Navigating the Teen Years: Some Tips for Parents in Moving Forward
This is a Toolkit designed for parents of teens with neurodiversity to offer them some tips as they navigate the teen years and prepare for the next developmental stage of young adulthood. The Toolkit covers topics such as: parenting approaches and strategies; communication; puberty; sexual health and safety (gender diversity & sexual orientation); self esteem, identity, disclosure and advocacy; moods, depression & anxiety; friendships, fitness, recreation & community and; high school and preparing for adulthood. The Toolkit was created by Laura Beaune with input and review by several expert and stakeholder parents, experts and teens/young adults. The Toolkit features a couple of videos by Michael McCreary and a video called Amazing Things Happen.
Northwest Territories: We have an ASD diagnosis- now what?
This booklet is helpful for families and individuals who have recently received a diagnosis and are wondering what services or resources are available to them in the Northwest Territories. It was produced through the collaboration between Autism Yukon.
Understanding Consent and Capacity Rules in Canada - Toolkit
Adults living in Canada are used to making decisions about their own lives, whether it be where to live, what to eat, what to wear, or how to spend their money. Canadians understand free decision-making to be one of our basic rights. People with disabilities are no exception. Generally speaking, Canadian laws presume that people living with disability are capable of making their own decisions, just like everyone else. However, the laws governing decision-making are specific to each province and territory throughout Canada. While there are many similarities across the country, there are also some key differences.
Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Yukon: All you need to know before a diagnosis
This booklet guides families and individuals through the diagnostic process for autism in the Yukon. It was produced through the collaboration between Autism Yukon, the office of the Chief Medical Officer of the Yukon, and Disability Services.
What is Job Coaching?: A Toolkit to Support Access to Employment
There are many pathways to working, including employment, volunteering and business development. We view Job Coaching as identifying, celebrating and building upon strengths and vocation-related interests of individuals with autism and/or intellectual disability in terms of employment. The aim of this Toolkit is to offer skills and ideas for Job Coach development, based on multiple sources.
AIDE Canada starts a conversation with Dr. Wenn Lawson
Dr. Wenn Lawson is a well-respected autistic self-advocate and psychologist out of Australia who has published multiple books and given public speaking presentations around the world. He has a background in social work and has a strong research interest in supporting aging autistic adults, object permanence, and understanding how autistic individuals use coping skills in the face of social threats. In this video, Dr. Lawson shares his insights into adaptive morphing, gender dysphoria, and how best we can go about improving quality of life for autistic adults.
AIDE Canada starts a conversation with Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou about genetics research
Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou is a professor at the University of Toronto and a pediatric neurologist and senior clinical scientist at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto. She is also the Principal Investigator for the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network (POND Network), which studies individuals with conditions that include intellectual disability, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and/or those on the autism spectrum. In this video, Dr. Anagnostou discusses the overlap between different disorders, the ethics of genetics research, and how studies can lead to better treatments or interventions for people with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Employment in Manitoba
There are numerous services available in Manitoba to help people with disabilities, or specifically those on the autism spectrum to find employment. These include the provincial government’s Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD) program and numerous employment providers that can be accessed through EAPD, along with Level IT Up, an organization dedicated towards helping skilled adults on the autism spectrum enter the workforce.
Navigating Government Disability Services in Manitoba
The Manitoba government provides a number of services and programs for people with disabilities. These include Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD), Employment and Income Assistance (EIA), audiology and speech language pathology. These services also extend to people on the autism spectrum and have helped numerous recipients who have been able to effectively access them.
Getting an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis as an Adult in Manitoba
For anyone who suspects they have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and aims to obtain a diagnosis, they can get assessed by being referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist through their family doctor or by contacting the Mental Health Centralized Intake if they live in Winnipeg. Not every psychiatrist/ psychologist is experienced with people on the spectrum though, and if this is the case with the person you speak to, you can request a further referral to someone who is or contact them yourselves; however you will need to pay the costs for doing so in the latter scenario. Some health insurance providers cover some or all of these costs, so check where you stand with yours before you act. What is this video about.
Affordable and Accessible Housing in Manitoba
People who have significant cognitive impairments may be eligible for Community Living Disability Services (CLDS), a provincial government service that can support living with independence in Manitoba. For people on the spectrum who do not have this degree of impairment, friends and family are typically the main sources of support when it comes to seeking housing and living with greater independence as an adult. In some cases, therapists and workers in programs connected to or independent of the provincial government may provide assistance related to skill development (social skills, employment, etc) and searching for, obtaining or maintaining housing.
Moving toward Recovery as COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions Ease: Some Ideas for Parents of Children and Youth with Autism and Intellectual Disability
The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in extraordinary challenge and stress, but recovery after the pandemic may pose additional challenges that require a thoughtful response. Below is the story of one youth adjusting to the easing of pandemic precautions. His story and what follows will offer some ideas and tips on coping in times of pandemic outbreak recovery.
Newly Diagnosed with Autism
One in 66 Canadian children 5-17 years of age, are estimated to have autism. Learning about the child’s unique strengths and challenges is identified as a priority for parents, as are self-learning, connecting with supportive groups, becoming an advocate, and parental self-care.