Life & Social Skills

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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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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Bias in Disability- “How Others See You”

    Meeting Thursday, June 21, 2018 Bias in Disability- “How Others See You” Speakers: Dr. Grace Iarocci & Nicki Scheerer       Dr. Grace Iarocci and Dr. Nikki Scheerer  presented to us their recent research on bias in disability. They are looking at how unconscious and first impressions fairly or unfairly, contribute to one’s assessment, and consequently, treatment of an individual. While this research is in very early stages, the intention is to direct their findings to improving…

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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? Many Square Peg Society members have felt that because they are “not disabled enough”, they are either not eligible for services, or the services offered…

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