Autism Awareness

Why People With Autism Shouldn't Be Labelled 'Different'

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

There are the horrific stories of parents who have harmed their autistic children for reasons beyond my comprehension. We as a society must learn to respect and accept differences. There is no dignity in dehumanizing autistic people by stigmatization and inaccurate assumptions.

Why Parent Training Is So Important For Families Coping With Autism

Julian Hung | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada Living
Julian Hung

There is no question in my mind that parent training has made me a better parent. While there is a difference between the theory and practice of ABA therapy and while there is a difference between being a parent and being a therapist, the knowledge gained from the parent training offered by our early intervention team has been invaluable.

How Much Is Too Much Solitude For My Autistic Son?

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

The assumptions of others have always been and continue to be to this day, our worst enemy, especially for my son. Assumptions are always the prelude to judgments; judgments that are always made without knowing his story, his achievements and more importantly, his thoughts.

3 Ways You Can Help Families Affected by Autism

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, and April is World Autism Awareness month. Unfortunately, it's no longer uncommon for most of us to know families struggling just to keep up with the day-to-day tasks required of them because they have a child with autism. Here's how you -- as a family member, friend, neighbour or even just as a friendly acquaintance or concerned citizen -- can help families affected by autism.

Maximizing Our Autistic Son's Chance For Success

Julian Hung | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Living
Julian Hung

Julian Hung's son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of two and a half. His son has since had three years of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapy and has made tremendous progress.

A PQ Majority Could Silence My Autistic Son

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Linda Mastroianni

The 41st Quebec general election is scheduled for Monday April 7, 2014. A new PQ majority government would mean a possible referendum for Quebec separation from Canada in the near future. Yes, I know, we've been down this road before, only now, I have an autistic child who can only speak English. The dynamics have suddenly changed for me. Don't get me wrong, I love this province, I just don't like what's it's become over the last two years but most importantly, it's the uncertainty, the unknown that scares me the most. My son risks being silenced in a province that could, in the future, choose not to recognize his language

5 More Things Everyone Should Know About Autism

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

I decided to bring to light some information that people should know about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). With a growing number of children living with an ASD, this information will help you better understand the experiences of these children, and their parents. The following are my last five points, though there could have been many more.

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Autism

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

I recently noticed that for the most part, when I talk about Autism the people around me don't really know what I am talking about. They all seem to have a vague idea about the problem, but no more. I constantly have to repeat the same information. This demonstrates clearly that we still need to educate people about Autism or ASD.

When Slacktivism Isn't Good Enough

Nikki Thomas | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Nikki Thomas

Raising awareness is often a good first step, and functions well as a means to an end -- but it cannot be viewed as an end in itself. Activism simply does not end with the sharing of a Facebook post or a retweet; it's great to tell your friends that something is important enough to share with them, but it's virtually meaningless if it doesn't lead to further action.

SavvyMom Roundup: Autism Awareness, Bacon and White T-Shirts

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Autism Awareness, April Fools' Day spoofs, more bacon, more white t-shirts and party favours -- that's what caught my attention this week. 1. April 2...

New Changes To Asperger's Diagnosis

CP | Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press | Posted 01.31.2013 | Canada Living

CHICAGO - The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sou...

WATCH: Katy Perry Sings 'Firework' With Autistic Girl

2 For Couples | Neil Morton | Posted 10.18.2012 | Canada Impact

As part of a TV special to raise awareness about autism to air this Sunday (October 21) on Comedy Central, Katy Perry took to the stage with a 11-...

Could Autism Be Caused By One of These 10 Chemicals?

Everyday Health | Ian Landau | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada Living

By: Ian Landau, Everyday Health Doctors from the Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Centre in New York are calling for renewed efforts...

Making Your Kids Love the Classroom

Sara Winter | Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada Living
Sara Winter

Have you ever used headphones that were turned up way too loud? If you were wearing them all the time, how hard do you think it would be for you to be able to you to concentrate on other things? Have conversations? Ask questions like these to help kids understand what autism's like.