Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness and Acceptance Opportunities at the OCDSB  

Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects one in 66 children. It occurs in all racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups and affects the way people interact and communicate with those around them. Each child and adult with ASD is unique and has their own strengths, gifts and support needs.

The month of April is recognized as World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, and in Canada, the month of October is recognized as Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. In addition, World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day is recognized on April 2nd. The goal of these dates is to help in the building of stronger, more inclusive communities for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 

In recognition of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month in April of 2021, the OCDSB hosted a virtual speaker series for OCDSB families and staff. Recordings of the sessions can be viewed below, and we have included additional resources for families as well.

2021 Autism Awareness Virtual Speaker Series 

In this session, Dr. Jed Baker discussed strategies to support how to handle restricted activities, remote learning, and altered school routines. Download the presentation slides (PDF).

In this session, Dr. Jed Baker discusses strategies to motivate individuals to learn, ways to teach social skills, and how to generalize skills and increase acceptance. Download the presentation slides (PDF).

In this panel discussion, a Community Agencies Panel shares information on supporting families in navigating services and supports locally. The discussion is based around child/youth case management and developmental services. Panelists include Kelsey McDaniel, Autism Ontario; Crystal Betton-Janes, Service Coordination Support; and MarieJosee Samson, Developmental Services Ontario.

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