Canada Autism

If You've Ever Wondered What It's Like To Have Autism, Watch This

HuffPost Canada | Andre Varty | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Parents

They have a unique view of the world.

Ontario Leaves Many Persons With Disabilities Trapped In Poverty

Helen Ries | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Helen Ries

In Ontario, a single adult on disability benefits can receive a base rate of up to $1128 a month to live through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) as well as support for drug, dental and disability related costs. Sounds OK at first glance -- until you look at the cost of living.

Mental-Health System Can't See Canadians With Developmental Disabilities

Yona Lunsky | Posted 04.24.2017 | Canada Living
Yona Lunsky

By Yona Lunsky and Rob Balogh With the recent federal commitment to increase mental health funding across Canada, we need to turn our attention towar...

Ottawa Woman Tricked Man With Autism Into Giving Her Money: Police

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada

Police are asking for the public's help in finding the woman.

How To Understand Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Parents

Symptoms of ASD can vary wildly.

This PSA Takes You Into The Head Of A Girl With Autism

The Huffington Post Canada | Andre Varty | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Parents

You'll understand like never before.

6 Common Myths About Autism

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 04.02.2017 | Canada Parents

Let's set the record straight.

12 Years Of Autism Awareness Have Reshaped My Family's World

Stacey Haley | Posted 04.02.2017 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Autism Awareness Day now has a different meaning for me than it did back then. In those early years I just hoped that people would know what autism was so that I didn't always have to explain my boys' differences to them. It evolved into wanting people to understand that our boys were different, but not less. Then, it was wanting acceptance so that they would be accepted into the rest of society and have access to the same things their peers had. Now I think it's about shaking the world up to realize that even if autism has not yet entered their own perfect bubble of a life, at this increased rate of prevalence, it will very soon.

U.K. Couple Told To Give Up Their Twins After Autism Diagnosis

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Parents


People With Autism Are Dying Early Due To Injury

Stacey Haley | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Living
Stacey Haley

For children and young adults with autism, they are 40 times more likely to die from injury. More than 40% of these deaths occurred in their homes or residential institution and the last sickening stat I'll throw into this cesspool of great news is that suffocation, asphyxiation and drowning are the leading three causes of fatal injuries in people with autism.

'Sesame Street' To Debut New Muppet Who Has Autism

AFP/RelaxNews | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Parents

The show conducted extensive research to understand how best to normalize autism for non-autistic children.

Stop Making Degrading Assumptions About People With Disabilities

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Most of us have gone beyond the notion of jobs that can be performed only by men or only by women, and that race is something that is a predictor of behaviour of any kind. Why have we not begun to approach our assumptions around disability?

Father's Facebook Plea Lands Son Lifetime Supply Of Kraft Dinner

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2017 | Canada Parents

The six-year-old, who has autism, has issues with many other foods.

Baby Brain Scans May Reveal Autism Risk, Study Says

AFP/RelaxNews | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Parents

Autism can be diagnosed from about two years of age.

I Don't 'Survive' The Stress Of Autistic Sons – I Manage It

Stacey Haley | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Twelve years ago my twins were diagnosed with severe autism and I have lived in a constant state of alertness ever since. Therapists liken it to what a soldier experiences in combat. I have to admit that I can relate to the 24/7 heightened alert that never allows your mind or body to rest.

What I've Learned By Raising A Child With Autism

Julie M Green | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

It's hard to believe it's been five years since autism entered my life. My son is eight now. Raising him remains a mystifying experience, yet I have learned some valuable lessons along the way:

It's Time For The Federal Government To Show Real Leadership On Autism

Andrew Kavchak | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Andrew Kavchak

There is no cure for autism, but we've had solid peer-reviewed evidence for decades that Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI) based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) can have a dramatic impact on the development of kids with autism. Unfortunately, the treatment is not covered by medicare across the country.

Looking Beyond A Cure For Autism To Build A Network Of Care

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In the 18 years since Kilee was diagnosed, David Patchell-Evans' evolving understanding of her condition has mirrored changes in the way scientists talk about autism. From an incurable disease to a spectrum that will affect one in 68 children, we now view autism as a range of conditions that are distinct in every individual.

Finally, Films Made By Individuals With Autism - Not About Them

Julie M Green | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Living
Julie M Green

Imagine watching a movie made by someone with autism, rather than about someone with autism. Wouldn't that be a refreshing change from the norm? Individuals with autism found themselves the subject of countless documentaries and feature films rather than the creators and the mavericks calling the shots.

Autism Plus Insomnia Equals A Cry For Compassion

Stacey Haley | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

We should have known from their birth that this was going to be a lifelong battle. I remember after the twins were born, listening to other new moms brag how their kids were sleeping through the night at three months old and secretly hating them. I remember trying all the same things I had done with my first and wondering why it wasn't working with O and W. 1 to 3 hours of sleep for their first 18 months would destroy the strongest of men but somehow we survived it.

We Are Pioneering The Way For Our Children With Special Needs

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

People with autism are not all violent, unthinking, unfeeling or uncaring, incapable of progress or love. When supported in a loving environment and by people who believe in them and their potential locked within, most of the kids can go on to be very successful and lead fulfilling lives with loving relationships.

Please Stop Asking What My Son's "Special Talent" Is

Tanis Shaw | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Tanis Shaw

He doesn't have a "special" talent. In fact, less than 10% of the autistic population have some kind of savant talent. When you ask about his "talent" and he knows that he doesn't have one, he feels less. He feels as though he is being judged for being "wrong" yet again. I hug him and tell him that you mean well, and that the drawing he did of Spider-Man really did rock! What I wish you would ask instead, is this.

'Hockey Wives' Stars Move From The Rink To Investment Arena

YPNextHome | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada

Written by Wayne Karl Spend a few minutes watching W Network's reality series Hockey Wives, and you quickly realize two things. One - it's not at all...

Autism Gifted Me By Turning Me Into A Real Grown Up

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Autism officially entered our lives on June 7th and then again June 14th, 2005. Not only was this new territory -- it was no man's land. Scary quicksand territory. Never before had our parenting skills been put to the test as it was in the latter half of 2005. Not just our skills, but our belief in ourselves as parents.

I Won't Let 'Autism Fatigue' Make Me Give Up On Halloween

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Recently, I have become aware that something seems to be happening in our little autism family bubble. I'll name it Autism Fatigue. After 13 years of nothing coming easy, 13 years of aforementioned preparation and coaching, and teaching and coping and surviving and striving and advocating and fighting and praying.. I got tired. Christmas had fallen to the wayside, and Halloween was next.