The Social Club had an awesome evening out at Heritage Beach! We not only had a BBQ but Karen Roy and her husband Dave joined us to remember Andrew Roy on what would have been his 30th birthday, August 22. Releasing the birthday balloons was enjoyed by all!
Thank you Karen and Dave for the treats and balloons and Social Club members for your kind words and snack contributions. It was a fabulous night!
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LIA POWERS: Graduate of the first TTL course- 2013
Recently we heard from one of our first graduates and we wanted to share her tremendous accomplishments with you…
Lia has accomplished so much in the years since her Transition to Life program. She is gifted musically and as music has been her lifeline since a very young age, she has been determined to become a music therapist to help other kids on the spectrum. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music from the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine Arts at Brock University in 2018. She then moved to Montreal to complete a 12-month graduate diploma in Music Therapy (course work and 1200 hours of practicum) at Concordia University. She is now one year into her Masters of Music Therapy and is doing amazing work with young children with various developmental disabilities as well as working on a thesis (A Neurologically-Informed Music Therapy Early Intervention Research Study for Gait Abnormalities in Autistic Children). In addition to educating her colleagues and professors on life on the spectrum and doing some advocacy work she was also the inaugural winner of a social justice award at Concordia for her work with ASD. Recently she has also completed a course in Neurological Music Therapy at University of Toronto.
My name is Kai Helsdon and I recently finished the Individualized Transition to Life Course offered by Integrated Autism Consulting.
I am planning to use everything that I learned from this program to eventually move out on my own, and in the future, to move in with my girlfriend.
I graduated with my diploma in Recreation Therapy from Mohawk College this year and will use these skills to gain experience as a recreation therapist.
I am also an autism advocate, supporting individuals with autism by sharing my life experiences to assist others in understanding their strengths and how to plan for their future, whether it is going to college, gaining employment or finding that leisure activity that fits into their life.
Overall this program was very helpful, because it taught me about budgeting, planning my week and how to be successful in different kinds of relationships.
Trevor is a recent graduate of the Transition to Life course in Barrie. This smart, funny and charming young man graduated high school a couple of years ago and was struggling to make the leap into part-time employment. Finally, he and his parents decided it was time to get some help and came to Integrated Autism Consulting for some advice. Taking the Transition to Life course meant that Trevor learned not only interview and job preparation skills, he also gained valuable insights into the strengths and challenges of having ASD. Trevor came to class each week with his homework done and was ready to learn. With hard work and determination, he created and followed a weekly schedule, prepared his resume and cover letter, learned how to get a bus pass and ride the bus, went to job fairs, applied for jobs online and more! He is currently volunteering at the Barrie Public library at the café and has just started a position at Tim Horton's.
You should be very proud of your efforts Trevor! Congratulations!