A Self-Advocate’s Reflection on the Use of Technology to Support Executive Functioning
This toolkit offers information about how technology can support executive function in people with developmental disabilities. This resource provides information about how the brain works and common or new technological advances such as apps and programs available on your tablet or device to support everyday success.
Tips for Doctors: How to Connect Better with Your Autistic Patients
Autistic people have different sensitivities, struggles, and needs than one other and everyone else. It is important to know, accept, and accommodate struggles that autistic people may work with in order to make their experience with you more comfortable. It will also help you to assess, diagnose, and treat your patients more effectively. Here are some things that doctors should know and can do when treating autistic patients.
What are Diagnosis and Supports?
In support of the National Autism Conference, this infographic and video and infographic explain “What is a Diagnosis?" and "What are some autism supports?". The accessible language series was created to help individuals with intellectual disability participate more meaningfully in the development of the National Autism Strategy.
DOHaD 2022: Early Adverse Childhood Experiences and Sleep
Children with developmental disabilities are more likely to experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) than their neurotypical peers. A common health issue in people with a history of childhood trauma is insomnia, with trouble getting to sleep quickly and an inability to stay asleep both being problematic. ACEs can affect the ability to sleep soundly through the night well into adulthood, with the more ACEs a person experiences, the less sleep they get. Researchers are looking at the role sleep plays in the long-term health impact of ACEs, and what can be done to protect the physical and mental health of individuals who had a high number of ACEs growing up.
DOHaD 2022: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation
People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) may have a range of physical, behavioural, and/or learning challenges. Most studies have explored learning and behavioural challenges in children, so not much is known about FASD in adults. More studies are needed to understand the long-term health effects of prenatal alcohol exposure in adults. Some researchers are suggesting that FASD be considered a ‘whole-body’ diagnosis after a survey of adults with FASD found higher rates of physical health issues. This means that doctors should screen patients with FASD more carefully for certain physical and mental health issues as they age. Autoimmune disorders caused by chronic inflammation, like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, are more common for people with FASD, but researchers are still trying to understand why.
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.
Healthy Relationships, Sexuality & Autism - Sexuality Education Resources for Caregivers Project
This project aims to develop accessible, comprehensive sexuality education resources that support the needs of caregivers of autistic people, autistic individuals, and other stakeholders. We hope that these resources will build their capacity to provide comprehensive sexuality education information to the autistic person(s) in their lives.
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.
Autism Awareness Training for Early Childhood Educators: Supporting Children in a Day Program
Early Childhood Educators (ECE) are important members of a child's team. ECE support a child as they learn and interact socially with their peers. In this course developed for ECEs by experts in the field, we provide information on autism and other developmental disabilities. We also share the stories of three children who may be on the autism spectrum and descriptions of what you may observe throughout the day. We also provide tips and strategies for sharing your concerns with parents in a way that makes them feel supported.
Autism: It's Not Just for Males Anymore
This Toolkit is intended to inform 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.
Supporting individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A course for firefighters on how best to support individuals and their families to maximize the likelihood of successful outcomes
Firefighters often respond to calls to support persons with developmental disabilities. Richmond Fire Rescue and the Pacific Autism Family Network in British Columbia have been providing in-person training to first responders since 2009. We have adapted this training to create an online course so firefighters across Canada can have access to this potentially life-saving information. Firefighters can learn strategies to best support and de-escalate difficult situations and maximize the likelihood of successful outcomes.
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.
Understanding Complex Self-Injurious Behaviours
Self-injurious behaviours (SIB) frequently occur in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. These are often called "complex" behaviours as there can be multiple reasons a person may be engaging in them and it can be difficult to know how best to support the individual to stop causing themselves injury. In this toolkit, we describe the reasons SIB may occur, ways you can help professionals narrow down the causes of the behaviour, and suggestions on how to reach out to specialists who may be able to help.