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Autism Surveillance System In Canada

Autism Spectrum Disorder Amoung Children and Youth in Canada 2018~March 2018- As Chief Public Health Officer, I am pleased to present the National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System (NASS) 2018 Report. This surveillance report is “Made in Canada” and provides a first reporting of national data and information to improve our understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Canada.
Approximately 1 in 66 children and youth are diagnosed with ASD in Canada. For families, an ASD diagnosis can involve significant emotional and financial challenges. For those in health, education and social services sectors, ASD is an important issue due to the resources those living with ASD require for intervention and treatment and due to the on-going impact on the health and well-being of Canadian children, youth, adults and their families and communities.


Legal Help

Understanding Consent and Capacity Rules in Canada-Toolkit~ What if someone is found to be incapable of making a specific decision? When a person is unable to make a decision on their own, they may require an accommodation or support in order to exercise their legal capacity, such as technological assistance, a translator, or a support person to interpret their signs, gestures or verbal cues. A person could also appoint someone to make decisions on their behalf, or to support them in making their decisions. This depends on the province or territory where they live and the person’s ability to appoint someone.  Each province or territory has its own decision-making model, such as substitute decision-making, supported decision-making, representation, and more (these models are reviewed in more detail below).



New Brunswick Education Act ~ The Education Act for K-12 ~ The New

Brunswick Education Act (2001) stipulates that an exceptional student receive special education programs and services in circumstances where he or she can participate with his or her peers in regular classroom settings to the extent that is considered practical, having due regard for the educational needs of all pupils.


New Brunswick Education ~ Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders ~ Teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder is intended to support teachers and others working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to plan and implement effective education

programs. It is not possible to include in this one document all the relevant materials and research which currently exist. The document attempts to cover the key issues. Those who wish, may use the resource section and the references within the text to find more information on research and instructional techniques.

Guidelines and Standards Educational Planning for Students With Diverse Learning Needs~ Inclusive public education:recognizes that every student can learn; is universal; the provincial curriculum is provided equitably to all students in an inclusive, common learning environment shared among age-appropriate peers in their neighbourhood school; is individualized; the educational program achieves success by focusing on each student’s strengths and needs, and is based on the individual’s best interests; requires school personnel to be flexible and responsive to change; respects student and staff diversity in regards to their race, colour, religion, national origin, ancestry, place of origin, age, disability, marital status, real or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity, sex, social condition, or political belief or activity; and is delivered in an accessible physical environment where all students and school personnel feel welcome, safe, and valued.

Tips for Building a Strong Personalized Learning Plan (Used to be called (SEP)~ How Do I Help Ensure My Child Achieves Success?
To ensure that your child is successful, his or her PLP should be goal-orientated. You may collaborate with the school on defining the goals. You can also help your son or daughter achieve them by working on them at home. It is also very important to include how each goal will be assessed. This allows you to identify when your son or daughter has reached his or her goals, or if they need more support in specific areas. There are some extra things to keep in mind when it comes to PLPs for high school students. Once your child enters high school, their PLP should also focus on a plan for transition to life after they graduate. In other words, what is your son or daughter going to do after High School and how can we help him or her get there? It is important to begin the transition planning process as soon as possible, but no later than Grade 9. On-going communication with your teen about his or her future plans allows everyone (including you!) to be prepared.

Current Status of the Education System in New Brunswick~Pages 8-13 about High School and The New Brunswick Department of Education has a particular structure in that it consists of two distinct education sectors, i.e., Anglophone and Francophone, under the direction of two Assistant Deputy Ministers. Under this structure, in place since 1974, both linguistic sectors manage their public school system from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Through a budget allocation formula specific to each sector the Department of Education provides direct funding for programs and services offered by the Anglophone and Francophone school districts. There are no local education levies in New Brunswick.Pages 8-14 about High School On Page 8 it states "Under the new High School system, modified programs are developed by simplifying the level of difficulty of key components of the regular program. Also, as a general rule, all students, except for those who are intellectually challenged, should be able to attain the learning outcomes of prescribed programs. Lastly, in High School, (SEP) special education programs are deemed to be required if a student cannot attain the learning outcomes of a modified program. " (SEP) (Now called Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) .

Resource for the Identification andTeaching of Students with SpecificLearning Disability: High School Program~Page 45 Developing Self Awareness and Goals. If the student does not have full understanding of their Specific Learning Disability, the resource teacher should help him or her to fully understand his or her strengths and weaknesses.The resource teacher may provide a preliminary outline of possible program accommodations and discuss how the student can better adapt learning strategies for his or her learning needs.The resource teacher may provide on-going monitoring to discuss changing needs related to documented in a Special Education Plan will beimportant to submit to the post-secondaryinstitutions. Some institutions only requiredetailed information documented in a Special Education Plan (SEP).(Now called Personalized Learning Plan (PLP)

Guidelines and Standards Educational Planning for Students With Exceptionalities ~ In implementing the philosophy of inclusion, the province

of New Brunswick has a responsibility to provide special education programs for students who are deemed exceptional, considering that

such planning should occur with the belief and goal that each student will benefit from his or her involvement in the regular education system. Section 12 of the Education Act provides some clarity as to who can be identified as an exceptional pupil, beginning with the presence of an educational delay. However, until this time, districts have, with broad guidelines from the Department of Education, developed local planning procedures and templates for Special Education Plans (SEPs).

TEACHER ASSISTANT GUIDELINES~ Teacher assistants have become valuable members of the educational support staff for students with special academic, physical and/or behavioural needs. Often the support provided by a teacher assistant is the essential component in the successful inclusion of special needs students.

New Brunswick Education ~ Inclusive Education: A Review of Programming and Services in New Brunswick ~ New Brunswick has been

recognized internationally for its inclusive educational practices and can be credited with great achievements in inclusive education over the past decade. However, the current review is in recognition of the fact that the environment and the challenges have changed significantly.

Boards of Education ~ The New Brunswick Department of Education is dedicated to providing the best public education system possible, where all students have a chance to achieve their academic best and where parents are involved in their children's education. The Department of Education has responsibility for public education (kindergarten through Grade 12).

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A NEW BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA ~ this is a pdf file and the special education requirements are on page 2

Student Financial Services Post Secondary

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

New Brunswick Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Forms you might need - link to the two key forms below

Medical Assessment Form

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities Government of Canada




Canada Benefits ~This is the Canadian Government website for disability.    Click on the province that you want, then on a the "I am..." a person with a disability, then click on the disability connection.

Commission of Human Rights ~ This site focuses on equality,

discrimination and harassment in New Brunswick, and what you can do if you are discriminated against. It includes information for employers, educators and the general public.

Family Supports for Children with Disabilities~ Eligibility for the program looks beyond the child’s disability to examine all relevant factors that affect the child’s ability to participate in society.
In order to be eligible for the program, a family must have identified unmet needs as a result of raising a child with a disability. The Family Supports for Children with Disabilities program provides social work support and financial resources to families to assist with the care and support required to meet the special developmental needs of their child with disability.


Department of Family and Community Services ~ Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders ~ The province contracts with authorized agencies across the province to provide intervention services to preschool age children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Department of Health and Wellness ~ Program and Project Criteria for Community Centres for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Families ~ The provincial policy for Mental Health Services as well as

its legislative framework calls for the active involvement of consumers and their families in the recovery process. An important component of such a process is the availability and accessibility to social support, self-help, public education, recreational and community inclusion activities. Community centres for persons with autism provide an opportunity for individuals with autism and their families to access such support.

Dental Care~ Healthy Smiles, Clear Vision is New Brunswick’s dental and vision plan for children of low-income families.Implemented in September 2012, the program was developed based on recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Health Benefits, one of three committees established to address key issues in New Brunswick’s fight against poverty.To be eligible you must:

  • Live in New Brunswick
  • Have dependent child(ren) aged 18 years old or younger
  • Not have dental and vision coverage through any other government program or private insurance plan
  • Have a family net income level not exceeding the following amounts based on the previous year’s New Brunswick Income Tax return(s) or Notice of Assessment(s):

Prescription Drug Program - Children in Care of Minister of Social Development and Special Needs Children (Plan G)~Eligibility~Children in care of the Minister of Social Development and special needs children. Eligibility for drug coverage through this plan is determined by the Department of Social Development.Description~The New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program Formulary (see Related Links below) lists the drugs which are eligible for coverage for each plan. Prescriptions for these drugs must be filled by a pharmacy or designated dispensing physician in New Brunswick in order to be reimbursed. There are no co-payments or fees associated with this plan.


Provincial Service Dog Laws

Human Rights Act



The Atlantic Association for Music Therapy (AAMT) is the professional organization for music therapists in Atlantic Canada. The AAMT provides public education and advocacy for music therapy services in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Ms. Jaclyn Trecartin~ I combine my teaching and therapy experience in my work with children, teens, and families. I use an integrated, eclectic, collaborative, and creative approach. I have worked with clients on topics such as: grief, anxiety, depression, self esteem, separation/divorce, parenting, adoption/foster families, learning issues, developmental delays, autism, peer relations/socialization, as well as other issues. I offer individual sessions, family/group sessions, and workshops. I hold my Masters of Education in Counselling, my Bachelor of Education, and my Bachelor of Arts. I am a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. My work is a blend of: Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Humanistic Psychology, and Jungian Archetypes and Symbols.

Living Autism Now~Music Therapist: Kimberly Arsenault BMT, MTA, BA Psyc.~Perhaps the individual with autism may experience difficulty with speech the music therapist can use the structure and predictability of a song in order to show the child their role in a song. Through this, it gives them confidence in their contribution to the music. This can then become transferable to outside of the music therapy environment and into everyday life.Music is an important part of play it is natural to see individuals moving, dancing and singing along with music. Music therapists can also use music in order to help autistic individuals express themselves and communicate with others. We can focus on taking turns, listening skills, understanding direction, participating in a group, and waiting. Music therapists can also use music therapeutically in order to teach everyday skills, such as brushing teeth, tying shoes, etc.Music therapy is adaptable and is tailored to what the individual requires, is capable of at the time, and what their preferences are. The music therapy sessions work towards established goals for the individual.

Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation: Paediatric Autism Rehabilitation Services~ The SCCR, as a centre of expertise, offers province-wide support.Many children travel to Fredericton for services such as Interdisciplinary team specializing in the provision of rehabilitation services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.Staff includes professionals in the fields of occupational therapy, dietetics, speech-language pathology, developmental paediatrics, and behavioural analysis.When team is complete it will also include psychology.As well, the team has the resources of an Education Liaison Officer who is a member of the Provincial Paediatric Team at SCCR.

Bartimaeus~ support people of all ages who were experiencing emotional, behavioural, psychological and/or developmental problems. Today Bartimaeus offers many direct services to clients with complex needs, as well as customized training and consultation services to customers throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.


Speech and lanuguage Pathologists

Chaleur Speech-Language Pathology Clinic
Nathalie Rivard, M.Sc.S.O.(C)
Services offered : Assessment and Therapy for children and adults
Language, Speech, Voice, Stuttering and Swallowing
1025 Ste Anne Street - Suite A
Bathurst, NB E2A 6X1
(506) 546-3372

Speech Therapy Success~ Maureen Pappas is a speech-language pathologist who provides private assessment and speech therapy services to children of all ages and adults in Saint John, New Brunswick and surrounding communities.

Horizon Health Network ~ a list of Facilities and programs offering this service:Speech Language Pathology

Speech Path 4U~Speech-Language Pathologist Deborah Maund is the owner of SpeechPATH4U, a private practice clinic offering comprehensive assessment and therapy services to infants, children, teenagers and adults in the Greater Moncton Area and beyond.Practicing within a Client Centred Model of service delivery, SpeechPATH4U relies on extensive clinical background to offer a professional and practical approach to speech-language therapy.

Vitalite Health Newtwork ~ Speech -Language Pathology- Restigouche Zone-Speech-language pathology services are for patients of all ages. They are offered in three facilities:

Ruth Woodworth SLP ~ Ruth's private practice in speech-language pathology serves children, adolescents, and adults who are facing challenges in speech, language and/or communication, and their families. She works with teachers of preschool and school-age children to facilitate children's success in school. She also offers a graduate level Education course at UNB called, "Communication Disorders in the Classroom."

Kelsey Manderville MSc. SLP ~ Offering private speech-language pathology services to the preschool & school-aged children in the greater Miramichi area.

Metro Sound & Speech Audiology and Communication Specialists~In traditional private practice settings, audiology and speech-language pathology services are typically experienced as stand-alone entities; even though their services are complementary and often required by clients simultaneously. That said, Metro Sound & Speech is the first Centre of it’s kind in Atlantic Canada to offer speech and audiology services under the same roof as part of a shared effort to accelerate client success.Walk into our Centre and immediately you notice two things; the warm and inviting atmosphere, and the down-to-earth passion of our specialists. We make the time to help, listen, find solutions and develop strategies – and believe it’s important to create an environment where clients feel comfortable sharing and learning with our team.


Services/ Service Providers

Services for Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders~ The child must be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The child must be a resident of New Brunswick including children living on a First Nations reserve.
The child is eligible until the beginning of the school year in which they become 5 years of age.

The Autism Resource Centre (ARC) ~ The Autism Resource Centre (ARC) makes sure social supports are available and accessible for
individuals with autism or other development disorders. We have all the equipment available for any projects like laminating, printing, binding and many more.

Hébert Centre~ Autism Consultants, Herbert Family Support Services, Safari Social Daycare, Center for Cognitive Learning and Educational Treasures Inc.

Hébert Family Support Services (HFSS)~ is a private agency that offers consultation, assessment, and individualized intervention services to children, youth and their families with special needs and/or challenging behaviours. This includes: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Down Sydrome, etc. and/or challenging behaviours.

Centre de l'Autisme du Restigouche Autism Center~ Nous offrons des rencontres de groupes de soutien, ainsi que des ateliers d'information. Nous dirigeons egalement les gens vers les ressources professionnelles existantes dans la region.Nos ressources comprennent; des livres portant sur l'autisme et autres sujets, des jouets et jeux educatifs, des videos et DVD, des disques compacts et logiciels. Nos ressources dont vous pouvez disposer sur place sont, entre autres; des logiciels specialises tels que "Boardmaker" et "Ecrire avec Symboles". Nous offrons aussi un service d'impression, de plastification et de reliure pour tous vos projets, au prix coutant.

We offer support groups for parents, information sessions and workshops, as well as guidance to professional ressources available in our region. Our resources include; books on autism and other subjects, toys, educational games, CD's, DVD's and computer software. Our on-site services include specialized computer software such as "Boardmaker" and "Writing with Symbols". We have printing, laminating and binding services, at cost price, for any projects.

Community Autism Center ~ Workshops, summer camps, social skills groups, parent group, resource library, Teach Me Language, family support, parent group, music therapy. Address: 55 Westmorland Rd
Saint John, New Brunswick E2J 2E3 facebook

M.O.R.E. Services Inc.~ Services provided include training in daily living skills, activities, job readiness training and supported employment. The program is delivered by Human Services Counsellors, all of whom have several years of experience in this field.
M.O.R.E. Services promotes community participation in its service provision, and strives to facilitate and maximize normal life experiences and relationships for those whom it supports.

Pathways Educational Services~The first Multisensory Language Centre in New Brunswick serving students with Dyslexia, Autism and other learning disabilities.The purpose and goal of the centre is to provide remediation, support and information for students, parents, psychologists, professional therapists, educator and administrators.

The Chaleur Autism and Asperger Family Centre Inc.~ facilitates integration and acceptance of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and individuals with special needs who are faced with similar problems to contribute to community wellness of families living in the Chaleur region .

Disability Weblinks ~ Links you to information about programs, services &

contacts anywhere in Canada.



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