ON OAARSN'S WEBSITE
Text of the leaflet OAARSN
produced to accompany a display on adult autism issues for the Ontario
Ministry of Education's conference on Teaching
Students with Autism: Enhancing Capacity in Ontario Schools,
September 10-12, 2003.
Adult Autism Issues in Waterloo-Wellington
20 (Summer 2003) has been added to the website.
to read it in PDF format
Adults and their families in Waterloo-Wellingon-Dufferin
region of southern Ontario:
Click for the latest ASPIRE
update (August 2003)
Please note the wealth of news, announcements and
other links in the weekly OAARSN News Bulletins that are archived on our
website. Click for the list
of earlier OAARSN bulletins
and find the most recent:
AUTISM IN THE
new BRIDGES program for autistic children past 6 years
While new funding and services are needed, some
have criticized these plans as being quite inadequate. In a letter to The
Toronto Sun, Janis Jaffe-White of Toronto pointed out that Ontario already
has a program that could serve this purpose very well, if expanded to keep
pace with needs, Special-Services-at-Home.
Services for Children with Asperger's Syndrome in Canada:
An article in the British Medical Journal.
Boys and Autism
Newsweek's cover story for September 8 begins:
"Is this mysterious and sometimes devastating condition just an extreme
version of normal male intelligence? That’s one provocative new theory.
Behind autism’s gender gap."
Talk: A New Theory of Autism
Simon Baron-Cohen, author of the book featured
in the Newsweek story, responds to questions about autism.
to be odd
A review of Mark Haddon's novel.
An excerpt from Mark Haddon's novel.
- Parenting The Many Shades Of Adolescence, Autism, Asperger Syndrome And
ADHD, by Jacqui Jackson, mother of four autistic sons featured in a recent
BBC program, is to be published in October.
Picture in Mind
A story about Peter Scott Stone (30), autistic
artist of Salt Lake City.
often wonder what it would be like to have a conversation with my child
The strain of caring for her severely autistic
son cost Virginia Bovell her career and her marriage to author Nick Hornby.
Yet Danny is the best thing that ever happened to her, she tells Hero Brown
in the Evening Standard, London (UK)
"People with autism need
more support" (in Britain)
A new report highlights a lack of support for
people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), prompting calls for government
action. The National Autistic Society (NAS) says many people with ASD are
struggling to get access to advocacy support services. The NAS report "Autism:
The Demand for Advocacy" found that 68 per cent of advocacy organisations
provide support for ASD. But only 11 per cent of people in need of such
support were getting it, the report said. The society claims that advocacy
providers are not prioritising people with ASD and that independent advocacy
organisations lack the resources to support the 330,000 adults with ASD
in the UK. They are calling on the government to address the issue by drawing
up a national strategy for people with ASD. Source: Health Newswatch, 6/8/2003
Autism Awareness Campaign
launched in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Information from parents and carers Ivan and Charika
Corea who quote an estimate of 30,000 autistic people. Ivan Corea is the
Chair of the Autism Awareness Campaign now the largest ever movement for
Autism in the UK. He and his wife initiated 2002 as Autism Awareness Year.
He is a Trustee of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. The Autism Awareness
Campaign won the 2002 Charity Awards, 2002 Windrush Award, 2002 BBC Community
Award Runner Up, 2002 Daily Mail Unsung Heroes Merit Award and the 2003
Gold Web Award. Visit
World Community Autism
Max & Sandra Desorgher of South Africa have
sent us information about their WCAP services including the publication
of two new books. See Redefining
OF EVENTS OR SPECIAL PROJECTS
of more events on OAARSN Bulletin
Board and Calendar, and our archive
of past OAARSN news bulletins.
submissions for this news bulletin or for the OAARSN Calendar and Bulletin
Board in plain text format by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with "announcement" at the beginning of the subject line.
details of the following as BRIEFLY as possible:
Speakers and Topics of Event
and Location of Event
information to learn more about event
Do Not Send Files Or Brochure Attachments
Tuesday, September 9 in Guelph
for the Autistic announces
facilitated by Beth Hancox of Waterloo and Jan Cooper of Guelph,
to explain and demonstrate
how a facilitated PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) can help
families, with their sons or daughters with autism and their friends, to
plan a good life now and a more secure future. Call (519) 823-9232 to register
(it's free). More information may be found on the ASPIRE
September 21, 2003, Belwood Conservation Area,
Cycle for Autism
of Wellington County Chapter, Autism Society Ontario
Registration begins at 9am and the Cycle send
off is at 10am. Registration will continue until 12noon. For a pledge
form lease call Kim @ 821-3388, Natalie @ 836-8589, Gatten Chiropractic
Clinic @ 843-1490, Marlene @ 822-2578, or George Vettor @ 824-5829. Kim
@ 821-3388 also appeals for volunteers to help with any part of the organization.
September 26, 2003 in Buffalo
Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Eustacia Cutler -(Temple's mother) "Raising Temple
Rebecca Moyes - "Teaching Social Skills &
Addressing Clrm Behavior"
Autism Services: Workshops in Central West Region
July-December 2003 Click
for more information about all these events
Events are free and most will be held in the KPAS
Resource Centre in Brampton, unless otherwise stated.
Fall 2003 (various dates) in Toronto
Drumming opportunities in the "Playshop" Series.
October 18, 2003, in Oshawa
Current Directions and Findings
in Autism Research
Featuring Guest Speakers Dr Wendy Roberts and
Dr Jeanette Holden
Where: Durham District School Board Auditorium,
400 Taunton Road East, Oshawa
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost*: For ASO members**: $10 Parent/Individual
with ASD, $25 Professional
For non-members: $15 Parent/Individual with ASD, $30 Professional
* Includes lunch. **Annual tax-deductible membership
of $30 (parent/individual) or $50 (professional) may be paid at the door.
Please note that registration for this workshop
is BY MAIL ONLY and will be confirmed only upon receipt of payment.
registration form and more details.
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
of New Autism Collection at Kitchener Public Library
A good-sized collection of books, videos and other
information about Autism Spectrum Disorders has been made possible by a
generous grant from Waterloo Wellington Autism Services. The official launch
is planned for Ontario Public Library week. After that date, borrowers
from outside Kitchener can request a Limited Access Borrower’s card to
borrow from the Autism Collection. Materials may also be requested through
Inter-Library Loan. OAARSN's Elizabeth Bloomfield has advised on this project.
October 21 until November 21, 2003, in Toronto
ARTIST ALERT: Abilities
Festival: A Celebration of Disability Arts and Culture
Abilities Festival is offering as its inaugural
event "Connections," a month-long visual art exhibition and sale. It will
run at the Carrier Gallery, which is housed in the Columbus Centre, 901
Lawrence Avenue, at the corner of Dufferin Street in Toronto. The gallery
is open to the public every day and all are invited. The Canadian Abilities
Foundation, on behalf of Abilities Festival, invited artists with disabilities
to submit their work for consideration to this juried exhibition and sale.
For further information, please visit the website
or phone 966-0393.
October 25 & 26 in Toronto
WORKSHOPS by Dr Patrick
McGreevy, at University of Toronto, St. Michael's College
October 25: TEACHING APPROPRIATE SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
TO CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH
AUTISM AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
October 26: INTENSIVE TRAINING IN VERBAL BEHAVIOUR
- TEACHING LANGUAGE TO
CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH AUTISM AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL
Registration and Information: email Brookfield
Programs at email@example.com
or telephone 416-999-3266.
Please send / leave a message and someone will
get back to you as soon as possible.
November 8, 2003, in Guelph
2003 "Rock Star Gala"
in Peter Clark Hall, University of Guelph as an autism fundraiser.
Organized by Len
Kahn in support of Autism Societyof Ontario, Wellington County Chapter's
summer programs and the new Stephanie Home, a local group home for autistic
See also: Funding
Issues--in OAARSN Discussion Boards and Topics. Press the Communications
bar on OAARSN’s main page
then choose Discussion Area
Cherry's campaign to find or develop a tracking device system for Ontario
persons with ASD
Waterloo advocate and mother
of two teenagers with special needs, Nancy invites other parents and advocates
to join her efforts. This story from FamilyNet.
PARENT RATINGS OF BEHAVIORAL
EFFECTS OF BIOMEDICAL INTERVENTIONS
Compiled by the Autism Research
Institute in San Diego, CA
FROM THE FRONT
HELP AND SHARING EXPERIENCES
adults with autism is usually negative. OAARSN receives 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.
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 problems and your success stories, if
you think others might help or benefit.If you wish, we will not publish
your name or email address. You may send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
for OAARSN. Or you might use the OAARSN Discussion Board, reached by pressing
the Communication bar on our main