2016 News & Events Archive

News and Events 2016

33rd Annual Open House

Thank you to everyone that came out to the 33rd Annual Open House. Your presence and support are greatly appreciated. This year's Summer Program staff did a wonderful job of preparing for the event. The Olympic and Christmas themes were superbly done, the food was as awesome as ever. A giant Thank You to the 2016 Summer Program Staff -- an incredible and dedicated group!! Open House Picture

Thank You GoodLife Kids Foundation!

Goodlife Kids Foundation
Pasta Dinner special guests, Kasey Wiebe and Allison Mistakidis (pictured above) from GoodLife Kids Foundation presented Autism Services Inc. with a cheque for $5,000. The funding will be used to support the swimming portion of the Bruce Awad Summer Program. GoodLife Kids Foundation's Grant Program provides funding for ongoing physical activity programs for children with special needs. Find out more good things about the GoodLife Kids Foundation.

Thank You Costco Wholesale Windsor!

Costco Cheque Presentation
Special Guests from Costco Wholesale Windsor, Ted Corral and Rolly Laframbosie (pictured centre) were also at the Pasta Dinner to present a cheque for $5,000 to support the Bruce Awad Summer Program. Costco Wholesale is committed in its support of charitable activities in the communities where it operates. Costco dedicates the balance of its charitable contributions to children's initiatives, specifically in the areas of health, welfare and education, as well as to families in need. The families and children that attend the Summer Program are grateful to the Windsor Costco Store for its generous support.

Thank you to Summer Staffer Britney Peters!

Third year Summer Staffer Britney Peters participated in the Miss Universe Canada Western Ontario pageant this past spring. Britney decided to use her platform to promote awareness about Autism and to raise money for the Bruce Awad Summer Program. Britney successfully raised $1000 for the Summer Program. On behalf of the students and families in the Summer Program, thank you Brit! You are an inspiring young woman. We wish you the best of success in your future endeavours. Pic of Brit and Summer Student

Ontario Ombudsman Report on Adult Services

On Wednesday, August 24, the Ontario Ombudsman released his report "Nowhere to Turn", an investigation into the province's services for adults with developmental disabilities who are in crisis situations. The Ministry of Community and Social Services has accepted all 60 of the Ombudsman's recommendations. Watch the Ombudsman's remarks here. For the full report see here.

Local Schools Make Donations

A big thank you goes out to the students and staff at St. Joseph's Catholic High School for their $800 donation made in memorial of Amy Wagner. Another big thanks to the staff and students at Ecole E.J. Lajeunesse for their dona it on of $280 which was raised through the sale of puzzle piece necklaces in exchange for dress down tickets. And finally, another thank you to the staff and students of A.V. Graham Public School for their $200 donation which was raised through autism awareness events in April. All money will be used to support the students who attend the Bruce Awad Summer Program.

OPSEU Local 101 Donates to ASI

Thank you to the members of OPSEU Local 101 -- the Union for Allied Health Hospital Professionals from Windsor -- for their gernous donation of $750. Every year the Donations Committee select a number of charities from the community to support. ASI and the families we support that attend the Bruce Awad Summer Program are grateful for their support this year.

ASI Receives $1400 Grant from WFCU Community Investment Program

WFCU Cheque Presentation Once again, ASI is the a fortunate recipient of a WFCU Community Investment Grant. In 2015, we received a $2500 grant to purchase iPads for the Bruce Awad Summer Program. The iPads were a wonderful and much needed addition to the classroom equipment. The grant this year will be used to purchase musical instruments for the music therapy portion of the program. The ASI staff, families and children who attend the Bruce Awad Summer Program are grateful for the continued support from WFCU.

Via Rail Has a New Support Person Policy

VIA Rail has adopted a new policy for persons with disabilities who are traveling with a support person. According to VIA's policy, in order to travel with a support person at no additional cost, the person with a disability must: (1) Provide a signed Medical Certificate from a licensed medical doctor or licensed mental health professional (ex. Psychiatrist or psychologist); and (2) The Medical Certificate must state that the person cannot travel alone without a Support Person; and (3) The Medical Certificate must be dated and signed one year or less prior to the date of train travel, unless the Medical Certificate indicates that the disability is permanent. VIA Rail's new policy is an important step towards making rail travel in Canada more accessible. See more at VIA Rail.

New Ministry of Children and Youth Services Autism Announcement, June 28, 2016

Ontario is providing more support for children and youth with autism, including an accelerated implementation of the new Ontario Autism Program. The new program will provide all children, regardless of age, with more flexible services at a level of intensity that meets each child's individual needs, significantly reduce wait times for service, and increase the number of treatment spaces available to serve more children and accommodate the rising prevalence in autism diagnoses. Implementation of the new Ontario Autism Program was originally slated to begin in 2018, and will now begin in June 2017, effectively reducing the transition period by half. See News Release.

8th Annual Pasta Dinner

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the 8th Annual Pasta Dinner on April 22nd and helped to make it a very successful fundraising event. We had a sold out crowd and raised over $22,000 for the Bruce Awad Summer Program. We would like to thank all our generous Table Sponsors, The Real Canadian Superstore (Dougall Road), The Royal Canadian Legion Ambassador Branch, all the local businesses, organizations and families who generously donated raffle and auction items, all the wonderful volunteers and summer staff who helped organize, set up, bake and run the event. We could not have done it without the help of many.

Pictures from the dinner are now available at this link: https://asipastadinner.shutterfly.com. You do not need to be a member to view pictures but you will be required to register if you would like to download a free copy to your computer.

Sponsor Poster

Autism Awareness Hair Clips

Hair clipThese lovely hand-cut metallic blue leather puzzle pieces attached to either a hair clip, headband or a brooch pin to wear on your shirt are available for a limited time! Each item is $8 and is locally handmade. All net proceeds go directly to Autism Serives Inc. To order please email Lisa or send her a message via facebook at www.facebook.com/ellebeeacc.

Cineplex Sensory Friendly Screenings

Cineplex Entertainment in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada will be presenting Sensory Friendly Screenings. This program provides a sensory friendly environment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder or anyone for whom the environment is suitable and their families to view new release films in theatres across the country including Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall.

These screenings are presented in a lights up, sound down environment. These screenings will take place approximately every 4-6 weeks on Saturday mornings at 10:30am. Next movie: Angry Birds on Saturday, June 4. Upcoming movies: Finding Dory, on July 2 and The Secret Life of Pets on August 6. Please contact the threatre to confirm dates and times. See details and full schedules here.

Thank You to WFCU Joy of Giving Program

On behalf of Autism Services and the families we support, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at WFCU and the Credit Union's Joy of Giving Program for choosing Autism Services Inc. as a recipient this holiday season. Your thoughtful generosity is greatly appreciated.

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Classroom Fund

To make an online tax deductible donation to the Summer Program Classroom Fund and help us reach our goal please visit our campaign page at CanadaHelps.com. If you prefer to make a donation by cheque please see details here.

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Autism Merchandise for Sale

We have a variety of autism awareness merchandise available for purchase at the ASI office. Please contact the office at 519-966-7283 if you would like to purchase any of the items.

Canadian Tire Money

ASI is collecting Canadian Tire money. Save up your Canadian Tire money and donate it to the 2013 Bruce Awad Summer Program. Our goal is to collect enough money to help offset the cost of life skills supplies for next year's Summer Program. Please call the office 519-966-7283 if you would like more information. Thanks!

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