Autism Ontario London January 8th-  SOCIAL EVENTS, OPPORTUNITIES AND MORE
The Autism Ontario London Chapter Newsletter is prepared for and distributed to over 700 families and professionals in London Region !
Upcoming Events for January 2019
and a few for the coming months too!
December 29th was a great day for the tubing event. Thank you to all those that coordinated this event.  The event was sold out.  The Potential Program helped support  ticket prices of $21-25 per person !  A  friendly reminders to parents, assume all events are occurring, unless you receive an email stating the event is cancelled. 

Thank you River Valley for the perfect snow conditions your facility made, and mother nature for making the weather mild and fresh.  Thank you St. Mary's Royal Bank employees,  who volunteering to help our children and families at the tubing event.  Volunteers at this event offered a extra set of hands when needed for siblings and 1:1 support.  They gave families the opportunity to create memories, enjoy tubing runs and hot chocolate! 

Giving children the opportunity to work with a volunteer helps them with independence and exercises a social skill, families are always on site to guide.   Let volunteers help us, and we help them by giving back the joy of experiencing something through a new view of the world with smiles and giggles of appreciation.  

The 47th Annual Kinesiology Winter Special Games-  Jurassic Safari Theme!
There will be a variety of different indoor Jurassic themed games, crafts, board games, and activities in the gymnasium that participants can take part in as they wish.
Date: Saturday, January 12th 2019
Time: 9:30-3pm
Location: Western University Althouse Faculty of Education Building
Deadline to sign up: January 10th, 4pm! 


 Please read/fill these forms out and email them back to or fax it to the Kinesiology Undergrad office 519-661-2008.

Kin Winter Special Games is a one-day event that invites both public and high school children/young adults with physical/mental disabilities from the London area to come to Western and be paired up with a kinesiology student. Throughout the day both the students and volunteers have the chance to participate in a variety of different activities such as crafts and board games as well as many sports/games indoors. Participants will have 2 kinesiology student “buddies” that will spend the day with them. This event is completely free of charge and aimed to provide an amazing opportunity that brings together children/ young adults with special needs and Western’s Kinesiology students for a fun filled memorable experience. 
volunteers needed: Storybook Winter Skate-  Sunday January 27, 2019  Time: 6:00 pm -8:00 pm Location: Storybook Gardens, 1958 Storybook Lane , London.  We are looking for volunteers who can help with laces and skate with us. Volunteers are also needed for the hot chocolate and gingerbread cookie table. Please provide your own skates, if you wish to skate.  This event provides families with memories, allows individuals the opportunity to skate outdoors in a calm environment, learn or improve a physical skills development,  and work on social skills .  It is an opportunity to grow an experience.  Contact if you wish to volunteer. 
volunteer needed : Crockadoodle -- Saturday March 30th Time 10am-11am  Location 671 Wonderland Rd. N London.  1-2 volunteers are needed to help assist children with their ceramic paint craft.  Children's caregivers remain on site.  Volunteers would assist children paint their ceramic if needed, share and encourage ideas and chat with them.  This is an event that allows children to enjoy a fine motor skill,  express their creativity in a quiet setting,  and become socially engaged through activity.  
2019 - Programs, Events, Fundraisers and Awareness Opportunities:
This year the London Chapter and Potential Programs offered several opportunities to children and families with autism.  We want to do more!  We hope to continue to provide more opportunities in future in 2019 but we can't do it without help!.  If you know of individuals or organizations that can help volunteer or provide a donation to the chapter please have them  contact our office at or 519-433-3390 .  
Social Learning Opportunities are designed for children and youth with autism and their families.  They provide easy access to a supportive environment in local communities.  
Please note that if there is  insufficient RSVP's or poor turn out at an event, it will be cancelled or may not be repeated.

 All events have a financial commitment, take planning and a venue commitment from Autism Ontario and the London Chapter, even when offered as a free event to participants. 

Occasionally family concerns do happen,  and you may not be able to attend the event you signed up for, we understand those situations, you will be missed and we send our thoughts and support to you.  However, families that consistently sign up for events, and do not come to the event takes opportunities away from families that do want to attend.  Please be conscientious. 
January Calendar CLICK HERE
February Calendar CLICK HERE 
* events with further details, see below.  
Date:  Friday January 18
Time: 10am -3pm
Location: Salvation Army London Village – 1340 Dundas St.,  London ON    
RSVP prior to attending:  
Community Living London at 519-686-3000 Terri Martin (ext. 358) Or Jill McIntyre (ext. 362)
SIBSHOPS are workshops designed specifically for brothers and sisters of children who have special needs*. They are designed to offer opportunities for siblings to meet other brothers and sisters in a casual atmosphere and to join them in recreational opportunities. Sibshops also provide an opportunity for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to share stories, feelings, concerns and experiences with peers who truly understand the ups and downs of life with a sibling with special needs.

Autism Ontario London - Storybook Skate
Date: Sunday January 27
Time: 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Location: Storybook Gardens, 1958 Storybook Lane , London, Ont
Register CLICK HERE 
Come join us for outdoor evening skating around the Storybook Garden Skate Circuit.    Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a fresh evening filled with fun.  Bring your skates and helmets, Storybook Gardens has a few 'learn to skate push stands' to help those that are new to skating. This event is only open to our families with autism and volunteers assisting at the event, and will not be overcrowded; creating a great opportunity to introduce skating or work on skating skills and fun. Not a skater, still bring your family out for an introduction to skating and start something new. 

Autism Ontario London Flying Squirrel
 Date: Tuesday January 29
Time: 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Location: Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park , 4380 Wellington St. S , London, Ont
Looking for something fun to do during January? Bring your kids out for an hour of jumping, bouncing and just over all great exercise and fun using trampolines.  Special socks MUST be worn and are provided by the Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park. They may be worn over top of your child's own socks but they must be worn! 

Autism Ontario Mom's Social Group
Date: Thursday January 31
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Autism Ontario London chapter office 1225 Wonderland Rd N, Sherwood Library unit 32, London. 
Register:  CLICK HERE
Mom's are meeting at the office 6:30-7:30 to check out new resources.  The social group is heading to Bernie's Bar and Grill, also located in the Sherwood Forest Plaza,  at  7:30-8:30pm for appetizers and to network, socialize, and have fun. The potential programme is offering this event for moms and female caregivers only.  Food and drink expenses will be the responsibility of the attendee.  New to the group, no worries look for Alicia or Kelly and they will help with introductions.  

Autism Ontario London Parent Date Night 
Date: Thursday February 14
Time: 5:00-7:00 PM (dinner)  7:00 (movie)
Location: Fox and Fiddle 
355 Wellington Street, London, Ont
Spend a romantic night with your love on a parents' night out
You will receive a dinner credit worth $40* and two Imagine Cinemas movie tickets valid for Thursday Febuary 14, 2019 **
Voucher and tickets must be used Thursday February 14, 2019

Autism Ontario Jungle Junction
Date: Sunday February 17
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Jungle Junction Climbing , 1030 Elias St , London, Ont
Jungle Junction is an indoor climbing facility.  Try the multiple climbing walls,  with a variety of skill testing walls available.  The staff at Jungle Junction will provide guidance for new climbers. This event is a wonderful social learning opportunity.   
The chapter wants to remind families to attend the event if they have signed up, we have had several no shows in past events.    

Autism Ontario London CTC Obstacle
Date: Wednesday February 27 and March 27
Time: 6-7: 30pm 
Location: 38 Adelaide St. N Unit 3B, London ON
Register: CLICK HERE
CTC is an obstacle gym.  The gym features 700 sqft of ninja obstacles including a double salmon ladder, the spider climb, a slack line, the flying squirrel, and 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14 ft warped walls! With over 5500 sqft of parkour walls, boxes, and pipes, obstacle walls of different heights, rings, and a bouldering wall, among others there is something for everyone! ​

Autism Ontario London Crockadoodle 
Date: Saturday March 30th
Time: 10-11am
Location: 671 Wonderland Rd. N London (Sobey's Plaza area)
Register:  CLICK HERE 
Enjoy the fun of pottery painting in the bright and cheerful studio. A special place to gather  for art activities. 
Using the Principals of Applied Behaviour analysis ABA
Dated: Saturday March 30
Time: 9am-3pm
Location  Sarnia
Further Details and Registration CLICK HERE
This workshop will give a practical overview of ABA and explain how this approach can be used to teach activities of daily living. Participants will gain a better understanding of elements of sound programming designed to teach these very important skills.
WILD CHILD: Outdoor Play with Community Living and Childreach

The program invites families to engage with nature during this child led outdoor playgroup.  WILD CHILD has partnered with Community Living London and Childreach to help provide additional supports to families who have a child or children with a developmental disability.  Arielle joins the WILD CHILD team in the forest every Thursday and 3rd Saturday of the month!   Join with your children (up to 12 years) as they head into the woods to enjoy free play in a natural setting.   Let us demystify the risks of outdoor free play and increase your confidence and competence in providing child-led, inquiry-based opportunities for your children.  WILD CHILD meets no matter what the weather!  Dress accordingly, and bring a snack.  Everyone welcome! This is a FREE nature-based program for families with children up to 12 years old.   For more information, please email Arielle at

March Break Funding
Autism Ontario is happy to announce that the 2019 March Break Reimbursement Fund is now open for application.  We will accept all applications received between December 17th and January 25th.  At that time, we will hold a random draw from all complete applications to determine eligibility.  Applications open only to children up to 18th birthday. 
To register CLICK HERE

Contact Us:
London Chapter
1225 Wonderland Rd N
Sherwood Libary - Sherwood Forest Mall
London N5G 2V9

Kelly Wilson: -London Chapter Development Coordinator

Volunteer Chapter Leadership Committee Executive:
Lee McLean -Co President
Natalia Rodriguez- Co President
Veronica Aukema - Treasurer
Lisa Gardiner- Secretary
Our Website:
Chapter Facebook:
Autism Ontario London Facebook 
Southwest Ontario Regional Support:

Alicia Romain: - Family Support Coordinator
Marti Lussier: - Community Events Coordinator
If you are looking for information you can always visit our
Autism Ontario London webpage.  You will find links for Education Resources, Events, Webinars and more.
How can we help you? Let us know if you'd like to see any specific workshops, classes, events, etc. Contact us at 519-433-3390 or by mailing
London Chapter Groups and Support:
These social groups provide an opportunity to come together, learn and share experiences with one another.   Groups are held in our office or venues in our community.  They are engaging and welcoming and allow the opportunity to network.

Youth at Play-  aka YAP - ages 13+ for children with ASD.  A social program that is facilitated to promote social development and engage those that attend with their peers through games, activities and conversation.

Girls at Play- aka GAP ages 11+ for girls with ASD.  A social program that helps build friendships with others, helping to make connections with peers that understand and are also on the spectrum.

Builders Block- a social family program that parents can meet other families, review our library autism resources, meet Alicia Romain, of family support coordinator,  and children can engage, play and explore our toys.  

Mom's Social Group- a social group that helps mom's network with one another. 

Dad's Social Group- a social group that helps dad's network with one another.  

Grandparents Group- a new start up group that brings grandparents together to chat about how they can support their families with autism and ask questions. 

Parents Group- for parents with adult children on the spectrum.  A night to network and connect about common concerns and accomplishments.  
Autism Ontario has several informative webinars that may interest you.  CLICK HERE and see our multiple topics. 

Playdates Webinar- January 10th 

On January 10th from 6 pm to 7 pm, join us for this one-hour webinar that will focus on positive steps you can take to help your child enjoy successful play interactions with peers. CLICK HERE
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Thank you very much and we look forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming events! 

Early Years:
Sensory Storytime @ London Public Library
-Thames Valley Children Centre

Children, Teens, adults: 
-Community Living London
-London Police Registration ( VULNERABLE PERSONS REGISTRY )
-All Kids Belong
Thames Valley Children Centre

Resources for Adults with ASD:
1, Adult ASD newsletter - sign up click here
2. Autism Ontario Adults 
3, Connect-ability
Other events in the London community for independent adults :
4.Independent Living Centre of London and Area Exercise programs, events, crafts and games.  Check this link out.  
5.AIM (Abilities in Motion) Is new program that offers Kayaking and paddle boarding for the summer. Details on the site.

6. -ATN  Employment Preparation and Job Matching for ASD.

Respite Services:
-Salvation Army
-Community Living 
-Family Respite - Special Services at Home (SSAH)
-Development Services Ontario

Recreation :
-Swimming -SWAM
-Hockey- George Bray
London Diaper Bank has generously donated youth diapers to our London chapter.  These diapers have diaper tabs and are not pull ups.  The diapers fit waist sizes of 18"-26".  If you are interested in receiving a case, please email  
Diapers will be ready for pick up at our office after January 7th. 

Thank you again to the London Diaper Bank recognizing the needs of our community.  London Diaper Bank donates to organizations, distribution is delivered through the organizations such as Autism Ontario London.  
"Very good friends of our family have children challenged by autism and we have so much respect for them being able to raise happy children with a smile on their face and wanted to help them and others."  Lorenzo Palumbo Family

Autism London Chapter would like to thank the financial donation the Palumbo family made to help us provide opportunities for families living with autism.  

A local family is organizing their 3rd annual brewery event to bring awareness and advocacy to Autism. $10 of each teams registration fee will be donated to Autism ON London chapter.  
**Limited Spaces Available**
Registration deadline:  February 23rd - email


Are you a member of the Community and have a business that is looking to donate wisely , wanting to give back the the community?  Do you wish to make a donation to a charity that will have an impact?  Do you want your donation to stay in the community you serve? 

Autism Ontario London is a non-profit organization which graciously accepts donations and financial contributions.  We have assisted 4000 individuals in the London area, including 360 new families this past year who contacted our office looking for help.  The current Canadian Statistics reflect 1 in 66 children will be diagnosed with autism.  With wait lists for therapy programs being 2-4 years long, families need help.  We ensure donations are used to provide programs, resources and services to help individuals with autism, and their families without wait lists.
CLICK HERE and Donate to the "London Chapter" by selecting London Chapter in additional information
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