Autism Awareness Centre Celebrates 12 Years
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Autism Awareness Centre Celebrates 12 Years

This month marks Autism Awareness Centre’s 12th anniversary. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed and see how much we’ve grown since 2003. AACI has hosted 93 conferences since it began. We will be hitting our number 100 milestone conference this April 2016. There will definitely be some celebrating! Our conferences have happened in every Canadian province and the Northwest Territories. Nine have taken place in the United Kingdom.

These conferences have allowed us to create a large network of world-class speakers and delegates who can continue to connect, support each other, and learn long after the conference has ended. We’ve prided ourselves on giving you tools and strategies that can be implemented right away into home, school and community programs. Skills and information acquired have paved the way for positive change in the lives of those with autism.

Our website continues to develop every year. We are proud to be a HoN code website, a seal we bear that tells our visitors that we adhere to the highest ethics of health and medical information reporting on the net. We keep our site current and dynamic with new content added weekly. The blog, monthly Q & A, articles, and links and resources can help you find what you need or expand your knowledge.

Our bookstore grows every month with approximately 5 new titles. The collection is hand curated and managed by Director Maureen Bennie. You can be assured that all further recommended reading is truly related. We continue to specialize in hard to find titles and represent small publishers. If you can’t find what you are looking for, just ask Maureen and she’ll search for it. Books are recommended based on your needs and situation.

Last year, Autism Awareness Centre was proud to join with Studio III UK to form the Canadian division. Studio III is a training that teaches how to manage challenging behavior using the Low Arousal Approach. This approach is respectful and non-restrictive. It is our goal to move to a restraint free world for those with ASD. We are pleased to offer a course this fall on October 26 – 28th in Calgary, AB. More courses will take place throughout Canada as the year unfolds.

What we have accomplished at Autism Awareness Centre has touched the lives of many all over the world. It is both a pleasure and a privilege to be in service to the autism community nationally and internationally. AACI looks forward to many more years of educating, training, and discovering new information that improves the quality of life for those on the spectrum. Here’s to another great year!


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  1. Kym Hume says:

    Congratulations Maureen on a fabulous 12 years!  You have brought knowledge and training in the area of autism to so many of us and I appreciate your passion, energy and dedication to the field. You have touched the lives of many of us who work in the field and enabled us to extend our knowledge into school, clinics and community.  Thank you for bringing in such world class speakers. The early April Halifax conference is a highlight of my year and I value my friendship with you so very much. Bravo Maureen, you are a star in my world!
    Kym xo

    • Kym, your kind words have brought tears to my eyes today. Your belief in me and the work I’m trying to do gives me the strength to go on. I value your friendship too. You still continue to support and encourage me. Having you back at the conference this year was a highlight for me. I certainly hope you can be there again this coming April 2016 as we’ll be celebrating conference #100, a real milestone! Sending you best wishes and thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely note.


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