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
Supporting Children in Geographically Rural and Remote Areas
Many children who live in remote areas do not have the benefit of regular visits from professionals and/or therapists. Support staff may also be hard to find. This webinar will give some practical tips for families who find themselves in this situation
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.
Exploring Quality of Life and Aging in Autism
After our first "Exploring Aging and Autism" webinar in 2021, many viewers requested that we host another webinar focused specifically on improving the quality of life for autistic elders as they age. Join us for our webinar panel session where we will bring together researchers and leaders in the field to discuss various perspectives on this important topic.
Specialized Housing Infographic
Housing is important as our home is where we live much of our life. Housing options need to offer community, safety and enjoyment. This infographic introduces styles of supported housing for autistic individuals and/or individuals with intellectual disability. Five housing ‘styles’ are introduced, each with estimated rankings of cost, extent of support offered, and availability.
Aaron’s Story: Self-Advocacy and Support in Sioux Lookout
Listen to the third Storytelling Video for the Bi pi maadzing zaagidwin teg jichaaming / Circle of Life in the Spirit of Love project. Developed by Surrey Place, the series reflects voices and perspectives from Indigenous caregivers and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Northwestern Ontario. Our third episode features Aaron, a self-advocate who lives in Sioux Lookout. Aaron discusses his relationships, hobbies and work in Sioux Lookout. He is supported by Christine Sawanas, the Clinical Regional Access Coordinator for the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and the MMW Program at Surrey Place.
Aging Matters: Indigenous Perspectives - Trunk and Branches: Perspectives from Caregivers and Community Supports
Hear first-hand accounts from paid caregivers and community support workers providing services to aging Indigenous adults with IDD. Conversations will focus on the strengths and challenges of small and/or remote communities in Northern Ontario including creative problem solving and the importance of relationship building and cultural competency when providing services. Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer and more fulfilled lives, but what are the challenges of aging with a disability?
Aging Matters: Indigenous Perspectives – Water Droplets: Perspectives from Professionals
Understand the systemic barriers that remote and semi-remote communities face, strategies for better outcomes, and key touchstones for supporting Indigenous adults with IDD in Northern Ontario. Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer and more fulfilled lives, but what are the challenges of aging with a disability?
How to assist newcomer families living with ASD - Guide for Service Providers
Resource created for service providers supporting newcomers to Canada. Includes information on the importance of inclusivity, guiding principles, bilingualism, case studies, and positive perceptions to take into account when working with this population.
Supporting Your Employees with Differences Related to Autism: A Course for Employers in Customer Service
Managers know that finding and keeping good employees is key to long-term success and customer satisfaction. This course is designed to help employers and managers support employees with differences related to autism. It provides information to Canadian businesses, and breaks down myths and other misinformation regarding autism and intellectual disability.
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.
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