Oct 25

A Piece of Advice: The Co-op Placement

Hello everyone,

in colleges and universities, many programs have co-op options available, giving students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, skills, and professional connections, as well as gaining further insight into what specific kind of job is best for them. After all, you really do not know what activities jobs entail unless you try them!

Co-op jobs are very much like regular jobs in that there is a similar selection process; employers that are interested in bringing in co-op students advertise their position on an online job board specifically for co-op jobs, that then get filtered into the specific program that the student is in. The student then applies for the job with their resume and/or cover letter, and awaits a reply. The difference here is that, from here on out, the co-op specialist acts as a middle-person for scheduling interviews and communicating to students and employers about the process. The specialist here becomes the sole point of contact for any issues that arise during the co-op, such as performing unsafe/unsatisfactory tasks not mentioned in the job description, or unsafe work conditions, which CAN happen.

When you do score an interview opportunity, the co-op specialist invites you for a specific date and time to have the interview. Employers can choose to either have the interview on their premises or in the co-op department in an interview. They also put assistive technologies in place to help with the interview process if needed.

Me personally as an example, I am currently working as Electrical System Integrator in a co-op term, in which the duties and responsibilities align with what I currently study. I assist with the design, quality assurance, and testing of large scale testers that other companies use to test their electronics. I use “assist” here, because of the nature of the co-op position and the circumstances of my professional experience with electronics design (which was none when I started). When the interview happened, they knew I didn’t have any professional experience specifically with design, but I sold them the idea that I was highly analytical and had sufficient knowledge of electronics and software to help the company out. I did this by doing research based off the job description, putting together the skills I had that aligned the most with the job description in my resume, and rehearsing and asking myself questions to prepare myself for the interview.

The work environment I was at was a medium-sized one of about 50 people. These 50 people were divided into different departments, most of which I had to directly communicate with as part of my role. At times I experienced difficulties with communicating

Here are some pieces of advice for co-op:

  1.  Prepare to communicate how you will benefit the employer: The relationship between an employer and employee is always a two-way street. Therefore, in the interview, let them know how your skills can benefit them. Do this especially when an employer asks, “Tell me about yourself”, or “Tell me about a weakness you have” in a closing statement near the end of answering their question. Be honest. I was told that this was one of the primary factors for the company’s decision to hire me.
  2.  Know your rights: A co-op job is just that, a job. Therefore, the company is responsible for complying with the AODA and all relevant worker-related regulations. At the first sign of abuse, please note it down and let your co-op specialist know.

Wow, that was a lot to say, but hopefully what I’ve said here put in a good picture of what to expect from co-op placements in general.

As always, thanks for reading!

– Aelius


Sep 14


“Two electrical engineering students wait for their first class. One of the students says, ‘Hey, I bet this program will be….electrifying.’ Clearly not impressed with the double-entendre, the second student remarks, ‘I take that as…..PUNishment.'”

Hello everyone,

As a recent update has stated, I am a blogger who happily wishes to share my life experiences as an individual on the Autism Spectrum, specifically diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (pre-DSM V). I will discuss my life’s journey so far from my time in elementary school to my time in college, as I have learned and grown much to get to the point I am now; through learning to cook, clean, time manage, accepting more responsibilities, and learning to learn, I am working towards a life of independence.

I will also be giving synopses of past events that the Canadian National Autism Foundation (cnaf.net) has hosted, and I will be giving my opinions and reviews of the fun events that I have and will go to, such as the upcoming dance that is coming up on November 27th.

I will also share my opinions on the issues of today involving Autism around the world, as we all know that it is a global topic. The frequency of my posts will depend on my current workload with school.

If anyone has any questions about me, my Autism, my experiences, my thoughts, or even my interests, then don’t hesitate to ask!

Have fun everyone!


Sep 14

Our Blog will soon be Active again!!!!

We at the Canadian National Autism Foundation are very Pleased and Proud to announce that we have a new Blogger for this blog.

Our New Blogger “Aelius” is on the ASD spectrum so his posts will be first hand knowledge and his life experiences. We will still be monitoring the behavior on this blog and reserve the right to remove any offensive material, comments or people that attack any individual. Different opinions always occur and we encourage respectful conversation on all topics.

Jun 06

Another new community supporter donating percentage to our foundation


                                             New Friend of our Foundation and Supporter                         74842_111792978886457_1434480_n


                                                                            Brigid`s Balm


We believe in giving back to help others, and that is why 10% of our sales are being donated to the Canadian National Autism Foundation (CNAF) in support of research and assistance to families and individuals affected by autism. Please “Like” them on your Facebook page!!


Natural goat-milk soaps (scented & unscented), bath & body care products & accessories, all hand-made according to moon phase. Massage oils, pure essential oil blends and incense blends for specific ritual purposes. Runes and divining stones are hand-crafted with bags or gift boxes. Gift certificates are also available. They are also on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brigids-Balm/111784542220634

                  Pictures from Brigid’s Balm’s Booth – June 2, 2013 at Faeryfest 2013 in Perth, Ontario













Feb 25

ANCA Comes To Ontario Presenting The CNAF With 2 Awards For Sponsoring The International Naturally Autistic Awards


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Scott James INAP Awards International Ambassador for England, will be received by the Mayor of Camberley, in Surrey, England and British Actor Ian Cullen presents the 2012 International Naturally   Autistic People Award for “Excellence in Technology” to Adele and Quinten Divine founders SEN ASSIST, developers of software technology to help children with special needs in the classroom. This award is sponsored by Canadian National Autism Foundation – Founder Tina Fougere Scott will representing Canada as the official Ambassador to England and will be speaking on behalf of the Canadian organization CNAF and ANCA Naturally Autistic ANCA and founder Leonora Gregory-Collura Artistic Director/Choreographer/Producer

This first part of the ceremony took place in October 2012

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19th-21st, 2012 awards ANCA


This is the 2nd part after the ceremony that took place January 2013- first lunch meeting  with the CNAF  and ANCA friends and then they went to MPP Monique Taylors office to present the award

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Leo, Charlie & son Anthony, Tina & son Nathan                 Nathan(left), Paul, Charlie, Anthony and Leo


At Monique Taylors(Hamilton-Ontario) office where Tina from the foundation was presented 2  awards for sponsoring the International Narurally Autistic People Awards in British Columbia-Leo and Charlie

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Nathan Fougere and Leo Gregory                                         Leo, Charlie and son Anthony, Monique, Nathan                                                                                                            and Paul Reilly


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Charlie, Leo and Monique Taylor MPP                           Charlie,Tina Fougere CNAF President Leo and MPP                                                                                                       Monique Taylor the 3 presenting Tina with the award


Oct 23

CNAF COMMERCIAL—-KX947 and Wave FM Care—–CNAF is the Charity of Choice-October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada

This is a commercial that was done with the Canadian National Autism Foundation President Tina Fougere and also Jen mother of one on the autism spectrum for the whole month of October for KX CARES and WAVE CARES. It is also Autism Awareness Month in Canada


                  KX CARES

KX CARES we are the charity of the month
Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2012/10/01
Category: KX Cares
The Canadian National Autism Foundation was formed in June 2000, by parents of children with autism.
Foundation Goals
The objectives of the Canadian National Autism Foundation are charitable. The Canadian National Autism Foundation has been formed to provide funding for:
* Educating the general public and professionals
Educating others is very important to CNAF, much of the general public is unaware of autism and how it affects ones behavior. Each child/adult with autism is very different from one another and often have different triggers.
* Providing information and resources to families of people with autism
* Providing funding for Canadian based research and development
* Promoting national autism awareness
For more information on the Canadian National Autism Foundation visit http://cnaf.net

                 WAVE CARES

WAVE CARES We are the charity of the month
Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2012/10/01
Category: Wave Cares
Mission and Vision Statement
The Canadian National Autism Foundation promotes the positive enhancement and quality of life for people with

autism in Canada.
Upcoming Events
CNAF runs a variety of events throughout the year to raise funds for the foundation. Their next event is the Dinner and Show happening October 26th 2012. The event is at Michelangelo’s and features Chelsea Crites with special guest David Clemmer from TV Show, Style By Jury.Tickets are only available until October 14th, call 905-930-8682 or email info@cnaf.net to order your tickets.
For more information on the Canadian National Autism Foundation visit http://cnaf.net

Jul 19

A New Spin on Autism: Answers! – Blocking the Blockers of Simcoe County


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via A New Spin on Autism: Answers! – Blocking the Blockers of Simcoe County.


A New Spin on Autism: Answers!

Jul 19

Positively Autistic: The Poetic Vision with Erik Estabrook by Positively Autistic in Life

Listen to internet radio with Positively Autistic on Blog Talk Radio
Interview between Erik Estabrook and Tina Fougere of the CNAF.

Jul 19

Lilikin Industries Give away “Eleven” toy

The product of a sudden flash of brain lightning, Lilikin and his hangers-on were born in 2-D in the summer of 2009, and soon took corporeal form in multiple experimental iterations. Their creator, Kimberley Cleland, is a seasoned (read: jaded) toy designer with 10 years of industry drudgery and a lifetime of compulsive DIY-ness keeping her awake at night.

Following an unexpectedly successful run at Montreal indie craft fairs selling hand-made versions of the Friends to babies, kids, grown-ups, hipsters, nerds, weirdos, salsa-dancers and robots, Kimberley decided to take it to the next level, and Lilikin Industries was born.

And the masses are in love with Lilikin, Mollycoddle and Eleven. Adults buy them for themselves or as gifts for their young-at-heart friends. Parents buy them for their school-age children. One family of three young sisters pooled their allowances to lock Mollycoddle into an elaborate shared custody arrangement. And very many have become shower gifts for babies-on-the-way.


This is about the toy

Not to brag or anything, but Eleven was vegan before it was a thing. He’s not just healthy. He IS health. He leaves a trail of it behind him on his walk home from the farmers’ market. You can smell it in the air when he wooshes past you on his vintage fixie. Sure, it’s a little more complicated, but it’s worth it. Just look at the results: that’s one svelte monkey.


18″ from head to toe, approximately 1 lb. All branding materials are printed on recycled post-consumer waste paper with vegetable-based inks. Stuffed with polyester fiber and recycled polyethylene pellets for a heavy, droopy body that can be gently posed. Tail is elasticized and curly. Conforms to international standards for infants toys concerning construction and materials. Suitable for babies, babes and crybabies aged 0+.



To purchase this toy or others please go to  http://www.lilikinandfriends.com/pages/shop/Autism_Awareness_Special_Editions


Special Autism Awareness Edition

10% of each sale goes to the Canadian National Autism Foundation!


These first 3 items will be listed on our Foundations website shortly http://www.cnaf.net/fundraisers.html




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Jun 13


Why Don’t They Come With Instructions?   is a collection of personal essays about one mother’s journey parenting two special children.  Jan is the mother of a twenty-year-old daughter who had learning differences, sensory processing issues, anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and mild Tourette’s Syndrome and a thirteen-year-old son who has Asperger’s Syndrome, attention defecits, and major anxiety.

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