Congratulations to David Francis, a Transition to Life graduate from Barrie’s 2015 class!  David has been hired into full time position with CIBC’s governance department at the head office in Toronto!

During Transition to Life David participated in a workshop with Specialisterne and was selected as a candidate for the training program. David’s background includes a degree in Religious Studies and a Certificate in HR Management as well as real-world work experience.

David sat down with Pat O’Connor from Integrated Autism Consulting to discuss his new position at CIBC, his young family and his advice for young adults with ASD on transitioning to adulthood.

Read more: An Interview with Transition to Life Graduate David Francis

Last week members had a great time skating at City Hall and ended the night at the Centre with some Film Trivia. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Read more: Skating at City Hall with The Social Club

We are pleased to announce that the Transition to Life program will be running in Toronto this Spring from April to June. 

Integrated Autism is currently seeking young adults who are interested in being a part of the program who meet the following criteria: 

  • Documented diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger Syndrome)
  • Ages 18-28
  • High level of motivation to meet program goals
  • Parent commitment and involvement
  • Mandatory attendance and weekly assignment completion
  • Ability to attend the course and employment placement independently

To apply please email us with your Name, Age, Address, Phone Number or fill out an online application

Application deadline is March 15. Interviews will begin the following week. 

Click here to download the brochure.

With an area of 743,330 km2 (287,000 sq mi), Borneo is the 3rd largest island in the world and the largest in Asia.  It is also the world’s only sea island to be divided by more than 2 sovereign countries.  It contains part of Indonesia, part of Malaysia, and all of the small sultanate of Brunei.  As of 2010, the island is home to 19,804,064, approximately the combined population of Ontario and Quebec.

Borneo’s rainforest, which covers most of the island, is 140 years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests on Earth.  The island’s wildlife is very diverse, with about 15,000 species of flowering plants (including 3,000 species of trees), 221 species of mammals, 420 species of birds, and 440 species of freshwater fish living on the island.


The longest place name in the world is the Thai city of Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit, with 176 letters.  The name, composed of Pali and Sanskrit words, translates to, “city of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra's behest”.  It is often shortened to Krung Thep and in English it’s called Bangkok.

With 85 letters, the longest one-word place name is that of a hill in New Zealand called Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu.  Other long place names include the famous Welsh village of Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch (58 letters), a Massachusetts lake called Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (45), and a South African farm by the name of Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein (44).

With 116 characters in total, the longest official place name in Canada is an Ontario municipality called Corporation of the United Townships of Dysart, Dudley, Harcourt, Guilford, Harburn, Bruton, Havelock, Eyre and Clyde.  The longest one-word place name in this country is Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik, which is a lake in Manitoba and has 31 letters.

At the other extreme, there are also many one-letter place names throughout the world, with names such as A, D, E, O, U, and Y.  In fact, the Vietnamese name for Italy is simply Ý.

Read more: Fun Facts with Daniel - The Island of Borneo and the World's Longest Names

Another course has come to an end! We would like to congratulate the Transition to Life Durham participants for all of their hard work. Participants did an excellent job on their short bio speeches in front of their parents and members of the Autism Ontario Durham Chapter association. 

Thank you to everyone for their involvement in the program. Graduates, please keep in touch! We always love to hear updates on how you are doing. 

Read more: Congratulations to Transition to Life Durham Participants

1. The Dead Sea covers 600 km2 of surface area on the borders on Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank.   It is actually a lake but is so named due to its extreme saltiness which makes it uninhabitable for most life forms.  At 34.2% salinity it is one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth, 9.6 times as salty as the ocean.  The Dead Sea’s shoreline is the lowest land elevation on Earth, at 429 metres (1,407 ft) below sea level.  Since biblical times, the Dead Sea has been a tourism hotspot.  It was a place of refuge for King David and was used by Herod the Great as one of the world’s first health resorts.  The sea’s salt and minerals have been used for a wide variety of practical functions, such as cosmetics, herbal sachets, potash for fertilizers, and asphalt for Egyptian mummification.  The water in the Dead Sea has a density of1.24 kg/litre, which makes it very buoyant.  This novelty effect is popular among tourists, who like to swim in the Dead Sea because they float very easily.

 

2. Despite its prominence in pop culture and presence in many different countries, Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has surprisingly few locations around the world.  While there are 373 stores in 47 countries, there are only 42 stores in the US, which means that many states are completely IKEA-free.  Interestingly, there are 12 locations in Canada which means we have more IKEAs per capita than our neighbours to the south.  We also got our first store before they did (1975 vs. 1985).  While the company was founded in Sweden and is now headquartered in the Netherlands, the country with the most stores is Germany, with 50.  The successful chain was founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, who was only 17 at the time.  The company’s name is an acronym, consisting of the initials of Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd (the farm where he grew up), and Agunnaryd (his hometown in Småland, south Sweden).  IKEA has become such a notable and recognizable part of pop culture that there are now plans to turn its first store — located in Älmhult, Sweden— into a museum.

Read more: Fun Facts by Daniel.. The Dead Sea and Ikea