Looking for families for Facing Your Fears

Does your child struggle with anxiety or excessive worries?  Does your family spend a lot of time "working around" your child's fears?  Facing Your Fears is a program which helps children with autism learn how to cope with their fears and worries. As many with autism experience anxiety, Autism Community prioritized developing resources in this area.  We introduced Facing Your Fears, a group-based, cognitive-behavioural therapeutic anxiety management program for children (age 8-12) with high functioning autism.  We are hoping to run a second session of this ...

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Holiday Shopping Day – Registration Opens Oct. 21st

Saturday, December 16, 2017 10 am- 4 pm Grapeview Public School Pre-registration is required. Crowded malls, blaring music and bright displays can take their toll on many holiday shoppers, but for many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the simple experience of buying gifts for their loved ones, can be overwhelming.  Holiday Shopping Day allows children with ASD to share in the joy of selecting gifts for their family (and their family the joy of receiving them) in a safe and sensory-sensitive environment. For more information please ...

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Epic Win: Help on the Journey to Adulthood

The transition to adulthood is difficult for most young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The challenges associated with autism persist and can be heightened during this time. Without support, even those with ASD who are more able to live independently face challenges in getting and keeping employment, succeeding in college or university, making friends and having lasting relationships, and living independently. One program, designed for young people with high functioning ASD is My Life as an Epic Win, which is supported by Evan’s Ride for Autism Owen ...

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Evan’s Ride is almost here

June 10th is fast approaching!  It's not too late to register for Evan's Ride for Autism. Click here to register. Click here to download a pledge form (or pick one up at locations across West Niagara) Already signed up? Be sure to enjoy all of the day's activities. Before the Ride: Get a pre-ride coffee and Timbits compliments of Tim Horton's - Smithville Your bike need a little work?  Sean Green from Velofix will be on hand to meet your tune-up/repair needs Chris Biggs, of 97.7 HTZ-FM's Biggs and Barr morning show will again emcee the opening ceremon...

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Six Weeks until Evan’s Ride 2017

Its hard to believe it's only 6 weeks until Evan Sheldrake will be, once again, leading the way for Evan's Ride for Autism. Evan's Ride is Autism Community's annual fundraising event to support our programs like Facing Your Fears and My Life as an EPIC WIN.  Evan's Ride is an 11 or 22 km cycle through the scenic roads of West Lincoln followed by lunch and family-fun activities.   The fun begins at 9 am on Saturday, June 10th  at Sheldrick Transport in Smithville (2942 Thompson Road).  You can download the event flyer here. Evan’s Ride for Autism began in ...

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Evan’s Story

When Evan Sheldrake was 2, he was diagnosed as being severely autistic. His parents, Len and Denise, were told he would never speak or be able to learn complex tasks like riding a bicycle. When he was 12, the training wheels came off Evan’s bike -

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Evan’s Ride for Autism 2016

The 8th annual Evan's Ride for Autism took place over the back roads of West Lincoln on May 29th, 2016! Check out some of the highlights!

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5 Keys to Independence

Independence can be perceived as a huge concept and seem to be a very large goal to attain.  But truly, independence takes many shapes and forms - it can be small accomplishments that stand alone or a series of skills learned that add up to the ability to perform a very complex task.   The thread that runs through the development of all independent skills is becoming less dependent on others.  This has added benefits of improving self-esteem, lessening risk for depression and adding to a person's quality of life. Five keys to developing greater independence: Dev...

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