26 August 2008

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Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield

September 13/14, 2008, in Brampton
Phoneme Touch & Say and Teaching Students with Down Syndrome
A two-day workshop with SLP Jill Hicks
A significant number of people combine Down's with ASD symptoms.
This approach is found to be effective with young adults as well as children
Register early to be sure of a place, in any case by  September 8.
Click for full details in the brochure
For local information call Shaida Shirazi (905) 846-8321


Participants needed for a research study:
“Sensory Processing Patterns in the Workplace in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders”
If you are 18 years old and over:
· with Autism, Asperger syndrome, PDD or PDD-NOS
· are currently working, have worked in the past or have not yet worked
 I want to learn about your experiences!
· Find out your sensory patterns by taking a questionnaire! Questionnaire completion will take 20-30 minutes.
· You may be asked to continue with the second part of the study to talk about your work experiences.
· Participate from your own home.
If interested, please contact:
Tiziana Bontempo    
MSc Rehabilitation Sciences candidate    
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
Email: 6tb3@queensu.ca
Tel.: 613-583-7743


Link Up Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities
LinkUp is a charitable, not-for-profit employment services agency that started in 2002. It has a head office in the heart of Toronto, Ontario, and branch offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Vancouver, British Columbia.
From Disabilities to Possibilities is a practical guide to hiring and retaining people with disabilities, aimed at front-line managers at Ontario companies and organizations.
Training based on this comprehensive publication will be offered starting in September, 2008.
Click here to learn more


Tuesday, 7 October 2008, 7–9pm, in Guelph
First of a series of information forums for families living in Guelph-Wellington, who are interested in learning about services and increasing life options for adults with Autism. Supported by Kerry’s Place Autism Services. At Kortright Presbyterian Church, 55 Devere Drive in Guelph (registration begins at 6:30 pm)
Guest speakers include: Andrea Robinson from Access, Information & Referral, Developmental Services; Elizabeth Bloomfield of Guelph Services for the Autistic; Gail Jones from Kerry’s Place Autism Services; and Dwight Syms, Service Resolution Facilitator for Wellington. Service information booths with staff representatives will also be available throughout the evening.
Child-minding services will be provided on site and light refreshments will be served.
**For more information and registration, call Wendy Perry at 905-867-6152**



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