeing your name
in print, this workshop is for you! Find out how to write effectively,
promote yourself to editors and make a difference in your community
using the written word.
If you would like to be contacted with the details, dates and times of
this workshop series, send an e-mail to able@abilities.ca or call
1-888-700-4476, ext. 232, to register.
Workshops are free.

Canadian Abilities Foundation
650-340 College St.
Toronto, ON M5T 3A9
Phone: (416) 923-1885
Fax: (416) 923-9829
able@abilities.ca
www.abilities.ca

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RESPITE STUDY

Study on Families, Children with Autism, and Respite Care

Researcher seeks families caring for children with Autism to participate in
a study to examine their experience of hiring respite worker(s). Themes
relating to families coping strategies, adjustment and experiences as
'employers' will be explored. This study seeks to add to the research on
utilizing in-home respite assistance.

· Approximately 1 - 1.5 hours personal interview
· Confidentiality ensured

For more information, please contact Vicki Narine
(Part-time Masters of Social Work student at York University)
(905) 653-0578 or at
<narinevicki@hotmail.com>


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AUTISM ON TV

NBC February 21 - 26, 2005
'Autism: The Hidden Epidemic?' - A Week Long Series On The Networks of NBC News
Additional information about programming and when viewers can tune in for specific information can be found at http://www.autism.msnbc.com.

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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you
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Feb 17, 2005

AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO
REGIONAL SUPPORT LEADER
TUESDAY MORNING SUPPORT GROUP

Location:11181 Yonge St. Suite 305, Richmond Hill
(East side of Yonge, North of Elgin Mills)

Cost: $5 per session, at the door
For Information: Voicemail Liz Cohen at the York Region Chapter office 905-780-1590

The following presentations are from the Conference Proceedings CD produced from the Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium on Autism 2004.

Group discussion lead by Liz Cohen, Autism Society Ontario Regional Support Leader will follow.

February 22, 2005 from 10:00 to 2:00
"Can Johnny Come Out to Play?: Social Skills for Preschoolers”
Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education
University of Kansas, Kansas, USA
NOTE: This presentation will be customized to fit age groups up to 10.

March 1, 2005 from 10:00 to 12:30
Sibling Perspectives from Childhood to Adulthood
Albert Bereti, age 12, brother of Alan
Nerissa Raffik, age 17, sister of Adir
Tamara Joseph, age, 22, sister of Nathaniel
Susan Day Fragiadakis, age 49, sister of Rick

March 8, 2005 from 10:00 to 2:00
Developing Friendship Skills and Making Them Work
Kevin Baskerville, Autism Inclusion Coordinator
Warwickshire Local Education Authority, United Kingdom

March 22, 2005 from 10:00 to 2:00
Special Diets for Special Kids: Why and How to Try Dietary Interventions
Dr. Lisa Lewis, Co-founder, Autism Network for Dietary Intervention
New Jersey, USA

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HELP WITH AN AUTISM SURVEY

from an ASO family ...

My son's worker, Anna Webster is studying at Centennial College to be a Child and Youth Worker. She is currently in her third year and is working on a major project on the use of behavioural interventions with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is looking for some help from parents with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder between 4 and 18 years of age.

Anna is working on a manual for parents with children with ASD that focuses on teaching basic behavioural strategies that can be used in the home (i.e. creating a routine, behaviour management, etc...) .She has written up a needs assessment questionnaire geared towards parents in order to determine which topics are most important to cover in the manual. It should only take about 10-15 minutes to fill out.

Any help that parents can provide would be very appreciated. It's so very important for us to help these dedicated students who are pursuing careers that will help our kids and our families in the future.

Deborah

NB. As we do not send out attachments with the 'Items of Interest', families interested in participating in this questionnaire please contact "Anna Webster" anna_webster80@hotmail.com directly. Please do not respond to this Items of Interest email.

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"GREY OLLTWIT'S SOFTWARE NEWSLETTER"

New Programs Available

Flash Cards Extra (Members Only)
Show words, pictures and sounds from lists as flash cards.
Details at http://www.greyolltwit.com/flashcardextra.html

Stopwatch (free to all)
A very simple program that does what it says i.e. it's a stopwatch. A
realistic photo of a stopwatch that I have animated to act like a real
one, with start, stop and reset.
Details at http://www.greyolltwit.com/stopwatch.html

For more information on these and other programs, please visit
www.greyolltwit.com


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Please submit all correspondence (including submissions and change of email address) to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca. The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.   We encourage decisions based on knowledge.   The information brought to you through our "Items Of Interest" does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
Thank you

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Feb 15, 2005

MOVIE NIGHTS
 
Movie Night at Geneva Centre for Autism - exclusively for people with an
ASD and their families/friends/support workers

Regent Theatre, 551 Mt. Pleasant Rd
The doors will be open at 6:30 pm, and the movie will begin at 7pm.
Guests will be treated to movie and snacks
No reservation is necessary.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Ocean's Twelve starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones &
Julia Roberts
Due to a scheduling problem with the film "Ocean’s Twelve" we have had to postpone the movie by one week. Please continue to check www.autism.net for movie titles and dates. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Racing Strips starring Frankie Muniz, Hayden Panettiere, Whoopie Goldberg &
Dustin Hoffman

The above movies are scheduled, but may change.  Please continue to check
Geneva Centre's Web-site,
www.autism.net under Whats New, Special Events
and Announcements,  to confirm the titles.
 
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FEEDBACK WANTED
 
The following advertisement was in the Richmond Hill Liberal. Does any one
have any experience, caveats or kudos about this service? Responses
welcomed to ASO-York <
asoyork@axxent.ca>
Thank you

" New Beginnings
Autism
'A Different Approach'
Individual therapy within a childcare setting
Effective & Productive with maximum results for children 3 to 7 years old.
Contact Lauryn or Zoe
905-851-8005
Zoe's tender years child care"
 
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PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ONLINE
www.PWD-Online.ca

Access a full range of information on disability-related programs and
services in Canada.

. single access point for Government of Canada information on
disability-related programs and services
. provides links to - Assistive Technology
- Health
- Taxes and Financial Benefits
- Travel and Transportation
- Housing
- Employment
- Learning and Education
- Rights and Legislation
- Reference Library

Government of Canada
www.Canada.gc.ca

Youth Website
www.youth.gc.ca

Jobs, Workers, Training and Careers Website
www.JobsEtc.ca

Canada Benefits Website
www.canadabenefits.gc.ca


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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Thank you
 

Feb 15, 2005

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Feb 13, 2005

EPILEPSY

 
Epilepsy York Region welcomes Dr. Nora Pope, ND, as part of a series of seminars on treatments for epilepsy.

Date:   Thursday, February 17
Time:   7:00-9:00pm
Location: Vaughan Police Headquarters, 2700 Rutherford Rd (at Jane St), in the Community Room
RSVP:   905-508-5404 or reply to this email
 
Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Please RSVP
naomi@epilepsyyork.ca
 
Dr. Nora Pope is a naturopathic doctor in private practice in Toronto. Since 2001, her clinical focus has been epilepsy treatment. In 2003, Dr. Pope had the pleasure of speaking about Naturopathic Medicine at Epilepsy York Region's AGM.  On February 17th, Dr. Pope will speak about homeopathy, herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, case studies and a research update. Dr. Pope would like to do research in finding a cure for epilepsy.
 
Naomi Hoffenberg
Program Coordinator
naomi@epilepsyyork.ca
Epilepsy York Region
11181 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON
L4S 1L2
Phone: (905) 508-5404
Fax: (905)508-0920
 
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NEW BEGINNINGS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
 
from a listmate who is very happy with the small class size and personalized attention for her daughter with ASD.

OPEN HOUSE
New Beginnings Christian School
1205 Stellar Drive
Newmarket
905-953-1081

Tuesday February 22,2005
10am-2pm & 6pm-8pm
Junior kindergarten to high school
 
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AUTISM NEWSLINK
 
Dear ASO Members,
 
    The latest issue of Autism Newslink should have arrived in your home last week or it will be arriving this coming week. We welcome your letters in response to articles in this or any of our magazine issues. Your thoughts about the relevance of the content to your experience, how an article may have impacted you or someone you know, a short story about a similar experience you had, how an article helped or hindered what you're trying to do or understand in your place in Ontario, constructive criticism or, if you really like to write, a guest editorial. We ask for this type of feedback in every issue, but occasionally we like to remind people about these opportunities!
       ASO is an organization of people with strong opinions about many things related to understanding or living with ASD. We'd like to add your resources, insights, challenges and hopes to the pages of our magazine. You may wish to know that key supporters and staff in our Ontario Government all receive complimentary copies of Autism Newslink as part of our collective effort to inform our leaders about ASD and the efforts of ASO. We also regularly give copies to course educators at the University and College level so that their students, who will one day be working with your children, also have current and relevant information.
 
Thank you.
Margaret Spoelstra
Executive Director
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON  M6K 3C5
marg@autismsociety.on.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca
416-246-9592 x22
Member, ASD-CARC
www.autismresearch.ca

 
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HBC REWARDS COMMUNITY PROGRAM
 
I would like to thank all those who have been participating in our HBC Community Rewards Program.  Our points are adding up!!  I would like to encourage those who have not yet done so to consider donating your HBC Rewards Points to Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter.  It is so easy!
 
GETTING STARTED
  1. You must be an Hbc Rewards member.  You can sign up at www.hbcrewards.com
  2. Go to www.hbcrewards.com/community
  3. Donate to a community group.
  4. Our Public ID # is: 6480636
  5. Decide how many points you would like to donate.
The great thing about this program is the flexibility.  You can donate as many as all your points for 6 months or as little as 5% for 60 days - its up to you!!  You can now take an active role in your chapter by donating effortlessly and all you have to do is shop!! 
 
ASO - YRC is very excited about this amazing opportunity and encourage your continued support.
 
Thank you and have fun shopping!!
 
Cenza Newton
President
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
 

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FAMILY LIFE CENTRE SEMINARS
 
Family Life Centre of Richmond Hill, Newmarket and Bradford
1-888-223-3999 for more details, costs, locations.

February
Teen Anger Management
Single Again (for men and women)
Stress Management & Assertiveness Training
Women's Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Training
The Challenge of Anger for Women
Mens Anger Management

March - Couple Communication

April - Parenting the Strong Willed Child

May - Positive Parenting Skills
 
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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Thank you
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Feb 11, 2005

EVENING SUPPORT GROUP AND CHAPTER MEETINGS
AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO - YORK REGION CHAPTER


Please join us at our Information Evenings and Parent Support Group/Chapter Meetings to find out more about how we help each other by sharing our experiences. We all face the same issues; learning about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the impact it has on our lives, dealing with professionals, locating supports, securing funding and advocating for appropriate programs.

Whatever you are facing, someone else has been 'down that road'. We offer mutual support and information through our workshops, newsletters and group meetings and have compiled an extensive database on services and supports in York Region and the G.T.A. 

Location:   Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
                11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill
                (two streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge)
                
Meeting Room B 07
Time:        7:00 p.m. > 9:00 p.m.
Cost:         no charge

FEBRUARY 22 - Chapter and Support Group
MARCH 8 - Topic: Advocacy
MARCH 29 - Special Education Issues - SEAC Information Evening
APRIL 12 - (speaker and topic to be advised)
APRIL 26 - Chapter and Support Group
MAY 10 - (speaker and topic to be advised)
MAY 24 - Chapter and Support Group

AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Available for purchase at all meetings and workshops at the
York Region Chapter Parent Resource Centre + Member's Lending Library

* CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM: WHAT TO EXPECT AND WHERE TO GET HELP Strategies and Information for Ontario Families and Care Providers (204 pages)

* NAVIGATING THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SYSTEM IN ONTARIO (2nd EDITION) A Handbook for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (231 pages)

Order online: www.autismsociety.on.ca or by phone 416-246-9592 x 24
Cost per manual: $25.00 at meetings, (plus Shipping And Handling $8.00  if  ordered online or by phone)

To be published Spring 2005:  THE TEEN AND ADULT GUIDE 
 
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YORK SUPPORT SERVICES NETWORK WORKSHOPS
 
From York Support Services Network Bulletin February 2005
www.yssn.ca


Hincks-Dellcrest Centre
Presents "Playing with Trouble - Playful approaches to working with
Challenging Children and Their Families" presented by Diane Gehart. This
training session will be held on February 18, 2005.
For more information visit
www.Hincksdellcrest.org/brief-therapy-training

or call 416-972-1935 x3345

Hincks-Dellcrest Centre
Presents two training workshops: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for
Intervention on March 10, 2005 & Social Skill Development in Autistic &
Asperger's Children on March 11, 2005. The presenter is Diane Yapko.
For more information visit
www.hincksdellcrest.org or call 416-972-1935 x3345

Developmental Disabilities Counsellor Program
The program, jointly sponsored by Reena and George Brown College is accepting
applications for the September 2005 program. The DDC Program is an intense
18 week program that is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to
work in the field of developmental disabilities.
For more info please visit
www.reena.org or contact Fiona Ott at (905)
889-2690 X 2055

Abilities 2005 YORK REGION'S 6TH ANNUAL JOB FAIR for Persons with Disabilities
Presented by Future Abilities and Creative Employment (FACE), on Thursday,
March 10th, 2005. 10am to 4pm at the Premiere Ballroom & Conference Centre,
9019 Leslie Street in Richmond Hill
For more information call: Voice/TTY 905-830-9299 or check out our website:
www.future-abilities.org
 
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"CAMP PROSPECT"
 
Registrations now being accepted for spring weekends and summer camp.
Respite programs also available all year including weekday, weekends,
Christmas and March breaks.
Camp bus pickup / dropoff points can be arranged at Hwy 400 & 7 area and at
400 & 9. Extra fee-for-service.

Contact Giancarlo Marchi - Director
705-735-0129
<
campprospect@rogers.com>


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CAMP WINSTON BENEFIT SOIREE

Proceeds from this event will provide subsidies for campers to attend Camp
Winston programmes.

February 24, 2005
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
Toronto

For ticket information please contact
Camp Winston
Howard Bloom, Director
9005 Leslie St. #203
Richmond Hill L4B 1G7
905-707-3427
<
mail@campwinston.com>
www.campwinston.com


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PROVIDENCE LEARNING CENTRES Special Needs Programs

Providence Learning Centres is a non profit organization providing
education and therapeutic services to children diagnosed with Autism,
Asperger's Syndrome, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, language delays and other
learning exceptionalities.

Our Centre is currently accepting applications for new students in the
following programs:

. Early Learners (18 months - 4 years)
. JK/SK Program ( 4-6 years)
. Skill Builder Program  (4-12 years)
. Social Skills Program (8-10 years)
. IBI Program

Contact
Colleen Howard, Director
905-751-1215
<
choward@armsworth.com>


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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Thank you
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

Feb 7, 2005

Hello ASO Chapter Presidents and ASO staff and members,

The attached document is our 2004 submission to the Minister of Finance. Today we received notification about our invitation to again meet with the minister - next week! Unfortunately, the government's practice on timing and invitation are different every year. This time the notice was really short. The ASO Board gave feedback this weekend at their meeting in Toronto regarding suggested changes to our 2005 document. I will have a draft of that for you by this Friday, but in the mean time, please offer your suggestions a.s.a.p. (to the email address below). We already plan to make some substantial changes, so your feedback is most welcome. In the past we have done this at the President's Council meeting as a group, but the timing for that doesn't work this year with that meeting being held in March. Please solicit feedback from your chapter members as well. Just forward this message.

Thanks in advance for your speedy responses.
Margaret Spoelstra
Executive Director
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON  M6K 3C5
marg@autismsociety.on.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca
416-246-9592 x22
Member, ASD-CARC
www.autismresearch.ca
 

AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO

 

Pre-Budget Consultation Submission

 

to

 

THE HONOURABLE GREG SORBARA

 

MINISTER OF FINANCE

 

GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO

 

March 4, 2004

 

  

AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO

REQUESTS THE FOLLOWING OF THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT:

 

 

1.      Intensive Early Intervention Funding: ASO is calling on the Government to expand the intensive early intervention program to provide evidence-based, effective treatment for all children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and to eliminate the waiting list that currently exists in Ontario. Services should be equally accessible to

English and French speaking families throughout the province.

 

The present initiative is targeted at only the most severely affected children 6 years of age and under. This means that only one in four children will benefit from the program. The expansion of this initiative to include all children affected with ASD will result in savings of millions of dollars, especially since current research indicates that less severely affected children may benefit greatly from this treatment.

 

2.      Inter-ministerial Coordination of Autism Services: ASO calls on the Government to strengthen its inter-ministerial approach to policy development and program delivery where Autism Spectrum Disorders is concerned including charging one Ministry with the lead and enabling that Ministry to establish an AUTISM Secretariat which would provide support and consultation to other Ministries thus guaranteeing a ‘seamless’ transition and interplay between Ministry programs.

 

Following on the leadership demonstrated with the early intensive intervention program, it is timely for the Provincial Government to take charge of a process that will develop an integrated and evidence-based diagnostic, training, education and service delivery model for the care and management of those with ASD.

 

Continue to dialogue with ASO while formulating service and treatment plans and allow us to proactively assist with communication between parents, clinicians and government leaders for all stages and aspects of program development.

 

Provide $60 million to provide the following:

 

a)      Training: Provide mandatory training in evidence-based, effective approaches in working with students of all ages with ASD for all professionals (educators, classroom assistants, and educational consultants) working with individuals with ASD in Ontario schools.

b)      Transition: Honour the original commitment made for a smooth transition of young children with ASD into Ontario schools. ASO applauds the release of funds to provide regional training for Ontario teachers working with students with ASD.  There needs to be an additional commitment to support transition from elementary to secondary school for students with ASD.

 

c)      University & College: There are insufficient trained professionals to work effectively with individuals of all ages with ASD. Thus, education and certification programs at Undergraduate and Graduate levels are essential to systematically train students to become clinicians who are skilled in working with individuals with ASD.

 

d)      Education Standards for Autism: Education Standards for Autism have been developed, but not yet implemented by the Ministry of Education. We urge the minister to provide the necessary funding to release and implement those standards as they apply to students with ASD. Transition plans for high school students into adult years must be implemented and must be linked to real programs and opportunities for employment or further education.

 

e)      Adults with ASD: Comprehensive services for adults with ASD must be multi-faceted. The Individualized Funding Coalition presents some of the most flexible way to meet the unique and complex needs of adults with ASD. Models of service delivery for adults with ASD exist in only a few places in Ontario. These successful programs must be replicated for all adults with ASD.

 

 

3.      Invest in Services and Supports to Families: Invest in support to families in their communities through respite care programs, transition funds and training for service providers across Ontario.

 

Reduce the burden on families to support their adult children with ASD. Provide a range of supported living (including independent living) opportunities for all adults with ASD in their communities.

 

a)      Augment Respite Care for parents and caregivers. ASO is calling on the Government to set aside sufficient funds to ensure that the amount of respite care provided is doubled for all families of children with ASD. These services must be available to families in their own communities. These funds must be carefully allocated so that all families living with ASD have access to the funds.

 

In the past few years in Canada, ASO has witnessed with profound sadness the choice that a number of families made to take their own life and/or the life of their disabled child. All of these children had developmental challenges diagnosed as, or associated with diagnoses on the autism spectrum.  This underscores the tremendous stress and sense of hopelessness experienced by families at all stages of their children's development. No family in Canada should be faced with such challenges because we as a society have failed to provide our most vulnerable citizens with necessary supports. Researchers continue to identify the exceptional stresses of raising a child with autism as greater than those related to other disabilities or illnesses. Recent ASD prevalence rates identify 1/165 individuals being affected by ASD (Fombonne E. The prevalence of autism. JAMA 2003;289(1):1–3.). That translates to as many as 72,000 Ontarians.  Autism is affecting the lives of Canadians at alarming rates.

 

4.      Support Autism Research: Invest $ 1 million per year over the next 5 years to Autism specific research projects.

 

a)      Evaluation of IBI Programs: Conduct research to formally, publicly and prospectively evaluate Ontario’s IBI program. Coordinated efforts to evaluate the same types of programs in other Canadian provinces simultaneously are encouraged.

 

b)      The field of autism is a highly complex one that requires a deliberate interplay between research, diagnosis, education and treatment.

 

c)      There is a scarcity of professionals with training in modern educational and diagnostic approaches. Sufficient funds are required to enable such training. One specific area is the Ministry of Education. It needs to offer additional qualification courses for teachers that focus on ASD and effective teaching methodologies, (currently there is one course) but this requires an investment in qualified trainers.

 

d)      Even where intervention programs exist, they are primarily supported by professionals from the United States brought into Canada due to the lack of trained and experienced service providers.

 

e)      To respond to ASD, we must study all areas of human development for persons with ASD, evidence-based intervention, and educational and medical treatment methods across the life span in community settings. This must occur in both large and small-scale qualitative and quantitative research studies.

 

5.      Provide $500,000 in funding to Autism Society Ontario to enable ASO’s provincial chapters to become a key point of contact and referral for families of children with ASD. Expand ASO’s current provincial pilot project through the Ontario Trillium Foundation from 3 to 31 chapters in English and French.

 

ASO is willing to provide ASD awareness training to leaders and clinical service providers in order to inform government and professional groups about the daily experiences of families living with ASD. Within our organization, these opportunities may be provided at cost within local communities. ASO is committed to be a first point of information for parents receiving a diagnosis for their son or daughter. Our recent publications Children Diagnosed with Autism: What to Expect and Where to Get Help and Navigating the Special Education System in Ontario: A Handbook for Parents of Children with ASD are affordable handbooks and are broadly supported by parents and the professional community in Ontario.

 

6.      Reduce the Financial Burden to Families: Through changes to tax policy, reduce the financial burden on families with children and dependent adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

 

ASO calls on the Government to introduce tax relief provisions for tax filers who undertake to provide educational and medical therapies from their own financial resources.

 

Implement a Trillium Special Care Plan to assist families who cannot assume the costs of treatment to ensure that their children and dependent adults receive services that would otherwise be unavailable without Government assistance.

 

Investment opportunities: Allow families of children with ASD to establish a registered savings fund (similar to RESP). This fund would allow for savings that would go towards providing other educational supports  (e.g. job coaching) for adult children with ASD to enable them to become contributing members of Ontario’s workforce.

 

Please do not respond to the "Items of Interest" email address.
Thank you.

 


Feb 6, 2005

TUESDAY MORNING SUPPORT GROUP/WORKSHOPS

Location:  11181 Yonge St.  Suite 303, Richmond Hill (East side of Yonge, North of Elgin Mills) unless marked with

For Information: 905-780-1590, Facilitated by: Liz Cohen, Regional Support Leader Autism Society Ontario

February 8, 2005 from 9:30 to 2:00

Spa Day Join us for a ½ day at the spa to help relieve family stress.   Session Cost: $15, plus chosen spa service. (Note: This session is full)

February 22, 2005 from 10:00 to 2:00
"Can Johnny Come Out to Play?: Social Skills for Preschoolers With Autism CD Presentation
Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas, Kansas, USA[1] Group discussion to follow.  Session Cost: $5

March 1, 2005 from 10:00 to 12:30

Sibling Perspectives from Childhood to Adulthood CD Presentation
Albert Bereti, Age 12, Brother of Alan
Nerissa Raffik, Age 17, Sister of Adir
Tamara Joseph, Age, 22, Sister of Nathaniel
Susan Day Fragiadakis, Age 49, Sister of Rick [2]

Session Cost: $5 Group discussion to follow.

March 8, 2005 from 10:00 to 2:00

Developing Friendship Skills and Making Them Work” CD Presentation
Kevin Baskerville, Autism Inclusion Coordinator, Warwickshire Local Education Authority, United Kingdom [3] Group discussion to follow.

Session Cost: $5

March 22, 2005 from 10:00 to 2:00

Special Diets for Special Kids: Why and How to Try Dietary Interventions CD Presentation
Dr. Lisa Lewis, Co-founder, Autism Network for Dietary Intervention, New Jersey, USA [4] Group discussion to follow. Session Cost: $5


 

[1] -4 These presentations from the Geneva Centre for Autisms Symposium 2005


Feb 5, 2005

RESPITE & SUMMER CAMP
 
AUTISM RESPITE AND SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS AT THE KINARK OUTDOOR CENTRE
Following a successful pilot program in 2004 the Kinark Outdoor Centre is expanding its summer camp, weekend respite and family support programs to include and specifically address the needs of children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Kinark Outdoor Centre is a program of Kinark Child and Family Services a non-profit children's mental health agency. The Centre facilitates adapted recreation, outdoor education, and therapeutic programs for a range of mainstream and special needs groups. Since 1985 the Kinark Outdoor Centre has provided weekend respite and specialized summer camp experiences for individuals who are unable to attend mainstream camps due to significant social and behavioral needs. The Centre also facilitates combined family respite - parent education programs.

Through our pilot and following a survey of existing Autism service providers, we have determined that, with the addition of appropriate clinical resources and staff training, the Kinark Outdoor Centre has the capacity to provide a safe and positive growth experience for children and youth with Autism. In 2005 the Kinark Outdoor Centre is offering:

·         4 six day summer camp programs for 6 children and youth
·         4 respite weekends for 6 participants
·         4 family respite weekends for six families

Please feel free to contact the Centre at any time if you wish more information. Take care.

Jim McHardy, Director
Kinark Outdoor Centre
jimmchardy@koc.on.ca
www.koc.on.ca
1-800-805-8252
 
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PARENT VOICE IN EDUCATION PROJECT
 
Below you will find a link to the Parent Voice in Education Project (PVEP) discussion paper.  The paper was prepared by 20 parent leaders from across the province who have been appointed by the Minister of Education to consult parents on ways to strengthen the parent voice at the local and provincial level.

I would like to ask for your assistance in publicizing the consultation process and the opportunity for parents to access the discussion paper through the website, their school council or by contacting the PVEP directly.  The PVEP is looking for broad participation in this process.  You will find additional information about the consultation and parental involvement on our website,
www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parentvoiceineducation/index.html

The deadline for responses is February 25thSchool councils are encouraged to put this on their agenda in February.  Responses can be mailed, faxed or submitted on line. 

There will also be 11 consultation meetings in 8 communities across the province.  Parents are encouraged to attend these meetings if they can.

The input the PVEP receives during this consultation process will be used to write recommendations for the Minister of Education by the end of March. 

If you need any information, please feel free to contact me at
info@parentvoiceineducation.org or 416-314-0426.

On behalf of the Parent Voice in Education Project, thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,
Gabrielle Blais
Chair, Parent Voice in Education Project

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YOGA CLASSES EXTENDED
 
Katy Bennett, Azure Yoga has extended her Thursday Morning Yoga Classes for parents and caregivers of children with ASD. Please join our group for

DROP IN Morning Classes 10:00 - 11:30
                Every Thursday Morning

Location    Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
                1181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, Room B13

Cost          $ 10.00 per session, pay at the door

Register     
azureyoga@neptune.on.ca
 
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PARENT ADVOCACY WORKSHOP
 
Parent's Advocacy Newsletter
Published by Parent's Advocacy in the School February 1, 2005
 

Welcome to the PAS Newletter

PAS is a Toronto-based service group for parents and caregivers of special needs children in schools. It was established in 1997 to provide support and assistance in getting programs and services for exceptional children. A range of services is extended in these efforts and they can be reviewed at our website: www.parentsadvocacy.com

To help parents in their efforts to get the education they want for their children with special needs we will be offering Workshops in Toronto which will include Dr. Forman's new book on parent advocacy.

Parents Advocacy Book and Workshop

The book: Exceptional Children--Ordinary Schools: Getting the Education You Want for Your Special Needs Child is available in bookstores. The Workshops on parents advocacy in the schools will be based on the book and each person attending will receive a copy and handouts.

Some of the Topics include:
The skills you need to advocate for your child
Creating your Child Advocacy File for successful advocacy
Understanding school bureaucracy
Learning about your rights
Communicating with the school
Mastering IPRCs and I! EPs
Demystifying tests and assessments.

The first Workshop will run from 1 to 4PM on Saturday February 12th. The fee is $65 and includes a copy of the book (the book retails for $24.95 plus tax). The Workshop is at 5734 Yonge St. S600 near Finch Avenue. Free parking is available on site.

If you would like to register for this workshop or others please call Dr. Forman at 416-429-8511 email <support@parentsadvocacy.com>  
Please include your name and a contact number in your email.

Additional Workshops will take place at the offices of Parent's Advocacv in the School at 124 Merton Street, Suite 206, Toronto (near Davisville & Yonge St.) Dates include February 19, March 5, and March 12, 2005.

Dr. Norm Forman is a Registered Psychologist, Classroom Consultant, and School Advocate with over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of education and psychology.
 
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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Thank you
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Feb 2, 2005

SCHOOL SUPPORT PROGRAM - Autism Spectrum Disorder (Presentation)
Valerie Podpallock, MCYS
Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Central East Region

Monday, February 7th, 2005
1:30 - 2:15 pm.
Simcoe-York District Health Council
1091 Gorham St. # 300
Newmarket
1-877-258-8899

AGENDA
1.      Welcome and Introductions
2.      Overview of the School Support Program
3.      Regional Program Implementation Progress Update
4.      Questions and Answers
5.      Next Steps
6.      Wrap-up

Purpose of the ASD School Support Program
- enhance educators' knowledge and skills in the principles of Applied
Behavioural Analysis (ABA), and other evidence-based teaching strategies as
appropriate which can be used in schools and classrooms;

- enhance educators' knowledge and expertise in teaching strategies to
improve communication, social skills and life skills of students with ASD; and

- enhance educators' knowledge of and familiarity with non-educational
services and supports available in the community for students with ASD.

An Implementation Working Group was formed in May 2004 and developed a
detailed implementation plan for the provision of the School Support
Program - ASD.  The Working Group submitted its final report and
recommendations on June 30, 2004.  One of the recommendations was to orient
and consult with parents of children with autism and stakeholders on the
implementation of the program.


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The Metro Toronto Chapter of the Autism Society Ontario Presents
More on the Floor: Building Social Communication And Relationship Skills Through Floortime
Thursday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
at the Geneva Centre
112 Merton Street, Toronto
Presenter: Jehan Shehata, Certified Floortime SLP
What is Floortime?
Floortime is an interactive approach to working with autistic children that was developed by Dr.
Stanley Greenspan. It focuses on respect for the individual child, his or her interests and his or her
unique qualities. Floortime is intended to help children become:
·  more alert, self-regulated and engaged
·  purposeful and capable of taking more initiative
· 
more reflective, connected and flexible.
It improves childrens’ spontaneous social communication and ability to plan, organize and carry out
longer sequences of actions and words, as well as their ability to share and bridge ideas and
feelings. For parents, Floortime offers an approach that, once adopted, can easily be implemented
through daily routines or playtime at home.
What Will You Learn?
Jehan will be sharing her extensive experience in Floortime as a Speech-Language Pathologist
working with children who have developmental problems in relating and communicating. The
presentation will include:
·  A brief account of the theory behind the Floortime approach.
·  An overview of Floortime’s basic philosophy and principles.
·  The goals of Floortime; building on individual strengths, core capacities and stages of social
emotional development.
·  How Floortime is used in speech therapy to develop and further the child’s creative use of
language in communicating his or her wants, needs, ideas and feelings.
· 
How to use Floortime at home: tips and tricks.
Who Should Attend?
This presentation is suitable for parents and professionals, as well as
anyone interested in learning more about relationship-building strategies
for pre-school and school aged children with special needs.
Please RSVP for this free event: 416-489-0702 or info@asotoronto.org
 
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MOVIE NIGHTS
 
Movie Night at Geneva Centre for Autism - exclusively for people with an
ASD and their families/friends/support workers

Regent Theatre, 551 Mt. Pleasant Rd
The doors will be open at 6:30 pm, and the movie will begin at 7pm.
Guests will be treated to movie and snacks
No reservation is necessary.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Ocean's Twelve starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones &
Julia Roberts

Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Racing Strips starring Frankie Muniz, Hayden Panettiere, Whoopie Goldberg &
Dustin Hoffman

The above movies are scheduled, but may change.  Please continue to check
Geneva Centre's Web-site,
www.autism.net under Whats New, Special Events
and Announcements,  to confirm the titles.
 
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PLANNING FOR YOUR CHILD'S FUTURE
 
Hello List;
Although the name of this organization may seem to imply only 'Adult
Issues', there is a wealth of information and resources on this website
that are applicable to most ages. Thinking about and planning for your
child's future starts now.
Lynda
.......................
Lynda Beedham
Autism Society Ontario
Regional Support Leader
York Region
11181 Yonge St. # 303-5
Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2
voicemail 905-780-1590
asoyork@axxent.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca

Sender: "Ontario Adult Autism Research and Support Network (OAARSN)"
OAARSN@listserv.uoguelph.ca>
From: Elizabeth Bloomfield <
ebloomfi@uoguelph.ca>
Subject: OAARSN's Autism News Bulletin, 29 January 2005

For our bulletin of autism news and announcements, please click on
http://www.ont-autism.uoguelph.ca/news-20050129.html

PLEASE NOTE: THE BULLETIN IS BEST READ IN NETSCAPE

NEW ON OAARSN WEBSITE

Featuring some resources in preparation for Guelph conference on
CREATIVE SUPPORTS FOR VULNERABLE ADULTS in late April.
One of the four workshops, to be led by noted advocate Judith Snow of
Toronto, focuses on "Building supports with individuals" and the need
for vulnerable people to be central in all discussions and decisions
about them---"Nothing about me without me" with "deep listening" by
others. The workshop will also explore "why support networks are good
for our health and communities."

Recommending:
-Implementing Person-Centered Planning: Voices of Experience

-Social Networks: A Communication Inventory for Individuals with Complex
Communication Needs and their Communication Partners

We'd love to know of creative strategies and success stories that are
helping vulnerable people to express their thoughts and wishes and their
friends to listen deeply to them.


AUTISM NEWS - 5 items

ISSUES AND ADVOCACY, featuring safety issues
-Without a Trace TV Show Features Boy with Autism

-Are You Prepared for an Autism Emergency? from Dennis Debbaudt's Autism
Risk & Safety Newsletter ­ Winter 2005 edition

-Mother of autistic boy comes to the aid of police
The story behind Silent No More Communication Boards.

ANNOUNCEMENTS OF EVENTS IN 2005
9 meetings and conferences in March-May

BOOKS, WEBSITES AND OTHER RESOURCES
-Organization for Autism Research offers research grants in annual
Applied Autism Research Competition that "more directly addresses the
human dimensions of autism. trying to identify what can be done to
address specific developmental problems now."

-Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal
Behavior, Temple Grandin's new book reviewed

-Autism Research Institute has a new website

-The Autism Perspective (TAP) annnouncing a new print magazine

FROM THE FRONT LINES

CRY FOR HELP! "We are experiencing crisis in our home....."

Read more on the OAARSN site at
http://www.ont-autism.uoguelph.ca

OAARSN welcomes discussion of ideas and topics related to adults with
autism. We support freedom of information and expression and encourage
everyone to try to see all sides of issues and to understand the
viewpoints of others. We do not endorse all opinions or interventions
that we may include in this bulletin.

Please send news, announcements of autism events, new information,
discussion questions and comments, and accounts of experience to
gbloomfi@uoguelph.ca

Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield

 
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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Thank you
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Jan 31, 2005

 "GENEVA CENTRE FOR AUTISM
6 TRAINING EVENTS IN RICHMOND HILL
FEBRUARY 2005"
 
Clarification to the announcement in the last Items of Interest (sent January 26):
 
"It is important that  people signing up for these sessions are aware that these are our Foundation sessions that provide essential information to facilitate parents' ability to make choices about ways to intervene in their child's development.  They are not "courses" per se.  They are designed for parents only and they have to be registered with the Geneva Centre. 
 
Sylvia Sikakane, Assistant Program Director
Geneva Centre for Autism"
 
* A reminder that these sessions are offered at no charge, but registration is mandatory.  To register, call Geneva Centre at 416-322-7877 Sharon Rashid or Karen 
"Sharon Rashid" SRashid@autism.net 
www.autism.net

 
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ASK Camp Registration Packages Available
 
If you are interested in sending your child or youth to Autism Society Kids Camp (ASK Camp), please note that registration packages are now available.  ASK camp is a summer day camp for individuals with ASD, from ages 4-21, that reside in York Region.  This year the camp will be held for eight weeks from July 4, 2005 to August 26, 2005 in Richmond Hill or Thornhill (location to be determined).  Preference is given to parent volunteers active in ASO-York Region Chapter.  A parent whose child is accepted to camp will also be expected to support our bingo fund-raising effort (as the funds are used to support ASK Camp and keep fees reasonable)
 
Costs for ASK camp are $250 per week if your child requires 1-2 support, or $365 if your child requires 1-1 support.  The camp director has the final say over the degree of counsellor support required for your child.
 
If you have access to email, please send an e-mail to Paul Kalmykow (ASK camp Co-coordinator) at paulkalmykow@yahoo.ca and camp registration documents will be sent to you via email.  If you know of someone whose child may be suitable for ASK camp and they do not have access to email, please print out this e-mail and give to them.  If interested, they can call 416-250-0585 (daytime) and a registration package will be mailed out.  Please note that Paul will be on vacation from 24 January - 31 January and will send packages out on return.
 
Deadline for all applications is March 18, 2005.
 
Paul Kalmykow
ASK Camp Co-Coordinator
 
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Thank you
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Jan 26, 2005

REGISTRATION REMINDER

GENEVA CENTRE FOR AUTISM
6 TRAINING EVENTS IN RICHMOND HILL
FEBRUARY 2005

Hosted by Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter

Location:   Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
                11181 Yonge St., Meeting Room B13
                Richmond Hill
                (2 streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge, ample free parking)

Cost:           
No Charge

Registration:   Mandatory; call Geneva Centre at 416-322-7877
                Sharon Rashid or Karen
                "Sharon Rashid" <SRashid@autism.net>
                
www.autism.net


Wednesday February 2nd, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm   
Communication
Jean Loeffelhardt -Speech and Language Pathologist
During this session, parents are introduced to what 'communication' means for their child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) discuss their role, provide an overview of communication and outline the Speech and Language services available within community-based settings.

Tuesday February 8th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Susan Day Fragiadakis
Resource Consultant
This session provides a framework for understanding the different types of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The primary focus is on Autism, P.D.D.N.O.S. and Asperger Syndrome but information regarding Rett's Disorder and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is also provided.  Information presented includes how a diagnosis is made, current trends in autism research and how to recognize the characteristics of ASD.

Tuesday February 15th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Understanding Behaviour
Susan Day Fragiadakis
Resource Consultant
This session presents an overview of the basic principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Topics covered include defining behaviour, functional analysis of behaviour, understanding antecedents and consequences and using reinforcement.  Emphasis is placed on the communicative function of behaviour.

Friday February 18th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Intervention Options
Susan Day Fragiadakis
Resource Consultant
This session provides a framework for understanding the wide range of treatment approaches and principles to be considered when developing an intervention plan for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Written material regarding the various approaches, and relevant contact information are provided.

Tuesday February 22nd, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sensory Motor Development
Ellen Yack
Occupational Therapist
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders often experience sensory and motor differences, which impact their behaviour, ability to acquire skills and general quality of life.  This session helps you to understand these differences, assists you in determining if your child is experiencing these differences and outlines some helpful strategies.

Friday February 25th, 9:30 am - 12:30pm
Learning and Teaching
Susan Day Fragiadakis
Resource Consultant
During this session, various learning styles typical of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are presented. Discussion includes the importance of recognizing these learning styles and how teaching styles may be adapted to accommodate particular learning style.

 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Thank you
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Jan 24, 2004

Tuesday Morning Support Group

 Hope everyone had a great holiday.  We are ready to start up a new season of support and information!

 Tuesday, February 8, 2005 from 10am to 1pm

 ESTHETICS BY MELISSA **

A Half-Day at the Spa! Come join us for a couple of hours of luxury!

Cost: $15 per person*  PLUS cost of service you require (listed below). You MUST register ahead of time by calling 905-780-1590 or emailing liz@deaknet.com .  Participants are limited to 5 so book early.

 Nails

Regular Manicure is $12.00

French Manicure is $15.00

Regular Pedicure is $27.00

French Pedicure is $30.00

Spa Manicure is $22.00

Paraffin is $7.00 

Facial  is $45.00 

Aromatherapy Massage is $25.00 for half hour and $50.00 for an hour

Spa Pedicure is $27.00 

Waxing: 

Full leg is $30.00, Half leg is $15.00

Half arm is $12.00, Full arm is $20.00

Bikini is $10.00

Underarm is $10.00

Chest, $25.00

Back $25.00

Stomach $6.00

Eyebrows $7.00

Side burns $6.00

Chin $6.00

Upper lip $6.00  

Hot Stone Massage

$50.00 an hour a half hour is $25.00

Note that first time clients receive 10% off, clients that are 55yrs and up get 15% off at all times.  Tell us if you have a birthday and you will receive a free treatment!


** 163 Hammerstone Cres.  Thornhill, Ont.  South of highway 7 off of Bathurst St on the west side of Bathurst turn on to Worth Blvd.  The second street is Hammerstone.  Please enter through the side entrance and go down a few steps into the Spa.

* $15 includes lunch and regular support group meeting cost

 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Thank you
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

Jan 24, 2004

REMINDER - CHAPTER AND SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

Tuesday JANUARY 25th, 2005
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill
[two streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge]
Meeting Room B 07
[elevator to basement level, first door on the left]

Please join us at our Workshops and Parent Support/Chapter Meetings to find out more about how we help each other by sharing our experiences. We all face the same issues; learning about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the impact it has on our lives, dealing with professionals, locating supports, securing funding and advocating for appropriate school programs.

Whatever you are facing, someone else has been 'down that road'. We offer mutual support and information through our workshops, newsletters and group meetings and have compiled an extensive database on services and supports in York Region and the G.T.A.

 
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Correction to e-mail address posted

YOGA
 MORE PARTICIPANTS NEEDED TO KEEP EVENING YOGA CLASSES VIABLE
Evening Classes 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Start date -
Wednesday January 5th
(some Thursdays due to room availability)
Location: Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, Room B13
Cost $ 80.00 for 8 weeks
Register
azureyoga@neptune.on.ca

 
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SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY WORKSHOP
 
February 6th in Markham, Ontario

Please see the attached link for details and forward this to any group or individuals who might be interested in this workshop.
http://www.afase.com/Workshop.html
 Note: Current clients may attend the workshop for a special discount rate of $25.00
 
Karen 
AFASE at school
www.afase.com
karen.robinson@afase.com
905-839-9138
 
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Thank you
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Jan 21, 2005

WORKSHOPS: RIGHTS OF ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
 
The MINISTRY of COMMUNITY and SOCIAL SERVICES
CENTRAL EAST REGION and the ABUSE AWARENESS PREVENTION SUB-COMMITTEE
Presents
A Series of Workshops on 'Rights of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities'
Objective: The training will assist organizations to develop an internal rights review process and the formation of a network of rights committees across the Central East Region
Rights Workshop for Direct Service Providers, Managers, Supervisors, Board Members, Volunteers
March 10, 2005:   9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Understanding and Exercising My Rights for Self Advocates
please pick only one session
March 11, 2005
:  09:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. or  1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Please note that each session is limited to 25 people.  Register early to ensure your space.
Cost:   No charge for the Self Advocate workshops Understanding & Exercising My Rights
$15 per person for the 'Right Workshop'
Location:     Community Living Newmarket, Aurora and District, 460 Oak Street, Newmarket
 
To Register:   please e-mail Behaviour Management Services  behaviour.simcoe@bellnet.ca, fax to 705-728-7456 or telephone Donna Madeley at 705-728-9143, stating the session and date you prefer.
 
These events are sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation & The Ministry of Community & Social Services - Central East Region
 
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SIBLING WORKSHOP

 
Kerry's Place Autism Services is pleased to offer a workshop for children who have a brother or sister with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This is a great opportunity for siblings to get together and share experiences with one another in an informal and fun environment.  The workshop will include a simulation, videos, crafts, games and activities and group discussions.

The workshop is designed for two age groups.  The first group will consist of children ages 8 to 11 years old.  The second age group is for children ages 12 to 14 years old.

Dates:          Saturday February 12, 2005  for 8 to 11 year olds.
                    Saturday February 26, 2005  for 12 to 14 year olds.

Time:            10:00am to 3:00pm

Location:          Simcoe Community Services
                        40 Fraser Court
                        Barrie, Ontario

Fee:                 $20.00
                        Pizza lunch and snacks will be provided

To register please contact our office at 905-713-6808. 
If you require further information call Janice Bell, Autism Consultant at ext. 343

 
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SOCCER PROGRAM
 
Aurora Youth Soccer Club is interested in developing a Special Needs Program.
Families please contact "Bruce Punnett" <bpunnett@kerrysplace.org> with your name, phone #  and your child's age. Bruce will be attending the next planning meeting in February.
 
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From: "Autism Today" <news@autismtoday.com>

 
Dear Autism,

We want to provide one last opportunity for input to Karens trip to New York.
Please complete the survey below to receive a free gift.
http://www.autismtoday.com/survey_new.asp

When the Tsunamis hit it was quite a shocker to say the least.  My heart
has been
torn apart knowing how many lives have been lost and the tragedy many
people are
still facing.

During the initial two days following the earthquake and tsunami, an
article came
out in the New York Times about autism.  Just out of curiosity, I went to the
section of 'most emailed articles' and was incredibly surprised to learn
that the
autism article was the #1 most emailed article 2 days in a row!  The very two
days that shook the world.

This is one of the most horrific tragedies the world has ever seen, and, what
this reinforced to me is how important our cause truly is!

The reason I'm telling you this is that with the challenges we all face as
people
with autism, parents, educators, and professionals.  Now is the time to make
changes and help the world understand as best we can!  We have a special
gift for
you if you help us out, so please read further.

I've chosen to participate in a phenomenal media event to publicize our cause,
help people understand and finally do something about it!  After going
through a
competitive application process, I was accepted as one of the one hundred
attendees at the New York Publicity Summit in New York this month.

I will now have the opportunity to meet with over 86 producers and
journalists'
one on one from America's top media outlets such as:

ABC's the View ... CNN ... Montel ... Today Show ... Fox News Channel ...
Dateline NBC ... CBS' 48 Hours ... Family Circle ... Parents ...People
magazine... ABC Radio Network ... Parenting ... Dr. Laura Show ... Time
magazine... Maxim ... Parade ... New York Post ... Good Housekeeping ...
and many
other top national media outlets.

I would like help from you, the autism community to guide me in what you
think is
most vital for me to present to this group of writers.  That is, people with
autism, parents, other family members, teachers, aides, principals,
psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, occupational therapists, and all
other members of the autism community!

Please help me make this venture worth its weight in GOLD by completing the
attached survey be pressing the link below.  For your participation, we are
giving the first 500 people that fill out our survey a free viewing of an
Autism
Education Online presentation 'Keys to Success for Those with Autism' by world
renowned Stephen Shore Ph.D., a person on the autism spectrum.

Press the following link to access the survey:
http://www.autismtoday.com/survey_new.asp

Your input is extremely valuable and critical as I want to truly represent
all of
YOU to the best of my ability.  Please pass this on to anyone and everyone you
can through your newsgroups and personal and other contacts to make this
four day
conference really count.

Most Sincerely,

Karen Simmons
CEO, Autism Today
1-866-9-AUTISM
1-866-928-8476
info@autismtoday.com

PS  I really appreciate your input!

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THE TODAY SHOW
 
The Today Show and CNBC Will Be Reporting the Autism Epidemic

      The Today Show and CNBC will both air series on autism the week of
February 21. The Today Show series will be 11 parts, airing at 8:15 and 9:15
each day, with a "bonus" third piece on Friday.  The CNBC series will be 5
parts (for a total of 16 total pieces).
      Bob Wright, Chairman of NBC, has a 3 year old grandson that has been
diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has sent an e-mail out to all
NBC/Universal employees to tell them about his grandson and to let them know
that Autism is a hidden epidemic that takes an enormous toll on tens of
thousands of families across the country. He also said that his goal is to
bring the best and latest information to as wide as possible an audience on
the subject of Autism.

 
 
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Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Thank you
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January 20, 2005

YOGA
 
MORE PARTICIPANTS NEEDED TO KEEP EVENING YOGA CLASSES VIABLE
Evening Classes 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Start date - Wednesday January 5th
(some Thursdays due to room availability)
Location: Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, Room B13
Cost $ 80.00 for 8 weeks
Register <
azureyoga@nepture.on.ca>
 
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NEW HAVEN LEARNING CENTRE

New Haven Learning Centre for Children, a non-profit treatment and education
centre for children with autism based on the principles of applied behaviour
analysis (ABA), is pleased to announce that we are increasing enrolment from
25 to 30 students.

New Haven opened its doors in 1998 with six children.  At that time, it was
the first ABA centre-based program for children with autism in Ontario.  By
March of 2003, New Haven was serving 25 children and their families every
day.  New Haven is committed to helping build infrastructure throughout
Ontario with the goal of universal access to effective services for all
families.  New Haven organizes and hosts a regional autism intervention
conference every year.  Leading scientists and clinicians from the United
States provide consultation to New Haven to ensure continuous professional
development.  According to one of our consultants, Dr. Bridget Taylor,
Co-founder and Director of Educational Programming at the Alpine Learning
Group in New Jersey, "The New Haven Learning Centre has established the
educational standard for the Greater Toronto Area by excelling in the two
most fundamental aspects of autism treatment:  providing a comprehensive,
data driven curriculum designed to serve students individual needs, and
offering students one-to-one and small group instruction in the caring hands
of a dedicated, skilled, and attentive staff."

Any interested families should contact New Haven for a tour at 416-259-4445
or newhaven@bellnet.ca
 
 
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AUTISM RADIO ON THE 'NET
 
A new news radio station all about Autism: available through the Net:

AUTISM ONE RADIO

Congressman Dave Weldon, MD to be the first guest

Autism One is tremendously pleased to announce Autism One Radio, a
worldwide, web-based autism radio station for the care, treatment
and recovery of children with autism. The station will begin
broadcasting (webcasting) Tuesday, January 11, 2005.

It works much like a radio, but you listen on your computer. Because
it's on the web people from all over the world can tune in. Our
voice will be heard worldwide.

Our children get better; many recover given the proper treatments
and therapies. Our enemies are time and ignorance. The message is
not getting out. Successful treatments and therapies are largely
unknown. Currently a diagnosis of autism comes with a prognosis of
lifelong and forever. Parents are devastated, time is lost, and
children are denied the treatments they need.

Why Radio?
Text is fine for many things. Text-based documents, however, are not
well suited to reach and teach parents, professionals, and a public
struggling to understand the many uncertainties of autism.

Voices reach deeper than text. Voices teach, nourish, calm, and
nurture making complex ideas understandable. Talk is our common
denominator. Voices are rich in ways text cannot begin to capture.
The web does a good job in getting information to parents, but
asking an exhausted mom to read a medical paper to understand the
benefits of omega-3 is not the best answer.

The flexibility of web-based radio will allow us to broadcast live
from events as they happen, like IOM meetings and congressional
hearings. As wireless becomes increasingly popular folks will be
able to listen on their laptops and palm tops.

Hope is real. Recovery is real. We must establish a new normal that
recognizes these facts. We need to amplify the thousand separate
conversations into a message our entire community can hear.

We plan to be a powerful voice of change bringing the public the
most up to date information. The station will launch with over 40
programs hosted by many of the most knowledgeable members in our
community.

Future plans call to expand and include hosts from the UK,  Ireland,
Australia, New Zealand, and France, with broadcasts in languages
other than English.
A partial list of program hosts include
Lisa Ackerman, Christina Adams, Jim Adams, PhD
Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, Jeff Cantor, DDS
Laura Cellini, Lujene and Allan Clark, MD
Peta Cohen, MS, RD, Barbara Loe Fisher
Donna Gates, Elaine Gottschall, Doreen Granpeesheh
Kathie Harrington, Betsy Hicks, Vicki Isler, Diane Kennedy
Kelly Kerns, Michael Lang, Amy Lansky, Patty Lemer
Carolyn Lewis, Joy Lunt, Suzanne Messina, Seth Pearl, DC
Cindy Peters, Jo Pike, Rick Rollens, Mary Romaniec
Rachel Salanda, Jeff Sell, Esq., Stephen Shore, Chantal Sicile-Kira
Teri Small, Byron Strain, MD and Danise Strain, Ted Rubenstein
Denise Tarasuk, ND

Programs are divided into four categories to help listeners learn in
the areas of most interest.
Biomedical Treatments and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Behavior and Education
Family and Home Health
News / Legal / Advocacy
The programs will be live and recorded for later listening. In
addition to the regularly scheduled shows we plan to broadcast
breaking news and specials covering a variety of topics.
Congressman Dave Weldon, MD
We are delighted that Congressman Dave Weldon, MD will be our first
guest. Dr. Weldon will be interviewed by Lyn Redwood and Mark
Blaxill. Join us for the launch broadcast Tuesday, January 11 at
11:00 am ET.
Site opens Friday, January 7, so you can go in and take a look
around before the first broadcast. 
Learn more about Autism One Radio at
http://AutismOne.org.
 
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DISABILITY TAX CREDIT
 
The Technical Advisory Committee's final report is available at www.disabiltiytax.ca.
Disability and tax implications information, please visit Taxaid
http://taxwise.ca/taxaid/taxclinics.html  or call 1-866-448-2188

 
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Hello List;
Did anyone tape the Planet Parent segment on Asperger's Syndrome on TVO
which aired on Sunday January 16th? Several parents have requested copies,
and we would like to have one available in our Parent Resource Centre and
Lending Library.  Please contact the office at asoyork@axxent.ca or 905-780-1590.
Thank you,
Lynda
 
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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

January 19, 2005

ASK Camp Registration Packages Available
 
If you are interested in sending your child or youth to Autism Society Kids Camp (ASK Camp), please note that registration packages are now available.  ASK camp is a summer day camp for individuals with ASD, from ages 4-21, that reside in York Region.  This year the camp will be held for eight weeks from July 4, 2005 to August 26, 2005 in Richmond Hill or Thornhill (location to be determined).  Preference is given to parent volunteers active in ASO-York Region Chapter.  A parent whose child is accepted to camp will also be expected to support our bingo fund-raising effort (as the funds are used to support ASK Camp and keep fees reasonable)
 
Costs for ASK camp are $250 per week if your child requires 1-2 support, or $365 if your child requires 1-1 support.  The Camp Director has the final say over the degree of counsellor support required for your child.
 
If you have access to email, please send an e-mail to Paul Kalmykow (ASK camp Co-coordinator) at paulkalmykow@yahoo.ca and camp registration documents will be sent to you via email.  (Do not reply to this Items Of Interest email).  If you know of someone whose child may be suitable for ASK camp and they do not have access to email, please print out this e-mail and give to them.  If interested, they can call 416-250-0585 (daytime) and a registration package will be mailed out.  Please note that Paul will be on vacation from 24 January - 31 January and will send packages out on return.
 
Deadline for all applications is March 18, 2005.
 
Paul Kalmykow
ASK Camp Co-Coordinator

 


January 18, 2005

HOW TO SET UP AN ABA HOME PROGRAM

 This program is intended to help parents of kids with ASD to set up and to implement their own Applied Behavioural Analysis program at home.

When:  January 19, January 20, January 21, 2005

             From 10 AM to 2 PM

Where:  Early Intervention Services,

               50 High Tech Road, 4th Floor, room 450

               Richmond Hill

 Cost:  50 $ per person, ½ price for spouse

Handouts:  $5 – please indicate whether you want paper printouts, floppy or CD

Facilitator:   Liz Cohen, Regional Support Leader                           Autism Society Ontario York Region

Please RSVP to Lara Stolarsky (905) 762-1282 ext.2677


Jan 14, 2005

ASPERGER SYNDROME CLINIC DAYS IN YORK REGION
Dr. Kevin Stoddart
2nd Wednesday of Each Month

DATES:   February 9
                 March 9
                 April 13
                 May 11
                 June 8

LOCATION:       
                 Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter Resource Centre
                 Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
                 11181 Yonge St. # 305, Richmond Hill

Your chapter is pleased to confirm Asperger Syndrome Clinic Days with Dr.
Kevin Stoddart. These days will involve Dr. Stoddart coming to our Resource
Centre to provide consultation on Asperger Syndrome and other mild Autism
Spectrum Disorders. Not only does this provide an opportunity for local
families to meet with Dr. Stoddart, but also for local service providers to
receive consultation about children and adults with whom they are presently
working.

Consultations can be booked for one hour or one and a half hour sessions at
a cost of $100/hour (covered by many private insurance plans).

TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT [e-mail preferred] PLEASE CONTACT
K. P. Stoddart, Ph.D, R.S.W.
kevin.stoddart@aspergers.net  (do NOT reply to this Items Of Interest email)
Toronto office:
180 Bloor Street West, Suite 601
Toronto, Ontario. M5S 2V6
(416) 920-4999

Possible areas of consultation with Dr. Stoddart include:
q Managing difficult behaviors
q Dealing with mental health issues
q Developing a comprehensive treatment plan
q School related issues
q Discussing the diagnosis with affected youth
q Fostering social skills
q Coping with family conflicts and pressures
q Preparing for adulthood
q Diagnostic screenings
q Family members with Asperger traits

Biography
Kevin Stoddart is a Social Worker in private practice in Toronto,
specializing in Asperger Syndrome and other mild presentations of Autism
Spectrum Disorders. He has worked in the area of autism, developmental
disabilities and mental health for 25 years, and for the last fifteen years
his clinical focus has been children and adults with mild ASDs and Asperger
Syndrome. Kevin's research and publications focus on the treatment needs of
individuals with ASDs, and those of their families. Most recently, he
edited the first Canadian multidisciplinary book on Asperger Syndrome:
"Children, Youth and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: Integrating Multiple
Perspectives" published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2005)
http://www.jkp.com/

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT EACH CLINIC DAY
Release in Canada: February 2005
This book offers a comprehensive overview of clinical, research and
personal perspectives on Asperger Syndrome, including contributions from
parents and experts in the fields of psychology, social work, psychiatry,
genetics, sexology and vocational counselling. It includes first-hand
accounts from adults with AS, highlighting their difficulties in areas such
as social competence and education. Specialist perspectives on AS,
including sexuality and relationships, finding and keeping employment and
anxiety and depression are sensitively addressed. The viewpoints of parents
explore experiences of parenting AS individuals. These varied approaches to
living with AS complement the emerging literature on theory, research and
practice in this area. The broad scope of Children, Youth and Adults with
Asperger Syndrome guarantees a wide readership among practitioners,
students, parents, young people and adults with AS, educates service
providers how to assist people with AS and suggests a model of
interdisciplinary collaboration for administrators and funders.

CONTENTS:
Introduction to Asperger Syndrome: A Developmental-Lifespan Approach: Kevin
P. Stoddart.
PART 1: CLINICAL AND SERVICE PERSPECTIVES
1. Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome:
Rosina G. Schnurr.
2. Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents with Asperger
Syndrome: M. Mary Konstantareas.
3. Enhancing Academic, Social, Emotional, and Behavioural Functioning in
Children with Asperger Syndrome and Non-Verbal Learning Disability: Barbara
Muskat.
4. Tourette Syndrome and Asperger Syndrome: Overlapping Symptoms and
Treatment Implications: Trina Epstein and Jennifer Saltzman-Benaiah.
5. Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome: Psychosocial Issues and
Interventions: Kevin P. Stoddart.
6. Getting to Work: Helping the Adolescent with Asperger Syndrome
Transition to Employment: Gail Hawkins.
7. Sexuality and Asperger Syndrome: The Need for Socio-Sexual Education:
Isabelle Hénault.

PART 2: DISCIPLINE-BASED PERSPECTIVES
8. Communication and Asperger Syndrome: The Speech-Language Pathologist's
Role: Tracie Lindblad.
9. Integrating Paediatrics and Child Development: Asperger Syndrome and the
Role of the Developmental Paediatrician: S. Wendy Roberts and Tamarah
Kagan-Kushnir.
10. Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome: Social Work Assessment
and Intervention: Kevin P. Stoddart, Barbara Muskat and Faye Mishna.
11. Medication Use in Children with High-Functioning Pervasive
Developmental Disorder and Asperger Syndrome: Leon Sloman.
12. Meeting the Educational Needs of the Student with Asperger Syndrome
through Assessment, Advocacy and Accommodations: Georgina Rayner.
13. Sensory and Motor Differences for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome:
Occupational Therapy Assessment and Intervention: Paula Aquilla, Ellen Yack
and Shirley Sutton.
14. Psychological Assessment of More Able Adults with Autism Spectrum
Disorders: Lillian Burke.

PART 3: THEORETICAL AND RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES
15. Developing a Research Agenda in Asperger Syndrome: Peter Szatmari.
16. In Search of an Asperger Culture: Charmaine C. Williams.
17. Child Social Interaction and Parental Self-Efficacy: Evaluating
Simultaneous Groups for Children with Asperger Syndrome and Their Parents:
Leon Sloman and Jonathan Leef.
18. The Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Jeanette Holden and Xudong Liu.
19. Quality of Life for Children with Asperger Syndrome: Parental
Perspectives: Anne Fudge Shormans, Rebecca Renwick, Renée Ryan and HeeSun Lim.
20. Depression and Anxiety in Parents of Children and Adolescents with
Asperger Syndrome: Kevin P. Stoddart.

PART 4: PARENT AND PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES
21. Asperger Syndrome: Perceiving Normality: Peter Jansen.
22. From Despair to Hope: A Mother's Asperger Story: Fern Lee Quint.
23. Searching for Home in a Foreign Land: My Discovery of Asperger
Syndrome: Donna Moon.
24. Asperger Syndrome: It's a Family Matter: Margot Nelles.
25. Life on the Outside: A Personal Perspective on Asperger Syndrome: Chris
J. Dakin.
 
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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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Jan 12, 2005

NEW ENTERTAINMENT PASS
 
From the Toronto Star on Saturday - Life Section - Helen Henderson
 
Starting March 1st, most movie theatres across the country will offer free or discounted admission to support workers accompanying patrons with disabilities. 
 
The maximum admission workers will have to pay is $3 under a new Access 2 Entertainment card devised by Famous Players and Cineplex Galaxy in conjunction with nine disability groups. Other participants include Rainbow Cinemas and Empire Theatres.
 
To apply for a card, check http://www.Access2.ca or write Suite 208, 90 Eglington Ave. East, Toronto, ON M4P 2Y3.  A doctor, health care professional or service provider must verify applications.
 
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HANDBOOK NOW AVAILABLE IN FRENCH
 
Disponible maintenant!
<
http://www.autismsociety.on.ca/Naviguer.pdf>Naviguer à travers le système
de lenfance en difficulté de lOntario Un guide pour les parents denfants
atteints de TED/ATC.

The French translation of Navigating the Special Education System in
Ontario- a Handbook for Parents of Children with ASD is now available.
Click on link above for more information.
 
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CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION TARGETS HIGH SCHOOLS

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has released a new
publication and website for high school students, their parents
and educators. The resource helps to raise awareness about how
to cope with a mental health disorder. The "Mental Health and
High School" handbook is based on input from parents, teachers,
students and mental health professionals from across Canada. The
online resource has sections for students, teachers and parents.
Both resources offer information on how to recognize signs and
symptoms of mental illness, how to get help, tips on disclosure,
facts about recovery, and suggestions about coping with school
work and making the transition to post-secondary education. For
more information, visit http://www.cmha.ca/highschool
 
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BARRIE SUPPORT GROUP
 
The Don't Stand Alone Foundation For Children With Autism invites you to their next monthly Support Group Meeting.

We will have a guest speaker for the first half, followed by support time. The guest speaker will be Dr. Brad Norman from Bayside Family Chiropractic discussing Raising Healthy, Superior Kids Naturally and how chiropractic care can help children/adults with autism.

When: Sunday, January 30th, 2005
Time
: 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Where: Zehrs, Upstairs in the Community Room, Bayfield Street, Barrie
RSVP: Tel # 721-8607 or by e-mail at
dcurrie@sympatico.ca.
Visit our Web Page at
http://dsaf4.tripod.com/ to learn more about our new charity.
 
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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January 9, 2005

REMINDER
 
TUESDAY JANUARY 11th, 2005
 
ASO-York Information Evening
Occupational Therapy Information Session for Parents

Guest Presenter ~ Marianne Disipio, B.Sc., O.T. Reg. (ON)
Total Rehabilitation Management Presents:
COMPLIMENTING YOUR CHILD'S TREATMENT PROGRAM WITH FLOORTIME OCCUPATIONAL
THERAPY

 
This presentation focuses on educating parents and other professionals
working with children with difficulties of relating and communicating on
how to assure the implementation of a complete and comprehensive
treatment program to address social/emotional development, thinking,
problem-solving, sensory processing, while respecting their current program.
 
Presentation Outline:
1. Reviewing developmental difficulties present in children with
difficulties of relating and communicating.
2. Defining ideal characteristics of a complete and comprehensive program.
3. Introduction to basic Floortime concepts.
4. Underlying the importance of considering sensory processing
differences to address social/emotional issues.
5. Getting started at home!
 
About the Presenter
Marianne Disipio is an Occupational Therapist with significant experience
working with children with a diagnosis of Autism, PDD, Asperger's,
Regulatory Disorders, and Sensory Integrative Dysfunction.  She is
skilled in assessment, consultation, and treatment.  Marianne has given
many workshops in Ottawa and Toronto. Marianne currently works in a
private pediatric clinic for Total Rehabilitation Management.
 
* * * * *
 
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
Support Group and Chapter Meetings
 
Please join us at our Information Evenings and Parent Support
Group/Chapter Meetings to find out more about how we help each other by
sharing our experiences. We all face the same issues; learning about
Autism Spectrum Disorder and the impact it has on our lives, dealing with
professionals, locating supports, securing funding and advocating for
appropriate programs.
 
Whatever you are facing, someone else has been 'down that road'. We offer
mutual support and information through our workshops, newsletters and
group meetings and have compiled an extensive database on services and
supports in York Region and the G.T.A.
 
Location: Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill
[two streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge]
 
Meeting Room B 07
 
Time: 7:00 p.m. > 9:00 p.m.
Cost: no charge
 
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. 
We encourage decisions based on knowledge. 
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario. 
Please direct all correspondence
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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January 1, 2005

Here is a portion of the text from the OHRC's recent document Guidelines on
Accessible Education.
http://www.ohrc.on.ca/english/publications/accessible-education-guide.shtml

Most educators may not be aware of the contents of this document (which was
just released recently), but you can certainly share it with them. During
our meeting with ASO's Regional Support Leaders, we discussed the
suspension of students with ASD and how this report speaks to that issue
for students with disabilities. The full report is not available as a
printed document, so you need to view it on line. But we can make copies
for all the ASO SEAC reps and mail them to you if that would be useful. I
am aware that having more paper is often not wise, but that printing an
important document is also not always an option for some of our members who
are actively involved in school advocacy and local SEACs. Let us know if
your SEAC reps or chapters would be interested in a copy.

Thanks,
Margaret Spoelstra
Executive Director
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON M6K 3C5
<mailto:marg@autismsociety.on.ca>marg@autismsociety.on.ca
<http://www.autismsociety.on.ca>www.autismsociety.on.ca
416-246-9592
...................................

from the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
Guidelines on Accessible Education

Creating a Welcoming Environment - Preventing Bullying and Harassment
Part of an educational institution's duty to maintain a safe learning
environment for students includes addressing bullying and harassing
behaviour. Students who are being harassed are entitled to the Code's
protection where the harassment creates a poisoned educational environment.
This protection would apply to sanction: (i) education providers who
themselves harass students based on Code grounds, and (ii) education
providers who know or ought to know that a student is being harassed based
on Code grounds, and who do not take effective individualized and systemic
steps to remedy that harassment.

Responsibilities of Education Providers
Education providers have a responsibility to take immediate steps to
intervene in situations where bullying and harassment may be taking place.
The harassment of students because of disability will amount to
discrimination where it poisons the educational setting and impairs access
to educational services. Every person has the right to be free from
humiliating or annoying behaviour that is based on one or more grounds in
the Code. If left unchecked, harassment can impede a student's ability to
access educational services equally and to participate fully in the
educational experience.
Example: In a classroom, a student with Tourette's Syndrome is repeatedly
subjected to taunting and teasing by a group of other students for no
apparent reason. The same group of students exclude him from recess
activities stating that he is "different" and "weird". It may be inferred
from the particular circumstances that the treatment is due to the
student's disability even though none of the other students ever made a
direct reference to his disability. The student's ability to access the
educational program is, as a result of this harassment, impaired.

The courts have established that schools have a duty to maintain a
positive, non-discriminatory learning environment.
<http://www.ohrc.on.ca/english/publications/accessible-education-guide_12.sh
tml#_edn24>[24] In this regard, education providers should take steps to
educate students about human rights and implement strategies to prevent
discrimination and harassment. An education provider has a responsibility
to take immediate remedial action once made aware of harassing conduct .
If an allegation of harassment has been substantiated, appropriate action
must be taken. This may include disciplinary action.

A student who is a target of harassment may be in a vulnerable situation.
Therefore, there is no requirement that he or she formally object to the
behaviour before a violation of the Code can be considered to have taken
place, where the conduct is or should have been known to be unwelcome. It
may be unrealistic to require a student who is the target of harassment to
object as a condition of seeking the right to be free from such treatment.

An education provider who knew of, or should have had knowledge of, the
harassment and could have taken steps to prevent or stop it, may be liable
in a human rights complaint.

Prevention Through Education
Anti-harassment training for educators and school staff is an important
first step in creating a climate of mutual respect in an educational
environment. Educators will then be in a position to appropriately address
issues of bullying and harassment that arise in the classroom.

Education providers can help to prevent incidents of bullying and
harassment before they occur by:
* Exhibiting a clear attitude of non-tolerance towards bullying and
harassment.
* Communicating clearly to the student body the consequences of bullying
and harassment.
* Educating students about disability issues and encouraging awareness of
differing needs and acceptance of diversity.
* Engaging in role-playing and educational exercises to help students
develop increased compassion and a greater awareness of the impact that
bullying behaviour may be having on others.
* Respecting the confidentiality of students who do report bullying. This
will encourage other students who are being harassed to report it in its
early stages.

Anti-harassment Policies
Educational institutions can go a long way toward promoting a
harassment-free environment for students with disabilities, and other
individuals protected by the Code, by having a clear, comprehensive
anti-harassment policy in place. In cases of alleged harassment, the
policy will alert all parties to their rights, roles and responsibilities.
Such a policy should clearly set out ways in which the harassment will be
dealt with promptly and efficiently. Please see the Appendix for suggested
contents of an anti-harassment policy.

In Practice: All students and school staff should be aware of the existence
of an anti-harassment policy and the procedures in place for resolving
complaints. This can be done by:
* distributing policies to everyone as soon as they are introduced,
* making new students aware of them by including the policies in any
orientation material,
* training educators and school staff on the contents of the policies, and
* providing ongoing education on human rights issues.

Accounting for Non-evident Disabilities
Part of creating a welcoming environment involves being sensitive to the
many ways in which a student's disability might manifest and the unique
needs which may arise as a result. Some types of disabilities are not
apparent to the average onlooker. This can be because of the nature of the
specific disability in question: it may be episodic, its effects may not
be visible, or it may not manifest consistently in all environments.
Examples of non-evident disabilities include mental disabilities, learning
disabilities, chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental sensitivities, and
epilepsy.
Students with non-evident disabilities often face unique challenges in the
education system. For some, requesting an accommodation may be especially
difficult if a teacher or professor doubts the authenticity of the request
because they cannot "see" it. Sensitivity and informed understanding on
the part of educators, school staff, and fellow students alike can combat
stereotypes, stigma and prejudice, all of which can have a discriminatory
effect on students with non-evident disabilities.

Mental disability is a form of non-evident disability that raises unique
issues in the educational context. Much misinformation continues to exist
about mental illness and too often persons with mental disabilities are
labelled and judged according to inaccurate preconceptions and assumptions.
Rules, preconditions, policies or practices that treat persons with mental
disabilities differently from other persons with disabilities may be
discriminatory on their
face.<http://www.ohrc.on.ca/english/publications/accessible-education-guide_
12.shtml#_edn25> [25]

Academic environments must be sensitive to the needs of all students,
including students with mental disabilities. It is important to keep in
mind that some mental illnesses may render the student incapable of
identifying his or her needs. An education provider has a responsibility
to take an active role in addressing situations that may be linked to
mental disability. Where an education provider has reason to believe that
a student may require assistance or accommodation due to a mental
disability, further inquiries should be made, and support offered. Even if
an education provider has not been formally advised of a mental disability,
affording differential treatment to a student based on the perception of a
disability may still engage the protection of the Code.

In Practice: A third year university student begins to exhibit erratic
behaviour. Although she has been a successful student to date, she begins
missing classes and she fails to submit her coursework on time. In the
middle of a lecture, she suddenly starts shouting inexplicably. The
university professor arranges to meet with the student after class to
inquire into the student's situation. As a result of this discussion, the
professor contacts the university's Office for Students with Disabilities.
A meeting is arranged and the student is offered assistance. The
university helps arrange counselling and support services for the student
who, ultimately, is diagnosed with schizophrenia. The Office for Students
with Disabilities then works with the student and her professors to arrange
academic accommodations.

Education providers should educate themselves, school staff and students
about non-evident disabilities, including mental illness, so as to provide
a welcoming and safe environment for all students with disabilities.
Schools should ensure that all students are provided with learning
opportunities that foster an awareness and appreciation of diversity issues
in the educational environment, and combat negative attitudes and
stereotypes.

Discipline, Safe Schools and Students with Disabilities
The stated purposes of safe schools legislation, regulations, and related
school board policies - to promote respect, non-violent conflict resolution
and the safety of people in schools - are reasonable and bona fide and of
paramount
importance.<http://www.ohrc.on.ca/english/publications/accessible-education-
guide_12.shtml#_edn26> [26] At the same time, in some cases, discipline
policies may have an adverse effect on students with
disabilities.<http://www.ohrc.on.ca/english/publications/accessible-educatio
n-guide_12.shtml#_edn27> [27] Education providers have a duty to assess
each student with a disability individually before imposing disciplinary
sanctions. Disciplinary sanctions include detentions, exclusions,
suspensions, expulsions, and other forms of punishment. Educators should
attempt to determine whether the behaviour in question is a manifestation
of the student's disability by considering:
* formal assessments and evaluations of the student,
* relevant information supplied by the student or the student's parents,
* observations of the student,
* the student's accommodation
plan,<http://www.ohrc.on.ca/english/publications/accessible-education-guide_
12.shtml#_edn28> [28]
* whether the accommodations provided for in the student's accommodation
plan were appropriate, and whether these accommodations were being provided
consistent with the student's accommodation plan,
* whether the student's disability impaired his or her ability to
understand the impact and consequences of the behaviour subject to
disciplinary action,
* whether the student's disability impaired his or her ability to control
the behaviour subject to disciplinary action, and
* whether the student has undetected disability-related needs that require
accommodation.

Under the Code, education providers have a legal obligation to accommodate
students with disabilities up to the point of undue hardship. All students
with disabilities, even those whose behaviour is disruptive, are entitled
to receive accommodation.

Did You Know: Other jurisdictions have implemented safeguards to protect
students with disabilities from being disciplined for behaviour that is
disability-related. For example, in the United States, the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act requires that, where certain disciplinary
action is taken or contemplated against a student with a disability, a
review must be conducted of the relationship between the child's disability
and the behaviour subject to the disciplinary
action.<http://www.ohrc.on.ca/english/publications/accessible-education-guid
e_12.shtml#_edn29> [29]

Educators must consider a range of strategies to address disruptive
behaviour. Such strategies will include reassessing and, where necessary,
modifying the student's accommodation plan, providing additional supports,
implementing alternative learning techniques, and other forms of positive
behavioural intervention.

If a student's behaviour is not a manifestation of his or her disability,
that is, where there is no causal relationship between the student's
disability and the behaviour in question, then that student would be
subject to the normal consequences of his or her misconduct. Where
discipline is warranted, however, it is to be implemented with discretion
and with regard to the student's unique
circumstances.<http://www.ohrc.on.ca/english/publications/accessible-educati
on-guide_12.shtml#_edn30> [30]

There may be rare situations in which a student's behaviour, even where it
is a manifestation of his or her disability, poses a health and safety risk
to the student him or herself, other students, teachers and/or school
staff. While an education provider in this type of situation continues to
have a duty to accommodate the student up to the point of undue hardship,
it is recognized that there may be legitimate health and safety concerns
that need to be addressed. In some situations involving health and safety
risks, placement in a mainstream classroom may not be the most appropriate
accommodation. This issue is discussed in the "Undue Hardship Standard"
section of the Guidelines under "Health and Safety Requirements".

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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January 2, 2005

AUTISM ON TV

This info has been forwarded from another group:

The Today Show on NBC will be dedicating the month of January to the "Epidemic of Autism."

Bob Wright, Chairman of NBC, has a 3 year old grandson that has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has sent an e-mail out to all NBC/Universal employees to tell them about his grandson and to let them know that Autism is a hidden epidemic that takes an enormous toll on tens of thousands of families across the country.  He also said that his goal is to bring the best and latest
information to as wide as possible an audience on the subject of Autism.

Please tune in starting January 3rd and send this note to anyone that may be interested. Say a prayer that this is a positive turning
point for us all - and that the information is told truthfully and is helpful to our cause.

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IN DEVELOPMENT:
YORK REGION ASPERGER SYNDROME CLINIC DAYS
at Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter Resource Centre
with Dr. Kevin Stoddart

Autism Society Ontario is exploring the possibility of Regional Asperger
Syndrome Clinic Days with Dr. Kevin Stoddart. These days will involve Dr.
Stoddart coming to our area to provide brief consultation on Asperger
Syndrome and other mild Autism Spectrum Disorders. Not only does this
provide an opportunity for local families to meet with Dr. Stoddart, but
also for local service providers to receive consultation about children and
adults with whom they are presently working.

Location: Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter Resource Centre
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. # 305, Richmond Hill

To help us determine local interest for Asperger Syndrome Clinic Days with
Dr. Stoddart in York Region, please e-mail <asoyork@axxent.ca>
(please do not reply to this Items Of Interest email).

Thank you,
Lynda

Lynda Beedham
Autism Society Ontario
Regional Support Leader - York Region
<asoyork@axxent.ca>
voicemail 905-780-1590

Possible areas of consultation with Dr. Stoddart include:

q Managing difficult behaviors
q Dealing with mental health issues
q Developing a comprehensive treatment plan
q School related issues
q Discussing the diagnosis with affected youth
q Fostering social skills
q Coping with family conflicts and pressures
q Preparing for adulthood
q Diagnostic screenings
q Family members with Asperger's traits

Biography
Kevin Stoddart is a Social Worker in private practice in Toronto, specializing in Asperger's Syndrome and other mild presentations of Autism Spectrum Disorders. He has worked in the area of autism, developmental disabilities and mental health for 25 years, and for the last fifteen years his clinical focus has been children and adults with mild ASDs and Asperger's Syndrome. Kevin's research and publications focus on the treatment needs of individuals with ASDs, and those of their families. Most recently, he edited the first Canadian multidisciplinary book on Asperger's Syndrome: "Children, Youth and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: Integrating Multiple
Perspectives" published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2005)
http://www.jkp.com/

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PARENT TO PARENT FEATURE
The following reflection was received from a parent in York Region. He refers to the ASO publications 'Children Diagnosed with Autism - What to Expect and Where to Get Help' and 'Navigating the Special Education System in Ontario'. It is reprinted here with permission, with hopes that another family may benefit from his experience. Thank you Peter!

"The one thing that perplexes me is why we were successful in our efforts while others have hit a stone wall. Positive things that I think may have contributed:

1. We were persistent in our efforts with the school to complete his diagnosis. We were not rude or belligerent, but we would not take 'no' for an answer, and we called someone at the school every 2 weeks without fail whenever it seemed that someone was dragging their heels over there.

2. We triple-checked every document that we sent to the government, getting feedback from you, and other advocacy groups before, during and after completing the paperwork.

3. I read the 2 reference books you sell there cover-to-cover, and although I didn't have a frame of reference for some of the things in there (e.g. IPRC meeting) I tried to understand as much as possible.

4. Every time I spoke to someone who offered programs or services for special needs kids, I also asked them to refer 2 or 3 others who offered the same. This resulted in a lot of repeats, but also quite a few new avenues to investigate.

One other thing that you might add. The city of Richmond Hill also will sponsor the cost for the services of a 1-on-1 instructor for 2 or 3 weeks each summer if you do not have SSAH. The sooner you apply, the better chance of success. I don't know if other cities do the same, but they covered us for 3 weeks last year."

- Peter
...........
'Items of Interest' is pleased to share successful strategies, resources
and community connections. Please send submissions to <asoyork@axxent.ca>
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TRAMPOLINE OUTING
The Trampoline Day in York Region was fantastic. About 25-30 kids enjoyed the activity, and many parents and caregivers got involved in the fun too. Afterwards numerous participants went to McDonalds and the fun continued for the kids fun at the indoor McD's playground. Plans are in the works for another outing during March Break, I hope to see many of you at the next activity that week too!!!

Bruce McIntosh
Vice President
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
<bruce.mcintosh@rogers.com>

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.  We encourage decisions based on knowledge.  The information brought to you through  our "Items Of Interest" does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.  Please submit all correspondence (including submissions and change of email address) to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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December 24, 2004

TRAMPOLINE PARTY

Put the spring in your offspring!!!

If you're looking for things to do during winter vacation, set aside an hour on Thursday, December 30th between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. I have booked Airborne Trampoline, near Marycroft and Highway #7 for the exclusive use of ASO-York families during that hour.

Airborne has six, count 'em SIX Olympic-size trampolines, and can accommodate groups of up to 30.  We've had our kids there several times, and the staff are great. They regularly host groups from the Reena Centre, and they're very safety conscious, and familiar with Special Needs kids.

For our gang, this can mean a good opportunity to use some social skills, practice turn-taking, and absolutely pig out on the old sensory diet.

The cost for the hour needs to be shared equally, and it worked out to a total of $150 (taxes included).  I propose to divide this equally based on the number of kids attending. I'm planning on one parent or worker per child. Think of it as respite. If you're coming, please let me know by e-mail at bruce.mcintosh@rogers.com or call me at 905-761-5226. I'll make arrangements for a deposit of $10.00, so that if we get fewer than 15 kids we'll ask you for a buck or two more on the 30th - - OR you might get a bit of money back! My two are coming, so we're already more than 10% there.

All this info and a map are at
http://members.rogers.com/bruce.mcintosh/bounce.html

Bruce McIntosh
(Vice-president, Autism Society Ontario, York Region Chapter)

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GENEVA CENTRE - YORK REGION

~ NEW ~
GENEVA CENTRE FOR AUTISM
6 TRAINING EVENTS IN RICHMOND HILL
FEBRUARY 2005

Hosted by Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter

Location: Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St., Meeting Room B13
Richmond Hill
(2 streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge, ample free parking)

Dates, Times, more information and to Register:
Geneva Centre 416-322-7877

F1 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
This session provides a framework for understanding the different types of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The primary focus is on Autism, PDD-NOS. and Asperger's Syndrome but information regarding Rett Syndrome Disorder and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is also provided.  Information presented includes how a diagnosis is made, current trends in autism research and how to recognize the characteristics of ASD.

F2 Intervention Options
This session provides a framework for understanding the wide range of treatment approaches and principles to be considered when developing an intervention plan for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Written material regarding the various approaches, and relevant contact information are provided.

F3 Communication
During this session, parents are introduced to what 'communication' means for their child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) discuss their role, provide an overview of communication and outline the Speech and Language services available within community-based settings.

F4 Sensory Motor Development
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders often experience sensory and motor differences, which impact their behaviour, ability to acquire skills and general quality of life. This session helps you to understand these differences, assists you in determining if your child is experiencing these differences and outlines some helpful strategies.

F5 Understanding Behaviour
This session presents an overview of the basic principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Topics covered include defining behaviour, functional analysis of behaviour, understanding antecedents and consequences and using reinforcement. Emphasis is placed on the communicative function of behaviour.

F6 Learning and Teaching
During this session, various learning styles typical of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are presented. Discussion includes the importance of recognizing these learning styles and how teaching styles may be adapted to accommodate particular learning style.

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REENA SIBLING GROUP

Reena is pleased to offer a workshop for youth who have a sibling (brother/sister) with a Developmental Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The workshop is designed to allow siblings ages 11-15 the opportunity to get together and share experiences with one another in an informal and fun environment.

The workshop will include guest speakers, fun activities, group discussions, games and the opportunity to share experiences.

The workshop will run over 4 weeks consecutively on Tuesday evenings.

DATES: Tuesdays, February 01, 08, 15, 22
TIMES: 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.

LOCATION: Toby & Henry Battle Centre
927 Clark Avenue West, Thornhill

FEE: $20.00
Kosher snacks will be provided.

To register and for further information call Debra Waring or Ann Szabo @ 905-889-6484
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Bingo Co-ordinator VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED

ASO York Chapter is looking for Bingo Coordinator(s) to support our bi-weekly Saturday Bingo nights at the Aurora Bingo Hall. Responsibilities will be to attend Bingo two times per month from 8:30 pm-12:30 am. Every other month, you will need to contact ASK (Autism Society Kids) camp parents to arrange for their attendance and support at the scheduled Bingo nights. As the main point of contact, regular updates to Bingo Supervisor and communication with the ASO Executive group is required. A travel and caregiving allowance will be provided.

Should more than one person volunteer for this position, the number of evenings required to attend bingo nights will decrease.

Bingo nights are a substantial fundraiser for the Autism Society Kids (ASK) Camp. Please help support our fundraising initiatives. Interested volunteers should send an email to PaulKalmykow@yahoo.ca or marym@yorku.ca .

(Please do NOT reply to this Items of Interest email.)

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.  We encourage decisions based on knowledge.  The information brought to you through our "Items Of Interest" does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.  Please submit all correspondence (including submissions and change of email address) to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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December 21, 2004

ASK Camp 2005
 
The Chapter Leadership Council of York Region Chapter of Autism Society Ontario is pleased to announce that the 18th edition of Autism Society Kids (ASK) Camp will take place in a York Region School (to be determined) from July 4-August 26, 2005.  The day camp is open to children and youth with ASD from ages 4-21.  Service, as in past years, will be provided to campers on a one-child-to-one-counselor, or two-children-to-one-counselor model.  The camp is designed with fun in mind!  In addition, the Chapter will be piloting a "Youth Camp" for teenagers emphasizing job and social skills training, as well as having fun.
 
Your camp committee for 2005 is composed of the following individuals:
 
ASK Camp Co-coordinators:  Paul/Janet Kalmykow
Youth Camp Pilot Co-coordinator: Kathryn Everest
Hiring Coordinators:  Sandra Little (lead) , Melissa Abbey, Ross Stroger, Paul/Janet Kalmykow
Accommodation Lead: Erika Mak
Regal Catalogue Fundraising: Janet Kalmykow, Brenda Wynne
Fundraising: Robin Spataro, Julie Panakos, Kathie Plaia, Crystal Tancreti, Paul Kalmykow, Cindi Buick, and others
Parent Liaison: Liz Cohen (lead), Paul/Janet Kalmykow
Application Processing: Paul/Janet Kalmykow
Staff Liaison: Deb Manni (lead), Sandra Little, Ross Stroger, Melissa Abbey
Training Week Lead: Melissa Abbey
Finance/Payroll/Budgeting: Jasna Tome (treasurer), Ross Stroger (budgets), Paul Kalmykow (payroll) 
Volunteer coordinator: Jenny Donnell
 
We will kindly accept any assistance from any chapter member to raise funds for the camp or to act as the new bingo coordinator!
 
Registration packages will be sent electronically in January through "Items of interest". Please ensure you monitor your emails at this time if you are interested in placing a child in the camp.  As always, your choice of weeks or receiving any weeks is not guaranteed as there are many more applications than spots available, so ensure you have backup plans for the summer.  Please note families that are accepted into camp must volunteer to attend as a parent representative of ASO at least one evening of charity bingo per year at the Aurora Bingo Hall.  Those who fail to make their evening will be charged the full cost of the camp (2:1 Ratio $520 per week; 1:1 Ratio $750 per week).  Also note that your membership with Autism Society Ontario membership must be fully up-to-date.
 
Preference will be given to families (in order):
 
1) that make a significant volunteer contribution to York Chapter or ASK camp.  Please note that all fundraising proceeds must be put through central ASO accounting for families to receive application preference;
2) that have demonstrated need;
3) depending on the order of receipt of application packages prior to cut-off date (mid March)
 
Decisions on applications will be determined by the Camp Co-Coordinators, whose decisions will be final, by late March and acceptance documents will be e-mailed to families at that time.  Note, that to save time and money, we will not be "snail mailing" packages.
 
Fees for ASK 2005 will be:  $250/week (2:1 Ratio)    $365/week (1:1 Ratio)
 
Camp Fees are heavily subsidised (by over 50%) by Bingo Nights, Regal Catalogue Orders and other fundraising efforts to ensure that the fees are affordable for the average family.
 
Decisions on which camper/counsellor ratio is most appropriate for your child will be determined by yourself and camp staff, with staff recommendations being the final arbiter.
 
All questions about Camp may be made to the Camp Co-ordinators at the email addresses below:
 
Paul Kalmykow  Paulkalmykow@yahoo.ca
Janet Kalmykow JanetKalmykow@hotmail.com
(Please do NOT respond to this Items Of Interest email)
 
Thanks for your interest in ASK Camp 2005
 
Paul Kalmykow
 
Paul Kalmykow, Co-Coordinator
On behalf of the Chapter and ASK Camp Committee, 2005
 

 


December 21, 2004

Bingo Coordinator VOLUNTEER (S) NEEDED

ASO York Chapter is looking for Bingo Coordinator (s) to support our bi-weekly Saturday Bingo nights at the Aurora Bingo Hall. Responsibilities will be to attend Bingo two times per month from 8:30 pm-12:30 am. Every other month, you will need to contact ASK (Autism Society Kids) camp parents to arrange for their attendance and support at the scheduled Bingo nights. As the main point of contact, regular updates to Bingo Supervisor and communication with the ASO Executive group is required. A travel and caregiving allowance will be provided.

Should more than one person volunteer for this position, the number of evenings required to attend bingo nights will decrease.

Bingo nights are a substantial fundraiser for the Autism Society Kids (ASK) Camp. Please help support our fundraising initiatives. Interested volunteers should send an email to PaulKalmykow@yahoo.ca or marym@yorku.ca .

(Please do NOT reply to this Items of Interest email.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


December 21, 2004

TUTORING AND BEHAVIOURAL CONSULTING

The name of our organization is "Learning Tools: Specialized Tutoring &
Behavioural Consulting Services." After working extensively with children
with Autism/P.D.D., my partner (Stacey Levine) and I noticed that
school-aged children (those over the age of 6 years) are quite often
passed-over in terms of ABA services, and thus, we decided to work with
that population.

We were both trained in ABA therapy and since then have taken other
training courses (i.e. Autism Society ABA Training, Brain Injury
workshops). Stacey has 6 years of experience in the field, and I have 5 years.

Stacey and I have been tutoring schol-aged children using an ABA method for
the past 3 years, and have noticed excellent results. We finally decided to
create an organization that caters to these children specifically. The
services we offer include: tutoring (based on the child's current school
curriculum), behavioural management programs, and social and life-skills
programs.

We are based in Toronto and provide services to families in and around the
GTA, including, but not limited to: Mississauga, Brampton, Thornhill,
Markham, and Scarborough. Our phone number is (416) 361-9771 and our e-mail
addresses are <amandacrosenberg@hotmail.com> and
<staceymlevine@hotmail.com>. We do not have a website.

Amanda Rosenberg, B.A. (Hon)
Program Supervisor
Learning Tools

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SIBLING RELATIONSHIPS

OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE IDEAS AND STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE SIBLING RELATIONSHIPS

Are you a parent of a son or daughter with special needs?
How do you prevent other siblings from feeling invisible?

Please join us for an informative evening where we will hear brief
presentations from both professionals and family members.

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Family Resource Centre
1 Promenade Circle, Suite 313
(3rd floor Promenade Mall, enter through main entrance facing Bathurst St.)

RSVP: Fran Chodak - 905-882-8509 or frc@aibn.com
Nancy Ogunniya-Clyke - 905-884-9110, vm 629 or
nogunniya-clyke@ysacl.on.ca

Participating Agencies:
Epilepsy York Region, Family Resource Centre, Learning Disability
Association (York Region), UJA Federation - Board of Jewish Education
(Tikun Chaim), York South Association for Community Living, Zareinu
Educational Centre

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WALK F.A.R. FOR N.A.A.R. - TORONTO

NAAR (National Alliance for Autism Research) now has a Toronto office
location. Nimi sends a thank you to everyone who participated in the Open
House, it was a great success. She is hoping to make contact some
volunteers to help with the Walk this spring in Toronto. Anyone interested
in helping her out, please contact her below.

Nimi Nanji-Simard, Toronto Area Director
National Alliance for Autism Research Canada
8 King Street East Suite: 1104
Toronto, ON M5C 1B5
(416) 362-NAAR (6227)
(888) 362-NAAR (6227)
(416) 728-1228 Cell
www.naar.org
www.autismwalk.org/toronto

Register for our first Walk F.A.R. for NAAR taking place at Mel Lastman
Square on May 15, 2005

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YOGA

Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter will continue to reach out to
parents/caregivers of children with autism and/or special needs by
continuing Yoga classes for 2005. Katy Bennett will be instructing the
Hatha Yoga classes to provide guidance with stretching, grounding and
relaxation.

Morning Classes 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Start date - Thursday January 6th

Evening Classes 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Start date - Wednesday January 5th
(some Thursdays due to room availability)

Location Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, Room B13

Cost $ 80.00 for 8 weeks

Register <azureyoga@nepture.on.ca>


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LEAPS AND BOUNDS ABA SERVICES

Leaps & Bounds Programming Clinic
Providing Verbal Behaviour and ABA Services

Opening Ceremony
January 11, 2005
2:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend the opening ceremony and to have a tour
of the clinic. The clinic provices
> training services
> program supervision
> consultation services
> direct services

For more information please call
Deanna Pietramala or Linda Cross
905-508-6543
www.leapsandboundsservices.com


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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


December 17, 2004

SCHOOL SUPPORT PROGRAM - AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

Hello ASO Chapter members, SEAC reps, staff and Board of Directors,

At the ASO SEAC training event in October, there were a number of questions raised about ASO's involvement in the province's new joint-ministry (MCYS and Education) program - School Support Program - Autism Spectrum Disorders (SSP-ASD). That program has just been in place for a couple of months, with some of the training for newly hired staff in the regions just being completed a month ago (or less, in some cases) There are a number of things that may help you to understand more about the program and why you didn't
hear more about it from me prior to its implementation. The Presidents and SEAC reps present at the October meeting heard all of this already, but I know that some of you would like a bit more information. Presidents and chapter staff, as always, please forward to your members (even if you don't have time to read this right now). Also, there were, and will likely continue to be, both positive and negative comments about ASO's support of the program among parents, professionals and the media.

* Regarding the original announcement about the SSP-ASD program. As was indicated in the announcement, we think this program is a step in the right direction. This is just one more piece in responding to the autism puzzle in Ontario. We are very aware that there is a long way to go, but for the first time, the ASD Consultants for the School Support Program will be able to work with educators for all students on the autism spectrum (including Asperger's), rather than designing the program by severity, which is currently true of the early intervention program, leaving out many who might otherwise benefit from that program. That over 80 ASD consultants have been hired already shows tangible commitment to the plan.

* Two Ministries working together for the first time: MCYS and Education announced this program jointly. This is a first for these two ministries
when it comes to ASD. Moira Sinclair from the Ministry of Education spoke
to ASO's SEAC reps and Presidents at the meeting in October about the key
points of this initiative. A hand-out was provided to everyone present on
Saturday indicating the joint nature of the initiative.

* ASO participated in the Implementation Working Group: The implementation
working group was provided with the opportunity to consult on a proposed
program. To be able to have input into certain aspects of the program was
an important opportunity for ASO and is consistent with ASO's vision and
mission. The basic parameters of the program were outlined by the ministry
prior to our invitation to participate in the this group. In order to
participate in the working group, the consultants needed to agree not to
share information about their work until various ministry announcements had
been made. So I wasn't able to share information with you sooner. We had an
important opportunity to work with others on the implementation of the
plan. Not all the recommendations by the group have been implemented, but
the program (warts and all) is an excellent opportunity to enhance the
capacity of school boards across Ontario to use evidence-based practices in
ASD in school settings. Finally, contrary to another die-hard rumour, ASO
did not receive any compensation for its participation in this consultation.

* Memorandums of Understanding: The funds for this program flow from MCYS,
not Education. Each Board in Ontario is in a different place with their
knowledge of ASD, existing ASD programs and staff, and ability to respond
to the needs of ASD students based on factors such as geographical
realities in their regions. As a result the 9 MCYS Regional Programs work
with the various boards to have a Memorandum of Understanding on how these
SSP-ASD Consultants will be functioning in their particular board. The key
points of their role do not include working one-to-one with students;
rather, they are to focus on building the capacity of the school board to
use evidence-based practices in teaching students with ASD in school
settings. It is very important to remember that many boards in Ontario
don't even have a single "expert" on ASD in their boards. Others have many.
For the boards who already have teams, their M of U is going to look quite
different from a board who is thrilled to have access to consultants who
have support through MCYS. So far, it is our understanding that in most
boards in Ontario, this program is being cautiously, but well received.
When in doubt, check with your school principal about the progress of the
program in your area. I have been amazed at the false rumours about this
program that were spread right from the start.

* ABA and ASO and this program: ASO supports evidence-based practice in
teaching, treating, and assessing people with ASD. ABA is an evidence-based
practice, among others, which ASO supports. There are not enough trained
educators in our Ontario schools to teach children with ASD effectively.
How evidence-based practice is implemented with students with ASD must be
individually determined and is never a one-size-fits-all approach. We also
support a range of classroom placements and the level of support a student
requires varies tremendously. The SSP-ASD consultants are only one piece of
the puzzle in school programs to give school personnel the tools to achieve
the goals on a student's IEP.

* Continued challenges with terminology: Some of the difficulties we face
in this province around getting what people with ASD need have been
hampered by "who's right" positioning on ASDs and program decisions based
on political implications surrounding words like "treatment", "educational
program", "ABA", "IBI", "DTT" , "evidence-based" and a host of other terms
that have been misunderstood or misused. This will continue to be a
challenge for some time. At times the media is even less informed about
terminology and through its reporting, stirs strong emotions among parents,
politicians, other media, and individuals with ASD themselves. It is always
useful to ask exactly what people mean by certain terms. Those of you who
heard Doug Reynold's excellent presentation on dealing with the media at
the SEAC and President's Council training event have gained additional
appreciation for the realities of media reporting and political positioning.

* Communication about what you are experiencing in your area: The
ministries are very open to hearing reports from ASO about this program -
both positive and negative. Please let us know how things are working or
not. When spread out across the 90 plus boards in Ontario, it makes sense
that it will take time to realize the benefits of such a program and that
there are lots of bugs to be worked out. There are a lot of other
challenges for our students with ASD in Ontario and your efforts locally do
have an impact. The SSP-ASD program does not address all challenges
experienced by students with ASD. The program will probably be reviewed
more formally once it has been up and running for about a year.

* ASO continues to speak about the importance of eliminating waiting lists
for the preschool autism program and to make early, intensive intervention
with evidence-based, effective practices available for all children with
ASD. Attached*** is our submission to the Minister of Finance which
indicates ASO's position on this and other matters of concern for families
of children with ASD - at all ages.

[***N.B. ASO-York does not send attachments through the 'Items of
Interest'. The submission is available by request to <asoyork@axxent.ca>.
Please do NOT respond to this Items Of Interest email]

Please don't hesitate to call me if you read things about what ASO does or
doesn't say. Just because it's printed in a newspaper doesn't mean it is
so, or contextually accurate.

Thanks,
Margaret Spoelstra
Executive Director
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON M6K 3C5
marg@autismsociety.on.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca
416-246-9592x22

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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December 16, 2004

NEW CHILDREN'S TREATMENT CENTRE FOR YORK REGION AND SIMCOE COUNTY

December 13, 2004
Vital Services For Healthy Development Will Be Available Closer To Home

ORILLIA The Ontario government is helping children with special needs and their families in York Region and Simcoe County get the supports they need closer to home, the Minister of Children and Youth Services Marie Bountrogianni announced today.

"Our young people are our most precious resource," Bountrogianni said. "We need to work together to help them develop the physical, communication and life skills they need to succeed."

Bountrogianni announced the establishment of the new York Simcoe Children's Treatment Centre at Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Child Development Centre in Orillia. Children's treatment centres are community-based organizations that serve children with physical disabilities and multiple special needs.  With an estimated 3,800 children who require these specialized services, the York and Simcoe region was the last part of the province without a dedicated children's treatment centre.

"With a rapidly growing population, York and Simcoe will now be able to meet the needs of children and families in their home communities," Bountrogianni said.

The new centre will consist of an innovative network of 10 local teams across the region that will provide a wide range of children's treatment services, such as physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, counseling and fitting wheelchairs and other devices. The province will invest $3 million next year to begin providing clinical services and develop the infrastructure of the network. By 2006 - 2007 the new centre will have an annualized budget of up to $10.5 million.

"Our families regularly drove for hours to Toronto and Hamilton to get services," said

Dr. Nicola Jones-Stokreef, a developmental pediatrician at Soldiers' Memorial Hospital. "This is wonderful news for the children and parents that I see every day, because these essential services will be available right in their own communities."

Earlier this year, the government provided children's treatment centres across Ontario with a three per cent base funding increase to better serve children in their care. The province also committed $24 million, over four years, in capital funding to expand and build new children's treatment centres in North Bay, Thunder Bay, London and Windsor.

"This is a community-driven plan that will help these special children and their families where they live," said Markham MPP Tony Wong.

"It will enable the region to develop and retain world class children's service professionals," said Thornhill MPP Mario Racco.

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OAARSN's AUTISM NEWS BULLETIN

Sender: "Ontario Adult Autism Research and Support Network (OAARSN)"

For our bulletin of autism news and announcements, please click on
http://www.ont-autism.uoguelph.ca/news-20041212.html

FEATURING....

GREETINGS, and how ASD families and hosts can cope with holiday festivities

GENERAL AUTISM NEWS
-Autism 'causes greatest disability'
-Autism: Why Do Some Develop Then Regress?
-Brain Researchers To Develop New Class Of Drugs To Repair Psychiatric
Disorders
-Children's Hospital Boston launches major genetic study of autism
-GPs warned against "happy pills"
-How the carers hijacked an autistic man called Andrew
-Developmentally disabled live alongside others on Wisconsin farm
-For Siblings of the Autistic, a Burdened Youth

ANNOUNCEMENTS OF EVENTS
Advance notice of four important events in 2005.

BOOKS, MEDIA, RESOURCES AND PROJECTS
University of Victoria (BC) considers new Masters degree course in autism
Autism Research Institute's 68 back issues, 1987 through 2003, of Autism
Research Review International newsletter--now accessible free on Internet.

ISSUES AND ADVOCACY
SSAH Provincial Coalition's presentation to the Minister of Community
and Social Services

FROM THE FRONT LINES
O-n-e ...in autism,
a new poem by Brian Henson

Read more on the OAARSN site at
http://www.ont-autism.uoguelph.ca

OAARSN welcomes discussion of ideas and topics related to adults with
autism. Please send news, announcements of autism events, new
information, discussion questions and comments, and accounts of
experience to gbloomfi@uoguelph.ca

Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield

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FREE RESEARCH RESOURCE

Autism Research Institute recently uploaded on the Internet all 68 back
issues, 1987 through 2003, of our widely acclaimed Autism Research Review
International newsletter. The new website also contains a comprehensive
index, from "ABA" to "Zyprexa." You simply click on a topic in the index,
and the article appears immediately. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on
your computer to view the articles.
www.ARINewsletter.com


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BIO-INTERVENTIONS SUPPORT GROUP

Annnouncing the WW-ASD Bio-Interventions Support Group at
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WW-ASDBio-InterventionsSupportGroup/

A new group discussion site that gives support to people interested in, or
already using, biological and alternative interventions that have been
found helpful for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

It is a forum for the exchange of information, such as the latest
developments in autism treatments, and also where services, supports and
supplies can be found. It is also a place where local networks (such as
food co-ops, car pools, joint ordering, etc.) can post their schedules in
order to create awareness, and to facilitate people with ASD and their
families in implementing and affording the help they are pursuing.

This site recognizes and respects people's right to information and choice.

Members have been suggesting websites they have found most useful in their
quest for helpful information. This is the present list. Any further
suggestions?

http://www.autism.com/ari/specialinterest/form34q.html
(Autism Research Institute's parent ratings of behavioural effects of
biomedical interventions)

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/enzymesandautism/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RecoveredKids/

http://www.fabresearch.org (Re: nutrition and behaviour)

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/-AuTeach/messages/1?viscount=100
(Archives of Schafer Report --lots of bio-info here)

http://www.edelsoncenter.com/autism.htm (general autism & bio-info)

http://home.san.rr.com/autismnet/research.html (physicians re autism, and
diet and autism)

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/biofeedback/

http://www.autismndi.com/ ANDI: Autism Network for Dietary Intervention
which also includes new sections
The Specific Carbohydrate DietT (SCDT)
The Body Ecology Diet (BED)


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PARENT TO PARENT FEATURE

I am a chartered accountant with a son who is autistic and I am very
familiar with filing the required forms. If people need help with filing
the forms with CCRA I am willing to do it for a nominal fee.

Marla
msone@attglobal.net

fyi re Disability Tax Credit Certificate form (T2201)
New applications
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/t2201/t2201-03e.pdf
to backfile until Dec. 31'04
https://t1-request.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/CcraOnlineRequests/T1Rap/rap-e.html


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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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December 13, 2004

ASPERGER'S SYNDROME ON TVO
A one-hour Planet Parent special
January 9 @ 10:00 p.m.
[repeated] January 16 @ 4 p.m.

I've copied the information (you will find it directly below my correspondence) regarding the upcoming special about Asperger's Syndrome on
TVO. We have been given the date of January 9 @ 10:00 p.m. and a repeat date of January 16 @ 4 p.m.
If you can pass this along to anyone interested it would be greatly appreciated as we are trying to inform and reach out to as many people as
possible. My husband, Richard Hales, has piloted a program in Peel for students with Asperger syndrome and it has been highly successful. We are
hoping that this program will be given a fair bit of air time.

Thanks for your interest,
Linda Hales
lhales@niagarac.on.ca
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Episode 101
A one-hour Planet Parent special
Asperger's Syndrome
January 9 @ 10:00 p.m. and a repeat date of
January 16 @ 4 p.m.

Geek, nerd, or the weird kid. Every schoolyard has a couple: the kids on the fringes who play alone and have obsessive interests in say astronomy or
insects. It's painful for these kids who just don't fit in, and also for their families who aren't sure how to help. Yet we are now learning that
this sort of obsessive behavior could be a sign of a kind of high-functioning autism known as Asperger's Syndrome, which has only been
identified in the last decade. Thousands and thousands of adults may have grown up with Asperger's and not known it. It's prevalent -- but tough to
diagnose.
This special looks at the impact this syndrome has on several families coping with Asperger's. We tell their stories and talk to researchers and
experts on the origin of this mysterious disorder and the hunt for a cure; featuring Dr. Peter Szatmari of the Offard Centre for Child Studies,
McMaster University, geneticist Dr. Steve Scherer and noted social worker Dr. Kevin Stoddart.

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PARENT TO PARENT FEATURE

"We applied for the tax adjustment that you emailed to us, and after
filling out innumerable forms, meeting doctors and accountants, and waiting
nine weeks, we received a rebate cheque from the government for $10,000.
(You have no idea how much we needed that) Please tell your members how
all this effort will be worth it. [Our son] is only six, and this was our
rebate. Imaging how much people with older kids are entitled to. You can
use our example if it will help convince people."

"I wanted to mention Reach for the Rainbow. They are a wonderful group
that arrange community activities for special needs kids, such as summer
camp, swimming, skating and more. If someone is on the waiting list for
SSAH (like us), they will completely cover the cost of the 1-on-1 for these
activities. Please ensure that any new members are made aware of this
organization ASAP. It will make a big difference in their lives."

..............
Related Websites:

Disability Tax Credit Certificate form (T2201)
New applications: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/t2201/t2201-03e.pdf
To backfile until Dec. 31'04:
https://t1-request.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/CcraOnlineRequests/T1Rap/rap-e.html

Reach for the Rainbow: www.reach.on.ca
..............

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EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY, TUTORING (etc) SUPPORT
Earl Bass
68 Church Street South
Ajax, Ontario
L1S 6B3
Phone: (905) 686-5226
email : eb18@post.queensu.ca

Specializing In Academic and Behavioural Assessments/ Individualized
Programming in Academics, Behaviour Mgt., Self-Esteem Building, Life Skills
and Social Skills/ Private Tutoring and Behaviour Therapy/ Parent and Child
- Educational Advocacy Support

Dear Chapter President,

I would like to introduce myself and offer my support to the members of
your chapter. I have worked with some of your members and their children
already.

My Name is Earl Bass. I am a Special Education Specialist Teacher for the
Durham District School Board and have been working with Autistic students
for over 20 years. I am also an instructor for the University of Toronto
teaching Special Education Core 1 as an additional qualification course to
teachers who wish to teach in special education. Additionally I am also an
instructor for Queen's University for additional qualification courses for
teachers in Special Education Core One and The Autistic Pupil.

Along with all of this, I work with families and students privately doing
such things as:

Sometimes I consult with the parent on what accommodations and
modifications are needed in the IEP for their child in order to meet their
child's specific learning needs and the Ontario Curriculum Expectations. At
times I support parents in board meetings to get the best learning
environment for their child - regular class for inclusive learning, partial
segregated class and partial integration, proper EA support (not all EA's
understand the special needs of children and families), etc.

Sometimes families need an independent assessment of their child's
abilities both academic and behavioural in order to go to the board and get
proper services which I am able to do for them. At times it may be as
simple as observation of the child in the school and giving the EA and
Teacher strategies to use to work with the student which get placed into
the IEP or it can be a formalized report using observation along with some
formal and informal testing to determine what is best for the child.

Sometimes I support children by re-teaching them academic concepts they
don't understand from school. At times this starts with teaching phonics
skills then leads to working on speech pronunciation and teaching them how
to read all at the same time.

Sometimes I help the family put together a behaviour plan to address
different unacceptable behaviours i.e. striking out, stimming, throwing
things, spitting, etc. I have worked with ABA concepts as well as with a
large number of other behaviour shaping techniques. Each child is unique
and will respond differently to different techniques.

Sometimes I develop a speech therapy plan to work on getting the child to
speak more clearly and succinctly. This enables them to express their needs
at home, school and in the community in order get the things they need or
explain how they are feeling. A big part is teaching them how to express
themselves while comprehending their environment physically or interpreting
what has been said to them orally.

Sometimes I develop Life Skill programs to teach them how to get around in
the community, stores or in the neighbourhood, how to develop and maintain
proper hygiene - bathing, brushing teeth etc., how to interact with family
members, etc..

Sometimes I develop Social Skill programs to teach them how to make
friends, how to interact with family members, guests to the home, out in
the community - shopping, medical/dental appointments., etc..

Sometimes I develop long range plans for families so that they and their
child know step by step where they are going i.e. elementary school
expectations, high school expectations including co-op training, work
placement expectations, community living expectations etc.

I have been excited over the new government programs and support for
Autistic children lately but feel there are many additional needs that the
children and families need help addressing in order to ensure that their
child is prepared the absolute best for their future. It is important to
take steps early and to persevere with both the school board and other
agencies and supports in order to develop as much of their child's special
skills as possible. This will in turn benefit everyone in the future but
most importantly the well being and self esteem of the child.

If I can be of any help in any of these areas to any of your members please
feel free to have them contact me at the above address, phone number or
email address. You may publish my letter in your next newsletter if you
wish or place my contact information in it for anyone to reach me.

Yours truly,
Earl Bass

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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December 10, 2004

Bingo Co-coordinator VOLUNTEER (S) NEEDED

ASO York Chapter is looking for Bingo Coordinator (s) to support our bi-weekly Saturday Bingo nights at the Aurora Bingo Hall. Responsibilities will be to attend Bingo two times per month from 8:30 pm-12:30 am. Every other month, you will need to contact ASK (Autism Society Kids) camp parents to arrange for their attendance and support at the scheduled Bingo nights. As the main point of contact, regular updates to Bingo Supervisor and communication with the ASO Executive group is required. A travel and caregiving allowance will be provided.

Should more than one person volunteer for this position, the number of evenings required to attend bingo nights will decrease.

Bingo nights are a substantial fundraiser for the Autism Society Kids (ASK) Camp. Please help support our fundraising initiatives. Interested volunteers should send an email to PaulKalmykow@yahoo.ca or marym@yorku.ca .

(Please do NOT reply to this Items of Interest email.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
 


December 10, 2004

ASK Camp 2005
 
The Chapter Leadership Council of York Region Chapter of Autism Society Ontario is pleased to announce that the 18th edition of Autism Society Kids (ASK) Camp will take place in a York Region School (to be determined) from July 4-August 26, 2005.  The day camp is open to children and youth with ASD from ages 4-21.  Service, as in past years, will be provided to campers on a one-child-to-one-counsellor, or two-children-to-one-counselor model.  The camp is designed with fun in mind!  In addition, the Chapter will be piloting a "Youth Camp" for teenagers emphasizing job and social skills training, as well as having fun.
 
Your camp committee for 2005 is composed of the following individuals:
 
ASK Camp Co-coordinators:  Paul/Janet Kalmykow
Youth Camp Pilot Co-coordinator: Kathryn Everest
Hiring Coordinators:  Sandra Little (lead) , Melissa Abbey, Ross Stroger, Paul/Janet Kalmykow
Accommodation Lead: Erika Mak
Regal Catalogue Fundraising: Janet Kalmykow, Brenda Wynne
Fundraising: Robin Spataro, Julie Panakos, Kathie Plaia, Crystal Tancreti, Paul Kalmykow, Cindi Buick, and others
Parent Liaison: Liz Cohen (lead), Paul/Janet Kalmykow
Application Processing: Paul/Janet Kalmykow
Staff Liaison: Deb Manni (lead), Sandra Little, Ross Stroger, Melissa Abbey
Training Week Lead: Melissa Abbey
Finance/Payroll/Budgeting: Jasna Tome (treasurer), Ross Stroger (budgets), Paul Kalmykow (payroll) 
Volunteer coordinator: Jenny Donnell
 
We will kindly accept any assistance from any chapter member to raise funds for the camp or to act as the new bingo coordinator!
 
Registration packages will be sent electronically in January through "Items of interest". Please ensure you monitor your emails at this time if you are interested in placing a child in the camp.  As always, your choice of weeks or receiving any weeks is not guaranteed as there are many more applications than spots available, so ensure you have backup plans for the summer.  Please note families that are accepted into camp must volunteer to attend as a parent representative of ASO at least one evening of charity bingo per year at the Aurora Bingo Hall.  Those who fail to make their evening will be charged the full cost of the camp (2:1 Ratio $520 per week; 1:1 Ratio $750 per week).  Also note that your membership with Autism Society Ontario membership must be fully up-to-date.
 
Preference will be given to families (in order):
 
1) that make a significant volunteer contribution to York Chapter or ASK camp.  Please note that all fundraising proceeds must be put through central ASO accounting for families to receive application preference;
2) that have demonstrated need;
3) depending on the order of receipt of application packages prior to cut-off date (mid March)
 
Decisions on applications will be determined by the Camp Co-Coordinators, whose decisions will be final, by late March and acceptance documents will be e-mailed to families at that time.  Note, that to save time and money, we will not be "snail mailing" packages.
 
Fees for ASK 2005 will be:  $250/week (2:1 Ratio)    $365/week (1:1 Ratio)
 
Camp Fees are heavily subsidised (by over 50%) by Bingo Nights, Regal Catalogue Orders and other fundraising efforts to ensure that the fees are affordable for the average family.
 
Decisions on which camper/counsellor ratio is most appropriate for your child will be determined by yourself and camp staff, with staff recommendations being the final arbiter.
 
All questions about Camp may be made to the Camp Co-ordinators at the email addresses below:
 
Paul Kalmykow  Paulkalmykow@yahoo.ca
Janet Kalmykow JanetKalmykow@hotmail.com
(Please do NOT respond to this Items Of Interest email)
 
Thanks for your interest in ASK Camp 2005
 
Paul Kalmykow
 
Paul Kalmykow, Co-Coordinator
On behalf of the Chapter and ASK Camp Committee, 2005
 

 


December 9, 2004

RALLY

SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS!

YORK REGION & SIMCOE COUNTY NEED A CHILDREN'S TREATMENT CENTRE

WHAT IF THIS WAS YOUR CHILD?
JOIN THE RALLY
MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2004 - 10:30 AM
SHERATON PARKWAY HOTEL
HWY #7 & LESLIE STREET, RICHMOND HILL

APPROXIMATELY 23,000 CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS LIVE IN YORK REGION &
SIMCOE COUNTY - IT IS THE ONLY AREA IN THE ENTIRE PROVINCE WITHOUT A
CHILDREN'S TREATMENT CENTRE!!!

PLEASE HELP US SEND QUEEN'S PARK A MESSAGE!

GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FROM YORK REGION/SIMCOE COUNTY
AND LOCAL MPP FRANK KLEES

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How to Set Up an ABA Program in Your Home - From Early Intervention Services and Autism Society Ontario

This program is intended to help parents of kids with ASD to set up and to implement their own Applied Behavioural Analysis program at home.

When: January 19, January 20, January 21, 2005
From 10 AM to 2 PM

Where: Early Intervention Services,
50 High Tech Road, 4th Floor, room 450
Richmond Hill
Cost: 50 $ per person, ½ price for spouse

Handouts: 5$ (includes 1 CD Rom or 1 Floppy of all Handouts)
Facilitator: Liz Cohen
Regional Support Leader
Autism Society Ontario

Please RSVP by January 10, 2005:
Lara Stolarsky
(905) 762-1282 ext.2677

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Respite Weekends with Kerry's Place Autism Services
Two opportunities available for four York Region children
Three days/two overnights
One staff to two children ratio
Must have gone through the Kerry's Place Autism Intake
(or are interested in completing an intake)

Contact:
David Rochon
Kerry's Place Autism Services
905 713 6808 ext. 342
"David Rochon" <drochon@kerrysplace.org>

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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December 3, 2004

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE

The Family Resource Centre in Thornhill extends an invitation to ASO-York families and caregivers of pre-school children with autism & their siblings. This Drop-In Centre is located on the 3rd Floor of Promenade Mall.  It has been suggested that Wednesdays between 1:00 and 4:00 could be used by our families for networking, developing informal 'play dates', social skills groups etc., whatever would be beneficial for those attending.  Self-serve kitchen, play areas, toys, equipment, comfy couches are yours to enjoy.
For more information and to brainstorm developing supports that would be beneficial to you, please contact
Fran Chodak, MSW. 905-882-8509. frc@aibn.com

Thank you Fran and the FRC for reaching out and welcoming our families and for the wonderful tour of your centre.
Sincerely,
Lynda Beedham, Regional Support Leader
Autism Society Ontario, York Region
11181 Yonge St. # 303-5
Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2
voicemail: 905-780-1590
asoyork@axxent.ca
www.bbbautism.com www.autismsociety.on.ca
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from The Family Resource Centre brochure ...
We Are Here for You
- because there are times when every family needs external support and resources
- because everyone needs a place to belong
We Offer You
- a warm, caring, supportive environment
- a place where kids, moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers can relax, play and learn together
Our Services
- a drop in centre where parents/caregivers and their pre-schoolers can enjoy storytime, music circle,arts and crafts or simply have fun
- a range of quality programs, activities and workshops - mix 'n mingle or parallel play
- our nurturing environment invites informal social groups for children
- a parent's conversation area for meeting, exchanging ideas and sharing concerns
- source of information and referrals to a network of family services in York Region
- lending library *including resources from Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter*
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Opening January 2005
Specialized Programming Clinic in Richmond Hill providing
VERBAL BEHAVIOUR AND ABA SERVICES

-TRAINING SERVICES in both ABA and verbal behaviour interventions. For individual therapists and for family members. Workshops are also offered that cover a wide range of development and programming issues.
-PROGRAM SUPERVISION for parents who have their own home program and require ongoing supervision services
-CONSULTATION SERVICES for parents, teachers, other related professionals
-DIRECT SERVICES include . ABA programs ( 12 - 30 hours per week )
. Verbal Behaviour programs ( 12 - 30 hours per week )
All direct service programs are designed to also include training parents and other professionals working with the child.
-For more information:
Deanna Pietramala or Linda Cross
Leaps & Bounds
11181 Yonge St. # 317
Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2
905-508-6543 www.leapsandboundsservices.com

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ONLINE EDUCATION SERIES
From: "Autism Today CEO" <news@autismtoday.com>
Autism Education Online Series
http://www.mcssl.com/app/adtrack.asp?AdID=108492

These are in-depth 1- to 2-hour-long multi-media classes. You will personally be educated by the greatest autism leaders, who will offer
hands-on, step-by-step information you can understand and apply. You'll benefit from visuals, audio and detailed diagrams that will empower you to learn more and much more affordably than ever before.

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NEWSLETTER FROM AUTISM TODAY
Weekly Newsletter, November 23rd 2004, Issue 52, Vol 2
http://www.autismtoday.com/newsletters/newsletter_11_23_04.htm

. New Research on Autism Points to a Novel 'Gut' Disease in Some Kids
. What Life is Like with a Loved One on the Spectrum
. Unique Training Program Improves Autism Research UC Davis
. M.I.N.D. Institute receives $1.5 million to train young scientists
. Study Will Examine If Diet Can Ease Autism Symptoms
. MMR - The Last Word?
. Auditory Preference Allows Earlier Autism Diagnosis, New Treatments . Glyconutrients . . .sugars that heal!
. Dr. Temple Grandin Speaks On Visual Thinking, Sensory, Careers, and Medications

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DISABILITY TAX CREDITS
There are only a few weeks left to claim past Disability Tax Credits before they expire forever. The Income Tax Act has allowed people with disabilities or their caregivers who have not claimed the Disability Tax Credit to reassess their income tax returns back to 1985. But on December 31 the new 2004 federal budget will cut off back filing beyond 10 years.  This means that people with disabilities will lose up to 9 years of past tax credits. Those who have not claimed the Disability Tax Credit should claim it now.

For more information, contact John Dowson
LifeTRUST Planning
1-800-638-7256
dowson@rogers.com

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AUTISTIC AUTHOR
From: William Rogers <willrogers@sasktel.net>

Autistic author Will Rogers now has his own web page
http://www.thestonkingsteps.com/
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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.  We encourage decisions based on knowledge.  The information brought to you through our "Items Of Interest" does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.  Please submit all correspondence (including submissions and change of email address) to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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December 3, 2004

Epilepsy York Region Winter Events
(December 2004 through March 2005)

VAUGHAN INFORMATION NIGHTS
Join us for a special series with GUEST SPEAKERS at the Community Room in the York Regional Police District 4 Headquarters, 2700 Rutherford Road, Vaughan.

Thursday, January 20th 7:00-9:00pm
Guest speakers: Dr. Burham, Dr. Hui
Thursday, February 17th 7:00-9:00pm
Guest speaker: Dr. Pope

RICHMOND HILL PARENT ADVISORY GROUP
NEW GROUP: Meeting on a monthly basis, we will be strategizing how to spread awareness about epilepsy throughout York Region. Calling all parents: York Region needs your help! Where: 11181 Yonge St, 2nd Floor

Thursday, January 27th 7:30-9:30pm
Thursday, February 24th 7:30-9:30pm

NEWMARKET INFORMATION NIGHTS
Learn about epilepsy and all of the services that EYR has to offer. Where: York Region Municipal Building, 17250 Yonge Street, Committee Room A

Thursday, December 9th 7:30-9:30pm
Thursday, January 6th 7:30-9:30pm
Thursday, February 3rd 7:30-9:30pm

5-PIN BOWLING EVENTS

1. Sunday, January 30th
2. Sunday, March 20th

Open to EYR members and their friends and family. Richmond Hill Pro Bowl, 10593 Yonge Street Cost: $5 per bowler (kids under5 are free!), shoe rental is free. Time: 2:00-4:00 pm PLEASE RSVP.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
Saturday, December 11th
Your presence is requested at our annual Holiday Party! Join us for games, songs, food from around the world, children’s activities and lots of prizes. Bring a dessert and get a free raffle ticket! PLEASE RSVP.
Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Where: Loyal True Blue & Orange Home, 11181 Yonge St.

EMPLOYMENT SKILLS SESSION

Tuesday, January 18th (By appointment)
Do you have a seizure disorder? Are you currently looking for paid or volunteer work? Book your one-on-one session with employment consultant, Tim Nourse.

Where: EYR Resource Centre, Loyal True Blue & Orange Home, 11181 Yonge St (2nd floor). PLEASE CALL TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT.

**Please Register In Advance**
Call (905) 508-5404 or email naomi@epilepsyyork.ca.
Epilepsy York Region: “We care… we can help!”

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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November 30, 2004

Hello list;

ASO-York has been asked to distribute the following survey. Should you wish to participate but remain anonymous, feel free to send your responses to <asoyork@axxent.ca>. Your input will be de-identified and forwarded to the authors.

Regards,
Lynda

>>>>>>>>>

from Sensory Leisure <sensory@aci.on.ca>
www.sensoryleisure.com

Research Paper on Leisure Facilities and Community Integration for People
with Disabilities

Aim: to determine the types of leisure facilities currently available, and
determine if there is a need for more facilities and the type and usage
cost of existing and new facilities.

Contact Name:
Contact Tel:
Email:
Association/Centre Linked to:

What type of disability does the person have?
Mental
Physical
Autistic
Learning
Behavioral
Developmental
Brian Injury
Other ...

Do they receive therapy treatment? Yes/No
Type

Do you use community centres and other activity centres? Yes/No
Please List

Do you use indoor activities? Yes/No

What type of indoor activities do they use?
Art and craft
Home and Life Skills
Leisure
Sports
Integration into community

Do you use outdoor activities? Yes/No

What type of outdoor activities?
Leisure and Recreation
Outdoor Recreation
Integration into community
Bus trips/tours
other...

Where do the trips/tours go?
Shopping
Museums
Activity Centres
Adventure Areas/Playgrounds
SightSeeing

Do you think these activities help in the integration normalization?
a little / average / a lot / don't know

What activities do you think they would enjoy doing or you would like them
to do more of?
Art and crafts
Home and Life Skills
Leisure and Recreation
Hydrotherapy
Making music
Sensory Relaxation
Sports & other Outdoor Recreation
Integration into community
Bus trips/tours

Does the person with disability have opportunity for leisure and
recreation? Yes/No
If not - why not?
no time
too expensive
no money
no where to go
nothing suitable

If yes - please list
Playing some kind of sport
Sport Events
Interactive Learning and exploring
Community Visits
Playgrounds
Using a Stimulating Environment

Do they travel to leisure facilities? Yes/No
If they travel, how far?
0-2km
2-5km
5-10km
>10km

Is the leisure activity government run/funded or private?
government funded
private
non-profit
charity

Describe other leisure activities.

How long is the activity?
Less than 1 hour
1 - 2 hours
½ day
1 day

How often is the activity done?
more than once per week
weekly
twice a month
monthly
other (state) ...

Is the leisure activity free? Yes/No
If yes- is it funded by someone else (Private or Government)
If leisure activity is not free - who pays?
You?
Client?
Government?
Other?

If not free - how much does the leisure activity cost?
$0-5
$6-10
$10-20
other (state) .

Is the leisure activity good value for money? Yes/No
If No - why not / what could be improved?
If yes please say why

How much is spent monthly on leisure activities?
$5-10
$10-20
$20-40
$40-80
$>80

Do you pay for the leisure activities from government support or own family
income?
Government
own
don't know

What type of transport is used?
centre bus
government transport
private

Is there sufficient transport available for going places? Yes/No

Who pays for travel?
You?
Other funding?

Do you think there is a shortage of leisure activities for people with
disabilities in the community? Yes/No
If Yes - why is that?
shortage of locations
shortage of funding
shortage of money
not see as important

What type of leisure activities would you like to see?
(select all that apply)
Indoor centre suitable for many different disabilities
Outdoor centre (playground suitable for wheelchairs)
Interactive centre
Sports/Games/Fun facilities
Learning /Activity Centres
Interactive Multi-Sensory Centres

What type of facilities would you see as most beneficial from the previous
list? (indicate top choice)
Why?

Do you think such centres should be integrated with community facilities?
Yes/no

Do you think there are sufficient Summer Camps for people with
disabilities? Yes/no

Would you use a camp facility ? Yes/no
If yes - part time or full time?

If there were more indoor facilities suitable for all types of people with
disabilities would you recommend it or use it? Yes/No
If Yes - how often would you use the center if you had to pay for it?

If there were more outdoor facilities suitable for all types of people with
disabilities would you recommend it or use it? Yes/No
If Yes - how often would you use the center if you had to pay for it?

What would you expect to pay for an hour's leisure activity for a person
with a disability?
Nothing
<$5
$5-10
$10-15
$15-20
$20-30
>$30

If the government or private sector provided more facilities how often
would you use them?
monthly
twice a month
weekly
twice a week

Would you use them as frequently if you had to pay a usage fee? Yes/No

Have you heard of multi-sensory environments/therapy? Yes/no
If yes - please describe your understanding of it

Have you heard of Multi Sensory Centres that include Snoezelen concepts?
Yes/No
If yes - please describe your understanding of it

Have you ever used one? Yes/No
If yes where have you used one?
What did you think?
great
not very good - why?
some good parts - what could be better?

Did you think the person responded to room?
Yes
- long term
- short term
- every visit
No
- could not tell

Would you try a Multi Sensory Leisure Centre it if you knew of the benefits
that were provided by one? Yes/No/Don't Know
Please select the important areas
· leisure/play/activity centre
· interactive
· relaxing
· stimulating
· many different environments
· client own pace and needs

Thank you very much for your time and information.

If we need to contact you for more information or for clarification would you be happy for us to do so? Yes / No

Please return to either the Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca or directly to Sensory Leisure at sensory@aci.on.ca.
Please do not return this survey to the Items Of Interest email.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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November 30, 2004

HOLIDAY SOCIAL

Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter will be hosting a Holiday Potluck Social.  Please join us to celebrate the holidays with fellow ASO members.

WHEN: Tuesday December 14, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: 11181 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (Loyal True Blue and Orange Home: two streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge)

ROOM: B13

PLEASE BRING: an hors d'oeuvre or finger food.  Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP to asoyork@axxent.ca (do NOT reply to the Items Of Interest email)

We hope you will join us!

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PETITION

For information regarding the Autism Petition available in the OACRS*
newsletter:
http://www.oacrs.com/News/2004/November/Nov24.htm


* OACRS = Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services

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CPI's CRISIS RESPONSE NEWSLETTER

Crisis Prevention and Intervention Institute (CPI)
November 2004
"Post-crisis Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and
Related Communication Challenges"
http://www.crisisprevention.com/whatsnew/CRNews/index.html

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RALLY


Support children with special needs!


York Region needs a Children’s Treatment Centre!


What if this was your child?



Join the Rally!



Monday December 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Sheraton Parkway Hotel

(Hwy.7 & Leslie St., Richmond Hill)



Approximately 23,000 children with special needs live in York Region and Simcoe County – they are the only areas in the entire province without a children’s treatment centre!!



Please help us send Queen’s Park a message!



Guest speakers include health professionals from York Region/Simcoe County and local MPP Frank Klees.



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ON-LINE I.B.I. PETITION

Hello everyone,

Please see info below if you would like to know how to add your signature to the on-line IBI petition. If you aren't able to access the site by clicking on the address below, copy it, then paste it into the address bar for your internet service provider. In keeping with ASO's practices about
informing you about privacy matters, please be advised that your home address becomes public internet knowledge if you sign up on-line. You have
choices regarding the publication of your email address. See the petition for further details.

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/andap1/

Margaret Spoelstra
Executive Director
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON M6K 3C5
marg@autismsociety.on.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca
416-246-9592

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CBC DOCUMENTARY

from "The EnableLinker"
Copyright (c) 2004
Canadian Abilities Foundation
http://www.enablelink.org

"The Ties that Bind"

This documentary gives a first-hand look at the complexity around the transition of a young man with multiple disabilities toward a more independent life.

CBC Newsworld's Rough Cuts
December 2 at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. EST
December 5 at 7 p.m. EST.

For more information, visit the Internet documentary and community engagement project
http://www.nfb.ca/tiesthatbind


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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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November 24, 2004

COMMUNITY LIVING ONTARIO

In Memorium Patrick Worth -- Community Living Ontario

Hello everyone,

I just heard yesterday about the sudden passing of Patrick Worth last Friday. He died of a massive heart attack at age 49. Many of you will know about Patrick's self-advocacy movement and the impact of his work and life on so many lives. Please see attached link of the Community Living Ontario page for more details and tributes to Pat. I have heard that there is to be a memorial service on December 4, but do not have more details about that day.

http://www.communitylivingontario.ca/features/PatrickWorthMemorial.htm

Margaret Spoelstra
Executive Director, Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON M6K 3C5
416-246-9592 x22
marg@autismsociety.on.ca www.autismsociety.on.ca
Member, ASD-CARC (Autism Spectrum Disorders - Canadian-American Research Consortium):
www.autismresearch.ca www.cycleforautism.com

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PARENT WORKSHOP

Are you a parent of a son or daughter with special needs?
How do you prevent other siblings from feeling invisible?

Please join us for an informative evening where we will hear from both
professionals and family members.

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Family Resource Centre
1 Promenade Circle, Suite 313
(3rd floor Promenade Mall, enter through main entrance facing Bathurst St.)

RSVP: Fran Chodak - 905-882-8509 or frc@on.aibn.com
Nancy Ogunniya-Clyke - 905-884-9110, vm 629 or
Nogunniya-clyke@ysacl.on.ca


Participating Agencies: Epilepsy York Region, Family Resource Centre,
Learning Disability Association (York Region), UJA Federation - Board of
Jewish Education (Tikun Chaim), York South Association for Community
Living, Zareinu Educational Centre

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HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING

The holidays are just around the corner. Are you looking for that special someone or the person who's hard to buy for? Do you own a company and don't want your gift basket to get lost in the crowd? Don't know what to get your teacher, therapist, bus driver???

How about a donation to our chapter on their behalf? You can also purchase pewter pins, fidget kits, the book "Amazingly Alfie", manuals, gift certificates for future workshops, memberships!! All gifts will be personalized with a special holiday letter advising the recipient of your most giving gesture. Support your chapter with a gift that helps families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in our community.

Call (905) 780-1590 or email us at asoyork@axxent.ca for details and order information. Don't wait - order now!!

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AND FUNDRAISING - THIS WEEK!


Ready to get started on some Christmas shopping and help your local ASO at the same time?



Our chapter invites you to shop at MIKO TOY WAREHOUSE

November 24th – 28th.



It’s fun and easy!



· When checking out, have your receipt stamped by the cashier for “fundraising”.

YOU MUST HAVE YOUR RECEIPT STAMPED!!

· Send in all receipts within THREE (3) days to:

Autism Society Ontario –York Region Chapter

11181 Yonge Street Suite 303

Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2

· Mark “MIKO” on the envelope



Miko Toy Warehouse is located at:

60 East Beaver Creek Road

Richmond Hill

(905) 771-8714

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


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INFORMATION NIGHT AND SOCIAL EVENING

from York Region Family Network <yrfn@neptune.ca>

Easter Seal Society - York Region presents
Information Night & Social Evening

Thursday December 2nd, 2004
The Regional Municipality of York Building
17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket
Administrative Centre, Committee Room 'B'
6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Transition in Action
Briano Di Rezze, Occupational Therapist & Dana Mills, Life Skills Coach from Community Based
Services at Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre provide a variety of life skills, recreation, and
community development programs and services responsive to the needs identified by children,
youth, and families of Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre. Highlighted in this 30 minute
presentation will be our partnerships; our programs (focusing on life skills, transition, recreation
and active living); and our consultation services.

Acupuncture & Qi-Gong, Massage Therapy
Professor Doug Knispel 7th Degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu & Dr. Stanley Ngui doctor of Acupuncture
and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Grand Master of Qi-Gong. Attend a discussion on Jiu-Jitsu,
Acupuncture, and Herbs. Learn many benefits that these subjects have for people that have
special needs. This exciting and informative discussion will be taught by Doug Knispel and Dr.
Stanley Ngui.

To register: please call or email Sandra Palmisano at 905-478-4098 (if calling from out of
local area first dial 416-494-5100 follow the prompts then dial 905-478-4098) or yrfn@neptune.ca .and help celebrate with us the holiday season!


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SYMPOSIUM IN APRIL

Autism Society Ontario, Upper Canada Chapter Presents

What Now?!
A Symposium on Raising an Adolescent / Young Adult with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 8 - 10, 2005

Nav Canada Conf. Centre, Cornwall ON

Sample of presentations:

-Secondary School Transitions for Students with Asperger's Syndrome (Richard Hales)
-Planning for Transition to Employment, Community & Post Secondary Education (Lindsay Moir)
-Panel Discussion On Educational Issues - Please come prepared to ask YOUR questions
-ASD Students in High School - Visual Supports for Meaningful Learning (Sheila Bell)
-Sexuality and People with Developmental Disabilities (David Hingsburger)

Registration must be received ON or BEFORE MARCH 25, 2005.

Early Bird Registration before January 21.

A brochure is available with all the details about the seminars, accomodations, costs and directions.
Contact the Upper Canada Chapter for a brochure (available via email).
Tel: 613-346-5745, e-mail: dkeillar@sympatico.ca

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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November 18, 2004

 
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter presents Author Thelma Wheatley
'My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism'

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19TH
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
[rescheduled from Tuesday November 2nd due to a publisher's delay]

Meeting Room B13
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
[2 streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge]

Thelma will have a limited number of her books available for purchase at a discounted presentation price. RSVP appreciated but not required to ensure there are enough copies: <asoyork@axxent.ca>

ASO PEEL CHAPTER PARENT PUBLISHES BOOK:
"My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism" is the true-life story of how the author's autistic son, Julian, became suddenly
violent, self-mutilating and "psychotic" in his teens. He used to tear the
flesh on his face, slam his head against walls, throw himself through
windows, and "see" non-existent students jeering at him. The parents tried
everything to get Julian under control. Eventually he was put on
anti-psychotic medication.
After Julian had a horrific experience on Perphenazine, the parents were
desperate until they luckily met Dr Joseph Huggins, a Toronto doctor whose
expertise in treating rage behaviours got Julian under control.
Today, at 27, Julian has 4 community jobs and is a loving, loveable young man.
"My Sad is All Gone" is also a book of searing insight into the education
of autistic/DC children and into the world of psychiatry. Thelma wrote it
entirely in the coffee shops of Port Credit!
Thelma is winner of Cross-Canada Writer's Quarterly Short Story Contest,
and has published stories, poetry and articles on autism. She is
past-president of Peel Chapter ASO and gives talks about her experience.

"My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism"
ISBN number: 0-9760576-0-3
Order online and support ASO
Visit the Autism Society Ontario website
www.autismsociety.on.ca
Click on the Chapters/Indigo icon, and a portion of each purchase of ANY
item goes to ASO

also available through 'Parentbooks'
1-800-209-9182
www.parentbookstore.com

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CANCELLATION: ASO York Tuesday Morning Support Group/Information Sessions #5 and #6 :
"Children Diagnosed with ASD in Ontario: Strategies and Help for Families with Young Children and Preschoolers"

Tues, Nov 30 10:00 to 1:00pm "Speech, Language and Communication"
Tues, Dec 7 10:00 to 1:00pm "Occupational Therapy"
These will be offered in another format in February, 2005.

Coming soon - a new range of topics for winter/spring 2005. Watch for upcoming Items of Interest for more information.
Liz Cohen

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CONTACT YOUR MP

from a listmate ...

Autism Society Canada will have the opportunity next week to inform our MPs
and Senators about the issues that we all are facing. To make sure that your
member attends, please e-mail your MP the following information. Feel free to add personal
information.

Dear Parliamentarian;

Autism issues in our province and across Canada are being brought to the
attention of Canada's Members of Parliament and Senators as a result of affecting 150%
more Canadians than six years ago. To be of assistance to our country's
parliamentarians as they work to address these issues on a national basis, Autism Society
Canada (ASC) is providing an information session about autism on Parliament Hill. Sponsored
by M.P. Stephen Fletcher, it will be held November 23 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the
West Block Room 371. The information session will include presentations by two
parents (ASC's President Peter Zwack from Quebec and Vice President Jo-Lynn Fenton from
Nova Scotia) and a gentleman with Asperger's Syndrome (a form of autism). Andrew
Kavchak, an Ottawa parent, will also be present. Mr. Fletcher requests that people
confirm their attendance by e-mail with his office at Fletcher.S@parl.gc.ca

I hope that you and your senior staff will take advantage of this
opportunity to learn more about autism and the issues that affect people with Autism Spectrum
Disorders (ASD) in your home community and province. Please also encourage your colleagues to
attend so that there is a broader understanding of the issues that affect people of
all ages with ASD, their families and their communities across our province and Canada.

You may wish to refer to the White Paper from Autism Society Canada which
was sent to you in March 2004, and which outlined a Canadian Autism Research Agenda and a
Canadian Autism Strategy. The White Paper and further information regarding Autism
Society Canada are available on the ASC website www.autismsocietycanada.ca .

If you have any questions regarding autism as well as our province and Canadian autism
issues, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am certain you will find the autism
information session on November 23 informative. For the sake of the hundreds of people
in your region affected by ASD, please take advantage of this one hour presentation.

Regards,
Your name
Your address


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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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November 16, 2004

 
Randy Mogridge's family is accepting messages of condolence at http://bringrandyhome.ca


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PRESS RELEASE: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

Parents To Gain A Stronger Voice In Education

McGuinty Government Appoints Group To Establish A New, More Representative Organization For Parents

TORONTO, Nov. 6 /CNW/

The McGuinty government will give parents a stronger voice on education issues at the provincial level, Minister of Education Gerard Kennedy announced today. "We have created the Parent Voice In Education Project and appointed a group tasked with making it easier for parents to get involved in publicly funded education," said Kennedy. "It is not for us to tell parents how to be organized. It is our job to give them a seat at the decision-making table."

Kennedy established the Parent Voice in Education Project and appointed the group that will report back by February 18, 2005 on how best to establish
an independent body that is representative of and accountable to parents. Chaired by Gabrielle Blais, the project group will consist of 20 people - a
cross-section of parents from all regions of the province - who also have expertise in parent leadership. The members of the group will serve for a term of up to six months to consult with parents, complete the report and advise the Minister on implementation options. Kathleen Wynne, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, will support the project group throughout the parent-driven process. "Parents lead busy lives - we need to support them with a new, effective way to participate in their children's education and the education system as a whole," said Wynne. "We need parents' voices at the table to help all of our students reach their full potential."

Parents are invited to share their ideas by sending an email to the new project group at info@parentvoiceineducation.org.


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ABA/AUTISM SEMINAR

There are still seats available for "Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) for Children with Autism and Other Special Needs" on Saturday, November 27th at Victoria University, University of Toronto.

Group rates are available.

For details please contact Shawna Bailey <shawna.bailey@sympatico.ca> or visit www.shawnabailey.com

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AUDITOR'S REPORT ON AUTISM

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts will be dealing with the Auditor's Report on Autism on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room #1 in the Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park.

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services will be there for the hearing of the Auditor's report and recommendations.

The public and parents of autistic children are welcome to come and sit in for the 2-hour session. People who would like to attend should contact Julie Lavertu at 416-325-2507 or by e-mail at jlavertu@ndp.on.ca so that we can advise the security staff. There is limited seating, so it will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In closing, please feel free to contact me if you require any further information.

Sincerely,
Julie Lavertu
Shelley Martel's Office
416-325-2507



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SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY WORKSHOP

December 5th in Markham, Ontario

If you would like to have current special education information, strategies, and skills that will enable you to advocate for appropriate special education programs and services, you should not miss this workshop.
For details please visit http://www.afase.com/Workshop.html

Karen Robinson, AFASE at school
www.afase.com karen.robinson@afase.com
905-839-9138


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RADIO SHOW

From a listmate:

I would like to inform your listmates that Dale Goldhawk's radio show on CFRB in Toronto on November 21st will focus on what is happening in Ontario re: autism. The two panelists/parents on the show will be Erla Juravsky, Director, Beecroft Learning Centre as well as Sheila Laredo, whose family is a plaintiff in the Wynberg/Deskin case and who herself is a physician and expert in medical research methodology.

The show will be on the radio at AM 1010 and on the internet at www.cfrb.com on Sunday November 21st at 11am.


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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.  We encourage decisions based on knowledge.  The information brought to you through our "Items Of Interest" does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.  Please submit all correspondence (including submissions and change of email address) to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you

 


November 14, 2004

Re: "Transforming Services in Ontario for People who have a Developmental
Disability," a Preliminary Discussion Paper dated October 2004 and prepared
by the Joint Developmental Services Sector Partnership Table

FOCUS GROUP MEETING
MONDAY NOVEMBER 15TH
10:00 - 12:00
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter office, 3rd floor
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill

RSVP to <asoyork@axxent.ca>

________________________


MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES DISCUSSION PAPER
http://www.bcclnet.com/documents/FINALEnglishTransformationofDSsectordiscussionpaper-Oct13.pdf

INPUT FROM YORK REGION STAKEHOLDERS - FAMILIES, SERVICE PROVIDERS,
AGENCIES, EDUCATORS
URGENTLY REQUESTED

Please consider participating in this important process. YOUR voice WILL be
heard.
Autism Society Ontario is gathering responses and preparing our submission
which will go directly to the Minister.

"The main purpose of [this] document ... is to gather the thoughts and
ideas of people from across Ontario to advance the discussion and to
prepare for a more extensive public consultation that the Ministry of
Community and Social Services will hold on a new plan to transform services
in Ontario for people who have a developmental disability."

Are you able to attend this group discussion session?
Please respond to <asoyork@axxent.ca>

Do you prefer to provide input in writing?
There are seven questions ("Questions for Discussion") starting on page 15
of the document. Please send your
responses to <asoyork@axxent.ca>

Thank you,
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter

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MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES DISCUSSION PAPER
http://www.bcclnet.com/documents/FINALEnglishTransformationofDSsectordiscussionpaper-Oct13.pdf

Topics covered in this paper: Introduction, The Purpose of this Paper, A
Brief History of Developmental Services, Vision,
Principles, Dignity and Respect, Building on Community, Fairness and
Responsiveness, Accountability, Practicality, Sustainability, Challenges We
Face, Roles and Responsibilities, Characteristics of Quality Support,
Models of Funding, Legislation and Policy, Stresses on the Current System,
Questions for Discussion, Appendix A: Partnership Table Membership.

"Questions for Discussion ./15
Ideas and suggestions from all groups or individuals are welcome. The
following questions are offered as a guide for providing your ideas and
suggestions. Feel free to answer any or all questions. You may also provide
suggestions not related to the questions asked here.

1. What should be the roles and responsibilities of different parts of
society in supporting individuals who have a developmental disability?

For example, you may want to consider:

· What are the roles and responsibilities of:
- Individuals who have a developmental disability
- Families
- Governments
- Service providers
- Other parts of society, such as business, faith-based communities and
cultural organizations, service clubs, and voluntary organizations?

· What changes are necessary to encourage the above players to work
together to carry out their roles and responsibilities?

2. What strategies and resources would help individuals receive seamless
supports throughout their lives, including points of transition?

For example, you may want to consider:
- Transition into and out of the school system
- Into employment and through changes in employment
- Into senior years

3. What supports and services that are currently available work well and
should be built on for the future?

For example, you may want to consider:
- Special Services at Home program
- Day programs
- Foundations program
- Individualized funding

4. How should a reasonable level of government funding for an individual be
determined?

5. Services are changing in Ontario for people who have a developmental
disability. What would you like to see happen?

For example, you may want to consider:
- What do you need?
- Why do you need it?
- When do you need it?
- How long do you need it?

6. What do you think are the priorities the government should address?

For example, you may want to consider:
- Housing
- Day supports
- Special Services at Home program
- Creating linkages to other ministries
- Funding for community capacity building
- Funding and support for innovation

7. Is there anything else you would like to say about the ideas in this discussion paper, or ideas not included in the paper that you feel are
important?"

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.  We encourage decisions based on knowledge.  The information brought to you through  our "Items Of Interest" does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.  Please submit all correspondence (including submissions and change of email address) to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
 


November 9, 2005

Autism Society Ontario, Upper Canada Chapter Presents

What Now?!
A Symposium on Raising an Adolescent / Young Adult with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 8 – 10, 2005

Nav Canada Conf. Centre, Cornwall ON

Sample of presentations:

-Secondary School Transitions for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome (Richard Hales)

-Planning for Transition to Employment, Community & Post Secondary Education (Lindsay Moir)

-Panel Discussion On Educational Issues - Please come prepared to ask YOUR questions

-ASD Students in High School - Visual Supports for Meaningful Learning (Sheila Bell)

-Sexuality and People with Developmental Disabilities (David Hingsburger)



Registration must be received ON or BEFORE MARCH 25, 2005.

Early Bird Registration before January 21.


A brochure is available with all the details about the seminars, accomodations, costs and directions.
Contact the Upper Canada Chapter for a brochure (available via email).
Tel: 613-346-5745, e-mail: dkeillar@sympatico.ca

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QUEEN'S PARK RALLY

From Kerry's Place Autism Services

FRIENDS & FAMILY OF CHILDREN WITH "SPECIAL NEEDS" RALLY TOGETHER
LET'S SEND QUEEN'S PARK A MESSAGE!!!

SIMCOE COUNTY AND YORK REGION IS THE ONLY AREA LEFT IN THE ENTIRE PROVINCE
THAT DOES NOT HAVE A CHILDREN'S TREATMENT CENTRE!

THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 23,000 CHILDREN IN SIMCOE COUNTY AND YORK REGION
WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT ON.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22/04 AT 10:30 AM

AT SIMCOE NORTH MPP'S OFFICE
GARFIELD DUNLOP
14 COLDWATER ROAD WEST
ORILLIA

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TOY SHOPPING FUNDRAISER

We would like to thank all of those who participated in our fundraising event at Miko Toy Warehouse.
Your support is much appreciated.
Please mark November 24 - 28th for the next ASO -YRC week at Miko Toy Warehouse.
Miko Toy Warehouse is located at:

60 East Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill

(905) 771-8714

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Remember, you MUST have your receipt stamped by the cashier, and send it in to the ASO York Region chapter office within 3 days.


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GENEVA CENTRE: OPEN HOUSE

Geneva Centre for Autism invites you to
an Open House
To help celebrate 30 years of Service

Friday, December 10, 2004
2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.

Geneva Centre for Autism
112 Merton Street, Toronto

Join us for light refreshments, some holiday cheer
and highlights from our last 30 years

RSVP by November 30th to
Linda Rice: Development@autism.net


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from AUTISM SOCIETY CANADA

Open Letter to the Autism Community from Autism Society Canada
As an organization with a 28-year history of dedication to improving the services and opportunities available to people with autism and their families, Autism Society Canada would like to take this opportunity to let
our community know more about who we are and the work that we do.

To read the full letter, click here:
http://www.autismsocietycanada.ca/en/welcome.html

Louise Fleming
Executive Director/Directrice générale
Autism Society Canada
Société canadienne de l'autisme
613 789-8943
louise@autismsocietycanada.ca
www.autismsocietycanada.ca


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CHAPTER LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The next CLC meeting of the York Region Chapter
of the Autism Society of Ontario will be
November 16, 2004 from 10:00 am - 12:30pm in Room B13.
We welcome all members to join us.
Your ASO membership must be in good standing to attend.
Please RSVP to CenzaN@aol.com by November 11th.

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BARRIE AREA SUPPORT GROUP

The Don't Stand Alone Foundation For Children With Autism invites you to their next monthly Support Group Meeting

We will have a guest speaker for the first half, followed by support time.
The guest speaker will be John Clarke from Behavior Management Services of York & Simcoe discussing strategies and problem solving behavioral
management issues that arise when raising children/adults with autism.

When: Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Time: 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Where: Zehrs Big Bay Point in Barrie
Upstairs in the Community Room (at the intersection of Young St and Big Bay Point road.)

RSVP: Tel # 721-8607 or 424-4527 or by e-mail at dcurrie@sympatico.ca

Visit our Web Page at http://dsaf4.tripod.com/ to learn more about our new charity.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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November 5, 2004

AUTISM IN THE MEDIA
Two-hour special, Sunday Nov. 7th on ABC

Special Home Make-Over

Ty Pennington and the rest of the cast on the popular TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition recently teamed with Abilitations®, an education company specializing in therapy solutions and equipment for children with special needs and learning differences, to renovate a special home. The two-hour special will air at 8 pm (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 7, on ABC.

The show assists families that persevere with courage and generosity despite difficult circumstances. Family members are treated to an
all-expense-paid vacation while their home is remodeled and decorated.

For the upcoming episode, the producers of Extreme Makeover asked Abilitations to provide consultation and equipment to benefit a 12-year-old boy who is visually impaired and autistic. Both of his parents are deaf.

"Autism is one of the largest spectrum disorders we cater to here at Abilitations," said Ilana Danneman, PT, catalog director at Abilitations, a member of School Specialty Inc. "We are always searching for products and designing new ones that assist children living with autism to become more oriented, enabling them to function at their highest level of ability."

Cecilia Cruse, MS, OTR/L, Product Education director at Abilitations and a specialist in sensory processing disorders, and colleague Sue Wilkinson, OT, worked on-site during the week of shooting outside Detroit, MI. The hectic home renovation and filming process is completed in just seven days.  From 50 to 100 workers are on the set at any given time, including designers, landscapers and film crew members.

"The pace is overwhelming, so we did our best to help the staff de-stress and stay positive," stated Cruse. She and Wilkinson taught yoga stretches and provided stress toys or fidgets from Abilitations, based in Atlanta, GA.

""It was one of the hardest, yet most rewarding, experiences of my career," Wilkinson said. At Abilitations "we are incredibly proud of our work to provide solutions for children who possess learning or sensory differences.  We believe learning and therapy is an everyday activity to be integrated into the school, clinic and home environments."

When the family members returned from their week-long vacation, they toured their refurbished home.

The Oct. 3 episode of Extreme Makeover also featured Abilitations products.

For More Information
* School Specialty Inc., online: www.schoolspecialty.com


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Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter presents
Author Thelma Wheatley
'My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism'

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19TH
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
[rescheduled from Tuesday November 2nd due to a publisher's delay]

Meeting Room B13
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
[2 streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge]

Thelma will have a limited number of her books available for purchase at a discounted presentation price. RSVP appreciated but not required to ensure there are enough copies: <asoyork@axxent.ca>

ASO PEEL CHAPTER PARENT PUBLISHES BOOK:
"My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism" is the true-life story of how the author's autistic son, Julian, became suddenly violent, self-mutilating and "psychotic" in his teens. He used to tear the flesh on his face, slam his head against walls, throw himself through windows, and "see" non-existent students jeering at him. The parents tried everything to get Julian under control. Eventually he was put on anti-psychotic medication.


After Julian had a horrific experience on Perphenazine, the parents were desperate until they luckily met Dr Joseph Huggins, a Toronto doctor whose expertise in treating rage behaviours got Julian under control.   Today, at 27, Julian has 4 community jobs and is a loving, loveable young man.  "My Sad is All Gone" is also a book of searing insight into the education of autistic/DC children and into the world of psychiatry. Thelma wrote it entirely in the coffee shops of Port Credit!  Thelma is winner of Cross-Canada Writer's Quarterly Short Story Contest, and has published stories, poetry and articles on autism. She is past-president of Peel Chapter ASO and gives talks about her experience.

"My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism"
ISBN number: 0-9760576-0-3
Order online and support ASO
Visit the Autism Society Ontario website
www.autismsociety.on.ca
Click on the Chapters/Indigo icon, and a portion of each purchase of ANY
item goes to ASO

also available through 'Parentbooks'
1-800-209-9182
www.parentbookstore.com

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PARTICIPATE IN A CLINICAL TRIAL

Child Development Centre, Hospital for Sick Children
Clinical Trial of Fluvoxamine (Luvox) and Sertraline (Zoloft) in Childhood Autism

Families Needed.
Join our EXCITING study happening right now at The Hospital for Sick Children. Volunteers are needed to participate in a research study to determine the effectiveness of these specific medications for some of the difficult behaviours that occur in children with autism. Because of our controlled environment, this is the perfect opportunity for those families who are uneasy about medications. We need children:
. 3 to 10 years of age
. diagnosis on the autism spectrum
. symptoms of anxiety/irritability, compulsive/repetitive behaviours, aggression
. not on medication for behaviour (anti-seizure medication is okay)
. able to visit the Hospital several times during an 11-week period

Please leave a message for the SSRI study coordinator (at the number below) and a member of our research team will return your call.

Becky Young, SSRI Study Coordinator
Phone: (416) 813-7654 ext. 1289

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TUTOR AVAILABLE

In a previous mailing we advised you of this opportunity. Please note the corrected contact information:

My personal email is: susanjwallace@yahoo.ca
My home phone is: 905.737.2097

To Whom It May Concern,
I am emailing to ask about opportunities for tutoring children with Autism.  I am currently working as a special education teacher on the YRDSB Regional Behaviour Team. I have extensive experience working with children  with Autism and other developmental disabilities in all facets of education (e.g. language, communication, mathematics, social skills, behaviour, etc.).  I would like to be able to work at least one week night a week, 1:1 with a child to assist him/her with his/her education. I am available to work in either Richmond Hill, Aurora, or Newmarket. I am wondering if there are opportunities to work with children who have accessed your services. Please let me know.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely, Sue Wallace

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.   We encourage decisions based on knowledge.  The information brought to you through our "Items Of Interest" does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.  Please submit all correspondence (including submissions and change of email address) to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
 


October 29, 2004

AUTISTIC MAN STILL MISSING

Hello everyone:

Please pass this message along to as many people as possible. This man with autism is still missing and wandering somewhere in Ontario. The Halton police are asking for people to do what they can and keep an eye open for Randy Mogridge. Check your backyards and surrounding areas where you live and work - particularly, but not limited to, the GTA. There is a photo of Randy in the link below. There is no reason to be afraid of Randy. The most important thing right now is his health and safety. Please contact police immediately if you see him.

Link to Halton Regional Police Media Releases and photo of Randy at this link:

http://www.hrps.on.ca/data/media/04-10-25-01%20Oak%20-%20Missing%20Autistic%20Man.doc

Thank you very much for your help.

Marg Spoelstra
Executive Director, Autism Society Ontario
marg@autismsociety.on.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca

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SOCIAL GROUPS

Support Transitional Aged Youth
Kerry's Place Autism Services

Homework/Social Groups starting November 3rd. and 4th.,
Newmarket Youth & Recreation Centre, 56 Charles Street.

Grade 9 and 10, every Wednesday, beginning November 3rd. 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm,
Grade 11 and 12, every Thursday, beginning November 4th. 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

These are integrated groups for students with Aspergers and mainstream. The groups will operate from the Newmarket area.
This is a great opportunity for students to receive help with their homework, and help others. The groups will meet once a week for three
hours, the first hour and a half is devoted for homework, and the remaining hour and a half for social activities - whatever the group
chooses to do. Guidance and support is provided by Kerry's Place staff.
Students who need community hours are welcome.

Cost for all Homework/Social Group participants to cover snack and some activities:
November 3, 2004 - February 16, 2005 $30.00
February 23, 2005 - June 1, 2005 $30.00
Students who cannot afford the cost do not have to pay.

Contact person is Dafna Avisar (905) 713 - 6808 x 341

Rock Climbing groups for Adults with Autism and Aspergers
On Tuesdays we will be running 2 different groups,
starting October 19, 2004 - April 26, 2005
2:00pm - 4:00pm Rock Climbing for adults with autism.
5:00pm - 7:00pm Rock Climbing for adults with diagnosis of Aspergers
ages 16 - 25.
Total: $15.00 per session
Contact person is Dafna Avisar (905) 713 - 6808 x 341
Participants who cannot afford the cost can contact Dafna in advance.

Volunteers are welcomed, no charge.


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TUTOR AVAILABLE

Hello List;
The following was received at asoyork. If interested, please contact Sue directly at Susan.Wallace@yrdsb.edu.on.ca
Thanks,
Lynda

To Whom It May Concern,
I am emailing to ask about opportunities for tutoring children with Autism. I am currently working as a special education teacher on the YRDSB
Regional Behaviour Team. I have extensive experience working with children with Autism and other developmental disabilities in all facets of education
(e.g. language, communication, mathematics, social skills, behaviour, etc.). I would like to be able to work at least one week night a week, 1:1 with a child to assist him/her with his/her education. I am available to work in either Richmond Hill, Aurora, or Newmarket. I am wondering if there are opportunities to work with children who have accessed your services.
Please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Sue Wallace, Special Education Teacher
Regional Behaviour Team
EC Newmarket
905-895-7227, 905-727-0022, 416-969-7170
ext. 3324 mailbox 2975
fax: 905-830-9259
"Wallace, Susan" <Susan.Wallace@yrdsb.edu.on.ca>


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GENEVA CENTRE MOVIE NIGHTS

Movie night is on again for this year. September through November and January through May. Movies are held at the Regent Theatre, 551 Mount Pleasant Road. Doors open at 6:30 and movie starts at 7:00 pm. Snacks and drinks are provided and no reservation is needed. For more information, dates, titles please contact Geneva Centre: 416-322-7877

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WRITING SOFTWARE

WordQ software is a writing tool used along with standard Windows word processing software to provide spelling, grammar, and punctuation assistance. It uses advanced word prediction to suggest words for you to use and provides spoken (text-to-speech) feedback. Users of all ages who have problems writing and editing can benefit ...
www.wordq.com
For more information about WordQ please email:
tbrown@quillsoft.ca


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SENSORY CAMP

'Come to Your Senses' - Muki Baum Sensory Winter Camp
December 20 - 24, 2004
Concord location
for more information: 416-630-2222
mukibaum@idirect.com
www.mukibaum.com


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ASPERGER'S BOOK

From: "Kevin Stoddart" <kevin.stoddart@aspergers.net>
Subject: Advance Notice of New Canadian Book on Asperger Syndrome

Children, Youth and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: Integrating Multiple Perspectives

Edited by Kevin P. Stoddart
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Release Date: November 2004
www.jkp.com

This book offers a comprehensive overview of clinical, research and personal perspectives on Asperger Syndrome, including contributions from
parents and experts in the fields of psychology, social work, psychiatry, genetics, sexology and vocational counselling. It includes first-hand
accounts from adults with AS, highlighting their difficulties in areas such as social competence and education. Specialist perspectives on AS,
including sexuality and relationships, finding and keeping employment and anxiety and depression are sensitively addressed. The viewpoints of parents
explore experiences of parenting AS individuals. These varied approaches to living with AS complement the emerging literature on theory, research and
practice in this area. The broad scope of Children, Youth and Adults with Asperger Syndrome guarantees a wide readership among practitioners,
students, parents, young people and adults with AS, educates service providers how to assist people with AS and suggests a model of
interdisciplinary collaboration for administrators and funders.
Kevin is also a member of Autism Society Ontario's Research Committee.

CONTENTS:
Introduction to Asperger Syndrome: A Developmental-Lifespan Approach: Kevin P. Stoddart.

PART 1: CLINICAL AND SERVICE PERSPECTIVES
1. Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome: Rosina G. Schnurr.
2. Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome: M. Mary Konstantareas.
3. Enhancing Academic, Social, Emotional, and Behavioural Functioning in Children with Asperger Syndrome and Non- Verbal Learning Disability:
Barbara Muskat.
4. Tourette Syndrome and Asperger Syndrome: Overlapping Symptoms and Treatment Implications: Trina Epstein and Jennifer Saltzman-Benaiah.
5. Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome: Psychosocial Issues and Interventions: Kevin P. Stoddart.
6. Getting to Work: Helping the Adolescent with Asperger Syndrome Transition to Employment: Gail Hawkins.
7. Sexuality and Asperger Syndrome: The Need for Socio-Sexual Education: Isabelle Hénault.

PART 2: DISCIPLINE-BASED PERSPECTIVES
8. Communication and Asperger Syndrome: The Speech-Language Pathologist's Role: Tracie Lindblad.
9. Integrating Paediatrics and Child Development: Asperger Syndrome and the Role of the Developmental Paediatrician: S. Wendy Roberts and Tamarah
Kagan-Kushnir.
10. Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome: Social Work Assessment and Intervention: Kevin P. Stoddart, Barbara Muskat and Faye Mishna.
11. Medication Use in Children with High-Functioning Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Asperger Syndrome: Leon Sloman.
12. Meeting the Educational Needs of the Student with Asperger Syndrome through Assessment, Advocacy and Accommodations: Georgina Rayner.
13. Sensory and Motor Differences for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome: Occupational Therapy Assessment and Intervention: Paula Aquilla,
Ellen Yack and Shirley Sutton.
14. Psychological Assessment of More Able Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Lillian Burke.

PART 3: THEORETICAL AND RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES
15. Developing a Research Agenda in Asperger Syndrome: Peter Szatmari.
16. In Search of an Asperger Culture: Charmaine C. Williams.
17. Child Social Interaction and Parental Self-Efficacy: Evaluating Simultaneous Groups for Children with Asperger Syndrome and Their
Parents: Leon Sloman and Jonathan Leef.
18. The Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Jeanette Holden and Xudong Liu.
19. Quality of Life for Children with Asperger Syndrome: Parental Perspectives: Anne Fudge Shormans, Rebecca Renwick, Renée Ryan
and HeeSun Lim.
20. Depression and Anxiety in Parents of Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome: Kevin P. Stoddart.

PART 4: PARENT AND PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES
21. Asperger Syndrome: Perceiving Normality: Peter Jansen.
22. From Despair to Hope: A Mother's Asperger Story: Fern Lee Quint.
23. Searching for Home in a Foreign Land: My Discovery of Asperger Syndrome: Donna Moon.
24. Asperger Syndrome: It's a Family Matter: Margot Nelles.
25. Life on the Outside: A Personal Perspective on Asperger Syndrome: Chris J. Dakin.

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through
our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement
by the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
 


 October 29, 2004

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES DISCUSSION PAPER

INPUT FROM YORK REGION STAKEHOLDERS - FAMILIES, SERVICE PROVIDERS,
AGENCIES, EDUCATORS
URGENTLY REQUESTED BY NOVEMBER 15TH, 2004

"Transforming Services in Ontario for People who have a Developmental Disability," a Preliminary Discussion Paper dated October 2004
and prepared by the Joint Developmental Services Sector Partnership Table

Please consider participating in this important process.

"The main purpose of the following document ... is to gather the thoughts and ideas of people from across Ontario to advance the discussion and to prepare for a more extensive public consultation that the Ministry of Community and Social Services will hold on a new plan to transform services in Ontario for people who have a developmental disability."

Are you able to attend a group discussion session?
Please respond to <asoyork@axxent.ca> and we will organize a time/date
within the next 2 weeks. The location will be the Loyal True Blue and
Orange Home building, 11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill.

Prefer to provide input in writing?
There are seven questions ("Questions for Discussion") at the end of the document below. Please send your
responses to <asoyork@axxent.ca>

Thank you,
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter

n.b. As sending attachments greatly encumbers many e-list member's systems as well as our own, the Paper was re-created as text only within this message.The original .pdf document can be viewed on the Ontario Adult Autism Research and Support Network (OAARSN) website: www.ont-autism.uoguelph.ca
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"Transforming Services in Ontario for People who have a Developmental Disability," a Preliminary Discussion Paper dated October 2004 and prepared by the Joint Developmental Services Sector Partnership Table.

Introduction: the Purpose of this Paper
The government has worked with families and communities for more than 50 years to create supports and services for people who have a developmental disability. Today, most of these supports and services are funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and delivered primarily by approximately 370 board-operated, non-profit, developmental services providers.

Because of this support, people who have a developmental disability usually have far more opportunities to participate in the community than in the past. Still, there is a great deal of work to do. Many people and their families do not receive all the support they need. Changes in life, such as birth or graduation from school, are usually happy and exciting times for families. For families of a person who has a developmental disability, these often become times of worry, disappointment and struggle. Because people do not always get the support they need, they are often not able to take part in community activities. People sometimes live lonely lives without much to do. Many people have no opportunity to share their personal talents with others in society or contribute to their community.

Government continues to spend more and more money to provide supports to people who have a developmental disability to address these issues. The available supports are still inadequate to enable families and individuals to cope with the challenges that they face every day of their lives. On May 18, 2004, the Ontario Budget announced that "the Province will be transforming services for people who have a developmental disability in order to create an accessible, fair and sustainable system of community-based supports."

Following this announcement, the Ministry of Community and Social Services invited a group of provincial organizations to form the "Joint Developmental Services Sector Partnership Table". The Partnership Table has representatives from self-advocate, family and service provider associations and the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

The Partnership Table has prepared this discussion paper to raise questions that are intended to help people share their own ideas. The Partnership Table will use this paper to consult with their members and other interested parties. Feedback on this discussion paper will help the Ministry to prepare a draft plan to transform services in Ontario for people who have a developmental disability. Once a draft plan has been prepared, the Ministry will hold a broad public consultation about the draft plan. Through this consultation, they will invite comment and talk to individuals, families, people who provide supports and services, and other people from other parts of society.

The ideas in this document are presented for the purpose of discussion only and do not represent proposed directions or policy on the part of the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

This document contains a list of questions. Following is a shortened version of the questions presented as an introduction to this discussion paper. [see expanded questions below]

1. What should be the roles and responsibilities of different parts of society in supporting individuals who have a developmental disability?

2. What strategies and resources would help individuals receive seamless supports throughout their lives, including points of transition?

3. What supports and services that are currently available work well and should be built on for the future?

4. How should a reasonable level of government funding for an individual be determined?

5. Services are changing in Ontario for people who have a developmental disability. What would you like to see happen?

6. What do you think are the priorities the government should address?

7. Is there anything else you would like to say about the ideas in this discussion paper or ideas not included in the paper that you feel are important?

A Brief History of Developmental Services
Before the 1950s, few community services existed for people who had a developmental disability. The choices at that time were to live in an institution away from one's family and community or to live in the community, usually with one's parents, with little or no formal support.

By the 1950s, family advocacy groups had started to emerge across the province. These families began to ask why the kind of services available in the institutions could not be provided for their sons and daughters that lived at home. As the family groups and the associations they formed grew through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, they worked with government to create a variety of programs: special education programs, sheltered workshops, group homes, recreation and respite programs, to mention just a few. Also during the 1970s, people who had a developmental disability began to organize to ensure that they had a say in how services and supports evolved. The first provincial self-advocacy group, People First Ontario, formed in 1981.

Originally, most programs were funded by the Ministry of Health which operated the 16 large institutions that existed at the time and which also funded the emerging community services. Over time, the number of community-based services increased considerably. By 1974, it was clear that community-based services would be the option of choice for the future and the Ministry of Community and Social Services took over responsibility for Developmental Services.

The government began to reduce the number of people living in institutions in the 1970s. In 1987, the Ministry of Community and Social Services released a plan for the future of Developmental Services, Challenges and Opportunities: Community Living for People with Developmental Handicaps.  This plan was to create community services throughout Ontario to support people who had a developmental disability. Challenges and Opportunities also set a plan for closing all the institutions in Ontario within 25 years. On September 9, 2004, the Minister of Community and Social Services announced that the three remaining institutions for adults who have a developmental disability would be closed by March 31, 2009.

Many of the services we rely on today were created at a time when families were still asking the question, "Why can't the services available in the institutions be provided for people who live in the community?" While based in the community, many of the emerging programs were modeled on those previously available in the institutions and, as a result, contained institutional elements in their design. Service providers have worked to redesign programs, to keep them up to date with changing expectations; change, however, has sometimes been difficult.

Many of the early community-based programs were created to provide people with a safe place to live or spend their day under the care and supervision of a service delivery agency. Some programs were designed to assist people to develop greater independence that would eventually lead to the person being included in regular community settings and activities. For many, these programs continue to provide valuable services and are the preferred option for support.

Many other individuals and families are looking for support options that start with inclusion. There has been a growing demand for programs such as inclusive education, supported employment and a range of more individualized approaches, including an individualized funding model. Many families and individuals welcome the security and certainty that can come from participation in traditional community-based services. For others, individualized funding (where funding is given directly to the individual or family) is seen as an essential mechanism for enabling citizenship as they feel it allows an individual or family to purchase support in the community and to have greater control of their lives without having necessarily to participate in traditional programs. The Ministry provides funding directly to families through the Special Services at Home program and a few pilot programs.

Access to individual life planning has long been seen as an important feature of service delivery as it is a way of directing the delivery of supports and services to best meet the needs of an individual. For a growing number of people, independent planning that is not tied to a service delivery agency is seen as an important way of connecting people to community resources and supports.

Families and individuals continue to have different preferences with respect to how they receive funding and services - whether through traditional services or individualized funding. Regardless, families and individuals want to be assured that they will receive the support they need when they need it. This assurance has been referred to in different ways: entitlement, "as-a-right" funding or mandatory funding. For government, the question is, what is a reasonable level of support for an individual and how can this be determined?

Changes in Developmental Services in recent years have been influenced by a focus on citizenship. Today it is recognized that people who have a developmental disability have all the rights of other citizens to participate in their community. In the past it was the responsibility of the person who had a developmental disability to change in order to "fit in" to community. Today we recognize that society also has a responsibility to change in order to support all its citizens and remove any barriers to participation in community.

In recent years, the government has introduced policies and legislation that support the idea of citizenship. For example, The Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) was passed in 2001. This act recognizes the citizenship rights of people who have disabilities and works to remove and prevent barriers that would keep people from participating in society. The idea of citizenship and enabling people to have control over what they do with their lives was central to an agreement struck by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Social Services Ministers in 1998. The agreement, titled In Unison: A Canadian Approach to Disability Issues, outlined a vision of full citizenship and full participation for people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society. The document also recognized the role of government and all other segments of society in supporting the citizenship rights of people with disabilities.

The vision of citizenship, as described by In Unison, matches the vision that many see for Developmental Services in Ontario. To build on the work of the In Unison agreement, the Joint Developmental Services Sector Partnership Table has adapted the vision of In Unison to guide this consultation process.

Vision
Persons with disabilities participate as full citizens in all aspects of Canadian society. With commitment from all segments of society, persons who have a developmental disability will maximize their independence and enhance their well-being through access to required supports and the elimination of barriers that prevent their full participation. (Adapted from In Unison: A Canadian Approach to Disability Issues, 1998)

This vision affirms the importance of full participation in society for persons with disabilities. It recognizes the need for specialized services for people who have a developmental disability in order to make sure they have the same opportunities as other Canadians.

Principles
Changes in Developmental Services and supports will need to be based on a clear set of principles. Following are principles that have been proposed by the Partnership Table.

Dignity and Respect
· Recognition and respect for the citizenship rights of people who have a developmental disability.
· Recognition of the dignity that comes from people planning and making important decisions about their own life.
· Respect for people's faith and culture in the provision of services.
· Respect for an individual to receive services in French in all areas of the province designated under the French Language Services Act. [Since the proclamation of the French Language Services Act in 1986, the government has been working with families, communities, associations and service providers to provide quality services in French in all designated areas of the province.]

Building on Community
· Recognition that community is able to provide the things that a citizen needs to participate in society and that a person who has a developmental disability might need support in accessing these community resources.
· Commitment to involve stakeholders, particularly individuals who have a developmental disability and their families in the planning, policy development, implementation and monitoring related to supports and services for people who have a developmental disability.

Fairness and Responsiveness
· Equitable access to funding and supports so that people with similar needs receive comparable levels of support across the province.
· Funding for supports and services that is fair, responsive and flexible, and that provides certainty for individuals, families, service providers,
and government.
· Funding for supports that is portable. This means funding that allows the person choice in where and with whom they live or who provides the supports, moves with the person if they move from one community to another within the province and is responsive to transitions in a person's life (e.g. moving away from a family home, becoming a senior citizen).

Accountability
· Recognition that all sectors of society are responsible to make sure that people who have a developmental disability receive the support they need to participate in the community and that barriers to participation are removed. This includes families, governments, business people, service clubs, community organizations, citizens, and others.

· Access to appropriate independent appeal mechanisms for people who have a developmental disability for the funding they receive.

· Commitment to the most effective use of resources, including community, government and family resources.

· Accountability of government and service providers to provide quality and choice to recipients of service.

· Evaluation of Developmental Services based on the quality of personal outcomes for people receiving support.

Practicality
· A developmental services system that is easy for individuals and families to understand and navigate.

· Transformation of Developmental Services based on the things we have learned in Ontario and other places about the best ways to support people
who have a developmental disability to participate in society as full citizens.

Sustainability

· Sustainable supports that offer flexibility and increased choice, and that stimulate innovation and creativity within available resources.

· A system that is sustainable to inspire confidence and provide certainty and reliability for individuals, families, and service providers.

A system that recognizes that government funding is not unlimited and that sets priorities.

Challenges We Face
The following will look at areas of change that the Partnership Table has considered for discussion including:
Ø Roles and Responsibilities
Ø Characteristics of Quality Support
Ø Models of Funding
Ø Legislation and Policy
Ø Stresses on the Current System

Roles and Responsibilities
Changes in Developmental Services have moved through phases:

1. an institutional phase -
institutions responsible for the care of individuals;

2. a community services phase -
community service agencies responsible for the care and support of individuals;

3. a citizenship phase -
all parts of society have a responsibility to ensure that supports are provided and barriers to community participation
are removed.

Through each of these changes, the number of people with roles and responsibilities has grown as people have become increasingly connected to their community and the participation of families in an individual's life has often increased. Today, we are calling on all members of society to participate in supporting individuals who have a developmental disability.

This suggests that clarification is needed with respect to roles and responsibilities.

Characteristics of Quality Support
The Partnership Table has discussed five characteristics to describe quality supports and services. Such characteristics might be used to guide changes to the existing services and to assist in the creation of new supports and services.

These characteristics are presented for discussion:

§ sufficient -
adequate to meet the needs of the individual;

§ secure/certain-
available for as long as the support is needed;

§ individualized - f
unded and delivered in a way that meets the individual strengths, needs, interests, goals and relationships of the person;

§ accessible -
available when needed and easy to understand; and

§ portable -
funding that allows the person choice in where and with whom they live or who provides the supports, moves with the person if they move from one community to another within the province and is responsive to transitions in a person's life (e.g., moving away from a family home, becoming a senior citizen).

Models of Funding
The demand for services and support is greater than the supply. Waiting lists are lengthening. Additional funding provided over the past five years has quickly been absorbed. And some people in similar circumstances receive different levels of support.
Some people have been pressing for more individualized funding as a way of achieving more choice and control over the supports and services they receive. Others express satisfaction with the current transfer payment model for service delivery. Some prefer a combination of both models.

Legislation and Policy
The Developmental Services Act, which guides the allocation of most of the government funding in Developmental Services, was enacted in 1974 and has since been amended. It was designed to support the types of services that were emerging at the time it was created. Likewise, many of the existing regulations and policies under which the Ministry operates were developed to support the community-based system of services as envisioned in the 1970s.

Stresses on the Current System
The current support system is under extraordinary stress. Demands for services continue to grow, as do waiting lists, and funding for wages and other costs have not kept pace with inflation.

Questions for Discussion
The material in this document is intended to provide an overview of the history and some of the current challenges facing Developmental Services.  It also suggests a Vision and a set of Principles that might be used to guide future changes. The main purpose of this document, however, is to gather the thoughts and ideas of people from across Ontario to advance the discussion and to prepare for a more extensive public consultation that the Ministry of Community and Social Services will hold on a new plan to transform services in Ontario for people who have a developmental disability.

Ideas and suggestions from all groups or individuals are welcome. The following questions are offered as a guide for providing your ideas and
suggestions. Feel free to answer any or all questions. You may also provide suggestions not related to the questions asked here.

1. What should be the roles and responsibilities of different parts of society in supporting individuals who have a developmental disability?

For example, you may want to consider:

· What are the roles and responsibilities of:
- Individuals who have a developmental disability
- Families
- Governments
- Service providers
- Other parts of society, such as business, faith-based communities and cultural organizations, service clubs, and voluntary organizations?

· What changes are necessary to encourage the above players to work together to carry out their roles and responsibilities?

2. What strategies and resources would help individuals receive seamless
supports throughout their lives, including points of transition?

For example, you may want to consider:
- Transition into and out of the school system
- Into employment and through changes in employment
- Into senior years

3. What supports and services that are currently available work well and should be built on for the future?

For example, you may want to consider:
- Special Services at Home program
- Day programs
- Foundations program
- Individualized funding

4. How should a reasonable level of government funding for an individual be determined?

5. Services are changing in Ontario for people who have a developmental disability. What would you like to see happen?

For example, you may want to consider:
- What do you need?
- Why do you need it?
- When do you need it?
- How long do you need it?

6. What do you think are the priorities the government should address?

For example, you may want to consider:
- Housing
- Day supports
- Special Services at Home program
- Creating linkages to other ministries
- Funding for community capacity building
- Funding and support for innovation

7. Is there anything else you would like to say about the ideas in this discussion paper, or ideas not included in the paper that you feel are
important?

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Appendix A: Partnership Table Membership

Membership on the Joint Developmental Services Sector Partnership Table includes designated representation from:

· the Provincial Network on Developmental Services (Community Living Ontario, Faith/Culture, Great Lakes Society, Metro
Agencies Representatives Council, Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs)
· People First Ontario
· Family Alliance Ontario
· Ministry of Community and Social Services

Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS):

Participation House Support Services London and Area
George Braithwaite President
Brian Dunne Executive Director

Community Living Ontario
Keith Powell Executive Director
Gordon Kyle Policy Analyst

Faith/Culture

Christian Horizons - Central District
Paul Burston

L'Arche Ontario
John Guido Regional Coordinator

Reena
Stanley Kugelmass

Metro Agencies Representatives' Council (MARC)
Community Living Toronto
Agnes Samler Executive Director
Ken Harvey

Great Lakes Society
Developmental Services Leeds & Grenville
Geoff McMullen Executive Director
Bethesda Services
Brian Davies Executive Director

Francophone representative
Salwa Kouzam President Association pour l'intégration sociale d'Ottawa

Family Alliance Ontario
Stan Woronko
Jan Burke-Gaffney
Sandra Barbadoro

People First
Peter Park
Richard Ruston

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Kevin Costante, Deputy Minister
Cynthia Lees, Assistant Deputy Minister, Program Management Division
Lynn MacDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Social Policy Development
Myra Wiener, Director, Developmental Services Branch
Christine Hughes, Manager, Developmental Services Branch

Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Jessica Hill, Deputy Minister

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Thank you


October 29, 2004

DONATE YOUR HBC REWARDS TO ASO!

ANNOUNCEMENT – PUBLIC I.D. # 6480636

Autism Society Ontario – York Region Chapter is proud to announce a new partnership with Hbc Rewards Community Program. Because of their generosity and commitment to “strong and healthy communities”, the Hudson’s Bay Company is committed to “giving back through initiatives such as the Hbc Rewards Community Program”. Diane Gordon, Director of Community Investment for Hbc adds, “When communities get the support they need, everyone benefits”.

You can now take an active role in our chapter by donating effortlessly to our chapter - all you have to do is shop!!

GETTING STARTED

1) You must be an Hbc Rewards member. If you’re not sign up at www.hbcrewards.com

2) Go to www.hbcrewards.com/community

3) Donate to a community group

4) Enter our Public ID #: 6480636

5) Decide how many points you would like to donate

The great thing about this program is the flexibility. You can donate as many as all your points for a year or as little as 5% for 6 months. It’s up to you!

You can also earn up to 50% more points when using your Hbc Credit Card and Rewards card at the same time. The Hbc family includes The Bay, Zellers, Home Outfitters, Esso, Thrifty Rental Car, Travelodge, Hbc Rewards Long Distance and CIBC.

The goal of this fundraising endeavor is to accumulate gifts for fundraising events and supplies for ASK Camp.

We at ASO – YRC are very excited about this exciting partnership and encourage you to give us your support.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Cenza Newton
President

Autism Society Ontario – York Region Chapter

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October 27, 2004

ASPERGER'S PARENT SUPPORT GROUP

Kerry's Place Autism Services - Community Services, York Region/Simcoe County

Asperger's Parent Support Group

NEXT MEETING DATE:
THURSDAY October 28th, 7:00 PM
34 Berczy St., Aurora
1st Floor Boardroom

Facilitator: Rose Ann Punnett, Autism Consultant
Tel: (905)713-6808 Fax: (905)841-1461
Email rpunnett@kerrysplace.org

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Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
is pleased to host
EVENING YOGA CLASSES
for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Autism

Beginning in January 2005, Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
will be adding EVENING SESSIONS to the well attended Thursday morning Yoga classes.

8 weeks, January - February 2005
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Dates:
Wednesday January 5
THURSDAY January 13
Wednesday January 19
Wednesday January 26
Wednesday February 2
Wednesday February 9
Wednesday February 16
THURSDAY February 24

Location: Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill
Meeting Room B13
Cost: $ 80.00 for 8 weeks
Register: e-mail "Azure Yoga" <azureyoga@neptune.on.ca>
Payment: make cheque payable to 'Katy Bennett' and mail to:
Autism-York
11181 Yonge St. # 303
Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2
Attn: Yoga Registration

Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or large bath towel, small pillow
and blanket! Class size is limited to 15 participants.

Katy Bennett of Azure Yoga will be instructing the Hatha Yoga classes to
provide stress relief, relaxation and assistance on ensuring self care for
parents/caregivers of childrens with autism. Herself the mother of a child
with autism, Katy brings her understanding of our unique stressors and the
importance of 'taking care of the caregiver'.

Katy has 5 years of yoga background and has obtained 200 hours of teacher
training experience through the Esther Myers Yoga Studio and Four
Directions Yoga Studio. Hatha Yoga is the practice of asanas (yoga
postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditations . Hatha Yoga
is derived from two Sanskrit words: Ha - sun, and Tha - moon. Hatha Yoga
is a balance and integration of opposites: positive and negative, active
and passive, left and right. We all need balance in our lives. This is
an excellent way to obtain balance, stillness of the mind and an
opportunity for self care.


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Autism Today Bimonthly Newsletter
http://www.autismtoday.com/newsletters/newsletter_10_15_04.htm

Sample Contents:
~ Ultimate Learning - Tips for Parents and Teachers
This article is the first in a continuing series written by cardiologist
and software developer, Dr. Jeffrey Weisman....

~ Autism Todays Online Education Series Presents Dr. Temple Grandin
Come and hear about what is new in the world of autism treatments from
someone who has lived the autistic experience. Temple will delve into
sensory/sensitivity issues, challenges with language & learning, and the
unique ways that people with autism ....

~ A Look at Sensory Integration: When Kids Are Out of Sync With Their
Surroundings
A Look at Sensory Integration therapy created to help children process what
they see, hear or feel has its proponents. But others want to see the
proof......

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Autism Talk and Walk
Open House & Information Night

By Who: National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)

Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaun, McMaster University

Dr. Wendy Roberts, Hospital for Sick Children

Lisa Gallipoli, National Walk Director
National Alliance for Autism Research

When: November 29th - 6:00 - 8:00PM

Where: Metro Hall
55 John Street, Meeting Room 308

Registration: Please confirm attendance through email to
Nimi Nanji-Simard
Toronto Area Director, NAAR - Canada
nnanji-simard@naar.org

Refreshments will be served

www.naar.org
www.autismwalk.org
Register for our first Walk F.A.R. for NAAR taking place at Mel Lastman Square on May 15, 2005
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October 22, 2004

MOTHER & DAUGHTER SPA DAY
 
'In support of Siblings Network' invites Mothers & Daughters Together to A Special Spa Day.
Sunday November 14th 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
(for mothers and their teen daughters who have a sibling with special needs)
 
30 Birch Avenue Toronto, Ontario (Birch is South of Summerhill Subway off Yonge on west side, street parking available)
Pre-Registration required by November 3rd Contact Tracey O'Regan at Community Living Toronto 416-968-0650 ext 2251

 Kosher Luncheon provided by 'Fine Touch Catering' (please provide your own lunch if you have food restrictions)

Time together for relaxation, unique arts and crafts, Yoga, Henna and other Spa activities

$30.00 fee for mother and daughter ($10.00 for each additional daughter) full payment required by November 10th due to limited space. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or mat.

Rose Ann Punnett, Autism Consultant
Kerry's Place Autism Services - Central East
905-713-6808 ext 312

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BEHAVIOUR INSTITUTE WORKSHOP
 
NEW WORKSHOP SERIES IN ABA-BASED SUPPORTED INCLUSION Offered by The Behaviour Institute http://www.behaviourinstitute.com

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FUNDRAISER FOR "FINDING THE WAY"
 
Benefit for Children with Autism
Location: La Gondola Banquet Hall 227 Bowes Rd, Concord, ON
When:
Sunday, November 7, 6:00pm
Tickets: $100.00 per person.
Phone: 905-669-2436

Please join us in a night of food, dancing and fun.  All proceeds will help provide services such as ABA to children with autism
at Finding The Way Inc.
 
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YOGA AND SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAMS
 
 5-7 year olds with Special Needs 
 
Saturday, November 6 - 27/04  
10:30 -11:15 am
 $20. per class, subsidy available

 10-12 year olds (ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome)
 
Saturday, November 6 - December 11
 11:30am - 12:30pm
 $20. per class, subsidy available

 10520 Yonge Street, Suites 23/24 (Richmond Heights Plaza)
 905-508-YOGA(9642)
movementfromwithin@rogers.com
 
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Hello everyone,

You are invited to this event, offered by Guelph Services for the Autistic and Waterloo-Wellington Autism Services. It will be of interest to families looking ahead.

The workshop is free, but you should pre-register.

The basic information is below, but click on this link for a lovely flyer that you could print and share with others:
http://www.ont-autism.uoguelph.ca/GSA-Nov1-workshop-flyer.pdf

Guelph Services for the Autistic & Waterloo-Wellington Autism Services  offer a Facilitated Workshop on Autism and Community
including discussion of ideas of a farm community and centre of autism service and expertise

Date: Monday, November 1, 2004
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Ignatius Centre/Orchard Park, 5420 Hwy 6 North, Guelph. in the
CMHA Boardroom (full details will be provided when you pre-register)
Facilitated by Bruce Kappel

Read more about  this idea and meeting at this site:
http://www.ont-autism.uoguelph.ca/FCC-vision-2004.html
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ASDFarmCommunityandCentre/

~Open to all interested~
Pre-Registration Required by October 25:
Please contact Elizabeth Bloomfield at
ebloomfi@uoguelph.ca or (519) 823-9232

We hope you can join us!
 

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Thank you!
 
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October 21, 2004

ASK CAMP SURVEY:

Dear Chapter Members and ASK Camp Families,

Planning is already underway for next years' ASK Camp 2005!

We - Janet and Paul Kalmykow - are the new ASK camp coordinators for the upcoming year. Our mission is to be able to match the accomplishments of the outgoing camp co-coordinator, Kathryn Everest, who did an amazing job in helping make the camp one of the premier autism day camps in the province - well done Kathryn! Kathryn will continue working with us to develop a specialized addition to the camp for higher functioning ASD youth.

PLEASE SEND IN YOUR RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING THREE QUESTIONS:

In order to help us in planning for next year's camp, we would like to ask if you could forward to us (just as a survey, its not binding):

1) Would you like your child to attend ASK camp for next year (please include your name and name of your child)?

2) Ideally, how many weeks would you like to send your child to camp next summer (if there were no constraints)?

3) Are you interested in working on the ASK Camp Committee or a subcommittee (like fundraising)?

Please forward your response to paulkalmykow@yahoo.ca

As part of our analysis of this years camp, we worked together with Jasna Tome, the chapter treasurer, as well as Kathryn, to determine the actual cost per week - in accommodation, salaries, attractions, transportation and other sundries - of the camp for each child. Here are the results:

Total cost to run the camp in 2004 : Approximately $93,000.00
Total salary expense: Approximately $71,000.00, or 76% of the total expense
Total volunteer hours by camp committee, camp supplies fundraising committee, staffing/hiring/training committee, bingo committee, regal fundraising committee: Hundreds of unpaid hours

Total cost per week of a one-to-one child/staff ratio camper: approximately $750 per week
Total cost per week of a two child to one staff ratio camper: approximately $516 per week

Therefore, based on our established fee levels of ($325 one to one) and ($225 two to one), our subsidy to each child per week is:

One to one: $425 per week
Two to one $290 per week

Therefore, if you send a child to the camp for the maximum 8 weeks, you will receive a subsidy of $3,400.00 on camp costs if your child requires 1:1 supervision or a subsidy of $2,320 if your child requires 1:2 supervision. These costs are covered by the chapter's bingo proceeds (led by Mary Merlihan and Garry Young) and the camp fundraising committee (Robin, Kathryn, us, and 4-5 dedicated chapter members). These members have put in incredible amounts of time and overtime to ensure that parent fees are affordable for the camp; but we will need more contributions in time and/or funds from camp parents to ensure the camp continues to be properly financed without burning out the few members that are actively involved in raising funds.
Over the next month, we will be sending out another e-mail detailing how we hope to restructure and strengthen the fundraising effort, in order to continue funding the camp properly and assuring its future.

Best Regards,
Paul & Janet Kalmykow
ASK Camp Coordinators


October 19, 2004

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AND FUNDRAISING - THIS WEEK!
Ready to get started on some Christmas shopping and help your local ASO at the same time?

Our chapter invites you to shop at MIKO TOY WAREHOUSE

October 20 – 24 (for you early starters) and

November 24th – 28th.

It’s fun and easy!

· When checking out, have your receipt stamped by the cashier for “fundraising”.

YOU MUST HAVE YOUR RECEIPT STAMPED!!

· Send in all receipts within THREE (3) days to:

Autism Society Ontario –York Region Chapter
11181 Yonge Street Suite 303
Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2

· Mark “MIKO” on the envelope

Miko Toy Warehouse is located at: 60 East Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill
(905) 771-8714

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Now you have two fabulous opportunities to shop for the holidays and support our chapter! Money well spent.

(If you haven't already received one, flyers are available at chapter office.)

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PROFESSIONALS AND AUTISM

This is from a source in the USA, but may be of interest: "Ensuring that Your Child's Assessors, Teachers, and Aides Have Appropriate Education, Training and Experience in Autism"
http://www.aboutautismlaw.com/sample_chapter.html

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KERRY'S PLACE AUTISM SERVICES

From: "Dafna Avisar" <davisar@kerrysplace.org> Support Transitional Aged Youth
Kerry's Place Autism Services

* ROCK CLIMBING GROUPS FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM AND ASPERGER'S On Tuesdays we will be running 2 different groups, starting October 19, 2004 - April 26, 2005

2:00pm - 4:00pm Rock Climbing for adults with autism.

5:00pm - 7:00pm Rock Climbing for adults with diagnosis of Asperger's ages 16 - 25.

Contact person is Dafna Avisar (905) 713 - 6808 x 341
* Volunteers are welcomed.
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HOMEWORK/SOCIAL GROUPS, GRADE 9-12

* By the beginning of November we will be starting 2 Homework/Social Groups, for grade 9 and 10, and for grade 11 and 12.

These are integrated groups for students with Aspergers and mainstream. The groups will operate from the Newmarket area.
This is a great opportunity for students to receive help with their homework, and help others. The groups will meet once a week for three hours, the first hour and a half is devoted for homework, and the remaining hour and a half for social activities - whatever the group chooses to do. Guidance and support is provided by Kerry's Place staff. Students who need community hours are welcome.

Cost for all Homework/Social Group participants to cover snack and some activities:

November 3, 2004 - February 16, 2005 $30.00
February 23, 2005 - June 1, 2005 $30.00

Students who cannot afford the cost can let me know, we can work around it.

Support Transitional Aged Youth
Kerry's Place Autism Services
Aurora, Ontario
(905) 713 - 6808 x 341
davisar@kerrysplace.org

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PARENT TO PARENT QUESTION:

"Do any of the parents know of a good bar mitzvah teacher for my high functioning ASD son? He's 8 now but I'm told I need to start early because of his challenges."

Please respond to Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter <asoyork@axxent.ca> for our database of community resources, and the information will be passed along to the inquiring family.

Thank you

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VERBAL BEHAVIOUR

Hi everyone,

If you aren't already aware of this site, you can watch a free 53 minute presentation by Vince Carbone on Verbal Behaviour once linked to the site below. Other resources are also listed. Apologies if this is old news. It may be new for some of you, or you may wish to forward it to those who might be interested.

http://www.verbalbehaviornetwork.com/

Margaret Spoelstra

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.   We encourage decisions based on knowledge.   The information brought to you through our "Items Of Interest" does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.   Please submit all correspondence (including submissions and change of email address) to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
 


October 17, 2004

Please note that the survey in question will follow in a separate email.

Hello ASO Members,

About a month ago, ASO had an opportunity to meet with staff from the Provincial Auditor's Office regarding the provincial IEIP (formerly the preschool IBI) program. We suggested to them that our members would be interested in providing direct feedback. So please find attached an opportunity to offer your opinion through the attached survey. It is important that you use the attached document so the data can be easily retrieved and quickly compiled by their office. (For any of you who find you lose a completed form when completing it on-line, open the attachment first, save it on your desktop (or other easily retrievable file location), then type in your responses, save the document again and attach it to an email that you send directly to Laura Bell - see details below. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.

Wednesday, Oct 20 is the absolute deadline.

Thanks in advance to all of you who take time to respond. Your opinion counts.

Marg

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Hi Margaret,
Thanks again for helping us with a quick survey of the chapters in Ontario.

I have attached the survey that Jim McCarter (the Provincial Auditor) has put together. It is a short survey and should not take too much of anyone's time to complete.

The purpose of the survey is to get a flavor of what your members/chapters feel about the program, how it could be improved and how it is utilized at present.

In case you are forwarding this e-mail directly to your chapters I thought that I would just quickly explain who we are and why we are asking questions about the autism program. The Office of the Provincial Auditor is an independent legislative office that reports directly to the Legislative Assembly. Under the Audit Act, the Public Accounts Committee of the Legislature can request, via a committee motion, that we examine a program or issue. On April 8th, the Committee passed a motion that our Office examine specific issues within the Ministry of Community and Social Services/Ministry of Children and Youth Services Intensive Early Intervention Program for Autism. I have attached the link to the PAC debates as follows:

http://www.ontla.on.ca/hansard/committee_debates/38_parl/Session1/accounts/P012.htm

We hope to table our report on the above matter by November 4th. (so far either October 28th or November 4th have been mentioned as possibilities).  As a result we would like your survey response by Wednesday October 20th.  Could those who are completing the survey via e-mail send their responses directly to me at: Laura.Bell@opa.gov.on.ca

Thanks again for your help!

Laura Bell
Audit Manager
Office of the Provincial Auditor
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For your convenience, and because it is difficult to send attachments to such a large group of people, please see the email which will directly follow this one - it will contain the survey only. Please complete the survey and send it to Laura Bell before Wednesday.

Thank you.


October 15, 2004
NEW SUPPORT GROUP/INFORMATION SESSIONS

"Children Diagnosed with ASD in Ontario: Strategies and Help for Families with Preschoolers"
Bring a lunch and your questions to 11181 Yonge Street, Suite 303. This is a service provided to you by the Regional Support Leader Program, funded by Trillium and sponsored by Autism Society Ontario York Region Chapter 905-780-1590
$5 charge at the door

Tues, Oct 19 10:00 to 1:00pm "Emotions, Stress and Anxiety: Care & Feeding of the Caregiver" How to take care of yourself, understanding and coping with reactions of others including grandparents, in laws and the community. Spousal conflict, how to network, asking for help, siblings needs - balancing it all while maintaining your sanity! This session is appropriate for all.

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ROCK CLIMBING

From Kerry's Place Autism Services - Central East

Rock Climbing will resume on October 19th from 5 - 7 pm in Newmarket. This session is scheduled to run until May 2005.

Dafna Avisar is the contact person this year. She can be reached at 905-713-6808 ext 341. Please feel free to give her a call with your questions and to register.

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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

New supports for children with autism now in place across Ontario

TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - The McGuinty Government has implemented a wide range of new supports for families of children with autism, from a child's first assessment, right through their school years, Minister of Children and
Youth Services Dr. Marie Bountrogianni announced today.
"We are moving from a system that focused on the most severe cases to one that is more universal," said Bountrogianni. "These new preschool and school-
based services are helping children and youth with autism gain skills and confidence that lead to greater independence."

Beginning this fall, new supports for families of children with autism include:

- Teachers who have children with autism in their classroom have access to 75 newly hired autism consultants to help them support the children in the classroom.
- Double the number of Transition Coordinators, from 13 to 26, help children move smoothly from preschool programs into schools.
- More therapists and psychologists will be able to provide Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI) to 20 per cent more preschool-age children;
- New guidelines will enable more children to be assessed sooner so they can take advantage of preschool supports.

"Taken together, these supports will go a long way toward removing barriers for children and youth with autism," said Margaret Spoelstra, Executive Director of Autism Society Ontario and a member of the expert
working group that helped shape the new programs. "These supports will also position Ontario to become a leader in this field, both nationally and internationally."
"Since announcing earlier this year that the government will double its spending to $80 million to enhance autism services, we have moved quickly to make sure that meaningful new supports are available for children and parents this fall," said Bountrogianni.

Backgrounder
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NEW SUPPORTS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

The Ontario government has put in place a range of new and expanded supports for children with autism and their families. These services are designed to help a child with autism develop essential skills in the preschool
years, then progress to school where those skills can be applied and reinforced in a structured, social setting.
The government announced in March 2004 a new plan to support children with autism and their families, doubling spending on autism services to approximately $80 million. By expanding preschool services and creating
meaningful new supports in school, the government is providing more universal support for children with autism, not only for those at the most severe end of the spectrum. These new and expanded supports will help provide a better future for Ontario's children with autism.

Expanded IBI therapy for preschool-age children
The Preschool Intervention Program for Children with Autism provides a range of supports to families, including Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI). IBI is an early intervention therapy most effective in preschool-age
children, helping them develop basic skills, including communication and behaviour control. IBI is an intense, individual therapy delivered by trained therapists, supervised by clinical psychologists.
The government is expanding the availability of IBI to preschool-age children with autism by spending $10 million to hire new therapists throughout the province. As of October 7, 24 new therapists have been hired and many more will be hired later this year. With these new professionals, 20 per cent more preschool-age children will be access to IBI therapy.
In addition to IBI, the government provides a variety of supports to preschool-age children with autism and their parents:
- Parent resource materials
- Training and workshops for parents to help ready their child for IBI
- Referrals to other programs offered by the government or community agencies that provide specialized support for children with special needs (e.g., speech and language pathology, occupational therapy and children's mental health services)

Earlier assessment and support
New assessment guidelines have been put in place to ensure that more preschool children are assessed sooner. With earlier assessments, children and parents will know whether IBI is an appropriate therapy for that child and can begin to take advantage of the other preschool supports, training and referrals much sooner than in the past.

Transitioning smoothly into school
The government has increased the number of Transition Coordinators across the province from 13 to 26 to help children move smoothly from preschool programs into the classroom and other community settings such as child care
centres. Transition Coordinators work directly with parents and educators to develop individual plans that meet the social, communication and behavioural
needs of children with autism as they enter school.

New support in the classroom
The government is committed to helping children with autism spectrum disorder progress from basic skill development in their preschool years to greater independence in their school years. A new group of professionals, called Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultants, has been created to enhance educators' knowledge and skills to help children with autism learn in the classroom.

Through the newly created School Support Program - Autism Spectrum Disorder, consultants will:
- Be available to publicly-funded school boards;
- Train teachers, principals, educational assistants, special education teachers;
- Provide training based on principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA);
- Be hired and employed by each of nine regional autism programs across the province;
- Typically be veteran teachers or behavioural experts with specific experience working with children with autism.

As of October 7, 2004, 75 Autism Consultants have been hired, half of the expected total of approximately 150 by March 2005. The consultants currently in place can provide support to educators who have children with autism in their classroom. As new consultants are hired they will be able to spend even more time with educators.
A working group of professionals from the autism community and the education system provided advice on how the new School Support Program should be implemented. Academics, researchers, educators and advocates representing families of children with autism worked together to help the ministry develop the program.

Disponible en français www.children.gov.on.ca

For further information: Andrew Weir, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159;
Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services,
(416) 325-5156

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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.   The information brought to you through  our "Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.  Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address) to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.

Thank you


October 15, 2004

"ASD-CARC Autism Research Program"
autism@post.queensu.ca

Literacy and ASD

Purpose of the study: The purpose of this study is to examine the reading and writing skills of children with ASD and factors that influence their development. We hope this information will be helpful for parents and professionals in making informed decisions about literacy and ASD.

Who can participate? We invite parents who have a child with ASD between the ages of 3 and 19 to participate. Parents are eligible to participate no matter how well their child with ASD can read or write. If you also have children without ASD in your family, you may choose to fill out the questionnaire a second time for one child without ASD (preferably the child who is closest in age to your child with ASD. Whether you choose to complete the questionnaire once or twice is up to you. The time needed to complete each questionnaire is approximately 20 minutes.

If you wish to participate, you can complete a web version of the questionnaire by clicking on http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=56275634022  or typing the web address into your web browser.

Thank you for considering participating in these studies!

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Kay Raining Bird, PhD, Professor, Dalhousie University
&
Jeanette J.A. Holden, PhD, Professor, Queens University and Program Director, ASD-CARC

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FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE

Open House, Sunday October 24th, 1:00 p.m.
The Family Resource Centre for pre-school children with special needs and their families
Promenade Mall, Suite 313
RSVP 905-882-8509

Are you looking for social or recreational programs? We are here to listen. Help us develop the programs you would like to see. Meet our new Outreach
Coordinator Fran Chodak, M.S.W. Join us for craft, circle & light refreshments. You are invited to stay for more fun during our regular drop-in program 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

No charge and open to the community.

The Family Resource Centre is a project of the Bathurst Jewish Centre and Jewish Family and Child Services.


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HOW TO COMPLAIN EFFECTIVELY
presented by Ombudsman Ontario

This interactive session will include:
. learning skills to complain more effectively,
. how Ombudsman Ontario can help solve problems with provincial services & learning how to make changes so others are treated fairly

When: Thursday November 18th 2004, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre
(MacMillan site @ 150 Kilgour Road)

Parking: regular parking rates apply at meters (there is heavy construction in area)
Cost: parents $5.00 and professionals $10.00

Childcare: NOT available
How to register: by phone (Pamela Kearns @ 416-425-6220, ext. 3310) or
e-mail (info@bloorviewmacmillan.ca)


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With regards to the following, posted in a previous Items of Interest, a parent has given us some feedback:

WORKSHOP: ATTACHMENT-ENHANCING PLAY THERAPY

From: Professional Development Services, Thornhill <pdservices@rogers.com>
Dr. Evangeline Munns, PhD.,C.Pysch.
Director of Play Therapy Services,

Blue Hills Child and Family Services, Aurora, ON
October 20, 2004
Metro Central YMCA (20 Grosvenor St. Toronto)
Fee: $ 150.00
Registration information: 416-788-1977, <pdservices@rogers.com>

Please let parents know that Melissa Shlanger had Dr. Munns as her therapist when she was between the ages of four and six. Dr. Munns is well known for play therapy and for theraplay with children. She literally opened the door for Melissa and made her aware of herself and her world. Please let parents know that Dr. Munn's work shop is a must to see.

Rhonda and Art Shlanger

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COMPUTER SOFTWARE

From: "Autism Today" <news@autismtoday.com> Subject: 'Ultimate Learning' for Children with ASD

We would like to introduce you to 'Ultimate Learning' - an exciting new computer software system that has been developed by Dr. Jeffrey Weisman (father of a 6 year old child with autism). This software teaches language, communication and social skills to children on the autism spectrum.

Press the link below to read more now: http://www.mcssl.com/app/adtrack.asp?AdID=94271

Dr. Jeffrey Weisman, a cardiologist, and father of a 6 year old daughter with autism, is enhancing children's problem solving and social interaction skills by introducing them to thinking specific activities available through a dynamic new computer software series called 'Ultimate Learning'.

Press below now to read the full story:http://www.mcssl.com/app/adtrack.asp?AdID=94271

This computer software is already helping many people worldwide, we hope that you too will have a chance to use
this software and take advantage of it's many benefits.

Sincerely,
The Autism Today Team

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Dear ASO York Region Chapter;
Art and I would like to thank the chapter with all our heart for supporting Melissa and allowing her to speak to the chapter. This will hopefully give her the confidence she will need for the symposium in November.
Thanks so much. Rhonda Shlanger
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The "Items Of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our
"Items Of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement by
the Autism Society Ontario.
Please submit all correspondence
(including submissions and change of email address)
to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca.
Thank you
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October 15, 2004

Hello List;

Workshop Reminder - Limited space available.
Shirley typically charges $150.00 for this interactive full day session. We have been extremely fortunate this year to secure corporate funding to support this workshop, GREATLY reducing the cost to you.
Please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Sincerely,
ASO-York

SENSORY INTEGRATION:
'MAKE & TAKE' WORKSHOP
Instructor - Shirley Sutton, Occupational Therapist

DATE Saturday November 6, 2004
TIME: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
COST: $ 40.00 ASO Members
$80.00 Non-Members
LOCATION: Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED
Limited to 40 Participants

COST INCLUDES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
* Take home Sensory Kit!
* Manual!
* Refreshments!
* Lunch!

'Make & Take' is a series of 5 mini workshops dealing with sensory, oral and fine motor skills for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Many items and a 40+ page manual are included with the Sensory Integration 'kits'.

Who Should Attend? Parents teachers, mediators, educational assistants and 'hands-on' therapists!

Shirley Sutton is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience working with clients with special needs, from infants through teen years.  Her specialty training areas include early intervention, developmental disorders and sensory integration. She brings extensive clinical experience from a wide variety of settings, including consulting work with the Geneva Centre for Autism, two private therapy centres, several community living associations, and early intervention programs. Shirley co-authored the book 'Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration', 'Occupational Therapy for Children with Autism and other Pervasive Disorders' and the workbook 'Learn to Print and Draw: A Visual -Kinesthetic Approach'. Her private practice is located in Collingwood, Ontario
(705-445-8069)

TIMELINE
9:00 to 9:30 Registration
9:30 to 11:00 Workshop # 1 SENSORY FUN
11:00 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:20 Workshop # 2: LEARNING THROUGH ORAL MOTOR PLAY
12:20 to 12:40 Lunch (provided)
12:50 to 1:10 Workshop #3 EARLY FINE MOTOR FUN
1:10 to 1:20 Break
1:20 to 2:25 Workshop #4 MORE FINE MOTOR FUN
2:25 to 3:25 Workshop #5 STARTING TO PRINT & DRAW
3:25 to 3:40 Wrap Up and Evaluation

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REGISTRATION BY MAIL ONLY, complete below and mail with payment to:
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
11181 Yonge St. # 303
Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2

SENSORY INTEGRATION - 'MAKE & TAKE' WORKSHOP
Instructor - Shirley Sutton, Occupational Therapist
Saturday November 6, 2004

Name:
Address:
E-mail address:
Phone:
Payment enclosed by cheque ___ or credit card ___
ASO Member Rate $ 40.00
Non Member Rate $ 80.00

For Visa or MasterCard payments:
Name on card
Card Number
Expiry Date

Registration to be confirmed by e-mail. Receipts will be included with your
Sensory Kit and Manual.
 


October 8, 2004

CANCELLED: NOVEMBER 2, 2004 10:00 - 12:00

Presentation to be rescheduled at a later date due to the publisher's printing/delivery delay.
Rescheduling details to follow.
 
Regrets for any inconvenience,
Autism Society - York
 
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter presents
Author Thelma Wheatley
'My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism'
Tuesday November 2nd
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
CANCELLED
Meeting Room B13
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
[2 streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge]

PEEL CHAPTER PARENT PUBLISHES BOOK
My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism,  Lucky Press, Fall 2004, luckypress.com  is the true-life story of how the author's autistic son, Julian, became suddenly violent, self-mutilating and
"psychotic" in his teens. He used to tear the flesh on his face, slam his head against walls, throw himself through windows, and "see" non-existent students jeering at him.  The parents tried everything to get Julian under
control.  Eventually he was put on anti-psychotic medication.  After Julian had a horrific experience on Perphenazine, the parents were desperate until they luckily met Dr Joseph Huggins, a Toronto doctor whose expertise in
treating rage behaviours got Julian under control.  Today, at 27, Julian has 4 community jobs and is a loving loveable young man.
My Sad is All Gone  is also a book of searing  insight into the education of autistic/DC children and into the world of psychiatry.  Thelma wrote it entirely in the coffee shops of Port Credit!  Thelma  is winner of Cross-Canada Writer's Quarterly Short Story Contest, and has published
stories, poetry and articles on autism.  She is past-president of Peel Chapter.  She gives talks about her experience. 
Contact:
orchard@ica.net.  Tel: 416-763-4408
To order her book: 
www.booksurge.com,  Fall 2004.
Available in bookstores.  (In Parentbooks in Toronto.):  ISBN number:   0-9760576-0-3.


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WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!
 
Autism Society Ontario is seeking parent contributions for a new resource manual. For more information or to send your perspective, please e-mail asoyork@axxent.ca
Thank you

Information on telling your child about his/her diagnosis
· What factors do you think are important to consider in deciding whether or not to tell your child about his/her dx. 
· How do you know when your child is ready to hear this
· If you decide not to tell your child, how do you handle the risk that he/she will find out from someone else 

Information on bullying 
· How do you prepare your child to face the possibility of being bullied
· How have you supported your child when he/she was confronted with a bully (school, playground, etc.) 
· What did you tell your child, how did you prepare him/her to confront the bullying situation when/if it happened 
· How did you interact with people in authority to stop the bullying situation (school staff, parents of the bully, etc.) 

Information on confronting / living with labels
· How did you adjust to accepting the label of ASD 
· How do you view labels (a necessary evil, a medical identifier, something that takes away individuality, all of the above?) 
· if you were asked by a parent new to the journey of ASD what value there is in labeling your child, what would you tell that parent?


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RESPITE INFORMATION FAIR FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

Respite Information Night, York Region
November 3, 2004
REENA: Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre
927 Clark Ave., Vaughan
(south side of Clark, south of the Promenade Mall)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS IN YOUR AREA?
What is respite?
Who is eligible for respite?
How do you find services?
Who provides services?
Where is service provided?
What kinds of services are available?
Who covers the cost?
If you would like answers to any of the above questions, come out to our
Respite Information Night, York Region

Exhibitors will include a variety of respite providers in York Region,  Ministry of Community and Social Services and Ministry of Children's Services and representatives from Special Services At Home (SSAH) Advisory
Committee.

Special Presentations by:
The Community Response Coordinators and the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children's Services At 7:30 pm The Community Response Coordinators will be presenting an overview of the Community Needs List.
At 8:00 pm The Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children's Services will provide an overview of their funding programs. 
A short question period will follow the presentation.

Sponsored by the York Region Respite Committee

 
 
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SCHOOL BOARD AUTISM CONSULTANTS
 
Autism consultants in place for school boards this fall: government spokesperson
Monday, October 4, 2004 - Natalie Miller

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services is aiming to have autism consultants available to every school board in the province this fall, says
a ministry spokesperson.

Educators can access consultants to learn techniques to better support children in the classroom who have autism, says Andrew Weir, spokesperson for Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, minister of Children and Youth Services.

"There has been a very positive response from schools boards and the autism
community," says Weir.

"It's going to provide new expertise" to educators.

In an interview with Family Net in December, Dr. Bountrogianni said the government was looking at the services children receive during the pre-school years to integrate those with what they receive after age six.
One of the highest-regarded therapies children may receive prior to their school years is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy. Weir says this
therapy will be at the core of the consultants' teachings.

"The underlying principles are based on ABA," he says.

In March, Dr. Bountrogianni announced a $120-million investment in supports and services for children with autism. Part of the money was targeted towards enhancing educators' skills so they could better assist children with autism in the classroom.

"The government's plan will strengthen direct services to children and youth from pre-school age through high school, provide more resources for
parents and invest in autism research and training so that Ontario has more professionals with leading-edge knowledge to help our children," said Dr. Bountrogianni in the news release.

Weir says the minister formed a working group of members from both the autism community and educational professionals, which made recommendations to the ministry. "We're following through with the commitment made in March
to put autism supports in the school boards," Weir says.

Community agencies are posting advertisements in local newspapers calling for consultants. The consultants are employed by the respective community agency. "The hiring is happening, the training is happening," Weir notes.
Positions "are being filled across the province."

The spokesperson says it is then up to the principals, teachers and educational assistants in the province's schools to call on consultants'
expertise. Given the fact educators had input during the consultation process, Weir is optimistic they will access this new resource.

 
 
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KENNETH POPE TELECONFERENCES
 
 1. Teleconference Dates
2. Toronto Seminar Date

Save On Taxes, Protect Inheritances And Maximize Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Benefits
 
Disability and Estate Planning Teleconference with Kenneth C. Pope, LL.B, TEP

Kenneth C. Pope is an Ottawa-based lawyer with a province-wide practice devoted to trusts and disability issues. He is offering a one-hour teleconferencing opportunity on Tuesday and Wednesday October 12th and 13th, from 7 to 8 p.m. There is no charge to participate however you will be required to cover the cost of the long-distance call.  Attendance is limited to ten participants per session.
 
Topics:
· How can parents provide for their children even after they are gone?   Do you have a Will with a Henson Trust in it?
· How can your child with a disability become eligible for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)?
· How can ODSP payments be increased from $708 to $930 ?
· How can families living with a disability benefit from the disability tax credit?  How can claims be made for years as far back as 1985 if applicable?
· How can families benefit from the caregiver provision on income taxes?
What about payments for back years?

To register for this teleconference, call: (613) 567-8675 or 1-866-KEN-POPE (1-866-536-7673).

On-Site Seminar Tuesday November 9th with Kenneth C. Pope, LL.B, TEP
Hosted by the Schizophrenia Society, East York Chapter Kenneth C. Pope is presenting a one-hour seminar on  beginning with refreshments at 7 p.m.  The seminar will take place at the Doctors' Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, E Wing, Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH), 825 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto.  

To find out more information please contact Ken Pope's law office at, (613) 567-8675 or 1-866-KEN-POPE (1-866-536-7673) or,  alisonmq@on.aibn.com

Feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested.    www.kpopelaw.ca
 
 
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The "Items of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents

of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.

We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our "Items of Interest"

does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.

Please submit all correspondence, including changes of email address, to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca

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October 8, 2004

AUTISM SOCIETY OF ONTARIO

YORK REGION CHAPTER

 

CHAPTER AND SUPPORT GROUP MEETING - September 28, 2004

 

PRESENT:

Lynda Beedham, Cindi Buick, James Co, Liz Cohen, Tracey Doncses, Jenny Donnell, Kathryn Everest, Marlene Goudie, Simone Hubers, Clare MacDonald, Mary Merlihan, Cenza Newton, Kathy Pelaia, Kelly Pipitone, Aliya Rahim, Arthur Shlanger, Melissa Shlanger, Rhonda Shlanger, Robin Spataro, Crystal Tancredi, Brenda Wynne

 

1)  A WARM WELCOME to all was made by our new President, Cenza Newton.

           

Cenza introduced the Chapter Executive:

 

Cenza Newton, President

Bruce McIntosh, Vice President (regrets)

Brenda Wynne, Secretary, ASK Camp Fundraising-Regal

Jasna Tome, Treasurer (regrets)

Cindi Buick, Past President

 

And the Chapter Leadership Council:

 

All Chapter Executive and

 

Kathryn Everest, SEAC Rep YRDSB, past Camp Coordinator, Camp Committee

Paul Kalmykow, SEAC Rep YCDSB and Co- Camp Coordinator (regrets)

Janet Kalmykow, Co-Camp Coordinator, Camp Fundraising Committee and Regal (regrets)
Mary Merlihan, Bingo Coordinator

Aliya Rahim, former ASK Camp Staff member, private therapist pursuing post grad studies in Psychology and/or Social Work

Linda Beedham, Regional Support Leader and Chapter Volunteer

Liz Cohen, Regional Support Leader, Chapter Volunteer and founder of bbbautism.com

 

The Chapter can have a Leadership Council of 12 positions.  The position of Camp Coordinator is shared by Janet and Paul Kalmykow.

 

Introductions were then made by those present. 

 

2)  ASK Camp Review:

 

Kathryn Everest gave a review of ASK Camp 2004.  It was another successful summer at ASK Camp, perhaps the best on record. 

 

Special mention was given to Robin Spartaro, Kathy Pelaia, and Julie Panakos for their great efforts in fundraising that enabled them to purchase ‘lots of stuff’ for camp.   THANK YOU.  

 

Also, a BIG THANK YOU to Sandra Little, assisted by Ross Strowger, who put together a terrific group of counsellors for camp and to the wonderfully talented and committed counsellors of ASK CAMP 2004.

 

For next year, Kathryn will be focussing on creating a new pilot program specifically for 15 to 19 year olds who need 2 on 1 support.  The goals of the program are:

Help kids get their volunteer hours for high school

Provide a work experience

Build employment skills and

Still have some Camp fun.

 

 

3) York Region Chapter Needs:

 

I)  The Chapter is needing CLC or other member volunteers for the following Co-ordinator positions:

York Region Chapter Volunteer Co-ordinators.  A small committee to recruit and track volunteer activities.

York Region Chapter Fundraising Co-ordinators.

ASK Camp Fundraising Co-ordinator(s)

Rotary Art Auction (e-bay) Co-ordinator

Public Service Announcement Co-ordinator

II) Public Service Announcement for local papers.  The Chapter is in need of a ‘catchy slogan’ to use in media announcements.

III)  Our two Regional Support Leader positions will expire as of March 2005.  These positions were made possible through a Trillium grant.  The Chapter is looking for volunteers to assume these roles. 

 

 

4) Chapter Happenings:

 

Our Regional Support Leaders, Liz Cohen and Lynda Beedham are holding workshops throughout the fall and winter.  Visit  http://www.bbbautism.com/rsl.workshops.htm for the schedule of events.

Yoga begins on  October 7th, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m  for parents and caregivers of people with autism.  Proceeds to the chapter and classes are being held at:
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill
Meeting Room B13

Scroll through http://www.bbbautism.com/news.york.htm to find registration information or email  asoyork@axxent.ca

Many ‘Points’ programs offer an option to direct points to a local charity. ( ex. Future, HBC Rewards, Miko Toy Warehouse).  When setting up this donation or for any other donation direct them to:

Autism Society Ontario – York Region Chapter

OR

Autism Society Ontario – York Region Chapter-ASK Camp

 

11181 Yonge St. # 303
Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2
905-780-1590
Charitable Registration No. 11924 8789 RR0001

United Way donations can often be directed to a charity.  Use the information in III) above to direct your dollars to ASO – YORK.

Tracey Doncses has volunteered to lead a Cycle Event in York Region in 2005.  More to come on this great event. Thanks Tracey. 

 

 

5) Announcements /Information Sharing

 

October is Autism Awareness Month. Although the chapter does not have any formal event planned this year, it does have access to videos and handouts for anyone interested.  The chapter will begin to plan an event  in August 2005 for  October 2005.

The Provincial Fundraising Gala in being held on Fri. October 22, 2004.  See Items of Interest.

SEAC Training is being held by the Provincial Chapter for all chapter SEAC representative.  Cenza and Liz will be attended from York.

Aurora Skating Club has volunteered support for our children to participate in skating.

Reach for the Rainbow is a volunteer organization that can assist with your child at extracurricular outings.

Kerry’s Place is running Sib Groups. See Items of Interest.

Toronto Metro Zoo admission can be halved for our kids and parent/caregiver’s are free.  When visiting the zoo, don’t miss out on this great deal.

The Toonies for Autism event planning in underway for April 2005.

 

6) Presentation by Melissa Schlanger

 

Those in attentance we wowed by the presentation given by Melissa.  Melissa told us about the struggles and accomplishment of her life so far.  She has completed her Esthetician studies and has opened her own spa ‘Esthetics by Melissa’.  Melissa will be doing this same presentation at the Autism Symposium in November.  YOU GO GIRL!!

           

Anyone wishing to contact Melissa for esthetics can do so at 905-707-0960

 

 

NEXT CHAPTER AND SUPPORT GROUP MEETING IS:  November 23, 2004


October 6, 2004

FALL INSTITUTE ON AUTISM
Presented by
Autism Society Ontario - Halton Chapter and H.A.R.T.

Non-Members: Each seminar is $5.00, payable at the door.
NO ADVANCED REGISTRATION

A copy of the workshop Calendar/Brocure can be found at Web site: http://www.asohalton.org/Calendar20Brochure.pdf
Please see the website for details.

Location: Holy Trinity Catholic School
2420 6th Line, Oakville

1. Current Issues In Special Education
Presenter: Lindsay Moir (Comhnadn Consulting)
Date: Wednesday, October 13th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

2. Bullying
Presenter: Scott Graham
Date: Wednesday, October 20th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

3. Create and Take
Presenter: Jackie Gorven (H.A.R.T.)
Date: Wednesday, October 27th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

4. Development of Reading Comprehension for ASD children
Presenter: Leslie Broun
Date: Wednesday, November 3rd
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

5. Teaching Organizational Skills
Presenter: Paul Thompson
Date: Wednesday, November 10th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

6. The Role of a parent in a child's behaviour therapy program
Presenters: Julie Cole, Ginny Pearce, Cindy Faria & Nancy Morrison
Date: Wednesday, November 17th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

7. "Multi-disciplinary" approach emphasis on biomedical treatments
Presenter: Cynthia Zahoruk (FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF AUTISM CANADA FOUNDATION)
Date: Wednesday, November 24th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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OAFCCD ANNUAL CONFERENCE
(Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders)

I am pleased to confirm that Jessica Hill, Deputy Minister of the Ministry
of Children and Youth Services, will be speaking at the OAFCCD Annual
Conference entitled, "Helping Children with Communication Disorders Succeed at School". The Deputy Minister will be providing information on the new Ministry of Children and Youth Services..

The OAFCCD Conference is for families of children with communication
disorders and professionals who provide support. The Conference will be
held on Saturday, October 23rd, 2004 at Harmony Hall in Toronto. The
Conference invitation and registration form are attached.

The one day Conference will also feature, Professor Genese Warr-Leeper from the Department of Communicative Disorders, University of Western Ontario, Lynn Ziraldo, Chair of the Minister's Advisory Council on Special
Education, and Jaqueline Sprecht, Associate Professor, Faculty of
Education, University of Western Ontario.

Alison Morse, Provincial Co-ordinator, OAFCCD
Rhonda Jacobson, President, OAFCCD
Website: www.oafccd.com


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FREE WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

The Parents as Partners workshops are designed for parents of children transitioning into JK/SK who have been identified with special needs, including autism, speech and language problems, physical or developmental disabilities. The workshops will feature information on school and community services, and activities that will help parents prepare for an effective partnership with school staff.

The workshops are offered at no cost to families. For more information or to register, please call the Early Years Centre at (905)883-6901, register by email or by fax. Space is limited -- register early to avoid disappointment.

Workshop One: "Getting Your Special Needs Child Ready for School: Planning for Kindergarten 2005"
Wednesday, October 27th, at 9:30-11:00 am
Richmond Hill, Ontario Early Years Centre - Oak Ridges Riding,
10610 Bayview Avenue (south of Elgin Mills)

Workshop Two:
"Strategies for Effective Partnerships: Communicating for Success"
Wednesday, October 6th, at 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Thornhill at the Ontario Early Years Centre
7755 Bayview Avenue
(northeast corner of Bayview & John)
or
Saturday, December 11th, 9:30-11:00 am
Richmond Hill at The Loyal True Blue and Orange Home,
11181 Yonge Street (north of Elgin Mills)
Room B13

Workshop Three:
"The Kindergarten Program: Supporting Students with Special Needs"
Wednesday, December 1st, at 9:30-11:00 am
Richmond Hill, Ontario Early Years Centre - Oak Ridges Riding,
10610 Bayview Avenue (south of Elgin Mills)

Workshop Four:
"Special Education: Understanding the Process & the Role of Parents"
Thursday, September 30th, at 7:00-8:30 pm
Richmond Hill, Ontario Early Years Centre - Oak Ridges Riding,
10610 Bayview Avenue (south of Elgin Mills)
or
Saturday, October 2nd, 9:30-11:00 am
Richmond Hill at The Loyal True Blue and Orange Home,
11181 Yonge Street (north of Elgin Mills)
Room B13

Workshop Five:
"The Individual Education Plan: Developing Plans that are Useful for Students and Parents"
Wednesday, November 24th, at 7:00-8:30 pm
Richmond Hill at The Loyal True Blue and Orange Home,
11181 Yonge Street (north of Elgin Mills)
Room B13

To register for upcoming workshops, please email parentsaspartners@apraxia.ca or call 905.883.6901 ext. 703


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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AND FUNDRAISING

Ready to get started on some Christmas shopping and help your local ASO at the same time?

Our chapter invites you to shop at MIKO TOY WAREHOUSE
October 20th – 24th (for you early starters) and
November 24th – 28th.

It’s fun and easy!

· When checking out, have your receipt stamped by the cashier for “fundraising”.

YOU MUST HAVE YOUR RECEIPT STAMPED!!

· Send in all receipts within THREE (3) days to:
Autism Society Ontario –York Region Chapter
11181 Yonge Street Suite 303
Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2
· Mark “MIKO” on the envelope

Miko Toy Warehouse is located at:
60 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill
(905) 771-8714
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Now you have two fabulous opportunities to shop for the holidays and support our chapter! Money well spent.

(If you haven't already received one, flyers are available at chapter office.)

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The "Items of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents

of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.

We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our "Items of Interest"

does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.

Please submit all correspondence, including changes of email address, to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca

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September 26, 2004

TV INTERVIEW
 
Peel Chapter past-president Thelma Wheatley, author of My Sad Is All Gone, A Family's Triumph Over Violent Autism, Lucky Press, Fall 2004, 289 pages,  is being interviewed on Rogers TV Channel 10 on Monday September 27 at 5:30pm, on the program, "Peel Living".  Thelma is the first Canadian parent to publish a book on raising an autistic child and the first world-wide to write about violence & self-mutilation in an autistic child from a  parent's view-point.  Interview takes place in the coffee shop in Port Credit where Thelma wrote her book!

More info, from our September 17th Items Of Interest e-newsletter:
 
PEEL CHAPTER PARENT PUBLISHES BOOK

My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism,  Lucky Press, Fall 2004, luckypress.com  is the true-life story of how the author's autistic son, Julian, became suddenly violent, self-mutilating and "psychotic" in his teens. He used to tear the flesh on his face, slam his head against walls, throw himself through windows, and "see" non-existent students jeering at him.  The parents tried everything to get Julian under control.  Eventually he was put on anti-psychotic medication.  After Julian had a horrific experience on Perphenazine, the parents were desperate until they luckily met Dr Joseph Huggins, a Toronto doctor whose expertise in treating rage behaviours got Julian under control.  Today, at 27, Julian has 4 community jobs and is a loving loveable young man.
My Sad is All Gone  is also a book of searing  insight into the education of autistic/DC children and into the world of psychiatry.  Thelma wrote it entirely in the coffee shops of Port Credit!  Thelma  is winner of Cross-Canada Writer's Quarterly Short Story Contest, and has published stories, poetry and articles on autism.  She is past-president of Peel Chapter.  She gives talks about her experience. 
Contact: orchard@ica.net.  Tel: 416-763-4408
To order her book:  www.booksurge.com,  Fall 2004.
Available in bookstores.  (In Parentbooks in Toronto.):  ISBN number:  0-9760576-0-3.

 
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter presents
Author Thelma Wheatley
'My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism'
Tuesday November 2nd
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Meeting Room B13
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
[2 streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge]

 
 
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GIANT STEPS - NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Giant Steps/Toronto a therapeutic/educational centre is now accepting applications for admissions for the 2004 - 2005 school year.

The mission of the school is to prepare elementary age students with Autism Spectrum Disorder to be a part of their community school within their own age appropriate classroom.

We support our students through Academics, Music Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Play/Social Skills training.

Our trained program assistants support our students back in their neighbourhood school so all skills learned are generalized.

If you are interested in the program please contact:

Colleen Smith
Executive Director
Tel. (905) 832-5270
Email: giant.steps@on.aibn.com


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OMBUDSMAN ANNUAL REPORT

http://www.ombudsman.on.ca/pne.asp

See Addendum:  Review of the investigation into waiting lists and services delays in the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Intensive Early Intervention Program for Children with Autism.
It has now been officially released and can be accessed this way.
June 17, 2004  -  11:00 a.m.  The Ombudsman for Ontario, Clare Lewis, has just held a press conference at Queen's Park to release his 2003-2004 Annual Report. 

If  you click on the link above, it will bring you to the page where you can download the Ombudsman report regarding IBI waitlists.
 

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The "Items of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents

of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.

We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our "Items of Interest"

does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.

Please submit all correspondence, including changes of email address, to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca

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September 24, 2004

WEB CHANNEL

 

Dan Marino Foundation Launches First Web Channel for Autism
www.childnett.tv  September 1st, 2004.

The Dan Marino Foundation has recently launched Childnett.tv, the first 24-hour web channel dedicated to families living with autism and other neurological disorders.
Childnett.tv is an internet access web channel that broadcasts interactive programming 24 hours a day, seven days week via the internet.
 

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FAMILY LIFE CENTRE PROGRAMS
 
from Jennifer Baker
Family Life Education Co-ordinator
http://www.f-l-c.ca
<fle@f-l-c.ca>

We are a social service agency offering individual, couple, family and
child counseling, as well as group and school-based programs. If you would like to find out more about these programs or know of anyone who could benefit from these services, please call (905) 895-2371 or toll free at 1-888-223-3999.
           
Group programs offered by the Family Life Centre (Richmond Hill - Newmarket- Bradford)
 
Men's Anger Management
A 12 week anger management program for men that helps members understand and deal with their anger in more constructive ways

Positive Parenting Skills.
A 6 week program focused on helping parents learn positive ways to think about and act on their child's behaviour, communicate more effectively and learn positive approaches to discipline.
 
The Challenge of Anger for Women.
A twelve week program focused on  understanding your anger and learning new skills to constructively manage anger.

Teen Anger Management.
A twelve week anger management program for teens and their parents. The focus for the teen anger group is on teaching skills in anger management and communication, while the parent portion centers on learning how to help and support their teen in managing their anger.
 
Couple Communication
A 4 week program aimed at assisting couples in learning effective
communication and conflict resolution skills.

Stress Management and Assertiveness Training.
An 8 week program that teaches practical ways to cope with daily stresses, and how to communicate with others effectively.

Single Again (for men and women).
Separation and divorce can be a painful and overwhelming experience, but they can also lead to growth and new beginnings. This twelve week program you assist you in making that transition in a warm and supportive group environment.
 
Changes In Our House.
An 8 week program for children and parents to help with the challenges and changes within the family due to divorce and separation. Parents learn
strategies to assist children in adjusting to the new family dynamic, while
children work on developing positive coping strategies.

Women's Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Training.
An 8 week program dedicated to understanding self-esteem and its impact, learning how to maintain healthy relationships, and how to communicate thoughts and feelings to others effectively
 


 

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WORKSHOP: ATTACHMENT-ENHANCING PLAY THERAPY

 

From: Professional Development Services, Thornhill <pdservices@rogers.com>
 
Dr. Evangeline Munns, PhD.,C.Pysch.
Director of Play Therapy Services,

Blue Hills Child and Family Services,
Aurora, Ontario

October 20, 2004
Metro Central YMCA
20 Grosvenor St. Toronto

Fee: $ 150.00
Registration information: 416-788-1977, <pdservices@rogers.com>
 

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Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
presents
YOGA FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

8 consecutive Thursday mornings in October and November
Start date October 7th
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill
Meeting Room B13

Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or large bath towel, small pillow and blanket!
Class size is limited to 15 participants
Cost: Introductory price $ 50.00 for this 8 week module (some fee subsidy may be available from ASO-York by confidential request)

Register by e-mail to <
asoyork@axxent.ca>
 
Beginning in the month of October the Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter will be offering Yoga classes to parents/caregivers of children with autism.
 
Katy Bennett of Azure Yoga will be instructing the Hatha Yoga classes to provide stress relief, relaxation and assistance on ensuring self care for parents/caregivers of childrens with autism. Herself the mother of a child with autism, Katy brings her understanding of our unique stressors and the importance of 'taking care of the caregiver'.
Katy has 5 years of yoga background and has obtained 200 hours of teacher training experience through the Esther Myers Yoga Studio and Four Directions Yoga Studio.  Hatha Yoga is the practice of asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditations .  Hatha Yoga is derived from two Sanskrit words:  Ha - sun, and Tha - moon.  Hatha Yoga is a balance and integration of opposites:  positive and negative, active and passive, left and right.  We all need balance in our lives.   This is an excellent way to obtain balance, stillness of the mind and an opportunity for self care.

 

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DISABILITY TAX CREDITS

 

From:  John Dowson Ch lp

Executive Director of LifeTRUST Planning
dowson@rogers.com      www.life-trust.com

Did you know that by September 1st, 2004 there are only 122 days left to claim past Disability Tax Credits, before they expire forever? The Income Tax Act allows people with disabilities or their caregivers who have not claimed the Disability Tax Credit to reassess their income tax returns back to 1985. On December 31st the new 2004 federal budget will cut off back filing beyond 10 years.  This means that people with disabilities or their caregivers will lose up to 9 years of past tax credits.

People with disabilities or their caregivers, who have not claimed the Disability Tax Credit, should claim it now. It could save them thousands of dollars in income taxes they have already paid. More than 3 Million Canadians have a mental or physical disability and depend on someone for
support. A dependent or caregiver may be a senior caring for a disabled spouse or common-law partner, a child caring for a disabled parent, or grandchild, grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece or nephew. Any one of these dependents or their caregiver are eligible to file for this tax credit. However many of these people are unaware of its very existence.
If you or someone you care for has a mental or physical disability that is severe and prolonged you may claim $6,279 on your 2003 income tax return.  Additionally, if they are under age 18, you may claim a supplement which
provides for tax credits that are 50% greater. If you have never claimed this credit you can file back to 1985, BUT ONLY UP UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST OF THIS YEAR. 

Qualifying for the Disability Tax Credit is the yardstick that allows you or your caregiver to make further claims for a number of other tax credits, deductions, and programs, such as;  child disability benefits, education and tuition fees, attendant care, private nursing, private hospital, aids
to daily living, dentures, hearing aids, prescription drugs, payments to adapt a vehicle, travel expenses for medical treatment, group home fees, prescribed therapy, talking books, tutoring, renovation costs and much more.
 
If you have not claimed the disability tax credit.....do it now before you lose those extra nine years. It's not too late, yet.
 
 John Dowson Ch lp

Executive Director of LifeTRUST Planning
 dowson@rogers.com      www.life-trust.com
 
You can help other families by lobbying the government to extend the deadline. In 2003 the federal government initiated a committee to explore issues related to the Disability Tax Credit. If you read their web site http://www.disabilitytax.ca  they make no mention that at the end of this year they will be taking thousands of dollars of tax credits away from
people with disabilities, and yet this is confirmed in budget documents.  Please ask them to extend the credit adjustment deadline for families with disabilities by at least one year.  
Fax 613-943-5597;  Email:  info@disabilitytax.ca 
Mail:  c/o Charles Smyth,
Technical Advisory Committee on Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities,
140 O'Connor Street, Ottawa, ON  K1A 0G5 

 

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SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW

 

From: "Marg Spoelstra" <marg@autismsociety.on.ca>
Hi everyone,

I know this is a US resource, but there is a lot of helpful thinking around similar issues experienced here in Ontario. I sent this around a few years ago, but some of you are new to roles at ASO, so I thought I'd send it again.

Marg

The Beacon
Journal of Special Education Law & Practice
ISSN: 1536-7193

<http://www.harborhouselaw.com>Home

Fall 2004 (V. 2, N. 3) - In This Issue

<#1>The Next Wave of Special Education by Peter Wright
<#2>High-Stakes Testing: Barometer for Success or Prognosticator for Failure by Torin Togut, Esq.
<#3>NCLB & Inclusion of Students with Disabilities by Dr. Martha Thurlow
<#4>Exit Exams Can Be Optional, If You Plan Ahead by Suzanne Heath
<#5> Prepublication Offer: Surviving Due Process: When Parents & the School Board Disagree (DVD/Video)

 

Special education law is an exciting, rapidly developing area of law.

The Beacon is a multi-disciplinary electronic journal of special education law and practice from <http://www.harborhouselaw.com>Harbor House Law Press. The Beacon publishes articles and essays for attorneys and advocates who represent children with disabilities and others who are interested in education legal topics. Each issue of The Beacon focuses on a theme and includes practical and theoretical articles. In this issue, we look at high-stakes testing.

The Beacon seeks to ensure that all children with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997, and that children with disabilities are free from discrimination. We believe the dialogue in this journal will help to shape the future.

<http://www.harborhouselaw.com/beacon/editorial.htm>Our goal is to publish useful, readable content. If you are interested in special education law and practice, we think you will enjoy The Beacon. If you are interested in submitting an article to The Beacon, we would like to hear from you. Please review our <http://www.harborhouselaw.com/beacon/submissions.htm>Submissions Policy. We welcome your ideas about topics for future issues of this journal.

Departments

From the Editor

http://www.harborhouselaw.com/beacon/2004.v2n3.htm

Download this issue of The Beacon. Future issues will focus on preparing for due process hearings, damages, and class action litigation. We welcome articles by new contributors. If you have an idea or wish to contribute an article, please review our submissions policy.
 http://www.harborhouselaw.com/beacon/submissions.htm


Subscriptions
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The Beacon is free of charge. You may subscribe by entering your email address in the "Subscribe Box" at the top of this page. Please forward The Beacon to your friends and colleagues.

About Harbor House Law Press, Inc.

Learn about our mission at

http://www.harborhouselaw.com/mission.html

http://www.harborhouselaw.com Harbor House Law Press.
 

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The "Items of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents

of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.

We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our "Items of Interest"

does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.

Please submit all correspondence, including changes of email address, to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca

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PARENTS AS PARTNERS WORKSHOPS


The Parents as Partners workshops are designed for parents of children who have been identified with special needs, including autism, speech and language problems, physical or developmental disabilities. The workshops will feature information on school and community services, and activities
that will help parents prepare for an effective partnership with school staff.  The workshops are offered at no cost to families.  For more information or to register, please call the Early Years Centre at (905)883-6901, register

by email or by fax.   Space is limited -- register early to avoid disappointment.

Workshop One:  "Getting Your Special Needs Child Ready for School: Planning for Kindergarten 2005"
Wednesday, September 29th, at 7:00-8:30 pm
Thornhill at the Ontario Early Years Centre
7755 Bayview Avenue (N/E corner of John & Bayview Ave.
or
Tuesday, October 27th, at 9:30-11:00 am
Richmond Hill, Ontario Early Years Centre - Oak Ridges Riding,
10610 Bayview Avenue (south of Elgin Mills)

Workshop Two:
"Strategies for Effective Partnerships:  Communicating for Success"
Wednesday, October 6th, at 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Thornhill at the Ontario Early Years Centre
7755 Bayview Avenue (N/E corner of Bayview & John)
or
Saturday, December 11th, 9:30-11:00 am
Richmond Hill at The Loyal True Blue and Orange Home,
11181 Yonge Street (north of Elgin Mills)
Room B13

Workshop Three:
"The Kindergarten Program: Supporting Students with Special Needs"
Wednesday, December 1st, at 9:30-11:00 am
Richmond Hill, Ontario Early Years Centre - Oak Ridges Riding,
10610 Bayview Avenue (south of Elgin Mills)

Workshop Four:
"Special Education: Understanding the Process & the Role of Parents"

Thursday, September 30th, at 7:00-8:30 pm
Richmond Hill, Ontario Early Years Centre - Oak Ridges Riding,
10610 Bayview Avenue (south of Elgin Mills)
or
Saturday, October 2nd, 9:30-11:00 am
Richmond Hill at The Loyal True Blue and Orange Home,
11181 Yonge Street (north of Elgin Mills)
Room B13
or
Wednesday October 13th, 7:00-8:30 pm
Keswick, R.L. Graham Public School,
70 Biscayne Blvd.

Workshop Five:
"The Individual Education Plan: Developing Plans that are Useful for
Students and Parents"
Thursday, November 18th, at 7:00-8:30 pm
Keswick, R.L. Graham Public School,
70 Biscayne Blvd
or
Wednesday, November 24th, at 7:00-8:30 pm
Richmond Hill at The Loyal True Blue and Orange Home,
11181 Yonge Street (north of Elgin Mills)
Room B13

To register for upcoming workshops, please email
parentsaspartners@apraxia.ca or call 905.883.6901 ext. 703

 

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Autism Partnership presents
Applied Behaviour Analysis & Discrete Trial Teaching: A Two Day Hands-on Workshop

Thursday September 30,2004
Friday October 1, 2004


This workshop is designed for parents, professionals and students seeking knowledge and practical experience in Advanced Applied Behavioural Analysis.

Total Fee: $175.00

The material presented will cover the foundations of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), review the applied research, provide a description and explanation of treatment programs and curriculum, and demonstrate these teaching methods with children.  The emphasis of the workshop, however, is
to provide participants with practical experiences so that at the conclusion participants will be able to better understand and use the treatment techniques successfully.

Day One
  ~ diagnostic criteria
  ~ functional analysis of behaviour
  ~ behaviour management
  ~ discrete trial teaching and suitable guidelines
  ~ reinforcement development
  ~ making therapy fun, natural and generalizable
Day Two
  ~ treatment programs, curriculum
  ~ hands on discrete trial teaching with children with Autism
  ~ modeling and feedback will be provided to participants
  ~ summary and discussion

TO REGISTER, please contact
Autism Partnership
1982 Islington Ave., Suite 102
Toronto, Ontario  M9P 3N5
www.autismpartnership.com
(416)410-7125…..(416)241-7217 (fax)
Contact Person: Tammy Yardy ext. 21

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 GFCF DIET and PICKY EATERS

 

Arlene Mosher of  Integrated Nutrition Solutions will talk on starting GFCF and SCD Diets. Picky eaters, Supplementation etc.

October 8, 2004 at
The Best Western Hotel, Dixie Road Mississaugua.

Arlene recently demonstrated  a GFCF Brunch

For further information contact: Ramin at 416 531 5616
 

 

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DATING AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

 

York Central Hospital Mental Health Program
Behaviour Management Services of York + Simcoe
present Workshop:

 

“Matchmaker! Matchmaker! Dating & Developmental Disabilities:  How to encourage dating and decrease social isolation in people with developmental disabilities.”

Presenter: Bobra Fyne, Certified Social Worker,
Young Adults Institute, National Institute for People with Disabilities, New York City

Monday September 27th
9:00 - 4:00
Our Lady of Grace Church
15347 Yonge St. Aurora
Cost: $90.00

Registration + information: 905-773-2362 <behaviour.mgmt@bellnet.ca>
 

 

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SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP


The Geneva Center is prepared to run a Social Skills group in York if I can find 7 other kids who would like to join.  I am looking for verbal 7-8 year old ASD kids for a group.  Interested people should contact Jennifer at Geneva Center 416-322-7877 Ext. 251.  It would be wonderful to not have to trek downtown in the early evening with the kids for badly needed Social Skills instruction.
Thanks.  Karen.

 

 

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Kerry's Place Autism Services
Asperger's Parent Support Group meeting

Our first meeting for this year is next Thursday September 30th @ 7:00 pm @ 34 Berczy Street, first Floor Board Room.

Hope to see you all there with some great summer success stories!!!
Rose Ann Punnett
Autism Consultant
Kerry's Place Autism Services - Central East
905-713-6808 ext 312
 

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The "Items of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents

of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.

We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our "Items of Interest"

does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.

Please submit all correspondence, including changes of email address, to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca

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TV INTERVIEW
 
Peel Chapter past-president Thelma Wheatley, author of My Sad Is All Gone, A Family's Triumph Over Violent Autism, Lucky Press, Fall 2004, 289 pages,  is being interviewed on Rogers TV Channel 10 on Monday September 27 at 5:30pm, on the program, "Peel Living".  Thelma is the first Canadian parent to publish a book on raising an autistic child and the first world-wide to write about violence & self-mutilation in an autistic child from a  parent's view-point.  Interview takes place in the coffee shop in Port Credit where Thelma wrote her book!

More info, from our September 17th Items Of Interest e-newsletter:
 
PEEL CHAPTER PARENT PUBLISHES BOOK

My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism,  Lucky Press, Fall 2004, luckypress.com  is the true-life story of how the author's autistic son, Julian, became suddenly violent, self-mutilating and "psychotic" in his teens. He used to tear the flesh on his face, slam his head against walls, throw himself through windows, and "see" non-existent students jeering at him.  The parents tried everything to get Julian under control.  Eventually he was put on anti-psychotic medication.  After Julian had a horrific experience on Perphenazine, the parents were desperate until they luckily met Dr Joseph Huggins, a Toronto doctor whose expertise in treating rage behaviours got Julian under control.  Today, at 27, Julian has 4 community jobs and is a loving loveable young man.
My Sad is All Gone  is also a book of searing  insight into the education of autistic/DC children and into the world of psychiatry.  Thelma wrote it entirely in the coffee shops of Port Credit!  Thelma  is winner of Cross-Canada Writer's Quarterly Short Story Contest, and has published stories, poetry and articles on autism.  She is past-president of Peel Chapter.  She gives talks about her experience. 
Contact: orchard@ica.net.  Tel: 416-763-4408
To order her book:  www.booksurge.com,  Fall 2004.
Available in bookstores.  (In Parentbooks in Toronto.):  ISBN number:  0-9760576-0-3.

 
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter presents
Author Thelma Wheatley
'My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism'
Tuesday November 2nd
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Meeting Room B13
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
[2 streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge]

 
 
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GIANT STEPS - NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Giant Steps/Toronto a therapeutic/educational centre is now accepting applications for admissions for the 2004 - 2005 school year.

The mission of the school is to prepare elementary age students with Autism Spectrum Disorder to be a part of their community school within their own age appropriate classroom.

We support our students through Academics, Music Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Play/Social Skills training.

Our trained program assistants support our students back in their neighbourhood school so all skills learned are generalized.

If you are interested in the program please contact:

Colleen Smith
Executive Director
Tel. (905) 832-5270
Email: giant.steps@on.aibn.com


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OMBUDSMAN ANNUAL REPORT

http://www.ombudsman.on.ca/pne.asp

See Addendum:  Review of the investigation into waiting lists and services delays in the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Intensive Early Intervention Program for Children with Autism.
It has now been officially released and can be accessed this way.
June 17, 2004  -  11:00 a.m.  The Ombudsman for Ontario, Clare Lewis, has just held a press conference at Queen's Park to release his 2003-2004 Annual Report. 

If  you click on the link above, it will bring you to the page where you can download the Ombudsman report regarding IBI waitlists.
 

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The "Items of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents

of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.

We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our "Items of Interest"

does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.

Please submit all correspondence, including changes of email address, to our Chapter Office at asoyork@axxent.ca

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“Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ontario:  Strategies and Help for Families with Preschoolers”

NEW Support Group/Information Sessions
Facilitated by: Autism Society Ontario Regional Support Leader

Location: Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter Resource Centre
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Suite 305, Richmond Hill
[2 streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge St.]
Time: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $ 5.00 at the door
Registration: Not required
Bring a lunch and your questions.

“Autism Spectrum Disorder - An Overview”
Tuesday October 5th
Discussions include the Autism Spectrum, what exactly is “PDD”?, frequently asked questions (and answers!), myths, the future, and more. Bring any questions regarding your child’s developmental assessment. This session is appropriate for newly diagnosed, as well as those awaiting an ‘official’ diagnosis.

“Emotions, Stress and Anxiety: Care & Feeding of the Caregiver”
Tuesday October 19th
How to take care of yourself, understanding and coping with reactions of others including grandparents, in-laws and the community.  Spousal conflict, how to network, asking for help, siblings needs - balancing it all while maintaining your sanity!  This session is appropriate for all.

“York Region - Accessing Services”
Tuesday November 2nd
A discussion on available services in York; how to access, keeping organized, advocacy.  ASO York’s “York Region Guide to Services” will be discussed.

“Behaviour - Yikes!”
Tuesday November 16th
A look at behaviours in ASD, defining behaviour, changing behaviours, Functional Behaviour Assessment ABC, motivation and learning, challenging behaviours, behaviours in Asperger Syndrome.  This is not a discussion of IBI/ABA, but it is Behaviour Management and it is appropriate for all!

“Speech, Language and Communication”
Tuesday November 30th
PECS, ‘verbal vs nonverbal’, sign language, augmentative, communication vs speech, Asperger Syndrome and communication, echolalia.  This is an overview of different methods.  Resources and local services will be discussed.

“Occupational Therapy”
Tuesday December 7th
What is it?  What do OTs do?  How does this help your child with skills? Why would your child need an OT?  What is sensory integration? Activities, resources, local services and how to make a weighted vest.

Coming in 2005:

- Toilet Training
- Funding
- ABA/IBI
- Other Interventions, Treatments and Therapies; an Overview
- Starting School
- Commonly used Medications and Supplements; Co-Existing Disorders

Resources are available for sale on site.

York Region Chapter Member’s Lending Library on site.

Topics will be repeated as requested.

~ Autism Society Ontario gratefully acknowledges the support of

The Ontario Trillium Foundation for funding the

Regional Support Leader Project in York Region ~

 

Chapter Leadership Council for June 2004 to March 2005

ASO York Region Chapter has undergone some exciting changes to enable us to support our rapidly-growing membership.  We have officially expanded our leadership team from 4 Chapter Executives to a 12-member Chapter Leadership Council.

We are pleased to introduce you to your new Chapter Leadership Council for June 2004 to March 2005:

Cenza Newton, President
Bruce McIntosh, Vice President
Brenda Wynne, Secretary and Camp Fundraising Committee
Jasna Tome, Treasurer & Camp Committee
Cindi Buick, Past President
Kathryn Everest, SEAC Rep YRDSB and Camp Committee
Janet Kalmykow, Camp Fundraising Committee
Paul Kalmykow, SEAC Rep YCDSB and Camp Committee
Mary Merlihan, Bingo Coordinator
Aliya Rahim, former ASK Camp Staff Member, private therapist, pursuing  post-grad studies in Psychology and/or Social Work
Lynda Beedham, Regional Support Leader and Chapter Volunteer
Liz Cohen, Regional Support Leader and Chapter Volunteer

In our September 3rd "ASO York Items of Interest" we provided you with a schedule of upcoming meeting/workshop dates.  Please join us and take advantage of these excellent networking opportunities. Your best resource is someone who has "been there, done that" and we have a diverse group of experienced parents/professionals who can help make your journey a little easier.

 
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PEEL CHAPTER PARENT PUBLISHES BOOK

My Sad is All Gone, A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism,  Lucky Press, Fall 2004, luckypress.com  is the true-life story of how the author's autistic son, Julian, became suddenly violent, self-mutilating and "psychotic" in his teens. He used to tear the flesh on his face, slam his head against walls, throw himself through windows, and "see" non-existent students jeering at him.  The parents tried everything to get Julian under control.  Eventually he was put on anti-psychotic medication.  After Julian had a horrific experience on Perphenazine, the parents were desperate until they luckily met Dr Joseph Huggins, a Toronto doctor whose expertise in treating rage behaviours got Julian under control.  Today, at 27, Julian has 4 community jobs and is a loving loveable young man.
My Sad is All Gone  is also a book of searing  insight into the education of autistic/DC children and into the world of psychiatry.  Thelma wrote it entirely in the coffee shops of Port Credit!  Thelma  is winner of Cross-Canada Writer's Quarterly Short Story Contest, and has published stories, poetry and articles on autism.  She is past-president of Peel Chapter.  She gives talks about her experience. 
Contact: orchard@ica.net.  Tel: 416-763-4408
To order her book: 
www.booksurge.com,  Fall 2004.
Available in bookstores.  (In Parentbooks in Toronto.):  ISBN number:  0-9760576-0-3.

 
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
Support Group and Chapter Meeting Schedule
Fall 2004 - Spring 2005

Please join us at our Information Evenings and Parent Support Group/Chapter Meetings to find out more about how we help each other by sharing our experiences. We all face the same issues; learning about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the impact it has on our lives, dealing with professionals,
locating supports, securing funding and advocating for appropriate programs.

Whatever you are facing, someone else has been 'down that road'. We offer mutual support and information through our workshops, newsletters and group meetings and have compiled an extensive database on services and supports in York Region and the G.T.A.

Location: Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill
[two streets north of Elgin Mills, east side of Yonge]

Meeting Room B 07

Time: 7:00 p.m. > 9:00 p.m.
Cost: no charge

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  2004 > 2005 DATES
[more details below]

September 14 Information Evening: IEPs  [Individual Education Plan]
Followup Workshop Series 'Navigating the Special Education System'
September 28 Chapter + Support Group Meeting
October 12 Information Evening: Resources in York Region
October 26 Information Evening: Sensory Dysfunction in Autism
Followup Workshop Saturday November 6th
November 9 Information Evening: Problem Behaviours in Autism
Followup Workshop November 24 +25 OR November 24 + December 1
November 23 Chapter and Support Group Meeting
December 14 Chapter and Support Group Meeting

Topics and Speaker arrangements are being finalized for the following dates in the New Year:
January 11
January 25
February 8
February 22
March 8
March 29
April 12
April 26
May 10
May 24
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WORKSHOP DETAILS

SEPTEMBER 14th
Information Evening - IEPs  [Individual Education Plan]
Effective collaboration with parents enhances understanding the individual learning style of students. Living in an age of increased accountability, teachers are required to write IEP's that clearly outline the student's strengths and needs with a focus on individual student improvement. IEP Teams are expected to integrate strategies, with goals and expectations, into a coherent plan that is understood by school board staff and families.
What is the process involved in the planning and development of an IEP?
Workshop Series: 'Navigating the Special Education System in Ontario'  will be arranged following this Information Evening.

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SEPTEMBER 28th
Chapter + Support Group Meeting

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OCTOBER 12th
Autism Society Ontario,
Regional Support Leaders Information Evening
Resources, services and supports in York Region for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder including Asperger's Syndrome.

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OCTOBER 26th
Information Evening -
Sensory Dysfunction in Autism

Autism Simulation: Empathy Building Activities to Enhance Understanding of Autism with Alison Passmore, Autism Consultant, Kerry's Place Autism Services

This multi-sensory simulation is intended to provide individuals with an opportunity to experience and better understand what life may be like for a person with Autism/PDD. The simulation will be followed with a discussion by participants on their experience and how it may relate to the daily experiences of a person with Autism/PDD.

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Now that you have a better understanding of how sensory overload may impact your child with autism, ASO-York offers the following workshop. Please note date, time and cost for this workshop. Registration and payment BY MAIL ONLY.

Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter and
Corporate Sponsor Tim Horton's Franchisee
Present

SENSORY INTEGRATION - 'MAKE & TAKE' WORKSHOP
Instructor - Shirley Sutton, Occupational Therapist

DATE Saturday November 6, 2004
TIME
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
COST  $ 40.00 ASO Members, $80.00 Non-Members
LOCATION Loyal True Blue and Orange Home building
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED
Limited to 40 Participants
COST INCLUDES:
Take home Sensory Kit!
Manual!
Refreshments!
Lunch!

'Make & Take' is a series of  5 mini workshops dealing with sensory, oral and fine motor skills for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Many items and a 40+ page manual are included with the S.I. 'kits'.   

Who Should Attend?  Parents teachers, mediators, educational assistants and 'hands-on' therapists!

Shirley Sutton is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience working with clients with special needs, from infants through teen years.
Her specialty training areas include early intervention, developmental disorders and sensory integration.  She brings extensive clinical experience from a wide variety of settings, including consulting work with the Geneva Centre for Autism, two private therapy centres, several community living associations, and early intervention programs. Shirley co-authored the book 'Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration', 'Occupational Therapy for Children with Autism and other Pervasive
Disorders' and the workbook 'Learn to Print and Draw: A Visual -Kinesthetic Approach'. Her private practice is located in Collingwood, Ontario (705-445-8069)

TIMELINE
9:00 to   9:30 Registration
9:30 to 11:00 Workshop # 1 SENSORY FUN
11:00 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:20 Workshop # 2: LEARNING THROUGH ORAL MOTOR PLAY
12:20 to 12:40 Lunch (provided)
12:50 to   1:10 Workshop #3  EARLY FINE MOTOR FUN
1:10 to   1:20 Break
1:20 to   2:25 Workshop #4 MORE FINE MOTOR FUN
2:25 to   3:25  Workshop #5 STARTING TO PRINT & DRAW
3:25 to   3:40  Wrap Up and Evaluation

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REGISTRATION BY MAIL ONLY, complete below and mail with payment to:
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
11181 Yonge St. # 303
Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2

SENSORY INTEGRATION - 'MAKE & TAKE' WORKSHOP
Instructor - Shirley Sutton, Occupational Therapist
Saturday November 6, 2004

Name:
Address:
E-mail address:
Phone:
Payment enclosed by cheque ___ or credit card  ___
ASO Member Rate $ 40.00
Non Member Rate  $ 80.00

For Visa or MasterCard payments:
Name on card
Card Number
Expiry Date

Registration to be confirmed by e-mail. Receipts will be included with your Sensory Kit and Manual.
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NOVEMBER 9th
Information Evening -
Problem Behaviours in Autism

Video Presentation, CPI Course Registration
Group Discussion facilitated by Autism Society Ontario - Regional Support Leaders

Video #1: "Louder Than Words: How to Intervene with Nonverbal Individuals" from the Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc.
Viewers will gain insights into the skills necessary to intervene
effectively with individuals who have no verbal skills or very limited verbal abilities. The focus of this video is on communication strategies that can reduce frustration and prevent many incidents of acting out behaviour. Techniques for intervening when a nonverbal person becomes
noncompliant or aggressive are also discussed and demonstrated. Attempting to communicate with an individual who is nonverbal - or who has very limited verbal skills - can be difficult for both of you. Misunderstanding and frustration are common and sometimes lead to crisis incidents in which
the lack of communication results in a potentially explosive situation...

Video # 2: 'Recognizing and Responding to Difficult and Challenging Behaviours', segment from Camp Winston's Behaviour Management & Skills
Workshop video which references and highly recommends families take CPI training.

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ASO-York has arranged the following 12 hour certificate course in Crisis Prevention and Intervention - CPI.
Certified Trainer: Bruce Punnett, Autism Consultant, Kerry's Place Autism Services.

A determination will be made at the Information Evening November 9th which of the following dates are best suited to the group. Room B07, 9:30 am. - 3:30 pm.
EITHER
Wednesday November 24th AND Thursday November 25th
OR
Wednesday November 24th AND Wednesday December 1st

COST Includes Crisis Prevention & Intervention Institute Training Manual, lunch both days.
ASO Member Rate $ 40.00
Non Member Rate  $ 80.00
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REGISTRATION AFTER NOVEMBER 9TH BY MAIL ONLY, complete below and mail with payment to:
Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
11181 Yonge St. # 303
Richmond Hill ON L4S 1L2

Crisis Prevention & Intervention Institute 12 hour Certificate Course Trainer: Bruce Punnett, Kerry's Place Autism Services

Name:
Address:
E-mail address:
Phone:
Payment enclosed by cheque ___ or credit card  ___
ASO Member Rate $ 40.00
Non Member Rate  $ 80.00

For Visa or MasterCard payments:
Name on card
Card Number
Expiry Date

Registration to be confirmed by e-mail. Receipts will be included with your Training Manual.
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NOVEMBER 23th
Chapter and Support Group Meeting
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DECEMBER 14th
Chapter and Support Group Meeting
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KID'S YOGA - SPECIAL NEEDS ADHD/ASPERGER'S SYNDROME
10 - 12 year olds
Yoga/Drama/Social Skills
Saturdays 11:30am - 12:30pm
October 2, 16, 23, November 6 - 27, December 4, 11
$20 per class(subsidy available) PLEASE PRE-REGISTER
Please inquire about "Place For Me" for 7-9 year olds with ADHD/Asperger's Syndrome/Autism
Movement From Within Inc.
Richmond Heights Shopping Centre
10520 Yonge Street, Suites 23/24
Richmond Hill, Ontario
905-508-YOGA(9642)
 
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THE AUTISM QUEST PROGRAM
 
Kinark Outdoor Centre
Kinark Child and Family Services

'Supported residential recreational experiences on weekends and in the
summer for children and youth ages 9-15 with high functioning autism and
asperger's syndrome.'

Weekend: Sep 24-26 ___ Oct 22-24 ___ Nov 19-21 ___ Dec 17-19 ___
OUR 2004 FEE is $445.00/weekend

For a complete Registration Forms Package, please visit www.koc.on.ca or
call the centre:
Kinark Outdoor Centre, Minden ON
Tel: (705) 286-3555, 1-800-805-8252
E-Mail: info@koc.on.ca

Jim McHardy, Director, Kinark Outdoor Centre
<jimmchardy@koc.on.ca>
www.koc.on.ca 1-800-805-8252

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SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
KERRY'S PLACE AUTISM SERVICES
Saturday, September 18, 2004
A Special General Meeting for Kerry's Place Autism Services has been set for Saturday, September 18, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Columbus Room located in The Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Avenue West, in Toronto (at Lawrence Ave. W. and Dufferin St.).  The September 18th meeting will follow the half day workshop on "Nurturing Support Circles - The Key to Lifelong Safety, Security and Quality of Life".  Lunch will follow.

We hope that many of you will not want to miss the opportunity to attend
the morning workshop.   

The Directors of Kerry's Place Autism Services sincerely hope to see many members in attendance for both the workshop and Special General Meeting on September 18th.  Thank you!

Half Day Workshop for Saturday, September 18, 2004, 10:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
"Nurturing Support Circles - The Key to Lifelong Safety, Security and Quality of Life"
Most people are convinced about the need to carry out Person Centred
Planning but many are having problems in moving from planning to doing. We need to create ways of helping people do this. People need tools to help them plan, but even more, they need help to seek out or develop creative options, making choices and getting on with implementation. 

We will start things off with a panel discussion of people who have a good knowledge of options, as well as sound experience on making things work. In this initial discussion panel members may touch on such issues as:
- developing and maintaining support circles
- use of trust relationships
- accommodation/living options
- microboards, home ownership, etc.
- keeping the planning/implementation/review process dynamic
- how to ensure that the relationship between the individual and others
continues in the realm of support rather  than care giving irrespective
of the challenges faced by him or her.

Each group will then present what they have come up with in considering the scenarios to the others in a plenary session.

The object of the day is to:
1. raise consciousness about the issues
2. give confidence that the challenges faced by many individuals  and their
support circles can be dealt with successfully
3. leave people positively motivated to continue with the process of
actualizing PCPs

Please register early - workshop size will be limited to allow for maximum
participation by the group!

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
The Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto (corner of Lawrence Ave. W. and Dufferin St.) in the Columbus Room from 10:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Saturday, September 18, 2004 - Workshop: 10:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Lunch
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Registration Form
Name:.......................................................................
Address:....................................................................
City/Prov:..................................................................
Home Tel: ................................... Work Tel:............................
Workshop Registration Fee: (includes both workshop and a buffet lunch)
For Current Members of Kerry's Place: $20.00
For Non-Members: $30.00 (Please note: an annual membership to Kerry's Place Autism Services is just $20.00 per person, $15.00 for individuals with Autism, Seniors & Students,  $60.00 per corporation)
Please check the appropriate box: 
 I am a current member of Kerry's Place
 Non/Member
Count me in for the September 18th Workshop!
# persons attending: .....................................          
Fee enclosed:..............................................
Method of Payment:
Cheque: ........................ Money order: ...................
Visa Card #: ...........
Signature: ...................
Expiry Date: (mm/dd/yy) .............

Kindly return the form to: Kerry's Place Autism Services,  34 Berczy St.,
Suite 190, Aurora, ON L4G 1W9 or fax to (905) 841-1461 (Visa payments only).  
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ATTEND THE KPAS & KPRS  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WHICH FOLLOWS THE WORKSHOP AND LUNCH BUT YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP!

Need more information? Phone us at (905) 841-6611 X 315
 
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REENA FALL 2004 PROGRAM CALENDAR

For more information on any of our programs, call the Activity Coordinator
Tom Petersen at (905) 889-2690 ext. 2116 <
tpetersen@reena.org>

Location: The Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre
927 Clark Avenue West, Thornhill
(905) 889-6484 
www.reena.org
 
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REGISTER EARLY, Space is limited. 

SUNDAY FRIENDS CLUB
A program for all age groups to enjoy a variety of social & recreational
activities.  Activities include community outings, arts & crafts, karaoke,
music, drama & sports.  Pre-registration required.  Bring your lunch.
Sundays Oct. 17 - Dec. 5, 2004
Age 7- 12 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
$200(1:2 ratio)$300(1:1 ratio)
Age 13 - 18 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
$200(1:3 ratio) $265(1:2 ratio)$300(1:1ratio)
Age 19 - 25 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
$200(1:3 ratio) $265(1:2 ratio) $300(1:1ratio)
 
CAFÉ LUNDI
A social /recreational program for adults (over 21) who live in the
community alone or with family wishing to meet new friends and have fun.
New participants always welcomed.
Mondays Ongoing 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. $ 10  including dinner

SOCIAL SKILLS  / AUTISM
This group will assist children ages 10 - 15 years to understand
relationships and how to use social skills effectively in their
interactions.  Designed for individuals with Autism, Aspergers & related
disorders.  Individuals should be willing to participate in the group.
Monday Oct. 18 - Dec. 6, 2004 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. $120

AFTER 4 CLUB
Monday & Wednesday From Oct. 13 - Dec. $300 (pro-rated) 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BASKETBALL (18+)
For information please call Michael Kotzer at:
(905) 889-2690 ext. 8061 Cost: $45 per year.
BOWLING (18+)
For information please call Tom Petersen at:
(905) 889-2690 ext. 2116 Cost: $7 per week.

AFTER SCHOOL COOL CLUB
For children 7 to 12 years of age who want to participate in an after
school program.  This 4 hour program offers respite for families, and a
safe, fun environment for their children to grow and learn through a
variety of activities.
Tuesdays Oct.19 - Dec. 7, 2004
Thursday Oct. 21 - Dec. 9, 2004
3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Once per week:  $200 + $8 /week for dinner
Twice per week:  $350 + $16 / week for dinner
(from our Kosher Restaurant) dinner optional
Cost is based on 1:2 ratio/1:1 ratio add $65/one day;  
add $100 for two days

AFTER SCHOOL YOUTH CLUB
For youth 13 to 18 years of age who want to participate in an after school
program.  This is a quality respite program in a supported and safe
environment.
Mondays Oct. 18 - Dec. 6, 2004
Wednesdays Oct. 20 - Dec. 8, 2004
3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Once per week:  $200 + $8 /week for dinner
Twice per week:  $350 + $16 / week for dinner
(from our Kosher Restaurant) dinner optional
Cost is based on 1:3 ratio/1:2 ratio add $65/$100
1:1 ratio,   add $100/$165 (for 1 or 2 days)

CREATIVE ARTS
Explore your creative side through a variety of mediums. Create your own
artwork to take home or work as a community and build on a project
together.  Supplies provided.  Ages 18+
Tuesdays Oct. 19 - Dec. 7, 2004
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
$120

MOD SQUAD (Formerly Youthink)
An awesome program offering young adults the opportunity to polish their
communication skills & build friendships with an emphasis on fun,
excitement & community outings!  Share in planning activities.  New members wanted.  A $100 annual registration fee is required.   Ages: 16 - 21
Thursday Ongoing / alternate weeks
Time & cost varies

Community RESPITE options for children, teens and adults with a
developmental disability
For more information please Call Ann Szabo:
(905) 889-2690 ext. 2112
e-mail:
azabo@reena.org

WINTER RETREAT 2004
Brrr!  Come in from the cold!  A winter break program for children, youths
& adults ages 7 - 25.  Activities include arts & crafts, drama, computers,
and sports located conveniently at the Battle Centre.  Come for one day or
all eight, your choice.
Dates:  Dec. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $33 per day
Contact: Tom Petersen:
(905) 889-2690 ext. 2116

MARCH BREAK 2005
Join us for our annual March Break.  Once again we have a fabulous program
planned this year for children, youths & adults ages 7 - 25.  We look
forward to having a great time with new friends and familiar faces.
Dates: To be announced
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $165
Contact: Tom Petersen
(905) 889-2690 ext. 2116

REENA'S  SNOEZELEN ROOM
Located in the Toby & Henry Battle Centre, this room is available for
families to enjoy a sensory experience including soft lights & colours,
quiet background music, aromas and textures.  This room has been used
extensively to promote growth for individuals with disabilities and help
families develop closer bonds.  
Cost: $10/hour
Call to book evening use.
Contact: Tom Petersen
(905) 889-2690 ext. 2116

 
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The "Items of Interest" are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our "Items of Interest"
does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
To change/add/delete your email address from our list, please email us at asoyork@axxent.ca
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FUNDRAISING GALA
 
Autism Society Ontario invites you to:
 
"UNMASKING THE SPECTRUM"  Fundraising Gala
Friday October 22, 2004
Flipper's Fish House and Banquet Hall
White Shield Plaza, 2300 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough
 
Tickets $95.00 each.
Table of 8 $760; Table of 9 $855.00; Table of 10 $950.00
Special offer on full table (8 to 10) orders only: 10% discount if order placed before September 3, 2004.  Book a full table and bring your friends!
 
To order tickets or make a donation contact:
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King St W Suite 2004, Toronto ON  M6K 3C5
Phone 416-246-9592;  Fax 416-246-9417

Please contact Jean, 416-246-9592 x 23 for more information
or visit
www.autismsociety.on.ca
 
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NEW MOVIE COMING OUT IN THEATRES:
 
 http://www.mozartandthewhale.com/
 
"A dramatic, romantic comedy, "Mozart and the Whale" is inspired by the lives of two people with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, whose emotional dysfunctions threaten to sabotage their budding romance.  Donald (Josh Hartnett) is a good-natured but hapless taxi driver with a love of birds and a superhuman knack for numbers. Like many AS sufferers, he likes patterns and routines. But when the beautiful but complicated Isabelle (Radha Mitchell) joins the autism support group he leads, his life-and his heart-are turned upside down."
 
The movie website also includes links to various websites such as the Autism Society of America. 
 
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AUTISM PORTRAYED IN THE 'SOAPS':
 
 
"All My Children" Adds Principal Character with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Created by Agnes Nixon, "All My Children" premiered on the ABC Television Network on January 5, 1970. The show revolves around the lives of the residents of fictional Pine Valley, a town which closely resembles the Philadelphia Main Line. "All My Children" has received more than 30 Emmy Awards and consistently distinguishes itself in the field of daytime drama.
As part of its continuing commitment to topical issues, "All My Children" features the character of Lily Montgomery among its principal cast. Teenage Lily has Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is the adoptive daughter of prominent Pine Valley character Jackson Montgomery (love interest of Susan Lucci's Erica Kane). Lily first appeared in 1993, when Jackson adopted her upon marrying her mother Laurel (who has since passed away). As part of the Montgomery clan, Lily is a member of one of All My Children's central families. Since her debut, Lily has been frequently seen; this year marks her debut as a regular player on the program. Lily is being played by 14 year old newcomer Leven Rambin.
 
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COMING SOON...NEW DVD RESOURCE!
 
Sondra Williams, from Columbus, Ohio, is a wife, mother, advocate, author, poet, and presenter, who works as a classroom aide to a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Autism is a part of who Sondra is, but it does not define her.
This DVD contains Sondra’s presentation entitled, “Define Me,” and an interview with Laurel Hoekman, Executive Director of The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding. Through this resource, Sondra shares her insights and practical suggestions for understanding and supporting individuals with ASD. It is a fitting avenue for The Gray Center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, to achieve its mission of promoting social understanding between individuals with ASD and those who interact with them in the home, school, workplace, and community.  The DVD will be available in the Fall of 2004.
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THE ONTARIO DIVISION CNIB IS PLEASED TO PRESENT:
ACTIVE LEARNING WORKSHOP
Wednesday September 29, 2004

Motivating a child with visual and multiple disabilities can be
challenging.  Please join us to learn more about an innovative and
effective approach to meeting this challenge.

WHAT IS ACTIVE LEARNING?
The Active Learning Approach, developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, has been
highly successful with children who have multiple disabilities and visual
impairment.  These children often depend on adults to provide stimulation,
thereby becoming passive and unable to perform a skill without being
prompted.  The Active Learning Approach addresses this challenge by
changing the environment so that the child becomes an active learner.

Self-generated activity has been proven to be a key factor in improved
memory and function (Diamond, 1990; Edelman,1992) 

Active Learning has shown to be of benefit to emotional, motor,
communicative and social development (Nielsen, 1992; Goleman 1996)

To facilitate an active learning environment, Dr. Nielsen has developed
perceptual aid equipment.  These perceptual aids assist a child in
developing awareness of self in space, object concept, increased muscle
strength, weight bearing, unsupported sitting, standing and walking
activities while focusing on the child's own independent movements and
motivation.  Many of these aids are low cost and are easily replicated.
Perceptual aids will be displayed and demonstrated. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Parents, Social Workers, Physical
Therapists, Counselors or anyone who works with children who have visual, physical or cognitive challenges.

Wednesday September 29, 2004, 9:00-4:00
Tansley Woods Community Centre
1996 Itabashi Way, Burlington, ON, L7M 4J
(at intersection of Walkers Line and Uppermiddle Road)

THIS WORKSHOP WILL.
· Give you an overview of Active Learning techniques, emphasizing ways to change the environment so that a child becomes an "active learner."
· Teach you how to promote skill attainment and independence in children of all developmental levels.
· Help you develop and sharpen your skills as an observer, teacher and role model.
· Show you how you can use affordable and readily-available materials to
encourage children with visual and multiple disabilities to become active
explorers.
· Inspire you to try a new and creative approach that can promote progress and enjoyment of life! 

PRESENTER: 
Patricia L. Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R.
Assistant Director, Penrickton Centre for Blind Children. 
Patricia has used the Active Learning approach for many years and is a very knowledgable and dynamic speaker. 
Penrickton Centre for Blind Children is a private, non-profit agency
providing services to blind, multi-disabled children ages one through twelve.
For more information about Active Learning and this Workshop, please
contact Lee-Anne Cross, Early Intervention Specialist, at 1-800-265-4127 or
leanne.cross@cnib.ca

REGISTRATION FEES
$80 per Professional
$35 per Parent
Fees are non-refundable unless course is cancelled.  Fees can be
transferred to another person.  Registration & payment must be received by
September 7, 2004.

REGISTRATION FORM
Please complete the following information and mail to:
CNIB Ontario Division
1929 Bayview Ave.  Toronto, ON  M4G 3E8
Attn.:  Frances Ann DeGuerra
Cheques to be made payable to CNIB Ontario Division-Active Learning

Name
Mailing Address
City, Province, Postal Code
Phone Number
e-mail Address
Organization

Please indicate if you are attending as a parent or professional:
Do you have any special dietary needs?
Do you have accessibility need?
Fee enclosed: $
Fees are non-refundable unless course is cancelled. 
Fees can be transferred to another person. 
 
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VINCENT CARBONE WORKSHOP
 
Workshop #1: Introduction to Verbal Behavior
Teaching Communication Skills To Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Presented by Vincent J. Carbone, Ed.D., Board Certified Behavior Analyst

 
SPACES STILL AVAILABLE...

This workshop focuses on the behavioral approach to teaching
communication skills to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. 
This approach is based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and the   research of Michael, Sundberg, Partington, and others. Participants in this workshop learn (1) to conduct a Behavioral Language Assessment, (2) to  select the most appropriate form of communication for a child (vocal, signing, pointing to or exchanging pictures, or activating an augmentative device), and (3) to select the communication responses and supporting skills that should be taught first. The workshop includes the recommended teaching procedures for those children who have no formal communication skills to those that are near conversational speakers. The presenter also describes and demonstrates errorless teaching, specific quick-transfer (prompting and fading) procedures, and the use of both discrete trial training in the natural environment and during intensive teaching session. Many video tape demonstrations are provided to illustrate the methods to increase spontaneous language and to develop conversational skills.

Where: Toronto, Ontario
When: September 7 - 9, 2004
Time: 8:30am to 5 pm
Accommodations: Individual choice

To register: contact Gerry Bernicky @
 
 
gerald.bernicky@surreyplace.on.ca
or    call (416)925-5141       ext 442

 
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How to Complain Effectively

Presented by Ombudsman Ontario. 
This interactive session will include:
learning skills to complain more effectively,
how Ombudsman Ontario can help solve problems with provincial services & learning how to make changes so others are treated fairly
When: Thursday November 18th 2004, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre
  (MacMillan site @ 150 Kilgour Road)
Parking: regular parking rates apply at meters (there is heavy construction in area)
Cost: parents $5.00 and professionals $10.00
Childcare: NOT available
How to register: by phone (Pamela Kearns @ 416-425-6220, ext. 3310) or
e-mail
(
info@bloorviewmacmillan.ca)

 
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NEW ITEMS ON THE ASO WEBSITE!
 
 Getting Ready for Back to School. Have you visited our education resource section lately? We have just added some great new articles by Speech and Language Pathologist Sheila Bell.

The Research Committee of Autism Society Ontario is hosting a poster session on November 11 & 12, 2004 during the Geneva Centre for Autism 2004 International Symposium.
Click here for details on how to make submissions to ASO by the October 1, 2004 deadline.
 
Join us for a Gala evening of fun and fundraising. Unmasking The Spectrum will be held on at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2004 at Flipper’s Fish House and Banquet Hall. Click here for more information.
 
Having trouble linking to these pages directly? Visit Autism Society Ontario's website: www.autismsociety.on.ca
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Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON  M6K 3C5
416-246-9592 x22

www.autismsociety.on.ca
Member, ASD-CARC
(Autism Spectrum Disorders - Canadian-American Research Consortium):
www.autismresearch.ca
www.cycleforautism.com
 
 
 
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The Articles of Interest are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest
does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
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ADULTS WITH AUTISM
 
From: "Marg Spoelstra" <marg@autismsociety.on.ca>
Subject: Letter to Parents

Hello everyone,
 
Please see below  a letter from our Regional Support Leader, Anne Wittich, who is working in the Ottawa area for ASO through the support of our Trillium Grant. We could really use your help in making our Adult Years Resource Manual most meaningful and relevant to Ontarians and it is nearing completion. The way to do that is to add "real stories" and anecdotes from people who live with this reality as a parent of or person who is on the Autism Spectrum. Please consider making even a brief response by connecting
directly with Anne Wittich <
anneasoo@magma.ca
> This is the very last call for submissions, so if you've been thinking about it, now's the time. Many many thanks!
 
Also, feel free to forward to those you think might be interested in participating in some way.
 
Marg Spoelstra
Executive Director, ASO
 
 
Dear ASO members,
 
In April I made the below request of you, the membership.  We are still in need of personal accounts or perspectives as well as photos of individuals.   We would also appreciate any information regarding services.  As our deadline for printing the Adults Issues Manual is quickly approaching (early fall 2004), we would appreciate your support with this effort.   I would also like to thank all of you who have already submitted photos and
personal accounts.  They add a great deal to this project.  Thank you.
 
As you may know, Autism Society Ontario, in partnership with Surrey Place and the Geneva Centre, received a Trillium Foundation Grant in 2002 year to fund the Regional Support Leaders program.  One of the tasks outlined in
the proposal is to produce an Adult Years Resource Manual.   To complete this project we need your help. We would be grateful for help in one of three forms:
 
1. written contributions from families and individuals with ASD for the sections in the manual called "Let's Talk";
2. submission of  photographs of persons with ASD in various situations performing activities with a variety of people; and
3. support in completing a project already begun by Patricia Gallin gathering information regarding services for adults with ASD in your geographical area.
 
Let's Talk!
Let's Talk is one of the most valuable parts of the Adult Manual.  It is where families and individuals with ASD share their experiences with others. 
 
What do we need from you? 
We need written contributions from families and individuals.  These contributions can be between five sentences and 200 words in length.  This section is meant to encourage and support other families and individuals.  It may include advice or tips that have helped you along the way.  A good format might be: 
1. Present the issue or problem (e.g., our child reached 21 and their options decreased.  What are other parents doing to get their children out into the community?).
2. Present strategies that helped you cope or solve the problem.
 
We are still in need of contributions under the following subject headings.  We also need contributions answering some specific questions.  These questions are listed within the subject headings below:
 
Employment Options
Stories of success in employment - strategies that helped you
 
Sexuality
What are your experiences helping your individual with ASD cope with the changes during puberty?
What strategies helped to decrease your individual with ASD's public masturbation?
What are effective strategies in teaching about sexuality and
interconnectedness with relationship development?
 
Mental Health and ASD
When my child is suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder where do I get help?
 
Safety in the Community
What positive experiences and initiatives are occurring in your community to increase collaboration with Emergency Services regarding persons with ASD.
 
You must attach your name and contact information with your submission.  However these will be kept confidential, unless you indicate specific permission to use your name.
 
There may be some barriers that are keeping you from participating in this project.  Let us know what they are.  If you don't feel comfortable writing a contribution, please email me your telephone number and we can chat by phone and I will write a piece on your behalf. 
 
Please remember by sharing your story with others you are making a difference!
 
Please contact me by email
anneasoo@magma.ca and we can discuss in more detail putting your contributions into print.  
  
Photo Submissions: We are still in need of approximately 40-50 photos of individuals in the Following settings. 
 
Our second request is for photos of adolescent or adult person's with ASD.  We need the following photos with the following content:  individuals with ASD. 
 
1. involved in a recreational activity  - group or individual
2. involved in a vocational activity  - place of work
3. involved in a volunteer activity 
4. interacting with family
5. interacting with a communication system
6. interacting with family members
7. interacting with friends
8. involved in an educational setting
9. involved in a post-secondary educational setting
 
These photos will be placed throughout the manual as compliments to the written text.  Names of individuals will not be attached to the photos to maintain confidentiality.   As photos are received permission to print these photos will be sent out.  Please email or post your pictures to me.
Please note if photos need to be returned.
 
Anne Wittich  
anneasoo@magma.ca 
or:  12 St. Rémy Drive, Nepean, ON  K2J 1A3
 
Adult Services Listing 
Finally we need your support building up a resource listing of services for adults with ASD.  Patricia Gallin of the London Chapter has been contracted by the ASO to compile a listing of services for adults.   Please help us by emailing Patricia
pgallin.aso@sympatico.ca with as much of the following information as possible:
1. Adult Service Providers in your geographical region.
2. Titles, addresses, phone numbers & emails of essential contacts of these Providers
3. The process in your region for accessing these services.
4. Include how long the waiting list is for services (number of people and time).
5. Number of people served by the program each year.
6. What services do the following provide in your community:
a. Community Living,
b. Service Coordination.
 
A Big Thank-You!
 
Thank you for your help in this project.  Your efforts are supporting the ASO community as well as many individuals who don't have the resources (personal, financial or time) to attend meetings.   Your help will help others throughout the province to learn about strategies for coping and to be encouraged.  
 
Thanks again, 
Anne Wittich
 
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YORK UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

My name is Gayle Goldstein.  I am a graduate student from York University in  the Clinical-Developmental Psychology Programme.  Currently I am conducting my Master's Thesis research and am looking for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders who live in the Greater Toronto Area, Peel, and Halton Regions to participate in my study.  Children who are between the ages of 7-13 and have at least a four-year level of expressive language (that is, they can communicate at least at a four year old level) are needed.

My study is investigating the memory and strategy skills of children with
Pervasive Developmental Disorders, particularly those within the Autism
Spectrum (i.e., Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and PDD-NOS).  The children's initial memory skills will first be assessed and then memory
training using categorization and rehearsal strategies using fun and unique
methods will be provided.  Children will be taught how to strategize and will also be provided attribution training to encourage the continuous use of these strategies (e.g., children will be taught why it is important to group things).

This study is currently taking place over this summer and will extend into
the fall.  Sessions will be twice a week for three-weeks, following the sixth session there will be a two-week holiday and then a seventh follow-up session to monitor skills over time.  These sessions will be approximately 30-45 minutes in length.  Testing of cognitive functioning and receptive language skills will be conducted during one of the sessions and will take approximately 1 hour to complete.  Parents will also be asked to participate in completing the Autism Diagnostic Interview that will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete (either in person or by phone). 

This study has received full ethical approval by the Human Participants
Review Sub-Committee of York University.  Families that are interested in participating in this study or have questions can contact me at 416-736-5115 ext. 20706 or by e-mail at:  ggold@yorku.ca

Thank you very much for your help,

Gayle Goldstein                  
Clinical-Developmental Psychology, York University                  
4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ont., M3J 1P3           
(416) 736- 5115 ext. 20706       
 
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NEW HAVEN SEMINAR
 
New Haven Learning Centre
Toronto, Ontario
Beyond Skill Acquisition: Strategies for Promoting Generalization and Maintenance in Learners with Autism
Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

About the Seminar
Educators are often faced with situations in which the skills of learners with autism do not generalize or maintain over time.
Efforts to address these shortcomings need to be individualized for each learner and planned for in a systematic manner. This seminar will focus on the effective incorporation of strategies to promote generalization and maintenance. The various forms of generalization will be described along with specific ideas that may increase the likelihood that generalization will be observed. These strategies will relate to all phases of the teaching process. Videotape vignettes will be provided to illustrate many of the strategies discussed.
Data collection tools and tracking forms relevant to generalization and maintenance will also be provided.

About New Haven Learning Centre
New Haven Learning Centre opened its doors in 1998, and was the first ABA-based treatment and education centre for children with autism in Ontario.  Today, New Haven not only provides intensive services (30 hours per week) on-site to 25 children each day, it also provides clinical consultation to new treatment and education programs for children with autism and conducts monthly tours and workshops for families and professionals.  Through these services, as well as an annual conference that draws over 300 attendees from all over Canada, New Haven touches the lives of hundreds of children each year.
Audrey Meissner, M.Ed., Clinical Director

About the Presenter
Biography: Dr. David Celiberti received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University in 1993 and his certification in behaviour analysis in 2000. He is in private practice and provides consultation to schools and agencies in the U.S. and Canada.  He has authored several articles in professional journals and presents frequently at regional, national, and international conferences. He has taught courses related to ABA at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervised doctoral students providing
behaviour therapy and other clinical services, and conducted research in the areas of applied behaviour analysis, family intervention, and autism. Dr. Celiberti is a Board Member of the Association for Science and Autism Treatment.  Dr. Celiberti is currently serving a 4th term as President of the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Association for Behaviour
Analysis.  He also founded the Parent-Professional Partnership SIG and is serving as its first President.

SCHEDULE
8:15 am - 8:30 am Registration
8:30 - 10:30 Presentation
10:30 - 10:45 Refreshment Break
10:45-12:30 pm Presentation

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
$50 Registration fee includes attendance, refreshments & accompanying handout materials. Deadline for the Seminar is August 23rd, 2004.  Space is limited.

Due to time constraints registrations are being accepted only by email at:
Newhaven@bellnet.ca or fax to 416-259-2023

CANCELLATIONS
Registration fees are completely refundable for cancellations made at least 7 days prior to seminar. Registrations cancelled less than 7 days prior to seminar will be subject to a fee of one-half the registration. If no advance notice is provided, the entire registration fee will be forfeited.

OTHER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
. Confirmation will be emailed.
. Payment must be made in advance by credit card.

For more information, please call 416-259-4445 x10 and ask for Tracey.

REGISTRATION FORM (please print) fax or email the necessary details

Name         ______________________________________

Address      _____________________________________

                  ______________________________________

Phone         _____________________________________

E-mail Address  _________________________________

Credit Card Info. (we accept Amex, MasterCard or Visa)
Card type:_____________________________________
Card number ______________________________________

Expiry ____________________________

DIRECTIONS TO NEW HAVEN

From the west (Mississauga/Oakville): QEW eastbound to the Evans Avenue exit. Turn right onto Evans Avenue. Turn right on Treeview Avenue. Turn left on Lanor Avenue.
From the east (downtown Toronto): QEW westbound to the Kipling Avenue exit. Turn left on Kipling Avenue then an immediate right onto Evans Avenue. Turn left on Treeview Avenue. Left on Lanor Avenue.
From the North: 427 southbound to the Evans Avenue exit.  Turn left onto Evans Avenue. Turn right on Treeview Avenue. Turn left on Lanor Avenue.
The school is on the right hand side. Parking is at the side and back of the school and on Paula Avenue directly across from the school.
 
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The Articles of Interest are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest
does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
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ASO VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND!
 
 
Hi ASO GTA-ers,
This coming Saturday, August 7 is ASO's volleyball tournament. It would be great if friends of ASO could put a team together, but thus far, we haven't had much interest at all from our members to support this event (with a few notable exceptions including Deborah Kitchen, ASO Board Member, who has been a tremendous support, and Karyl Jones-Whittey of Peel Chapter, who helped us with a media connection). If you know of anyone who would like to play -even your friends or families office mates or older teen children - I think we can probably put together a team of 6 people for a recreational team.  No competition level skills required! Honest! It should be a lot of fun down at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto's Beaches. There will be media present and free food and prizes and good music. Hopefully the weather will cooperate too. Also, if you know of anyone who would be willing to volunteer for a few hours to help out, that would be appreciated too.
Please contact Ethel here at the office or Claire Woolford at raaa_tournament@yahoo.com , our awesome tournament director.
Thanks for any support you can offer. We appreciate it!
Marg
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Margaret Spoelstra, Executive Director, Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004, Toronto, ON  M6K 3C5
416-246-9592 x22
marg@autismsociety.on.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca
Member, ASD-CARC (Autism Spectrum Disorders -
Canadian-American Research Consortium):
www.autismresearch.ca
www.cycleforautism.com
 
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SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT
 
Province alters funding rules for special ed
Minister says he will add 4,000 staffers
54,000 students need intensive support

TESS KALINOWSKI, EDUCATION REPORTER
THE TORONTO STAR

The number of Ontario children being identified by their schools as needing intensive special education has doubled in two years to 54,000 students.
That's one of the key reasons behind an overhaul of Ontario's special
education funding system, announced yesterday by Education Minister Gerard Kennedy.
Funding has increased 65 per cent in the last two years for students with
the most complex physical, emotional and intellectual challenges. The
government is giving boards the $100 million they applied for last year to
serve those children, but next year it will bring in new rules which will
focus on the students' achievements rather than their disabilities. The new
funding allocations, which apply to the 2003-04 school year, will go to pay for equipment, therapy and about 4,000 more teachers and education
assistants.
At a news conference at Toronto's Beverley Junior Public School, Kennedy conceded some boards may have broadened their definitions of special needs, qualifying them for more of the funding known as intensive support allotments. He was sympathetic, however, noting that for four years, under the previous Conservative government, there were no special education funding increases.
The number of special ed children with less acute needs - about 12 per cent of the school population - remained stable within the same period.
"The current system doesn't require (acute needs) students to have the same education outcomes as other students," said Kennedy. "That's not to say boards are not trying to do that, but the funding system acts as an
impediment. It requires students to be regarded in their most negative
capacity. It asks boards to prove students have deficiencies."
Since 1997, school boards have qualified for intensive needs funding by
producing massive documentation on individual students' disabilities. The
more severe the child's challenges, the more money the board got. Those
dollars, worth about $900 million annually, were not allocated to
individual students but rather applied system-wide as boards saw fit.
Ontario spends about $1.8 billion overall on special education.
The new system, to be designed with board officials, will require schools
to prove their special education programs are helping students achieve. A
new Efficiency and Effectiveness Office will determine which special
education programs help students progress. A new Effectiveness and Equity Fund of about $50 million will be established to help boards that haven't been able to qualify for as much money as they need.
School officials praised Kennedy for moving to a system they hope will
eliminate the mountains of paperwork they have produced annually to qualify for the funding. Boards who didn't qualify for sufficient funds in the past will be able to tap into the new contingency fund, noted Paul Whitehead, president of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association.
 
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AUTISM AWARENESS AT JAYS GAME, SKYDOME

Hello everyone,
  
 Last night was a great evening of baseball and autism awareness in Toronto. Over 30,000 fans showed up for the Toronto Blue Jays/ NY Yankees game at Skydome. Thanks to Kathy Deschenes and Blue Jays Baseball (thanks Ben and Cindy) who helped us to make this family day a reality for the
second year in a row. Ethel Berry and Esther Zhou handled ticket sales from our office most ably.
    150 free tickets to the game were distributed through ASO and various autism groups to parents and children and to adults with ASD around the GTA; Ethel Berry and I accepted a cheque on the field from Orlando Hudson for a portion of 385 ticket sales through ASO; Kim and Sara of Kisara
http://heartfeltmusic.ca/kisaraindex.htm  sang a beautiful rendition of the US and Canadian National Anthem (lots of appreciative cheering fans); Luc VanderMeeren (President of ASO's Metro Chapter and our cross Canada Cycle
for Autism cyclist) threw out the first pitch of the game; and ASO had an information booth where we talked with Canadians and lots of Americans about ASD. And even though the Jays lost the game, it was an exciting nail-biter of a game and there were plenty of ASD supporters and families in the crowd. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the game (folks even drove down from Windsor and Owen Sound!), who promoted ticket sales among friends, family and colleagues or who contacted us to say they had heard the radio ads on the FAN or seen the big electronic display board in downtown Toronto promoting the game and autism awareness. We have already received lots of positive feedback by email and phone about the evening. 
  Your enthusiasm and support for this event was greatly appreciated!
Marg
 
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GFCF DIET SUPPORT
 
The GFCF yahoo group are trying to arrange a meeting day across the country where families with autism can meet to chat. For more information please visit http://autism.meetup.com/  (GFCF is the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free diet).
 
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QUEENS PARK PRESS RELEASE

Ministry of Education

McGuinty government announces new funds and new accountability to benefit students with special needs

TORONTO, July 28 /CNW/ - Education Minister Gerard Kennedy today announced $100 million in new special education funding and measures to ensure that every dollar will reach the students who need it.
"We are ensuring today that dollars are going to be put to work to create
results for special needs students," said Kennedy. "There will be
significantly more support for students this fall."
Each year, Ontario school boards submit claims to the Ministry of
Education to cover the costs associated with students who have acute and severe needs - under the Intensive Support Allocation (ISA). Between 2001 and 2004, Ontario school board claims for ISA funding doubled, despite the fact that enrolment declined overall.
In response to this, the McGuinty government reviewed the situation to
determine if funds were indeed being used to benefit students with acute
special education needs.
The review found:
- Between 2001-02 and 2003-04, claims for ISA funding doubled from
27,000 to 54,000;
- School boards estimated in June 2003 that they would need a
$63 million increase to address ISA students, which skyrocketed to a
$162 million increase just four months later - an increase of almost
160 per cent;
- Two-thirds of school boards placed part of their special education
funding increases in reserves. In 2002-03, approximately $80 million
was placed in reserves.
To ensure special education investments get to students who need them,
Kennedy today announced the government's intention to move forward with the following measures:
- The additional $100 million announced in this year's Budget will
immediately flow to school boards to cover this year's ISA claims.
This brings the total increase in ISA funding to $162 million this
year;
- New conditions will apply to special education funding, including
requirements that reserves be spent helping the students the money was
intended for;
- The current ISA system will be replaced over the next year with one
that focuses on outcomes, local decision-making and reduced
administrative requirements;
- A Provincial Equity and Effectiveness Fund would be established to
support unmet needs and help support staff training and results. The
fund will be made possible by reinvesting board special education
surpluses.
- An Effectiveness and Efficiency Office will be established in the
Ministry of Education to ensure accountability through periodic audits
and to support a higher level of cooperation between the ministry and
boards.
"We are investing an additional $162 million in ISA supports this year -
this record amount represents $100 million more than recommended in the Rozanski Report," said Kennedy.
"I'm pleased with the opportunity that Minister Kennedy has created to
devise a new funding model for special education, including service standards and student outcomes," said Dusty Papke, Chair, Council of Ontario Directors of Education. "The Effectiveness and Efficiency Office is a positive step in helping boards develop programs and share best practices."
"I believe that Minister Kennedy is making the best decision for
educational outcomes for students with special needs and look forward to
working with the McGuinty government in a new era of education partnership in the future," said Lynn Ziraldo, Chair, Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education.
"We have had tremendous cooperation from boards across the province,"
said Kennedy. "We will work together with our partners in education to find the quickest, most effective way to ensure these dollars are spent to create good outcomes for students with special needs."

BACKGROUNDER
EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Dramatic Growth
The claims by school boards for students with acute and severe special
needs have doubled from 27,000 to 54,000 between 2001-02 and 2003-04 under an evaluation system established by the previous government.
Need for A Review
The most recent stage of growth, which happened as part of the 2003-04
ISA review, was two and a half times the Ministry of Education's and local school boards' original estimates. The prevalence of students with acute or severe special needs is now higher in Ontario than any province or state where there is a comparable system.
Inter-Provincial Comparison* of Prevalence Rates
Students With Acute or Severe Special Needs
As per cent of total student population
Rate Year
Ontario 2.76% 2003-04
Quebec 2.27% 2002-03
British Columbia 2.07% 2003-04
Alberta 2.0% 2001-02
Saskatchewan 1.73% 2002-03
*Each jurisdiction sets its own definitions, so it is only the
convention of acute or severe special needs that is comparable.
Mixed Results
An internal review has determined that some of the growth can be
attributed to previously suppressed need and local factors. There were also several issues with the criteria and process of identifying and validating claims, such that some students with less serious disabilities are likely to have been included and approved.
Conditional Funding
The challenges faced by students with special needs justify the release
of $100 million in time for services to be provided in the upcoming 2004-05 school year, for a further increase of 12% and total funding of $926 million.
The identification of process issues requires new conditions for the funding to be met by boards. The aim is to provide stability and a new focus on educational achievement for the province's most vulnerable students, while issues are being resolved.
Board Conditions
The government intends to require that boards:
- enhance their reporting on educational results for students with
special needs
- have senior management specifically account for special education
funding and services
- observe new rules to spend surpluses on student needs.
Year-end Special Education Accumulated Surpluses at School Boards
Year 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04*
Millions $9M $87M $104M
*estimated
Efficiency and Effectiveness Office
The Ministry will establish better support and ongoing quality assurance
for special education as the first item of business for a new Efficiency and
Effectiveness Office. The office will assist boards with best practises and do periodic audits including school visits.
Effectiveness and Equity Fund
The government intends to establish a new Effectiveness and Equity Fund
of more than $50 million to deal with unmet needs in the 2004-05 school year and support the focusing of school efforts on educational benefit for
students. The fund will be made possible by reinvesting board special
education reserves.
New Cooperation
The results of the review support a new approach to special education to
be worked on collaboratively between the Ministry of Education, school boards, parents and the sector as a whole. The primary goals are for a simplified, less costly process for determining students with acute and severe needs, and improved education outcomes for individual students.
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For further information: Amanda Alvaro, Minister's Office,
(416) 325-2632, (416) 509-5696 (cell); Wilma Davis, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6730; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY: 1-800-263-2892


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SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY WORKSHOP
Taking place in September at Milliken Mills Community Center, Markham

If you would like to have current special education information,
strategies, and skills that will enable you to advocate for appropriate
special education programs and services, you should not miss this workshop.

For details please visit http://www.afase.com/Workshop.html
 
Karen Robinson, AFASE at school
 
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The Articles of Interest are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest
does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
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BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

Do you want to play beach volleyball and raise money for a good cause?  Then check this tournament out!!!
RAAA! VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT (Raising Awareness About Autism)
WHERE: Ashbridges Bay Beach, Toronto
WHEN: Saturday August 7, 2004
TIME: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
COST: $300 per team (Individual entries $40)
Early sign-up discount $250 per team
LEVELS: Recreational 6s, Intermediate 6s, and Competitive 4s
All teams are coed and must have a minimum of 2 females
 
To register, or for more information, check out www.autismsociety.on.ca or email raaa_tournament@yahoo.com
 
Your day at the beach includes: Volleyball! Entertainment! Free Pizza! Fabulous Prizes! Great Giveaways!
 
All the proceeds raised from the RAAA! Tournament will be going to Autism Society Ontario.
 
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FUNDRAISING GALA
 
Autism Society Ontario invites you to:
 
"UNMASKING THE SPECTRUM"  Fundraising Gala

Friday October 22, 2004
Flipper's Fish House and Banquet Hall
White Shield Plaza, 2300 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough
 
Tickets $95.00 each.
Table of 8 $760; Table of 9 $855.00; Table of 10 $950.00
Special offer on full table (8 to 10) orders only: 10% discount if order placed before September 3, 2004.  Book a full table and bring your friends!
 
To order tickets or make a donation contact:
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King St W Suite 2004
Toronto ON  M6K 3C5
Phone 416-246-9592
Fax 416-246-9417
 
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Finding The Way
We have opened a new location at 21-300 Steelecase Rd W, Markham Ontario L3R 2W2.   Our new phone number is 905-477-1137
Finding The Way's transitioning program (academic) will begin again Aug 4th and run for 3 weeks Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.
Our next social skills session begins on Sept 3rd and registration has already begun. Please visit our website or email us at info@findingtheway.ca for more information regarding group and individual sessions
 
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EPILEPSY YORK REGION - AUGUST 2004 EVENTS
 
Family Picnic and Games Day
Sunday August 8, 2004
12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home
11181 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
Join us for food, games and prizes!
 
Toronto Blue Jays Game
Friday August 27, 2004
Game Start: 7:05 p.m.
Skydome, Toronto
 
Contact Epilepsy York Region
905-508-5404
 
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RESPITE WORKER AVAILABLE
"Experienced, mature respite worker available for York Region.  Has had experience with autism and with typically developing children.  References available.  Please direct enquiries to: liz@deaknet.com."
 
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The Articles of Interest are prepared by volunteer parents
of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest
does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
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TELECALL CONFERENCE FROM AUTISM TODAY
From: "Autism Today" <news@autismtoday.com>
Subject: Last Week Until F.R.E.E. Telecall, Don't Miss Out!

A FREE Telecall that will forever change the way you learn about autism and Asperger's syndrome.  (It's free. It's revolutionary. And space is limited!) 
 
Has autism or Asperger's Syndrome changed your life?
Do you need to learn much more as quickly as possible?
Do you want to attend many autism live conferences, but can't afford them?
If you nodding yes,yes, yes - Please mark your calendars now! July 22, 2004. At 7PM Eastern Standard Time. At that time, world renown autism expert Stephen Shore and the founder of Autism Today, Karen Simmons will reveal 2 new breakthrough learning systems! 
1) Discover an exciting new way to learn from autism's great authorities. 
2) See how this learning system actually holds your hand and makes complex theories easy to understand.
3) Watch how you can save hundreds of even thousands of dollars compared to attending live conferences.
4) What's more each listener in the teleclass will be able to ask the experts an important question. And all questions will be answered as part of this system.
Space is limited to the first 100.
Sincerely,  Karen Simmons,  CEO, Autism Today.  Please email or phone us if we can be of assistance. 1-866-9AUTISM;  
info@autismtoday.com
  
Steven Shore: He also serves on the board of the Autism Society of America, as board president of the Asperger's Association of New England and is on
the Board of Directors for Unlocking Autism, the Autism Services Association of Massachusetts, and MAAP Services.  A very well known author and has a brand new book called "Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum" with a foreword by Temple Grandin. Ask and Tell is unique by being the first book to speak to the twin issues of self-advocacy and disclosure for people with autism and by consisting exclusively of contributions by those on the autism spectrum for persons on the spectrum - a much needed resource
  
Karen Simmons: Founder of Autism Today, one of the most visited autism websites on the web with over 1.2 million visitors a year. Her first book Little Rainman, Autism Through the eyes of a child, led her to begin the KEEN foundation, a non profit organization to help with special needs children. "I learned of the tremendous need for resources in an easy, affordable and deliverable method. In a nutshell, that's my life's mission.
 
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PARTICIPATE IN AUTISM RESEARCH
 
You can make a difference!  We are looking for 10,000 families.

ASD-CARC (Autism Spectrum Disorders - Canadian/American Research Consortium) is a multidisciplinary team of over 60 researchers, clinicians and parents, located throughout North America, which is currently undertaking one of the largest Canadian ASD research projects ever.

If you have a family member with ASD, please consider joining our research program.  You do not need to live in Canada to participate.

Participating is easy:
· You can contribute to many of our projects simply filling out our on-line questionnaires.
· If you are expecting a new baby or have an infant under one year of age, you may participate in our prospective study which will closely track your infant's development
· If you have two or more individuals with ASD in your family (siblings, cousins, aunt/uncle, etc.), you could be a candidate for our genetics of ASD study, which is trying to determine the genetic risk factors for ASDs.

To register, or for more information visit our website at
www.autismresearch.ca,
email
autism@post.queensu.ca or call 1-866-ASD-CARC (voice mail only).

www.autismresearch.ca
 
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CD ABOUT AUTISM AND ASPERGER'S
A listmate shares the following info:
For those that may be interested, there is an excellent new audio CD
about Autism and Asperger's available which features interviews with
those in the Autism spectrum, parents and professionals. It also
features poetry and music from those in the spectrum. It's called,
"Living In the Spectrum: Autism & Asperger's" More information, reviews
and audio samples are available at:
http://www.mindscapeproductions.com
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SCD DIET SEMINAR AND COOKING DEMONSTRATION
 
Loblaws Forest Hill Market Presents: Elaine Gottschall On the SCD Diet and J-Gourmet Prepares SCD Recipes

Elaine Gottschall used the Specific Carbohydrate Diet back in the 1960's when her own child suffered from severe bowel problems. Her book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" outlines the diet .The Gut/Brain/Diet connection will be explained by this mother and scientist whose work is helping people with intestinal illness and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Date: Thursday, August 12
Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Place: Loblaws Forest Hill Market
396 St. Clair Ave. West, Level 2-Test Kitchen (Next to the St. Clair West Subway Station)

Following the talk,there will be a cooking demonstration, by Jodi Bager and Jenny Lass, from J-Gourmet, of typical recipes approved for the diet.  Admission is free. Reservations are required.
Register in person at Customer Service or by telephone to:  416 651 5166.
for further information:  Maisie DeSousa: Manager; Loblaw's Forest Hill Market - 416 651 5166 or Carol Frilegh - 416 922 0538

 
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The Articles of Interest are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
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TELEVISION PROGRAM - "Mothers Of Courage"
Saturday July 10 at 10:00 pm on CBC Newsworld.
It's 10-year-old Bethany Shopland's school concert and her parents and sister are watching anxiously in the audience. Bethany lives with many physical challenges that include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, hydrocephalus and visual impairment.  "ROUGH CUTS" presents Mothers of Courage, an in-depth look at the struggles and triumphs of a family devoted to the care and nurturing of a special needs child.
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AUTISM DAY AT SKYDOME - BLUE JAYS vs YANKEES, JULY 26
 
Dear friends and members of ASO:
The Autism Day at SkyDome on Monday, July 26 at 7:05pm (Toronto Blue Jays vs NY Yankees) is nearly upon us. Ticket sales have been very slow, and unless we sell a substantial amount of tickets, we will likely not be given the opportunity to promote such a day again. Understandably the SkyDome and Blue Jays folks prefer to select organizations who can also demonstrate public interest in a cause that also results in an increase in ticket sales. So if you were planning to buy tickets, or you know of people who would be interested in seats at substantially reduced rates, now is the time to act. Check out the great prices for a great cause.

Kim and Sara of KiSara
http://www.heartfeltmusic.ca/kisaraindex.htm will be singing the national anthems at that Monday night game.

Don't miss out!  
http://www.autismsociety.on.ca/AutismDayForm.doc  - order form.
 
Please note that ASO does not profit financially from this event. It is an important public awareness event for Autism and Aspergers and it provides us with an opportunity to support families and individuals with ASD to attend a community event at SkyDome.
 
Thank you!
Autism Society Ontario

 
 
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SPEECH FOUNDATION FALL SYMPOSIUM A Two-Day Educational Event in Toronto, October 15 and 16, 2004.

This event will be of interest to Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Communicative Disorder Assistants, Educators, Teaching Aides, Early Childhood Educators, Parents and Caregivers.
 
"Communication Disorders and the Whole Child"  
Guest Speaker, Dr. Madeleine Portwood Senior Educational Psychologist, Durham L.E.A., Dyspraxia Foundation Trustee: Chair of the Education Committee, United Kingdom
 
Dr Portwood is a qualified teacher and her current role in Durham L.E.A. enables her to combine generic work as an educational psychologist with her research into neurodevelopmental disorders. Increasing numbers of children are identified with problems in the development of their receptive and expressive language, which can be symptomatic of an underlying neurodevelopmental disorder.
 
Specialists in speech and language development are often the first point of referral. The focus of this course is to consider:
* The neurological factors impacting on children's development.
* The significance of diet on the symptoms of neurodevelopmental disorders.
* The identification and assessment of Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
* Appropriate interventions to improve the learning outcomes for these pupils that can be delivered through specialist services, school-based staff and parents.
* Why speech and language difficulties are early indicators of Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
   
For more information and registration, please contact Rhonda Jacobson, Event Manager <
speechfoundation@hotmail.com>

The Speech Foundation is a not-for-profit charity which provides direct service to clients with severe speech disorders.
The Speech Foundation | 10 Buchan Court | Toronto | ON | M2J 1V2 | Canada
 
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YORK UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
Hello list;
Anyone interested in participating in this York University research study, please contact Gayle directly. Chapter families involved in past studies such as this have found them beneficial in more clearly understanding their children.
Regards,
ASO-YRC

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Subject: York University Research

My name is Gayle Goldstein and I am a graduate student from York University who works with children who have Pervasive Developmental Disorders.  Currently I am conducting my Master's thesis research and am looking for children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders to participate.  Children who are between the ages of 7- 13 and have at least a four-year level of expressive language are needed. 

This study is investigating memory and strategy skills of children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders, particularly those within the Autism Spectrum (Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and PDD-NOS).  The children's initial memory skills will first be assessed and then memory training using categorization and rehearsal strategies using fun and unique methods will be provided.  Children will be taught how to strategize and will also be provided attribution training to encourage the continuous use of these strategies. 
This study will take place over the summer and early fall, twice a week for three weeks for a half hour each time.  During the last session, a follow-up session will be booked for two weeks later to monitor skills over time.  Participating children will receive a small token gift upon completion of the study.  Testing of cognitive functioning and receptive language skills will be conducted during one of the sessions and we will also be asking parents to complete the Autism Diagnostic Interview that will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete (either in person or by phone). 

We are wondering if your organization may be able to help us find families who would be willing to participate in this study.  I can be reached at 416-736- 5115 ext. 20706 or
ggold@yorku.ca or my colleague Kerry Wells at the same number or kwells@yorku.ca.  Interested families can also contact us at that number or email addresses.  If you are able to help, I have flyers and consent forms that can be sent out to interested families.
Thank you very much for your help,
Gayle Goldstein                  
Clinical-Developmental Psychology, York University                  
4700 Keele St.  Toronto, Ont., M3J 1P3           
(416) 736- 5115 ext. 20706       
 
 
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Nutritional Summit Consulting Presents: 
What is the DAN! Protocol? & Making Brunch GFCF! 
Presented by:  Arlene Moshe, Registered Dietitian,
A tasty cooking demonstration by:  Fannie E. DeCaria (chef , mom, owner of Fannie's Fine Foods)

Sunday August 15, 2004
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
North York Chamber of Commerce, 1000 Finch Ave. West, Ste.801, North York, Ontario
(Northwest corner of Dufferin and Finch-Bally's tower)

SEMINAR FEE:
Earlybird Registration before July 25, 2004:  $48.00/person or $81.00/couple
Registration after July 25, 2004:  $58.00/person or $106.00/couple
Morning coffee and GFCF brunch samplers provided!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday August 9, 2004
Registration Form:
www.nutritionalsummit.com
By Phone: (416) 250-5045 (press #1)
By Email: Request registration form in subject line and send to:
nutritionalsummit@rogers.com

Just what is DAN!?  This seminar was designed to answer that question in an easily understood format that is useful and valuable.  Understanding DAN! is a must for knowing where the biomedical choices you have for you child originate from and what it means to see a DAN! Practitioner.
By attending this seminar, you will learn:
§         the history of Defeat Autism Now! Project.
§         important findings in Autism that led to current laboratory testing options
§         essence of  DAN! A summary of its recommendations & biomedical options that is clear and concise
Discussion will include:  GFCF diet, **SCD diet**,  supplementation, recommended testing and where to start!

AS WELL! We are proud to present, Fannie E. DeCaria, who will take us through a fun-to-watch-and- eat cooking demonstration of easy to make breakfast/brunch meals for the Gluten/Casein free lifestyle. Fannie -chef & instructor, is a graduate of George Brown College Hospitality Program. She is the mother of two boys including a 9 year old boy who has a gluten and casein sensitivity. Fannie and her family have many years of professionalrestaurant and catering experience.
 
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The M.I.N.D. (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) INSTITUTE

The M.I.N.D. Institute's "Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders," recorded in 2003, are archived for immediate "on-demand" viewing at
http://www.uctv.tv/ondemand

"Video Modeling and the Perception of Emotion"  - Dr. Blythe Corbett, a pediatric neuropsychologist who specializes in autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, describes her work studying applications of video modeling, a behaviorally-based treatment that uses video to teach skills to children with autism spectrum disorders who have problems perceiving the emotions and social cues of others.

"How Should We Individualize Interventions for Children with Autism?"  - Dr. Sally Rogers and Dr. Ann Mastergeorge discuss early, abnormal developmental processes, development of motor skills and language in children with severe disabilities, development of social relationships in people with disabilities, and treatment efficacy in autism.

"Advances in Genetic Research: The Intertwining of Fragile X and Autism"  - Randi J. Hagerman, M.D., F.A.A.P. discusses the latest research at the molecular and behavioral levels, what these levels have in common, and their differences in regards to Fragile X gene and autism.

"PROMPT: A Tactually Grounded Treatment Approach to Speech Production Disorders"  - Deborah Hayden, M.A., CCC-SLP is the Founder and Executive Director of the PROMPT Institute and an Adjunct Specialist in the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences at Michigan State University. Her research has been in the field of childhood and adult speech production disorders, phonology, hearing impairment, dysarthria and apraxia.

"Understanding the Comorbidities of Dyslexia: ADHD and Speech/Language Disorders"  - Professor of Psychology Dr. Bruce Pennington, University of Denver, discusses dyslexia, ADHD and speech/language disorders.

"Update of Integrated Pharmacologic Treatment and ADHD"  - Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Robert Hendren discusses the etiology of ADHD and effective treatments for the disorder in all ages.

The UC Davis M.I.N.D. (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute is committed to unraveling the mystery that has long
surrounded autism and autism spectrum disorders, fragile X syndrome, and other developmental disorders.

The 2004 Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders will take place on August 12 and 13, Sacramento.
For more information, visit
www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/index.htm

Alison Gang
Communications Manager
University of California Television (UCTV)
Phone: (858) 822-5060
Fax: (858) 822-2579
email:
agang@ucsd.edu
http://www.uctv.tv

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AUTISM RESEARCH AT MCMASTER UNIVERSITY
 
Hello list;
Anyone interested in participating in this McMaster University research study, please contact Abid directly. Chapter families involved in past studies such as this have found them beneficial in more clearly understanding their children.
Regards,
ASO-YRC.


We are writing to you on behalf of Dr. M.D. Rutherford, Ph.D. of the Psychology Department at McMaster University.

As a part of the Community Connections Project, we are investigating the usefulness and accessibility of resources and support for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Hamilton and surrounding regions. We hope to gain insight into the parents' views of ASD research, and how this research could be changed to better meet their needs. We would greatly appreciate it if one of the student research volunteers involved in this project could connect with your facility over the next few months, to assist us in meeting our research goals.

This project would involve meeting with parents' groups or individual parents and asking them to fill out a short questionnaire. Attached is a copy of this questionnaire to give you a better understanding of the topics we are investigating. The parents would also have the opportunity to take part in a follow-up interview, if they are interested.

We sincerely hope that by discussing issues related to ASD, we can attain a better perspective on the needs of parents and also help to improve the resources that are available for families. If you have any questions about our project, or if you wish to participate, please contact me at
abidhidayat01@hotmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you to discuss this opportunity further.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,  Abid Hidayat, Andrea Dowell, Julie White and Colleen Webber
Human Development Centre, Department of Psychology, McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1

 
 
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E-DISTRIBUTION LIST FOR AUTISM ARTICLES
 
Hello York Region Chapter e-distribution list;

For those interested in receiving 'Autism in the News' articles, court case information, and futher 'Items of Interest' not directly relating to York Region Chapter, please subscribe to Nancy Morrison's e-distribution list.  Nancy is a passionate chapter member parent who regularly scans the news wires for articles and posts them to those interested in following such information. The goal of the e-mail group is to work together across the province in advocating for IBI/ABA funding improvements with the Ontario government.

Contact "Nancy Morrison" <
nancymorrison@rogers.com> with 'subscribe' in the Subject Line.
 
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PRESENTATION BY DR. SIMON BARON-COHEN
Friday, 01 October, 2004
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Le Jardin Special Event Centre, 8440 Hwy 27, Woodbridge, ON
(905) 851-2200
Presented by Arbutus Coast Presentations, Inc.
Visit our website for details of parent, student & group rates, and our special promotion valid until the end of July. 
www.ArbutusCoast.com

If you are a parent of a child with autism, or you are a service provider, a therapist, an educator or researcher in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders, you will probably be interested in seeing Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen's one day presentation in the Toronto area. Dr. Baron-Cohen is one of the world's leading theorist and researcher in the area of ASD.

Dr. Baron-Cohen is the author of
· Mindblindness (MIT Press, 1995)
· Autism: The Facts (OUP, 1993)
· Teaching Children with Autism to Mindread (Wiley, 1999)
· The Essential Difference : Men, Women and the Extreme Male Brain (Penguin UK/Perseus, 2003)
· The interactive guide to emotions (DVD-ROM) (Jessica Kingsley Ltd) and many scientific journal articles.

Dr. Baron-Cohen has also edited:
· Understanding Other Minds (OUP, 1995 and 2001)
· The Maladapted Mind (UCL Press, 1997), and
· Synaesthesia (Blackwells, 1997)

Interactive Sessions
Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen will be presenting four talks. Each talk will be followed by an opportunity for registrants to ask questions, or present comments.

1. Early Diagnosis of Autism The Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT) An update:
Classic Autism is typically diagnosed at about 3 or 4 years of age.  Asperger Syndrome is usually diagnosed much later-rarely before 6, and often not until late childhood, or later. This presentation describes research using the CHAT during the 1990's that shows autism reliably identified at 18 months. Early detection could mean children could begin treatment earlier. More recent work is using the Q-CHAT, to dimensionalize screening in the hope of picking up Asperger's at 18 months, also.

2. Psychological Theories of Autism
We examine
a) Mindblindness hypothesis
b) Weak central coherence hypothesis
c) Executive Dysfunction Theory
Each is described & evidence discussed.

3. The Extreme Male Brain Theory of Autism
A newer theory suggests that autism entails impaired Empathizing (E) alongside intact or superior Systemizing (S). This theory also builds on growing evidence for sex differences in E and S. On average, females show a profile where their empathy is stronger than their systemizing (E>S) whilst males on average show the opposite profile (S>E). The evidence that autism spectrum conditions comprise an extreme of the male brain (S>>E) is reviewed.

4. Teaching mind-reading to people with autism
Earlier theories were developed to characterize autism and understand its brain (and, ultimately genetic) basis. Mindblindness theory has gone on to be applied to Special Education. A new method for teaching emotion recognition using a DVD-ROM is also described.

 
 
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FEDERAL LEADERS DEBATE TUESDAY JUNE 15 2004
 
From: Marg Spoelstra <marg@autismsociety.on.ca>

Hello ASO GTA-ers,
 
We are members of this group. If you know of people interested in this type of public process from your community, please feel to register an ASO chapter member to attend. I have been to some of their meetings in the past, which have been useful to me, but be aware that when you're there, autism is just one fish in the sea of charitable groups represented - 300 or more. At the same time, the presence of associations represented are included on lists that are made known to various Ontario leaders.
 
Marg 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Margaret Hau
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2004 9:09 AM
Subject: Federal Leaders' Debate Watch, June 15th in Toronto

The Community is Watching!  For leadership on Child and Family Issues.   Join us as we watch and comment on the televised Federal Leaders' Debate 2004.
On Tuesday, June 15, 2004, the leaders of the four major federal parties will take part in a televised debate on the federal election.
Parents, community groups & children's advocates will be watching for commitments to Canada's children and families including:
Ø     Investment in an effective child benefit
Ø     Commitment to a national system of high quality regulated early learning and child care
Ø     Inclusive programs and services for all children and youth, including those with disabilities, Aboriginal and immigrant children and youth
Ø     Ensuring access to safe and affordable housing
Ø     Creation of more good jobs at living wages
Tuesday, June 15th, 7:40 - 10:00 P.M. (EST)
City Hall - Members Lounge, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto
Everyone welcome! Light refreshments will be served!

For more information, please check out
www.campaign2000.ca or contact:  Liyu Guo at 416-595-9230 x 244 or Jane Mercer 416-538-7630

HOSTED BY:  Campaign 2000, the Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care, the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Family Service Association of oronto,  Community Social Planning Council of Toronto,  and City of Toronto Councillor Janet Davis

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TPAS AND THE SCHOOL BOARDS
 
From Family Net Ask Lindsay Moir column
www.familynet.on.ca
 
'Ask Lindsay Moir'
Friday June 11, 2004


Question: In a previous column I refererred to a protocol (given to me by several parents) between the Toronto Preschool Autism Services and their school board which appeared to indicate that a working relationship between autism professionals and educators had been formalized. Today I want to add further clarification in this regard.

Answer: In fact, three different parents have contacted me and reported the following:
 
. Their TPAS worker has been in the classroom regularly to shadow, observe and give informal advice when asked, to teaching staff 
. Their TPAS worker was a key participant in the "Transition to School" meeting
. Their worker has a "great relationship with the school

I received an e-mail from Mark Macdonald, the Intake Co-ordinator for TPAS, in which he clarified the position of TPAS relative to the Toronto District
School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board:

"At one time TPAS was providing IBI services to children in a small number of schools in Toronto. School Board Policy has been for a couple of years
now that our instructors are not allowed into the classrooms with children or to provide consultation to teachers. Our workers continue to go into
homes and day-care settings of the children who are receiving our service."

It appears that the "protocol" which was distributed by parents was an internal TPAS e-mail from September 2002 advising staff of how to act in
school settings. Although the direction given outlined ways that staff could support students -- there was no agreement by the boards involved --
it was simply an internal TPAS document.

The school boards have been very direct in telling their staff that there shall be no IBI therapy in the school day or on school property. These
"directives" are not actually "policy" -- they have not been passed by the trustees, they are administrative direction from senior staff at the board
office.

Sadly, the perception of ABA/IBI held by many senior educators is "out-of-date". While ABA/IBI did start as clinical therapies done in a medical setting, in most of the world it has evolved into a pedagogically-sound educational strategy which is incorporated into everyday classroom practice. Many books are available to help educators learn how to incorporate ABA techniques into a classroom setting.  Conferences have been held in Ontario on this theme.

The large majority of parents whose children have had their child in ABA or IBI pre-school programs are not seeking therapy in the classroom, they are
seeking educational programming that is congruent with their child's acquired learning style.

MCSS has recently announced additional funding for the transitioning of ABA/IBI "graduates" into a school setting -- but sadly, this was not a joint announcement with the Ministry of Education, and many school boards continue to ignore these new techniques -- until the two Ministries act in concert there is little hope of the wider educational community getting "on board."

With the current number of legal cases and Human Rights complaints, the position of many in the education sector is to block any collaborative action which might give ABA or IBI any validity. At the "grassroots level" TPAS staff and local educators are walking a fine line -- following the directives of their respective bosses but finding ways to collaborate in the best interests of the child. TPAS staff are not doing "therapy" in schools -- they are shadowing, chatting, observing -- all activities that help to enhance children's home programs. Teachers, EAs and principals are not doing therapy in school --they build relationships and ask for information from autism professionals and parents -- activities which enhance the school's ability to provide appropriate programming.

But the lawyers and the bureaucrats continue to ignore the success and benefits that a collaborative approach can bring, and devote their time, energy and resources to keeping "therapy out of the school."

I am sorry to report that there is no official protocol between TPAS and the Toronto boards. This may surprise many Toronto parents, because the
"grassroots protocol" is working well.
....
Lindsay Moir is a Consultant with Comhnadh Consulting in London, Ontario.
His Q + A column regarding education issues "Ask Lindsay Moir" is archived on the Family Net website www.familynet.on.ca
Lindsay's services are described on his web-site www3.sympatico.ca/l.moir and he can be reached at (519)660-0493 or l.moir@sympatico.ca

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NURSERY SCHOOL
 
From Step by Step Learning Group
www.SBSLG.com

Children Collaboration Success

We are now accepting applications for a new and innovative collaborative program between Step By Step Learning Group and Yes I Can Nursery School.

Step By Step Learning Group is a group of professionals dedicated to educating children with special needs using the Principles of Behavior Analysis both in a 1-1 teaching format and in the integrated classroom. Our highly qualified staff include a registered child psychologist, a board certified associate behavior analyst and educators trained in the delivery of behaviorally based education.

Yes I Can Nursery School specializes in providing early learning intervention opportunities with developmentally based programming that meets the needs of all children. This is a total communication environment focusing on language development, socialization, behavioral self-management, early math, science, music and creative arts.

The goal of the CCS program is to facilitate the integration of high quality Intensive Behavioral Intervention and collaborative supported inclusion in a warm, integrated and enriched preschool setting where children of differing abilities learn side by side. In this program children will access the best of both services in one location. The benefits are numerous:

. State of the art Intensive Behavioral Intervention services supervised by a highly qualified clinical team
. Supported Inclusion supervised by the IBI clinical team
. An inclusion site specializing in the delivery of early childhood education for children with ASD, language delays and related disorders
. Jointly trained inclusion and IBI educators allowing for maximum integration of services
. Normalization in the acquisition of treatment/preschool education services (time, location, population)

Children must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 half days (3 IBI, 2 integrated) or 3-5 full days.

Space is limited this first year to 6 full-time positions available to children 30 months to 7 years.

To find out more about this innovative new program call SBSLG at 905-460-8822 or if you would like more information about SBSLG visit our website at
http://www.SBSLG.com

 
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We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
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SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL DAY PROGRAMS (JULY/AUGUST 2004)
Kerry's Place Autism Services will be running a day social/recreational program for youth between the ages of 16 and 25 with a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger's. 
The cost of the program for 9 days is $150, this covers the cost of admission to all activities.  Participants are responsible for their own lunches and snacks and transportation to and from the program.  The program will be held from 8:30am to 3:30pm, except on specified days when it will run until 4pm.  Please dress for the weather.  The dates of the program are July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and August 9, 10 & 11.  The drop off and pick up location will be St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 484 Water Street (Water St & Main St) Newmarket. 
Enrolment is limited to 9 people.  To enrol or for more information please contact Tanya Vaughan at 905-713-6808 ext 351 or 905-751-6831 or
tvaughan@kerrysplace.org.
 
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ASPIRE (AUTISM SUPPORT PROJECT: INFORMATION, RESOURCES, EMPOWERMENT)
ASPIRE is the acronym for Autism Support Project: Information, Resources, Empowerment. The project was originally launched in fall 2002 and offers
hope of a good life in community for vulnerable adults on the autism spectrum by:
* Building knowledge of how adults experience autism spectrum disorders and the most effective strategies of supporting them to cope with their disabilities and achieve the best possible quality of life;
* Facilitating autistic persons, with their families and friends, to plan and find resources for all the elements of a good life, including relationships with a personal support network, a home of one's own, ways to make choices and contribute to the community, and a safe and secure future.
 
ASPIRE seeks to do much more than slot people into waiting lists for traditional services for people who are developmentally challenged. Its distinctive hallmarks are:
1. Concern for a whole life that suits each person's unique abilities, interests and needs, as these are known from the person herself/himself;
2. Respect for the personal support network of family and friends as a vital resource and safeguard for quality of life now and in the future;
3. Creative, individualized ways of ensuring that adults with autism have the most appropriate and empowering choices on all elements of a good life,  including:
-        a personal support network of friends and family
-        a home of one's own that reflects one's preferences and needs
-        ways to express thoughts and feelings, make informed choices, and be heard
-        ways to continue learning and growing
-        ways to contribute meaningfully to the community
-        a safe and secure future.
This bulletin contains more about ASPIRE.
OAARSN welcomes discussion of ideas and topics related to adults with autism.
Please send news, announcements of autism events, new information, discussion questions and comments, and accounts of experience to gbloomfi@uoguelph.ca
 
Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield.  
Please click on http://www.ont-autism.uoguelph.ca/news-20040702.html for our bulletin of autism news and announcements.
 
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CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS ART SERIES
The Lance Krasman Centre For Community Mental Health
10121 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill L4C 1T7
Phone 1-888-780-0724;  Fax: 905-780-1960
Email:
Krasman@idirect.ca
Questions? Call and ask for Tanya or Krista

Creative Expression Series
Sunday June 27th
Saturday July 3rd
Saturday July 17th
Saturday August 14th
Saturday August 21st
Time: 12-4pm

June:  The Art of Collage- An art form in which a number of items are placed within the boundaries of a frame to create a message or feeling by the patterns, content, and unexpected interaction. Taught by Jo Gomes.
July: Acrylic Painting-  Taught by Ron Belton, bring in an object, picture, or anything that has meaning to you, and capture the essence of it in a painting.  There are two sessions of this course.
August:  Chalk Pastel- Taught by Jackie Gallen, Chalk is rich in color and offers the artist immediate results.  Learn basic colour theory and pastel techniques to accent your own natural creative talent.

All Materials are provided and absolutely all levels of experience are welcome. If you aren't feeling artsy, but are curious and still want to come, that's ok too. We have great coffee to share!

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SEXUALITY CLINIC WORKSHOP
York Central Hospital Behaviour Management Services of York & Simcoe
Sexuality Clinic Workshop:  "Assessment and Treatment of People with Intellectual Disabilities Who Sexually Offend"
Friday, September 10, 2004
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Presenters: Dave Hingsburger, Susan Tough, Rose Del Bono, Angie Nethercott and Struan Cardoso

All presenters are associated with the Sexuality Clinic that provides assessment and treatment for individuals with developmental disabilities with sexual offending behaviour.  The Sexuality Clinic is a community-based service that has been in operation for over 20 years

For further information and application form e-mail <
behaviour.mgmt@bellnet.ca>
Deadline for Registration: Wednesday September 1, 2004

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DISABILITY AND ESTATE PLANNING TELECONFERENCE WITH KENNETH C. POPE, LL.B, TEP
Save On Taxes, Protect Inheritances And Maximize Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Benefits

Kenneth C. Pope is an Ottawa-based lawyer with a province-wide practice devoted to trusts and disability issues. He is offering a one-hour
teleconferencing opportunity on Tuesday and Wednesday July 13th and 14th, and Tuesday and Wednesday July 27th and 28th from 7 to 8 p.m.

There is no charge to participate however you will be required to cover the cost of the long-distance call. We are advising our clients to purchase an international calling card to cover the cost of the long distance phone call.  I have researched these and found the "techno" and "hot" cards the best value. The cards should be available at most convenience stores. If  you are unable to find either of these cards, any international calling card that has service to the United States will work.  Five dollars should cover the cost of the call card and there is no cost for the seminar.
Attendance is limited to ten participants per session.
 
Topics:
· How can parents provide for their children even after they are gone?  
· Do you have a Will with a Henson Trust in it?
· How can your child with a disability become eligible for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)?
· How can ODSP payments be increased from $708 to $930 ?
· How can families living with a disability benefit from the disability tax credit? 
· How can claims be made for years as far back as 1985 if applicable?
· How can families benefit from the caregiver provision on income taxes?
What about payments for back years?

There are a number of questions we like to have answered before the seminar.

1. How many children do you have?
2. What is the nature of your child's (children's) disability (disabilities)?
3. Is your child over 18 years?  If so is she/he on ODSP benefits?
4. If on ODSP benefits, does your child receive $930.00 or $708.00 per month?
5. If your child is receiving only $708.00 per month, can your child help with the shopping and cooking, i.e. do some grocery shopping and meal preparation, even if supervision is required?
6. Does your child get the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)?  If so, when did this begin?  (One can backfile)
7. Do you get the Caregiver Tax Credit (CTC)?  If so, when did this begin?

To register for this teleconference, respond to Alison <
alisonmq@on.aibn.com> and indicate a first and second choice for time of session. You can also register by calling: (613) 567-8675 or 1-866-KEN-POPE (1-866-536-7673).   Feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested.
 
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SEEKING ABA WORK:  Inina Goldenberg  
Cell/Business Number: 416-508-5570   <inina.goldenberg@rogers.com>
Education: Major in Social Work; and minor in Psychology/Sociology.
Work Experience: worked at the Geneva Centre for Autism for three years; working as an ABA Therapist since 2002.
Autism Training: ABA through the Geneva Centre for Autism; Sensory/Social Skills through the Geneva Centre for Autism; VBT through Above and Behind
Consulting; will attend VBT three day workshop in September through Surrey Place Centre.
Programs: my own toys, games, pre-academic programs, and sensory/social base intervention. Also, can implement ABA programs. 
Hourly Rate: negotiable
Geographic Area: York Region, North, West, East and Central Toronto.

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The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
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THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAM
 
ASO York Region Chapter has received a letter from Eaglewood Resort & Nature Park.  The Canadian Neuropathy Association has graciously offered to sponsor a Therapeutic Riding Program at Eaglewood Resort in Pefferlaw.  Therapeutic Riding is a form of therapy using horses to help persons with disabilities.  Many riders experience a connection to the horse that few sports can create.  The program will be structured according to guidelines set forth by The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association and the Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association.
They are trying to establish if there is a need for such a programme in this area.  Could you please send an email to
eaglewd@ils.net if you might be interested in such a program.  They will need to know the 'general nature of the disability'
Their website is
www.eaglewood.on.ca
 
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FREEWARE
From: "Grey Olltwit's Freeware Newsletter" <simon@adders.org>

New Programs:
The Works Of William Shakespeare - The works of the Bard.  Details and download at:
http://www.adders.org/freeware/shakespeare.html
Crossword Maker - Make your own crosswords.  Details and download at:  http://www.adders.org/freeware/crossword.html
Find The Lady - A very old three card game. Details and download at:
http://www.adders.org/freeware/findthelady.html
Where's Tigger - Just like the above card game except it features Tigger, Pooh and Piglet.  Details and download at:    http://www.adders.org/freeware/tigger.html

Program Updates:
Jigsaw Maker - Improved print out facility with templates.  Details and download at:
http://www.adders.org/freeware/jigsaw.html
Press A Letter - Disable windows keys facility added.  Details and download at: http://www.adders.org/freeware/pressaletter.html
Wordsearch Maker - An improved try screen without pencils. Changed font colour to black for clue text.  Details and download at:    http://www.adders.org/freeware/wsearch.html

If you already have a copy of my CD, then these latest programs are now in the private download area which you can access from the CD.
Full details about my programs on a CD can be found at
http://www.adders.org/freeware/indexcd.html
Remember to check out my new Under Construction section where I try to regularly post details of new programs in the making and you can vote on
them.
http://www.adders.org/freeware/pipeline.html

Simon Hensby aka Grey Olltwit  olltwit@adders.org
http://www.adders.org/freeware/

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Private Service Provider Available

Inna Korelova
cell and business number (416) 858-7335; email address:
vkorelov@hotmail.com
-able to work within the GTA area (York Region, Peel, Central, Toronto downtown).
-hourly rates are negotiable
-will provide her own supply, programs and materials
-educational background: Masters in speech/language, occupational therapy, and special needs teacher certification.
-speaks Russian and English
-three years Canadian experience
-experience with: communication, play, and music therapy. Knowledge of ABA, and can be trained if necessary.
-also worked with individuals with physical disabilities, blind and deaf persons

 
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Workshop: Introduction to Verbal Behavior
 
Teaching Communication Skills To Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Presented by Vincent J. Carbone, Ed.D., Board Certified Behavior Analyst

This workshop focuses on the behavioral approach to teaching communication skills to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. This approach is based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and the research of Michael, Sundberg, Partington, and others. Participants in this workshop learn (1) to conduct a Behavioral Language Assessment, (2) to select the most appropriate form of communication for a child (vocal, signing, pointing to or exchanging pictures, or activating an augmentative device), and (3) to select the communication responses and supporting skills that should be taught first. The workshop includes the recommended teaching procedures for those children who have no formal communication skills to those that are near conversational speakers. The presenter also describes and demonstrates errorless teaching, specific quick-transfer (prompting and fading) procedures, and the use of both discrete trial training in the natural environment and during intensive teaching session. Many video tape demonstrations are provided to illustrate the methods to
increase spontaneous language and to develop conversational skills.

Where: Toronto, Ontario
When: September 7-9, 2004
Time: 8:30am to 5 pm
Accommodations: Individual choice
To register: contact Gerry Bernicky @
gbernicky@tpas.ca or call(416)925-5141 ext 442

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We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
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Hello List;

Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
ASO-YRC is a volunteer-based parent support group. There will be limited activity during the summer break as all administration functions are done by volunteer parents of children with autism. We do not receive government funding, nor do we have paid staff. Donations, memberships and fundraising events support and sustain our volunteer efforts to provide information and support to families and professionals.

Autism Society Ontario - Regional Support Leaders Support Group Meetings, Workshops and Information Evenings will resume in September. A Calendar will be sent by e-mail in late August from ASO YRC Items of Interest <
aso.itemsofinterest@sympatico.ca>

Summer Contacts
Chapter voicemail and e-mail will be monitored periodically by volunteers over the summer 905-780-1590
<
asoyork@axxent.ca>

Liz Cohen will be slightly more available for information and support <
liz@deaknet.com> BBBAutism Support Network www.bbbautism.com

Autism Society Ontario 416-246-9592 mail@autismsociety.on.ca www.autismsociety.on.ca

Have a great summer,
ASO-York Region Chapter
 
 
Autism Asperger's Digest is a bimonthly magazine on autism spectrum disorders. Visit them at www.autismdigest.com.

 
SENSORY INTEGRATION WORKSHOPS
from Shirley Sutton Occupational Therapist, co-author 'Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration'
<
shirley.sutton@sympatico.ca>
www.ot-shirleysutton.com

Sensory Integration Workshops

July 26, 2004
Make 'n Take Early Fine Motor Fun, Cognitive Tasks
Collingwood Public Library 
Contact:  Martha Sutton 
705-445-8069
sutt1850@wlu.ca

Sept 13, 2004
Fine Motor Skills: Preparing for Kindergarten and Primary Level
Contact : Achimota Centre for Children with Autism (ACCA) Barrie
705-735-2336.
achimota@vianet.on.ca

Nov. 6, 2004
Sensory Oral and Fine Motor Fun Make'n Take
Richmond Hill (Loyal True Blue and Orange Home, 11181 Yonge St)
Contact:  Autism Society Ontario - York Region Chapter
905-780-1590
asoyork@axxent.ca

 
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The Kinark Outdoor Centre has finalized the staff training and secured the necessary resources to begin offering a summer camp and weekend respite program for children and youth ages 9-15 with high functioning autism and asperger's syndrome. For more information about the program please contact:

Jim McHardy, Director
Kinark Outdoor Centre
Minden
jimmchardy@koc.on.ca
www.koc.on.ca
1-800-805-8252

 
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The First Annual "Night at the Brix" ASK Camp Fundraiser was a great success!  We raised over $8,000 and were able to almost eliminate our waiting list!  Thanks to the support we received, many more children and youths will have access to this unique summer program.  Special thanks to Stacey Hilkowitz who made this incredible evening possible.  Also, thank you to the many parents and members who contributed to making this event a great success.  Specifically, thank you to the Beedham, Buick, Cohen, Everest, Green, Hernandez, Jackson, Kalmykow, Kennedy, Merlihan, Newton, Okopny, Popper, Strowger, Webster and Weiss families for your help with donations and with ticket sales.

 
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The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Autism Society Ontario.
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Kerry's Place Community Services - Opportunities this summer for individuals with autism.
1. Summer weekend respite for adults with autism
Kerry's Place Autism Services is offering a limited number of weekend overnight respite to adults with autism. The respite will take place at our
Queensville farm home. We will be providing one staff for two individuals with autism from the Friday 5 p.m. drop off time until the Sunday 5 p.m. pick up time. Individuals attending the respite weekends will have use of a large brand new bright basement apartment. Outings and activities on the farm will be scheduled and people attending the respite will be advised of the activities ahead of time.  The total cost of a weekend will be $40 plus the cost of activities. Meals and transportation during the programme will be provided. Drop off and pick up transportation will not be provided by Kerry's Place.
Please contact David Rochon for intake at
drochon@kerrysplace.org or 905 713 6808 ext. 342

2. Kerry's Place Community Services - Adult Day Camp
Kerry's Place will be offering a one week adult day camp from August 2nd to August 6th . We have 10 spaces available for this respite opportunity.  The cost of $100 per camper for the week will cover all activity expenses. Drop off and pick up will be the responsibility of the individual or care providers and Kerry's Place will provide transportation for the activities. Activities may include: jumping at a trampoline gym, swimming, museum and event outings, social skill classes and much more.
Please contact David Rochon for more information at
drochon@kerrysplace.org or 905 713 6808 ext. 342

3. Summer Climbing Camps
Kerry's Place Community Services and "Of Rock and Chalk" are providing two summer rock climbing camp sessions. We have ten spot available for a mixture of adults and children. Campers will enjoy both indoor rock climbing and outdoor activities for this one week camp. All climbers receive one to one supervision while climbing by a trained staff or volunteer.   The first session will run from August 16th to August 20th. The second will run from August 23rd to August 27th. Please contact "Of Rock and Chalk" directly for more information regarding cost and pick up and drop off times.
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2004 Speech and Language Summer Camps
Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders
Aurora:  Communi-Kids Speech Camp; 905-727-8238
Thornhill: C.H.I.L.D.; 905-417-3111
Newmarket: Camp Inukshuk; 905-954-1312
<
familyspeech@sympatico.ca>
Richmond Hill: York Pediatric Therapy Services; 905-737-9680

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'Friendly Dog'
Markham area friendly dog would like to develop friendships with children with autism, in their homes. If interested please contact Barbara Haig, 905-471-9934.  (note to list - the above voicemail was left with the chapter on May 31, 2004. There has been no previous contact with this person, nor should this notice be construed as an endorsement. Should anyone choose to contact Barbara please let us know of your experience. Thank you.)
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Family seeking Before/After School care.  Commencing Sept. 2004. Midland/Steeles area. For details please contact <clovis.grant@rogers.com.
 
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TIPS FROM "HOW TO LEARN.COM"
There's a special gift for you today at http://www.howtolearn.com. In response to the thousands of people asking for more information and specific strategies on how to learn things faster and easier, I've created a full year of weekly tips for you, your family, all your friends and co-workers.  Whether you're on line or not, a new, content rich, Instant Learning tip, will show up on your computer once a week.  Here's a sneak preview:
1.  How Your Personal Learning Style is Your 'Secret to Success' when learning and remembering anything
2.  Why Learning is Not About Being Smart
3.  Six tips on How to Improve Your Memory
4.  How to Read Faster With Better Comprehension
5.  How Certain Foods Make You "Smarter"
6.  Natural Remedies for ADD-ADHD
7.  Which skills you must have to easily ace any written test
8.  How To Have an Ivy League Vocabulary
9.  Why 20/20 Eyesight Isn't Enough To Make You A Great Reader
These tips are the result of over 25 years of successful learning results for children and adults.So whether you're a parent, teacher, home-schooler, corporate CEO, employee, or grandparent, you can use them all.Visit http://www.howtolearn.com today and grab the tips from the new Instant Learning box at the top left side of the page.  The tips are yours as my gift and thanks for all the support and help over the years. Thank you, and please call me or e-mail with any comments or questions.
In gratitude, Pat Wyman, M.A.
Author, Instant Learning Book Series, Instructor of Education, CSUH
Founder, http://www.howtolearn.com
patwyman@howtolearn.com   (800) 469-8653
Author, Instant LearningT Book Series; Learning vs Testing & What's Food Got To Do With It?
Visit http://www.howtolearn.com for my gift of 52 Instant Learning Tips
(800) 469-8653
Instructor of Education, CSUH, ECE Div.CEO, The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, Inc.
www.HowtoLearn.com
Your child can read at or above grade level in just 10 Minutes a day!  Visit:www.IReadISucceed.com
************************************
 
 
LINK TO BRADSTREET MEASLES ARTICLE 
Research article:
http://www.autismcanada.org/Research/BradstreetMeaslesJune2004.pdf
 
Autism Canada Foundation
www.autismcanada.org

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Autism Canada Foundation presents: Biomedical Interventions for Autism
Saturday July 24th, 2004
Alumni Hall Room 100, 121 St. Joseph Street, St. Michael's College,  University of Toronto

The Gut/Brain/Diet Connection, The Specific Carbohydrate Diet -The Autism Connection
Elaine Gottschall, B.A., MSc.

"State of the Art" Biological Recovery Strategies for Autism
 Jeff Bradstreet, M.D. FAAFP

 Exciting NEW research on the following Topics and more:
·    Impaired detoxification in children with ASD
·    Methionine Transulfuration and Methylation deficiencies
·    Methyl B12 supplementation
·    Current Evidence based Treatment
·    Genetic Testing & Polymorphisms in Autism
·    Autism and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
·    The Role of Measle virus in ASD
·    Evidence of Autoimmunity

For info call:  Cynthia @ 905-331-4480 
Website www.autismcanada.org
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The Articles of Interest are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest does not necessarily reflect those of the Autism Society Ontario
and is not an endorsement of the content.
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Kerry's Place Community Services - Opportunities this summer for individuals with autism.
1. Summer weekend respite for adults with autism
Kerry's Place Autism Services is offering a limited number of weekend overnight respite to adults with autism. The respite will take place at our
Queensville farm home. We will be providing one staff for two individuals with autism from the Friday 5 p.m. drop off time until the Sunday 5 p.m. pick up time. Individuals attending the respite weekends will have use of a large brand new bright basement apartment. Outings and activities on the farm will be scheduled and people attending the respite will be advised of the activities ahead of time.  The total cost of a weekend will be $40 plus the cost of activities. Meals and transportation during the programme will be provided. Drop off and pick up transportation will not be provided by Kerry's Place.
Please contact David Rochon for intake at
drochon@kerrysplace.org or 905 713 6808 ext. 342

2. Kerry's Place Community Services - Adult Day Camp
Kerry's Place will be offering a one week adult day camp from August 2nd to August 6th . We have 10 spaces available for this respite opportunity.  The cost of $100 per camper for the week will cover all activity expenses. Drop off and pick up will be the responsibility of the individual or care providers and Kerry's Place will provide transportation for the activities. Activities may include: jumping at a trampoline gym, swimming, museum and event outings, social skill classes and much more.
Please contact David Rochon for more information at
drochon@kerrysplace.org or 905 713 6808 ext. 342

3. Summer Climbing Camps
Kerry's Place Community Services and "Of Rock and Chalk" are providing two summer rock climbing camp sessions. We have ten spot available for a mixture of adults and children. Campers will enjoy both indoor rock climbing and outdoor activities for this one week camp. All climbers receive one to one supervision while climbing by a trained staff or volunteer.   The first session will run from August 16th to August 20th. The second will run from August 23rd to August 27th. Please contact "Of Rock and Chalk" directly for more information regarding cost and pick up and drop off times.
************************************
 
2004 Speech and Language Summer Camps
Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders
Aurora:  Communi-Kids Speech Camp; 905-727-8238
Thornhill: C.H.I.L.D.; 905-417-3111
Newmarket: Camp Inukshuk; 905-954-1312
<
familyspeech@sympatico.ca>
Richmond Hill: York Pediatric Therapy Services; 905-737-9680

************************************
 
'Friendly Dog'
Markham area friendly dog would like to develop friendships with children with autism, in their homes. If interested please contact Barbara Haig, 905-471-9934.  (note to list - the above voicemail was left with the chapter on May 31, 2004. There has been no previous contact with this person, nor should this notice be construed as an endorsement. Should anyone choose to contact Barbara please let us know of your experience. Thank you.)
************************************
 
Family seeking Before/After School care.  Commencing Sept. 2004. Midland/Steeles area. For details please contact <clovis.grant@rogers.com.
 
************************************
 
TIPS FROM "HOW TO LEARN.COM"
There's a special gift for you today at http://www.howtolearn.com. In response to the thousands of people asking for more information and specific strategies on how to learn things faster and easier, I've created a full year of weekly tips for you, your family, all your friends and co-workers.  Whether you're on line or not, a new, content rich, Instant Learning tip, will show up on your computer once a week.  Here's a sneak preview:
1.  How Your Personal Learning Style is Your 'Secret to Success' when learning and remembering anything
2.  Why Learning is Not About Being Smart
3.  Six tips on How to Improve Your Memory
4.  How to Read Faster With Better Comprehension
5.  How Certain Foods Make You "Smarter"
6.  Natural Remedies for ADD-ADHD
7.  Which skills you must have to easily ace any written test
8.  How To Have an Ivy League Vocabulary
9.  Why 20/20 Eyesight Isn't Enough To Make You A Great Reader
These tips are the result of over 25 years of successful learning results for children and adults.So whether you're a parent, teacher, home-schooler, corporate CEO, employee, or grandparent, you can use them all.Visit http://www.howtolearn.com today and grab the tips from the new Instant Learning box at the top left side of the page.  The tips are yours as my gift and thanks for all the support and help over the years. Thank you, and please call me or e-mail with any comments or questions.
In gratitude, Pat Wyman, M.A.
Author, Instant Learning Book Series, Instructor of Education, CSUH
Founder, http://www.howtolearn.com
patwyman@howtolearn.com   (800) 469-8653
Author, Instant LearningT Book Series; Learning vs Testing & What's Food Got To Do With It?
Visit http://www.howtolearn.com for my gift of 52 Instant Learning Tips
(800) 469-8653
Instructor of Education, CSUH, ECE Div.CEO, The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, Inc.
www.HowtoLearn.com
Your child can read at or above grade level in just 10 Minutes a day!  Visit:www.IReadISucceed.com
************************************
 
 
LINK TO BRADSTREET MEASLES ARTICLE 
Research article:
http://www.autismcanada.org/Research/BradstreetMeaslesJune2004.pdf
 
Autism Canada Foundation
www.autismcanada.org

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Autism Canada Foundation presents: Biomedical Interventions for Autism
Saturday July 24th, 2004
Alumni Hall Room 100, 121 St. Joseph Street, St. Michael's College,  University of Toronto

The Gut/Brain/Diet Connection, The Specific Carbohydrate Diet -The Autism Connection
Elaine Gottschall, B.A., MSc.

"State of the Art" Biological Recovery Strategies for Autism
 Jeff Bradstreet, M.D. FAAFP

 Exciting NEW research on the following Topics and more:
·    Impaired detoxification in children with ASD
·    Methionine Transulfuration and Methylation deficiencies
·    Methyl B12 supplementation
·    Current Evidence based Treatment
·    Genetic Testing & Polymorphisms in Autism
·    Autism and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
·    The Role of Measle virus in ASD
·    Evidence of Autoimmunity

For info call:  Cynthia @ 905-331-4480 
Website www.autismcanada.org
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The Articles of Interest are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest does not necessarily reflect those of the Autism Society Ontario
and is not an endorsement of the content.
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ARGONAUTS GAME - DEADLINE JUNE 4
REMINDER (with additional information):  TORONTO ARGONAUTS OPENING GAME!  Scotiabank Day at Toronto Argonauts!!  The Yonge/16th Branch of Scotiabank has invited ASO York families to attend the Argos opening game on Tuesday, June 15th at 7:30 at SkyDome.  Scotiabank has purchased the entire 'upper deck' (the 200 level) and 100 seats have been donated to ASO York; however, we need to have a minimum group of 10 in order for our organization to participate. 
This the regular season home opener game, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders visiting.  There is absolutely no cost for the tickets.
Please RSVP to
bruce.mcintosh@rogers.com BEFORE FRIDAY JUNE 4 if you'd like to attend.  Let us know how many seats you'd like.  You will need to pick up your tickets at our offices at the Loyal True Blue & Orange Home, 11181 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor (we'll put them in an envelope with your name on it on the end-table in the hallway just outside our office door).  You will be contacted by email and/or phone when tickets are available to be picked up.
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DON'T FORGET!  PUB NIGHT FOR ASK CAMP - SUNDAY JUNE 6

ASO York Region Chapter will be promoting autism awareness at this event .  Our own Kathryn Everest will be there with ASO brochures and info for those who would like to ask questions
The Olympic Flame of Love Foundation is holding a Pub Night to support the Autism Society Kids Camp
When:  Sunday June 6, 2004
Time: Beginning at 4 p.m. …until ???
Location:  Original's Uptown Bar and Eatery, 2nd Floor, 1660 Bayview Avenue  (south of Eglinton on the west side)
                    (Street Parking, as well as Green P or Meter Parking Available)
Cost:  Adults $10.00 cover charge
Children Free (game tokens not included)   Great Kids Game Room!
To Order Your Tickets, Call 416-250-7414 or email: olympicflameoflove@yahoo.com

 

 

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"Finding The Way would like to clarify our academic based program that will be commencing in September 2004 at our centre.  Finding The Way is inquiring with The York Board of Education to determine if they will be able to provide us with a teacher.  In response to requests from parents to provide a school curriculum to their children while addressing their special needs, Finding The Way has developed an academic based program following the Board of Education guidelines.  Children with autism require assistance being taught in various formats.  Our staff use the Board of Education curriculum guidelines, and with the support of ABA therapists, they modify the program in order for the students to be able to grasp the concepts."  For further information, please contact us at info@findingtheway.ca, or call us at 905-707-9345
 
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The Articles of Interest are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest does not necessarily reflect those of the Autism Society Ontario
and is not an endorsement of the content.
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PUB NIGHT FOR ASK CAMP - JUNE 7
ASO York Region Chapter will be promoting autism awareness at this event .  Our own Kathryn Everest will be there with ASO brochures and info for those who would like to ask questions
The Olympic Flame of Love Foundation is Holding a Pub Night to Support the Autism Society Kids Camp
When:  Sunday June 6, 2004
Time: Beginning at 4 p.m. …until ???
Location:  Original's Uptown Bar and Eatery, 2nd Floor, 1660 Bayview Avenue  (south of Eglinton on the west side)
                    (Street Parking, as well as Green P or Meter Parking Available)
Great Kids Game Room
Cost:  Adults - $10.00 cover charge
Children Free (game tokens not included)
To Order Your Tickets, Call 416-250-7414 or email: olympicflameoflove@yahoo.com

 

 

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Asperger Awareness Day at the Rex on Queen June 13 from noon-5pm. This will be a great day of fabulous music (Jazz, Blues and Gospel), silent auction and most importantly Asperger awareness and community support. Please pass this notice on to everyone and anyone you can. The more that know the better.  If anyone has questions about the day, feel free to contact me by return email. As well, if anyone would like to donate merchandise or services to the silent auction or knows of businesses that we could contact for the same, please let me know.  Your support as always is greatly appreciated.
Margot Nelles, President & CEO, The Aspergers Society of Ontario
416.651.4037
margot-nelles@aspergers.ca
www.aspergers.ca
 
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TORONTO ARGONAUTS OPENING GAME!  Scotiabank Day at Toronto Argonauts!!  The Yonge/16th Branch of Scotiabank has invited ASO York families to attend the Argos opening game on Tuesday, June 15th at 7:30 at SkyDome.  Scotiabank has purchased the entire 'upper deck' and 100 seats have been donated to ASO York; however, we need to have a minimum group of 10 in order for our organization to participate.
Please RSVP to
bruce.mcintosh@rogers.com BEFORE JUNE 4 if you'd like to attend.  Let us know how many seats you'd like.  You will need to pick up your tickets at our offices at the Loyal True Blue & Orange Home, 11181 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor (we'll put them in an envelope with your name on it on the end-table in the hallway just outside our office door).
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Autism Canada Foundation presents: The most advanced information for Physicians, caregivers and parents on Biomedical Treatments for autism
Biomedical Interventions for Autism - Saturday July 24th, 2004
 
Morning Presentation - 9:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
The Gut/Brain/Diet Connection, The Specific Carbohydrate Diet -The Autism Connection
Canadian Researcher and Author Elaine Gottschall, B.A., MSc.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is rapidly becoming one of the most scientifically researched areas in determining what may be one of the underlying causes of many autistic spectrum disorders.
 
Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch on Own
 
Afternoon Presentation 1:00p.m.  - 4:30 p.m.
"State of the Art" Biological Recovery Strategies for Autism
 World renowned autism specialist Jeff Bradstreet, M.D. FAAFP
 Exciting NEW research on the following Topics and more:
·    Impaired detoxification in children with ASD
·    Methionine Transulfuration and Methylation deficiencies
·    Methyl B12 supplementation
·    Current Evidence based Treatment
·     Genetic Testing & Polymorphisms in Autism
·      Autism and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
·    The Role of Measle virus in ASD
·    Evidence of Autoimmunity

Alumni Hall Room 100, 121 St. Joseph Street, St. Michael's College,  University of Toronto
$85.00 per person
Payment by PAYPAL , Cheque (prior to July 4th ), or Faxed Visa Form
Registration form available at http://www.autismcanada.org,
$100.00 Cash at door (space permitting)
$3.00 surcharge will apply to creditcard and PAYPAL payments.

For info call:  Cynthia @ 905-331-4480  (9am to 5pm ET)
Fax: 905-331-4662
Website www.autismcanada.org
 
 
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Finding The Way Inc. is offering Summer Programs for Children with Autism
One program is focused on arts and crafts, music, games, social skills and play skills.   The second program is a "Transition into School" program which focuses on helping children integrate into the school setting both in the classroom and during recess.  The programs are offered from 10-2 Monday to Friday at:
Thornhill Square
300 John Street suite 607
Thornhill, ON  L3T 5W4

Registration is filling up.  Please call us for further information at 905-707-9345 or e-mail us at info@findingtheway.ca.
We also invite you to visit our website at www.findingtheway.ca to sign up on our new discussion forum!
 
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The Articles of Interest are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter.
We encourage decisions based on knowledge.
The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest does not necessarily reflect those of the Autism Society Ontario
and is not an endorsement of the content.
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ESTHETICS BY MELISSA OPEN HOUSE!
 
 
Melissa is having her second Open House and is inviting the the Autism  Chapter on Sunday June 13/04 from the hours of 1pm until 4pm.  It will be at  163 Hammerstone Cres.  Thornhill, on.  South of highway 7 off of Bathurst  St.  On the west side of Bathurst turn on to Worth Blvd.  The second street  is Hammerstone.  Please enter through the side entrance and go down a few
steps into the spa.

There will be a free draw for three people to win a free treatment!  As well, the first 25 people who book an appointment will receive a discount and a free gift.  Seniors 55 and over always receive 15% off, students also receive 15% off.  Gift Certificates for Father's Day will be available!

Let Melissa give you the Royal Tour!  Refreshments will be served.  It is important to contact Melissa Shlanger to confirm your attendance at the Open House   Please call 905-764-7613 before the Open House  the dead line to confirm attendance will be June 5th.  Fondly Rhonda and Arthur Shlanger

Success stories do happen and this is one of them.  Please do come and meet Melissa.


 
ABC's 20/20: SIBLING ISSUES - MAY 21
Subject: Sibling Issues and Sibshops to be featured on 20/20 on May 21st--please share! As you may have heard, the ABC news show 20/20 will feature a segment on siblings of people with special needs and Sibshops during an upcoming show focusing on the sibling relationship. 

According to our contact at ABC news, this show will air on May 21st (not May 14th as originally scheduled).

This segment (with ABC correspondent Bob Brown http://abcnews.go.com/sections/2020/2020/brown_bob_bio.html) follows 16 year-old Melissa Garrison at home with her brother who has autism and later as she attends her teen Sibshop at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington.  (20/20 interviewed me at Good Sam and apparently portions of this interview will be used as well.)

Many Sibshop providers have expressed interest in contacting their ABC affiliates to do a tie-in on local news regarding their local efforts.  This, of course, is a great opportunity to call attention to Sibshops and sibs' life-long and ever-changing concerns, and I am happy to assist local providers in whatever way I can.
 
All the best,
Don Meyer
Director, Sibling Support Project of The Arc of the United States
6512 23rd Ave NW, #213, Seattle, WA 98117
206-297-6368; fax 509-752-6789
donmeyer@siblingsupport.org
Sibling Support Project website: www.thearc.org/siblingsupport/
Sibling Support Project online training calendar for 2004:
http://www.calsnet.net/sibshop/d01/01/2004?display=Y&style=C&positioning=A
Our brothers, Our sisters, Ourselves
 
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CRISIS PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION - CPI PARENT TRAINING COURSE
We have firmed up the CPI Parent Training.  It will take place June 5th, 2004 at the Ray Twinney Complex at 100 Eagle Street in Newmarket, Lounge Room 2. (Eagle Street is West off of Yonge Street just North of Mulock Drive.  The Complex is on the South side of Eagle just past the Police Station)

*9: 00 am to approximately 7:00 pm.  This may be shorter dependent on the speed of everyone's learning!! *The cost is $30.00 per person.  This will include your materials, snacks
and pizza lunch.
*Please come ready for action and armed with a writing utensil.
*Please register with myself no later than May 28th. 
Register by email: rpunnett@kerrysplace.org, or telephone: 905-713-6808 ext 312  (Please note that if we do not have enough registered people, we will not run the course)

I am very excited to have this available for all of you, I think it is a valuable course and you will also find it very valuable.

Thank you,
Rose Ann Punnett, Autism Consultant
Kerry's Place Autism Services - Central East
905-713-6808 ext 312
 
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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM:
From the Geneva Centre: info@autism.net

Dear friends, 
Geneva Centre International Symposium is scheduled for November 10, 11, 12, 2004 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Symposium 2004 brochure has been mailed out and is also available on our website.   This year you have the option to register on-line at www.autism.net. We look forward to seeing you in November!

SEAC WEBSITE:
The following info came from the Ottawa chapter ...

This is from the chair of the Catholic SEAC:
I just received word that the e-learning website for SEAC is up and running.  Apparently no password is required, I just accessed it myself.
 
The website address is
www.seaclearning.ca

I am very pleased they took our advice and made it available to everyone across the province!
It gives a description of what a SEAC should do.  It also has great links.
............

 
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The Articles of Interest are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. We encourage decisions based on knowledge. The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest does not necessarily reflect those of the Autism Society Ontario and is not an endorsement of the content.
 
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ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM ASO YORK REGION CHAPTER
MAY 15, 2004
 
 
 

From: "Autism Today" <
news@autismtoday.com>
Subject: Don't Miss Tony Attwood Online!
Introducing Autism Education Online. Exclusively from Autism Today.

Autism Education Online w/ Dr. Tony Attwood
 
For parents, siblings and educators of children / adolescents with Asperger's and High Functioning Autism. A 2.5 hour multi-media, user-friendly PowerPoint presentation lecture by Tony Attwood called 'Making Friends'. Very limited-time amazing price of only $29.97 ( Value $200-500*)

Sincerely,
The Autism Today Team
 
The Making Friends Education Conference will teach your entire family:
 
*  The developmental stages of friendship
*  The nature of friendship
*  Strategies to encourage skills in children and adolescents with Asperger's
*  2.5 hours of his lecture and photographs
*  Hear Tony's actual lectures broken down into conversational, snippet
sized Multi media Powerpoint Slides
  
Autism Today
1-866-9AUTISM
info@autismtoday.com
Please email or phone us if we can be of assistance
 
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From: "robertnaseef" <rnaseef@alternativechoices.com>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2004

Essays Wanted for New Book About Autism:

Voices from the Spectrum:
Parents, People with Autism, Grandparents, Siblings, Friends, and
Professionals Share Their Wisdom

Edited by Cindy N. Ariel, Ph.D. and Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D.

Cindy Ariel and Robert Naseef are proud to announce our contract
with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London (
www.jkp.com). For this
book, parents, people with autism, grandparents, siblings, friends,
and professionals of various disciplines are invited to write about
their experiences.  We want to hear lessons of mind and heart culled
from life and professional practice.  In the essays, authors are
asked to address how autism has changed your life in love and/or
work, what you have learned, and what you would want others to know
that would help them.  We are interested in situations from the most
mild to the most severe-from classic autism to Asperger's.

Think about these questions while you are writing your essay:

What experiences would you like to share?  What do you want others
to understand better about you, or about autism-this may include
issues such as diagnosis, treatment options, relationships, etc.? 
What were some of the turning points, if any, in your journey?  How
did autism influence or even change you, your work, or your
relationships with others?


Here are specific guidelines for essays:
 
1.  Please write an essay of about 1500 words, or less.  Add a
biography of about 100 words that would follow the essay.  At the
end, include your mailing address, telephone number, and Email.

2.  Please submit your essay as an attachment in Microsoft Word to
an Email or paste your essay into the body of your Email.  Send to: 
cariel@alternativechoices.com
 
3.  If you submit your essay by regular mail, please double space
the text and send a disk as well.  Please send the printed copy and
disk to:  Cindy Ariel, Ph.D.,  Alternative Choices, 514 South 4th
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

4.  If you are interested in this writing opportunity, please
respond with a brief e-mail indicating your intent, your name, and
your relationship to autism  

5.  Deadline:  all essays are to be received by August 15, 2004.

6.  Please forward this announcement to anyone you think might be
interested.  



Biographies:

Cindy N. Ariel, Ph.D., is a psychologist in independent practice.  She is the co-founder and director of Alternative Choices, an  independent psychotherapy practice which includes a Special Families  Resource Center.  The resource center provides information, referral, and guidance to families that include a member with special needs.  Dr. Ariel has extensive experience working with individuals with special needs and their families.

Robert Naseef, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author, and father of an adult child with autism.  His highly regarded book Special Children,  Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Parenting a Child with a Disability, has received international recognition. He has appeared on radio and television. Dr. Naseef's specialty is working with families of children with special needs.  He also has a special interest and expertise in the psychology of men and fatherhood. 

 
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CLOTHING NAME TAGS

If your child is hyper-sensitive to textures on clothing, than these labels might be the answer.  The company Rag Tags can produce name labels for clothing that only transfers the ink onto the clothing.  The website is called www.ragtagsltd.com  located in Toronto at (416) 483-0296.
 
Iron on labels may not work for your child, so the Rag Tag system may be a better choice.  The rag tag only transfers the ink, thereby leaving the child's name visibly printed on the clothing.  The labels come in black and white, and can be used on swim suits, sleeping bags, backpacks, etc. 
 
The order should be placed about 2-3 weeks ahead, best to check with the company. 
 

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Academic Camp @ eXL
Summer 2004

A Summer Day-Camp Experience for Children with Unique Learning Needs

eXL's Academic Camp provides each camper with a real boost in learning,
language & confidence.  An innovative, language-based program, experienced
staff and a welcoming environment lead to learning success!

Our Programming includes daily lessons in:
Ø Literacy - developing reading, writing, spelling, comprehension skills
Ø Math - honing number concepts, math facts, word problem skills
Ø Language Skills - building both receptive and expressive language
Ø Social Skills - improving appropriate group interaction with peers &
teachers
Ø Learning Strategies - building listening skills, organization, attention,
etc.
Ø Fine Motor practice

Staffing:    Our experienced staff includes a mixture of Education,
Behaviour & Speech-Language Professionals
Location:   570 Westney Rd. S., Ajax

Camp Session 1 - Monday July 5/04 - Friday July 16/04 ($550)
Sessions: Session 2 - Monday July 19/04 - Friday July 30/04 ($550)
Session 3 - Tuesday Aug. 3/04- Friday Aug. 13/04 ($500)
Session 4 - Monday Aug. 16/04 - Friday Aug. 27/04 ($550)

** Before-Camp and After-Camp Care is available **

Ask about our Summer Social Skills Groups and ABA Group Programs also
offered in July and August.
A Fantastic Fall starts with Summer Success!
905.686.4800
sllc@on.aibn.com
 
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Finding The Way, Inc. has created a discussion forum which allows you to engage in insightful discussions with other parents of children dealing with autism, and with Finding The Way staff members. Some of our topics include “What is Autism,” “Academic Programs,” “Finding Your Way Through a Diagnosis,” and “Social Skills for Children with Aspergers.” There is also the opportunity to share your experiences with other parents. Become a registered member of our forum and receive coupons for promotional educational products.

 

Visit our website at www.findingtheway.ca in order to become a member.

 

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From: "Brookfield" <donna@brookfieldprograms.com>
To: <
donna@brookfieldprograms.com>
Subject:Varieties of ABA Programming, Brookfield Programs
Date: Tue, 4 May 2004

Brookfield Programs Presents Varieties of ABA Programming For Children with Autism
Saturday June 12, 2004
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A workshop with John DeMarco, Consulting Behaviour Analyst Registration limited to 18 participants to allow for questions & discussion Cost: $50.00 (GST included)

This workshop introduces the array of interventions based on applied behavior analysis currently being used for children with autism.  We will compare and contrast the following major programming approaches:

Lovaas Protocol
Verbal Behavior (Partington and Sundberg; Carbone; McGreevy) Precision teaching

In the context of discussing these approaches, we will cover:

Discrete trial teaching
The role of intensity
Errorless learning
Mass trialing
Data collection and data based decision making
Task variation and interspersed trials
Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior
Mand training
Establishing operations and motivation
Pairing
Natural Environment Teaching
Fluency
Response latency
Component / Composite Skills
Learning Channels
Charting using the Standard Celeration Chart

The workshop is designed for parents, paraprofessionals and other interested individuals For more information/ to Register Contact 416-915-5550 or
info@brookfieldprograms.com or mail cheque to our offices
Workshop Location - Offices of Brookfield Programs
 419 Jane Street, Toronto ON, Canada M6S 3Z7
(4 blocks north of Bloor Street in Bloor West Village)
 (Cancellation policy  no refunds after June 6, 2004)

Brookfield Programs provides services and programs including ABA, Verbal Behaviour, Precision Teaching, Relationship Development Intervention and Direct Instruction for children, teens and adults with autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger's disorder and other learning and communication disorders

Donna Heughan,
Brookfield Programs
donna@brookfieldprograms.com
www.BrookfieldPrograms.com
 
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From:
webinar@eparent.com
 
Cardiologist Turned Software Developer Uses Resources To Help Special Needs Children

Dr. Jeffrey Weisman, a cardiologist from the Philadelphia , PA suburb of Jenkintown, is enhancing children's problem solving and social interaction skills by introducing them to thinking specific activities available through a dynamic new computer software series called Ultimate Learning.
 
Dr. Weisman's shift from medical practitioner to entrepreneur began back in the late 1980's with the creation of a mobile nuclear medicine and ultrasound service available to hospitals and clinics around the country that otherwise would not have access to this type of diagnostic equipment and expertise.
 
After growing that service into a multi-million dollar business, Dr. Weisman sold his endeavor and turned his attention to creating DigiSoft, a company dedicated to developing medical imaging software for the emerging hand-held computer market. By doing this, he turned his attention to a market very close to his heart: special needs education.

Dr. Weisman saw a vacancy in the world of educational software, especially in those products geared toward special needs children. He had first-hand experience, as his daughter had been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder.
 
Inspired by his daughter's situation, Dr. Weisman focused his efforts along with those of his programming staff on developing software that will engage and benefit all children, especially those with learning disabilities. The Ultimate Learning series are thinking games that support both auditory and visual data processing, while encouraging critical thinking and problem solving.
 
For more information about DigiSoft or the Ultimate Learning software, visit
www.digisoftdirect.com or email DigiSoft at contact@digisoftdirect.com
 
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The Articles of Interest are prepared by volunteer parents of the Autism Society Ontario/York Region Chapter. We encourage decisions based on knowledge. The information brought to you through our Articles of Interest does not necessarily reflect those of the Autism Society Ontario and is not an endorsement of the content.
 
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ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM ASO YORK REGION CHAPTER
 
MAY 6, 2004
 
 Dear ASO members,

As you may know, Autism Society Ontario, in partnership with Surrey Place and the Geneva Centre, received a Trillium Foundation Grant in 2002 to fund the Regional Support Leaders program.  One of the tasks outlined in the proposal is to produce an Adult Years Resource Manual.   To complete this project we need your help. We would be grateful for help in one of three
forms:

1. written contributions from families and individuals with ASD for the sections in the manual called "Let's Talk"

2. submission of  photographs of persons with ASD in various situations performing activities with a variety of people

3. support in completing a project already begun by Patricia Gallin gathering information regarding services for adults with ASD in your geographical area

Let's Talk! is one of the most valuable parts of the Adult Manual.  It is where families and individuals with ASD share their experiences with others. 

What do we need from you? 

We need written contributions from families and individuals.  These contributions can be between five sentences and 200 words in length.  This section is meant to encourage and support other families and individuals.  It may include advice or tips that have helped you along the way. 

A good format might be: 
1. Present the issue or problem (e.g., our child reached 21 and their
options decreased.  What are other parents doing to get their children out
into the community?).
2. Present strategies that helped you cope or solve the problem.
 
We need contributions under the following subject headings.  We also need
contributions answering some specific questions.  These questions are
listed within the subject headings below:

Living Options
For example:
What respite services are available?
I am a person with Aspergers and I am living on the street.  Where can I
get help?

Employment Options
I am having struggles getting or keeping a job. Where can I get help?
 
Sexuality
I would like help to decrease my child's public masturbation?
What are effective strategies in teaching about sexuality and
interconnectedness with relationship development?

Financial Provisions and Trusts

Mental Health and ASD
When my child is suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder where do I
get help?

Safety in the Community

Transitions into High School

Transitions into the Community

Post-Secondary School Educational Options

Social Skills Training and ASD

Behaviour and the Adult with ASD
I can no longer cope with the behaviours of my adult child in our home,
where do I go next, and what do I do? 

You must attach your name and contact information with your submission.
However these will be kept confidential, unless you indicate specific
permission to use your name.

There may be some barriers that are keeping you from participating in this
project.  Let us know what they are.  If you don't feel comfortable writing
a contribution, please email me your telephone number and we can chat by
phone and I will write a piece on your behalf. 

Please remember by sharing your story with others you are making a difference!

Please contact me by email
anneasoo@magma.ca and we can discuss in more detail putting your contributions into print. 
 
Photo  Submissions

Our second request is for photos of adolescent or adult person's with ASD.  We need the following photos with the following content:  individuals with
ASD. 

1. involved in a recreational activity  - group or individual
2. involved in a vocational activity  - place of work
3. involved in a volunteer activity 
4. interacting with family
5. interacting with a communication system
6. interacting with family members
7. interacting with friends
8. involved in an educational setting
9. involved in a post-secondary educational setting

These photos will be placed throughout the manual as compliments to the written text.  Names of individuals will not be attached to the photos to maintain confidentiality.   As photos are received permission to print these photos will be sent out.  Please email or post your pictures to me.  Please note if photos need to be returned.
 
Anne Wittich
anneasoo@magma.ca
 
or

Anne Wittich
12 St. Rémy Drive,
Nepean, ON
K2J 1A3

Adult Services Listings

Finally we need your support building up a resource listing of services for adults with ASD.  Patricia Gallin of the London Chapter has been contracted by the ASO to compile a listing of services for adults. 

Please help us by emailing Patricia <
pgallin.aso@sympatico.ca> with as much of the following information as possible:

1. Adult Service Providers in your geographical region. 2. Titles, addresses, phone numbers & emails of essential contacts of these
Providers
3. The process in your region for accessing these services.
4. Include how long the waiting list is for services (number of people and
time).
5. Number of people served by the program each year.
6. What services do the following provide in your community:
a. Community Living,
b. Service Coordination.


A Big Thank-You!

Thank you for your help in this project.  Your efforts are supporting the ASO community as well as many individuals who don't have the resources (personal, financial or time) to attend meetings.   Your help will help others throughout the province to learn about strategies for coping and to be encouraged.  

Thanks again,

Anne Wittich

 
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GET IN THE ZONE - Achieving Balance
Connect to community health resources at the health fair, take a computer stress test, hear a presentation on stress and receive a free "stress relief" package. Chance to receive a basket from Janssen Ortho just by attending.

Event on Saturday, May 8, from 11AM - 2PM. Stress presentation at 11 AM.
Learn Tai Chi at 12 noon.
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home, Richmond Hill
11181 Yonge Street.
All welcome.
Free admission.
For more information call CMHA-YR at 905-841-3977 ext. 0.
(Canadian Mental Health Association- York Region)

GET IN THE ZONE is organised by eight community partners to celebrate Mental Health Week (May 3 - 10, 2004). This year's theme is Emerging Into Light-Making Connections.

The following are the community partners working together to co-ordinate events in York Region: Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region; Crosslinks Housing and Support Services; Kinark Child and Family Services; Markham-Stouffville Hospital; Schizophrenia Society of Ontario-York Region; Southlake Regional Health Centre; York Central Hospital and York Support Services Network.
 
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Hello everyone,
 
The information for Dr. Margaret Bauman's presentation and the ASO Annual Conference in Windsor on June 18 & 19, 2004 is now available directly through this link 
http://www.autismsociety.on.ca/WindsorRegistration.doc
 
Please forward this message to anyone or any group you think might be interested in either of these two days.
 
Thank you.
 
Marg
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Margaret Spoelstra
Executive Director
Autism Society Ontario
1179A King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON  M6K 3C5
416-246-9592 x22
marg@autismsociety.on.ca
www.autismsociety.on.ca
Member, ASD-CARC (Autism
Spectrum Disorders -
Canadian-American Research Consortium):
www.autismresearch.ca
www.cycleforautism.com 
 
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Legal and Financial Issues Seminar
Saturday May 15th, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
927 Clarke Ave.West, Thornhill
Toby and Henry Batle Developmental Centre (first street south of the
Promenade Mall)

Discover how to Save on Taxes, Achieve maximum benefits on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Protect Inheritances. Participate in a Disability and Estate Planning seminar with Kenneth C.Pope,LL.B,TEP.

Kenneth C.Pope is an Ottawa-based lawyer with a province-wide practice devoted to trusts and disability issues.  A $10 fee per participant will be requested in order to cover Mr.Pope 's travel expenses. Sign up as soon as possible. Mr.Pope's office will confirm your enrolment in this seminar.

~ How can parents provide for their children even after they are gone? 

~ Do you have a Will with a Henson Trust in it?
~ How can your child with a disability become eligible for the Ontario
Disability Support Program (ODSP)?
~ How can ODSP payments be increased from $708 to $930?
~ How can families living with a disability benefit from the disability tax
credit?
~ How can claims be made for years as far back as 1985 if applicable?
~ How can families benefi t from the caregiver provision on income taxes?
~ What about payments for back years?

To register for this seminar,respond by e-mail to <
paulus@on.aibn.com> or
call toll free to 1-866-536-7673.
Please post this invitation with others who may be interested.
 

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AUTISM RALLY AT QUEEN'S PARK - MAY 15TH - 12:00 P.M
... from Bradley & Cynthia Boufford

Children and Adults with Autism are being discriminated against by their own government.  Currently, a highly effective treatment for Autism, Intensive Behavioral Intervention is provided only to children under the age of six.  Only one third of children diagnosed with Autism are receiving this essential treatment.  The rest remain on waiting lists.  Many never receive treatment.  We can end this discrimination!

Please attend this rally.  This is an opportunity for EVERYONE to gather together and collectively advocate for our children/adults with Autism.  As a strong, collective voice, we can make a difference!

This is a day in which, despite many differences in opinions and personalities, we can celebrate our strength and right to advocate.  We can create a strong, unified, and very effective public outcry for justice.
 
We can tell the Liberal government that as Ontario citizens we expect them to honor their promises - fully funded IBI therapy for ALL children/adults with Autism based on their needs, not their age.
 
In just six weeks, the Supreme Court of Canada will begin to hear about these issues.  Half of the nine Supreme Court judges live in Ontario.  The more real people, real taxpayers and real families tha