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Concert Fundraiser

 

Join us for an evening of music celebrating Art Rock’s infatuation with Classic Music. Performances will be in both genres.

Friday, November 2, 2018

D.F. Cook Recital Hall at Memorial University’s School of Music

Doors Open 7pm and Show Starts at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $30 and includes a $20 tax receipt.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

Active for Autism

ACTIVE FOR AUTISM

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Active for Autism occurs every year in October during Autism Awareness Month. It is one of our most popular events and encourages families and friends to get together, get active, and raise funds and awareness for the ASNL! Active for Autism occurs in close to a dozen places all across the province every year! For more information on how to volunteer, sponsor, or take part in an Active for Autism event in your area, please contact your local ASNL office.

Join us on Sunday October 14th, 2018 and get Active for Autism!

ASNL provides individuals of all ages a place to socialize, learn, and feel safe. Contributions from the community are used for the many programs and services we offer at our centres in St. John’s, Clarenville, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook. Our Parent Support Groups in many areas of the province also benefit from the generous support we receive from the community.

Registration is $25.

Please note a change the registration procedure, it is the same as it was last year but different from previous years. We are delighted to see how much Active for Autism has grown, the support our community shows is outstanding. However, this growth has made the morning registration process quite hectic for families, particularly those coming with kids on the autism spectrum.  Waiting in line, large crowds and general hustle and bustle can be really overwhelming, which is why this year the registration process is as follows:

Registration is open now and can be done online or in person at The Elaine Dobbin Centre daily Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Thursday October 11th at 9am-7pm.

Registration closes Friday, October 12th at promptly 12pm to be eligible for top earner prizes. Any donations not submitted by then will not go towards your individual/team totals announced Sunday at the event.

With your help, we can continue to help the many participants and families affected by autism spectrum disorder throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Thank you so much for your support!

 

Avalon Region Walk For Autism 

St. John’s

  • Sunday, October 14th. Registration 9am and walk begins at 10:30am at the Elaine Dobbin Centre, 70 Clinch Crescent
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Avalon!
  • Registration is open now and can be done online or in person at The Elaine Dobbin Centre daily Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Thursday October 11th at 9am-7pm.
  • Registration closes Friday, October 12th at promptly 12pm to be eligible for top earner prizes. Any donations not submitted by then will not go towards your individual/team totals announced Sunday at the event.
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Active for Autism St. John’s Map

Whether it’s your first time participating or your 13th, we want to ensure you have a great experience. We have created this visual to help you navigate the property and what to expect on the day of Active for Autism.

Please note:

  • You can park your vehicle at the Health Science Indigo Parking lot adjacent to ours. There is a path that leads you to the Centre.
  • Porta-potties are located to the left of the main ASNL building.
  • There is a designated quiet space located behind the ASNL building on the back deck.
  • There will be a Fall Fair located in The Pantry, with merchandise from ASNL, Pipers and Stella & Dot.
  • Registration for the walk is at the Warehouse.
  • The Loop of Fun around the Greenhouse will include temporary tattoos with Parks Canada, Plinko, Face Painting and Balloon Animals.
  • There is a Fall themed photo station in the Sensory Garden for family and friends to take pictures.
  • There will be bean bag toss, egg race and freeze dance games halfway along the Long Pond Trail route to keep the little ones motivated!
  • We kindly ask you to leave your pet dogs at home as many kids and adults in attendance are afraid of dogs. Service animals welcome.

Harbour Grace

Renews

  • Sunday, October 14th. Starts at 3:30pm at Clara and Douglas’s House

Eastern Region Walk For Autism 

Bonavista

  • Saturday, October 13th. Registration at 1pm and walk begins at 1:30pm at All Saints Bonavista, 13 Templeman’s Road
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Bonavista!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Clarenville

  • Sunday, October 14th. Registration 9:30am and walk begins at 10:30am at the Shoal Harbour Causeway Loop
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Clarenville!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Marystown

  • Sunday, October 14th. Registration 1pm and walk begins at 2pm at the Marystown Track & Field Complex

South Central Region Walk For Autism 

Gander

  • Saturday, October 13th. Registration at 10am and walk begins at 10:30am at Fraser United Church Hall, 1 Brouchen Street
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – South Central!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Grand Falls-Windsor

  • Sunday, October 14th. Registration at 1pm and walk begins at 1:30pm at ASNL South Central Office, 7 High Street
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – South Central!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Baie Verte

  • Saturday, October 13th. Registration at 10am and walk begins at 10:30am at the Baie Verte Town Square.
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Baie Verte!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Western Region Walk For Autism 

Corner Brook

Share your own personalized fundraising page on Facebook, Twitter, your website, or by email!

For more information about the Active for Autism event please contact ASNL Headquarters at 709-722-2803 or by email: info@autism.nf.net

Stay tuned for information on other ASNL walks across Newfoundland & Labrador!

Dr. Jonathan Weiss Public Lecture Sessions

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CAN REGISTER FOR THE EVENT AT DOOR AFTER ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS.

Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador Presents:

Dr. Jonathan Weiss, PhD

Public Lecture Sessions on Tuesday, October 2 at the Health Sciences Auditorium, MUN School of Medicine

Session 1

9:00am – 11:45am

Autism & Mental Health

Combining psychosocial interventions within a framework of positive development can help those with autism thrive. People with autism often struggle with managing anxiety, anger, or depression, and increasingly, interventions are being used to help address these difficulties. However, these treatments are best provided within a context of promoting thriving and positive growth more generally in people across the spectrum. The current lecture will review the ingredients needed for thriving, will provide examples of cases where this is already occurring, and how evidence-based interventions fit within this model.

Session 2

1:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Addressing Bullying in Youth with Autism

Children with autism often experience bullying at school, and it is important that parents and professionals work together to address this problem. This workshop reviews ways of supporting youth who are experiencing bullying to increase their coping skills and to help stop the problem from happening in the future. Effective interventions require knowledge and a team approach, and the current workshop discusses what children can do, and what adults can do, to make everyone feel more safe. Please note this session is tailored to the adults who support youth with ASD; not for the individuals experiencing the bullying themselves.

These are independent lecture sessions; no refreshments or meals provided. A 15-minute break will occur midway through each session.

Dr. Jonathan Weiss, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University and Clinical Psychologist. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto, Dept. of Psychiatry, and held the federal Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research. He currently holds a York Research Chair in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disability Mental Health. His research focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with autism or intellectual disabilities across the lifespan. He conducts studies into how people with developmental disabilities access mental health care, and is interested in their health service needs, their emergency service use, and their experiences of psychiatric crisis.

REGISTER HERE

Harvest of Hope

We invite you to come grow with us!

Our Second Annual Harvest of Hope is on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

We invite you to come grow with us! Enjoy an evening of great food, music and friends while helping us reach our fundraising target and provide more support to those affected by ASD.

To purchase your ticket(s) online now please CLICK HERE

Dress casual, come with friends! Celebrate our Second Annual Harvest of Hope, at the Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 7:30pm – midnight.

Mingle, socialize, renew acquaintances. Support ASNL’s mission by participating in silent and live auctions.

Chef Brenda Lee of The Pantry Café serves local fresh food and Hors D’oeuvres provided by Good Roots Gardening. Tasty dessert chocolate is provided by The Newfoundland Chocolate  Company. Complimentary champagne and wine is provided by Charton-Hobbs; and Quidi Vidi Brewery provides complimentary craft beer. Guest entertainers are The Once, and the evening ends with a dance.

You can support ASNL by purchasing individual $300 tickets for yourself, family, friends, top employees and/or preferred clients. Each ticket purchase receives a $200 tax receipt.

If interested in sponsoring this event, please review our Sponsorship Opportunities.

To reserve your tickets or commit to sponsorship, please contact:

Jennifer Brown

Coordinator, Fundraising & Events

E: jbrown@autism.nf.net

T: 722-2803 ext. 232

 

Thank you to our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Harvest Moon Sponsor

Golden Harvesters

 

 

2018/2019 Program Registration

Program registration for 2018/2019 is now closed.

The Program Semester will run from Monday, September 17th, 2018 to Saturday, June 22nd 2019, unless otherwise stated.

To view the program changes that are starting in the Fall please click HERE

 

Group C & D Meetups

JULY 19, 2018

UPDATE: ASNL Summer Group C & D Meetups will now take place at the Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism instead of Mini Golf due to the weather. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Learn-To-Camp

You are invited to this once in a lifetime opportunity in Gros Morne National Park!

Create camping memories with your family in a spectacular natural setting

Learn new camping & related skills

Discover and connect to Canada’s authentic natural place

Join the adventure July 28 – 29, 2018
The fun begins in the afternoon Saturday and the departure is after breakfast Sunday.

What is Learn to Camp? A fun filled program that teaches you everything you need to know about camping (and more!) and provides you with all the tools you need to do it. Includes an evening campfire, catered breakfast and activities for the whole family. Learn to Camp program is free of charge.

Book early! This unique opportunity is limited to just 30 people. (Open to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families and caregivers.)

How to register
Complete the Registration Form and submit to: cynthia.nicolle@pc.gc.ca before July 6, 2018

More Information

We hope to see you there!

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Vous êtes invités à participer à cette activité unique au parc national du Gros-Morne

Créez des souvenirs de camping mémorables avec votre famille dans un environnement naturel unique

Apprenez de nouvelles techniques de camping

Découvrez et créez des liens avec des lieux naturels et culturels uniques au Canada

Vivez l’aventure le 28 au 29 juillet 2018
La fête débute le samedi midi et le départ est prévu après le déjeuner dimanche

Initiation au Camping… L’événement présentera des ateliers mettant l’emphase sur les habiletés telles que comment monter une tente ou comment cuisiner en plein air. Les participants pourront se laisser inspirer par les programmes d’interprétation et autres activités offertes par Parcs Canada et s’émerveiller devant des paysages à couper le souffle et des trésors naturels uniques. Apprendre à camper est gratuit

Réservez tôt! Cette activité est limitée à  30 personnes. Ouvert aux personnes atteintes de troubles du spectre autistique (TSA) et à leurs familles et leurs soignants.

Inscription
Veuillez remplir le Inscription Formulaire au camping et le soumettre à cynthia.nicolle@pc.gc.ca avant le 6 juillet 2018.

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Flower Sale

Flower Sale!

Date: Monday-Friday; ongoing until sold-out!

Time: 9am – 3:30pm

Location: 70 Clinch Crescent, St. John’s, NL

Items for sale:

  • Window boxes handmade by Transitions participants
  • Hanging baskets
  • Select Herbs (Basil, Rosemary, Mint)
  • Select greenhouse vegetables (tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplant)
  • Custom flower planter and container filling. Come see us for an estimate!

The purchase of any plant(s) support our second social enterprise, Good Roots Gardening. Good Roots Gardening provides opportunity and work experience to people on the autism spectrum. Good Roots Gardening grows produce in garden beds and greenhouse for The Pantry Cafe, sells flowers and plants to the community, and waters indoor plants at local workplaces. For more information, please email goodroots@autism.nf.net.

Motorcycle Rides for Autism

Eastern Ride for Autism:

The Sherry Leyte Memorial Ride will take place on July 28th, 2018. For details, please email tgosse@autism.nf.net

 

Avalon Ride for Autism:

We are excited to have the Harley Owners Group host this year’s Avalon Motorcycle Ride for Autism!

This year’s Avalon Motorcycle Ride for Autism is taking place on Saturday, July 14th beginning at Mile 1 Harley Davidson in Mount Pearl.

Registration to ride is $25 and begins at 8:30AM on the day of the event. Registration includes a raffle ticket on a $30,000 Hickman Motors Voucher!

Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $20 at the Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism and at Mile 1 Harley Davidson. Draw date is August 4th, 2018.

This year’s route: Leave Mile 1 Harley Davidson at 11AM and travel to Bay Roberts via Peacekeepers Way and Old CBS Highway with a stop at Tim Hortons. Return via Veterans Memorial Highway and TCH, arriving back at Mile 1 Harley Davidson for 2:30PM.

Download your pledge sheet here!

Rain date: Sunday, July 15th, 2018.

Michael Scott Memorial Scholarship

The Michael Scott Memorial Scholarship valued at $1000 annually. It is awarded to one graduate of a senior high school in Newfoundland and Labrador with officially diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Michael Scott Memorial Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Reside in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming challenges
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Be graduating high school and entering a post-secondary institution in the fall of 2018
  • Maintain a minimum grade percentage of 65 with a graduation diploma that is either Distinction, Academic, or General
  • Be accepted into an accredited program or curriculum at a NL College or University as a full-time student
  • Have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Applicants for the Michael Scott Memorial Scholarship are required to complete the application in its entirety.  The Autism Society, Newfoundland Labrador, will use the application to evaluate you as a candidate. Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be considered.

 

Download the scholarship application form below

Scholarship Application Form 2018

E-mail your completed application and supporting documents by July 27, 2018 to: Kendra Lane, Director of Operations, at klane@autism.nf.net

The successful recipient will be notified by August 17, 2018.

Our Second Social Enterprise- Good Roots Gardening

With Good Roots We Can Grow!

Good Roots Gardening is the second social enterprise brought to you by Autism Society NL. We grow produce in garden beds and our greenhouse for The Pantry Cafe, we sell flowers and plants to the community and we water indoor plants at local workplaces! This enterprise give opportunity and work experience to people on the autism spectrum. Stay tuned for more information as we approach spring and be sure to follow us on Instagram @goodrootsgardening to stay in the loop!