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When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who has already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.


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The ASD Collaborative is a group of professionals, families, and self-advocates in the Waterloo Region who are committed to working together to identify and collectively problem-solve issues in our community as they relate to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many people with ASD experience feelings of being overwhelmed due to sensory input such as bright lights, loud sounds, strong scents, etc. The Sensory-Conscious Working Group is a subcommittee of the ASD Collaborative, and we are looking at making our community in Waterloo Region a more accessible place for people who experience issues with sensory input.


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Sensitive Santa - Cambridge Centre

By Kerry-ASC Coordinator

To register please contact Robyn Hyland hylandr@cambridge.ca or 519-740-4680 x4292


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Sensitive Santa

By Kerry-ASC Coordinator

To register please contact Robyn Hyland hylandr@cambridge.ca or 519-740-4680 x4292


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EQUIP! Learning My Way! DJ Course

By Kerry-ASC Coordinator

See flyer below for this 6 week "Learn to DJ" program offered by Christian Horizons.


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Focus Group for New Alternative School in Waterloo Region

By Kerry-ASC Coordinator

As many of you are aware there's a new school coming to town! Oak Bridge Academy is a newly established, non-profit alternative school in Waterloo Region for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and other learning exceptionalities. An important part of our workplan involves engaging our community in the vision of Oak Bridge Academy’s educational programming and services.


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Starting this Month at WRFN... Ask A Self-Advocate

By Kerry-ASC Coordinator

Do you need to look at a challenge you are facing with a new perspective? Would you like to bounce ideas off someone else who can relate to what you, or your child, is going through? Perhaps Cristina can help. As an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome who has mentoring and self-advocacy experience, Cristina would be happy to discuss your concerns and questions. While her personal experience is rooted in Autism Spectrum Disorder, she is happy to meet with anyone with special needs or exceptionalities, their families, or professional supports, to offer new insight and ideas to help you move forward.” See below for more information.


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1:1 Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund Now Open

By Kerry-ASC Coordinator

Autism Ontario is happy to announce that the 2017 One to One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund is now open for applications. We will be accepting all applications received between May 1, and June 2, 2017 and have a random draw to determine eligibility. The 2017 One-to-One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families of children or youth with ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker for their child to attend a community summer camp or summer program. See below link for more details.


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"Giving families of children with autism the option of either using government-funded services or receiving direct funding to pay for therapy may be part of Ontario's new autism program, the minister in charge said Monday. The Ontario Autism Program is set to start this June and Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau said the implementation team is working on including a direct funding model." Excerpt from The Record. See below for full story.


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