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Below are linked several resources that can be helpful to students diagnosed with autism, as well as to the educators and caregivers thereof. These resources include brochures and guides created by the Autism Programs and Services Department of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), as well as external links to community organizations, educational and interactive websites, and information videos.

​Autism Awareness Resources ​​

Community Contacts

Links

Videos



Autism Awareness Resources 
Autism Awareness Resources
Bilingual resources associated with Autism Awareness Month that deal with understanding the behaviour, communication, and social skills of students on the autism spectrum.

Autism Awareness ResourceAutism and Behaviour – Understand the functions behind the behaviour of students diagnosed with autism, and how to respond appropriately. 

Autism Awareness ResourceA​utism and Communication Understand and support the ways, including non-verbal, in which students diagnosed with autism communicate.
         English brochure | French brochure

Autism Awareness ResourceAutism and Social Skills – Suggestions for strategies to support the socials skills of elementary and secondary school students diagnosed with autism.

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Community Contacts 
Community Contacts​
These community-led organizations provide information and resources on autism.

Aptus Treatment Centre for Complex Disabilities - Aptus Treatment Centre specializes in supporting children, teens, and adults who have a developmental disability. Aptus provides school supports, clinical services, community programs, and residential services throughout the GTA.

Autism Canada - Autism Canada is an autism advocacy organization with a national perspective on the issues currently facing those with ASD, their families, and other stakeholders.

Autism OntarioAutism Ontario is a leading source of information and referral on autism, and is one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community.

Geneva Centre for AutismGeneva Centre offers a wide range of clinical services tailored to all individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as online training courses for professionals and families. Their services are supported by a multi-disciplinary team of trained, experienced, and empathetic professionals.

Griffin Centre - Griffin Centre is a mental health agency that provides flexible and accessible services to children, youth, adults, and their families. Their services include assessment, service coordination and planning, individual, family and group counselling, specialized day/residential services, and respite services.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation HospitalHolland Bloorview provides hospital care, outpatient clinics, an integrated kindergarten school programme, assistive technology services, and community outreach activities to children and youth with disabilities, and their families.

Individualized Funding LibraryThe IF Library provides education and resources to people with developmental disabilities, their families, and agency providers, which will help them to better understand how to access and use individualized funding in Ontario.

Kerry's PlaceKerry’s Place creates and provides evidence-based supports and services across the province of Ontario that enhance the quality of life of those with ASD.

Lumenous Community Services – Lumenus provides mental health, developmental and community services to infants, children, youth, individuals and families.​

South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC)SAAAC aims to aid and empower newcomer and low-income families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), by engaging in a wide range of advocacy and awareness building initiatives, and providing free and subsidized support programs.

Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health - SickKids CCMH offers a range of in-person and virtual mental health services for children, youth, and their families, including prevention and early intervention, assessment, counselling and therapy, and intensive services.

Strides Toronto - An amalgamation of Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre and East Metro Youth Services, Strides Toronto is a multi-service agency addressing the mental health needs of children, youth, their parents, and families.

Skylark Children, Youth and FamiliesSkylark provides support services to children, young people, and their families struggling with complex mental health and developmental needs.

Surrey PlaceSurrey Place provides services and resources that allow people of all ages with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and visual impairments to lead healthy and socially inclusive lives.

The Etobicoke Children Centre (ECC)ECC supports children and youth who experience challenges related to mental health and autism by providing services such as prevention, early intervention, consultation, treatment, and transition support, according to each family’s unique needs.



Autism Services Links 

Links

These links lead to interactive activities, videos, storybooks, and other classroom resources.

Boardmaker ShareThis tool helps educators to create, edit and share interactive teaching materials.

Sesame Street and Autism - Developed with input from people with autism, people who serve the autism community, and parents, this website offers videos, activities, and other resources aimed at autistic children aged 2 to 5.

SETBCThis site provides student and classroom resources that enable educators to support and encourage social inclusion for students with complex needs.

Storyline OnlineThis award-winning children’s literacy website features celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, and aims to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as to inspire a lifelong love of reading.

Tar Heel Reader This website is a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches.

TCDSB Special Education Activites and Resources – The TCDSB Special Education Activites and Resources site provides distance learning resources relating to areas such as social narratives, visual supports, ABA strategies at home, and home routine scripts.​

York University Autism Mental Health Literacy Project (AM-HeLP) – York University's AM-HeLP created the Mental Health Literacy Guide for Autism in order to increase awareness and share knowledge around issues related to Autistic mental health. The guide was created with consistent input from autistic adults and families about their lived experiencs, and is meant to be read by everyone, but most importantly by Autistic adults, family members, professionals, policy-makers and leaders.​



Autism Awareness Videos 
Videos
These videos introduce the lives of some children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Amazing Things Happen - An animation voiced by children with autism, that aims to raise awareness and stimulate understanding and acceptance in future generations about what it means to be on the autism spectrum. Especially aimed at teachers, parents, and caregivers.

Autism: See The Potential - This video features autistic comedian Michael McCreary, and serves as an introduction to guide those who provide services and support to people diagnosed with ASD.

TEDx: Not Being Afraid Anymore In this video, sports writer Richard Coffey tells his story about what it’s like to navigate high-school with Asperger , and shows that the best way to learn about Asperger and Autism is simply not to be afraid to talk about it.



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