Category Archives: Presentations / Workshops

Ontario Autism Program – Autism Ontario East Region – Service Navigation Update!

 Office Hours

As you know, Autism Ontario does not have an office space in the region. I have been working with a few local organizations to book office space when families request in-person meetings. I also have been meeting families at their local libraries when necessary.

For the next few months, CHEO has offered Autism Ontario some office space to help accommodate the high demand of in-person meetings that I have been receiving. These office hours will be by appointment only.

  • Mondays – 9:00am-2:00pm – CHEO Kanata – 109-1002 Beaverbrook Road
  • Wednesdays – 9:00am-2:00pm – CHEO St-Laurent – 2280 St-Laurent Boulevard, Suite 103

*Please note that Autism Ontario does not endorse one service provider over another. I do make this very clear to families when I am asked about local services. We do value our local partnerships and I would certainly be open to work with any agency or organization who is interested in collaborating on workshops, information sessions, office hours, or Social Learning Opportunities.*

 Upcoming Events

Above Event Currently full – Family can still register for the waitlist

I have also partnered with CHEO and Service Coordination to facilitate information sessions for families with a new diagnosis. If you are supporting families with a new diagnosis who would benefit from an information session, you can direct them to the Access Team at CHEO:

 Social Learning Opportunities (SLO)

Our next round of Social Learning Opportunity Submission is February 1st! If you have any suggestions for events or workshops that you would like for us to run, please feel free to let me know! You can also complete the attached SLO Form if you are interested in partnering on something.

 In the Works (stay tuned!)SLOWorkshop FormFinal_EN_June2019_Fillable February 2020 Calendar

  • Workshops: Information Session on Speech-Language Pathology, Information Session on ABA/IBI, Cornwall OAP Information Session, Hawkesbury OAP Information Session
  • Events: Spring Autism Information Fair (Eligible OAP Services), Little Rays Reptiles, Family Bowling Ottawa, Family Bowling St-Isadore, Creation Workshop Cornwall, Xtreme Trampoline Ottawa

Requesting Your Attendance for An Important Discussion About: End of Life, Equality, and Disability – January 30, 2020

This is a request for your (in-person) attendance at an important discussion that will take place at the Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa (room 208) on Thursday, January 30 between 10 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (EST).

The topic of discussion will be about the provisions, permissions and protocols involving medical assistance in dying (MAiD); this brought about by the Quebec Superior Court Truchon/Gladu decision on medical assistance in dying (MAiD) that declared unconstitutional, the federal legal requirement to permit medically assisted death if there is a “reasonably foreseeable” condition that would result in the death of the individual requesting end to life medical assistance.

This important meeting / forum has been organized as a collaboration between the Canadian Association for Community Living and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. It is an initiative Independent Living Canada fully supports as the stakes are high for any amendment in federal legislation that just might bounce off the Quebec Superior Court’s Truchon/Gladu decision. This issue is about persons with disabilities so that decisions taken to amend federal law must take into account what persons with disabilities truly want and can live with!

Consequently, please make it a point to be in attendance at the Shaw Centre on Thursday, January 30 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

It truly is a matter of life and death.

Registration for in-person participants can be completed using this link.

Please contact Natalia Hicks at is you have any questions.

Fostering Forever Friendships Hosting Adult Day Program

Fostering Forever Friendships focuses on fostering the independence and continued growth of adults 18-45 years old with special needs in a safe and inclusive environment. Our goal is to integrate the day program with opportunities to engage in creative outlets, to participate in community outreach, and to enhance daily living skills. Fostering Forever Friendships will run on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Virtual Mindfulness Group for Autistic Adults January & February 2020

The Public Health Agency of Canada is interested in exploring ways to help autistic adults cope with stress and anxiety. As part of this research, we are holding a free web based mindfulness group that will teach some new ways to better cope with these feelings. We are evaluating the outcome of these groups.

The group will take place weekly for 6 weeks

Time & Dates: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm (EST)

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Winter Parenting Programs January to March 2020

  • Parenting Through High Conflict Separation and Divorce – begins January 15 & 16
  • Effective Parenting Through Positive Discipline Seminar – January 23
  • Just For Dads – begins February 6
  • Beyond the Baby Blues (post partum depression/anxiety) – begins February 11
  • You’re Not the Boss of Me – begins March 24
  • Friends for Life (anxiety prevention for 7-9 year old’s) – begins March 25

Flyer Winter 2020 Beyond the Baby Blues

Flyer Winter 2020 Just for Dads

Flyer 2020 Friends for Life 7-9 year olds

Flyer Winter 2020 High Conflict

Flyer 2020 Effective Parenting Through Positive Discipline


Memory, Witness and Hope project January 25, 2020

The Memory Witness and Hope project is co-directed by Nathalie Spagnuolo and Josée Boulanger, both of whom are experts in disability issues, is funded out of the Huronia Settlement.  It is focused on collecting stories from survivors (Memory & Witness) and collecting “statements” from individuals with intellectual disabilities about what is most important to them in their lives (Hope).

Memory Witness Hope English_Invitation 2020