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Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month – Thank you for support!

Thank you to everyone who showed their support for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and your participation in our #HandsTogether4Autism campaign for Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month! 

Throughout the month, we teamed up with Kinark Autism Services staff to create an informative video series about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to help raise awareness and show our support. Our ‘Did you know?’ video series provides four fast facts about ASD. 

Check out the video series below!  

Did you know: 

  1. That the Public Health Agency of Canada suggests that 1 in 66 Canadian children and youth are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder? This makes it one of the most common developmental disorders. A formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can help you find the resources and supports that are right for your child or youth.  
  1. That signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder are usually present in children by the age of two? In general, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder have impairments in social communication and repetitive, stereotypical behaviours. These often present early in life and may change as children develop. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each child with autism has their own unique profile of strengths and needs. 
  1. That Autism Spectrum Disorder affects each individual differently? If you’ve met one person with autism, then you’ve met only one person with autism. It’s important to remember that everyone learns differently and has their own unique strengths and talents. 
  1. That 70 per cent of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder are also living with significant mental health challenges? Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may also struggle with constant worries, low mood, and overwhelming feelings of frustration. Children do best when they have the right resources, accommodations and intervention in place to support them. A comprehensive assessment can be helpful to better understand your child’s needs. 

Staff took part throughout the month of October by wearing blue, using themed virtual backgrounds and creating #HandsTogether4Autism crafts.

Staff and clients at our Oak Ridges ABA Centre created an amazing #HandsTogether4Autism wall to show their support! The handprints are of staff and clients working together to help raise awareness. 

It’s important that we support each other even after the month is over and continue to treat others with compassion and kindness.  

Our blog will continue to provide information, resources and updates every month. Make sure to visit our website often and check out the blog for new posts!  

Thank you for showing your support for Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month! 

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