The Ontario Ombudsman has released the report, Nowhere to Turn, investigating the Ministry of Social Services’ response to situations of crisis involving adults with developmental disabilities.
The report focuses on individuals with complex needs in urgent situations noting “many of these vulnerable individuals found themselves living in untenable circumstances as a result of system failure”.
Read the entire report, including the 60 recommendations and the Ministry of Social Services’ responses.
https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Files/sitemedia/Documents/NTT-Final-EN-w-cover.pdf Read More
If you are between the ages of 15-30 with a disability or with life experience, work experience or academic experience related to disability and accessibility are invited to apply to participate in the Ottawa forum. Deadline to apply is September 15, 2016. Read More
The University of Windsor is looking for fathers across Canada of children with autism aged 4-11 years old for the study titled “Family Quality of life for Fathers of Children with Autism”. The purpose of this study is to learn more about how things like social support, coping skills, and online supports affect family quality of life for parents/caregivers of children with autism aged 4-11 years. Participation includes a 30 minute online questionnaire. See poster for more details. Read More
Largest-ever whole genome autism study yields clues on how autism-linked gene changes arise. Read More
An enthusiastic sentiment shared when a participant was asked about their recent experience in the EmploymentWorks Canada program. "It helped me, and it might help you! It helped me get over my anxiety and introduced me to new skills, new people, and different job opportunities. It was amazing and really fun." Read More
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. Read More
Read the early findings from 15 studies by clinicians and researchers in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network and the Autism Intervention Research Network for Physical Health Read More
Today, the Autism Speaks MSSNG program announced its largest upload and release of whole genome sequences from people affected by autism and their family members. The release includes nearly 3,000 genome sequences from participants in the Autism Speaks Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE). More Read More