Please note: the content of this page was prepared, updated, and featured throughout the month of April 2021. This page will now most likely stay relatively dormant until April 2022.
Autism Awareness matters year-round. Below are tons of interesting and important learning resources to explore.

April is World Autism Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about autism and how it affects not only those who live with autism, but people around them as well.  As part of our school board’s commitment to educating stakeholders and raising autism awareness, a series of learning resources is provided below.   

Learning Resources

Amazing Things Happen  |  Video by the National Autistic Society
Don’t know much about the Autism Spectrum Disorder yet? This 4-minute beautifully illustrated video is the first you should watch. Watch below ↓

Meet Julia  |  Clip from a Sesame Street Episode
Meet Julia, an old buddy of Elmo’s and the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia has autism…and she and Elmo share an amazing friendship. Watch below ↓

Autism Prevalence among Children and Youth  |  Infographic by the Public Health Agency
Report finding are based on 2015 health, education and social services data collected from seven participating provincial and territorial governments, representing 40% of children and youth in Canada. See below ↓

An Autistic Teenager (Self-Proclaimed “Aspie”)  |  Interview by Special Books for Special Kids
Garrett is autistic and hopes that others will see him as normal. He just wants to fit in. Watch below ↓

An Autistic Homeschooled Geek (And Proud of It!)  |  More in-depth interview by Special Books for Special Kids
Garrett is autistic, homeschooled, and a self-described “geek”. He is also proud of all three of those things. Garrett often feels awkward in social situations, but this isn’t stopping him from pursuing his goal of programming video games. Watch below ↓

Myths about Autism Spectrum Disorder  |  Video by the Algonquin College
In 2018, the Algonquin College prepared this short yet insightful video touching on misconceptions that can be common of people on the spectrum. Watch below ↓

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Québec’s Centre of Excellence for the Autism Spectrum Disorder  |  LBPSB
Designated as a Centre of Excellence within the province, its mandate is to assist schools in the implementation of best practices for the inclusion of students with ASD and serve as a resource to other English school boards in Quebec, such as Western Québec. The team provides assistance to students and families and works to support educational personnel in developing their capacity to meet a wide range of needs in the classroom. This is done through direct intervention, coaching, professional development, and the sharing of materials. Learn more >

Autism Awareness Events  |  Autism Speaks
Autism Awareness Day is April 2, but Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place the entire month of April. They aim to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, foster worldwide support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world. See events >

Autism Spectrum Disorder  |  Canada.ca
Learn about autism spectrum disorder, its causes, signs and symptoms, health effects and available support. Also find information on surveillance and guidance for professionals. Learn more >

Geneva Centre for Autism
The Centre offers a wide range of clinical services tailored to all individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. They provide online training globally, through a full curriculum in English and French. Professionals can learn anytime, anywhere and apply the strategies immediately at work, school and in the community. Learn more >

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