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Parent Social Group Survey

      As we return to our Square Peg Society activities, we would like to know how best to enable you to participate in our Parent Social Group. In the previous year we were meeting two times per month, once online, and once to walk together in Vancouver or Burnaby.  Please click on the link below and take the survey. Your response to the survey questions  will help us to make Square Peg Society what you want us to…

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Take A Big Leap!

Take A Big Leap! Strategies & Resources for Positive Relationship-Building Recently, I have been approached by individuals wanting to build relationships, both professionally & personally. Satisfaction & success in this area can positively impact our feelings of well-being in all aspects of our lives; when we feel good about ourselves & our social lives, we tend to also be happier and more effective at work or school. Developing the relationships we want takes time & effort, and we do get better…

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Summary of psychologist Sharon Saline’s Strategies for Self-Acceptance

I would like to share with you my summary of psychologist Sharon Saline’s Strategies for Self-Acceptance. Her blog was directed at teens & young adults in the ADHD community, but as we also experience challenges with self-esteem and coping with anxiety & rejection, and these persist into adulthood, I thought that these strategies might have relevance for us too! Thanks, Joette 5 strategies for resetting unrealistic expectations and fostering self-esteem: 1. Identify islands of competency.          …

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Reflections on Funding Changes Announcement, Adult Diagnosis Meeting & Neurodiversity Summit

Thank you for all for your feedback regarding the proposed MCFD funding changes! Your feedback is my inspiration and guides me in finding paths forward in all our undertakings! I will continue to support our joint efforts in making the Ministry aware and accountable for engaging in meaningful consultation with our diverse individuals and families. No real gains can be made by pitting one sector of our community against another. For me, two recent experiences, however, have brought into focus…

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What We Are Happy About

Our new website! Our goals were to share with you more about our intentions and values, to provide a calendar of our upcoming events, and an easy way for you to register for them, and to build an archive of past meetings that you can easily access by date and subject category. Contact us with your feedback (note “Website”) The launching of our Parents’ Social Group – thanks, Francine! (Find details in “Events”) Our great Movie Night facilitators & discussions!…

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Response to Vancouver Sun article “Autistic people march for and against walk for autism in Richmond” by our director

Below is the response of our executive director in response to the article in the link below: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/autistic-people-march-for-and-against-walk-for-autism-in-richmond   I will attempt to articulate my views, and the direction of Square Peg Society, while I am at the helm. Change over time is good, and inevitable, and hopefully will be guided by listening to our membership. Our focus, at SPS, is on the adult ASD population. As such, the idea of “a cure” for autism is not where we would…

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Meeting Summary: Post-Secondary Programs & Supports

Meeting Summary: Post-Secondary Programs & Supports Burnaby Public Library, McGill branch     Please note that many post-secondary institutions offer information meetings in February & April For students who wish to enroll in September. Check their websites for upcoming info sessions!   Post-Secondary Programs & Supports: A Summary of Two Meetings, January 10 & February 7, 1019 Following is my attempt to summarize our two full meetings on Post-Secondary programs & supports available to ASD individuals (and others). Both meetings…

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Reflections on Independent ASD and Parent Meeting

Thursday November 29, 2018,Reflections on Our Meeting   A small, but passionate & articulate group of parents gathered to talk about our ASD adult children, their issues and lives, and our lives with them, as we try to guide them to independence.  Based upon our 5 key issues:  Post-secondary education, Employment, Housing,Life & Social Skills, and Mental Health, I compiled a collection of concerns and examples, to provide food for thought. We didn’t cover all of the list below, but…

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