Erik and I would like to share an amusing story from Parliament Hill the night before the CASDA summit, 2016. It is both humorous and touching... a real autism moment and a Canadian moment, as well. Autism transforms cops... We make some friends and earn some supporters! A funny moment on Parliament Hill this evening..

Erik and I trekked back to the Hill one last time today so that he could practice his autism speech...

We get there, it is a lovely evening, and people are camped out all over the lawn. Erik positions himself on the steps in front of the Peace Tower, hauls out his Rock Band microphone, stuffs the cord into his shorts pocket, pulls out his speech and launches in.

"I am Erik Hedley. I am seventeen. And I have autism."

Just that moment, I look up to see not one but three RCMP officers running toward us. Erik has his back turned, so he cannot see the approach. He takes a breath and is just about to launch into paragraph two when I signal for him to hold on.

Read more: ASD SNAPSHOT 29: "RCMP on the Hill - An Arresting Speech"

by Matthew J. Lemay

Congratulations! You’ve submitted an application for a job you’re interested in and have received the call to come in for an interview. With the excitement of that however, comes the nerves that everyone gets. And for someone with ASD, those nerves can sometimes take on a life of their own.

I’ve been to a healthy handful of interviews in the past, so here are a series of tips that will help you in preparing for, and being successful in an interview:

Research, Research, Research: You’ve just gotten off the phone from confirming your interview. As excited as you are, this is where the process really starts. Take the time before your interview to really look into the employer. A common interview question is

“What do you know about our company?”

And the interviewer expects you to have an answer. That’s why research is so important. What values does the company hold? What’s their vision statement? Do they have any charitable initiatives?

Knowing this information beforehand can help you to give a better interview, and it will definitely speak to your preparedness.

Read more: Preparing for a Job Interview

An Introductory Workshop For Parents Of Young Adults

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A Model for Living a Good Life for People with Asperger Syndrome
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Application Deadline: June 15, 2017


CASDA  (Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance)
Teresa Hedley is a wonderful advocate for her son and all young adults on the Autism Spectrum. On day one of the conference I had the pleasure of facilitating a series of workshops with her on Why Family Support is Important: Pathways for Families/ Parents as They Support the Road to Employment. Here is a copy of our presentation and some thoughts from our workshop participants. Please feel free to share some of your thoughts with us….