E-News November 20, 2008 Autism Ontario – Niagara Chapter On the Move Update! The end of January move date to the Goodwill, Stokes Site has been revised. We are now looking at April 1st date at the latest. We continue to seek funding and fundraising resources as well as ways to reduce the costs through in-kind donations and services. Builders and contractors can work on the project for Goodwill Niagara and donate part of their services to Autism Ontario- Niagara. We are also looking for donations of building materials. If you have any ideas to assist the chapter in raising funds or have connections to those that might provide in-kind services, please contact Sharon at the office, 905-682-2776. Attend the General Meeting on Dec. 2nd to hear an update. Ontario Parent Survey PPM-140/ PPM 140 Sondage Aux Parents The Ministry of Education established legislation in 2007 surrounding the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) methods and transition planning for students with ASD. They would like to know your opinion on how that is going in your child’s school. Click here to add your voice to this survey. This important survey closes Nov 30th. General MeetingTuesday December 2, 2008 6 p.m. at NPCC To be held at Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre, 567 Glenridge Avenue St. Catharines. at 6:00 p.m. Richard Hales has been invited to address “Forgotten”. Autism Ontario released its public policy paper "Forgotten Ontario Adults with Autism & Adults with Aspergers “ this November. Autism Ontario Adult Working Group includes Howard Weinroth, Dr. Jeanette Holden, Richard Hales and Tony Hill. Also hear an update on the chapter activities, future move, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Click here if you are planning to attend. It will help us prepare the space and refreshments. Last minute attendees are welcome. We still have chocolate bars!!! WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! Circumstances have us looking for new location(s) this year. Are you able to help us out by providing or connecting us to a location (i.e. Bank, hair salon, etc.) to sell up to 200 donated Nestles chocolate bars for the chapter? Please call Theresa at 905-682-2776 for further information. Support the Niagara Chapter and Autism Ontario. Click here to read why, and hear more about the chapter’s activities. November is our membership month. Most of our 182 members’ renewals come due in November. There are benefits to membership; however, membership is not a requirement to access our agency programs and services. Consider Becoming a member Giving a membership gift or a supporter gift for Christmas Making a donation to support Chapter activities. Letters have been sent to many of our members especially those with fall renewal dates. Thank you to those who have already sent in your membership renewal. Please contact the office to sign up or renew your membership for November 2008 to November 2009 or consider a lifetime membership. SEAC Alternate is required. A SEAC Alternate for the NCDSB is needed – please contact the office, 905-682-2776 if you are interested in this position - thank you. Got to Love your Jewelry…. Come check out the new line of Autism Awareness Jewelry, Your choice of Sterling Silver Ribbon puzzle piece on Sterling silver wire, sterling covered wire, or rhodium plated chains, $20 each. Donations from the sales will be directed to the “Growth and Development Fund” A big Thank you to Ancient Beads (Rebecca Csuzdi) for the donation and the making of these items. P.S These items are selling fast. Limited quantities– do not be disappointed. RCP Events and Workshops LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR THE MOVIE!! Saturday, November 22 - 10:00 start, doors open at 9:30 a.m. Movie Morning - Madagascar 2 or High School Musical 3 Join us for FREE if you are a current member or pay only $5 per admission. Also, popcorn combos are available for only $5. Families can divide to see both movies, although parent supervision is required for all children. Click here to register your family! Monday, December 8th Autism Information Series Final Session – Ask the Doctor With NPCC and Bethesda, RCP is excited to offer a series of four education and discussion nights for families supporting children with ASD and is of particular interest to families who have recently received a new diagnosis. All four session will run again in the spring. Join us with Dr. B. Mahoney from McMaster Children’s Hospital on Monday, December 8th for our final night of this series! This event is at NPCC, 567 Glenridge Ave. St. Catharines and is FREE! Registration can be completed with Deb Reimer at NPCC – 905-688-1890, ext 122. Saturday, December 6th 1:00 – 3:00 pm Photos with Santa and Holiday shopping Visit an ASD-friendly Santa, take your time getting settled and get your photo taken for FREE! At Westminster Church, 180 Queenston St., St. Catharines (by St. Catharines General Hospital) For just a monetary donation, let your child come and shop for his/her immediate family in a supportive location without the hassles of the mall and hectic Christmas crowds. Registration will take place online, click here to register for Shopping and/or Photos. ***WE NEED DONATIONS FOR THIS EVENT! o candles, vases, purses, mugs, sports items for moms, dads and grandparents o toys, books, and games for children, preschoolers to teens o blankets, rattles, toys, and clothing for infants o pet toys and treats for all sizes o candy canes, tissue paper, and gift bags for wrapping o gift cards/certificates of any denomination to help us purchase gifts that we do not receive as donations. To arrange donation drop off/pick up, please contact the office 905-682-2776. Sunday, December 7th 2:00 – 4:00 pm WORKSHOP - What is ASD? For Extended Family Members This session is intended for aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, cousins, etc. who are looking to learn more about ASD and how to support their family members. If you have a family member with an ASD and would like to learn more, join us! Remember the holidays are fast approaching…what could be a better gift then showing that you want to help! Location: Autism Ontario - Niagara Chapter office, 60 James St., Suite 404 (corner of King and James) This event is free for those who pre-register. If there is interest in a children's session, children and adults will have a 45 minute session together, followed by an adult session while children are supported in another room by volunteers. Children’s session information is recorded on the registration form. Click here to register! RCP Events Still to come: School Holiday Christmas Break - Cheeky Monkey’s Indoor Playground, Ice Skating and more! Monday, January 12, 2009 – 7:00 pm – Educational Advocate, Lindsay Moir Boardmaker Program is available to use! Do you require additional visual supports for your child? The Boardmaker program is available for those wishing to make picture schedules, routine boards, and other visual supports. Autism Ontario Niagara Chapter, through the Realized Community Potential Program, has this Free service available to all families in the Niagara region. You are welcome to call and book time on the Mac system donated by RCP for family use. Would you like to learn more about any of your Chapter’s committees? You are invited to attend any committee meeting, but please RSVP before coming out to see what a committee is all about. Click here for committee information and more details. Note these upcoming Committee Meeting Dates: Program Committee Nov. 24th, 6:30 p.m. at the chapter office Awareness Committee TBA Fundraising Committee TBA Resource Committee – February TBA Family Funding Bursary Some of the funds raised by Autism Ontario – Niagara Chapter are specifically for the purpose of funding social programs and recreational activities for children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Call the office 905-682-2776 for more information and application forms. Bird Kingdom - Coupon rebate Program. Get out of the cold. Plan a family outing. A Tropical Adventure at the Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls, the World’s largest indoor aviary sounds like a lot of fun! The Chapter receives a rebate when you use the discount coupon. This $2 off coupon is available at the office .To date the chapter has received $278 in donations. Save Your Boston Pizza Receipts for the chapter! (Cash Back Program) Thank you….. to those who have dropped off their receipts to the office. We recently handed in over $1,000 in receipts. Keep collecting Boston Pizza receipts from family, friends, etc. Bring or send them to the office. We will continue to submit these receipts and receive a 10% rebate on all purchases before tax (dine in or take out) from participating locations: Morrison Ave., Niagara Falls and Ontario St. & Glendale Ave., St. Catharines. Thank You! To the Wee Care Day Care for donating the proceeds from your walk-a-thon this year. $2,251.60 was raised and donated to Autism Ontario – Niagara Chapter – THANK YOU! To the volunteers, that helped at the Seventh Annual Canal Bank Shuffle in Thorold. To those who choose to honour their loved one through a Memorial Donation. To the many volunteers who are the back-bone of Autism Ontario - Niagara Chapter Centre for Addiction & Mental Health Survey In partnership with Autism Ontario, a research team from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is interested in looking at the experiences of people with ASD and their families, when the family member with ASD has a crisis. A crisis can be any time when problems get very bad, or when you have to put a lot of effort into keeping things from getting out of control. Autism Ontario will share the results of the survey with the team to assist their research and to help justify the importance of funding this project. There are only 7 questions. PLEASE NOTE: This is anonymous. There is no way that Autism Ontario can find out who is responding. To participate, please use this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=p74Kk3paIi91s0lWu9s0Fg_3d_3d. Would you care to participate? Does your child with autism frequently engage in repetitive behaviours (such as hand washing, ordering, checking, counting, repeating words etc.), and/or display recurrent thoughts, impulses or images that cause your child marked anxiety or distress? If the above description resembles your child, he/she may be a good candidate for our treatment study! We are currently recruiting children with an official diagnosis of High Functioning Autism or Aspergers, who are also displaying frequent Obsessive and Compulsive Behaviour, to partake in a study designed specifically to target children with autism who display obsessive and compulsive behaviour. If you are interested in having your child participate, or would like additional information about the study, please contact Dr. Tricia Vause at 905-688-5550 ext. 3559, or email Tricia Vause at email@example.com. The following items are for your information only and are not necessarily directly related to, or supported by Autism Ontario. Disclaimer: It is important to do your own research and make your own informed decisions. Please note, Autism Ontario – Niagara Chapter does not endorse any specific therapy, product, treatment, strategy, opinions, service, or individual. We do, however, endorse your right to information. ~THE IDEAL ART CONTEST open until December 31, 2008 EXCLUSIVELY FOR PERSONS WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AND LIVING IN ONTARIO IDEAL-WAY.ca was founded by Robert Pio Hajjar, born with Down Syndrome. IDEAL-WAY is inviting all Autism Associations to help us find artists among these exceptional individuals. We believe that persons with Down syndrome, Autism, etc., can create art just like anybody else. Would you like to create some art such as a painting, drawing, photography or sculpture? Send us your best art in any style, on any subject. Any art created in 2008 is eligible for entry. The 2008 Contest is open to all ages. Two entries per person. This is a fun, FREE contest with many exciting prizes for lots of winners. There will be random draws of prizes for persons simply giving it a try and entering. Help IDEAL-WAY to showcase Ontario’s hidden talent, and help us to spread the word about the IDEAL ART Contest. Official Entry Form must accompany all entries. Visit www.ideal-way.ca for Official Entry Form, Rules, etc. or email Addie J. Daabous, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org tel: (416) -620-4500. ~Bethesda’s ASD Respite Services wants to remind families interested in applying for Flex Funds next quarter (January 1, 2009-March 31, 2009) that applications are due on or before December 1, 2008. The Flex Fund service is available for families who have difficulty accessing other respite services offered in the community. For more information and/or to complete an application, please contact Brianne Litke at Bethesda Services, 905-684-6918 x. 305. ~Autism Kidz Store – Families may wish to check out this site. click here ~Autism Speaks http://www.autismspeaks.org/docs/family_services_docs/100_day_kit.pdf This is a website that may help newly diagnosed families. ~Gluten Free Products are now available at Port Country Pantry, 50 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne. Phone: 298-836-9522 If you have any questions about the newsletter, have recently obtained an email address and would like to be added to the e-news list or would like to be removed from the mailing list, please contact the office at 905-682- 2776.
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