2018/2019 Program Registration

Program registration for 2018/2019 is now open.

The registration deadline is Monday, August 27th, 2018 at 4:00 pm.  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

To register for programs now 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.

Dr. Jonathan Weiss Public Lecture Sessions

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.



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: before July 6, 2018

More Information

We hope to see you there!


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.

Veuillez remplir le Inscription Formulaire au camping et le soumettre à 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

Motorcycle Rides for Autism

Eastern Ride for Autism:

The Sherry Leyte Memorial Ride will take place on July 28th, 2018. For details, please email


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).


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

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!

Autism Society Begins Sticker Program to Celebrate More than Doubling Community Outreach Since 2015

Following the completion of Autism Society, Newfoundland Labrador (ASNL) Annual General Meeting (AGM) this past Saturday the organization is excited to release that they have more than doubled the number of individuals they have reached through community awareness and understanding sessions since 2015. At the 2015 AGM, the organization reported reaching 7,056 people; at this years AGM that number had grown to 17,674 people. These sessions include classrooms, businesses, health care staff, first responders, and community organizations. To mark this occasion ASNL has begun distributing ‘We Are Autism Aware’ stickers and encourage people to display the sticker in a visible location after completing autism awareness and understanding sessions with ASNL outreach staff.

 “Over the past two years, requests from the community to have our staff complete autism education sessions had increased tremendously. However, we always want to do more. With every presentation, our organization encourages emphathy, understanding, acceptance and inclusion.”

Scott Crocker, CEO Autism Society, Newfoundland Labrador

ASNL has reached more than 2,500 students for classroom awareness and understanding sessions this year. These sessions are tailored to specific age groups and/or grades and designed to help students understand their peers on the spectrum. By educating the younger generation, ASNL hopes the future of our province will be filled with policy makers, educators, employers and employees who are understanding and welcoming of the differences that an autism diagnosis can present.

“As a parent, I feel the more people in our province who listen to the Autism Society presentations, the better. Hopefully these stickers will encourage other organizations/ businesses to contact outreach staff to learn more about autism and how they can be more inclusive in their day to day operations.”

-Parent, Grand-Falls Windsor

Anyone interested in having outreach staff present at their workplace, organization or school is encouraged to e mail and they will be connected with outreach staff on the Avalon, Eastern, South-Central, Western/ Labrador Regions.  

ASNL’s Board of Directors, 2017-2018

Autism Society NL hosted its Annual General Meeting (2017) on Saturday, November 4th. Five vacancies were filled to provide the maximum 14 Directors on the Board. Each Director serves a three-year term and can choose to seek a second term of three years.

Congratulations and sincere thanks to all who volunteer their time and service to help improve the lives of those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Executive Committee for 2017-2018 is: Kim Maher (President); Anthony Jackman (Vice-President); Matthew Dove (Treasurer); and Edward Byrne, Eastern Rep (Secretary).

The Self-Advocate is Trudy Goold; the South Central Rep (Acting) is Karen Flynn; and the Western Rep is Mark LaCosta.

At Large seats are held by Angela Decker (Western); Shawna Matthews (Western); Colin Hodder (Eastern); Carolyn Rideout (Avalon); Patrick Martin (Avalon); Kimberly Anne Maich (Avalon); and Neala Quigley (Avalon).

Halloween Handout for Trick o Treaters!

Last year, we made a little handout for kiddos who may not verbally communicate trick or treat at the front door on Halloween.

Click Here for a sheet of six cards you can print, cut and bring with you on Halloween evening!