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Toronto Catholic District School Board

 
October is Autism Awareness Month 
 

 
In Canada, October is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month.  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that includes impairments in language, communication skills, and social interactions combined with restricted and repetitive behaviours, interests or activities.  Today prevalence rates of ASD in Canada are approximately 1 in 66.
 
An increase in the number of students with Autism has been observed in the Toronto Catholic District School Board.  Currently there are over 1,700 students with Autism in our schools, making this the third largest exceptionality in the board.
 
The TCDSB offers a range of programs, services and resources to support students, staff and families.
 
Multi-disciplinary staff on the Autism Team are available on a referral basis to help support schools and students in building capacity around best practices focusing on ABA strategies.
 
Connections For Students is an Ontario government initiative, intended to facilitate the transition of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders from Autism Intervention Programs (AIPs) to school. This initiative partners schools boards with AIP providers.
 
The Program to Assist Social Thinking (PAST) is an elementary school program for students with high functioning Autism. Students are supported through a one-day per week withdrawal program.
 

Information about resources available through the Autism Department are available on the board’s portal Autism Programs and Services. Resources and materials for

board staff can be accessed at Autism Team Site.

 

Parent workshops for students transitioning into secondary school and for students transitioning into post-secondary will be offered in October and February.

 

 
During the month of October:
 

A group of students with Autism who attend the PAST program will be attending an overnight Outdoor Education experience at Teen Ranch.

 

 

Weekly tip sheets around best practices focusing on ABA Strategies will be shared with schools.

 
 
The following websites may be of interest for those looking to learn more about Autism.

 

Autism Ontario: www.autismontario.ca  

Autism Canada:  www.autismcanada.org

 
For additional information, please contact Autism Programs and Services
at 416-222-8282 ext. 2799
 
Watch out for information on events being planned for
World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd!
 
 
 
 
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