New Brand Identity and Website for the Woodview Learning Centre

We’re thrilled to unveil the new brand identity and website for the Woodview Learning Centre, an alternative school placement program for students from 4 to 17 years of age with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

New Website for Woodview Learning Centre

The new website was designed for parents that are looking for an alternative school placement for their child with ASD. “We wanted to
create a stress-free space where parents that are searching for an ASD-specific school would easily find the information that they are
looking for in a clear and transparent way,” said Lindsey Court, Principal and Program Manager. “For the past 15 years we have strived to
provide ‘just right’ supports for each student, and now our new website highlights the work that we do.” Parents, medical professionals,
and service providers are invited to explore the site, to learn more about our program, and to follow our new blog. It was important for us
to create an AODA compliant website, and we welcome feedback on the site’s accessibility:

New Autism School Logo Designed by School Parent

We wanted a logo that would be specific to the school and emphasize the educational aspect of the Woodview Learning Centre, while
maintaining its connection to the main agency, Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services. We approached Karen Jorritsma of Bolster
Design – a former school parent – who designed the beautiful new logo, and describes it as “an open book with pages that are in
movement representing momentum in learning. The orange figure in the middle represents a student whose ‘arms’ reach up in a happy,
positive direction, showing joy and enthusiasm. The ‘body’ is an abstract heart shape, representing the care received at the school.”


To read the full media release, click here.

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Annual General Meeting 2018

You’re invited to our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 3, 2018!

Join us to learn about our new programs! We’ll have pop-up presentations to showcase how we’re serving the community.

4:00 p.m. Doors Open, Light Refreshments
5:00 p.m. Presentation Begins


Please note that due to catering requirements, we request that you RSVP by Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 by contacting Christa Peardon at


See flyer below for details!

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Fall OAP Workshop Series

Our Fall Ontario Autism Program Workshop Series is here! Please visit the flyer below for workshop details:


Click flyer above to view our September / October Ontario Autism Program Workshop Series

Click flyer above to view our November Ontario Autism Program Workshop Series


To register for a workshop, please visit the links below. Seating is limited.
We’re excited to begin offering our Ontario Autism Program workshops by live webinar! Please select a ‘webinar’ option at checkout.
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVC) Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Theory
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Visual Strategies*
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
*Pre-Requisite: All ABC Workshops. To watch the recorded ABC workshops, click here.
Emotional Regulation*
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
*Pre-Requisite: All ABC Workshops. To watch the recorded ABC workshops, click here.

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Your Guide Brant: Autumn 2018

Posted by on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 ·  

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

Click here to access the September – December issue of Your Guide BRANT

Click here to access the September – December issue of Your Guide Haldimand & Norfolk

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Summer OAP Workshop Series

Posted by on Friday, June 22, 2018 ·  

Our Summer Ontario Autism Program Workshop Series is here! Please visit the flyer below for workshop details:

Click flyer above to view our Summer OAP Workshop Series

To register for a workshop, please visit the links below.
We’re excited to begin offering our Ontario Autism Program workshops by live webinar! Please select a ‘webinar’ option at checkout.
Behaviour Basics: The B in ABC
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Antecedents & Prevention Strategies: The A in ABC
Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Gearing up for September: Navigating School
Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Consequences: The C in ABC
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Respite Worker Recruitment Event

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Camp Unity Registration Open

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Adam Growe Comedy Fundraiser – May 10

Posted by on Thursday, May 3, 2018 ·  


Click flyer above for additional event details!


Join us for a one of a kind comedy show with a trivia twist that gives people from the audience a chance to win prizes live on stage! Adam’s signature style of humorous quiz games engages the whole audience with trivia and uproarious laughter.

Join us for comedy for a cause this Mental Health Week, and support Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services!

Thursday, May 10, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Tickets $20


About Adam Growe:

For over 25 years, Adam has been performing on radio, television, stage, as well as at conferences and events. In addition to hosting Discovery Channel Canada’s Cash Cab, Adam is an accomplished stand-up comedian starring in Just for Laughs, Comedy NOW!, CBS’s Star Search and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. His career portfolio includes an interactive video Web App for businesses and planners, keynote presentations, one-man shows and public speaking coaching. Adam is a foster parent with his wife and three kids in Toronto.


We hope to see you there!

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Mental Health Week 2018 Calendar of Events

Posted by on Friday, April 20, 2018 ·  

Mental Health Week May 7 – 12, 2018


Mental Health Week is just around the corner – do you know which events you’ll be heading to?

Check out the @BrantsMentalHealthAwarenessWeek calendar of events, and start making plans to #GetLoud for #MHW2018!


Attached is the 2018 Mental Health Week 2018 Calendar of Events

2018 #MHW Calendar of Events

For more information about Mental Health Week, please contact 2018 Mental Health Week Committee Co-Chairs Lill Petrella, Mental Health Promotion & Education Team Lead, Canadian Mental Health Association, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Branch at 519-752-2998, ext. 112 and Christine Dragolovich, Clinical Manager, Woodview Mental Health & Autism Services at 519-752-5308 ext. 113.


Visit for toolkits, shareables and other communications materials to get involved and help spread the word.

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Letter to Parents from Minister Coteau

Posted by on Thursday, December 14, 2017 ·  

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


This letter was originally posted on the MCYS website. To view a French version of the letter, please click here.


Letter to families currently receiving $8,000 and $10,000 payments

Dear parents, families and caregivers in our autism community:

It’s my pleasure to connect with you as we prepare to close the calendar year.

Earlier this year, in June, I announced the new Ontario Autism Program (also known as the OAP). This new program is the result of the hard work and passion of many dedicated families, stakeholders, service providers, advocates, professionals and other experts. The changes introduced in June were focused on providing child, youth and family-centred services that offer families choice, confidence and consistency in the services they receive.

I am writing today to provide you with an update regarding one of these principles—choice. Back in May, I committed that a direct funding option would be available in the new program by the end of this year. I am pleased to say that we have met this commitment and a direct funding option for evidence-based behavioural services will be implemented as part of the OAP.

I would like to thank you for your patience as the ministry has worked to design this option. I want you to have confidence that the new OAP puts the needs of children, youth and families first.

Beginning in the new year, you will be welcomed into the OAP with the choice of either receiving funding to purchase evidence-based behavioural services for your child or youth, or receiving services offered through one of Ontario’s regional providers. I encourage you to work with your existing providers as well as your regional provider to ask questions and discuss next steps for your family. Regardless of which service option you choose, you can expect to be supported with the information you need so that you and your child experience a smooth entry to the OAP. To enable a smooth transition, families currently receiving $8,000 and $10,000 payments may continue accessing these payments until March 31, 2018.

If you have any questions or would like more information, I invite you to visit, and/or contact your regional provider.

I will continue to engage with families, caregivers, advocates, clinicians and providers to listen and hear about your experiences. I invite any of you who would like to share your feedback and hear the experiences of other families across Ontario to join my two upcoming tele-town halls.

The first session is on January 11, 2018, at 7 p.m. and the second will take place on January 17, 2018, at 7 p.m. Further details will be provided shortly.

Ontario is transforming the way that children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their families, receive services and supports through the new OAP. I thank you for the invaluable guidance and, most importantly, advocacy for your children. You have contributed greatly to shaping a program that will ultimately help young people with ASD reach their full potential and succeed.


Michael Coteau

Chers parents, familles et fournisseurs de soins de notre communauté de l’autisme:

C’est un plaisir pour moi de m’adresser à vous pendant que nous nous préparons à terminer l’année civile.

Plus tôt cette année, au mois de juin, j’ai annoncé la venue du nouveau Programme ontarien des services en matière d’autisme (également appelé le POSA). Ce nouveau programme est le fruit du dur labeur et de la passion d’un nombre important de familles, d’intervenantes et intervenants, de fournisseurs de services, de défenseurs des droits, de professionnelles et professionnels et d’autres experts dévoués. Les changements apportés en juin visaient principalement à offrir des services axés sur les enfants, les jeunes et les familles qui procurent à ces dernières un choix, une uniformité ainsi qu’une confiance à l’égard des services qu’elles reçoivent.

Je vous écris aujourd’hui afin de faire le point avec vous sur l’un de ces principes : le choix. Je me suis engagé, au mois de mai, à ce qu’une option de financement direct soit offerte dans le cadre du Programme d’ici la fin de la présente année. Je suis heureux d’affirmer que nous avons respecté cet engagement et qu’une option de financement direct destiné à des services comportementaux fondés sur des données probantes sera intégrée au POSA.

J’aimerais vous remercier de votre patience pendant que le Ministère travaillait à la conception de cette option. Je peux vous assurer que le nouveau POSA accorde la
priorité aux besoins des enfants, des jeunes et des familles.

Au début de la prochaine année, vous serez accueillis dans le POSA en ayant le choix de recevoir un financement afin de vous procurer des services comportementaux fondés sur des données probantes pour votre enfant ou votre jeune ou de recevoir des services offerts par l’un des fournisseurs régionaux de l’Ontario. Je vous encourage à collaborer avec vos fournisseurs actuels, ainsi qu’avec votre fournisseur régional, afin de poser des questions et de discuter des prochaines étapes concernant votre famille. Peu importe l’option de service que vous choisirez, vous pouvez vous attendre à être accompagnés en recevant les renseignements qu’il vous faut afin que vous puissiez adhérer au POSA avec votre enfant en douceur. Afin de permettre une transition harmonieuse, les familles qui reçoivent actuellement des paiements de 8 000 $ et de 10 000 $ pourront continuer d’y avoir accès jusqu’au 31 mars 2018.

Si vous avez des questions ou si vous aimeriez avoir plus de renseignements, je vous invite à visiter le site et/ou à communiquer avec votre fournisseur régional du POSA.

Je continuerai de m’entretenir avec les familles, les fournisseurs de soins, les défenseurs des droits, les cliniciennes et cliniciens et les fournisseurs afin d’écouter et
d’entendre vos expériences. J’invite toutes les personnes qui aimeraient partager leurs impressions et entendre les expériences vécues par d’autres familles de l’Ontario à se joindre à moi à l’occasion de mes deux téléconférences publiques à venir.

La première séance se tiendra le 11 janvier 2018 à 19 h tandis que la deuxième aura lieu le 17 janvier 2018 à 19 h. D’autres détails seront communiqués sous peu.

L’Ontario transforme la façon dont les enfants et les jeunes qui sont atteints d’un trouble du spectre de l’autisme et leur famille reçoivent des services et des soutiens grâce au nouveau POSA. Je vous remercie de vos conseils inestimables et, surtout, de défendre les droits de vos enfants. Vous avez contribué de manière importante à façonner un programme qui, en bout de ligne, aidera les jeunes atteints d’un TSA à donner leur pleine mesure et à réussir.

Veuillez agréer l’expression de mes meilleurs sentiments.

Michael Coteau

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