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Whew!! Things have been busy for me this summer!

I’m currently working on an essay on violence and disability for school, an article on functioning labels for AWN, and a piece on self-definitions of recovery for here.  Some of them, just when I think I have all the materials I need to finish them, someone mentions some very good resources that make me rethink some of my points or what to include more information. 

However, I’m also getting ready for Autistics Speaking Day 2011.  It was an overwhelming success last year, with such a small amount of planning and advertisement.  I’m excited to see the results of this year.  I’ve read some of the responses to ASDay last year, and it’s been incredible!! I am still blown away and amazed at people’s responses. 

So we’re doing it again!!! We’re a little bit more organized this year, got our Facebook event up in advance, and Kathryn and I have started an official blog so that we can compile everyone’s contributions in one spot.  It’s still under some work, but it’s up and running!

We’re also going to be looking for people to help us out.  Last year, we were a little overwhelmed by the flow of blogs.  Kathryn was incredible being able to keep on track of everything on Facebook, and I had my hands full on Twitter.  We’d like someone who is fairly familiar with social networking sites to help us out.  But more on that later. 

Yay!!!  Our blog is up!!


So I was on twitter yesterday, and a link in a tweet caught my eye. It was a link to this piece.

Curious and worried, I emailed Glenn Thibeault:

Hi, I would like to have more information on the autism spectrum disorder bills, especially on what the national strategy would entail and the reasoning for ABA/IBI, especially when there is very little good evidence that demonstrates that it is effective and beneficial for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.  In fact, many adults with ASD strongly disagree with ABA methods and traditional philosophy.  It would be beneficial for all people, children, teens and adults, if autistic people are included in the creation of legislation that ultimately affect them. (my signature)  

And he responded:


I can assure you that I spent a great deal of time liaising with autism groups before bringing these bills forward, and I have personal experience working with individuals with autism as prior to being elected to Parliament, I graduated from the Developmental Service Workers program at Cambrian College in Sudbury and I worked as a behavioural consultation in Vancouver.

Neither of these bills would force individuals to use ABA/IBI; they would simply ensure that no individual who wished to have access to the treatments could be refused by their provincial health service.

The two bills can be found online at:



All the best,


Now, as I’m not at home right now and am using my iPod, and it takes me a while to sort through and process what I’m reading on a bigger screen, I was wondering whether anyone had any more information on this? Or even thoughts and feelings about these two bills?

>I love buttons, the pin kind that I have a small collection of, and the image kind for links and stuff.  I’ve been busy working on assignments for school, but I do manage to browse a couple of places online, and decided I need a button.  So I made one. 

Feel free to use if you link to here.

And in other news, April is Autism Awareness Month, apparently.  Huh, that time of year again.  I always have fun with this, because I’m in Canada, and usually we have an Autism Awareness week sometime in Fall….

April is a rough month for me, to be honest.  The demands of schoolwork aside, it’s an emotionally rough month.  April 1st is the anniversary of my Grandpa’s death, and that was an event that deeply impacted me.  Each year, when it comes around, I am always struck with great grief.  Some years are better than others, some years I can get by just fine, other years I am struck with depression and anxiety, which shakes me up pretty badly.

Hopefully this year won’t be so bad, but please excuse me if I’m a bit absent a while longer. 

I have written a piece for The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism for April.  I’m not sure when it’ll be up, but I’m pretty sure that it will be, and I highly encourage people to check out all the stories they’ll be posting for this month.

>I got this email sometime after my last post, and was first distracted by jubilant glee, the fact that I have two assignments due Friday, and a complete emotional crash that I’m not going to get into on here. Let’s just say I had my hands full, and bounced around the entire range of human emotions, and almost the entire spectrum of functionality, within less than 12 hours.

Anyways, the email I got is this:

Hi Corina, We at “”, wanted to let you know that we featured your blog in one of our recent articles on our own blog. (50 Best Blogs for Special Needs Teachers), is linked below and could be a fun way to share this announcement with your readers. Either way, I hope you continue putting out great content through your blog. It has been a sincere pleasure to read. Thanks, Kaitlyn cole
I’m number #26, in the Neurodiversity section, where I am described as such: “In spite of its relatively lax update schedule, No Stereotypes Here still provides special education teachers with straightforward talks about the autism spectrum.”
I’m mentally adding “from an autistic adult” onto the description, but am fairly pleased (and laughing; I have an update schedule?).
There are also some other interesting blogs on the list, some which I know, others than are new and which I’m hoping to get to know soon.


I’m going to be extremely honest; there are some things about myself I don’t like, and one of them is how I’m still angry and hurt over the Autism Speaks “Autism Every Day” video, especially the parts with Alison Singer.  However, I understand that she’s changed, left Autism Speaks, and started the Autism Science Foundation.  Recognizing this, I am working towards healing the hurt I feel and beginning the process to forgive her.  I hope that one day I’ll be able to fully forgive her, and I am very glad that I’ve made this decision.  

Because really, there needs to be more science-based knowledge about Autism, and I think that the Autism Science Foundation plays a key part in “providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research” and contributing to Autism Awareness. 

They consider strict scientific standards and values to be essential in Autism research.  This is crucial to understanding Autism as it makes as sure as possible that the results are accurate, and better understanding means better approaches and supports in our communities.  Truly, this is one of the best gifts that can be given to families and individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

Currently, ASF is raising funds with Recipes4Hope, and every dollar raised will go towards science-based Autism research dedicated to discovering better ways to recognize Autism and implement better supports and enhance the lives of Autistic persons.

With the hope of a better future for all Autistic persons, I encourage everyone to contribute as you wish, to donate if you can, and to spread the word as far as you can.  

So I received this email from my sister-in-law, who is in New Brunswick working on her PhD. The Medical school she’s at is a partnership between the University of New Brunswick and Dalhousie University, and every year, the Health Professions run a fundraising event for a different charity. This year, they’re raising funds for the Provincial Autism Centre, and my sister-in-law thought I would be interested.

Here’s the letter:
To whom it may concern:
Each year Dalhousie’s Health Professions put together a performance called For the Health of It with the purpose of raising funds for a chosen organization. During this performance each health profession prepares a 12 minute skit with acting, song and dance to tell the story of their role in healthcare. Funds for this event are raised through ticket sales, a silent auction the night of the performance, selling advertisement space in the program, and monetary donations. This year’s performance will be taking place on November 27th, 2010 at the Rebecca Cohen theatre.
This year the annual fundraiser has chosen to dedicate its proceeds to the Provincial Autism Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with autism, their families, educators, healthcare professionals and researchers throughout Nova Scotia.
The Provincial Autism Centre works on a day-to-day basis to provide information materials, research assistance, a variety of program opportunities and a friendly atmosphere to support our members in their desire to understand autism, and assistance to individuals with autism so that they can live full and rich lives.
Their latest project has been to provide a day camp this past summer for children with autism. Providing 1:1 camper-counsellor ratio. It worked to support children with higher support needs to enjoy a well-rounded summer camp experience – an experience that they would not be able to access at any other camp.
Today we are asking for donations to raise money for this great cause. There are a number of ways in which you can help to make this year’s fundraiser a huge success.
These include:
· Donating goods or services for our silent auction.
· Purchasing advertisement space in our program (Information regarding the purchase space is provided on an additional form.)
· Donating funds of any denomination.
Thank you in advance for your kind support!

Of course, I’d like to be able to give you more information about the Provincial Autism Centre. Included in the materials my sister-in-law sent me was a letter that includes a list of some of the programs the Centre provides and runs:

  • Operate the Provincial Autism Centre Library – the largest specialized resource library related to ASD in the Atlantic Provinces
  • Deliver the vibrant Autism Arts program in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Provide Autism 101 information sessions upon request to community and professional groups
  • Host teen and adult social groups for people with ASD
  • Deliver Autism Works, a supported employment program to help young people on the Autism Spectrum to gain work experience which supports informed career choices later in life, and to support career success for teens and adults with ASD.
  • Facilitate yoga classes for adults with ASD
  • Publish Autistics Aloud – a newsletter written by and for people on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Facilitate gatherings that bring different professional groups and communities together
  • Host the Autistic Self-Advocacy Council-Nova Scotia – a group by and for adults on the Autism Spectrum with a mandate to provide access to good information about autism-related issues, educational opportunities and the chance to develop effective self-advocacy skills
  • Beginning in 2010, operate a summer camp to deliver a safe and rewarding experience to children with ASD

All of these seem, well, pretty nifty to me, so if you’re in the Nova Scotia area, I highly suggest attending the performance on November 27th.

Not long ago, I heard about a survey being done by the Redpath Centre on the needs of Autistic Adults. Looking at the website, I see that the purpose of the survey is to gather materials in order to advocate for better services.  Curious and always willing to help out, I emailed them, and received this reply:

Thanks for your interest in the Adults Count! Survey which is being led by The Redpath Centre. We wanted to bring you up-to-date on the project.

The survey will launch later this month and will be available for completion until spring 2011. All surveys can be completed on-line unless you request a paper version. The information gathered will be used to understand the needs of adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Ontario. It will take about 30 minutes to complete. There are three versions of the survey depending on who is completing it. It can be completed by:

(1) An individual 16 years old or older who has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (i.e., “Autism”, “Autism Spectrum Disorder”, “High-Functioning Autism”, “High-functioning Pervasive Developmental Disorder”, “Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)” or “Asperger Disorder/Syndrome”) by a professional; OR

(2) A family member (e.g., sibling, parent) who is knowledgeable about the needs of a specific individual, 16 years old or older, diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder; OR

(3) A professional (e.g., group home worker, Adult Protective Service Worker, therapist) who is knowledgeable about the needs of a specific individual, 16 years old or older, diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
If you have not notified us already, please let us know what version you would like to complete.
We hope to have a large number of people complete the survey to ensure the results are as comprehensive as possible, so please forward this email to individuals who may be interested. They can express their interest by emailing us at:
Thanks again for your interest in this important project. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Given the admirable goal of the survey, and the mission of the centre, I decided to pass this along for anyone who might be interested.


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  • Corina Becker: Hi Anonymous person who apparently doesn't feel like giving me a name to address, and thus hides behind anonymity!!! I never said the federal gov
  • Anonymous: I think that it is about time something is being done federally to help those with ASD to get much needed therapies for their disability and YES I do
  • Corina Becker: Hi Janine! Melody reads here? Awesome. I honestly had no idea she was aware of this blog.And thank you so much, I'm glad both of you like the bl