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Souris Consolidated School in Prince Edward Island is competing to win up to $150,000 for a fully accessible playground for people of all abilities. Our current K-7 school is being torn down and renovations are currently underway on the High School to convert it into a K-12 school. The renovation budget does not include playground equipment so our community must now fund-raise so our children have a place to play. You can help by registering and voting for the "Souris Playground for All!" every day from December 2–11, 2013.
Celebrate Accessibility at the Vancouver Aquarium and experience the wonders of aquatic life! Learn more at the Vancouver Aquarium website. The aquarium has also developed a social story for parents to prepare their children with autism for a visit. You can find this resource on their website.
CBI Monarch House has launched an ASD support message board. The message board is an autism support resource for parents, family and friends of those with autism and other developmental delays. Access the resource and learn more.
The Faculty of Health & Community Studies of MacEwan University is now accepting applications to present at the 39th annual Educational Assistant Conference being held February 21, 2014 in Edmonton, AB. [View the call for proposals ... PDF]
Recognizing 34 outstanding Canadians as recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal...
Autism Should be Treated as 'Long-term Care' Issue: Parent. CBC News, December 11, 2013: A finding by Ontario's auditor general that not enough children with autism are able to access government services is a "good first step" but doesn't address what happens when those children turn 18, says the parent of a Waterloo teen with autism.
Susan Boyle Feels Relieved and Relaxed after Receiving Asperger’s Syndrome Diagnosis. Postmedia News, Canada.com, December 8, 2013: Singer Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism — and feels relief at finally having the right label for her condition.
Online Dating on the Autism Spectrum. Rula Al-Nasrawi, The Atlantic, November 25, 2013: Dating poses the same basic challenge for everyone: trusting someone else.
Canadian Malls Offer Quieter, Calmer Visits with Santa for Kids with Autism. CTV News, November 24, 2013: Malls across Canada are making special arrangements so that kids with autism can take part in a popular holiday tradition: taking a photo with Santa.
Government of Canada Supports Social Enterprise Initiative in Calgary that will Benefit Canadians with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Press Release: Employment and Social Development Canada, November 22, 2013.
Danish Firm that Helps those with Autism Find Tech Jobs is Setting Up in Canada. Kate Allen, thestar.com, November 4, 2013: When Thorkil Sonne quit his IT job to start Specialisterne, a company that brokers jobs in the technology world for people with autism, he was thinking of his son Lars, who had been diagnosed with the cognitive disorder as a toddler.
Autism and the Desire and the Difficulties of Romance. Ashley Isaacson, Autism Daily Newscast, October 28, 2013: It can be hard, and maybe counterproductive, to admit to a desire that seems impossible to fulfill.
JVS Toronto is offering an intensive five-week workshop series to develop your job readiness skills. The next session begins October 7, 2013. To learn more, read the flyer [PDF].
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Autism Services Review Kicks off with Public Meetings. CBC News, September 24, 2013: The P.E.I. Department of Education has begun a review of its autism services for the children in Island schools, with public hearings into the issue kicking off on Tuesday.
Mother who left Son with Autism Sparks Push for Family Bill of Rights. CTVNews.ca, September 7, 2013: The Ottawa mother who captured the country's attention after leaving her severely autistic son at a government office five months ago says she continues to feel guilty, but knows in her heart it was the right thing to do.
Temple Grandin: More Research Needed on how Autism Affects People's Senses. Canadian Press, Global Post, November 4, 2013: Temple Grandin, one of the first people to chronicle her struggles with autism, says there needs to be more research into how the condition affects people's senses.
Autistic Boy's Noise Causes Landlord to give Eviction Notice to Tenants. Patrick O' Rourke, Canada.com, October 13, 2013: An Ottawa couple and their autistic son could be evicted from their downtown condo home because another resident complained their son makes too much noise.
Autistic Girl told to not come back to BC Dentist. Patrick O'Rourke, Postmedia News, September 28, 2013: A 12-year-old autistic girl, Sophia Filiatrault, was told not to come back to her dentist in Chilliwack B.C.
L. Ian MacDonald: Autistic Children and their Families need more Support. L. Ian MacDonald, The Gazette, August 27, 2013: A few months ago, Zara handed me an old children’s story book, of which only the covers remained ...
Comforting Support. Nathalie Garcin, The Province, August 27, 2013: It seems like an opportune time for representatives from the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community to share their sentiments following the unfortunate event in Newcastle, Ont., where an anonymous letter was delivered asking the family of an autistic boy to either move or have him euthanized.
Durham Community come out in their Thousands to Support Autistic Teen. Shån Ellis, Autism Daily Newscast, August 25, 2013: Hundreds of bikers congregated in Durham, Ontario on August 23, to rally their support for the family of Autistic teen Max Begley, 13 who received a disgusting letter from a neighbour whilst staying at his grandmother’s house in Newcastle, Canada.
Children's Hospital Accused of Discriminating against Boy. Jamie Long, CBC News, August 23, 2013: An Ottawa father accuses the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario of discrimination after discharging a boy from its autism intervention program.
Charges Mulled Against Writer who told Canadian Family to 'Euthanize' Autistic Son. Kevin Conlon, CNN.com, August 22, 2013: Canadian authorities are considering criminal charges -- albeit not for a hate crime -- against whomever wrote a stark letter to an Ontario family urging them to either "move or euthanize" their autistic son.
Police Say Letter asking for Autistic Boy to be Euthanized not a Hate Crime. Clare Clancy, Canadian Press, Calgary Herald, August 21, 2013: A letter sent to the Ontario family of a 13-year-old autistic boy telling them to move or have him euthanized does not constitute a hate crime, police said Tuesday.
Regina Mother Responds to Autism Letter. Mike McKinnon, Global Toronto, August 21, 2013: Outrage continues across the country in response to an angry, derogatory letter written to the mother of a child with Autism.
Parents of Boy with Autism Unsure what they'd say to Writer of Hateful Letter. Angela Mulholland, CTVnews.ca, August 21, 2013: The parents of an Oshawa, Ont. boy with autism would love to let whoever wrote a hateful letter about their son know what a wonderful boy he is. But they suspect the person likely wouldn't understand.
Oshawa Family Receives Hate-Filled Letter Directed at Autistic Son. James Armstrong, Global News, August 19, 2013: An Oshawa family is reeling after receiving a typed letter filled with vitriol that says the family should “euthanize” their autistic son.
'Euthanize Him and Donate the Non-retarded Body Parts': Shocking Hate Letter Written to Autistic 13-year-old's Family after they let him Play Outside. Daily Mail Staff, MailOnline, August 19, 2013: A Canadian family are reeling after a stranger sent them a letter telling them to euthanize their severely autistic son.
iPads and iPods Help Kids with Autism Learn and Communicate. Mary Conneely, Examiner.com, August 3, 2013: Research presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) convention explained the benefits of using iPads and iPods to help educate children with autism.
Dangers to Wandering Kids: National Drowning Prevention Week. Lasia Kretzel, News Talk 980 CJME, July 28, 2013: Nothing says summer quite like a glistening backyard pool or sunny day at the beach.
Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together, Robert A. Naseef (Brookes Publishing 2013). How can parents provide the best support for their child with autism—andensure that the whole family's needs are met? It's a question faced by every parent of a child on the autism spectrum, and this book answers it with keen insight, reassuring honesty, and practical guidance. A psychologist and father of an adult son with autism, Dr. Robert Naseef has both personal and professional expertise to share with overwhelmed families.