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New Position Statement Booklet

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Today, Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador (ASNL), released the third volume of its Position Statement Booklet, titled Issues That Matter. It details the organization’s advocacy priorities for improving the lives of those affected by autism, and their families.

In October 2018, ASNL surveyed families, adults with autism, and professionals about the issues that matter most to them. This booklet is a summary of the feedback that was received.

The booklet is divided into four sections. Each section provides ASNL’s position on priority issues and gives recommendations for service improvement.

  • Lifelong: Removal of IQ70; Continuity of Care; Access to Mental Health Services
  • Preschool: Timely Assessment and Diagnosis; 18-Month Screening; Timely Referral and Early Identification; Access to Therapeutic Services & Interventions; Improvements to the Early Intervention Program
  • School-Age: Transitioning into School, Between Grades and/or Schools, and Out of School; Public School Supports; Professional Development for Educators and Support Staff
  • Adult: Employment Equity; Post-Secondary Education Supports; Residential Options

Closure Notice

Due to the weather forecast, the Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism will close and all programming will end today at 2:30pm. Sorry for any inconvenience.

CherryNook Social Media Giveaway!

It’s the Season of Giving… and the Team at CherryNook has generously donated a stunning Custom Dresser to assist us in raising funds!

CherryNook has chosen the Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador as their charity of choice as they have a personal connection to the cause and see the benefit of assisting us in our goal of Nurturing Potential for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families and caregivers.

HOW TO QUALIFY:

1. Purchase your $20 ticket in support of Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador. The more tickets you purchase, the more chances you have to win! 

2. Like the original post on CherryNook’s Facebook or Instagram and let us know that you’ve donated in the comments by using the hashtags #CherryNookLiving #NurturingPotential

The Deadline to enter is Friday, December 21, 2018 at 12p.m. Draw will take place that same day at 2p.m.

ENTER TO WIN HERE

Disclaimer:

*No tax receipts can be issued because you are purchasing a chance to win.

**Dresser Customization Available in White Oak or Walnut Grain as well as your choice of Finish.

***Delivery of Dresser: January 2019

Gift of Giving

If you’ve been wondering what to give that special someone who seems to have everything, please consider making a donation to Autism Society NL this holiday season. Give the gift of giving and allow us to continue to be there for families in the upcoming new year.

GIVING LEVELS

AWARENESS – $25

Support autism understanding and acceptance in your community through a variety of campaigns.

Donate to ASNL Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism – St. John’s

Donate to ASNL Eastern Regional Office – Clarenville

Donate to ASNL South & Central Regional Office – Grand Falls-Windsor

Donate to ASNL Western Regional Office – Corner Brook

 

OUTREACH – $50

Fund an autism awareness outreach presentation to an interested group.

Donate to ASNL Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism – St. John’s

Donate to ASNL Eastern Regional Office – Clarenville

Donate to ASNL South & Central Regional Office – Grand Falls-Windsor

Donate to ASNL Western Regional Office – Corner Brook

 

FAMILY SUPPORT – $100

Make a difference to a family who is beginning their autism journey. Help us provide information and support to someone with a recent diagnosis.

Donate to ASNL Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism – St. John’s

Donate to ASNL Eastern Regional Office – Clarenville

Donate to ASNL South & Central Regional Office – Grand Falls-Windsor

Donate to ASNL Western Regional Office – Corner Brook

 

PROGRAM SUPPLIES – $200

Provide supplies to one of our many programs for one month. A donation of $1500 keeps programs supplied for an entire year.

Donate to ASNL Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism – St. John’s

Donate to ASNL Eastern Regional Office – Clarenville

Donate to ASNL Western Regional Office – Corner Brook

 

OPERATIONS – $500

Help us with a utility bill for one month.

Donate to ASNL Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism – St. John’s

Donate to ASNL Eastern Regional Office – Clarenville

Donate to ASNL South & Central Regional Office – Grand Falls-Windsor

Donate to ASNL Western Regional Office – Corner Brook

 

Giving Tuesday

Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador is taking part in the global #GivingTuesday movement on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. We are kindly asking the community to consider helping us on this special day.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

THE #GivingTuesday ASK – PROGRAM NEEDS

We offer a variety of programs and services for individuals with autism and are in need of supplies! Help us reach our goal of securing our wish list items for participants in our Social Group, Transitions and Adult Leisure programs. Check out our “Wish Lists” below – we encourage you to donate these specific items or make a donation to help us get them.

*If donating items, please drop-off at the Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism, 70 Clinch Crescent, St. John’s, NL anytime between 8:30am – 4:00pm Monday – Friday. If you make a monetary donation of $30 or more in person, we’ll gift you back with a book and hat – two great stocking stuffers!

SOCIAL GROUP WISH LIST

  • Paint
  • Foam Stickers
  • Glitter
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Water Beads
  • Foam Sheets
  • Construction Paper
  • Legos
  • Puzzles
  • Books
  • General Art Supplies
  • Laminating Rolls
  • Switch Games & Accessories
  • Nintendo DS Games
  • Markers & Crayons
  • iTunes Gift Cards for Apps on our Program iPads

TRANSITIONS WISH LIST

  • Pots, soil and lettuce seeds for upcoming Seedling Workshops

ADULT LEISURE GROUP WISH LIST

  • Science experiment materials (such as making your own volcano, blobs in a bottle, paperclip float, etc.)

BACKGROUND ON PROGRAMS

Social Group provides an opportunity for youth and adults with ASD to socialize with peers, try new activities, and share common interests with others in the community. Participants are grouped depending on age, ability, and interests to promote friendships, shared experience and peer support. All activities are supported by a staff member and volunteers. Ages Kindergarten entry and up.

Transitions aims to identify the strengths and interests of individual participants to better prepare them for employment and meaningful community involvement beyond high school. This program provides a full year of classroom learning, enriching community volunteerism and job shadowing to build the confidence and skill sets of young adults on the spectrum. This program is heavily involved with the operations of the Shamrock Garden Centre and includes gardening and greenhouse work and is funded through the Dept. of Advanced Education and Skills, Government of NL. Ages 18+.

Adult Leisure provides a safe and supportive environment for adults on the spectrum to discover new interests and socialize with peers. The program focuses on developing meaningful leisure skills that can then be incorporated into the participants daily life. Ages 18+ and suitable for those who are nonverbal or have merging language and experience significant barriers to community participation and peer group integration. 

BACKGROUND ON GIVING TUESDAY

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” is a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for their favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for Giving Tuesday.

GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners – nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals – to encouage and amplify small acts of kindness. Across Canada and around the world, #GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

EASTERN REGION

Concert Fundraiser

 

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

Set list includes Stevie Wonder, Queen and Led Zeppelin.

Friday, November 2, 2018

*Please note location change: Suncor Energy 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 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.

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.

Upcoming Active for Autism Walks:

Western Region Walk For Autism 

Corner Brook

  • Saturday, October 27th. Registration at 10am and walk from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Wellington Soccer Pitch.
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Western!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Stephenville

  • Sunday, October 28th. Registration at 10am and walk from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Bay St. George YMCA.
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Western!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Burgeo

  • Saturday, November 3rd. Registration at 1pm and walk begins at 2pm at the Burgeo Firehall.
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Western!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

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

 

PAST WALKS – You can still donate until October 31, 2018. Click here!

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

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

Annual General Meeting 2018 Details

Saturday, November 3rd  
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

LOCATIONS

St. John’s Gushue Hall

Prince Philip Drive 

*Please note: you can park in Area 15. To view the parking map, please click here

 

Grand Falls-Windsor ASNL’s South Central Office

7 High Street  

 

Clarenville – ASNL’s Eastern Regional Office

105 Manitoba Drive

*Please note:  location can be found around the back of the building to the left of the parking lot.

 

Corner Brook – Grenfell Campus, AS 375

20 University Drive

 

ASNL is seeking to fill two (2) vacancies on its Board of Directors:

  • 2 Certified Financial Officers came forward to seek ONE Treasurer seat; an election to choose the Treasurer for a 3-year term will occur at the AGM.
  • 2 candidates came forward to seek ONE At Large seat; an election to choose the At Large Director for a 3-year term will occur at the AGM.

Please note:

  • Members of ASNL and the public may attend the AGM in your region.
  • To vote at AGM, you must have a current ASNL membership and dues had to have been paid and up-to-date for Fiscal 2019 (April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019) not later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct 12, 2018.
  • Staff at each location will have a membership list showing the names of members who are eligible to vote

For more information, please contact Administrative Assistant, Cathy Drake, at (709)722-2803, Ext. 221, or visit ASNL’s website at www.autism.nf.net

 

The two candidates for election as the one Treasurer are Paolo Mascasin and Kristine Strickland.

Paolo Mascarin (B. Comm, CPA, CGA)

Three years ago, my eldest son was diagnosed with ASD.  Having access to the resources and knowledgeable people of the ASNL has made this journey so much easier.

I graduated from Memorial University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and in 2011 became a CPA, CGA.  I held two roles when working with the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board.  As Compliance Officer I was responsible for auditing corporations across NL, and as Senior Financial Analyst I dealt with short and long-term budgeting reports and analysis, government reporting, and approval of daily financial transactions.

In 2013, I began working as Financial Officer with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.  This role required the preparing and drafting of monthly financial statements and presenting these and any budget variances to the Finance & Property Committee.  It also required presenting year-end audited financial statements and reports to the executive and delegates.

I moved back to St. John’s in 2015 and have absorbed the full-time responsibilities of raising two young boys.  I remain active as Treasurer for the Commerce Class of 2004 and have organizational roles in several recreational sports teams.

I understand the value of ASNL and I hope you will allow me the opportunity to participate and contribute to this great community.

 

Kristine M Strickland

Education and Work Experience

I am a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours (HBCom) degree from Laurentian University. I am a licensed public accountant in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, currently operating my own public practice firm. I have several years experience in public practice including working with various not-for-profit organizations primarily as external auditor.

Charitable/Not-for-Profit Board Experience

Current:           Board of Directors – Treasurer – Empower, the Disability Resource Centre

Previous:          Board of Directors – Secretary – Financial Management Institute (NL Chapter)

I have also served on various fundraising and grant writing committees in Alberta for specialized private schools for children with autism.

Reason for Interest in Serving ASNL

Our late son Joshua was diagnosed with autism at 26 months old in 2001 and for ten years we navigated the support systems available in Alberta until his passing in 2011. During that time, we were strong advocates for services for him and other families, both within and outside the education system.

I would be honored with an opportunity to contribute to ASNL on a professional level, as needed, and share my personal experiences as someone who has needed the services that ASNL provides.

 

Two candidates seeking election as an At Large Director are Dave Collins & Shannon O’Dea.

Dave Collins

  • Attended MUN 1969-1972 BA Ed
  • Worked Central Dairies/ Farmers Dairy 1972-2013
  • Various Roles
  • Vice President and General Manager 1983-2013
  • VP Corporate Operations 2008-2013
  • Interim CEO 2003
  • Chair, NL Dairy Processors Association, 1996-2013
  • Vice Chair, School Milk Foundation, 1992-2013
  • President, Atlantic Dairy Council, 2011-2013
  • Chair, Goulds Arena Committee, 1992-2009.
  • Treasurer / President/ Past President, Brigus Historical and Conservation Society, 2014-2018
  • President and Owner, Five Brothers Artisan Cheese Inc., 2014-present
  • President, Collins Management Services Ltd., 2013 – present

Shannon O’Dea

  1. Education and Training
  • MUN: Masters in Counselling Psychology
  • California Southern University: Psychology Doctorate (PsyD): Clinical Psychology (in progress)
  • Professional development certificates/workshops on mental health related topics, including related to ASD.
  1. Work Experience
  • Behaviour Management Specialist (BMS): Eastern Health, 2008-present
  • Psychologist (provisional): H. Khalili, PhD and Associates Inc., January 2016- June 2018
  1. Experience with ASNL and/or other non-profit and/or charitable boards

I have experience working with ASNL through my work as a BMS. Many of my clients have been participants in programming.

I am currently on a committee examining mental health services in NL. This committee developed from the ‘Towards Recovery Action Plan’ from the provincial government.

  1. Reason for interest in serving ASNL

I believe I can bring a unique lens to the Board of Directors. I have experience working with individuals with ASD (including families/support systems) from children to adults. I also have a personal connection as my nephew has a diagnosis of ASD.

I focused my doctoral dissertation on examining service needs of psychologists to best serve individuals with ASD and co-occurring mental health needs.  I am one of the few counsellors in St. John’s who serve this population. Being on the board will be another way for me to be involved in the work I have been passionate about for many years.

12 Returning Members of the Board of Directors – Serving 1st, 2nd or 3rd Year of 3-year terms

  1. Edward Byrne
  2. Angela Decker
  3. Karen Flynn
  4. Trudy Goold
  5. Colin Hodder
  6. Anthony Jackman
  7. Mark LaCosta
  8. Kimberly Maich
  9. Patrick Martin
  10. Shawna Matthews
  11. Neala Quigley
  12. Carolyn Rideout

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.