Autism NS: Cumberland

Autism NS: Cumberland Autism Nova Scotia was founded in 2002 to help Nova Scotians on the autism spectrum, families, professionals, and others to find the supports and services they need.
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We are a charitable organization dependent on donations and community support. This is a registered non-profit organization created by parents and run by a voluntary board of directors. This organization was created to promote awareness, provide resources and be a support for families affected by autism. WHAT IS AUTISM... Autism is the most common neurological disorder affecting children and one of the most common developmental disabilities affecting Canadians in general. ASDs change the way the brain processes information and can affect all aspects of a person's development. Classic autism usually appears during the first three years of life. Autism is four times more common in boys than girls. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurological disorder resulting in developmental disability. This affects: Communication Social understanding Behaviour, activities & interests Each individual is unique - no one person with ASD responds or behaves exactly like another with the same diagnosis. 1 out of every 91 Children are Diagnosed with Autism. OUR MISSION... To promote Autism Awareness, Advocate equality for our Children, and linking Families together for support. Working together to assist and empower Families affected with ASD. OUR VISION... That people living with Autism Spectrum Disorders have the chance to achieve their full potential, have the opportunity to grow alongside their peers, and that they and their families have access to the resources they so direly need! OUR RESOURCES... Cumberland Early Intervention - Provides support for families with children of special needs. 667-8244 Cumberland Mental Health Services - Provides support and treatments for various mental health needs including autism. 667-3879 Public Health Services - Promote and protect health, prevent illness and achieve well being. 667-3319 Nova Scotia Hearing & Speech Centres - Prevent and reduce the impact of communication challenges. 667-1141 Maggie's Place- A Resource center for Families. 667-7250 OUR SLOGAN... Let's Help put the pieces together and finish the puzzle! Contact Information : Elaine Mazur - Chair/ Founder phone: 902-230-2053 email: [email protected] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Autism Nova Scotia
11/13/2020

Autism Nova Scotia

CW: Mentions of Sexuality Education

Autism Nova Scotia is launching a FREE Digital Sexuality Resource Library!

These resources are for autistic people/people with autism, caregivers, professionals, and anyone who may need accessible information on topics of sexuality and relationships.

The sexuality resource library was developed and created by sexuality educators and an autistic advocate. The resources are based on comprehensive, sex positive, sexuality education information.

Check it out here: http://www.autismnovascotia.ca/sexuality-resources
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Visual Description: FREE Digital Sexuality Resource Library promotional flyer on a light teal background. An illustration of two queer individuals kissing. Mention of a list of topics that can be found in resource: Safer Sex Practices, Sexual Consent, When To Have Sex, Relationships, Personal Boundaries, Public and Private Spaces, The Menstrual Cycle, Masturbation, Sexuality and Gender, Dating

This is for Kids aged 5-12
11/06/2020

This is for Kids aged 5-12

Autism Nova Scotia
11/04/2020

Autism Nova Scotia

Did you know the Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Autism program is offered in all of the Atlantic provinces?

HRSA is a sex positive 14-week sexuality education program for autistic adults.

If you'd like to learn more or join the program, please connect with your local HRSA Educator.
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Visual Description Slide 1: Logo at the top reads, "Healthy Relationships, Sexuality & Autism
Developed by: Autism Nova Scotia" An illustration of two masculine-presenting individuals kissing. Headline in white text on a teal background reads, "What is The Healthy Relationships, Sexuality & Autism Program?" In the bottom a white footer containing the HRSA Logo & Public Health Agency of Canada Logo is mirrored in all the following visuals.

Visual Description Slide 2: Headline in white text on teal background reads, "Healthy Relationships, Sexuality & Autism (HRSA) is a sex positive sexuality education program for autistic adults." To the left, an image of an interracial couple cuddling. Body text reads, "Topics Include: Values, Anatomy, Gender Identity, Relationships, Sexual Behaviours, Sexual Health, Dating"

Visual Description Slide 3: Graphic's text reads, "HRSA is an interactive program that meets once a week for two hours, for 14 weeks. The program is currently running all sessions online through Zoom & Google Classroom. The program is offered throughout Atlantic Canada and is free to join!" An illustration to the left shows a romantic couple embracing.

Visual Description Slide 4: Nova Scotia Sites
Halifax Area - HRSA Educator: Holly MacLellan / Email: [email protected] / phone: 902-410-6721
South Shore Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia - HRSA Educator: Kathleen Watson / Email: [email protected] / phone: 902-446-4995 Ext 31
Autism Nova Scotia Truro Chapter - HRSA Educator: Leah Poirier / Email: [email protected] / Phone: 902-814-4106
Autism NS Pictou County Chapter - HRSA Educator: Willa Kray / Email: [email protected] / Phone: 902-695-5505
Autism Nova Scotia Cape Breton Region - HRSA Educator: Kathleen Watson / Email: [email protected] / phone: 902-446-4995 Ext 31

Visual Description Slide 5: Atlantic Canada Sites
Prince Edward Island (Stars for Life Foundation)
HRSA Educator : Rachel Brookins / email: [email protected]

Newfoundland (Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador)
HRSA Educator: Jennifer Spracklin / email: [email protected]

New Brunswick (Autism Connections Fredericton)
HRSA Educator: Rebecca Pearson / email: [email protected] / phone: 506-450-6025

Your Sexual Health Matters: Help us help you in 4 Questions!
11/04/2020
Your Sexual Health Matters: Help us help you in 4 Questions!

Your Sexual Health Matters: Help us help you in 4 Questions!

The Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County wants to hear from the members of Cumberland County! Help us, help you by completing this quick survey and watch our social media pages for new content coming soon! :) Remember: Your Sexual Health Matters

Autism Nova Scotia Cape Breton Region
11/03/2020

Autism Nova Scotia Cape Breton Region

Our Cape Breton Region Chapter is now offering our next Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Autism Program.
For Who: Autistic adults/adults with autism (ages 19 and up)
Where: Online! Through Zoom - a video call program
When: New cohort starts in November 2020!

How to apply: Click on the following link to submit registration form.

Or you may contact:
Kathleen Watson
email: [email protected]
phone: 902-446-4995 ext 31

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=g97mQONxpkKyqfV_GP0-o-giAnlMp7ZJuEZm6bLlq2NUQUJTM0oyTlROMzBFVEc3MEY3OUUxSVZSSi4u

11/02/2020

Hours the Center is open Nov 2-6
Monday 9-2
Tuesday 10-2
Wednesday 10-2
Thursday 6-8
Friday 10-2

Autism Nova Scotia
10/30/2020

Autism Nova Scotia

Registration is now open for Autism Works' NEW Employment Support Group!

The Employment Support Group is an online employment discussion group, led by autistic staff, where you can hear other people's work experiences, share your own experiences, and ask any employment questions you have.

The 8-week program will cover topics like: disclosure, asking for accommodations, the changing nature of work during COVID-19, and more.

At the end of the program, we will help connect you to other employment supports in your community!

When: Every Tuesday evening for 8 weeks, starting Tuesday, November 3rd.
Time: 7:00pm - 7:45pm.
Where: Online (using Zoom).
Who is it for? Anyone who is working, looking for work, or has questions about work and employment.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 3rd, at noon.

To register for the new Employment Support Group, click this link and fill in the short questionnaire: https://forms.microsoft.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=g97mQONxpkKyqfV_GP0-o_swSmm_7tpLgwh5O36jAGlUQVlFTDBCWjk0TTg5M0VOM0lUTjdWNUZESC4u

Image Description: "Introducing the new Autism Works Employment Support Group"
"Autism Nova Scotia is starting a new employment support group"
"Who is it for? Anyone who is working, looking for work, or has questions about work and employment.
When: Every Tuesday evening for 8 weeks, starting Tuesday, November 3rd.
Time: 7:00pm - 7:45pm.
Where: Online (using Zoom). "
"For more information: Contact Allison Ellis 902-593-1015 ext. 3141 [email protected]"
Autism Works logo & Autism Nova Scotia logo

10/29/2020

Please note the Center will be CLOSED today. thanks

Autism Nova Scotia
10/27/2020

Autism Nova Scotia

It's the most spooky time of the year!🎃

Halloween is just a few days away- check out these tips and tricks to make sure you have a fun and safe 2020 Halloween!

For more information about Halloween and COVID guidelines please visit the Nova Scotia Government website. Link in bio!

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Visual Description

Image One: Blue background. 4 orange cobwebs in each corner. Three pumpkins at the top of the graphic. In bold orange text "Tips and Tricks for Halloween 2020" White Autism Nova Scotia Logo at the bottom.

Image Two: Blue background. 4 orange cobwebs in each corner. Three orange candies at the top. In bold orange text "Trick or Treating". The tips are in white text and they are as follows.

1. Go in groups of 10 or less with family or friends in your own neighbourhood.
2. Knock gently on the door rather than ringing the doorbell
3. Stay two meters or six feet apart from other groups
who are trick or treating too !

Autism Nova Scotia logo at the bottom of the page.

Image Three: Blue background. 4 orange cobwebs in each corner. One orange house. In bold orange text "Tips for Households". The tips are in white text and they are as follows.

1. If possible, sit outside to welcome trick-or-treaters. If not, make sure to disinfect your doorbells and handles after each visit!
2. Wash your hands regularly throughout the evening
3. Only have one person from your household handing out treats
4. Try to make sure your outdoor decor is sensory friendly! Avoid things like lots of flashing lights and loud noises.

White Autism Nova Scotia Logo at the bottom.

Image Four: Blue background. 4 orange cobwebs in each corner. Three white ghosts at the top. In bold orange text "Tips for Families and Kids". The tips are in white text and they are as follows.

1. Prepare for Halloween ahead of time! Create a social story of what Halloween may look like for your family!
2. Try on costumes before Halloween or consider a costume that fits over regular clothes
3. Partner with family or friends that your child may know

White Autism Nova Scotia logo at the bottom.

10/27/2020

Center is closed today. Working from home today as I forgot my keys 😫. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Autism Nova Scotia
10/20/2020

Autism Nova Scotia

We are opening more virtual Dungeons and Dragons groups this fall! These D&D groups will be open to autistic individuals/individuals with autism across the province!

The group(s) will meet bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings and will be held virtually over Zoom.

For more information on the program or to register today, please visit: http://autismnovascotia.ca/program/41

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Visual Description: Dungeons & Dragons in red font at the top of flyer graphic.

Black text on brown background says "Autism Nova Scotia has opened NEW groups of D and D social club virtually. The core of D and D is story telling. You and your friends tell a story guiding your heros through quests for treasure, battle with deadly foes, daring rescues courtly intrigue and so much more"

Below is a game character and game dice. In black text, it reads "Who: Teens ages 13 and up, What: meet twice a month to play with D and D peers, When: Group meets bi weekly in the evening, Where: virtually over Zoom."

In white text on brown background it reads, "If you are interested in joining this program please contact Caitlyn Temple, program coordinator Phone: 902-446-4995 ext 59 or Email: [email protected]."

Underneath is the Zoom logo, the Autism Nova Scotia logo, and the Dungeons & Dragons logo.

10/19/2020
Autism Nova Scotia

Autism Nova Scotia

Three weeks ago this past weekend, we had our first ever virtual Walk for Autism! It was a huge success thanks to the incredible support from our communities across the province! 💙

We loved seeing how creative our teams and participants were this year with their Walk - check out our Walk YOUR Way 2020 Re-Cap below!

Congrats Kiersten Dauphinee
10/17/2020

Congrats Kiersten Dauphinee

Our #TikTokForAutismChallenge was a success! We want to thank everyone who participated and helped us create awareness for Walk YOUR Way through our first ever Tik Tok Challenge!

It is time to announce our winner!
Our winner is Kiersten Dauphinee. Congratulations!! You have won $50 to Sobeys!

Please contact our Event Coordinator, Lauren at [email protected]ca to claim your prize!

For more fun updates follow our Tik Tok page @AutismNovaScotia

Autism NS: Cumberland
10/15/2020

Autism NS: Cumberland

10/13/2020

Office hours Oct 12-16th
Monday- CLOSED
Tuesday- 9-2pm
Wednesday- CLOSED
Thursday- 10-2pm
Friday 9-1pm

10/13/2020
10/05/2020

Office hours Oct 5-9th
Monday 9-2
Tuesday 10-2
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 6-8
Friday 10-2

10/02/2020
09/28/2020

We are now open to the public. Appointments are encouraged 🙂 Hours this week are:
Monday 9-2pm
Tuesday 3-6pm
Wednesday 10-2pm
Thursday 10-2pm & 6-8pm
Friday- CLOSED

What a wonderful turn out we had at our Walk Day yesterday.  Things were definitely different this year compared to othe...
09/27/2020

What a wonderful turn out we had at our Walk Day yesterday. Things were definitely different this year compared to other years, and I could be any more proud of our community as they rallied and pulled together for this years event. Community support especially during these difficult times of changes and differences, mean the world to our chapters all across the province. Here are a few pictures of how some of our participants Walked THEIR way! #walkYOURwayforautismns

Autism Nova Scotia
09/27/2020

Autism Nova Scotia

Our Virtual Employment Works Pictou County still has TWO spots left for their September cohort.

If you are interested in working on employment skills to help you succeed in the workplace, then this program is for you!

Please note: The registration deadline has been extended until Monday, September 28.
To apply or for more info: contact Jessica at [email protected]

Autism NS Pictou County Chapter

09/26/2020
Autism Nova Scotia
09/26/2020

Autism Nova Scotia

‼️TODAY is the day ‼️

It is time to Walk YOUR Way for Autism Nova Scotia🎉

In nine locations across the province, members of our communities will Walk together in solidarity for acceptance,understanding and inclusion.

Our 2020 Walk may look different but we are Moving Forward Together and that is something to CELEBRATE💙💚💙

Wherever you may be this morning, grab your sneakers, your t-shirt and join your team as you Walk YOUR Way for Autism Nova Scotia!

Want to stay in the loop today? For all the most up to date content about Walk follow our Walk the Walk for Autism page!

#WalkYourWayForAutism

It’s WALK DAY!!!While you wait for the weather to clear, make your first stop McDonalds in Amherst your first stop!! The...
09/26/2020

It’s WALK DAY!!!
While you wait for the weather to clear, make your first stop McDonalds in Amherst your first stop!! They have generously supported our cause, and every McDonalds team member will be wearing a Walk Your Way T-shirt today!

What a great community we live in!! We are excited to see everyone going today, in all of our communities!! Don’t forget to share tour pictures and videos, so we can al see how you walked YOUR way today!!

Check out this limited edition Walk your Way for Autism t-shirt. You can still sign up to partipate and get your own tsh...
09/22/2020

Check out this limited edition Walk your Way for Autism t-shirt. You can still sign up to partipate and get your own tshirt at www.walkthewalkforautism.ca and choose Amherst location. T shirt pick ups will be Thursday 10-2 & 5:30-8pm, Friday 10-2 & 6-8pm and Saturday 9am at our Center (81 South Albion St)

Autism Nova Scotia
09/18/2020

Autism Nova Scotia

Walk YOUR Way for Autism 2020 is all about walking whatever WAY is best for you! That's why we wanted to announce our Tik Tok for Autism Challenge as a special part of our Walk for Autism this year.
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Join our #TikTokForAutismChallenge and help spread awareness by showing us your best TikTok moves!
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We will be drawing one lucky winner for a special prize so make sure to use the #TikTokForAutismChallenge hashtag when you post.
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Where can you post?
Share your videos with us on Facebook @WalktheWalkforAutism, Instagram @AutismNS or tag us on TikTok @AutismNovaScotia.

Autism Nova Scotia on TikTok
09/16/2020
Autism Nova Scotia on TikTok

Autism Nova Scotia on TikTok

Autism NS is walking on sunshine# because our Walk for Autism is NEXT WEEKEND! Raise awareness by using #TikTokForAutism and #WalkYOURWayForAutismNS

With only 10 days to go, here are some samples of how you can get your fundraising up to $100 before you turn in your pl...
09/15/2020

With only 10 days to go, here are some samples of how you can get your fundraising up to $100 before you turn in your pledges online or in person.

Autism Nova Scotia
09/03/2020

Autism Nova Scotia

Autism Nova Scotia has been following the Back to School Plan closely and has compiled the questions and concerns from caregivers, parents and students. We have taken your questions and concerns to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education and they have responded in the attached document.

These are challenging times. Autism Nova Scotia continues to follow the Back to School plan carefully, and is invested in supporting the safe return to the classroom.

Sincerely,
Cynthia Carroll
Executive Director

Please visit our website to read the full Back to School Plan Q&A document: http://autismnovascotia.ca/back-to-school-plan-q-a

The Pearl
08/31/2020

The Pearl

Today is your last day to register to receive our LIMITED EDITION 2020 Walk YOUR Way t-shirt! Register here: http://walkthewalkforautism.ca/registration

Now more than ever we need the support of our amazing community as we celebrate another Walk for Autism to raise funds for our programs and services across the province! 💙👩‍🦼🚶🏾‍♂️🏃🏻‍♀️💚
#WalkYOURWay #WalkforAutism #WalkYOURWayforAutism2020
Autism Nova Scotia

Today is your last chance to enter to be a part of our Walk Your Way - Draw!! How will you walk this year?? - with your ...
08/28/2020

Today is your last chance to enter to be a part of our Walk Your Way - Draw!! How will you walk this year??
- with your dog
- on your bike
- will you jog?
- will you hike?

Independent Living Nova Scotia Food Support Submission Form
08/27/2020
Independent Living Nova Scotia Food Support Submission Form

Independent Living Nova Scotia Food Support Submission Form

ILNS has received more funding from the Government of Canada and Community Food Centres Canada through their Good Foods Access Fund. It is our intention to provide further assistance to persons with disabilities in the form of Loblaws gift cards that can be used at Atlantic Superstore, No Frills, an...

One more day to guarantee yourself a T-shirt and register for this year’s “Walk Your Way for Autism” event. Oh and don’t...
08/27/2020

One more day to guarantee yourself a T-shirt and register for this year’s “Walk Your Way for Autism” event. Oh and don’t forget, anyone who registers by tomorrow also gets a chance to win an great prize!

08/26/2020

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Autism Nova Scotia was founded in 2002 to help Nova Scotians on the autism spectrum, families, professionals, and others to find the supports and services they need. We are a charitable organization dependent on donations and community support. Autism Nova Scotia Social Media Engagement Policy: Autism Nova Scotia is honoured to serve people with autism in Nova Scotia, and those who care about the lives of people with autism in Nova Scotia by providing information, supports, programs, and services. People who access Autism Nova Scotia include autistic individuals of all ages, as well as families, professionals, and community stakeholders. This page is intended as an opportunity for Autism Nova Scotia to share information about our service offerings and events, as well as articles of interest. Visitors to this page are encouraged to comment, with a mind to maintaining this space as a welcoming environment for all. Autism Nova Scotia respects that the autism community is diverse and has many different perspectives, so the moderators of this page will monitor comments or posts that fall outside of its purpose and intent. Our moderators reserve the right to delete posts deemed inappropriate and/or containing any of the following elements:

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Northern Region Respite Services is a non-profit, community-based service. This service helps families plan relief care for children and adult with disabilities. Our program is funded through the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services. We serve the counties of Cumberland, Colchester, East Hants, Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough. Some families/individuals may qualify for funding through the Direct Family Support Program of the Department of Community Services. Please feel free to contact us at (902) 752-9452 or email [email protected] for more information about our services!
We have exactly 3 weeks until our Big Event!! From now until the event we will be giving everyone a sneak peak of just some of the wonderful items that have been donated for our silent auction. Our first sneak peak item is an Epicure package valued at $50 donated by Severine Guitton. Walk the Walk June 22nd (9:30am) at the Amherst Curling Club see you there!
A friend bought these because her child is autistic and hates having his teeth brush, but I don't understand is how candy is suppose to help.. even if they say they do??..... Comments below, not that I would ever buy these because my kids love brushing their teeth.. I'm stumped.. She showed me these I'm like ummmmm...... But for those who are wanting to try it, they were found at Walmart below the toothpaste and yes the bags one says Taffy and the other are lollipops.. Also find them on amazon.ca for 13$ Description. Zollipops, The Clean Teeth Pops are no ordinary suckers, they are supercharged with smile friendly ingredients. Each Zollipop contains non-gmo xylitol and erythritol, two favorites with dentists! Zollipops naturally help reduce the acidity and raise the ph in your mouth.
An incredible experience sharing the kick off to the holidays with some of our favourite people!
The walk was amazing, thank you Tonia and Jen and everyone who worked so hard to make it a success
Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner Lol! :) Congrats
Hi, wondering if you’re interested in a large TV? It’s not a flat screen, it’s an older style tube tv. Let me know.
Hi there, I've got a 4 year old with mild autism/aspergers. We live in Ottawa but we'll be staying with my parents in Pugwash for a month soon and my son's therapist wants me to find a social play group for him to attend while we're away so he continues with his progress before kindergarten starts in the fall. Do you have any recommended groups, either for ASD/SPD kids or even a smaller typical playgroup in the area.