Autism Acceptance

Autism Acceptance

April is Autism Awareness month but Autistics for Autistics (A4A) promote Autism Acceptance. They raised their own flag on Tuesday in Toronto for autistic pride. Members gave excellent speeches and had some good conversations with City representatives and some members of Autism Ontario.

Their signs read, “Non-compliance is a social skill” (my personal favourite), “Nothing about us without us”, “I don’t need to be solved” (crossing out the puzzle piece logo), “Red instead: Neurodiverse” (opposing the blue used by Autism Speaks), “Loud Hands”, and “Not a disease. Not an epidemic.”

We share much in common with A4A including a demand for supports beyond “behavioural services for children” by this Ontario government. Please sign the petition under the PETITION tab to add your name to the list for CHOICE in funding for services and sign up for updates about supports that are respectful, supporting authentic development over behavioural compliance.

Spring 2018 Bulletin now available

Spring 2018 Bulletin now available

The Spring edition of the Autism D.A.T.A. bulletin is available! This issue features a new assessment protocol, a new developmental boarding school, new research, parent course, conferences, advocacy & podcast. CLICK HERE to view the Spring 2018 bulletin. You can also SIGN UP to receive an email when the next Bulletin is published.

It’s the conversation, not the words alone that supports language development

It’s the conversation, not the words alone that supports language development

A study out of MIT published in February’s psychological Science online found that back-and-forth exchanges between parent and child—that is, engaging children in conversation—is what boosts the brain’s response to language. Floortime coaches parents how to do exactly this: increase the gestural communication that uses the sensory and motor systems to promote these circles of communication in “conversation” between parent & child.

Have your say about the Ontario Autism Program!

Have your say about the Ontario Autism Program!

Today Autism Ontario sent out a survey for parents to complete about the new Ontario Autism Program. Please, parents, fill out this survey and let the expert committee know that you want coverage for more than just behavioural services! What about occupational therapy, speech and language services and the like? What about developmental approach therapies and approaches that are more cost-effective and incorporate parent coaching? Have your say!

 

Dear Parents,

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Expert Committee provides advice to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services on current research and best clinical practices for working with children and young people with ASD. In a survey in January 2017, we asked families to provide feedback about ideas that were important to them in developing the new Ontario Autism Program. Your responses were used to guide the development of the Ontario Autism Program Clinical Framework. Families identified a number of important ideas. We are again asking for families’ feedback on some of these important ideas to help us make sure that these ideas are clear and understandable in the Clinical Framework.

To complete the survey in English, please click here

Please pass this link on to all the parents you know or work with! Let’s let them know what we need for our children!

Registration is open for the final Tele Town Hall about the Ontario Autism Program

Registration is open for the final Tele Town Hall about the Ontario Autism Program

Registration is open for the final virtual Tele Town Hall about the Ontario Autism Program. Please sign up HERE and call in on Wednesday night at 7:00 to have your voice heard by Minister Couteau and the OAP director, Sarah Hardy.

Before calling in, please review the Position Statement of the Ontario Parents of Autistics as well as that of Autistics for Autistics (A4A). Finally, please see the last post about what was said at last week’s virtual Tele Town Hall.

We can make a difference and speak up for real CHOICE in Ontario for autistics!