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Bruce Awad Summer Program Overview

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Since 1984, Autism Services Incorporated has provided a Summer Program for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It offers a program of daily support in the months of July and August to individuals between 6 to 21 years who have a psychiatric diagnosis of autism. A director oversees the program that employs a staff of supervisors and support workers. Post secondary students are recruited and trained to work in this highly specialized program. As a show of appreciation to Bruce Awad, the creator of the program, the Board of Directors of ASI officially named the program "The Bruce Awad Summer Program" on June 14, 2010.

An attempt to provide a staff to student ratio as close to one-on-one as possible is critical to the success of the program. The number of persons accepted into the program each year depends on the amount of funding received from provincial and federal government grants, donations and proceeds from various fundraising events sponsored by the Board of Directors of ASI. Due to the tremendous need in the community, there is often a waiting list of families who wish to enroll their child into ASI's Summer Program.

The Board reviews criteria for admission into the summer program annually. An Admissions Committee that consists of the Director of Summer Programs and several members of the Board of Directors determines admission into the program. Family needs as they relate to the admissions criteria are considered on a case-by-case basis. The high staff to student ratio is necessary and also very costly. The family's fee for the Monday through Friday full day supports covers a small portion of the high costs and assists ASI in its efforts to serve as many families as possible. ASI's attempts to lobby the Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services for additional funding to meet families demands for the summer program is an ongoing effort aimed at reducing costs so more families can be served.

Our Program is a highly structured one and individuals and their families have expressed their satisfaction and happiness with the program. Some of the fun daily activities include aerobics, arts and crafts, music time, cognitive activities, food preparation, housekeeping duties, daily living skills, swimming, and a variety of appropriate community outings. The high staff to student ratio enables us to provide the people we support with the attention they need to help them reach their highest potential when practicing skills. This ratio is essential to ensure the safety of individuals who have more challenging behaviours associated with autism, such as aggression and/or self-abusive tendencies. Safety for the people we support, for staff and for others is our highest priority; consequently, ASI provides a ratio as close to one on one as possible to ensure a safe and pleasant environment.

The Autism Resource Team at Windsor Regional Children's Centre and Thames Valley Children's Centre, assist with extensive training for the staff including topics such as behaviour modification techniques, understanding family stress and coping with autism. A communication and case review on individual clients is also a component of the training.

An Annual Open House is held in August and is open to the general public. Announcements are prepared and distributed with the assistance of the summer program students and staff.

The Board of Directors carefully reviews the Program Director's final report, staff performance evaluations and most importantly the families' program evaluations in an effort to continuously improve the program.

Read the history of ASI here.

Wish List for 2018 Summer Program

If you or your organization would like to donate items and supplies for the 2018 Summer Program please contact the office at 519-966-7283 or email to make arrangements. New items or gently used items are preferred. Thank you!

News for Parents

2019 Bruce Awad Summer Program

The application process for the 2018 Summer Program is now closed. If you would like to receive a 2019 registration package please contact the ASI office at 519-966-7283 by November 3, 2017. You can also download and fill out the new student form and return by email or in person to Autism Services Inc., 3600 Curry Ave. Windsor, ON N9E 2T6. (Please note: When filling out the new student form online, you may need to first save it to your computer and then fill it in using Acrobat Reader. Once completed save the form again and attached it to your email.) Download PDF of Summer Program Criteria here.

Summer Program Admissions Criteria

  • All students require a diagnosis of ASD in accordance with the American Psychiatric Association (APA). First time applicants must submit an assessment & diagnosis report.
  • Students must be 6 years of age by June 30th and not over 21 years of age by August 31st.
  • Students MUST NOT live in a residential setting.
  • Student's behaviours must be manageable within the resources and supervision the summer program is able to provide.
  • Students must be exempt from any extreme health care conditions or needs.
  • All applications must be received by the deadline date. Returning students will be considered priority provided their application is received by the deadline date. Attendance, punctuality, and behaviour concerns will also be considered before admission is granted.
  • A $200 deposit fee is required with the application. This deposit will be applied to the balance of the program fees and WILL NOT be refundable unless you are not accepted into the program.
  • Autism Services Inc. reserves the right to refuse to provide services to any student when the program staff determines that the student cannot be provided with adequate support by ASI. These decisions are made on an individual basis by the Executive/Summer Program Committee.

Summer Program Fees

The program fees for 2018 have not been set at this time. The program fee for the 2017 Summer Program was $2,000 per student (this amount includes the $200 deposit). All applicants accepted into the program must meet payment due dates to be eligible for the summer program. Funding to help offset the program fee is available from other agencies and community programs. Funding received through Special Services at Home, Passport and ODSP can be applied to the program costs. You will need to arrange this with your Agency Service Coordinator.

The following documents are to assist parents with 2017 Summer Program fees.

Community Funding & Grants

Funding details will be posted in the new year as information becomes available. It is the family's responsibility to apply and obtain this funding. There are deadlines and certain qualifying restrictions to be eligible. Funding availability is subject to change.

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