See the spectrum differently
INCLUDE. UNDERSTAND. ACCEPT.
Autism is a lifelong neurological condition that manifests during early childhood, irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status. The term Autism Spectrum refers to a range of characteristics. Appropriate support, accommodation and acceptance of this neurological variation allow those on the Spectrum to enjoy equal opportunity, and full and effective participation in society. (Source Un.org)
Acceptance is sensory friendly spaces.
Autistics can be sensitive to loud noise, bright light, & strong smells so creating a space that minimizes these allows for a more inclusive & enjoyable experience. (Source Autism Canada)
Acceptance is affordable access to assessments and diagnosis
It is a common concern that children are not being diagnosed young enough to receive early interventions and adults struggle to find affordable access to diagnosis. With the recent data that 1 in 50 are diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, these critical resources need to be accessible early and available to all. (Source Autism Canada)
Autism Ontario – See the Potential with Michael McCreary
This video, which features the incredible Michael McCreary, is a wonderful introduction to autism spectrum disorder. The video was created to support customer service professionals when they provide services or support to people on the autism spectrum; however the positive response from the general public has been overwhelming.
If only everywhere were like Canada’s first autism-friendly town! Through an amazing grassroots initiative that has captured the imagination of a whole town, Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, has become a place where it’s a little easier to live life on the spectrum.
Autism in Females: How is it Different? | Kati Morton
Kati Morton is a licensed therapist making mental health videos to help educate and empower people.