Meeting Thursday, April 20, 2017

“Challenges & Successes in College & University” Speaker: Dr. Rashmeen Nirmal Dr. Nirmal is a Registered Psychologist working in the British Columbia Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN) at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, at UBC. Her clinical focus, while working in Canada Read more about Meeting Thursday, April 20, 2017[…]

General Meeting: April 1, 2017

What We Are & What We Do:                                                                                                                   Square Peg Society is a non-profit volunteer group, (we do not have CRA Charitable status), formed by parents in October 2014, to support ASD adults and their families. Our particular niche is the support of people who aspire to become independent, self-supporting adults. We focus, therefore, Read more about General Meeting: April 1, 2017[…]

Meeting: March 22, 2017 Looking Beyond Autism – Dr. Anthony Bailey

Treating Anxiety, Depression & OCD in ASD Individuals Guest:   Dr. Anthony Bailey, Phd, Chair, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, UBC                                                                                                         This meeting was our follow-up from ACT’s webinar Part 2: Looking Beyond Autism: Treating Anxiety, Depression & OCD in children & youth with ASD, we are continuing to explore the co-existence of these mental health conditions Read more about Meeting: March 22, 2017 Looking Beyond Autism – Dr. Anthony Bailey[…]

Meeting: January 19, 2017 ASD & Mental Health- Canadian Mental Health, Echo Program

We are seeing that people with ASD experience mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression, at greater rates than the general population. Often these conditions have a greater negative impact on their lives than does autism. We are exploring which programs exist which might be effective, accessible and affordable for ASD individuals. Speakers:   Read more about Meeting: January 19, 2017 ASD & Mental Health- Canadian Mental Health, Echo Program[…]

Meeting: November 17, ASD & Mental Health – Polly Guetta, Mood Disorders Association

While families approach Square Peg Society seeking help with adult issues such as employment and housing, their underlying fear is that their adult offspring will live a life of poverty and isolation, after they are gone, or after they are no longer able to care for them. Often it is mental health issues – stress, Read more about Meeting: November 17, ASD & Mental Health – Polly Guetta, Mood Disorders Association[…]

Meeting: October 20, 2016 Job Readiness

Panel Discussion:   Kalena Kavenaugh, Anjela Godber, Caroline Gatchalian, Sarah Blackmore Employment success for people with Asperger’s, HFA, or a similar profile, is dependent on effective preparation and follow up for both employers and employees. Many people with these diagnoses do not qualify for assistance after the age of 19, yet they are required to compete Read more about Meeting: October 20, 2016 Job Readiness[…]

Meeting:  September 15, 2016  Nicole Jinn, Victor Toh, Talie

 This meeting was an opportunity for SPS members to speak about their interests and experiences. We had three speakers – Nicole Jinn, who spoke from her experience, about advocacy and gender imbalance, and employment issues; Victor Toh, who spoke about his business, “Capability Club”, providing life skills training for ASD children;  and Talie, who spoke Read more about Meeting:  September 15, 2016  Nicole Jinn, Victor Toh, Talie[…]

On Inclusion

 Can Inclusion be Exclusion? Is it possible that the big umbrella of “Inclusivity” cannot, at times, capture the numbers of individuals trying to squeeze under it?  That it simply cannot be broad enough to keep everyone dry, and that many people at the fringes will get wet? Is the attempt to be “all inclusive”, exclusionary? Read more about On Inclusion[…]

Meeting: July 22, 2016 Charitable Status, Fundraising & Advocacy

The following Mission Statement was adopted: Who We Are: A non-profit volunteer group supporting atypical & Autism Spectrum post-high school adults and their families. Our goal is independence for our supported adults; therefore, our focus is on the following issues as key to achieving this goal: Employment, Post-Secondary Education, Housing, Finances, and Life & Social Read more about Meeting: July 22, 2016 Charitable Status, Fundraising & Advocacy[…]