Mission Statement: This blog was created to provide information on getting help for autism in general while focussing on locally available resources for families with newly diagnosed children in Belleville and Quinte area.

Please browse the blog at your leisure. You are welcome to comment on the posts. If you are a parent, an autism consultant, counselor, teacher with information on autism resources available in our area, please email your information to benziesangma@gmail.com. Your information will be added within 24 hours.

Local Autism Support Groups

Parents Engaging Autism Quinte (PEAQ), an autism parent support group, meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month (no meetings in January, July and August) at Kerry's Place, 189 Victoria Avenue, Belleville at 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you have questions or suggestions for autism topics that are important to you so that we can invite appropriate autism professionals to speak at these meetings. Next PEAQ meeting is on June 5.

Autism parent support group meeting hosted by Mental Health Agency, Trenton and Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) meeting is on the Second Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you have require any further information please contact Marya Peters for more information at 613 392-2811 ext 3953 or email marya.p@trentonmfrc.ca

For info on Community Living Prince Edward County Parent Support group, contact Resource Consultants @ 613 476 6038

Central Hastings Autism Support Group meets in Madoc at the Recreation Centre. Contact Renee O’Hara, Family Resource & Support, 613-966-7413 or Tammy Kavanagh, Family Resource & Support, 613-332-3227

Transition planning for elementary school students with autism

Friday, March 16, 2012

App for Sign Language

If I could personally thank the person/people who were responsible for creating this app for sign language, I would and in an instant. It means now parents of non-verbal children can access visually powerful and colourful demonstrations of sign language to help their children learn to communicate. I'd say the availability of such apps would generate a lot more interest from a child or individual struggling to learn signs to communicate his/her needs. Books and inanimate pictures are good and can sometimes be colourful, online videos are great too but the video windows are so tiny. On top of that, one has to keep coming back to a computer to look up the signs. So it really is not convenient environment for learning at will. But one can carry around an iphone or ipod so easily. It can go with him/her to school, to community events, to friends' houses, to family get-togethers and in some cases, religious gatherings. It will allow a child/individual to ask for things he/she wants or needs wherever he/she goes. Love it. Technology, it's just amazing stuff and so much potential to open up the world for individuals living with disabilities and those who'd love to connect with them.

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I created this blog with my sincere wish that those of you reading this will want to share your own stories, both good and bad, what worked for you and what didn't and together, we can make it easier for the next family beginning their own journey of discovery. By posting what you know, where you have recieved certain services, who you have talked to, whose expertise you trust, how you navigated the school education services and by responding to questions in the discussion thread, know that you have helped a family in need. So, parents, experts in the field, counsellors, teachers and everyone who has any information on resources available, please feel free to post on this blog.