Welcome to Autism Nova Scotia's Programs Blog !
Autism Nova Scotia offers a wide variety of programs for children, teen, adults with autism and their families. This blog aims to capture all the fun and excitement that takes place in Autism Nova Scotia’s programs. This blog and its contents are created and updated by participants, volunteers and staff that directly work with our programs.
Teen and Adult Social Groups bring together teens (14 years old and up) and adults who would like to meet peers who are also on the Autism Spectrum. Outings and activities are chosen by participants. Supported by trained volunteers, groups are between 6-10 members.
The Autism Arts program invites children, youth and young adults who are on the autism spectrum to explore art mediums through self-expression. The program creates an opportunity for new friendships to develop and participants to take part in a positive recreational experience within the community.
The Autism Nova Scotia's Respite Camp is a brand new recreation program for children and youth on the autism spectrum between the ages of 6-21 years. The camp activities are designed specifically with participants’ needs and interests in mind.
Campers are supported by trained counsellors in a 2 campers: 1 counsellor or 3 campers: 1 counsellor ratios of 6 campers per camp.
D&D Club Group will bring together adults with autism who share similar interests in fantasy and role-playing based games weekly to play D&D. Each group will be led by a Dungeon Master (DM) and supported by another volunteer. Groups will range in size from 3-5 participants.
Autism Works LaunchPad is a comprehensive pre-vocational program designed to teach participants the skills needed to enter the workplace and provide them with real-life work experiences through community outings and co-op placements.
Camp Au-some is a family respite weekend retreat for families with a child or youth with autism to enjoy a weekend together at beautiful Camp Brigadoon. This camp is all inclusive and features valuable information sessions and fun camp activities for the whole family.
Autism Nova Scotia is redeveloping our Life Skills program! Based on the success of the program’s first year we will be adding additional components.
The Social Skills program follows UCLA’s PEERS model to support adults (18 yrs and up) with autism to develop and maintain friendship building skills. This is an interactive program with a parent assisted component that meets once a week for two hours for 14 weeks.
Worktopia is designed to improve the employment futures of youth and young adults ages 15-29 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Program participants engage in opportunities to develop social, communication and job skills in community and workplace settings, with the aim of increasing future employment success."
The Ben James Autism Summer Camp is a recreation program for children and youth on the Autism Spectrum between the ages of 6-21 years. Each camper is supported with a 1:1 camper/counsellor ratio and activities are designed specifically with participants’ needs and interests in mind.