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Ontario autism events: Early 2021

Updated: Jun 13

Do you want to start your 2021 off right? HFA Today lists some events for you or your family member to take part of for this year.

Birthday Club

The Central West region in Ontario (Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Waterloo, Wellington) offers a birthday club for ages 2-21. Cards and special activity kits will be sent to participants’ homes on their special day.

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Curiosity Box will organize a specialized birthday box. The box will have different crafts and educational activities depending on how old the person turns.

The registration costs $25.00. For the year-end birthday bash, you can register for free. This will allow children to come together to celebrate their birthdays. With current COVID-19 limitations, there may not be full details until mid-2021. You can find contact information here.

East- Virtual Dance Event (Red Rhino)

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Eoghan Dillon will host a live dance event on Zoom for people who live in the Ottawa and Prescott-Russell regions. Dillon founded Red Rhino and has immense experience with providing inclusive dance experiences.

This event will last from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6. You can find contact details here.

New Diagnosis Support Groups

Do you have a child who was just recently diagnosed with autism in Ontario? Find the right help, support and guidance from others. These support groups will also give you an opportunity to connect with other autism parents.

The North’s (Muskoka, North Bay, Simcoe, Sudbury and Thunder Bay) session will last from 10:30 to 11: 30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7. The East’s (Kawartha Lakes and Ottawa) session will go from to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11. The Kingston area’s session will go from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25. The West’s (Chatham-Kent, Grey-Bruce, Huron-Perth, London, Niagara, Sarnia-Lambton and Windsor-Essex) will occur from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 4.

West Online Support Group

COVID-19 isolation is not easy to handle. Do you want to make it easier to deal with? Those in Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Grey-Bruce, Huron-Perth, London, Niagara, Sarnia-Lambton and Windsor-Essex can join Autism Ontario Service Navigators and other family members on a forum. Service Navigators will provide guided discussions on current topics and opportunities to pitch ideas on services and supports.

The meetings will occur on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 25 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Online Funny Magic Show

Watch WonderPhil, a highly entertaining magician with many humorous tricks. To register, you must be in either the Simcoe, Muskoka, or Parry Sound regions. This event will also happen on Monday, Jan. 11 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. You can find contact information here.

Virtual Improv with Rachel!

Children 12-17 years in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, or Peterborough can join Rachel for online classes such as Famous Last Words; Neutral For Faces, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly; and World’s Greatest Expert.

Sessions will occur for four weeks from Tuesday, Jan. 12 through Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. You can find contact details here.

Durham & Toronto- Virtual Sushi Making Workshop

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People in Ajax, Bowmanville, Oshawa, Pickering, Toronto, Uxbridge and Whitby can sign up to

learn how to prepare customized maki creations. Practices will include rice preparation and knife cuts. This event will occur on Friday, Jan. 15 from 10: 30 a.m. to noon.

Autism Ontario will also give ingredients and instructions to participants a week in advance.

Parent supervision is required.

North- Science North

 A horse stands in the snow
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Do you want to learn more about science? Those in the Sudbury region can sign up for Autism Ontario’s science sessions for three Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m.

Jan. 16’s session will explore birds that stay in the winter, Jan. 23’s session will go over kitchen chemical reactions and Jan. 30’s session will examine how animals stay warm and find food during the winter.

You can find contact details here.

West- Family Trivia Night

For the Chatham-Kent region, there will be a Family Trivia Night. This fun opportunity will last from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Participants will use Zoom and Kahoot. The month’s theme is also superhero.

You will need to use two devices (Computer, tablet). The first device will be for Zoom and Kahoot and the second will give answers to the multiple choice questions. Players will also get a Cineplex movie code. You can find contact details here.

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