There’s MORE May News!

A big thank you to all those who were able to attend our meeting this month! A special thank you to Carol McMullen for facilitating our discussion on managing work stress! What a treat to have had her share her time and expertise with us.

Also, the honourable Mike Lake, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Wetaskiwin will be speaking at the event titled Expect More: An Autism Adventure. Click the link for more information and/ or to register. *If you are unable to attend the event but have a question that you would like to have brought up, feel free to email us about it.

~ That’s all for now ~

HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT MONTH!

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Welcome to Marvelous May!

We hope everyone is enjoying the Spring Weather!

FYI

There is a new building entry and exit protocol at KW Habilitation. From now on the front sliding doors will remain locked after 5 pm. This means that those attending future meetings  will have to enter through the side door (that we typically use as an exit). The door will be locked, but the facilitator will come down at 15 minute intervals to let people in. Otherwise, two cell phone numbers will be posted on the door. You may call/text one of those numbers to inform us that you are at the door and would like to be let in and one of us will come down to let you in right away.

A sign in/ sign out sheet will also be circulated during meetings. This is a procedure that the facility has requested we conduct at everyone of our upcoming meetings for the sake of accountability and safety.

Thank you for your cooperation!

 

Our Next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at our regular place and time. Carol McMullen will be our guest speaker. She will discuss Managing workplace stress. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

It’s Autism Awareness Month!

APRIL
IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH!

Yesterday (April 2nd) marked the 12th annual World Autism Awareness Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007.

The day is intended to increase awareness and acceptance of neurodiversity.

But it doesn’t stop there! The entire month of April is dedicated to improving our communities’ understanding. So, we invite you to consider getting involved. You can become involved in many ways, including by wearing blue and discussing the topic of neurodiversity with your family, friends and colleagues to forward the mission.

Please follow the links below for more information!

Autism Speaks Canada
Autism Canada

Happy April Everyone!

The turnout and discussion at our group meetings as been wonderful! Thank you so much to all who have been able to attend and to our supportive community!

Just a quick reminder to RSVP if you plan to attend any upcoming meetings.This helps us determine how much space we will need, set up the appropriate number chairs, etc.

Also, please do your best to arrive before 7:30pm if you’d like to participate in the discussion. The doors to the facility will likely be locked before 7pm. Two phone numbers to call for assistance in opening the doors will be posted outside the from front sliding doors.

This month’s meeting will be at the regular place and time (KW Habilitation/ 3rd floor -Thursday, April 18th, 2019 @ 7:00pm). The topic of the meeting will be ‘Consent & Effective Communication’.

Hope to see you there!

Wishing you a Magnificent March!

Please see important updates below:

– The participation of a guest speaker for our next meeting is tentative. Alternatively, our meeting will be a facilitator-lead discussion. Please check the upcoming ‘1-week Meeting Reminder’ email for confirmation of our March meeting format.

– On meeting days, doors to the venue will now be locked as of 7:20PM. If you arrive after this time, please call one of the numbers posted by the front doors and someone will come down to let you in.

Our upcoming (open) meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at the regular time and place. PLEASE REMEMBER TO RSVP!

Stay Tuned!

We Hope you are all Having a Fabulous February so Far!

Lots of new information for you this month!

First, we are looking for anyone with information about driver training programs suitable for people with ASD, preferably in the Waterloo Region. If you have any experience with an appropriate organization or program, please email us!

Also, As part of this year’s Mainly Mozart’s Mozart & The Mind, Mainly Mozart and the Art of Autism are sponsoring an art contest with cash prizes titled Finding Your Inner “MozArt.”  For more information please visit: https://the-art-of-autism.com/finding-your-inner-mozart-art-contest/

Finally, if you are interested in participating in a study about employment experiences (separate from the study highlighted below) please email us for more information!

Our upcoming (private) meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 at the regular time and place. Please check our ‘Upcoming meeting dates’ page for the topic to be discussed.

Hope to see you there!

Wishing Everyone a Jolly January!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

We hope that your first few days of 2019 have been good.

FYI Our website has been updated with the upcoming months’ meeting topics. Our ‘Past Guest Speakers’ page has also been updated with notes and information from our December 2018 meeting.

We look forward to some great discussions over the next several months!

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Specialsterne is recruiting!

Checkout their latest recruitment flyer here

You can also check out their ‘opportunities’ page: http://ca.specialisterne.com/opportunities/

Specialsterne will also be hosting workshops at the University of Waterloo as part of the Employment Bridging Program for their neurodiverse students and recent grads. They have quite a few co-op, internship and summer job opportunities coming up, and are hoping to meet with students to be able to recommend them for those roles.
The workshop will be held on Friday, January 25th. Anyone interested can find out more information on our website about how to register: http://ca.specialisterne.com/bridge/
They will also be hosting a workshop at the University of Guelph on January 22nd.
For more information please contact Lauren Abramson at lauren.abramson@specialisterne.com