ASPIRE BEGINS IN AUGUST 2002
Aspire: to be ambitious; to long for or yearn; to seek to accomplish something high and great; to rise, ascend, soar. These dictionary definitions describe qualities of the new initiative being launched this month by Guelph Services for the Autistic (GSA), with generous financial support from Waterloo-Wellington Autism Services (WWAS).
But the word is also an acronym for the project: Autism Support Project: Information, Resources, Empowerment, for and with people with autism and their families in Guelph-Wellington County or the Region of Waterloo.
We expect that two main groups will be interested: young people aged 18-20 who are leaving school-based services for adulthood; and older adults who still live with their parents and need to consider other options for the future.
Ms Jan Cooper of Guelph will work part-time as ASPIRE Advocate. The ASPIRE Steering Group, which reports to the GSA Board, consists of Amar Arneja, Dave DeVidi, John Verhart, Stan Shalay (representing WWAS Board) and Elizabeth Bloomfield. Peter McCaskell, who volunteers with the technical side of the OAARSN website, has offered to do the confidential processing of the survey data. The WWAS Board has further supported ASPIRE and OAARSN by paying for a new computer to handle these tasks. We thank all these volunteers and the Boards of WWAS and GSA for supporting this initiative.
ASPIRE offers hope of a good life in community by:
If you are an adult or older teenager (16 years or over) with autism spectrum disorders in Wellington or Waterloo Region, or are supporting such an adult, we urge you to complete one of the surveys on the OAARSN website at http://www.ont-autism.uoguelph.ca/aansurveys-2002.shtml.
Completing and submitting the survey (long or short) online is the most confidential and efficient way. If you have already submitted a long-form survey, you don’t need to do anything now, unless your situation has changed. If you fill in a short-form survey now, you may later submit a long-form survey as well, if you wish.
may request a paper copy of the long-form survey by leaving a message at
phone (519) 821-7424 or email email@example.com.
Completed paper surveys (both short-form and long-form) may be mailed to:
Please tell any other individual, family or support group about ASPIRE and the new needs survey.
ASPIRE will run for 20 months. In its second part, which will run concurrently with the surveys, ASPIRE will help families who are ready to begin the process of planning for the future of their daughter/son.