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Information and resources for the developmental disability community 


WEB: Welcome EveryBody Peer Support for Autistic Adults
Starts Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 5:30-6:30 PM EDT for 7 weekly sessions.
These Autistic-led groups will be a place to connect and share experiences with other Autistic adults. This program is free and open to Autistic adults 18 years of age or older.


Click here to learn more about Welcome EveryBody (WEB) in this recorded webinar from AIDE Canada and Autism Ontario. Two clinician-scientists and three Autistic self-advocates from the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre share their experiences developing, facilitating, and evaluating WEB.

Click here to register



Webinar Presentation
Sharing Our Stories: Using the Arts to Explore Lived Experiences of Autism and Mental Health

Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT
Hosted by the RBC Patient and Family Learning Space at CAMH, this webinar features members of the Outside In Theatre Company, directed by Prof. Adeen Ashton Fogle, who demonstrate the use of the arts as problem-solving tools and as vehicles for rich dialogue. 
Click here to register



New Virtual Mindfulness Groups


Groups starting next week!  
Join a 6-week Canada-wide virtual mindfulness program, led by Sue Hutton, a mindfulness teacher with 40 years of experience. These programs are supported by the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence. There is no cost to participate. 

All Care Providers (Leaders & Staff) in Health, Home Care, and Disability Support Services: Every Wednesday, May 10th to June 14th, 2023, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT. View our flyer and register here.



Research Study Recruitment
Autistic Adults and the Experience of Psychedelics


Are you Autistic and over 18 years old? We want to hear about your experiences with psychedelics.

This research study wants to learn about the perception, opinions, and knowledge of Autistic adults about psychedelics, and whether they have used them in the past.

Participation involves filling out a 20-30 minute online survey. 

For more information, email or call us:

Hsiang-Yuan.Lin@camh.ca or Sahba.Afsharnia@mail.utoronto.ca
+1 416-535-8501 ext. 32817

Click here to go to Survey



Volunteer Opportunity
Caregiver Engagement Network


Join the Azrieli Caregiver Engagement Network 

Next meeting: Thurs, May 25th, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT
Open to all caregivers (siblings, parents, grandparents) of loved ones 18 years and older with a developmental disability.  
Questions? Email Azrieli.Caregivers@camh.ca.

Register Here





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