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World Autism Awareness Day – April 2, 2019

 

This year, the focus of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) is leveraging the use of assistive technologies for persons with autism as a tool in removing the barriers to their full social, economic, and political participation in society, and in promoting equality, equity and inclusion.

Want to read more about tools and technologies for persons with autism? Here are some resources:

Digital Tools for Autism Spectrum Disorder & Asperger’s Syndrome

Assistive Technologies used by Students with Asperger’s Syndrome to Improve Performance in the General Education Classroom

Technologies as Support Tools for Persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A Systemic Review

Technology As a Social Lifeline for Kids with Asperger’s

Technology and Autism

 

TAKE ACTION ON WAAD!

Nearly two decades ago, the Asperger’s Society of Ontario launched an effort to promote Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) awareness and inclusion for all. This year we want to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness to encouraging friends and collaborators to become partners in action toward acceptance and appreciation.

So what giving action can you take on April 2nd to help? We’ll share some ideas below. Read on and then let us know what you’re doing to celebrate this important day.

 

Use Your Technology to Celebrate WAAD!

A great way to show your support is by helping us increase awareness and education in the community through social media. If you haven’t already, please follow us on your favourite social media site and help us spread the word. You can find us on Facebook and on Twitter.

Use our Facebook Frame! Change your profile picture to show the world that you support Asperger’s Acceptance. It’s easy:

1. Visit your Facebook Profile Page
2.  Click on your profile picture (or on “Update Profile Picture”)
3. Click “Add Frame”
4. Search for AsperSnap
5. Click on the AsperSnap frame and hit “save”

Share a Facebook post, Tweet, Instagram photo, or blog post about Asperger’s. Include a link to our website (www.aspergers.ca) and encourage others to do the same. Help us increase conversation about Asperger’s Syndrome awareness and acceptance and encourage action. Share our social media posts with your personal and business networks and contribute to educating your community. With your help, we know we can create a more supportive, better educated and genuinely inclusive community for all individuals on the autism spectrum and the families who love them.

SPREAD THE LOVE ON WAAD!

Show someone in your life with AS how much you care! Take some time to listen to them about their challenges. Celebrate their successes! Do something fun together… engage in an activity or special interest they enjoy. Tell them how much you love and appreciate them.

Help us partner with schools, service groups, businesses, friends and neighbours so that we can continue to build communities of tolerance and acceptance. Know a school, business or service group that would like to volunteer with us or fundraise for us? Send them our way! Email info@aspergers.ca

Become a member of the ASO! Membership is open to everyone. We have members who are on the autism spectrum, as well as parents and caregivers, professionals, family members and friends.

Help AspieBear is his mission to visit homes, schools, workplaces and communities to learn what people across Ontario are doing to build environments of tolerance, acceptance and support for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome! Read more about our AspieBear project, download your own AspieBear, find AspieBear resources and begin your #AspieBear adventure today.

GIVE A WAAD GIFT

THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!

Fundraising is a great and fun way you can celebrate World Autism Awareness Day while supporting the ASO and the work we do. Not only will you be helping raise funds, you’ll also be helping to raise awareness and understanding of AS in the community, and to us… that’s even more important!

We invite you, your school, workplace or sports team to host a fundraising event anytime in April to celebrate World Autism Awareness and Acceptance. Fundraising events allow you to join our team to ensure families with loved ones on the autism spectrum get the information and support they need. Click here for some easy FUNdraising ideas to help get you started.

Make a donation! Every dollar raised allows us to improve the capabilities and services of our organization, build comprehensive provincial databases of AS services and resources, offer a dedicated ActionLine to support anyone with a question or need related to AS, and to increase public awareness and understanding of the unique needs and challenges of the AS community. Visit our CanadaHelps Giving Page to donate today.

Give the Gift of time! Three cheers for volunteers! We couldn’t do what we do without the amazing people who give their time to help. Put your special skills to use! We are looking for volunteers who can help us with all sorts of tasks:

·      Marketing and communications
·      Phone calls
·      Database entry and management
·      Development and fundraising
·      Help with adult social events
·      Organizing family events
·      Internet research
·      Writing and editing
·      Thank-you letters
·      Graphic design
·      Web content development
·      Administrative tasks
·      Governance and committee work

Be a Team Captain! We need help to organize volunteers, recruit team members, and engage our runners and walkers in this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge (October 20, 2019) We need you to help:

  • Recruit runners – reach out to running groups, businesses, friends, neighbours, help create and distribute posters, help create and share social media content, help with advertisement of event
  • Recruit sponsors – reach out to corporations and businesses to discuss sponsorship opportunities
  • Communicate with team members via email – keep team members engaged by sharing details about the race event, send encouraging emails
  • Collect personal stories from willing participants so we can celebrate their involvement via social media/website.

We also need runners and walkers for the race! Lace up your sneakers and join our team in this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Join us as we walk, run and even dance “In Our Own Way” across the finish line in support of the Asperger’s Society of Ontario!

If you want to volunteer or need more information about ways you can support the ASO, email us at info@aspergers.ca

GIVING IS IMPORTANT BUT….

It’s not ALL about the money! There is definitely a heavy fundraising element linked to World Autism Awareness day and as a small charity that relies on fundraising and donations we need your financial support, but it’s also important to remember that whatever you do to celebrate this important day, you’re not just doing it for the money – the centre of World Autism Awareness Day always should be on raising awareness, fostering acceptance and encouraging action to make positive change for the AS community. We hope you’ll take action on April 2nd and find your own way to help ensure higher levels of support are available, myths are dispelled, tolerance and understanding increase, and that Asperger awesomeness is celebrated  – not just on April 2nd but each and every day of the year!

 

 

 

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