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.
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.
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.
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.
Pregnancy and Autism: How to improve pregnancy care experiences for autistic women
What does research tell us about the pregnancy outcomes and experiences of autistic women? In this webinar, an autistic self-advocate discusses her experiences. Then, three researchers discuss their investigations into perinatal health of autistic women, from preconception to postpartum. Together, the speakers talk about ways to create tailored resources for autistic women.
Scholarships, Funding and Opportunities for Autistic Youth Transitioning to Adulthood
Autistic adults often experience a significant drop in funding and services at the age of 18. In this webinar Stacey Feldt, an expert and self advocate, and Tobi McEvenue, a social worker with 20 years experience, discuss the opportunities for autistic adults, siblings and families in Ontario. Join us to learn about annual education scholarships and awards, youth to adult transition planning as well as Autism Career Connections.
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.
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