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.
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Written by a parent for parents, this toolkit offers considerations in seeking safety for one's child with autism. Areas in which an autistic individual may grapple with issues of safety are addressed, along with ideas for moving forward well and developing a safety plan.
Housing is important as it is where we live much of our daily life. It should be a place of enjoyment, community and safety. This Toolkit offers an overview of supported housing options for autistic individuals and/or individuals with intellectual disability, along with examples of resources in selected Canadian cities. Five 'styles' or approaches of supported housing are described, along with a rating of estimated levels of support provided, cost and availability of each approach (although this will vary based on community and time). The styles of housing described comprise: (1) Community Living with Wrap-Around Supports, (2) Semi-Independent Living with 'Light' Supports, (3) Supportive Roommates, (4) Home Sharing, and (5) Community Care (Group Home/Home Collectivity). Ideas for moving forward are also offered.
In this workshop, we will discuss strategies to support and teach a variety of social skills, how to set up a play date, and how to best support a play date. This workshop is designed for parents of children who have basic joint attention (i.e. purposefully sharing focus with others) and requesting skills. [Developed by the Centre for Autism Services Alberta, presented by Sally Nandee (SLP, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst) and Insung Peak (Behavioural Case Manager)]
Welcome to AIDE Canada & Partners one stop shop for teens and the many transitions required of them. Here we cover everything from health, both mental and physical, to healthy relationships, and what they entail, to funding and how to plan for success!
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.
AIDE Canada and partners have compiled an overview of Sibling resources for Sibling Appreciation Day!
Many people have different ideas, understanding, definitions and values around what they consider sex. Autism Nova Scotia has created a toolkit to help answer some of those questions.
Autism Nova Scotia explores "What are Relationships?" in this toolkit
Autism Nova Scotia brings you a Toolkit on Boundaries, what they are and how to find them
AIDE Canada and partners have collaborated to bring you a collection introducing healthy relationships, and what it takes to create them. We discuss everything from setting boundaries and healthy communication to pronouns and gender diversity in a Neurodiverse world.
This video and resouce sheet were created by a self advocate from the autism community. It discusses personal experieces of self advocates , as well as options and considerations for building a circle of social supports in Manitoba. This resource was developed in partnership with Autism Calgary.
Autism and anxiety often go hand in hand. Many children with autism also have anxiety disorders. How is anxiety different alongside autism? How is it the same? What can we do about it…and when? How do we know if it's serious? Please join Autism Yukon and Dr. Kerns for an interactive, FREE, live webinar addressing these topics.
This article summarizes a study that examined support groups and their impact for parents of children with autism. Overall, support groups were reported to be helpful.
This Infographic reviews sexual consent. Sexual consent happens when people want to be sexually active with each other. Sexual consent is used to communicate to a partner that sex or a type of sexual activity is wanted or not wanted. Consent means everyone understands what they are consenting to without feeling pressured to do something they are not comfortable with.
Rejection is when someone says no to another person who asks them to take part in romantic, sexual, or other activities. Romantic/sexual rejection can be when a person does not want to go on a date, does not want to have sex, does not want todo sexual activities, and/or does not want to be a romantic partner. Rejection can happen in romantic relationships, sexual relationships, friendships, and any other type of relationship.
The word media is used to describe the many different ways of communicating information to people in society. Examples of media are the internet, websites, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, podcasts, music, television, the news, movies, magazines, radio, advertisements, and many more.
Being a caregiver of those with intellectual disabilities and/or those with developmental disabilities can be both rewarding and challenging. This toolkit is designed to provide families with strategies to help individuals navigate their needs and balance them with the needs of their loved one. There is a section just for sibling caregivers as well as activities to allow you to make plans for the future.
This video essay, created by a self-advocate on the autism spectrum, was created to help autistic adults in Saskatchewan to connect with others and expand their social circle through social programs and opportunities.