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Autistic Self-Advocacy Council of Nova Scotia (ASAC-NS) , Autism Nova Scotia Webpage

  The Autistic Self-Advocacy Council of Nova Scotia (ASAC-NS) is a community-based and self-directed not-for-profit group of people on the Autism Spectrum that gives people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Also known as people with ASD, autistic people, or people on the Autism Spectrum, and includes Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and other ASD diagnoses) an opportunity to discuss and learn about the issues, decisions, and practical day to day challenges that affect their lives, and the opportunity to support each other for greater overall success.
Autistic Self-Advocacy Network , Autistic Self Advocacy Network

  Our activities include public policy advocacy, the development of Autistic cultural activities, and leadership training for autistic self-advocates. We provide information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public through a number of different educational, cultural, and advocacy related projects.
Autistics Aloud , Editor: Patricia George-Zwicker

  Autistics Aloud is a Quarterly Publication that gives its space to Autistics living in Nova Scotia, Canada as a means to share our stories and our unique way of experiencing the world around us.
Opening Doors to Self-Determination Skills , Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

  This handbook deals with the skills you will need no matter what option you choose after high school, self-determination & self-advocacy skills.
Self-Advocacy Characteristics , Independent Living Research Utilization

  Self-Advocacy chart containing self-awareness, knowledge of rights, communication and leadership tips.
Wrong Planet

  Wrong Planet is the web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. We provide a discussion forum, where members communicate with each other, an article section, with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and more.
Bereavement - NAS

  It can be difficult to discuss death and bereavement, and to help a child or adult with autism to cope with a death.
Bereavement and Grief Resources

  A collection of articles exploring the effects of bereavement and grief on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Coping with Death | Center for Autism Research

  Coping with death can be particularly difficult for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for many reasons. First, it means change and loss.
Child Care Subsidy , Education and Early Childhood Development

  Helps eligible families pay for childcare at licensed child care facilities or family home day cares administered by a family home day care agency.The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development provides subsidies to the childcare facility or family home day care agency on your behalf. The subsidy is attached to your child. If you move to another child care facility or family home day care, the subsidy goes with you.
5 Point Scale

  The Incredible 5 Point Scale is away to help individuals understand how they might be feeling and when to start using calming techniques to avoid getting to a point of meltdown. It is very simple is structure and visually. It can be purchased through Autism Awareness Centre.
American Sign Language

  A brief introduction to American sign language and a list of resources to learn more.
And next comes L! , Dyan Robson

  Visual schedules, or visual daily routine charts, are a wonderful way to help ease transitions and reduce meltdowns for children. This list of free printable visual schedule pictures will make those daily routines a breeze! Free resource for social story templates.
Visual Supports , The National Autistic Society

  Visual supports can be used to communicate with people on the autism spectrum. They are adaptable, portable and can be used in most situations.

Read here for more information on visual supports.
Visual Supports Information Sheet , The National Autistic Society

  Helpful PDF handout from the National Autistic Society about visuals. How to create them, when to use them and much more. This is a helpful resource when working with someone with ASD who requires visual supports.
Functional Activities for Younger and Older Students , PECS

  Functional Activities for Younger and Older Students , PECS
     A variety of activities available in daily life, sorted by categories.
PECS - Helpful Handy Hints

  One page document with information on sensory overload and the impact on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
PECS - Preference Assessment , PECS

  If you are having a difficult time identifying a variety of specific preferences, review these categories (adding others as well!) and spend a couple of days simply watching what this person does when no other tasks are presented. Watching what a person likes to do during down time can be a powerful indicator of preference!
PECS Canada , PECS Canada

  PECS begins by teaching an individual to give a picture of a desired item to a “communicative partner", who immediately honors the exchange as a request. The system goes on to teach how to find distinctive differences between pictures and how to put them together in sentences. In the more advanced phases, individuals are taught to answer questions and to comments.
PECS Training Information

  This document provides a brief description of PECS ( Picture Exchange Communication System) and gives a link to where and when PECS training sessions are being offered.

  This link discusses various reinforcers and how to determine what might be a good reinforce for an individual. Reinforcers are very important to help a child or individual learn new behaviours and skills.
Picture Exchange Communication System , Special Learning, Inc.

  It is known that with autism, learning is easier when it is done visually. In PECS the child with autism will be able to initiate communication by handing out picture cards related to what he or she is thinking of. It could be a picture of bread, which would mean that the child is hungry or maybe a picture of a ball, which would convey play.
Access 2 Entertainment Card

  The Access 2 Card provides persons with a disability a personalized card printed with their name and the card’s expiry date. When going to their attraction of choice, they simply need to present the card along with a piece of ID (not required for cardholders who are minors), and their attendant will receive a free ticket. The Access 2 card is accepted at entertainment venues across Canada.
  http://easterseals.ca/english/access-2-card-program/ Contact : 1-877-376-6362
Autism Tool Kits

  Libraries throughout the Western Counties offer Autism Tool Kits available for borrowing. These have been made available by Autism Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Provincial Library. There are three types of tool kits including Sensory, Fidget, and Visual tools. This provides families and individuals in the community the opportunity to try out these tools and supports before creating or purchasing their own. Stop into your local library or contact Autism Nova Scotia for more information.
Government Resource Guide for Persons With Disabilities in Nova Scotia

  This guide provides a comprehensive list of community and government resources for persons with disabilities.
Nova Scotia Voters With Special Needs , Elections Nova Scotia

  This site outlines the variety of accommodations a suggestion for individuals with disability to participate at the voting stations.
Parking Permit Application

  Parking Permits (Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles), license plates or identification permits are available for vehicles regularly used for the transportation of persons with disabilities.
  http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/paal/rmv/paal277.asp Contact : 1-800-898-7668
EIBI Intensive FAQ

  This guide answers families frequently asked questions about the EIBI (Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention) program for young children with ASD in Nova Scotia.
Initiations and Interactions: Early Intervention Techniques for Children with ASD , Teresa Cardon

  Parents of children with a recent diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often feel overwhelmed, scared and anxious. Early intervention is the key to aid in the development of these children and for providing support for families dealing with a child’s social, communication, and behavioral problems. Lengthy waiting lists for services or a lack of full services in rural areas can leave parents feeling helpless and unable to meet their child’s needs.
Nova Scotia Early Childhood Development Intervention Services

  NS Early Childhood Development Intervention Services (ECDIS) provide province-wide specialized services to families of young children between birth and school entry, who either have a biological risk for or a diagnosis of, developmental delay. Consultation, information, support and services designed to meet the individual needs of each child and family are delivered in the child’s home and may extend to community based programs. Services emphasize the enhancement of skills and abilities through planned interactions to promote child development and family capacity.
  https://www.nsecdis.ca/ Contact : 1-844-292-6730
Parenting Journey

  Parenting Journey is a home visitation program that provides individual support for families experiencing complex social, emotional and familial challenges that may impact overall family functioning, parent-child relationships and the well-being and development of children/youth. Available for children and youth transitioning from the EIBI program.
8 Things Kids Should Know About Autism

  Educating children on Autism
Respite Guide

  Nova Scotia Respite Guide; A Guide for Caregivers of Children and Adults With Disabilities
Schools Plus

  Schools Plus is a collaborative inter-agency approach supporting the whole child and their family with the school as the center of service delivery.
Sensory Overload Explained

  Helpful information regarding sensory overload.
What is Autism?

  A resource article surrounding the topic of Autism.

  Since 2005, Independent Living Nova Scotia Association has offered ACEE (pronounced “ace”), a ten-month transition program for youth with disabilities who have completed high school but are not yet ready for the workforce or further education. Each year between 20-25 young adults are enrolled in this innovative program, which includes literacy and numeracy, employment orientation, career exploration and job placements in real-life workplaces
  http://www.ilns.ca/#!acee/c30h Contact : (902) 462-9787
Adult Service Centres

  Adult Service Centers were established in Nova Scotia to provide community-based vocational programs for adults with disabilities. Currently, Adult Service Centres provide employment, skills training and day program opportunities for adults with disabilities in communities across Nova Scotia.
  https://novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/AdultServiceCentres.html Contact : (902) 424-1980
Caregivers Nova Scotia

  Caregivers Nova Scotia provides programs, services, and strong advocacy for caregivers.
Parents' Place Yarmouth Family Resource Center

  We are here to offer you a place away from the routines of home; where you and your child can play and learn together. All Parents' Place programs and services are FREE!
Direct Family Support for Children

  This is a link to the Department of Community Services Disability Support Program website. Direct Family Support for Children (DFSC) and Enhanced Family Support for Children (EFSC) provide funding to enable families to support their child with a disability at home. DFSC and EFSC provide funding for the purchase of respite services to assist with scheduled breaks for family care givers. An enhanced funding component may be available for children and families who meet EFSC eligibility criteria.
Flex Program

  This is a link to the Department of Community Services Disability Support Program website. The Flex program provides individualized funding to participants living at home with their families or who live independently with support from their families or personal support networks.
Application for Social Insurance Number

  This document is for individuals who do not have a Social Insurance number. It includes general information on the process, as well as the application form.
IWK Health Centre

  The IWK Health Centre provides quality care to women, children, youth and families in the Maritime provinces and beyond.
Autism Nova Scotia

  Autism Nova Scotia strives to build community capacity to enhance understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of families and individuals living with ASD across the province.
  http://www.autismnovascotia.ca/ Contact : Email: info@autismns.ca
Highland Community Residential Services

  Highland Community Residential Services (HCRS) is dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs, and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities or mental health challenges.

Highland Community Residential Services (HCRS) exists to foster personal growth, independent living and a high quality of life for persons with a developmental disability and/or who are dealing with a mental health challenge. Our goal is to provide lifetime opportunities for individuals to live independently to the fullest extent of their ability within their community.
Nova Scotia Early Childhood Development Intervention Services

  NS Early Childhood Development Intervention Services (ECDIS) provide province-wide specialized services to families of young children between birth and school entry, who either have a biological risk for or a diagnosis of, developmental delay. Consultation, information, support and services designed to meet the individual needs of each child and family are delivered in the child’s home and may extend to community based programs. Services emphasize the enhancement of skills and abilities through planned interactions to promote child development and family capacity.

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