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Autism Canada News - November 2015

posted Nov 3, 2015, 12:18 PM by Dragonfly Centre for Autism Inc   [ updated Nov 3, 2015, 12:21 PM ]
November 3rd, 2015  
Dear Janet,
Call to all Adults on the Spectrum: 

Autism Canada is now taking applications from adults on the spectrum interested in being part of the ASD Advisory Committee. The application includes telling us what you are interested in being involved in and suggesting projects. This committee is also vital in giving advice to Autism Canada on initiatives and campaigns they are planning.

Please click here to download the application form. 

Tom Jackman, Chair of the ASD Advisory Committee 

Autism News

What a great idea and great story. Art can be very therapeutic for all of us so why not people on the spectrum. Check out Autism Canada's gallery "ASD Arts" that showcases a wide range of creative work produced by people living with autism. We hope some of these artists will share their work. Click here to read more.

I don't know about you, but I have my list of things that I have said or done that I can laugh at now, but at the time I wasn't very proud of myself. Autism Moms and Dads are human. Click here to read more.  
This intriguing eye-tracking study compared a group of individuals with ASD to a control group on the amount of visual attention given to faces and other "meaningful objects." Click here to read more.

Well done, Newfoundland and Labrador, on vowing to eliminate the IQ 70 standard. Hopefully the rest of Canada will soon follow. Click here to read more.

A Vancouver sister and her brother with autism release "Animal Appetites", a creative book to teach vocabulary while promoting autism awareness. Click here to read more.

Autism Research

Prenatal exposure to common environmental factors affects brain lipids and increases risk of developing autism spectrum disorders

Autism Canada is delighted to see this review paper. We believe more attention needs to be given to environmental factors that have the potential to affect fetal brain development. Our environment has changed drastically over the past century and we don't know enough about its accumulative effect. Autism prevalence is on the rise and no stone should be left unturned. We need to diversify research to get answers sooner than later. Click here to read more. 
To read the press release of this paper, click here.


Adults on the spectrum are coming together to share, ask questions and get advice on a variety of topics.  The community is growing and you're invited. Visit to join the conversation.

Looking for an engaging, informative conference or workshop? Visit our National Events Calendar to submit an event and/or discover what is happening in your area.
Upcoming events - November 2015:  

November 2-6, 2015: Online Autism Summit (Online Conference).
November 7, 2015: Positive Support Behaviour: What Parents Need to Know (Vancouver, BC). 
November 7, 2015: Ed Mahony: Positive Advocacy (Timmins, ON)
November 7-8, 2015: ASBC Presents: Behavioural Interventionists Basic Training Workshop (Surrey, BC)
November 12-13, 2015: Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Bullying: Tools that Work (Toronto, ON)
November 13-14, 2015: Autism Awareness Centre (Calgary, AB)
November 17-19, 2015: Autism Intervener Certificate Course - Geneva Centre for Autism (Toronto, ON)


Tom Jackman, Chair of our ASD Advisory Committee, presented at the "Seeing You Seeing Me" conference hosted by Asperger Manitoba Inc. Thank you for advocating for the community by sharing your knowledge and experiences.


Autism Canada has online screening tools for toddlers, children, teens, and adults. While screening tools help to identify individuals who might have developmental delays, they do not suffice as conclusive evidence of developmental delays and do not result in diagnoses. 


ASD Arts is a gallery of artwork, photography, books, music, and other multimedia produced by people on the spectrum. Please visit our website to view the gallery and submit your original work.

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