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Regional Support Associates of Woodstock organized
a conference on Thursday, October 23rd and Friday, October 24th, 2003 in
London on the theme. Its subject was AUTISM SPECTRUM
DISORDERS IN ADULTS: Exploring (and Exploding) the Myths
for a report by Marlene Klimkosz who represented GSA’s ASPIRE project,
has a young adult son with ASD, and is secretary of the Autism Society
Ontario’s Wellington Chapter
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
or click directly for the following:
AUTISM IN THE
The Human Rights Report is now out.
THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED:
Achieving Barrier-free Education for Students
From the Executive Summary
".... it is apparent that many students
with disabilities do not have equal access to educational opportunities
in Ontario, either at the primary and secondary, or at the post-secondary
level. The key barriers are inadequate funding, physical inaccessibility,
cumbersome and time-consuming accommodation processes, negative attitudes
and stereotypes, and a lack of understanding of the rights and responsibilities
of all parties under the Code and Commission policy."
"In order to assist parties to understand
their roles and responsibilities, the Commission will release Guidelines
Accessible Education as a companion
piece to this Report. The Guidelines will rely on key principles outlined
Code and the Commission's Policy
and Guidelines on Disability and the Duty to Accommodate and apply them
education context. The Guidelines
will discuss disability, discuss prima facie discrimination because of
identify the parameters of the duty
to accommodate, assess undue hardship, and provide suggestions for accommodation
planning in the education context."
Students with Autism
By Dawn Prince-Hughes, Ph.D.
An article about how college students with ASD/AS
From George Washington University, HEATH Resource
blind Born Blind, Mentally Retarded, & Autistic, And A Jazz Savant.
Today, Tony DeBlois plays 20 instruments, knows
8,000 songs, and is forging a career in the music industry.
the Point of No Return in Public
When ‘J’ has a fit, spectators assume poor parenting
is to blame. They never suspect that he’s
of institutions that lock up the sane
Up to 60 people are being held in British hospital
prisons for the criminally insane despite a recognition that they
have been misdiagnosed as schizophrenic and are now accepted to have Asperger's
syndrome, a mild form of autism which is unresponsive to drugs.
fears for son's future
A personal account from British Columbia.
scientist explains sensory jumble
Temple Grandin describes the world of a person
Two Abstracts Describe Canadian Autism Research
Spectrum Disorders:: early detection, intervention, education, and
psychopharmacological management by Bryson SE, Rogers SJ, Fombonne E..
and Neurodevelopmental Influences In Autistic Disorder by Nicolson
R, Szatmari P.
Care for Children
A therapeutic nutrition clinic focused on helping
children with autism and other developmental issues, has unveiled its new
Web site, www.nutritioncare.net
Autism and MMR Vaccination
Review by Dr. Edward Yazbak, a well-known pediatrician
for the online Autism Conference at Redflagsdaily
on November 3.
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other forthcoming events.
**Thursday, November 6, 2003, in Guelph, 7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm.
Biological Support Group
at Zehrs, Imperial and Paisley in Community Room
Rose Bushey will demonstrate baking of a gluten
& casein free bread
Discussion of the alternatives treatments available
for children with ASD.
Appeal for advice: Mother of a child with autism
seeks a broad range of food pictures for her child's
picture board. Any suggestions?
Thursday, November 13, 2003, in Peterborough
Making Sense of It All:
7th Annual Forum on Autism Spectrum Disorder
Presented by Autism Society Ontario (Peterborough
Chapter) and Five Counties Children's Centre. Click
for more details
**Saturday, November 22, 2003: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30
p.m., in Toronto at the Columbus Centre
Kerry's Place Autism Services workshop on "Striking
the Balance – The Challenge to Balancing Rights, Risks and Responsibilities"
facilitated by Bill Allerton, CEO of Accreditation Ontario and introduced
presented by Orville Endicott, Barrister & Solicitor. Information
and registration form
November 22, in Markham, Ontario
Families Dare to Dream
Community Living Ontario Family Day (15th annual)
for the program
for registration details
October 25 to November 15
Lifetime Networks: Autumn Workshop series
Saturdays mornings, in Kitchener
Planning a Good Life Now
Nov. 8: Planning for after we’re gone
Nov.15: Planning with our disabled children (capacity
assessment, powers of attorney, and supported decision-making.
Click on heading for more details or phone 519-746-1188
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe and Secure Futures Networks,
2003 - 2004
Monthly forums for mutual support and information
sharing among family members of individuals who have a developmental disability--in
three Toronto locations. Sponsored by Extend-A-Family and funded by a City
of Toronto Community Services Grant. Click
for full details
OF SPECIAL PROJECTS AND RESEARCH
The Ontario Mental Health
Foundation is pleased to announce that Autism Society Ontario will again
be offering a studentship in 2004. The Foundation will administer
the studentship on behalf of Autism Society Ontario. The regular Guidelines
of the Foundation will apply to this award, with the following
The award will be restricted to applicants who
can show that their work is in the field of autism.
The award will be for $20,000.00 per annum. Funds
are sufficient to make one award in 2004.
The application deadline is: Friday, November
Click for application
See also: Funding
Issues--in OAARSN Discussion Boards and Topics. Press the Communications
bar on OAARSN’s main page
then choose Discussion Area
We urge everyone concerned for the well-being
of children and adults with special needs to think about and speak up on
relevant issues in these weeks before voting for members of municipal councils
and school boards. This is an opportunity to raise awareness and express
Vote for better
options for adults with special needs
Family Alliance Ontario is asking the new Ontario
government to freeze a project set up by the previous government. This
project was designed to fund group homes only, and to fund people to live
in group homes only. It discriminated against all people who want better
options. Action must be taken before the end of October. The Ministry refused
to meet with families to hear their concerns.
So FAO is asking for the project to be frozen
to allow a review with input from families. If you support this action
and have a Liberal MPP in your riding, please fax, mail or deliver it to
your MPP. Please
download, print, and send this letter to your Liberal MPP
If you don't know your riding name, or don't know
who is your MPP, see http://www.ontarioliberal.com/en/ridings/
Some energetic families in
the Barrie (Simcoe County) area are hoping to form the UNITED
FAMILY CONGRESS to work together to improve
services and treatment of disabled children. Many of the families that
started this group have children with ASD.
Individualized Funding: The Time is Now!"
February 20 to 22, 2004 at the Inn on the Park
The goals are:
- To develop an action plan for implementing IF
in Ontario; and
- To develop strategies for building the capacity
of families & communities for citizenship & IF.
Key stakeholders from all parts of the province
are invited to think carefully about who needs to be invited in order to
create and train a diverse, energetic and motivated leadership team. Please
contact Judith Snow. Phone: 416-538-9344 or Fax: 416-516-1691
Ontario Government Ministries
Family Net has posted an article on the new provincial
cabinet and particularly the new ministry for children's services. "Premier,
new ministers sworn in: New ministry for children’s services"
on this link
develop software to help Asperger students to learn math
A group of 4th year Systems Design Engineering
students at the University of Waterloo is interested in developing software
to help Asperger students to learn. It's great to have more university
and community awareness of ASD and the possibility of more made-in-Canada
The team wants to know how Math is best taught
to Asperger people, what the objectives need to be, techniques that parents
and teachers have observed, and special concerns they might have about
this issue. Can you recommend papers concerning autism and social interaction
and pertaining to computer/software use and math skills? Or anyone with
expertise in this area.
Tejinder Virk, spokesman for the project seeks
professionals such as counsellors, software designers, and learning experts
for advice and sanity checks. The goal is to have a solid methodology by
December 2003, leading to the development of high fidelity tool by April
for the project website
Please contact Tejinder Virk
Systems Design Engineering
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.
Where in the world are
services really good for autism?
Though our focus is really on adults with autism,
we get asked for advice about places and jurisdictions that are good for
children and families with autism. One example: a family in Florida, with
3 of its 4 young children autistic,is "looking into possibly relocating
due to the lack of services there. Our neurologist recommends intense ABA
services as well as ST,PT,OT..."
Who can recommend a good support system in
North America? What services and qualities make a good system?
Please reply to OAARSN
Mother of a child with autism seeks a broad range of food pictures for
picture board. Any suggestions?
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 email@example.com
for OAARSN. Or you might use the OAARSN Discussion Board, reached by pressing
the Communication bar on our main