Autism Ontario Central West Region

Autism Ontario Central West Region Working with families in the areas of Halton, Waterloo, Wellington, Peel/Dufferin. Wellington includes:
Erin, Guelph, Minto, Palmerston, Puslinch, etc.
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Halton includes:
Burlington, Halton Hills (Acton, Georgetown, etc.), Milton, Oakville

Peel includes:
Brampton, Bolton, Caledon, Dufferin (Orangeville, Grand Valley, Mono, Shelburne, etc.), Mississauga

Waterloo includes:
Cambridge, Kitchener, North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich, etc.

02/23/2024

Cross something off your ‘to-do’ list on March 6th from 12:00 PM to 1:00PM! This workshop will provide an overview of Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD), a funding program that families may be able to access here in Ontario to reduce financial strain. A facilitator from Autism Ontario will provide tips and resources, as well as answer questions families may have. This workshop is suitable for parents and caregivers of autistic children and youth (under 18), and professionals working with this population.

The Zoom Meeting information will be sent to you following your registration. Please note that spaces are limited for this event. Capacity limits for workshops give attendees more access to the presenter and enables more opportunities for conversation. If the workshop is at capacity, a waitlist will be offered.

Register now for this online session: https://bit.ly/47LY706

Way to go, Marg!
02/22/2024

Way to go, Marg!

MPP Chris Glover (Spadina – Fort York) was in Autism Ontario’s Provincial Office on Friday to present a Scroll of Appreciation to Autism Ontario Chief Executive Officer Margaret Spoelstra, marking Non-Profit Appreciation Week.

MPP Glover and Will Gauthier had a brief but informative discussion with Marg and Autism Ontario staff about autism and Autism Ontario’s role in 2024.

From L-R; Alexa Bogoslowski, Marg Spoelstra, Will Gauthier, Chris Glover, MPP

Registration closing soon - art program at Brampton Library for autistic children 8-14.*Siblings are welcome to join, to...
02/22/2024

Registration closing soon - art program at Brampton Library for autistic children 8-14.

*Siblings are welcome to join, too!

Autistic children 8-14 can join this amazing 3-week program at Brampton Library where they will explore crafts with paper, pressed flowers, paint, stones, textiles, 3D printing, and of course threads.

All skill levels are welcome to join this group. This gathering is an opportunity for autistic youth 8-14 to socialize and create together.

Location: Brampton Library’s Four Corners Branch, 65 Queen Street East, Brampton ON L6W 3L6

Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Dates: Mondays, February 26, March 4 and 11, 2024

Registration is free: https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9296

Caregivers must remain on site.

Guelph community and beyond!Join us for a fun, sensory movie experience for the whole family, featuring Rayman’s Big Mov...
02/20/2024

Guelph community and beyond!

Join us for a fun, sensory movie experience for the whole family, featuring Rayman’s Big Movie, at Galaxy Cinemas in Guelph! Rayman, a magical limbless creature renowned for his courage and determination, teams up with his friends to save his world from various villains.

This is a sensory friendly movie experience for all ages!

Location: Galaxy Cinemas Guelph, 485 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, ON N1K 1E9

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2024

https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9286

Celebrate The SpectrumJoin us for a 5 week online Photovoice Inspired Project where we explore what the community means ...
02/16/2024

Celebrate The Spectrum

Join us for a 5 week online Photovoice Inspired Project where we explore what the community means to our autistic youth and children through the use of photography. We are looking for a small group of autistic 8-17 year old who is interested in learning about photography as well as having their voices heard.
For more information, or to register, please visit: https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?id=9319&reset=1
For any questions, please contact Kim at [email protected]

Join us in celebration of World Autism Day!What is Celebrate The Spectrum?Celebrate the Spectrum offers a chance for pos...
02/16/2024

Join us in celebration of World Autism Day!

What is Celebrate The Spectrum?

Celebrate the Spectrum offers a chance for positive engagement, creating supportive and advocacy spaces for our diverse communities. Through this initiative, we aim to improve understanding of autism and collectively contribute to making our communities more inclusive and welcoming for individuals with autism.

How do I participate in this year’s World Autism Day events?

There are so many fun ways to Celebrate The Spectrum with us on World Autism Day across Ontario! Find out how to get involved leading up to April 2, 2024, and throughout the month of April.

Autism Ontario is excited to have you participate and celebrate with us. Thank you for being part of this momentous day!

02/16/2024

In this webinar, we will discuss a strength-based approach that recognizes how special interests can facilitate, instead of hamper, participation in work, school, volunteering, connecting with others, and more. We will share and discuss real-world examples and successes of leveraging special interests from Naomi's clinical practice. We will also have an opportunity to hear from Alex Breton, an autistic adult who leveraged his special interest in Dungeons and Dragons to find job opportunities.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about autistic interests and what can make them different.
2. Learn strategies for engaging with your child's special interests.
3. Understand how to connect special interests to activities of daily living, self-care, work, and school.

This webinar is designed with parents and caregivers of autistic children and youth in mind. Professionals are welcome to join.

Register now: https://bit.ly/3vuyCTf

Central West is seeking dedicated volunteers to join our team! If you are passionate about autism awareness and advocacy...
02/15/2024

Central West is seeking dedicated volunteers to join our team! If you are passionate about autism awareness and advocacy, have a can-do attitude and want to make a positive impact in the autism community, we'd love to have you on board. We are currently seeking people who can help, boots on the ground so to speak at community events and programs. This could be registration, set up, clean up or other tasks to make community event / programs run smoother! Find out more here:
https://www.autismontario.com/volunteer

Central West – Martial Arts Program for Ages 8-15 in BramptonJoin the Brampton Academy of Martial Arts for this 6-week p...
02/14/2024

Central West – Martial Arts Program for Ages 8-15 in Brampton

Join the Brampton Academy of Martial Arts for this 6-week program where students will learn the basics of Karate, balance and coordination drills all while in an inclusive environment.

This is a program for autistic individuals who are able to follow group instructions independently. *Individuals must be able to participate without parental/guardian assistance.

*Caregivers must remain on site.

Outcomes:

- learn basic Karate blocks, strikes and kicks
- gain fitness through warmups that include jumping jacks, hopping, stretching and range of motion drills
- learn how to develop focus and self-control through their breath and moving meditation (tai chi)

Location: The Brampton Academy of Martial Arts, 41 Main St. North, Brampton, ON L6X 1M8

Time: 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Date: Saturdays from March 23-April 27, 2024

Registration Fee: $25.00 for 6-week program (no refunds).

Register now (limited spaces): https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9402

There are still some spaces left for this movie coming up in March!Join us for a fun, sensory movie experience for the w...
02/14/2024

There are still some spaces left for this movie coming up in March!

Join us for a fun, sensory movie experience for the whole family, featuring Rayman’s Big Movie, at Galaxy Cinemas in Guelph! Rayman, a magical limbless creature renowned for his courage and determination, teams up with his friends to save his world from various villains.

This is a sensory friendly movie experience for all ages!

Registration: $5.00 (no refunds)

Location: Galaxy Cinemas Guelph, 485 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, ON N1K 1E9

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2024

Register now: https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9286

This art program with Brampton Libraries is open for registration and free for the kids!Central West – Creative Threads ...
02/14/2024

This art program with Brampton Libraries is open for registration and free for the kids!

Central West – Creative Threads for Autistic Youth 8-14 at Brampton Library

Autistic children 8-14 can join this amazing 3-week program at Brampton Library where they will explore crafts with paper, pressed flowers, paint, stones, textiles, 3D printing, and of course threads.

All skill levels are welcome to join this group. This gathering is an opportunity for autistic youth 8-14 to socialize and create together.

Location: Brampton Library’s Four Corners Branch, 65 Queen Street East, Brampton ON L6W 3L6

Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Dates: Mondays, February 26, March 4 and 11, 2024

Registration is free.

Caregivers must remain on site.

Register now!

If you are looking for information and events outside of the Central West Region then think about signing up for the pro...
02/08/2024

If you are looking for information and events outside of the Central West Region then think about signing up for the provincial newsletter. Here is the most recent edition:

Every gift to Autism Ontario makes a big difference, no matter the size. Together, we are creating a supportive and inclusive Ontario for autism. Make a donation today.

02/07/2024

This webinar introduces autism and neurodiversity. We will discuss autism and neurodiversity, the features of autism, and provide information on how autistic people may perceive and interact with their environment. We will also discuss how you can be an autistic ally, offering practical tips and strategies on how to create an inclusive environment and support autistic people in your home, school, or community.

This webinar can be helpful for anyone who interacts with autistic people, including caregivers, community partners, educators, and other professionals. At the end of the webinar, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and participate in a live Q&A session with a member of the Autism Ontario team.

Register now: https://bit.ly/47Sv6QE

Registration now open.Central West – Creative Threads for Autistic Youth 8-14 at Brampton LibraryAutistic children can j...
02/07/2024

Registration now open.

Central West – Creative Threads for Autistic Youth 8-14 at Brampton Library

Autistic children can join this amazing 3-week program at Brampton Library where they will explore crafts with paper, pressed flowers, paint, stones, textiles, 3D printing, and of course threads.

All skill levels are welcome to join this group.

This gathering is an opportunity for autistic youth 8-14 to socialize and create together.

Location: Brampton Library’s Four Corners Branch, 65 Queen Street East, Brampton ON L6W 3L6

Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Dates: Mondays, February 26, March 4 and 11, 2024

Registration is free: https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9296

02/07/2024

is April 2nd.

Help us . Host your own World Autism Day Fundraiser! Check out Autism Ontario's third party fundraiser guide here and Help us make a more inclusive Ontario for those with Autism!

We have a few spots left for this galactical virtual program - registration is closing soon!Central West – Virtual Astro...
02/06/2024

We have a few spots left for this galactical virtual program - registration is closing soon!

Central West – Virtual Astronomy Program (ages 6-12)

Autistic youth are invited to join us on a highly visual and educational five-week program with a professional astronomer from Astronomy in Action to guide you through the cosmos! Each week we venture farther into the universe as we explore the night sky, constellations, planets, stars, galaxies, and so much more! We encourage participants to guide our adventure through curiosity and questions!

Sessions:

1. What's in the sky - Constellations, finding planets, stargazing, telescopes.
2. Earth Moon and Sun - movements, eclipses, aurora
3. Planets and the Solar System
4. The Galaxy - Star lives, nebulae, star clusters, and the Milky Way
5. The Universe - Black Holes and Pulsars, distant galaxies, the Big Bang.

Registration Fee: $5.00 (no refunds) *Register only once per family (one screen).

Online: Through Zoom, link will be sent after registration

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Dates: Wednesdays, February 21, 28; March 6, 13, 20, 2024

Register here: https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9213

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for this ALL AGES event!Join us for a fun, sensory movie experience for the whole family, featurin...
02/06/2024

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for this ALL AGES event!

Join us for a fun, sensory movie experience for the whole family, featuring Rayman’s Big Movie, at Galaxy Cinemas in Guelph!

Rayman, a magical limbless creature renowned for his courage and determination, teams up with his friends to save his world from various villains.

This is a sensory friendly movie experience for all ages!

Registration: $5.00 (no refunds)

Location: Galaxy Cinemas Guelph, 485 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, ON N1K 1E9

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2024

https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9286

OPEN PROVINCE WIDEVirtual Yoga with Tova - Caregiver & Child ProgramJoin us for a 6-week Virtual Yoga program led by Tov...
02/05/2024

OPEN PROVINCE WIDE

Virtual Yoga with Tova - Caregiver & Child Program

Join us for a 6-week Virtual Yoga program led by Tova Ralph, a certified yoga instructor who will support breathing and self-regulation skills used in class and practiced at home to help when self-regulation is needed.

Participants will learn body awareness, balance and how to adapt yoga to fit their body’s needs. Throughout this program, autistic children and their caregivers will engage in different themes, such as breathing exercises, body awareness, and self-regulation techniques. The sessions will be interactive, and participants can engage in various activities, including yoga poses, partner poses, books, crafts (a list of supplies will be sent out in advance), and mindfulness exercises.

Online: Through Zoom, link will be sent after registration

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Dates: Thursdays, February 22 – March 28, 2024

Registration Fee: $5.00 (no refunds)

Register your child and a caregiver: https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9290

Each April, people from across Ontario come together to show their support for autistic people. Join the fun and Celebra...
02/02/2024

Each April, people from across Ontario come together to show their support for autistic people. Join the fun and Celebrate the Spectrum with us in the lead-up to World Autism Day on April 2 and throughout the month of April.

Students are some of our most active supporters. In honour of them, we are launching the Celebrate the Spectrum School Giving Challenge in April. The school that raises the most will be eligible to win special recognition! Visit here to learn more about the challenge, and to register. https://celebratethespectrum.com/get-involved/

Last call for this Photography Art Program with Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery - starting Saturday!
01/29/2024

Last call for this Photography Art Program with Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery - starting Saturday!

Program in Kitchener-Waterloo: Central West – Four Week Photography Class for Teens 10-17

Snapshot: Introduction to Photography

Spend Saturdays at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery learning the art of portrait and street photography! Participants will learn basic techniques of studio lighting and scene creation to stage a portrait representing a dramatized alter-ego, as well as a classic studio self-portrait. We will learn how to create a compelling composition, work with existing light, and work with people before heading downtown to take some fabulous photographs. Working with cell phone cameras, this course offers tips and insights to tell a story in a singular image.

Participants must bring a cell phone with a working camera function.

Location: Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7

Dates: February 3 - 24, 2024 from 1-2 pm

Register: https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9283

Fly a Flag for Autism Awareness!!!Back by popular demand! Purchase a flag for $25 to use as the centerpiece in an autism...
01/23/2024

Fly a Flag for Autism Awareness!!!

Back by popular demand! Purchase a flag for $25 to use as the centerpiece in an autism awareness gathering. Fly your flag for the month of April, or on World Autism Day, April 2, 2024. All proceeds go to support the programs and services of Autism Ontario.

Pre-purchase your flag today! Flags will be mailed out starting in January 2024.

For more information https://celebratethespectrum.com/get-involved/

01/23/2024

We invite you to join Autism Ontario staff on January 24, from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, to discuss the support needs of parents and caregivers. This workshop will provide information on strategies for improving well-being and supporting with caregiver burnout.

We will discuss self-care strategies, self-compassion, mindfulness, and the importance of finding joy. We will also discuss how caregivers can make connections and access informal and formal support.

Register now: https://bit.ly/47M5Xqs

We have a few spots left for this 4 week photography course hosted by Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery.  For those that ma...
01/23/2024

We have a few spots left for this 4 week photography course hosted by Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery. For those that may be coming with younger children, KWAG even has a sensory/activity room! This opportunity will close in a few days so register now for this small group setting.

Program in Kitchener-Waterloo: Central West – Four Week Photography Class for Teens 10-17

Snapshot: Introduction to Photography

Spend Saturdays at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery learning the art of portrait and street photography! Participants will learn basic techniques of studio lighting and scene creation to stage a portrait representing a dramatized alter-ego, as well as a classic studio self-portrait. We will learn how to create a compelling composition, work with existing light, and work with people before heading downtown to take some fabulous photographs. Working with cell phone cameras, this course offers tips and insights to tell a story in a singular image.

Participants must bring a cell phone with a working camera function.

Location: Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7

Dates: February 3 - 24, 2024 from 1-2 pm

Register: https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9283

01/22/2024

This webinar introduces autism and neurodiversity. We will discuss autism and neurodiversity, the features of autism, and provide information on how autistic people may perceive and interact with their environment. We will also discuss how you can be an autistic ally, offering practical tips and strategies on how to create an inclusive environment and support autistic people in your home, school, or community.

This webinar can be helpful for anyone who interacts with autistic people, including caregivers, community partners, educators, and other professionals. At the end of the webinar, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and participate in a live Q&A session with a member of the Autism Ontario team.

Register now: https://bit.ly/40ZavI2

WONKA in OrangevilleThere are only 4 SEATS LEFT and registration will close tomorrow!Join us for a fun, sensory movie ex...
01/22/2024

WONKA in Orangeville

There are only 4 SEATS LEFT and registration will close tomorrow!

Join us for a fun, sensory movie experience for the whole family, featuring Wonka, at Galaxy Cinemas in Orangeville!

Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children's book and one of the best-selling children's books of all time, "Wonka" tells the wondrous story of how the world's greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved W***y Wonka we know today.

Location: Galaxy Cinemas Orangeville, 85 5th Ave, Orangeville, ON L9W 5B7

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2024 from 10 am - 12 pm

Registration: https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9234

Virtual Dino ExperinceExplore the process of fossilization and the differences between the types of fossils through this...
01/19/2024

Virtual Dino Experince
Explore the process of fossilization and the differences between the types of fossils through this virtual event. Follow the journey of a fossil from its discovery, excavation in the field, and preparation at the Museum.
Cost: Free
When:January 30th,5:00pm- 6:00pm
Register now at: https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?id=9293&reset=1
Please reach out to Kim at [email protected] for any questions.

Hello Autism Community of Central West!We are starting to plan events for spring and summer for the Central West region....
01/18/2024

Hello Autism Community of Central West!

We are starting to plan events for spring and summer for the Central West region. This includes Burlington, Oakville and Milton; Mississauga and Brampton; Orangeville and Dufferin; Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo; and the Wellington Guelph area.

As always, we like to ask you what your wish list is in programs and supports for your autistic children, for you as an autistic adult and of course, caregivers.

If you have some ideas or even general feedback, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at our main email: [email protected]. We cannot always accommodate, but we will do our best to support your family needs and your family's autism journey.

For those wondering how to get information about our events they are always posted on the website/events, here on Facebook and in our newsletter at www.autismontario.com/newsletter

Program in Kitchener-Waterloo:  Central West – Four Week Photography Class for Teens 10-17Snapshot: Introduction to Phot...
01/18/2024

Program in Kitchener-Waterloo: Central West – Four Week Photography Class for Teens 10-17

Snapshot: Introduction to Photography

Spend Saturdays at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery learning the art of portrait and street photography! Participants will learn basic techniques of studio lighting and scene creation to stage a portrait representing a dramatized alter-ego, as well as a classic studio self-portrait. We will learn how to create a compelling composition, work with existing light, and work with people before heading downtown to take some fabulous photographs. Working with cell phone cameras, this course offers tips and insights to tell a story in a singular image.

Participants must bring a cell phone with a working camera function.

Location: Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7

Dates: February 3 - 24, 2024 from 1-2 pm

Register: https://www.autismontario.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9283

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