Liberal Leadership election 2020; Our questions.

The Autism Society, Newfoundland and Labrador (ASNL), recently invited both candidates for leadership of the Liberal Party, Mr. John Abbott and Dr. Andrew Furey, to provide written answers to these questions. Both questions relate to matters of policy and practice for which ASNL regularly receives questions and concerns from those in the ASD community. ASNL sincerely thanks both candidates for responding to our questions. If you become leader, how will you change implementation of early intervention (ABA and JASPER): a) so families are not suddenly forced to become employers with responsibility for hiring, scheduling, paying the therapist, etc.? b) so parents are not forced to choose between a career or having their child receive needed therapy? Mr. John Abbott It is important that families have the resources necessary to provide adequate care and services for their loved ones with ASD. I will work with the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador to […]

Michael Scott Memorial Scholarship – Applications for 2020

The Michael Scott Memorial Scholarship is 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 2020 Maintain a minimum grade percentage of 65 with either an Academic or Honours graduation Be accepted into an accredited program or curriculum at a Canadian 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 […]

#GivingTuesdayNow 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. It is an opportunity for people, in Canada, and around the world to stand together in unity-to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal. We encourage you to assist ASNL in continuing to serve and meet the needs of our ASD community during this challenging time. Like many organizations, we have been impacted by this pandemic with loss of revenue generation as well as the service implications that result from this. But WITH you, we are committed, inspired and resilient! We are thrilled to be taking the next few days to recognize the importance of generosity and gratitude during this global pandemic. Join us in using the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow and tagging ASNL with a message of support on […]

ASNL’s Closure & Services: An Update Wednesday, April 1, 2020

ASNL’s Closure & Services: An Update Wednesday, April 1, 2020   Good Day, ASNL recently took action to protect the health and well-being of participants, members and staff.  Senior staff, including several delivering online programs that are funded with external grants, continue to work from home. Many others, here on the Avalon and in the regions, are in lay-off until this pandemic crisis ends. It was because of COVID-19 and advice from the Minister of Health and Community Services, and the province’s Chief Medical Officer, that ASNL closed its offices on March 17th and suspended both social enterprises, its centre-based programs, and all engagement activities in the community. This affected services to participants, and affected staff delivering those services, in all regions of the province. These are difficult times; the health and safety of our participants and staff remains our top priority. We look forward to resuming normal operations and […]

Message from Scott Crocker, CEO – Wednesday, March 25th 2020

Because of COVID-19, many ASNL programs and services have been cancelled; more than half our staff have been laid off. Headquarters and our 3 regional offices are closed to staff and the public. Several of our staff continue working, looking after property/facilities and delivering four funded programs to participants, but online from home. Managers remain available to assist families and individuals who may be seeking advice or navigational support, or perhaps want to speak about a particular struggle. Please contact me by email at and I will quickly relay your message or request to the correct staff person for a speedy reply. Follow ASNL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and visit our webpage at for any updates. Finally, I ask that you follow advice from the Department of Health. We are in this together. We will get through this together. Stay safe, stay well. Sincerely, Scott Crocker Chief […]