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Autism Services Ottawa, a division of  Y's Owl Maclure Y's Owl Maclure offers a wide range of transitional support and services for tweens, teens and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism Works Ottawa is the first-of-its-kind customized employment program for teens, youth and adults with ASD. Autism Works Ottawa a division of Y's Owl Maclure challenges traditional employment methods and builds on existing supported employment strategies, which focus on building skills for life and competitive employment.

Operating as usual

Getting ready to engage with our tweens, teens and adults evening/ weekend programs, as soon as we are able 🧡
05/25/2021

Getting ready to engage with our tweens, teens and adults evening/ weekend programs, as soon as we are able 🧡

Getting ready to engage with our tweens, teens and adults evening/ weekend programs, as soon as we are able 🧡

Jeremy Roberts
08/15/2019

Jeremy Roberts

Please join Minister Smith and me for a Meet & Greet with the Ottawa ASD Community at City Hall from 11-1 next Monday!

07/31/2019
The Owl Cafe and Meeting Place

This is our social enterprise cafe💙 The Owl Cafe is a social enterprise providing employment opportunities and buidling skills for life for tweens, teens and young adults living with autism.

https://www.facebook.com/theowlcafeottawa/

The Owl Cafe Ottawa is a social enterprise providing skills for life and employment opportunities for tweens, teens, and young adults with Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

07/31/2019
Wee Bee Children’s Shop

Please share🐝
This is our children’s shop social enterprise in beautiful downtown Almonte🐝

Wee Bee Children’s Shop operates as a social enterprise, providing employment opportunities, as well skills for life to young people living with autism.

https://www.facebook.com/weebeechildrensshop/

Wee Bee Children’s Shop operates as a social enterprise, offering employment and skills for life to young people living with autism. �

Weighted-for-You, Weighted Blankets items have arrived @ The Owl Cafe Ottawa💙 #theowlcafeottawa#weightedforyou#autism
06/11/2019

Weighted-for-You, Weighted Blankets items have arrived @ The Owl Cafe Ottawa💙
#theowlcafeottawa
#weightedforyou
#autism

Some of our up coming programs @ Y’s Owl Maclure Co operative Centre  💙
02/09/2019

Some of our up coming programs @ Y’s Owl Maclure Co operative Centre 💙

Our newest social enterprise in beautiful downtown Almonte💙 Wee Bee Children’s Shop
01/07/2019

Our newest social enterprise in beautiful downtown Almonte💙 Wee Bee Children’s Shop

Today was Corbin’s 8th week in our Autism Employment Internship Program. We had a busy day taking down holiday decorations, reorganizing our Burt’s Bees Kids clothing and redoing our window display. Great job today Corbin!
#meaningfulemployment
#autismemploymentintership
#weebeechildrensshop

The Owl Cafe was so excited to see our pilot cafe on CTV’s  Regional Contact last night. Look out Ottawa The Owl Cafe an...
12/22/2018
CTV News Ottawa

The Owl Cafe was so excited to see our pilot cafe on CTV’s Regional Contact last night. Look out Ottawa The Owl Cafe and Meeting Place has moved, our new address is 1140 Morrison Drive, Ottawa. Thank you Joel Haslam for inviting us on your show to discuss the importance of young people living with autism and employment. Looking forward to The Owl Cafe Ottawa’s grand opening January 14, 2019❤️ 613-266-3205

A café in Carleton Place is brewing hope and opportunity for young people with autism. CTV’s Joel Haslam has the story.

10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Gift for Someone with Autism
12/17/2018
10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Gift for Someone with Autism

10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Gift for Someone with Autism

“What do you want for Christmas?” It’s a question many parents ask their kids this time of year. But when your child can’t answer, finding the perfect gift gets tricky.

12/16/2018
CBS News

CBS News

In a stunning revelation, Begnaud details how he overcame debilitating tics to ascend to the highest levels of journalism.

ADHD and Messiness: What You Need to Know
12/15/2018
ADHD and Messiness: What You Need to Know

ADHD and Messiness: What You Need to Know

Does ADHD cause kids to be messy? Read about the connection between ADHD and messiness, and how to help your child learn to keep things neat.

Our newest social enterprise🐝
12/10/2018

Our newest social enterprise🐝

“Christmas Around the Corner” was filmed in beautiful downtown Almonte/ Mississippi Mills earlier this year, and will airs on the W Network this Sunday Night December 16th at 8:00pm. The gang at Wee Bee Children’s Shop and Y’s Owl Maclure Co-op is excitedly waiting to see if our newest social enterprise, our children’s shop will appear in this Christmas movie?
#weebeechildrensshop
#ysowlmaclurecoop
#autismemployment
#meaningfulwork

Absolutely love it! 💙
12/09/2018
The shop where it's OK to be different

Absolutely love it! 💙

Two brothers on the autistic spectrum were looking for work when one had the idea of opening a comic shop. It turned out to be an inspired choice.

12/09/2018
12/08/2018
The Owl Cafe and Meeting Place

The Owl Cafe and Meeting Place

Our Friday Night ASD Social Club tonight enjoying Super Smash Brothers Ultimate 💙

The Owl Cafe and Meeting Place
11/27/2018

The Owl Cafe and Meeting Place

We are really starting to get excited 💙. The Owl Cafe Ottawa is starting to look like a cafe. Can’t wait to get the new espresso machine up and running! One week to go (fingers crossed) 😊
#theowlcafeottawa
#autismemployment
#ysowlmaclurecoop

Y's Owl Maclure Co-operative Centre Inc.
11/26/2018

Y's Owl Maclure Co-operative Centre Inc.

Murphy stopped by our Friday Night ASD Social Club💙 I am not sure who enjoyed it more! Murphy or the young people!
#autism
#autismsocialskills
#autismanddogs

Y's Owl Maclure Co-operative Centre Inc.
11/26/2018

Y's Owl Maclure Co-operative Centre Inc.

Our Friday Night ASD Social Club @ Y’s Owl Maclure
#autismsocialskills
#ysowlmaclurecoop

Wee Bee Children’s Shop
11/23/2018

Wee Bee Children’s Shop

We are so excited that our Burt’s Bees Famjams made Oprah’s 2018 list of things to buy for the holidays! Pop into Wee Bee Children’s Shop (downtown Almonte) and check out these amazing holiday Pajamas for someone special or for the whole family!
#weebeechildrensshop
#autismemployment
#oprahsfavoritethings

Wee Bee Children’s Shop
11/20/2018

Wee Bee Children’s Shop

A big Thank You to all our valued customers who support Autism and Employment Opportunities! Our amazing Team @ Wee Bee Children’s Shop. Buy local🐝
#weebeechildrensshop
#autismemoyment
#ysowlmaclurecoop

Wee Bee Children’s Shop
11/15/2018

Wee Bee Children’s Shop

Big welcome to Spencer, our newest Staff member on the team @ Wee Bee Children’s Shop.

Wee Bee Children’s Shop operates as a social enterprise, offering employployment and skills for life training to young people living with autism.
#autism
#weebeechildrensshop

Wee Bee Children’s Shop
11/15/2018

Wee Bee Children’s Shop

Evan’s first day at Wee Bee Children’s Shop. Evan is joining our team as part of his high school co-op program. Welcome to the team🐝.

Wee Bee Children’s Shop operates as a social enterprise, offering employployment and skills for life training to young people living with autism.
#autism
#weebeechildrensshop

11/15/2018

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Suite 100, 1140 Morrison Drive
Ottawa, ON
K2H 8S9

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

Telephone

+16137211500

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Hello, My name is Andrew Kawam, and I'm a 20-year-old paleontology student and writer living in the West End with Asperger's and OCD. I've always had great difficulty making friends (I've only gotten together and hung out with someone else my age in the last eight years of my life once), and experience massively impactful depression and anxiety when not able to get out to truly raw and pristine natural areas for too long, and as someone deeply connected to the aesthetic and sublimity of science and nature am often badgered by the psychotic anthropocentrism around me coming from urban existence. As a voracious reader (I read about 50-60 books a year, fiction and non-fiction), I'm also deeply hurt by genre snobbery. Such things cause me to feel routinely angry and depressed, and alienated from the rest of the world. I try to connect with nature, which is the one place I do feel I belong, as much I can, yet its become increasingly harder the past couple years for four main reasons: 1. Even though my family is by all definitions an outdoors family, our activity level in wilderness areas has dropped in recent years due to my parents getting older and busier with other things 2. Because as I'm 20 now I need to and have been trying to do more things independently, yet my ability to get out to natural areas has been made much harder due to the fact that I can't drive for any distance outside my own neighbourhood yet, as I've found learning to do so not only really challenging and highly anxiety-inducing due to all the social aspects involved, but also because my last set of in-car lessons didn't go so well cause the instructor I had didn't take my condition seriously and has very grumpy and loud and whinny and had a very set idea of how to teach driving. I haven't been able to do as much driving practice as I've wanted because so much of my mind and time is occupied by school, work, and aspects of my personal life not relating directly to either, so I'm nowhere hear where I want to be yet, meaning I can't drive myself anywhere. Going places on the bus not only has limitations to how far away from the urban you can go, but it takes up a lot of time and it's risky to do often during this COVID-19 era. I don't have any friends outside my family at all really, certainly not ones that would be willing to go with me to such areas. 3. I've found the natural areas around to be more and more destroyed for development or else tainted by fervent anthropocentrism. 4. Even though my family's really involved in orienteering, we haven't been able to do as much lately due to COVID-19. I've also found that my ability to express myself has been limited a more lately. As I mentioned before, I'm a writer (in fact I'm working on my first novel), and while I had developed a routine of nightly writing at a set time during my break earlier this year, yet I haven't been able to do as much since I've been so busy with school and my new job. My writing is a really important outlet for me so this is contributing to the tension even more, I think. I am seeing a really excellent psychologist, but at the same time, there's only so much a psychologist can do, especially when that psychologist's relationship to you is as a doctor and maybe at most friend and more than that is just not professional. Even though I can talk to my parents, I've found it a lot harder to do so lately because I've found more and more their concerns have become inimical to mine. I can still talk to them about some deeper issues and they always listen and care and try to be emotionally there for me whenever they can and are able to, but there are things that I've tried talking to them about that I just can't seem to, and they seem to be almost obsessing over things that aren't anything like what I've known them to focus on before over the past couple years. I'm part of several groups on Facebook relating to things I read or aspects of nature and science I'm keen on, but those to me only involve surface-level interactions, with one exception I'll mention momentarily that had a lot of complicated context to it that made it different. (A lot of the stuff I read is very much outside the mainstream anyway, so that complicates things more.) My sister and her boyfriend also care very much about me, but I'm able to talk to them about even fewer of these things. It's coming up on the one-year anniversary of when I attempted su***de and attacked one of my parents following a particularly nasty situation on social media, and had to take time off school and visit the ER a couple times. Over the course of several weeks, there were days where I had to be calling mental health crisis lines several times a day just to keep calm. It was really brutal. Even though I'm nowhere hear that stage now, I still feel like I'm constantly thinking every few minutes about these massive issues that are clogging up my brain and being scripted by my inner voice (my 'mind's ear' as I like to call it). As a result I'm also constantly thinking and remembering things out loud a lot, in a way some people definitely notice. I also get very highly agitated when people do what others may consider to be irksome but relatively small things, and often dwell on such experiences. I was writing to you, therefore, to ask if you knew of anything that could help me in this situation. Do you know of any groups of Asperger's people my age meeting around the city, or any book clubs specializing in science/nature and avant-garde, surrealist SFF artsy SFF novels, or nature-hiking (or at the very least nature-oriented) groups that have some sort of Asperger's component to them? If not, do you if there's any way to form such a group? I remember my psychologist, Laura Armstrong (https://ustpaul.ca/index.php?mod=employee&id=768), had an interest in arranging such a group with some of her patients. Thanks for this opportunity, Andrew Kawam
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We thank our friends in the Netherlands for helping us shine a light on the benefits of running and an active lifestyle for individuals on the autism spectrum!! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=885325118320795&id=341625486024097
Hi, All. I really like the new kitchen. Nice shiny floors