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Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter - February 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their February 2019 Adult Newsletter.

 

In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • News, Opportunities & Research
    • Autism Ontario Peel Chapter Offering Affordable Valentines Day Social Dinner
    • Kerry's Place offering Mindfulness Group for ages 30+
    • Kerry's Place offering The Code 2.0 intermediate coding course
    • Aging with a Developmental Disability Workshop
    • Ottawa Aspirations Group General Meeting
    • Photoshop for Beginners Workshop in Hamilton
    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers Study                               
    • Care for the Caregiver Workshop in North Bay

  • Employment

    • Youth Job Connection is taking applications in Pickering and Whitby

    • Gain & Maintain: Learning Differences and Employment

    • Prepare for Life: An Adaptive Life Skills Course

    • Hospitality Workers Training Centre offering free training

  • Community

    • Women on the Spectrum: A Discussion

  • Call for Community Voices

Read the Autism Ontario Adult Newsletter here.

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A-Team - February 2019 Newsletter

The A-Team is primarily run by individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, with some assistance from Waterloo Region Family Network. The goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment to meet fellow adults with Aspergers Syndrome [or ASD – level 1], discuss topics of interest, share experiences, and embrace our neurological diversity.

 

In the February edition you will find information on:

  • Upcoming meetings
  • ASD Research Opportunities
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Autism Ontario - Great Wolf Lodge Opportunity

Families will have the opportunity to come and enjoy at Great Wolf Lodge at a special rate just for Autism Ontario!

 

Great Wolf Lodge is generously offering Autism Ontario families a discounted group rate for stays occurring May 5-11, 2019.

 

By registering Eventbrite, starting Feb 6th at 930am, you will be given the group code, which allow you to access the reduced rate.  Once you have your group code, you MUST contact Great Wolf Lodge directly, yourself to reserve your stay.

 

Details About Autism Ontario’s Group Rate:

  • A limited number of rooms have been set aside for this group. Families are encouraged to book as soon as possible to secure their reservation.  Rooms are booked first come first served and the Autism Ontario group block has consistently sold-out each year.
  • Rates are listed in Canadian dollars and are based on a family of four in a Family Suite that includes up to 4 waterpark passes.
  • Passes are not transferable. Additional guest passes can be purchased for $50.00 plus tax, per night stay, per guest from Great Wolf Lodge.
  • Call Great Wolf Lodge as soon as you get your group code for the best selection of dates. When calling, identifying yourself as a member of the Autism Ontario Group and you will be asked for the group code that will be provided after the online registration is completed.
  • All bookings are based on availability.
  • The group rates offered, are based on attaining a minimum number of rooms. If the group minimum is not met, the group guests will be contacted and offered the option to cancel without penalty or rebook at the retail rate. If the group minimum is met and a guest chooses to cancel, the individual cancellation policy applies. 
    • Great Wolf Lodge's Cancellation Policy: You have up to 7 days prior to arrival to cancel with a fee of 15% of your deposit. If you cancel 4-6 days prior to arrival, there will be a 30% fee, and 3 days or less of arrival, the deposit becomes non-refundable.
  • Successful registration does NOT guarantee a room reservation. You must contact Great Wolf Lodge yourself with the group code to arrange your reservation before Great Wolf Lodge's booking cut off date of April 5, 2019 - But don’t wait until then!

Learn more here.

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Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter - January 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their January 2019 Adult Newsletter.

 

In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • News, Opportunities and Research
    • Accessibility Advisory Committee Members Needed in Toronto
    • Ontario Groups Collaborate with Awake Labs for Anxiety App
    • Ahuri Theatre presents: This Is The Point
    • Toronto Public Health offering modified Food Handlers Certification Course
    • Strategies for Adult ADHD & Aspergers Weekly Walk-in Group
    • Free Adult ADHD & Aspergers Monthly Support Group
    • York Recreation Centre offering adapted programs for adults
    • Ladies Learning Code HTML & CSS Workshops coming to Kingston & Markham  
    • Ladies Learning Code offering JavaScript for Beginners in Toronto  
  • Employment
    • Specialisterne is hiring for positions at CIBC
    • Individualized Transition to Life Course Available Throughout Many Ontario Regions

    • New Haven Learning Centre offering Vocational Program

  • Community

    • The Art of Kristin Wilkinson

  • CALL FOR COMMUNITY VOICES

Click here to read the newsletter.

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A Team - January 2019 Newsletter

The A-Team is primarily run by individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, with some assistance from Waterloo Region Family Network. The goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment to meet fellow adults with Aspergers Syndrome [or ASD – level 1], discuss topics of interest, share experiences, and embrace our neurological diversity.

 

In the January newsletter you will find information about:

  • the January meeting
  • "Quotable Quote"
  • ASD Resource/ Event Spotlight
  • upcoming meeting date 

Read the January A Team newsletter here.

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Autism Ontario Reimbursement Fund

The 2019 March Break Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families of children or youth with ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker OR who have paid for their child to attend a 2019 March break camp or program, but not both.


Maximum reimbursements of $350 per child or youth (up to 18th birthday) will be made to subsidize services purchased between March 11 and March 15, 2019.

 

Reimbursements will be provided based on a random selection made from all eligible applicants who apply between December 17, 2018 and January 25, 2019.

For more information please visit the website at https://www.autismontario.com/camp.

 

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Autisme Ontario – À la recherche de familles francophones / Autism Ontario - Looking for Francophone Families

Are you a Francophone family with children with ASD? Are you interested in attending Autism Ontario events that are offered in French? 
 
Autism Ontario is interested in offering events specifically in French and we are trying to gauge how many families are in our area.

 

Please email jennifer@autismontario.com if you are interested in atteding these events. Please also include the ages of your children.

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SkateABLE

SkateABLE™ is Canada’s only high-quality adaptive ice skating program for children with physical and developmental disabilities.

 

This program is developmentally appropriate for children with a wide variety of challenges including: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, muscle weakness, as well as autism, down syndrome, learning disabilities, and other developmental delays.

All adaptive equipment is provided free of charge.

 

Kitchener

Program Dates: Tuesdays, January 15 - March 12, 2019

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Lion's Arena, 20 Rittenhouse Rd., Kitchener 

 

Waterloo

Program Dates: Thursdays, January 10 ‐ March 14, 2019

Times: 4:00pm

Location: Albert McCormick Arena, 500 Parkside Drive, Waterloo

 

 

Registration for SkateABLE™ is available now at www.skateable.ca.

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Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Autism Spectrum Disorder Fundamental Training Course

If you’re the caregiver of a child (under 18 years of age) with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and have a strong desire to increase your knowledge and understanding of this diagnosis, Kerry's Place Autism Services has an exclusive offer for you!

 

Kerry’s Place Autism Services is offering this training course FREE as a Foundational Service through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). To qualify, families must have a child registered with the OAP. Not registered yet? Call the OAP Single Point of Access at 1-877-374-6625 (press 1) to register today!

 

This unique training opportunity will include:

  • 12 modules delivered in six full days
  • Group and individual activities
  • Weekly assignments to enhance comprehension, skill development, and confidence
  • The opportunity to work with other parents in a supportive and dynamic learning environment
  • A certificate of participation

Dates

January 18, 25, February 1, 8 March 1,8, 2019

Time

9:30 am –3:30 pm

Location

Sunbeam Centre-training room - 2749 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener

 

For more information and registration please contact:

Amanda Polesello at Amanda.Polesello@kerrysplace.org or 519-763-5812 ext. 28

Registration is first come first serve basis. Spaces are limited.

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Autism Ontario - "Waterloo Stars" Adaptive Soccer Program

Children with ASD, ages 3-18, are invited to attend 10-weeks of soccer with the Waterloo Minor Soccer Club.  Siblings, ages 3-18 are also invited to join in on the fun!

 

The WMCS's Waterloo Stars is an adaptive program for children ages 3-18 to have a positive experience on a soccer team. 

 

For this event, there will be full and private use of indoor field for 1 hour weekly. Waterloo Minor Soccer Club will provide team jerseys, shorts, socks and a ball for each child registered. 

 

Children will go through warm up exercises, break out into skills training and then end with a short game.  Cues will be taken from the child, siblings and parents and activities can include balancing balls, Frisbees, volleyballs, softer balls, hula hoops, smaller nets, etc.  It can be a very diverse hour but it is an hour of physical activity.

 

**Parents must participate with their children on the field**
 

Please note shin guards are required.  Parents must provide shin guards for all participating.

 

Cost: $30 per child

Dates: January 12 - March 16

Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm

 

For more information or to register click here.

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