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Autistic Input Session for BC Accessibility Legislation

Posted on behalf of Vivian Ly, Director of Autistics United Canada.

Autistics United Canada and the Neurodiversity Listening Society are hosting an event where autistic and neurodivergent people can provide feedback on the upcoming BC accessibility legislation as part of the public consultation process.

The event is happening on Saturday November 23rd, 1:30-4:30 pm. Attendees can come in person to 5024 Rumble Street in Burnaby, near Royal Oak Station, or join online via Zoom. Honorariums and snacks will be provided.

Facebook event page:

Registration form:

Study - Roleplaying / Larping in ASD

Posted on behalf of Kari Gustafson, PhD Student at Simon Fraser University.

Do you have an ASD diagnosis, or are you the parent of an individual with an ASD diagnosis?  Do you (or does your child) participate in larping (live action roleplaying) or tabletop roleplaying / RPG games (such as Dungeons & Dragons)?  I am a PhD student in the Faculty of Education. I would like to interview individuals from ages 13 to 60 with ASD (and/or their parents) about their experiences with larp and roleplaying activities and groups.

The interview can take place anywhere you choose, and will take 60-90 minutes. As a thank-you for your time I can offer you a $20 gift card. If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please contact Kari Gustafson at

Online Study - Partnership for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Addiction (PAAD)

Dr. Grace Iarocci, Simon Fraser University (SFU)
Dr. Marie-Hélène Poulin, University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) 
What do we want to know?
The purpose of the project is to describe the lifestyle and using habits of substances, internet and gambling of young people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. 
Who are we looking for?
Individuals ages 16 to 30 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
About the Study:
Teenagers and young adults (ages 16 to 30) with ASD are invited to complete an online questionnaire (about 60 minutes in length). The teens and young adults who complete the online survey have a chance to win a $20 gift card among all respondents. Five gift cards will be randomly drawn.

To access the population survey, click on the following link:
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Kelly Tremblay, research project coordinator by email (

Hon. Mike Lake - World Autism Awareness Day

Posted on behalf of Honourable Mike Lake, Member of Parliment:

On April 3rd, 2019, I made my annual one-minute World Autism Awareness Day statement in the Canadian House of Commons, with my 23-year-old son, Jaden, watching from the gallery. 

We'd love it if you'd consider sharing it within your own networks and let us know your thoughts!

Links to the video:

All the best,


Hon. Mike Lake, PC, MP
Shadow Minister for Youth, Sport and Accessibility
Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @MikeLakeMP


Volunteer with the 2019 SFU Social Science Camp!

Applications to volunteer with the SFU Social Science Camp have closed. The volunteer application deadline was May 20th at 11:59 pm.

The Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) is seeking volunteers for our 8th annual SFU Social Science Camp. Since 2012, the ADDL has held a two-day summer camp for children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children will engage in a variety of fun crafts, games and research experiments. The 2019 SFU Social Camp will occur on July 13th and July 20th.

We are looking for the following positions to be filled during the two-day camp:

Group Leaders:

Leads same group of 5-7 children through activities and breaks. Experience with children required; should be comfortable in a leadership role and be willing to encourage and assist children to participate in activities.



Using your knowledge and experience, you and another co-leader will lead the same group of 5-7 children through activities and breaks. Experience with children and individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) preferred; must be willing to encourage and assist children to participate in activities, and have knowledge about ASD or other developmental disorders.


Step into any position that may be required, and to facilitate additional support in any given role. Must be cooperative and enthusiastic. This is the recommended position for those who do not have experience working with children or individuals diagnosed with ASD.

Data Collectors:

Work with camp administrators to collect participant's information and assist families through the registration process. Experience with previous data collection preferred; must be organized, motivated, and have attention to detail skills.

How to Volunteer:

This camp requires prepared and devoted volunteers, so if this is something that you may be interested in, we invite you to fill out the following application: Please also send your resume and unofficial transcript to our Volunteer Coordinator, Ashtyn DeBoice at

If you have any questions about the ADDL and the work we do, please contact Lab Manager Troy Boucher at  for more information!

Online Study - Social Competence and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Grace Iarocci, Simon Fraser University

What do we want to know?

This study explores what people think about social competence and the ideas people have about what it means for a person to have good social skills. As part of this study we will explore how participant characteristics such as opinions on social competence, age, occupation, experience working with individuals with diverse populations (i.e., individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder), relate to judgments of the social competence of a group of adults viewed in video format.

Who are we looking for?

About the Study:

This research can be completed online, or in person, at the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus. You will be asked to fill out questionnaires, and watch brief video clips where you will be required to make judgments about individuals in the videos. This study takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Upon completion, you will be entered into a draw to win a $100 visa gift card.

If you are interested in participating in our research, please contact us by email at or by phone at (778) 782-6746.

Social Thinking and Perspective-Taking in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Posted on behalf of Michelle Hunsche of the Lifespan Cognition Lab at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

My name is Michelle Hunsche and I am recently-graduated Psychology student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I am currently completing a follow-up project to my Honor’s thesis under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Bernstein. I am writing to you today to invite you to participate in our research study on social thinking and perspective-taking ability in children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The study will be looking at how children with ASD and FASD differ in their ability to make social judgments and decisions, and in their ability to take the perspective of others.

Families who are interested in being involved have the option of participating at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus or in the comfort of their own homes. If you decide to participate in this study, you will complete a several brief social skills and demographics questionnaires regarding your child’s age, diagnosis, and behaviour in various social situations. While you complete these questionnaires, a trained research assistant will take your child through a series of games designed to be fun and engaging for children of all ages and abilities. The study takes about an hour to an hour and a half for each child to complete (with time for breaks). Parents/guardians will receive $30 for each child that participates as a thank-you for their time, and children also get a little treat for participating. Our hope is to use the results of this study to inform current practices and programs that can lead to happier and healthier lives for children with ASD and FASD. This project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's Partnership Engage Grant, a one-year grant that will support the project until December 2018.

If you would like to participate in this study or have any questions, you can give us a call at 604-599-2162 or send us an email at

Thank you very much for your time!

Michelle Hunsche

Gender Differences in Self-Perception Competence in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted on the behalf of Laura Vandervoot from Queen's University.

My name is Laura Vandervoort and I am an undergraduate student in the psychology department at Queen’s University. I am currently completing my fourth-year research project under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Kelley. I am writing to you today to invite you to participate in my research study on gender differences in self-perception competencies in youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The study will be looking at how males and females with ASD differ in their ability to accurately perceive their academic abilities.

If you decide to participate in this study, you will complete a brief history and demographics questionnaire regarding your child’s age, diagnosis, and current level of academic functioning in Mathematics and English, as well as a Social Communication Questionnaire. In total, the completion of these questionnaires should take no longer than approximately 10 minutes. If your child is between the ages of 9 and 18, s/he will also be asked to participate in this study by completing a pre-performance rating of how they think they will perform on the tasks, 10 English tasks at varying degrees of difficulty, 10 mathematics calculations at varying degrees of difficulty, and a post-performance rating indicating how many questions they think they answered correctly. This should take approximately 30 minutes for your child to complete. All information that has the potential to identify you (e.g. name, email) will be removed from your data prior to the researcher receiving them. The data will be stored anonymously in a password protected computer. The only people who will have access to the data are myself and my supervisor Dr. Kelley. The data from all participating families will be combined and analyzed. The findings will be used in my honours thesis, a written document that will be completed and presented at the end of this academic year. If you choose to take part in the survey you will be entered into a draw to win a $10 Best Buy Gift Certificate, individuals will have a 1 in 8 chance of winning. 

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you would like to participate, you may access the questionnaire package by clicking on the link below.

If you have any questions about the study, please feel free to contact me at 

Thank you very much for your time.

Laura Vandervoort

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Iarocci, G. & McDonald, J. (2006). Sensory Integration and the Perceptual Experience of Persons with Autism. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 36(1), 77-90. [pdf]

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