Autism Society of Edmonton Area

The Autism Society of Edmonton Area (ASEA) helps families and communities embrace and support people on the autism spectrum throughout their lives.

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Awards Night A Resounding Success!

On Wednesday, May 29th, ASEA held its annual Autism Awards Night celebration to recognize the actions taken by individuals to accept and appreciate all the different members of their community.

Over 100 people from all walks of society attended to pay tribute to the outstanding contributions of our 20 recipients, including employers, educators, key workers, advocates, peers and family members. 

We were particularly honoured by the attendance of the Honourable Frank Oberle, MLA for Peace River and Associate Minister of Services for Persons with Disabilities. Mr. Oberlebrought greetings from the provincial government and was even able to stay long enough to co-present the first three awards in the Employer/Workplace category.

The compelling stories of achievement we heard came from a wide variety of community members; our Employer/Workplace recipients included a locally-owned franchise (Fastsigns), a government department (Alberta Education Learning Resource Centre) and Canada's largest western-based food store chain (Save-On-Foods).

In our Education category, we were moved to see such a high level of engagement, with eight nominees representing six different schools in the region (Queen Elizabeth High School in Edmonton, St. Leo Catholic Elementary School in Edmonton, Willow Park School in Leduc, Father Kenneth Kearns School in Sherwood Park, John A McDougall School in Edmonton, and Elk Island Catholic Schools in Strathcona County).

The Key Worker/Advocate category was the largest category of the night, with nine different award nominations for the effective and empathetic gestures made by individuals to support others with dignity and care, and help lend a voice to those who are not always able to speak up for themselves.

By acknowledging the important contributions our recipients have made in the lives around them, ASEA hopes to encourage more individuals, organizations and corporations to be active in their community, and to continue to embrace and support people on the autism spectrum.

Autism Award Winners from the Alberta Education Learning Resource Centre, from left to right: Kelly Peacock, Sarah Brennan, Joanne Liu, Toby Donovan, Jackie Hryniw, Emily Ma, Stephanie Lougheed; with the Honourable Frank Oberle, Associate Minister of Services for Persons with Disabilities

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Presents Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal to Gino Ferri

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, His Honour, Colonel (Ret’d) Donald S. Ethell and Gino Ferri, upon presentation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, which took place at the Legislature, on April 17, 2013.

David Jardine, Board Member of the Autism Society of Canada, put forth the nomination that Gino Ferri receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his long-serving work in promoting awareness and sustaining organizations which support families and individuals affected by the lifelong diagnosis of autism.  David Jardine is a dedicated ASEA member and husband of Dr. Deborah Barrett, who previously served as ASEA's President and, more recently, as Director of Community Development.  This award is wholeheartedly endorsed by all who know Gino, and what we as families and the greater community consider his due for his selfless efforts.
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Anthony At Your Service Picks Up Pennies for Change

Anthony Barrett of Anthony at Your Service picked up "pennies for change" on behalf of the Autism Society of Edmonton Area this past week. PPM 2000 Inc., an incident reporting and investigation management software company, generously donated 5,000 pennies to ASEA.
When you donate your pennies to ASEA, we will use them to promote programs and services for children, adults and families living with autism. Your jar of dusty pennies can help change lives for the better.
Drop off your pennies at the ASEA office 101, 11720 Kingsway Avenue. Charitable tax receipts will be given for $25 worth of pennies or more. Or give us a call at 780-453-3971. We'll be happy to pick up your pennies.
For any pickups or deliveries within Edmonton, please contact Anthony at Your Service from May 27th onwards at 780-780-9915 or

Autism Speaks Unveil Their Employment Tool Kit

Autism Speaks would like to help you with your employment search by giving you tools and tips while you look for a job.
As an adult on the autism spectrum, you have strengths and abilities that employers are just beginning to understand. We have written this Employment Tool Kit to help you research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum.

Mike Lake's Statement on World Autism Awareness Day

On March 27, MP Mike Lake made the following statement in the House of Commons to mark World Autism Awareness Day 2013:
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, and 15 years since my son, Jaden was diagnosed.
As I've shared many times here, life with autism really is an adventure - unique for every family living with it.
Our world today is one in which our 13-year-old daughter babysits our 17-year-old son;
a world in which I often discover my iPad YouTube viewing history filled with Barney episodes, and home-video clips of airplane takeoffs and landings posted by random strangers from around the globe;
a world in which visitors to our home experience odd and memorable moments, like the dinner this past summer when Jaden suddenly decided to guzzle Italian salad dressing straight from the bottle.
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