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Are you on the autism spectrum?
Are you a web designer and/or a web developer?
The A-Team is primarily run by individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, with some assistance from Bridges to Belonging. Our 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.
If you have past experience with either web design, web development, or both and are interested in a short-term contract arrangement to develop the A-Team’s website, please send a letter of interest to the Executive Director of Bridges to Belonging, Donnamarie Dunk at [email protected] indicating your experience, past projects you’ve worked on and links to the websites.
Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview to share details and evidence of their past experience, and will be provided with details of the project scope, design elements, timelines and compensation.
Please note that the project may involve either one contractor skilled in both web design and web development, or two individuals with separate skills and experience in design and development.
My name is Rita Abdel-Baki and I am a Clinical Psychology PhD Student at the University of Guelph. I am completing my dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Kristel Thomassin in the Child Emotion and Mental Health Lab. For my dissertation, I am researching parental self-efficacy, or how well a parent feels able to meet their child’s needs, in parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder. I hope to learn more about how parental self-efficacy relates to parent, child, and systemic factors. This project has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants (REB# 21-05-012).
Parents or caregivers with a child who is 6-18 years old and has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (including autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, or pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)) are welcome to participate.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]
Welcome to February!
Inside the February issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:
How am I Feeling & What Would Best Serve?
What's Happening at WRFN
Community Info, Resources and Opportunities
The Ontario government is making it easier for families to access services in the needs-based Ontario Autism Program (OAP) with the selection of the Independent Intake Organization (IIO), which will help families navigate the program from intake to funding. The province is also launching the Entry to School Program to support children on the autism spectrum entering kindergarten or Grade 1 for the first time and awarding grants to service providers to hire and train new clinical staff so they can support more families.