Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month

April is Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. In honour of this month we will be hosting a virtual learning session with guest speaker Dr. Bridget Taylor.

Approximately 1 in 66 children and youth in Canada have been diagnosed with autism. 

Diverse experiences of Autism

It’s vital to recognize that each person’s journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is unique. Autism exists on a spectrum. Most people on the spectrum might experience social communication differences, social relationships, and repetitive behaviours or interests. The degree will vary from one individual to the next. 

The Ottawa Catholic School Board promotes inclusion and embraces diversity. We honour the varied experiences and perspectives around autism. As a Catholic Learning Community, we encourage you to listen to people’s voices and views on autism and their families throughout the month. Here is a short video from Autism Ontario to hear what autism means to people within the autism community.

Learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 22 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bridget Taylor

To celebrate World Autism and Awareness month, join us for a virtual learning session with Dr. Bridget Taylor.

I can do it myself: Innovative strategies to increase the independence of individuals with autism.

Thursday, April 22, 2021 – 6:30 to 8:00 pm via Zoom

About the session

With the advance of behaviorally-based instruction, children with autism can learn many skills never thought possible.  Children with autism can learn to talk, play with toys, socialize with their peers and become active participants in their families and communities.  The goal of any intervention program, however, is to help individuals with autism perform these responses without supervision and direct prompts from adults. This presentation will review innovative strategies to achieve independence across a range of skill areas and across multiple environments.

If you’re unable to attend live, or once the session is full, you can view the recorded session on YouTube.

About Dr. Bridget Taylor

Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and CEO of Alpine Learning Group and is Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Dr. Taylor has specialized in the education and treatment of children with autism for over 30 years. She holds a Doctor of Psychology from Rutgers University, and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Psychologist, current President of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and serves on the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Active in the autism research community, Dr. Taylor has published numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters on effective interventions for autism. She is an international presenter and serves in an advisory capacity for autism education and treatment programs both locally and abroad. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation.

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