Empowering Autistic Parents; Nurturing Autistic Children
Empowering Autistic parents raising Autistic children is important for the growth and well-being of both parent and child. Parents who learn what being Autistic means for them and their Autistic children are well prepared to support the sensory, communication, social, and learning differences their neurodivergent children may experience.
How to be an Ally to the Autistic Community
This toolkit is a collaboration of articles written by self-advocates and an occupational therapist to provide diverse perspectives and narratives. It gives insight into different aspects of autism and practical tools for implementing allyship principles. This toolkit is intended for use in the community to help support the inclusion and acceptance of autistic people.
Estate Planning for a Loved One With a Disability (Legal)
We are pleased to welcome PooranLaw’s Managing Partner Brendon Pooran, to share insights on preparing wills, establishing Henson Trusts, creating Powers of Attorney, developing tax planning strategies and the overall impact on social benefits.
Organizational Benefits of Neurodiversity: Preliminary Findings on Autism and the Bystander Effect
A recent study out of York University was the first to look at how likely autistic people are to be influenced by the 'bystander effect'. The 'bystander effect' suggests that people are less likely to intervene in inappropriate or emergency situations if people around them are not intervening. This study looked at how likely autistic employees would be to report that they would voice concerns in specific workplace scenarios. The results suggest that autistic employees can be an asset to the organizations they work for as they are less likely to be influenced by the bystander effect.
Visuals and Communication
This presentation offers backgrounds, insights, ideas, and examples of how visuals can support successful communication for Autistic children and their families. Topics will include what visuals are, how visuals can be used, when and where visuals may be worth the effort. This workshop is designed for professionals and families of autistic children, ages 2-18. Participants will leave with increased confidence in the value and use of visuals to support effective communication.
Being Included in Canada's National Autism Strategy: Levi and Family Share Their Thoughts
Canada is working towards creating a National Autism Strategy to improve supports for individuals and their families in the autism community. Sometimes, autistic people who also have an intellectual disability are left behind when policy conversations happen. In this video, we interview Levi and his parents to find out more about their journey and what they need in the future to help Levi live his best life moving forward.
Being Included in Canada's National Autism Strategy: Chloe and Family Share Their Thoughts
Canada is working towards creating a National Autism Strategy to improve supports for individuals and their families in the autism community. Sometimes, autistic people who also have an intellectual disability are left behind when policy conversations happen. In this video, we interview Chloe and her mother to find out more about their journey and what they need in the future to help Chloe live her best life moving forward.
How to tell a Child about their Diagnosis
This video is about two school-aged children who share their knowledge and personal experiences about autism. It is meant for a younger audience, who want to understand autism from an everyday point of view. The script was written by a self-advocate, Maxine Share. The voiceovers were performed by self-advocate actors Kayla Tellier and Jaime Smith.
Masking and Mental Health
While not everyone who masks will face mental health concerns, masking, and its complexities, can place an immense toll on the mental wellbeing of autistic individuals. In this webinar, participants will gain a better understanding of the interconnectedness of masking and mental health along with strategies to support their overall mental wellbeing.
Autism and ADHD: A Conversation with Two Researchers in these Fields
This summary of an interview offers key messages from a conversation with two researchers, Dr. Emma Climie and Dr. Adam McCrimmon whose research focuses on autism and ADHD. They offer insight into ADHD and autism, including reflection on the experiences of people with both ADHD and autism.
Helpful Resources from AIDE Canada Library for Parents of Autistic Children
Parenting is one of life’s most rewarding challenges, and this journey can be uniquely layered for parents of autistic children. Here's a compilation of some valuable resources from the AIDE Canada Library which parents may find beneficial.
No Longer a Question Mark After the Period: Autism and Menopause
Menopause is a normal part of aging, and it happens to all people with a uterus. Though everyone experiences symptoms in different intensity, everyone noticed some things. Symptoms to be discussed later. It’s not something to be afraid of. There are resources and support, and we hope this document helps you and psychological support. Later on in this document there will be resources to help you communicate your needs and health.