CASDA – Canadian Autism Leadership Summit 2017

By: Robin Brennan, Director of Autism Services, and Ola Kusnierz, Program Manager – ABA Services and Supports

CASDA is the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance, a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing a comprehensive National Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Framework. Woodview has been a voting member of CASDA for four years.

CASDA hosts a Leadership Summit each year to engage service providers, researchers, self-advocates, families, and policy makers in discussions to share information about provincial diversity, national initiatives, community based services, and research in the ASD field.

This year’s Summit was held in Ottawa from April 3rd to 5th and included presentations by Senator Jim Munson and MP Mike Lake, as well as a reception on Parliament Hill.

The Summit began with a select group of registrants tackling key areas of employment for youth and adults with autism. Discussion groups brainstormed the core skills job coaches require, possible accreditation of job coaches, development and assessment of key skills for job readiness, as well as reviewing the current national employment initiatives. The opportunity for participation in national working groups was also presented.

Woodview’s Job Train Program, in collaboration with MacART and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), garnered much interest from across the country. The Job Train Program teaches 15 to 17 year olds with ASD work readiness skills through a 12 week Job Club, while providing 8 weeks of paid job coach supported summer employment at McMaster University.

Dr. Jonathan Weiss was the highlight of day two. He presented his work to date as the Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research. Dr.Weiss’ research focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with ASD, including cognitive-behavioural and social skill interventions to promote resilience and improve the mental health of children and adults with ASD.

The Secret Agent Society, an evidence based intervention for 8-12 year olds developed by Dr. Renae Beaumont at the University of Queensland in Australia, was featured as having excellent outcomes for children with ASD experiencing difficulties with anger, sadness / depression, and /or anxiety .

My Mind, mindfulness training for adolescents with ASD and their parents, was another intervention presented by Dr. Weiss that is having positive results.

The Summit ended with a day filled with break-out groups discussing promising practices under four themes: Employment Readiness and Transition; Family Supports and Navigation; Building Community Capacity; and Community Engagement and Quality of Life.

The Summit was a wonderful opportunity to learn, share, and connect with people from across Canada while representing Woodview and promoting our ASD programs.

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Robin Brennan, Director of Autism Services with Dr Stelios Georgiades and Dr Briano DeRiezzi from MacART
at the CASDA leadership summit in Ottawa, presenting the Job Train Program poster.

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Golf Tournaments June 2017!

Join us at one of our annual Golf Tournaments this June, generously hosted by the Jeff Roche & Hannah Gordon-Roche Memorial Foundation and the Brant Business Builders!

 

Proceeds support the Woodview Learning Centre and Camp Unity!

 

8th Annual Jeff Roche & Hannah-Gordon Roche Memorial Golf Tournament

Camp Unity Annual Golf Tournament

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Lowville Golf Club
2662 Britannia Road
Burlington, ON

Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Oaks of St. George Golf Club
269 German School Road
Brant, ON

Click flyer below for details!

Gord Roche Memorial Golf Tournament Poster 2017 - FINAL

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Mental Health Week Events 2017!

Click here to view the Brantford Mental Health Week 2017 Calendar of Events!

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Letter to Parents from Minister Coteau

Posted by on Thursday, April 6, 2017 ·  

Letter to Parents of Children and Youth with Autism from Minister Coteau

 

A letter is being mailed to all families currently eligible for IBI and ABA Services on behalf of Minister Coteau, Ministry of Children and Youth Services. You can view the content of the letter here.

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Ladyka, Program Supervisor, MCYS Central Region (905) 952-1907, 1-877-669-6658 x 1907.

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Podcast: Workplace Mental Health

Posted by on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 ·  

In his most recent Podcast, CTSIT’s Bill Dungey sat down with Woodview staff Bill Brims to discuss workplace mental health, including burnout, anxiety, and depression as it affects us at work.

In his own words,

“In this episode, Bill… and Bill sit down to talk about burnout, depression, anxiety and the tools we can use to actively pursue a better self. In the big world of business, the fast moving pace of our culture often dictates a pressure to put ourselves second to the tasks at hand. During the course of this conversation, the topic of ‘feeling’ in an environment that puts more weight on ‘doing’ is discussed in depth.”

Listen below or visit http://ctsit.ca/podcast/episode-4-depression-anxiety-and-it/

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Your Guide BRANT: Winter 2017

Posted by on Thursday, December 8, 2016 ·  

Your Guide is a Community Resource Booklet filled with free courses, workshops, events, and group services for families, children, and teens.

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Working Together Symposium – Feb. 4, 2017

Posted by on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 ·  

Join us at the Working Together Symposium on Saturday, February 4, 2017!

 

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Click image above for conference details including agenda, workshop details, and keynote speaker bios.

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Give the Gift of Hope this Holiday Season!

Posted by on Monday, November 28, 2016 ·  

After the hype of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is the movement that celebrates giving back. Woodview is participating for the first time! Please join us on Facebook and Twitter on November 29th, 2016 as we kick-start the opening day of the giving season by sharing success stories about the children, youth, adults, and families that we serve.

This holiday season, give the gift of hope to families facing mental health and autism challenges:

1) Text NOSTIGMA to 20222 to donate $5 or $10 to Woodview. The donation will appear in your cell phone bill, and 100% of proceeds raised between now and December 31st will go to Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services.

– No standard text messaging fees are incurred by mobile users to initiate and complete a text message donation.
– No portion of any amount donated is held by participating wireless providers. Donations are passed through at 100% back to the beneficiary charity.
– All mobile users can obtain a tax receipt for their donations made via text message by visiting: http://receipt.mobilegiving.ca
– Mobile users can donate up to $30 per month.

2) Choose to donate another amount to Woodview through our Donation Page!

 

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THANK YOU from iFLY for Woodview!

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#iFLYforWoodview Event Photos!

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