Exercise Your Right to Vote - An Accessible Language Course
How do I vote? What if I don't want to go to a voting station? What is the difference between a Federal government and a Provincial Government? This short, accessible language course teaches students about Canadian democracy. It helps build an understanding of how government works and ways that people with intellectual disability and/or sensory processing differences can most easily participate in the voting process.
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.
Toolkit: Networks of Support
This toolkit identifies three forms of planning long term for individuals with autism or intellectual disabilities: Circle of Support/Circle of Friends, Personal Support Network/Lifetime Network, and a Microboard™ (and Aroha Entity). This may be of benefit for families in planning and decision making.
Navigating the Department of Social Development & Housing - Prince Edward Island
This Toolkit will provide individuals and their families information about the Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) in Prince Edward Island. The Toolkit will breakdown the different programs DSDH provides, how to contact DSDH for supports and what programs and funding is available.
Navigating the Department of Health & Community Services (Newfoundland & Labrador)
This Toolkit will provide individuals and their families information about the Department of Health & Community Services (DHCS) in Newfoundland & Labrador. The Toolkit will breakdown the different programs DHCS provides, how to contact DHCS for supports and what programs and funding is available.
Yukon - 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 Yukon. It was produced through the collaboration between Autism Yukon, the office of the Chief Medical Officer of the Yukon, and Disability Services.
Launch into life! Quickstart Planning Tool
What do you want your adult life to look like? This QuickStart Planning Tool will Help you build a plan for success as you transition to adulthood. Developed by the Sinneave Family Foundation, this on-line course can help anyone with goal planning and life skills, but is particularly designed for use by individuals in the autism and/or intellectual disability community.
Autism Campus Prep
This Course covers the topics of: selecting academic programs, understanding how to fully participate in work/social life on campus, and maintaining health and wellness. Autism Campus Prep was written and developed by a group of autistic post-secondary students and graduates together with The Sinneave Family Foundation.
AIDE Canada starts a conversation with Dr. Timothy Stainton about inclusion
Dr. Tim Stainton is a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia. He is also the Director of the Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship. Dr. Stainton has published extensively on topics important to the Intellectual Developmental Disability community including disability rights, individualized funding, history, ethics, and theory. In this video, Dr. Stainton discusses inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities, promoting self-determination, and planning for the future.
Peer Networking and Building your Circle of Social Supports in Manitoba
There are a number of organizations in Manitoba that help people with disabilities and mental health issues, including people on the autism spectrum, learn and/or improve their social skills to assist them in communicating and making friends. These include Inspire Community Outreach and Manitoba Possible (formerly the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities), as well as organizations geared towards children and teens such as I Can Pretend! and OHEYS Autism Programs. Peer support groups can also provide a sense of connection to others in similar circumstances and Asperger Manitoba has a monthly facilitated meeting that is well attended.
Housing - An Alberta Self Advocate Virtual Resource Guide
What do you see when you picture what life will be like when you move out of your family’s home? If you are planning on moving out on your own soon, or if you are in a position where you must move out, now is the time to start thinking about what you need in a home, and what kind of home will make you happy.
Navigating Services: During the COVID-19 Pandemic and as Restrictions Ease
Juggling life through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging. But if you are someone living with autism and/or intellectual disability, or a family member caring for someone with autism and/or intellectual disability, this may be an especially stressful time. The loss of routine, connections with others and the shut down of services and places to go for support, may be causing additional stress and challenge. Changes in the way that we normally live may lead to isolation, and perhaps cause a setback in developmental or behavioural gains. It may be very hard for caregivers without the supports and helpers that they received prior to the pandemic.
Our Siblings with Disabilities and the COVID-19 Vaccine
During these past months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us who have siblings with a disability have been feeling worried, stressed and guilt (visit our infographic here). Our siblings with disabilities have had their routines and activities disrupted, they haven’t been able to visit family and friends, they are worried about getting sick; and we have been anxious that they have not been able to understand all of the current public health restrictions.
To Tell or Not to Tell: Disclosing Autism in the Workplace & Considerations for Applying for a Job
When entering the workforce, individuals with autism may grapple with whether or not to disclose their diagnosis. Disclosure could result in getting needed supports, but alternatively could result in stigma. The typical interview process may be challenging for individuals with autism, and it may be possible to receive accommodations for this process.
Access Counts Autism Conference -Video - SAAAC Autism Centre
Panel discussion on models of access to support and the barriers to access in different sectors. Panel members describe the best practices for collaborative approaches that bring together health care, education, community agencies, and employment sectors to coordinate care and adjusting support access across the lifespan.
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