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Welcome to Autism Society Canada's Website

Whether you are a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a parent or caregiver of a child with autism, a family member, a volunteer, an educator, a health or social service professional, or an interested researcher, this site will provide you with reliable information on autism and referrals to many helpful services and resources. You will also find news of our recent activities and publications.

ASC puts special focus on providing information, referral and resources for parents and other family members who are seeking support for children with autism. This site also provides news, resources and links for youths and adults on the spectrum. An exciting feature of our new site is Autism Junction – a searchable Canada-wide Directory of ASD services and related supports.

Whether you are looking for the latest news, people in the community to connect with, information on university/college supports, or just for general information and links to interesting places on the web, we hope the ASC site will be helpful to you. Please feel free to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  your comments and suggestions.

ASC is working to ensure that people with ASDs can reach their full potential as participating members of their communities.

Autism Society Canada


The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance National Needs Assessment Survey for Autism

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1400 people across Canada have already been heard!

If you are a person affected by autism—a parent, a caregiver, a professional, or you live with autism—please spend 10-15 minutes to complete the National Needs Assessment Survey for Autism.

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Make sure to detail all the gaps in services and areas where you feel more support is needed.

Let’s make it count!

The survey is funded by Health Canada and will give us a picture of autism in Canada.

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Artist Tyler Holgate is generously donating a portion of the sales of his beautiful drawing, "The Dragon" to Autism Society Canada. A big thank you to Tyler for helping us to raise awareness of autism in Canada!!

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I was in love with the dragon voiced by Sean Connery in the film DragonHeart (dir. Rob Cohen, Universal Pictures 1996). My fascination with his reptilian, and scaly physical appearance is what inspired me for this artwork.

I wish to contribute part of the sales of this artwork to Autism Society Canada. I feel that autism is a condition that is not recognized enough in our society. As a person who has lived with this condition, I believe the awareness of autism needs to be more profound for future research. It is with this proper research that one day a cure can possibly be found or it can be prevented.

The Dragon is dedicated to all those who live with autism. [A link to purchase prints of The Dragon will be posted soon]


To support ASC and Autism Awareness, Matthew Kitchen is volunteering his time to make necklaces and bracelets on his Rainbow Loom!

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Matthew is an 11 year old volunteer with an ASD. He will be selling his Autism Awareness jewelry in stores in the Orillia and Barrie Ontario area with proceeds going to Autism Society Canada. So watch for Matthew's Rainbow Loom creations and show your support today!


 Help us Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2

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In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), just wear blue!

An historical moment in Canadian history: On October 23, 2012, Senator Jim Munson's Bill S-206, An Act respecting World Autism Awareness Day, was fast-tracked and passed by members of the House of Commons. "Since then and on each and every April 2nd we officially recognize this day as World Autism Awareness Day in Canada".

Thank your for your continued support as we join to celebrate WAAD.

Sincerely, 
Richard Burelle
Executive Director
Autism Society Canada


WAAD videos posted by Kali Samagalski, Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 2, 2014: Autism Awareness Day Speech Prior to Flag being Raised [YouTube]; Raising of the Flag [YouTube]; Speeches [YouTube].

Parents, MPs, Advocates mark World Autism Awareness Day on Steps on Parliament. Meggie Sylvester, Ottawa Citizen, April 2, 2014: Kim Peterson says her son Ryder was diagnosed with autism when he was four years old, though signs were noticeable when he was just two.

Sharon Family Learns about Autism Research in Caribbean. Chris Traber, YorkRegion.com, April 2, 2014: March break trips to the Caribbean to swim with the dolphins isn’t uncommon for winter weary York Region residents ... For one Sharon family, it was a journey of discovery.

Canada Needs National Autism Strategy. Corey Allen, University of British Columbia News, March 31, 2014: Canada needs to re-think how it diagnoses and treats autism, says UBC’s Pat Mirenda.

5 Common Misconceptions about Autism. David Kates, Canada.com, April 2, 2014: Autism spectrum disorder is as pervasive as it is vexing: a recent Health Canada estimate suggested that 1 in 150-160 children have autism, while another recent study suggests as many as 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have autism – a growing number largely attributable to ongoing changes in how the condition is identified, classified and diagnosed.

April 1st at 7:50am, Kali Samagalski and ASC Board Member, Kristian Hooker, will be appearing on CTV Morning Live to talk about the misconceptions of Autism. | Wednesday, April 2nd (WAAD) — Kristian will be the MC of the raising of the Autism Awareness flag at Winnipeg City Hall at 9:30. Be sure to have your  televisions tuned into CTV. The flag raising event is open to public.

Good Reason to go Blue. John Shirley, Castlegar News, March 31, 2014: The Government of Canada, in conjunction with other governments worldwide, has declared April 2, 2014 National Autism Awareness Day.  In keeping with this day there is a unique global initiative “Light It Up Blue” that is dedicated to raising awareness of Autism.

Opinion: Autism Families are Still in Crisis. Jim Munson, Ottawa Citizen, March 31, 2014: We will mark World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 ... Last month, a select committee of the Ontario Legislative Assembly published an interim report on developmental services in Ontario. The final recommendations will be submitted to the Ontario government in May.

Canadian Politicians Must Address Autism Crisis. Jim Munson, thestar.com, March 28, 2014: Growing autism crisis in Canada needs to be addressed with clear national public policy and political leadership.

Why Autism Doesn't Need Fixing. Daniel Palmer, Victoria News, March 28, 2014: The first things one notices about Iris Gray is her affinity for purple and her aversion to eye contact ...

Jump App Studio, which creates iOS apps for children focused on observation and manipulative skills, is offering free downloads of select apps through the month of April 2014: April 1–4 Cute Food; April 5–8 Kid 'n' Play Animal Puzzles; April 9–11 Puppet Workshop; April 12–15 My Monsters Puzzle Game for Kids; April 16–19 Imagination Box; April 20–22 Little House Decorator; April 23–26 Toy Repair Workshop; April 27–30 Kid 'n' Play Vehicle Puzzles. Find other apps on the ASC Treatment Resources page.

Premiere of Guelph-made Film to Herald World Autism Awareness Day. Joanne Shuttleworth, GuelphMercury.com, March 25, 2014: It's not surprising that a writer and a filmmaker would take a special interest in a support group for people who live with barriers to communication.

Zach Fucalee is Helping to Raise Autism Awareness. Autism Daily Newscast, March 19, 2014: Zach Fucalee is a Canadian ice hockey goalie who currently plays for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Chronicle Herald reports that Fucale decided a few months ago that he needed to share some of his good fortune ...

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Two Canadian pilots, Dave McElroy and Chris Elgar are flying Round the World in 80 days by single engine aircraft to raise $500,000 for SickKids & Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance.

Mom Using Facebook to Fulfill Autistic Son's Birthday Wish. CBC News, February 19, 2014: A mother from Prince George, B.C., is using social media to make her autistic son's birthday dreams come true. 


First Annual Chair Stakeholder Report of the CIHR Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research [PDF], York University, 2014.

Ontario's Autism Spectrum Agencies Welcome Federal Investment in the Working Lives of Youth and Adults [PDF]. Press Release, The Redpath Centre, Kerry's Place: Autism Services, Autism Ontario, February 12, 2014: In the release of the federal budget yesterday by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, there was a surprise but welcome offering for youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Canada.

Job Training for Canadians with Intellectual Disabilities gets Boost in Federal Budget. Alex Boutiller, Joel Eastwood, thestar.com, February 11, 2014: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's budget has small boosts for training programs helping Canadians with intellectual disabilities get to work.


Individuals living with ASDs from across Canada share their stories: 

Spreading Autism Acceptance – Chris' Story [PDF]
Giving Voice to those who are Silent – Kristian's Story [PDF]
Just a Mom – Michelle's Story [PDF]
Defying the Odds – Jason's Story [PDF]
Being Committee Chair Means Being a Positive Role Model for Others – Tom's Story [PDF]
No Chance for University Graduate – Danny's Story [PDF]
A Canadian Plan for Autism – Vicki's Story [PDF]
A Message of Hope – Cynthia's Story [PDF]
Being Supportive in a Small Community – Larry's Story [PDF]
Strides in Ontario – Leah's Story [PDF]
A Woman's Fight for Recognition – Martine's Story [PDF]
A Fight for Healthcare – Vic's Story [PDF]
Aspergian Love – Georges' Story [PDF] | Un amour de type Asperger – L'histoire de Georges [PDF]
Frustration in Rural Saskatchewan – Arden's Story [PDF]
I Am My Own Success – Leland's Story [PDF]
Finding Hope in Yukon – Karen's Story [PDF]
Bringing Autism to Parliament – Jerome's Story [PDF


 

 

 

 
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Upcoming Events

Tue Mar 11
Asperger's Job Readiness Program | 74 Tycos Drive Toronto, ON
Fri Apr 25
Fourth International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges: Addressing the Needs of the Whole Family | Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley, California
Sat Apr 26 @09:00 - 12:00
Community Autism Centre Inc. Walk for Autism | Rockwood Park “A” Frame,
Wed May 14
International Meeting for Autism Research 2014 | Atlanta, Georgia
Sat May 17
Pacific Rim International Forum on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (A Pre-Conference Event) | Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii
Mon May 19
30th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity | Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu
Wed May 21
9th Annual Provincial Conference | Sheraton Hotel in St. John's
Mon Jun 02
The International Certificate Programme in Dual Diagnosis — 2014 Summer Institute | St. Catherines and Thorold, Ontario
Mon Jun 23 @08:00 - 05:00
17th Annual Summer Autism Institute | Doubletree by Hilton in Burlington, Vermont
Tue Jul 01
2014 ICare4Autism Conference — Autism: A Global Perspective | Jerusalem, Israel