18 April 2007

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The Autism Ontario Adult Leadership Group is a province-wide leadership group of researchers, parents, clinicians, service providers, educators, and advocates focusing on matters related to adults on the autism spectrum. 

In order to enhance awareness and understanding of ASD, and all of its complexity, we are looking for the stories of teens and adults living with ASD that we can bring to government leaders and the general public to help shape government policy.

The teens and adults profiled would need to be willing to share their story – both the successes and challenges-- and be willing to have their photo taken.

If you think you have a story, or have some questions, please email Patricia Gallin at pgallin.aso@sympatico.ca by
May 15, 2007.

Supreme Court halts parents' autism funding appeal
The Supreme Court will not hear arguments on the matter of who should pay for costly specialized treatment for autistic children in Ontario. The court's decision Thursday halts the lengthy legal challenge of 28 Ontario families with autistic children who argued the province was discriminating against autistic children and should pay for intensive behavioural intervention therapy (IBI), as well as provide it in schools. The families initially won a court ruling over government financing for the therapy, but the decision was overturned by the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2006.
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Name of Event
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Regional Support Associates
RSA (based in Woodstock) "provides services to adults with a developmental disability. The staff have clinical expertise and training in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Nursing, Speech Pathology, Behaviour Therapy, and Developmental Services. Services are offered to the individual, their families and agencies supporting them in their community."
Click for RSA Workshop Calendar, January to March 2007
Also check the website for the calendar for the coming year, till March 2008.

Autism One Radio Schedule

A Worldwide, Web-Based Radio Station for the Care, Treatment, and Recovery
of Children with Autism  http://www.autismone.org/radio


April 20-22, 2007, in Alexandria, VA
DAN! Spring 2007 Conference
"DAN!® is known throughout the world as the premier conference (for both parents and clinicians) to come and learn the safest and most effective biomedical interventions for successfully treating autism. DAN!® provides a decision making framework for addressing biomedical issues presented by individuals with autism. DAN!® brings the most credible speakers on the subject of treating autism to the podium."

April 25, at 7pm, in Kitchener

Magnificent Moms: caring for yourself while parenting a child with special needs
Kitchener Public Library
An interactive workshop with Amy Baskin, with a scope different from Amy's other recent presentations...
"As parents, we need to care for ourselves in order to do the best for our families.
We'll discuss specific Life Balance Builders--ways to increase health, energy and well-being when time is tight.
Also, we'll cover time management strategies designed specifically for families who have a son or daughter with special needs. The information is based on studies, interviews with over 500 parents, and input from experts in the field of life balance, fitness, time management, career etc.
This workshop is interactive and hands on for both moms and dads. Professionals serving families will also find the content to be helpful."
Please click on title for more

Saturday April 28, 2007
, 9:30 am–3:45 pm
Family Alliance Ontario Annual Conference 
Organizing Differently:  Circles and Not-for-profit Societies       
Location: McMaster University
Keynote Speaker: Susannah Joyce
Morning Presentation: "The Potential of Relationship: 3 Working Circles explain why they place their hope in people and why a circle of support is a good way to hold people together."
Afternoon Presentation: “Andrew’s Aroha” by the Bloomfield family of Guelph.
Andrew's Aroha is a legally incorporated entity (microboard) to flow individualized funds to and sustain high quality of life of persons with disabilities, supported by their family and friends.

Cost: $30.00 per person/$40.00 per family
Register through Hamilton Family Network Click for flyer with more details

Monday, May 7, 2007, from 7:30pm
Autism Ontario Hamilton-Wentworth Chapter presents
College Kids with Autism:
Q and A - Panel Discussion with Colin, Jason and Nicky

Everyone is invited - parents, extended family, friends, educational professionals, therapists—to learn how these three  kids made it though the public school system and got into college.
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
100 Main St. W. (First Floor Auditorium) Hamilton
For more information regarding this event, please contact Kelly Anderson at: 905-777-1100.

May 10, in
London Ontario
Autism Ontario London Chapter presents
Temple Grandin at Centennial Hall, London
Click on link to reach information about admission prices.

May 14-15, 2007, in Ottawa
Fourth International Conference on Social Role Valorization:
Crafting Valued Social Roles

Click for conference information
Click for registration details

May 23 – 27, 2007, Sheraton Centre Toronto

2nd International Come To Your Senses Conference

Opening the Sensory World to Children & Adults with Complex Disabilities

By MukiBaum Treatment Centres

Registration is now at http://www.sensoryconference.ca/ and you can take advantage of Early Bird rates.  There will be opportunities for you and your organization to exhibit, become a sponsor of the event and participate in a number of activities throughout the conference.

June 15 & 16, 2007

2007 Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference
Acceptance and Opportunities: See the Potential

A conference that will explore best practices and approaches for increasing quality of life, opportunities and independence. Save the Date! Friday, June 15 & Saturday, June 16, 2007 Toronto, Ontario
Member and Early Bird Registration discounts are available.
Keep an eye on www.autismontario.com for more information to be released in the coming months.

31 August, 1 & 2 September 2007, in Oslo, Norway
8th International Congress Autism Europe
Abstract submission, registration and further Congress information:

E-mail: president@autismeurope.org
Do not miss this opportunity to contribute to take part in ‘a World of Possibilities’ for people with autism and their families, view the 4th International Art Exhibition of Persons with Autism, and to visit Oslo and its charming surroundings.


The Julien Project of Horticultural Therapy
is being launched this Spring in
at Ignatius Centre/Orchard Park in the "Courtyard" at 5420 Highway 6 North, R.R.#5,
It is led by Founder Sharon Stewart, Horticulture Therapist and Registered Nurse, and inspired by the THRIVE,
UK model (www.thrive.org.uk)
Other Community Partners are:
Spark of Brilliance
Homewood Health Centre ("Healthy Lifestyles Program)
Ignatius College
Carrot Cache Community Resource Inc (Carrot Common) in Toronto
CIBC Wood Gundy
Vision TV/Recreating Eden (The Julien Project has been chosen as one of only three in Canada to take part in their “Recreating Eden” initiative.
Guelph Services for Adults with Autism (Bridges and ACES groups)
and others who are coming on stream as we move forward
This project is open to people who are living with physical disabilities, mental health issues, and other life challenges.
Groups and Individuals will attend at the site, work the land, plant, cultivate and harvest the crops, and use the yield for food preparation (at home), horticulture workshops, and creative activities.
Volunteers will assist the gardeners, as well as the therapists, social workers, care providers, etc., affiliated with the group in attendance.
You are invited to learn more about this new, exciting initiative, including how your group, and/or the folks you support can access this program. Please contact Sharon Stewart at sharonstewart@sympatico.ca  or
Judith Rosenberg at rosenbergj@cmhagrb.on.ca
Volunteers Welcome!
The Julien Project—“using  gardening to enrich lives” seeks volunteers for the season from May to November 2007, to work in a Barrier Free Garden Setting with Persons with a disability or disadvantaged populations, under the guidance of a horticultural therapist. Based on the THRIVE model, UK,
Includes open, seasonal garden projects, special events and workshops



News about adults with autism is usually negative. We receive many appeals for advice on where to turn for help--with diagnosis and assessment, advocacy, planning for the future, alternatives to approaches that are not working. There are virtually no obvious sources of help for isolated adults with autism and their caregivers.

View Brian Henson's image of the footbridge over the Nith River at Paris.


We know that some adults and their families and caregivers are heroically using what resources they have to achieve some successes with their challenges. Some can report remarkable progress. We invite you, as an adult or caregiver living with autism, to share your perceptions, problems and success stories, if you think others might help or benefit.