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					                                                  Newsletter for May 10, 2011
                                                        Editor: Shirley Harshaw

                                                     1168 Drouillard, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1
                                                    Phone: (519) 250-1893 Fax: (519) 250-4957

Important: Applications for Family Funding are included with this newsletter,
which must be filled out and the original must be returned to us before June 10,
2011. No faxes, emails or scanned copies will be accepted.

          Will be held on Friday June 3, 2010 at the Caboto Club at 6:00 p.m.
           for ALL members of Autism Ontario Windsor Essex Chapter.
The meeting will include the annual Treasurer’s Report, a recap of the past year and plans for the new year,
                       Awards and election of the new Chapter Leadership Council.
 Awards will be given out to the winners of those nominated for Educator and Support Staff for Catholic,
   Public, French and Private Schools. Also the RAGADO award, Community Service Award, and Gala
                               Committee member Awards will be given out.

       Dinner will be served so please phone the office if you will be attending.

To follow are the biographies of the people who have submitted their names for nomination of the
2011/2012 Chapter Leadership Council. You will be given a ballot at the meeting and you must check off
“Yes” or “No” for each name. Remember you must be a member in good standing in order to
vote so please make sure your membership is up to date.

Biographies for Nominees of 2011-2012 Chapter Leadership Council
Julie Bondy: I am a local Real Estate Sales representative with Manor Windsor Realty Ltd. I have two children, Hunter who is 9
and has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not otherwise Specified, and is under the Autism
Spectrum, and Lauren is a “normal” functioning child of 5. I graduated from the University of Windsor in 1997 with an Honours
Bachelor of Commerce Degree, specializing in marketing. Excelling in sales, I have been a local Realtor since 2003 and have been
the Top saleswoman at Manor Realty on a consistent basis. I do a Toy Drive for the Ron Bondy Children’s Aid Society each year
to teach core values to my children. I have been the Treasurer on the Chapter Leadership Council for the past year and would
like to submit my biography to run again this year. I love to help give back to the Autism community for all the support Hunter
has received from our awesome network here in Windsor. With many contacts and a special understanding of marketing and
fundraising, I feel that I can be a great asset to our local chapter here in Windsor. Thank you for your consideration.
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Michael Brophey: My name is Michael Brophey. I was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, and I earned honours degrees in
both Political Science and Criminal Justice from Wayne State University. I have worked professionally as a social worker, family
coach, family service worker and a teacher over the past 10 years. I have a 4-year-old daughter, Lilo, and I have sole parental
custody of her. In early 2009, Lilo was diagnosed as ‘severely autistic’. I left my job as a teacher in Istanbul to come home to seek
treatment for her. In the past two and a half years, I have been trained as an ABA therapist through the Summit Centre’s Unity
Program and I have accessed and utilized many community resources, such as support from Autism Ontario, Realize Community
Potential Program, Thames Valley Children’s Centre, Children First, ASI and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. I
have been home in a full-time therapist/support role for my daughter for the past two years, attending community programs,
attending parent support groups, guest lecturing for graduate students at the University of Windsor and advocating for parents to
take an immersive and active role in the care of their children, especially younger children diagnosed with ASD.
Lilo has made amazing and unexpected gains, which I attribute to the hard work of myself and everyone involved in her
upbringing and therapy, both from family supports and from the professional therapy of behaviour therapists, social workers,
psychologists and other professionals. I can empathize with parents, from dealing with a new diagnosis to dealing with day-to-day
life challenges. I believe I would be a positive advocate for families and would work to maximize relationships with community
partners. I am motivated, available and ready to commit the time needed to work effectively as a member of the Chapter
Leadership Council 2011/2012.

Livia Congi: My name is Livia Congi and I have been happily married for 10 years. I am a proud parent of four wonderful
children, with the oldest having autism. For the past 2 years I have been an active volunteer with the Peel chapter of Autism
Ontario. Before then I also served as a committee member of the Autism Gala in Windsor. For several years I have been
involved in IBI programs. Continuing education and attending workshops to learn more about the field. It would be an honour to
be elected as a member of the leadership council and be given the opportunity to help support families in the community while
promoting autism awareness.

Andrea Elachkar: My name is Andrea Elachkar. I was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. I have been married for 10 years
and am a mother of two. I am currently working for the Summit Centre for Preschool Children with Autism. I have been on the
Chapter Leadership Council of Autism Ontario Windsor Essex Chapter for the past 2 years, which has been fulfilling in so many
ways. I have been involved with planning of the summer picnic, the Holiday Party, the “Give Your Heart to Autism” Gala and the
Pasta dinner. The cause is very near and dear to my heart as I am a proud mother of a child who is on the spectrum. I am
greatly appreciative for the consideration to serve the local community once again with your acceptance.

Izzy Faraci: Hello my name is Izzy Faraci. I have a beautiful wife named Violet and two awesome boys named Stefan who is 17
and has autism and our youngest Jason who is 11. I have been a Certified Financial Planner for the past 20 years. Currently I am
the Senior Financial Advisor at Manulife Securities. In the past year I have served as the Co-President of Autism Ontario
Windsor Essex Chapter, and as the Vice President for two years previous to that. I have been the Co-Chair of the Gala
Committee for the past 11 years and my wife has been very actively involved on this committee also. I have assisted in the
planning of the various activities and fundraisers we have throughout the year. I have many contacts in the community which can
be beneficial at times. I would like to submit my name to run again this year so I can continue to make a difference in the lives of
individuals with Autism in this community.

Rita Miceli: My name is Rita Miceli and I was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. I am very happily married to my husband
John Miceli and I am a proud mother of four children, one of whom has autism. I attended the University of Windsor, where I
earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree. I am also a specialist in French and have Special
Education qualifications. I am currently an educator for the Greater Essex County District School Board where I have been for
the past 18 years. Also, I am presently co-cordinator and instructor in the Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate program at
St. Clair College. I was a past member of the Executive Committee, and a member at large for ASO (Windsor/Essex Chapter)
for a number of years. I have been honoured to serve as co-president and vice president of Autism Ontario. I have also been a
co-chair for the Give your Heart to Autism Gala and have served on this committee for the past nine years. My daughter and I
began the AO Calendar fund raising initiative, which has proven to be a successful project. My husband and I along with Bill
Spadafora and Izzy Faraci are on the Hands On Committee, which is committed to providing opportunities for all persons with
Autism in a training and working capacity. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the team at our Windsor/Essex Chapter.
Together, I hope we can work to address the concerns families faced with autism have to endure, and hope to make an impact
on a greater quality of life for our Autism community. I hope to continue raising funds, awareness and advocating for persons
with autism. I would like to serve our AO members by continuing to be a part of the Chapter Leadership Council for the
upcoming year. Thank you.
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Kruno Ozvald: Hello Everyone! My name is Kruno Ozvald and I have been a member of AO for about 10 years now. I am
married to Anja and have 3 wonderful kids, Adam, Paige and Kyle, who was diagnosed with severe autism 10 years ago. I spent
one year on the Executive Board in 2001/02 and at the time found it difficult to put in all the energy that I wanted to. I decided
instead to run a golf tournament to raise awareness about this epidemic and to also raise some money to help out our families
through the Summer Support program. I have been running the Oz for Autism Golf Tournament for 7 years now and have
donated all of our proceeds to our local chapter over that time. Since retiring about a year ago, I have found time now to get a
little more involved and help out this committee who over the last few years has been doing a wonderful job raising awareness,
putting our kids into wonderful working programs and raising large amounts of money to help us all out.

Trudy Richards: Hello, My name is Trudy Richards. I graduated from the University of Windsor in 1994 with a Bachelor in
Psychology. I then moved to B.C. and worked for the Ministry for Children and Families in several capacities. One of the
positions I held was as a caseworker to families with children with severe disabilities. I moved back to Windsor in 2004 and
began employment with the City of Windsor as a Case worker with the Ontario Works program, (Social Assistance). I am
currently working toward my Masters in Social Work at the University of Windsor part time. My husband and I are raising our
grandson Kyle, who is 6 ½ years old and was identified as being on the Autism Spectrum in November of last year. I am
currently a voting member on the board of directors with the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario in Windsor. I would
like to be considered for the Chapter Leadership Council because this is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, having a child
on the spectrum has educated me on the vast amount of need in our community for services and advocacy groups. I would
consider it an honour to serve on the Chapter Leadership Council.

Bill Spadafora: Hello my name is Bill Spadafora. I have been married to my wife Fran for 18 years and we have two beautiful
children, Jessica & Christopher. I work in the Payroll Dept for the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board. I have been a
member of the CLC since 2006 and I am currently serving as Co-President. In the previous years I have held the position of
Treasurer and as the Events Co-ordinator. For the past 6 years I have organized the annual Summer Picnic and Christmas Party
along with my fellow CLC members and have enjoyed doing these events. I have also participated in many of the other
fundraising events for Autism Ontario Windsor Essex Chapter. My wife and I have also served on the Gala Committee for the
past 9 years, in which I served as co-chair for the Give your Heart to Autism Gala 2008-2011 and have been fully responsible for
the volunteers and silent auction for the past 6 years. Although we do not have autistic children of our own, we have many
friends that do and have seen how it affects their everyday lives and that has inspired me to help out in any way that I can. I have
enjoyed my time with Autism Ontario Windsor Essex and have felt that I have been an asset and support to this Chapter. I
would like to submit my name to run for the Chapter Leadership Council in the 2011/2012 year.

Support Workers - Are you looking for a worker or a therapist – Did you know that Rita Miceli and Cristina Angileri
teach the Autism Behavioural & Sciences Program at St. Clair College and may be able to connect you with a person who has
ABA knowledge and training. For more info. email Rita at or or if you prefer
contact Shirley at the office, as there are many resumes on file with people who are eager to work with persons with Autism.

CALENDARS – 2012 – If you still have money outstanding for calendars, please submit it to the office.
                                   Any money that is owed will be deducted from your family funding.
We are working on our 2012 calendar, which will be for 16-months. We are requesting that you send pictures by email to Rita
Miceli at or Shirley at or drop them off at the office. Each picture must be
accompanied by a photograph waiver form which is on our website or can be emailed directly to you or picked up at the office.
We are also looking for any drawings done by our children, sayings, quotes or educational sites that you would like to see
included in the calendar. We will need this info before May 31, 2011.

SPONSORSHIP for Calendars - We are also accepting sponsorships for our upcoming 2011-2012 calendar.
You can advertise your business and/or services by making a donation for $150.00. This is a great opportunity to get your name
out to the community and generate some business.

Autism 411 – Our office is attempting to compile a directory of all of our members in our Autism Ontario family that
would like to include their name or business name so that other members can consult the directory when looking for services in
our community. We have Lawyers, Accountants, Real Estate Agents, Financial Planners, Plumbers, Mechanics etc.... in our AO
membership and what better place to look first when you are trying to find a reputable professional or business. If you would
like to have your business name or your name and your professional occupation included in our directory, please foward an email
or call Shirley with the information. We will also need to know the address & phone number of where you can be reached.
Once completed, this directory will be made available to all members of the Autism Ontario Windsor-Essex Chapter for your
use or for family members use. Please forward all information before May 31, 2011.
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                                                                GOLF TOURNAMENT
    WHEN: SUNDAY, JUNE 26th 2011, AT 9:00 a.m.

                               Autism Outreach Monthly

EVENTS -             Come and see Po and all his friends in Kung Fu Panda 2 on May 28th at Lakeshore
Cinemas. The doors open at 10am and the movie will start promptly at 10:30. As usual, the sound will be
at half volume, there will be no commercials or previews and the side lights will be on. The theatre will be
open just to children with autism and their families. These events are one of the more expensive events we
host, but also one of the most popular. So, in order to be able to do more than one or two a year, we are
asking for $5 a person and that you only bring immediate family members or respite workers. All children
will still get a free kids combo. To register for this event, please log on to and fill out the online form! We are encouraging as many people
as possible to use this option, as the office is quite busy these days and going online guarantees your spot
with a quick process. However, if you cannot access the online registration, you can also call Shirley at
519-250-1893. NOTE: At all events, a parent/worker must be present with the child/children at all times!


All About Autism – June 8th – Sexuality
We will discuss ways to talk to people with ASD about sexuality and how to teach what is private versus
public behaviour. Please phone Autism Services at 519-966-7283 to register.
County Support Group -May 26, 6-7:30 pm: This is a new group run by parents of children with
ASD who are out in the county. They will be meeting at, Love Bug Children’s Store, at 269 Erie St. S in
Leamington. This month, they are even hoping to have a speaker!
High Functioning Group-May 16, 7:00 pm: This group is for parents of children anywhere on the
spectrum. It is held on the 3rd Monday of each month at St. Matthew’s Church, 1600 Norfolk Road. Call
Ann at 972-8381 for more info or Barb at 972-9277.

Summit Centre Support Group - May 30, 5:00 pm: There are sibling groups running at the
same time as the parent support groups, so you do not have to worry about child care for the siblings of
the person with ASD. Call 255-1195 to confirm date and time, as well as to register.
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                            Windsor Essex Chapter - Family Funding Program Operational Policy

                                         1168 Drouillard Rd., Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1
                                    Phone: (519) 250-1893 Email:

Purpose: The purpose of this funding program is to provide recreational opportunities in areas where Chapters do
not run camps or choose not to run camps. Autism Ontario Windsor Essex Chapter will provide funding (amount is yet
to be determined) towards the cost of summer recreational programming. For those individuals who are unable to
attend a recreation program due to their level of functioning or due to local unavailability of a suitable program, funding
for a support worker for non-therapeutic programs or respite may be an option. This program is open to all individuals
with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Family Funding Program Criteria
1) Individual Recreational Experience - these funds are available for use by individuals with ASDs.
 Funding is available per individual with ASD for a recreational experience within Ontario example: residential or
   local day camp, swimming lessons, etc.) This amount is yet to be determined depending on how many
   applications we receive.
 Parents (or individuals themselves) must apply for separate funding for each individual who has a diagnosis of
   ASD and wishes to access a recreational summer program
 Funding should be used within the camping season from July 1st to August 31st but exceptions can be made.
   Please contact the office to make arrangements if necessary.

2)   Individual Recreational Experience Funding DOES NOT COVER:
    Transportation costs to and from the recreational program
    Childcare for other dependents.
    Admission fees for attractions (eg: Canada’s Wonderland, Museum, Monkeytown, Yo-Yo’s or Jungaroo etc.,)
    The cost of equipment such as Trampolines, DynaVox, Video Cameras etc.

3) Support Worker Funding
 This option is available for use by individuals with ASDs who are unable to attend a recreational experience due to
    program unavailability or unsuitability. There must be a letter attached to the application outlining why the
    individual cannot attend a recreational program. The local committee will review your request. To be considered
    for support worker funding you must already have searched for a recreational program for you child and been
    unable to find a program that can accommodate you because of program unavailability or unsuitability.

 If you are unable to use the approved funds, please contact your Chapter
 office as soon as possible so that others may utilize the funds.
                       Related Autism Ontario Board Executive Limitation Policy
Treatment of ASO Members and the General Public:
When interacting with ASO members General Public the (ED) Executive Director will not act in a way that
misrepresents the values of ASO, or jeopardizes the image of the Society that has been established or is being sought
by the board as a whole. Also, the ED will not cause or allow conditions that are unsafe, undignified, overly invasive,
or that fail to provide confidentiality or privacy. Specifically, the ED shall not:
1. Use application forms that elicit information for which there was no clear necessity.
2. Use methods of collecting, reviewing, transmitting, or storing client information that fail to protect against improper
     access to the material.
3. Maintain facilities that fail to provide a reasonable level of privacy.
4. Fail to establish with consumers a clear understanding of what may be expected and what may not be expected
     from the service offered.
5. Fail to inform consumers of this policy or to provide a grievance process to those who believe they have not been
     accorded a reasonable interpretation of their rights under this policy.
Ends Policy:Risk Management Ends Policy (Sept. 25, 2006)
Autism Ontario will be safer as a result of our documented plan to manage identified risks that may compromise
personal safety, organizational well-being and/or delivery of program/services. Autism Ontario includes: Board,
Chapter leadership, volunteers, staff, members, asset/property, reputation, users of programs/services.
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                      Family Funding Programs Application
                 (Application deadline is June 10th, 2011)
Available funds vary from year to year and are dependent on volunteer fundraising efforts. A sure
way to increase the funds available is to become involved in fundraising at the Chapter. For
information on volunteer opportunities within the Chapter, please call: 519-250-1893.

Individual’s Information – You must use a separate application for each individual applying.

Name:                                                 Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy):

Diagnosis:                                            Date of Report:
Please note: Only reports from Qualified Diagnosing Health Professionals will be accepted.

Parent/Guardian Information

City:                                   Province:                         Postal Code:
Phone (day):                                          Phone (other):
Would you like to be added to our email distribution list to receive news and updates from
Autism Ontario and Windsor Essex Chapter?         _______Yes ______No

Funding (amount to be determined) will be available for you to use for one of these options
or they can be combined if needed.

1) Individual Recreation Experience Funding (Use of Proposed Funds:)

2) Support Worker Funding
Letter Attached  Yes    No

To be considered for Support Worker Funding, you must have already searched for a recreational
program for your child and been unable to find a program that can accommodate your child
because of program unavailability or unsuitability. A letter outlining this must be attached.
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Payment Process for Family Funding Program
1. Fill out this application, include proof of diagnosis if we have not seen it before, and make sure
   to tell us what you plan to use the money for.
2. Everyone who turns in their application before the due date and has a diagnosis on the Autism
   Spectrum Disorder qualifies for the funding. We will only call you if there is a problem!!!!.
3. As soon as you have proof that you have used the entire amount of funding, turn in all original
   documents to the Windsor office (NO EMAILS FOR FAXES CAN BE ACCEPTED)
4. The Windsor office must fill in a cheque requisition and mail it to the Provincial office. The
   Finance department will issue the cheque to you, if you have paid out the money, or the money
   can be paid directly to the program or support worker if they give us an invoice.

Please note:
 The money should be used between July 1, 2011 and August 31, 2011. If this is not possible,
   please call the office and other arrangements can be made.
 Cheques will not be issued in advance of receiving receipts/invoices/timesheets.
 Membership in Autism Ontario is not required to access Family Funding, as per Canada
   Revenue Agency guidelines. However, the individual for whom the funds are intended must
   have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Release of Liability:
I understand that no information will be released without my authorization. I certify that the information provided in the
application is true, correct, and complete to the best of my ability. I will indemnify and save harmless Autism Society
Ontario (operating as Autism Ontario) and each of their officers, directors, employees, volunteers and agents, from and
against any and all claims, actions or demands, including without limitation reasonable legal and accounting fees,
alleging or resulting from my use of the family funding. I am aware that Autism Ontario neither supports nor endorses
any one camp or program. I am also aware that Autism Ontario does not endorse or train any individual for the purpose
of working one-on-one with my child. Autism Ontario complies with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic
Document Act (PIPEDA). All information gathered is stored in a confidential manner. To view Autism Ontario’s Privacy
Policy, please visit

Parent/Guardian Signature:                                                 Date:
Witness Signature:                                                         Date:

Office Use Only:

Diagnosis viewed by:________________________________Date Viewed: _______________________

Funding Approved: ________________________________ Amount Granted:_____________________

Authorizing Signature:______________________________ Date:_______________________________

Authorizing Signature:______________________________ Date:_______________________________

This document will be shredded on: _______________(7 years after application was

The original copy of this document must be returned to the Autism Ontario Windsor Essex
Office at 1168 Drouillard Road, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1 before June 10, 2011.

                   (Photocopies, faxes, and emails cannot be accepted.)

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