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    Specialisterne ('the Specialists') is a social business concept that matches individuals on the autism spectrum with jobs primarily within the IT sector and in technically-oriented fields. Specialisterne Ireland is a Dublin, Republic of Ireland-based nonprofit that helps employers to understand the unique abilities of those on the Autism Spectrum, and how to foster successful employment.

    DECLAN* IS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM. He struggles with eye contact. He doesn’t interview well for jobs. He is uncomfortable in a suit. But Declan can focus for long periods of time analyzing information that others would find exhausting. He brings a unique approach to solving problems. He sees patterns in data that others miss. Declan isn’t disabled, Declan is a specialist.

    There is an organization in Ireland that values people like Declan and the [many] others on the island of Ireland who are on the autism spectrum.

    ...Specialisterne is tackling the fact that [most] of those on the spectrum in Ireland, are currently unemployed. The non-profit was established in Denmark in 2004 (Specialisterne is Danish for “the specialists”) and has expanded to Ireland thanks to founding members Frank Holt and Peter Brabazon, who both have sons with Aspergers. Specialisterne has assessed [many of these individuals] across Ireland and is placing [them] into employment at some of Ireland’s top companies including SAP, Microsoft and Intel. The partnership with these employers extends well beyond the placement. Specialisterne remains as a resource to each company ensuring that employment opportunities flourish.

    ...THE ASSESSMENT Candidates come to Specialisterne first so that they can establish what the individual’s skills and interests are. Often, the assessment includes a hands-on test involving the assembly of a robotic object. This is not intended to see how someone would simply “assemble something”, but assesses the candidate’s approach to problem solving. Do they like to work in a team or alone? Are they able to jump into something quickly or do they need more explanation? Each aspect helps determine where they will perform best and be happiest in a work environment. “You can’t get to know somebody over an interview for a half an hour with everyone sitting behind a table,” says Debbie Merrigan, Assessment Director at Specialisterne. “You’re investing in them. So I want to see how that person will work in a team, how they think. It’s important to get to see the person relax. Often with Asperger’s, for example, people can be nervous and have low confidence. Our tailored assessment process helps us see the candidate’s best attributes.”

    THE SKILLS Specialisterne recognizes that each person is unique and has a different skill set. Yet there are special skills that many candidates on the autism spectrum often bring to the marketplace. An affinity for repetition, strength with logic, an ability to see patterns and themes in data or words, these are all skills that tech companies value. Kristen Doran is the Senior Human Resources Business Partner for SAP Ireland. At SAP Ireland, Kristen has been the local lead on the ‘Autism at Work Programme’ partnering with Specialisterne. “We started working with Specialisterne at the end of 2012. We have six people now employed through the program, between our two sites in Galway and Dublin.” As a company, SAP has been noted for their commitment to providing employment opportunities to people on the autism spectrum. But that commitment stretches far beyond social responsibility. “This is about innovation and driving innovation by people who are on the spectrum because we think they are going to bring different perspective to the way we do our work,” explains Kristen. “It’s been proven in studies that it actually increases employee engagement, profitability, and the success of an organization.” According to Kristen, the entire team at SAP benefits. “We now understand that if someone is on the autism spectrum they can be highfunctioning and can add a lot of value. It has made people more open-minded within the organization about how they do their own jobs because they see people who approach it in a different way.” The Ireland Funds are proud to [sponsor] Specialisterne in their work to bridge employment needs and opportunities with the autism community in Ireland...
    Here is a link to a video from Specialisterne Ireland from just over a year ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndGW9L_oa5E

    [source: https://irelandfunds.org/wp-content/...ialisterne.pdf ]

  • #2
    The subject of the post from a couple of days ago was Specialisterne ('the Specialists'), a social business concept that matches individuals on the autism spectrum with jobs primarily within the IT sector and in technically-oriented fields. Specialisterne Ireland is a Dublin, Republic of Ireland-based nonprofit that helps employers to understand the unique abilities of those on the Autism Spectrum, and how to foster successful employment.

    In North America, Ausome Ottawa is an Ottawa, Ontario, Canada-based nonprofit that attempts to enrich the lives of those individuals affected by Autism through sport. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Ottawa area...
    ...The organization helps them adapt to the unique challenges that autism can present, this includes, but is not limited to:
    • teaching kids with autism physical literacy skills – the skills they need to run, jump, throw, and play with others;
    • training adults who [are in direct contact with] kids with autism in with specialized knowledge and skills for community sport and recreation (coaches, instructors, caregivers, educators); and,
    • providing [adaptive] sports programs like soccer, basketball, gymnastics, water polo and more.

    Ausome’s Founders ...were finding that kids with autism were often not participating in organized sport. As they explored autism services in the region, they noted a lack of affordable and accessible sports programming for children with autism and their families. They decided to build the opportunity as a result.

    “We have created something that was desperately needed and is much appreciated. We have served, and continue to serve, [many] children in the Ottawa area, and though our adult autism training program is less than a year old, we have trained over [many] to feel more confident including participants with autism in community sport and recreation. “ says [Liisa Vexler.]

    Everyone in our community, including those touched by autism, should be able to enjoy sport and physical activity, free of barriers.

    They could not have accomplished this alone. Ausome Ottawa is very grateful for the [community's backing] as well as [the backing of various nonprofits.]

    This year, Ausome will begin offering summer sports camps and are exploring some interesting partnership opportunities with local non-profits and businesses. They will also be expanding on their existing sports, physical literacy, and adult training programs. Ausome is always open to potential partnership opportunities, especially with those who share their vision of a world with an inclusive sport landscape.
    Here is a link to photos from Ausome Ottawa's first anniversary celebration from about four-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...55628511454988

    [source: https://apt613.ca/ausome-ottawa-wins...impact-awards/ ]

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    • #3
      The subject of a post from a few days ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

      To the west, the Northwest Autism Center is a Spokane, Wa-based nonprofit that exists to build, facilitate, and coordinate comprehensive services for those with autism spectrum disorder and various other challenges through the lifespan, using community based approaches. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Spokane area
      ...
      Meet Julia. She has electric-red hair, a yellow-felt body, loves painting and lives on “Sesame Street.” Julia, a Muppet on the long-running children’s show, has autism. She debuted in April 2017...

      Stacey Gordon, Julia’s Muppeteer, has a child with autism, [said Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop senior vice president for U.S. social impact.] “Sesame Street” also regularly solicits feedback from the autism community to ensure Julia is an authentic portrayal of a child with autism.

      An example of this is Rose, Julia’s companion dog. Companion and service dogs are common in the autism community, said Dana Stevens, Northwest Autism Center director.

      “Wandering or elopement, it’s not running away necessarily,” Stevens said. “… There’s multiple reasons why (children wander away). Trying to get away from stressful situations, overstimulus, they want to go someplace and they don’t understand why they can’t, and they’re so fixated on going that they don’t realize their environment.”

      Stevens said such circumstances are dangerous: Children with autism have a 50 percent chance of wandering off, four times greater than other children.

      ...Stevens said service dogs can be a great tool to deal with wandering. In the case of Julia, Rose is meant to be a companion dog, Betancourt said.

      ...The new episode and the resources on the [Sesame Street and Autism website] website are an effort to recognize Autism Awareness month.

      “Sesame Street” said the new episode – which debuts Monday – will focus on Julia’s haircut. Stevens said this is a good choice, because many children on the spectrum struggle with this activity. The Northwest Autism Center provides intensive treatment to help children with autism tolerate a haircut. Betancourt said the haircut is another way Julia deals with her sensory sensitivity.

      “We decided that, for our program, it was a wonderful way to model for not only Julia, but include her friends,” Betancourt said. “Alan sort of sets up a situation where Julia, they almost role-play a haircut and they go over all the parts of going through a haircut. … Sensory sensitivity is addressed in the haircut episode in the context of what is a scissor, what does it do.”

      Julia is important for representation of children with [various challenges,] but Stevens said the Muppet also teaches children that differences can be understood and embraced. Betancourt echoed this sentiment, pointing out that many children have anxiety surrounding haircuts.

      “It’s their peers, they are going to grow up with these children, and it’s just like any other form of diversity,” Stevens said. “It’s just a matter of understanding and knowing how to be a friend to everybody.”...
      Here is a link to photos from the Autism Society of Wa Spokane Chapter's 'Steps for Autism' event from just over four years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...34699743257933

      [source: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...-muppet-great/ ]

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      • #4
        The subject of a post from almost a week ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

        To the west, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada...
        Autism Speaks Canada (ASC) is the leading autism science organization, and thanks [to the backing of many organizations] ...a total of $3,400,000 [was raised] to help enhance Autism Services in Canada. ASC will be holding our annual fundraiser walk Sunday, September 30th at the Pacific Autism Center ...This event offers participants a free fun-filled day, with free lunch, bands and interactive booths.
        Here is a link to photos from the Vancouver Autism Speaks Canada Walk from about two-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...36369313130904

        [source: https://volunteeringvancouver.ca/non...ancouver-walk/ ]

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        • #5
          The subject of a post from just over a week ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

          To the southwest, the Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania is an Erie, Pennsylvania-based nonprofit providing information and services specific to the local area...
          The two-mile walk [at Presque Isle State Park] benefits the Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania and is held to increase awareness of autism, fund projects and activities for individuals with autism in our community. [Events will include] jumping inflatables (weather permitting), ...arts & crafts, theme basket auction and autism merchandise booth...
          Here is a link to a video on the Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania annual Walk from just over a year ago: https://www.facebook.com/13354978334...01540727364083

          [source: https://erie.macaronikid.com/events/...sle-state-park ]

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          • #6
            The subject of a post from just over a week ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

            To the east, the Autism Society of Maine is a Winthrop, Maine-based nonprofit that serves individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, professionals, and communities. It attempts to this by providing education, advocacy, referrals, and resource development...
            April is Autism Awareness Month ... [and] many activities are planned to raise awareness and funds for research.

            The walks will be held at several locations [including at the] University of Maine in Bangor...

            Each walk will offer t-shirts, various snacks, face painting and local first responders.

            Getting [those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders,] involved with their local communities is a big part of these walks, note the organizers, such as meeting [others in a similar situation] and having the opportunity to be part of a bigger picture.

            The walks will start at noon with [many] participants. Interested and potential walkers may register online ...or on site.

            The puzzle pattern on the autism ribbon reflects the mystery and complexity of autism.

            The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of [those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.]

            The brightness of the ribbon signals hope through research and in the increasing awareness of people about autism...
            Here is a link to a video on the Autism Society of Maine's annual Walk from over five years ago: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...20shore%20walk

            [source: https://www.turnerpublishing.net/new...tism-april-29/ ]

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            • #7
              The subject of a post from just over a week ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

              To the southwest, the Chicago, Illinois metropolitan area is also home to an annual North Shore Walk for Autism Speaks...
              ChildFirst Behavior Therapy, a local provider of progressive ABA therapy for children affected by autism, announced today that it has sponsored the upcoming Autism Speaks Walk on Chicago’s North Shore on April 28, 2019.

              “As the parent of a child with autism, I know how important it is to [be there for others] facing [similar] challenges,” said Ashley Musial, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and founder of ChildFirst Behavior Therapy. “We’re proud to be a part of the Illinois autism community and we know that together, we can bring each other hope for what’s ahead.”

              The Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest fundraising event dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with autism. [Walk participants] will travel ...around New Trier High School with the goal of raising $195,000 ...for [those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.] ChildFirst [staff will be at] the event at a sponsored tent marked by green and white ChildFirst balloons.

              For Musial, supporting Autism Speaks is a natural extension of ChildFirst’s community outreach, which also includes speaking engagements for parent groups.

              “Every time we interact with [others in similar situations], we have a chance to make a difference in their lives,” Musial said. “Our entire practice is excited to help make an impact.”
              Here is a link to photos from Chicago's North Shore Walk for Autism Speaks from just over six years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...53133016971998

              [source: https://enewschannels.com/autism-spe...s-north-shore/ ]

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              • #8
                The subject of a post from nearly two weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                To the southwest, the Tampa Bay area in Florida is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
                The Central Florida Chapter of Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that the 10th annual Tampa Bay Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Tropicana Field, home of Major League Baseball's (MLB) Tampa Bay [team.]

                This will be the first year the ballpark will host Tampa Bay Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The [Tampa Bay-based team] have been [heavily involved in] the annual walk for the past two years. In addition, the [Tampa Bay-based team will] host an annual autism awareness game ...as part of MLB's league-wide initiative around Autism Awareness Month in April.

                ...All event proceeds from the Walk will [go to] Autism Speaks...

                The Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks, drawing [many] participants...

                Each Walk Now for Autism Speaks event is unique, offering a safe and fun day for [those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.] The day includes a two to three-mile Walk and Community Resource fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities - a true "one-stop-shop" for [those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.]

                "We are proud of our partnership with Autism Speaks and it is a privilege to be hosting this 10th Annual Tampa Bay Walk at Tropicana Field," said Mark Fernandez, Senior Vice President [of the Tampa Bay-based MLB team.]...
                Here is a link to photos from the Tampa Bay Walk for Autism Speaks from nearly six years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...53393443029052

                [source: https://www.mlb.com/news/10th-annual...eld/c-99852248 ]

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                • #9
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                    • #11
                      The subject of a post from two weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                      To the south, Baltimore, Maryland is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
                      A sea of blue filled the Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University Sunday morning.

                      [Many individuals affected by Autism] showed up for the Autism Speaks Walk to celebrate their fundraising achievements to further autism research, awareness, and resources.

                      [They] raised nearly $220,000, that went to Autism Speaks.

                      “I want everyone to feel like they belong. I also want people to have fun at this walk that's reasonable, but my main reason is to spread the word about autism and to make everyone feel like they belong,” said Conner of Team Conner's Crew...
                      Here is a link to photos from the Baltimore Walk for Autism Speaks from about three-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...54812512201493

                      [source: https://www.wmar2news.com/lifestyle/...sm-speaks-walk ]

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                      • #12
                        The subject of a post from just over two weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                        To the southwest, the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research is a Lubbock, Texas-based nonprofit that serves individuals affected by Autism by providing services, preparing educators, and conducting research. Individuals affected by Autism includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the northwest Texas area...
                        On Thursday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Janice Magnus from the Burkhart Center for Autism Education talked ...about their upcoming event.

                        ...The 2013 Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness will take place this weekend ...Any and all donations made at the event will go to benefit the Burkhart Center. There will also be information booths set up about autism, as well as games and activities for the kids.

                        The walk will take place Saturday, April 27th...

                        Gates open at 1:15 PM and the walk will last from 2 PM to 4 PM...
                        Here is a link to photos from the the Burkhart Center's Walk for Autism Awareness from just over four years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...88093127907799

                        [source: https://kfyo.com/burkhart-center-to-...eekend-audio/]

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                        • #13
                          The subject of a post from just over two weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                          To the southwest, Houston, Texas is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
                          Thousands gathered in downtown Houston Sunday at Minute Maid Park for the annual Autism Speaks walk.

                          “The primary goal of the walk is twofold- we’re going to raise awareness in the community and we’re going to raise funds,” event co-chair Allyson Johnstone Howard.

                          ...“...If you talk to enough people, you’re going to run into someone who is affected by autism,” Uti Pieters- Gray said.

                          Her son is autistic. Pieters-Gray said sometimes adjusting to new situations is very hard for them.

                          “Changes in their routine can be a big problem, but communicating ...can be an obstacle for them,” she adds.

                          Cost can also be an obstacle. It can cost an additional $60,000 per year per child for their special needs care, and across a lifetime it can be anywhere from $1.4 to $2.4 million in expenses....
                          Here is a link to photos from the Houston Walk for Autism Speaks from over four-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...57530188775593

                          [source: https://cw39.com/cw39/thousands-turn-out-for-autism-speaks-walk/ ]

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                          • #14
                            The subject of a post from just over two weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                            To the southwest, the Autism Society-Dayton Chapter is a Dayton, Ohio-based nonprofit that serves those individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the greater Dayton area...
                            Register now to join the Dayton Autism Society in our annual ...Walk / Run for Acceptance. You can come out to the Payne Rec Center in Moraine, Ohio to join us in person or register to walk/run virtually from anywhere that weekend.

                            The Dayton Autism Society is a non-profit ...organization ran by dedicated volunteers. All proceeds from this fundraising event stays here ...to help individuals on the Autims Spectrum help cover the cost of therapy, adaptive equipment and services related to that Autism diagnosis.

                            ...Please help us by registering for our ...event, create a team, and set a fundraising goal for your own teams!

                            This event is almost here so register now!!!
                            Here is a link to a video from the nonprofit's Walk from just over five years ago: https://www.facebook.com/13479137720...53602510537205

                            [source: https://www.daytonlocal.com/active/d...ty-5k-walk.asp ]

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                            • #15
                              The subject of a post from almost three weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                              To the southwest, the Chattanooga Autism Center is a Hamilton County, Tennessee-based nonprofit that provides services to those affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Southeastern Tennessee area...
                              [Many individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] participated in this year's ... Autism Awareness Walk that started bright and early at Coolidge Park Saturday morning.

                              Mayor Andy Berke gave a quick speech to kick off the event then hundreds of people took off and walked miles throughout the downtown area all for a good cause.

                              "I walked for Autism Awareness to help people out that have Autism like my brother his name is Mathew," said Autism Awareness Walk Participant.

                              [Many teams] arrived around 10 a.m., prepared to raise money, offer support and walk over two and a half miles while enjoying a beautiful view of the scenic city.

                              "...They started in Coolidge Park went across the Walnut Bridge and around the Art District," said Dave Buck, Chattanooga Autism Center.

                              Channel 3 tagged along and several family's like Jimmy and Gina Mitch, that helped organize this event said that is dear to their heart.

                              [Many of those] that arrived [for] the Autism Awareness event also enjoyed activities that were set up for kids while [being there] with others that may understand what life is like living with someone with Autism.

                              Over $50,000 was raised Saturday...

                              "The money will stay local. It will [help those affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, in the southeastern Tennessee area]" said Buck....
                              Here is a link to a video from the Walk for Autism awareness held in Hamilton County, Tennessee from about three-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/16951795656...55357074644077

                              [source: https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/2392565...wareness-walk]

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                              • #16
                                The subject of a post from nearly a week ago was the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, a Lubbock, Texas-based nonprofit that serves individuals affected by Autism by providing services, preparing educators, and conducting research. Individuals affected by Autism includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in northwest Texas and surrounding areas.

                                To the northeast, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation...



                                Here is a link to photos from the Ottawa Walk for Autism Speaks Canada from almost two years ago:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...13096012231350

                                [source: ]

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                                • #17
                                  The subject of a post from about three weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                                  To the east, the South West Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia is a Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada-based nonprofit that creates opportunities for for those individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby areas of Nova Scotia...
                                  Michele LeBlanc, co-president of the South West Nova Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia, says around $10,000 was raised.

                                  “It all stays in our community,” she said.

                                  Money will be directed to several programs, including the Autism Arts program provided through the [local] Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch...

                                  The chapter funnels money to provide a therapist [for] children [with Autism Spectrum Disorders].

                                  It also has a partnership with YACRO in the summer months [for] the summer recreation respite program.

                                  Children with autism and [various other challenges] are paired up through intake with staff to participate in different recreation programs or camp programs in the area. Last year the program supported [many individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders].

                                  “Those children wouldn’t have had opportunities to participate because their needs are great enough that they wouldn’t be able to go independently,” said LeBlanc.

                                  The chapter also organizes an Education Day and a Movie Day...

                                  The [South West Chapter] of Autism Nova Scotia assists [many individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] within the tri-counties.

                                  LeBlanc says she hopes more people step up to help in the future.

                                  “We’ve been a small board for some time. It would be wonderful if other community members would join. [It will help] things to function differently too.”

                                  This year nine walks were held in [Nova Scotia]. [The South West Chapter's] first Walk the Walk for Autism was held in 2011. Since then tens of thousands of dollars have been raised.
                                  Here is a link to photos from the nonprofit's Walk from nearly two years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...84209384944409

                                  [source: https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-ca...s-10000-87747/ ]

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                                  • #18
                                    The subject of a post from just over three weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                                    To the southwest, the Summit Center is a Getzville, New York based nonprofit that provides evidence-based services for those individuals affected with Autism and various other challenges. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Western New York...
                                    [Many] walkers [participated in] damp and cold weather [conditions] Saturday morning to help raise money for the Summit Center.

                                    “It’s a program that serves a variety of people with developmental concerns including autism. We serve [many] kids a year, and adults as well, in a variety of programs and services,” explained Stephen Anderson, CEO of the Summit Center.

                                    Those services make a huge difference for people like six-year-old Layla Lester.

                                    She was non-verbal before she came to the Summit Center, and now it’s a very different story.

                                    ...Community members donated money to send the Lesters to Disney World...

                                    Even this weekend, as community members came together to donate to the Summit Center, there was some Disney magic in the air. At one point Saturday morning, an acapella group from UB sang a Disney song medley to Layla, who danced along while waiting for the walk to begin.

                                    Layla’s mom, Jessica, credits the Summit Center with helping bring out Layla’s vibrant spirit and skills.

                                    “She can speak, she scripts a lot; she can read,” Jessica Lester said. “And they’ve taught her so many things that we’re not sure if she would have learned without Summit, honestly, because they taught us how to teach her.”

                                    Jessica Lester says the Summit Center also provides a sense of community with [others] who have similar challenges and needs.

                                    ...Saturday morning, Layla Lester was all smiles as her team hit the sidewalks for this year’s walk.

                                    Walkers were hoping to raise $300,000 at this 20th annual event.

                                    “We do a lot of different things and we don’t always have the funding we need,” Anderson explained. “It helps with our early intervention, starting early. ...we need this walk...”
                                    Here is a link to photos from the Summit Center's Autism Walk from just over three years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...16289155069319

                                    [source: https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news...rs/1959169588/ ]

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                                    • #19
                                      The subject of a post from just over two weeks ago was the Autism Society of Maine, a Winthrop, Maine-based nonprofit that serves individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, professionals, and communities. It attempts to this by providing education, advocacy, referrals, and resource development.

                                      To the west, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation...
                                      We want you to join us for a night of recognizing our local autism community and bringing acceptance to autism! April is Autism Awareness Month. Join the Senators as we raise awareness and support for those living with autism.

                                      ✓ $5 from each ticket sold through Autism Awareness night link to be donated to Autism Speaks Canada - Ottawa chapter through the Senators Foundation

                                      Funds raised will be donated to Autism Speaks Canada through the Ottawa Senators Foundation...

                                      ...Treatment
                                      • Early intervention is key to learning success in the treatment of children with autism.
                                      • Treatment must begin as early as possible; either prior to diagnosis or immediately after your child is diagnosed.


                                      ...There are [many] children on the waitlist for the intensive treatment program in Ontario.
                                      Here is a link to a video from the Ottawa Walk for Autism Speaks Canada from nearly three years ago: https://www.facebook.com/ottawasenat...56348810009477

                                      [source: https://www.nhl.com/senators/tickets/autism-night ]

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                                        The subject of a post from yesterday was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                                        In the United Kingdom, the North East Autism Society is a Chester-le-Street-based nonprofit that attempts to provide educational and residential programmes to those individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the North-east region...
                                        LANDMARKS and public buildings across the North-East turned gold last night to mark World Autism Acceptance Day.

                                        ...The colour blue has traditionally been associated with autism, but the North East Autism Society (NEAS) has switched to gold in recent years because it symbolises value and worth.

                                        John Phillipson, chief executive of NEAS, said: "Our focus is on what we can learn and change for the better, for those of us who are autistic."

                                        [Those affected by Autism] across the North-east made the most of the dry weather on Good Friday, as they took part in a Virtual Walk for Autism Acceptance, organised by the region’s leading autism charity, the North East Autism Society (NEAS).

                                        Meanwhile, [those affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] stepped out on World Autism Acceptance Day (Friday, April 2nd) to raise money for the Society, which was founded by a group of parents more than 40 years ago.

                                        The walk, which usually attracts large crowds to Sunderland’s Herrington Country Park, looked a little different this year due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, however NEAS’s message of acceptance remained the same and people still got into the spirit of the day, with many donning fancy dress for the occasion.

                                        And with the walk going online this year for the first time ever, people will be heading out to complete their individual walks over the long weekend.

                                        Six-year-old Jacob Sinclair, who is autistic and has mobility issues, raised more than £600 for the North East Autism Society...

                                        “I was on the NEAS website one day and Jacob appeared behind me and saw an advert for the walk. He said, ‘Mammy can we do the walk because I have autism and ...everyone should know that I'm just like them’,” Jacob’s mum, from Sunderland, said.

                                        “That was so emotional for me... And for me, as a parent, that is what it’s all about – acceptance and championing neurodiversity.”

                                        The Society - which provides [services including toddler groups and day services] - said the safety of its supporters, employees and the people they aim to serve was at the forefront of its planning.

                                        Kevin Meikle, fundraising manager for the North East Autism Society, said: “Autism Acceptance Week has looked a little different this year - but our message remains the same. Being aware of autism and autistic people requires very little – acceptance is much less passive. It requires boots on the ground – so what better way to show support than to take part in the walk.”

                                        To mark Autism Acceptance Week (March 29 – April 4) the Society has put on a number of events, including its groundbreaking Acceptance Matters Virtual Conference on Thursday, which attracted more than 500 people to sign up from across the globe and included a packed line-up including autistic speakers and practitioners.

                                        And the Life Science Centre in Newcastle became the first visitor attraction to be awarded the Gold Standard Autism Acceptance Award by NEAS.
                                        Here is a link to a video from the North East Autism Society's Walk from just over two years ago: https://www.facebook.com/15847442087...19522772114541

                                        [source: https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/ne...cceptance-day/ ]

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