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We’re here for you during COVID-19, providing information and resources like we always have for the past 17 years. Let us know how we can help.

Welcome to Autism Awareness Centre Inc.

Autism Awareness Centre hosts conferences across Canada and the UK, while ensuring books, articles and resource supports are readily available to all communities keeping parents and professionals on the cutting edge of new information. Autism Awareness Centre is leading the way because we “believe in change”.

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Webinars and Online Resources

Helpful Tips and Resources for Teaching Conversation Skills to High Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Thursday, December 3, 2020 – 10 am – 11 am (Mountain Time)

Featuring Kerry Mataya

Ever wondered how to effectively teach a person with ASD how to have a meaningful back-and-forth conversation? Do you have a student that jumps in at the wrong time or on the wrong topic? Are you having difficulty teaching conversation in today’s pandemic? During the webinar, Ms. Mataya will use resources from Talk with Me: A Step-by-Step Conversation Framework for Teaching Conversational Balance and Fluency to help attendees develop immediate strategies for teaching conversation skills to high functioning students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in both school and home settings.

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School’s Out Forever – Navigating Adult Life: How to Plan and Get There

Featuring Maureen Bennie

When school has ended and the adulthood journey begins, families and individuals with ASD can feel overwhelmed trying to navigate services and supports that are needed to make this transition a successful one. This webinar will cover a variety of areas of adulthood including transition planning, supports, further education options, preparing for work, housing options and developing leisure time interests.

 

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Supporting Individuals on the Autism Spectrum with Co-occuring Mental Health Issues

Thursday, January 14, 2021 – 10 am – 11 am (Mountain Time)

Featuring Dr. Cathy Pratt

Individuals on the spectrum can present numerous challenges to the professionals and family members who support them. However, when an individual also has a mental health issue the support needs can be more complex and complicated. Starting with an understanding and strategies for assessing behaviors, practical strategies will be presented that address the whole child, including the role of trauma and stress in a child’s life and how to promote self-regulation.

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Manage, Evaluate, Change – A Model for Working with Challenging Behaviour

Featuring Bo Hejlskov Elvén

Working with or parenting an autistic person often involves episodes of challenging behaviour. If can be anything from refusing to do what you want the person to do to self harm and hitting, biting and screaming. Often we manage that by using force or coercion, which is both counter productive and out right dangerous. This webinar proposes a model of working with challenging behaviour that emphasizes three consecutive phases.

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About Our Autism Conferences in Canada and the UK

Conferences and workshops provided by the Autism Awareness Centre (AACI) are designed to provide all parents and professionals with up-to-date and relevant information, and resources and skills that can be immediately implemented into the care and training of those who have autism or other related disabilities.

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Last post: November 20, 2020

COVID 19

The health and safety of our autism community and beyond is at the forefront for Autism Awareness Centre Inc. For the first time in our 17 years as a company, we had to cancel our April conferences in Ottawa, ON and Halifax, NS. Gatherings for any purpose must not take place during this global response to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of these recent events, Autism Awareness Centre Inc. (AACI) has been hard hit. Conferences, trainings and sales from our bookstore are what keep us going as we operate with no sponsorship, funding or grants of any kind. There are small things you can do to help us keep going and continue the global work that we do.

We are taking steps to offer new ways of learning. For example, we have launched a series of inexpensive E-books with more to come. We will offer webinars in the near future to support on-going development and education for families and professionals.

If you need any resources, we have a wide selection of products in our bookstore. The proceeds from the bookstore go directly back into AACI operations. We are continuing to process orders quickly and efficiently. Please order from us if you need something.

When we can offer our conferences and trainings again, please support them by attending. We will continue to offer a wide variety of topic and world class speakers at our conferences across Canada.

Thank you for your kind words of support during this difficult time for all of us. I am still here writing, answering your e-mails, and posting important information on our Facebook page. If you need any help, I will continue to do my best to find answers for you. Stay safe and stay well in these uncertain times we are facing.

Sincerely,
Maureen