ACCESSING EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH AUTISM AND/OR INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY: Seeking to Ensure Educational Needs are Met
This toolkit is a resource to better understand a child’s right to publicly-funded education. It offers information related to attending school in Canada, and the pursuit of one’s right to education.
Autism: It’s Not Just for Males Anymore – A Primer for Professionals
This Infographic is a brief summary of a Toolkit, by Dr. Glenis Benson, addrssing educators, parents, and yet-to-be diagnosed females, transgendered and nonbinary individuals about an alternative presentation of autism. The ratio of males to females appears to be much lower than previously thought. Obstacles to diagnosing those who do not present with the male phenotype are revealed, and the overlap with sexual and gender minorities and with eating disorders are exposed. Problems with the classification system and diagnostic tools are illuminated and alternative tools are identified.
Getting an ASD Diagnosis as an Adult in Manitoba
This video developed by Matt Derraugh talks about how to get an ASD Diagnosis as an adult in Manitoba. The perspectives of other self advocates from the autism community provide insight into the experiences of adults seeking an ASD diagnosis in Manitoba.
New Canadians Video Essay Series, Part 1: Itay and Yulia's Story
Listen to the storytelling video by a family who has immigrated from Israel with an autistic child. This video is the first video of AIDE Canada’s Cultural Experience three-part video essay series brought to you by Autism Ontario. The series reflects the voices and perspectives of caregivers and individuals with autism on their experience immigrating to Canada. This series compares and contrasts services, supports, cultural norms and mentalities toward autism with other nations to Canada.
PTSD from Sexual Assault
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can be difficult to recognize and treat in individuals with social communication challenges. This workshop will discuss why trauma is often overlooked in Autistic individuals and how to enhance awareness of PTSD and support effective intervention.
Indigenous Individuals who are part of the intellectual disability community described their challenges and joys during a project created by AIDE Canada and partners Surrey Place, from 2021 to 2022. The year-long project, which was structured around the first nations holistic lifelong learning model, began with a series of community gatherings hosted by an Indigenous Elder. Forty community members attended the gatherings. The resources below were built to amplify and respond to community voices.
Promoting Self-Determination Across the Lifespan
Self-determination is the process by which a person controls their own life; their individual way of thinking and making decisions without outside influence. In this workshop, you’ll learn about self-determination and why it’s so important for individuals on the spectrum to begin developing these skills at a young age. This workshop will discuss strategies for various stages of development and will share the “One Page Profile”: a tool to assist in self-determination in a variety of settings
Foundations and guidelines of comprehensive sexuality education and sex-positivity
This toolkit supports the caregivers of autistic people, giving them a broad understanding of how to provide sex-positive comprehensive sexuality education to their family members. This, the first of a 4-part series, explores the gap in access to comprehensive sexuality education for people on the autism spectrum and for their caregivers to support them with sexuality education.
Promoting Decision-Making Capabilities in Healthcare - A Tool for Clinicians
This article provides an introduction and links to the Promoting Capabilities tool created by Surrey Place and in consultation with leading clinicians in Canada. This tool guides clinicians in shifting the focus from assessing what adults with IDD can or cannot do independently to evaluating and addressing the accommodations and support for decision making that they need to be involved as much as possible in reaching decisions about acceptable and preferred healthcare interventions. The Promoting Capabilities tool mitigates ableism present in the healthcare and legal systems by recognizing that adults with IDD have a range of decision-making capabilities.
Nunavut - We Have an ASD Diagnosis, Now What?
This booklet is helpful for families and individuals who have recently received a diagnosis and want to know what services and/or resources are available to them in Nunavut. It was produced through collaboration between Autism Yukon and the Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit Society.
Ensuring Safety: A Parent’s Perspective
Written by a parent for parents, this toolkit offers considerations in seeking safety for one's child with autism. Areas in which an autistic individual may grapple with issues of safety are addressed, along with ideas for moving forward well and developing a safety plan.
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