ONTARIO and CANADA NEWS
"Positively Autistic": CBC TV documentary
aired on Monday, 27 October on "The National"
Is autism a disorder, or just a neurological difference? Psychiatrists consider it a mental disorder, but since the early 90's, an autistic rights movement has sprung up, challenging the official view of autism and working to change how the world sees autism. In this special feature, we meet some of the people at the forefront of this movement, and find out what they see are the positives of living life as a person with autism.
Click for main blog link
View the video (19 minutes)
See separate links for transcripts of interviews, as follows:
Scott Robertson :
Forgotten: Autism Ontario Releases Discussion Paper
on Needs of Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Link to read the full report: Forgotten: Ontario Adults with Autism and Adults with Aspergers
Report in Globe and Mail, 16 October 2008
Article in The Star
Ontario Passes New Legislation for People with a Developmental Disability
Passed on 30 September 2008, The Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 replaces the 35-year-old Developmental Services Act, which provided services mainly for people living in government-run institutions.
Click on this link to read the news release, widely relayed in the media, here in The Globe and Mail's Report on Business: More Independence And Choice For People With A Developmental Disability
Read our review of the legislation and the process of amending it over the summer.
We will bring you the text of the new act as soon as we have it and, we hope, also a plain-langauge version.
Amy Baskin's "Empty Nest Envy"
is feature article in the November 2008 issue of MORE Magazine.
Not available online
AUTISM NEWS, MAINLY ABOUT ADULT ISSUES
BitTorrent's Bram Cohen Isn't Limited by Asperger's
Bram Cohen's brain works differently from most people's. He has Asperger's syndrome, a condition that keeps him rooted in the world of objects and patterns, puzzles and computers, but leaves him floating, disoriented, in the everyday swirl of human interactions.
High-tech clues to facial cues
A new device helps people with Asperger's or autism interpret expressions of emotion. A product of MIT's Media Lab, where computer scientists are studying ways to help machines think emotionally, like humans, the prototype is called an iSet, which stands for "interactive social emotional toolkit."
Autistic expression through art
A story in The Edmonton Journal about Yvette Prefontaine who thinks in pictures. "When something is unplanned, I see an empty frame," she says. The 27-year-old has autism and has trouble communicating. Understanding directions, for example, is a challenge. Prefontaine must be shown what to do, rather than told. The Autism Society of Edmonton Area celebrated the works of about a dozen autistic artists last week at its first Art of Autism fundraiser.
MP supporting adults with autism and families
In Britain, a Private Members’ Bill has been launched by The National Autistic Society (NAS). Anne Snelgrove, MP for South Swindon explains why she supports the bill. With 40% of adults with autism living at home with their parents and over 60% relying on them financially, she considers the new policy would give sufferers the support needed to become more independent. NAS Chief Executive, Mark Lever, says that "the right support at the right time could transform thousands of lives. It is simply unacceptable that individuals and families continue to struggle to get the help they so desperately need from health and social care agencies.”
The Autism Bill aims to compel local authorities and NHS bodies to recognise and fulfil their responsibilities towards people with autism. Measures proposed include improving local information on the number of people with autism, providing effective support from child to adult services, appropriate staff training, and the promotion of appropriate packages of support to enable independent living for people with autism.
The organizers of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD) 25th Annual Conference,
The NADD Family Issues Committee is having their 4th Annual Silent Auction at the 25th Annual NADD Conference. We seek donated items for the silent auction, which is the Family Issues Committee annual fundraiser. The proceeds from this event will financially assist family members to attend NADD Conferences. The items donated should be portable in size (for travel). Examples of items for donation are: books, artwork, gift certificates. Cash or cheques will gratefully be accepted as well.
If you would like to send a donated item to the Conference for the Silent Auction, it can be forwarded to:
If you have any questions please contact: Elizabeth Arnold, Chair, NADD - Family Issues Committee - firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-832-5554
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF EVENTS
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November 10, 2008, in Toronto
Ontario Ministry of Community and
Contact: Tim Hilliard
3rd Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1E9
Tel: (416) 325-5352
FAX: (416) 212-4704
Employer Outreach Secretariat contacts: http://www.infogo.gov.on.ca/infogo/office.do?actionType=telephonedirectory&infoType=telephone&unitId=UNT0027984&locale=en
Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 4:30-6pm, in Kitchener
Social Innovation Generation, at the University of Waterloo (SiG@Waterloo, www.sig.uwaterloo.ca), invites you toFrances Westley & Paul Born (SiG@Waterloo and Tamarack)
Social Innovation Dialogues: Fall 2008
"Systems Change: Thinking like a Movement"
Venue: Kitchener Public Library, Main Library, 85 Queen Street North, , ONTHIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND. PLEASE RSVP BY EMAILING firstname.lastname@example.org OR CALLING 519 743 0271 ext 255
National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD) 25th Annual Conference:
"A Quarter Century of Awareness: Assessment, Treatment & Policy Advances (ID/MH)"
At the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel,
At the end of the conference, participants will be able to:
• Cite advances in the field of co-occurring MH/ID;
• Recognize the genetic underpinning of several MH/ID disorders;
• Identify to relevance of the DM-ID to the diagnosis and treatment of persons with MH/ID;
• Name several integrated system responses that have developed in Canada and the US;
• Interpret relevant integrated research that can be generalized to other individuals with MH/ID issues.
To learn more information about this event, please visit:
November 13, 2008, 7:30pm
Canadian play ‘God’s Middle Name’ to be performed at Centre in the Square, Kitchener
A compelling tale of one mother’s journey through the uncharted territory of raising an autistic child. This performance is a must see for anyone who has been affected by Autism. Click here for more information about the play. To receive a 20% discount to the play, visit the Centre in the Square’s website, click on the promotions tab and enter the password AUTISM. Tickets can also be purchased at the Centre in the Square Ticket Centre or by phone at 1-800-265-8977.
November 18, 2008, 7-9pm, in Waterloo (at KidsAbility)
All About Me: an Advocacy Seminar/Workshop
Presented by Beverly Grant.
Also on April 28, 2009
Click for full details and how to register
November 17-21, 2008, in Ottawa
Global Forum for Inclusion and CACL 50th Anniversary Conference
CACL (Canadian Association for Community Living) is co-hosting a Global Forum for Inclusion and celebrating its 50th Anniversary November 17-21, 2008 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario. The Global Forum consists of an international gathering of self-advocates and families, Inclusion International’s General Assembly, an International Conference on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Study Tours on Inclusive Practices in Canada and the US. CACL’s 50th Anniversary conference will celebrate the last 50 years and look at next steps needed to address the remaining challenges and barriers to the full inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
Join with people from around the world to transform rights into action and make inclusion a reality for all!
To register for the Global Forum for Inclusion visit: www.inclusion2008.com
To register for CACL’s 50th Anniversary Conference visit: www.cacl.ca
Haadd: Helping Adults with Autism and Developmental Disorders
presents, as the highlight of our Annual General Meeting
Guest Speaker, John Lord
Inclusive Lives in Community: How Families are Building a New Story
Bathurst Jewish Community Centre, 4588
Between Sheppard and Finch on the west side of
Click for flyer with full details
December 2, 2008, in Guelph, all day
Independent Planning and Facilitation Symposium
organized by the Wellington Independent Planning and Facilitation Steering Committee in partnership with MCSS, Individualized Funding Coalition of Ontario and Families for a Secure Future.
Click for advance brochure and registration form (registration must be received by November 18)
December 12, 2008, in Chatham, all day
The Many Faces of Adults With Asperger Syndrome:
Treatment and Support
presented by Regional Support Associates
Click for flyer
February 2009, in
a multidimensional approach - research and practice
For researchers, parents, professionals, people with autism, and others with an interest in autism and related disorders. Meeting of Minds is a concept which brings different mindsets together. The 2009 conference centres on issues in areas such as the medical, the educational/psychological and quality of life
will build on the phenomenal success of the 2007
International Conference "Meeting of Minds 2" that brought
together professionals, families, carers and people with ASD from
the world. The first
Meeting of Minds conference on autism and related disorders
was held in
· Lorna Wing, Dr., NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism
·Judith Gould, Director, NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism
Elkhonon Goldberg, Professor,
Christopher Gillberg, Professor,
Gary Mesibov, Professor,
Rita Jordan, Professor,
Mohammad Ghaziuddin, Associate Professor,
Per Hove Thomsen, Professor,
·Maria Råstam, Associate Professor,
·Richard Mills, Research Director, Research Autism/National Autistic Society
Olga Bogdashina, Visiting lecturer,
Eva Billstedt, Dr.,
Holger Kallehauge, Retired High Court
Disabled Peoples Organisations
·Kjeld Høgsbro, Professor,
Further details on the conference, including the full programme can be accessed via the website www.meetingofminds.dk where online booking is now available.
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