Developing Independent Living Skills for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A course developed by Reena
Living by ourselves can be hard sometimes, but the freedom to make our own decisions can be great! The course was developed by Reena, a non-profit organization that promotes dignity, individuality, independence, personal growth, and community inclusion for people with diverse abilities. The videos for this course features adult with developmental disabilities who are living in independent and community-based housing. There are also downloadable handouts to post in your home.
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.
Healthy Relationships, Sexuality & Autism - Sexuality Education Resources for Caregivers Project
This project aims to develop accessible, comprehensive sexuality education resources that support the needs of caregivers of autistic people, autistic individuals, and other stakeholders. We hope that these resources will build their capacity to provide comprehensive sexuality education information to the autistic person(s) in their lives.
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.
Building Resilience: Recognizing and Combating Compassion Fatigue
The Building Resilience webinar will focus on helping care providers recognize the signs, symptoms and complications of work-related stress, occupational hazards, burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. The webinar will provide education utilizing evidence-based practice, and shares tools, skills and strategies to directly combat negative outcomes.
Foundations and guidelines of comprehensive sexuality education and sex-positivity
This toolkit supports the caregivers of autistic people, giving them a broad understanding of how to provide sex-positive comprehensive sexuality education to their family members. This, the first of a 4-part series, explores the gap in access to comprehensive sexuality education for people on the autism spectrum and for their caregivers to support them with sexuality education.
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.
Early Engagement Tips for Parents
This presentation will be helpful for parents who are looking for ways to gain and/or increase social engagement for children with a formal or suspected diagnosis of Autism. In this workshop, we will cover the relationship between social connection and the development of early communication skills, by introducing attendees to research-based information from the Early Start Denver Model. Parents and caregivers will gain practical tools for promoting connection and communication in daily routines, and attendees will leave with ideas that they can use at home, at school, and in community settings. Presented by the Centre for Autism Services Alberta Speech-Language Pathologist Arianna Bailey. This resource was created by the Centre for Autism Services Alberta and draws on research-based information from the Denver Early Start Model. This workshop is intended for parents and care givers of young and very young children to encourage positive outcomes through early engagement.
How to say No: Practical Strategies
This toolkit is designed to provide autistic persons guidance on how to say ‘no’ or communicate protest. All people have the right to say ‘no’. We first focus on the why it may be important to say ‘no’, as well as offering strategies and accessible language.
Transitioning Out of the Family Home
This webinar offers important considerations and insights for autistic individuals and their families in considering a transition out of the family home. Multiple perspectives are offered, with practical advice and issues to consider and plan for at this key point of transition from the home of one's family-of-origin.
Teaching Your Autistic Child Multiple Languages
Should you speak more than one language to your child with Autism? This workshop will give you a foundation of knowledge about how children with Autism can learn more than one language and will provide insight into the importance of using your home language with your child. You will spend time making a personalized plan on how to start and/or continue exposing your child to another language. Bring your questions and challenges to discuss and we will provide ideas and strategies to help you!
Social Skills and Play Dates for Children on the Spectrum
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)]
Receiving an Autism Diagnosis Later In Life: a self-advocate perspective
Being diagnosed as autistic when you are an adult can be an intense experience. This toolkit was created to support those experiencing this exciting, but sometimes emotional, transition to self-acceptance. It provides some helpful information and lived experience with the hope that it will be useful to those beginning this journey. The primary author of this toolkit, Rebekah Kitzinger, was diagnosed as an adult. She created this toolkit to share her experiences and the lessons she has learned since receiving her diagnosis.