|Why this website has been created.|
Our site has been launched in February-March 2000 with several purposes.
Its focus on adult autism issues is intended to balance the emphasis on autism in children in most other Internet resources. We welcome increased research interest in the biological causes of autism spectrum disorders and the renewed determination to give newly diagnosed young children the best chance to learn communication and social skills. But we represent the large numbers of individuals and families who live with the challenges of adult autism and may never have had adequate or appropriate resources.
Adults with autism deserve better quality of supports and enjoyment of life than they are usually getting. As they have normal life expectancy, it is to everyone’s advantage that our adults are supported to use their abilities and fulfil their plans.
Through its information resources and links to other sites, OAARSN can help to share knowledge about the autism spectrum, its various symptoms and types, current research, and helpful treatments and therapies—as these may be relevant to adults. As important are our site’s communications features—Discussion Area, Calendar, and Bulletin Board--in providing ways for those who can feel very isolated to keep in touch and to discuss adult autism issues, especially in Ontario.
Our site was proposed by Elizabeth and Gerald Bloomfield of Guelph who are advising on content and features. Their adult son has autism, and they have been involved in Ontario autism causes for 27 years. We sincerely appreciate the technical expertise volunteered by Peter McCaskell to develop the site. Marie Puddister is kindly advising on graphic design features. We are grateful for the support and interest shown by others.
Our logo of four spinning A’s was donated by John Van Dyke of Ingersoll in February 1982, through the good work of the Ensing family. The artist’s design conveys the obsession of many autistic children with flicking, twirling or spinning inanimate objects. This behaviour may express their sensory and movement differences and compensate for difficulties with communication and socialization. The A’s stand for Adult and Autism. The whole circle represents Ontario and the holistic way in which effective strategies of treatment and therapy can work together. The dynamic quality of the design also suggests movement and action—what we hope to achieve by our group and community efforts for people with autism.