Voices of Autism (VOA) Collection
Welcome to VOA collection, showcasing a diverse and insightful array of videos created by the Voices of Autism. Explore a wide range of topics, including advocacy, employment, education, daily living, and more. Join us in promoting awareness, understanding, and empowerment within the autism community through these engaging and informative videos.
Voices of Autism (VOA) - Your Rights
This collection features videos that highlight the human rights of people with autism and the challenges they face in accessing them. Topics in this category include transit access, disability rights and community accessibility. The videos are meant to raise awareness, promote advocacy, and foster inclusion for people with autism and their families.
Voices of Autism (VOA) - School
This collection features videos that introduce and explain some of the important subjects that students learn at school. The topics are on life skills that aren't taught. The videos are designed to help students develop their interests and explore skills they may not have learn about in school such as time management, mental health, financial planning, driving and more.
Voices of Autism (VOA) - Employment
This collection features videos that explore the issues and opportunities of employment for people with autism. Topics include interview preparation, being a confident member of the workforce and how to answer specific interview questions. The videos are aimed to inform, support, and empower employers, employees, and job seekers on the autism spectrum.
Voices of Autism (VOA) - Daily Living
This collection features videos that show the challenges and joys of living with autism, from the perspectives of people with autism. This collection is intended to showcase community celebrations and the nitty gritty of everyday life. The videos are meant to educate, inspire, and celebrate the diversity of the autism spectrum.
Sensory & Motor Strategies Collection
People with autism often have sensory processing differences, meaning they perceive sensory stimuli differently than others. These variations can lead to heightened or reduced sensitivities, making some environments challenging. Understanding and addressing these needs is crucial. The good news is that AIDE Canada has compiled a list of resources to help.
Voices of Autism (VOA) - Our Favorite Topics
This collection of videos is about autism and popular interests. It showcases some of the common and diverse interests that people with autism have, such as life with pets and community gaming. It also explains how these interests can benefit people with autism in terms of learning, coping, and expressing themselves. The videos aim to celebrate, educate, and support viewers.
Back to School Collection
It is that time of the year again and AIDE Canada and partners are here to help! We have curated a back-to-School collection covering Kindergarten to Post-Secondary. The collection consists of toolkits, book recommendations from our library, videos and much more to help you with this transition back.
Alexithymia & Autism: When you don’t know what emotion(s) you are feeling
Alexithymia, or the "lack of words for emotions", impacts up to half of all Autistic people. People with Alexithymia tend to have challenges with identifying and describing their feelings, recognizing bodily sensations, and a thinking style that focuses on external experiences rather than internal sensations and emotions. This toolkit describes the latest research on how alexithymia intersects with autism, interoception, and mental health. The toolkit also provides evidence-informed resources people can try if they want to reduce the impact of alexithymia on their day-to-day life.
An Introductory Overview of Some Mental Health Challenges and their ‘Co-Occurrence’ with Autism
This overview identifies selected examples of mental health challenges that may co-exist with autism, including prevalence rates. We address some key considerations related to assessment and support for autistic individuals with co-existing mental health conditions. This review includes reflection about these co-existing conditions by Dr. Ade Orimalade, a psychiatrist specializing in autism and mental health.
Dispatchers and Paramedics Course: Strategies for Responding to Emergency Calls with Autistic People
Dispatchers and Paramedics often have the challenging job of helping people with incomplete information. In this course developed with BC Emergency Health Services and the Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC, first responders are provided with an introduction to supporting autistic patients during calls, provided with guidance on the ABCD approach to emergency calls, and provided with useful de-escalation support strategies to improve the likelihood of successful outcomes during calls.
Considering Tracking and Location Technologies in the Autism and Intellectual Disability Community
This review briefly introduces technology-based tracking and locating applications. It presents Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/surveillance systems and Quick Response (QR) code identification systems, with a focus on autism and intellectual disability. Examples of available platforms are identified, as are considerations and cautions in considering such technology use.
Considering the Co-Occurrence of Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
This literature review provides an overview of research on the co-occurrence of ASD and ADHD, and features quotes from a conversation with Dr. Adam McCrimmon, an autism expert and Associate Professor of Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary, and Dr. Emma Climie, an ADHD expert and Associate Professor of Applied Child Psychology also at the University of Calgary.
Pregnancy and Autism: A Guide for Autistic People Before They Give Birth
Pregnancy can be both an exciting and scary time for all new parents. For new parents who are also Autistic, there can be additional concerns about how pregnancy will impact their sensory processing differences and anxiety if medical professionals will be supportive in the way they need, and if they will be able to maintain their physical and mental health throughout the pregnancy. This toolkit describes the latest research, prepares you for what you may experience, and provides guidance on how to best advocate for yourself during your pregnancy journey.
Popular Autism Clinical Supports
“How can I best support my child now that they have a diagnosis of autism?” If you are a parent asking yourself this question, you are not alone. It can be overwhelming to sort through the different options and to know which one is most likely to help your child develop the communication and life skills needed to grow toward independence. There are many options, and opinions, on how best to support autistic children. There is no single answer. It is best for parents to do their research and make decisions on what is best for their child. It can be helpful to reach out to other parents and to Autistic people who received the kind of therapy you are considering so you can learn about their lived experience and perspectives as you make decisions about your child’s care.
This course offers information about autism and intellectual disability for library personnel. It offers communication techniques and strategies for supporting autistic people and people with intellectual disability. It also presents ideas for increasing a library's capacity to serve the autism and/or intellectual disability community.
INSAR 2023 Research Summary: Obstetric Care and Pregnancy Experiences Among Autistic People
The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is the largest autism research organization in the world. This year's conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden on May 03-06. One focus this year was on pregnancy experiences in Autistic parents.
INSAR 2023 Research Summary: Executive Functioning in Early Childhood Development (< 48 months old)
The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is the largest autism research conference in the world. This year's meeting was held in Stockholm, Sweden on March 3-6, 2023. One focus this year was on Executive Functioning issues in early development.