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) - 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.
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.
Toilet Training Basics
Toilet Training Basics is a workshop for parents of Autistic children and aims to support the early stages of toilet training. This workshop will provide parents with ways to prepare their home for toilet training, understand the signs that their child is ready to begin, as well as learn strategies for daytime, nighttime, and bowel training. Followed by questions from the day, and troubleshooting.
Cultural Experience Video Essay: Part 2 - Israel
Listen to the storytelling video by a family who has immigrated from Israel with an autistic child. This video is the second 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.
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.
Sexuality and the Spectrum: Lessons on Sex, Dating, and Love, Autism Style with Amy Gravino
Too often, autistic individuals have never been taught the necessary skills to be successful in sexual and romantic relationships by the time they become adults. This session, which features a woman on the autism spectrum sharing her firsthand perspective, will dispel some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding autism and dating, discuss the potential for using ABA to teach dating skills and the challenges involved with teaching these skills, and offer strategies and resources to help parents and clinicians begin conversations about relationships and sexuality with their family members and clients
Cybercrime, Safety and Well-Being on the Internet for Autistic Individuals
This 60 minute webinar will teach caregivers and support persons how to help an autistic person be safe while online, set up boundaries, and become familiar with the types of online risks. We’ll explore tools that support internet safety and well-being and look at using visual supports, creating structure for breaks, and personalizing tools in order for the support to be effective.
Building Resilience, Self-Esteem and Confidence to Support Well-Being
This webinar will teach caregivers and support persons how to build resilience, self-esteem and well-being and why these things are central to a person’s good mental health. We’ll explore the components that create the scaffolding around an autistic person in order for them to feel well within themselves – predictability, structure, physical activity, pursuit of interests, creating motivation, reducing anxiety, and building confidence. It is this scaffolding that allows a person to thrive, not just survive.
Supporting the development of personal skills in their child/family member
This toolkit discusses supporting the development of personal skills in a child/family member (Values, personal boundaries and boundary setting, safer and healthy decision-making, healthy communication, self-advocacy, emotional regulation)
Mental Health and Planning for the Post Highschool World
This webinar focuses on mental health considerations for autistic people as they move into and through adulthood. Information addresses mental health issues and needs, supports, transition considerations, service provider/therapist preparedness, and strategies for moving forward.
QuickStart Nova Scotia Helping Parents Get a Head Start
Quickstart nova scotia is a parent-mediated coaching program designed to empower caregivers of toddlers with a suspected, provisional, or confirmed diagnosis of autism to teach and support their child’s development. The interdisciplinary team of behaviour analysts, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and parent coaches will share the program’s use of the early start denver model intervention to provide a naturalist teaching framework that is flexible, accessible, collaborative, and supportive for the family.
Supporting Knowledge Acquisition in Areas Reflective in Comprehensive Sexuality Education Toolkit
This is the third toolkit in the Sexuality Education Resources for Caregivers project. The project aims to develop accessible comprehensive sexuality education resources that support the needs of caregivers of Autistic people, Autistic individuals, and others. These resources will explore how there is a gap in access to comprehensive sexuality education for Autistic people and for their caregivers to support with sexuality education. Please note: this toolkit is meant for an adult audience and contains information on the definitions of some words related to sexuality.