Canada Autism

The MMR Vaccine Still Doesn't Cause Autism According To New Study

AFP/ Relax News | Posted 04.23.2015 | Canada Living

(Miami, United States-AFP) - Yet another scientific study has found no link between autism and the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), a...

'There's A Level Of Desperation There That Is Pretty Unfathomable'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia

An inquest will look into the murder-suicide of a B.C. mother and her autistic son.

The Real Autism Crisis Is in Our Classrooms

Julie M Green | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Julie M Green

Inclusion is held up as the ideal learning environment, and rightly so. Successful integration is possible, yet it doesn't magically happen when you throw a child with high-functioning autism into a class of 20+ children, cross your fingers and hope for the best. In many cases, though, in schools across the country, this is exactly what is being passed off as inclusion.

How the Digestive System Affects Autism

Dr. Derrick MacFabe | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Derrick MacFabe

The finding that metabolism and genes in autism may not be irreversibly damaged but can actually be altered by compounds produced from bacteria, provides an important link between the gut and brain in autism, and validates the stories that families have been telling us.

5-Year-Old Autistic Boy Rescues Injured Man From Snowbank

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Impact

Chase Faulingham is being hailed a hero. The five-year-old autistic Nova Scotia boy, who can barely speak, has been lauded after coming to the aid ...

Odin's Birthday Shows We Mistreat Those Who Aren't "Normal"

Julia Tausch | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Julia Tausch

Odin will remember this birthday forever, I'm sure, and what people in Peterborough and people around the world did for him is remarkable. What will be even more remarkable is if we can keep Odin in our minds now that his birthday is done. If, because of his story, we can be more aware of how many other stories like his are going on right now. If we can start to think about how our culture enables this story to happen again and again. Odin and his wonderful mom have started a conversation. It's up to all of us to keep it going.

Autistic Boy Kept In 'Isolation' Rooms At School: Lawsuit

CBC | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada

A GTA family is suing the Peel District School Board for $16 million after their autistic son was allegedly separated from other students and kept in ...

Autistic Boy Handcuffed At School During 'Difficult Day'

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada

The mother of an autistic nine-year-old who was handcuffed by police during a "difficult day" at his Ottawa school claims the education system is fail...

How Can This Principal Call Special Needs Kids the 'R' Word?

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

This is another prime example how the rights of special needs children continues to be violated by the same people that are in a position to protect them. The abuser doesn't see these children as whole. They see them as deficient, less than and certainly not worthy of respect and dignity. This principal didn't see them as whole human beings. She saw them as "animals." What message is the school district sending when they fire the person that has reported the abuse?

Cineplex Launches Screening Program For Autistic Movie Buffs

CP Health and Home | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO -- Cineplex Entertainment is launching a special screening program for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families. The Canadia...

A Parent's Role in the Life of a Child With Autism

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

The problem is that an ASD is a permanent neurological disorder; it doesn't go away, but rather confirms itself over time. As parents of children with special needs, we each have to find our path. Over time, we all find our way. For me this was, and continues to be, a lesson in acceptance and redefining my values.

More Research Isn't the Key to Helping Autistic People Today

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

As important as research is, I truly don't believe this should be the number one priority when discussing how to improve the lives of people with autism. How is research helping the autistic individuals living in our society today? The ones that are stigmatized for who they are; the children who are on waiting lists for government funded therapy that unfortunately never comes and whose parents are forced to go privately, depleting finances at an astounding rate. They are not part of an incomplete puzzle. They are here, they are whole and they are deserving of equal opportunities.

Is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sending Our Kids the Right Message?

Ken Rabow | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer represents how in the past, people with dysfunctions had been exploited for others' gains. This story suggests that if people with dysfunctions don't exploit themselves to others, they are sitting about and being useless and lazy.

What Some Parents Don't Understand About Children With Autism

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

Clearly Dr. Shepherd-Look's comments demonstrate how her degree in psychology does little to help her understand autistic children. Perhaps she should speak to autistic people before making such inaccurate, misinformed, misguided and completely ridiculous remarks about the mitigated bonding between mother and child.

I Helped My Autistic Son Thrive By Ignoring Our Doctor

The Purple Fig | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Autism. That one word, uttered by a white-coated doctor during the spring of 2007, was all it took to turn my life upside down. The doctor told me he was unlikely to develop further or finish high school. But I decided I was I was not going to let the words of some doctor limit my son's potential.

What I learned at the Salon De L'Autisme

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

I loved the Salon de l'autisme (Autism Expo) that took place in Laval at the beginning of October. For the first time in a long while, I felt like I was in the right place at the right time with my new foster family. There were information booths everywhere; about a hundred of them; designed to suit all tastes and needs.

What My Child With Autism Has Taught Me

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

It was an ordinary summer day. People were milling on the main thoroughfare, bikes zig-zagging through traffic, cafés and pubs spilling onto the sidewalk, patrons sipping their way through a lazy Friday afternoon. We were ordinary that day too. Just another family, managing the hectic jumble of kids' lessons, bills, our careers, endless streams of birthday parties, too little sleep and the occasional date night out. But it was all shattered with a single word: autism.

Canadian Doctor Could Win Nobel Prize For Autism Research

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO—A Canadian researcher will find out Monday morning if he has won a Nobel Prize. Dr. Stephen Scherer is director of the Centre for Applied...

Merck Has Some Explaining To Do Over Its MMR Vaccine Claims

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Lawrence Solomon

Merck now faces federal charges of fraud from the whistleblowers, a vaccine competitor and doctors in New Jersey and New York. Merck could also need to defend itself in Congress: The staff of representative Bill Posey (R-Fla) -- a longstanding critic of the CDC interested in an alleged link between vaccines and autism -- is now reviewing some 1,000 documents that the CDC whistleblower turned over to them.

My Son With Autism Fills Me With Hope

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

Alex is only 17 but he understands some things better than I do as an adult. So I tell myself that everything is still possible, that we need to continue to dream, that nothing is lost. I look at Alex and I am filled with hope.

Why I Worry About My Autistic Son's Future Every Day

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Linda Mastroianni

Parents of special needs children will often tell you that we worry about the future of our children when we are no longer here to protect them. I am no exception. My son is 15 years old and he is autistic. I worry every day for his future.

I Think About Suicide Every Day, Even Though I'm Getting Help

JoinTheChase | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Living
JoinTheChase

I understand why people kill themselves. I think about it every day. That's not an exaggeration. It varies how much I think about it each day, but there hasn't been a day in the last six months that I haven't thought about it, and it's been this way since I was about 10. Very very occasionally I get a day where I'm struggling really bad, but I don't want to be dead. But it's not often.

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

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 09.27.2014 | 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 We Need To Push Kids Into Careers In STEM-Based Industries

Mark Lievonen | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada
Mark Lievonen

The long-term benefits derived from investing in STEM-related programs impact many sectors. Of the 10 highest-paying jobs in Canada, seven are found in STEM industries, of which four are within non-biotech/healthcare sectors such as construction, utilities, transportation, and goods production.

Why Parent Training Is So Important For Families Coping With Autism

Julian Hung | Posted 09.03.2014 | 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.