- a Latin word that refers to a 'favorable moment' or an 'opportunity'
- a new Social-Recreational Respite program now offered by Autism Edmonton!
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Social-Recreational Respite can address many facets of life and development. Through opportunities to meet peers who share similar interests, people on the autism spectrum are able to build a stronger foundation for social interaction and personal confidence, all while parents are receiving respite support!
"Autism can make a person feel like they have their wings clipped and that they will never have the skills to be able to be an independent being...Your program is designed to allow individuals diagnosed with autism to become comfortable with themselves, people their age and the world around them. It also facilitates learning the necessary skills to be able to function in our society as an independent being with confidence. So in a way you are "unclipping" the wings of many people like me (I'm 17 and diagnosed with ASD) and giving them a chance to fly."- Leona Sudom
Occasio has been designed as a spectrum-inclusive program for youth and adults ages 10 years and up (including 18+). The Occasio program runs with a maximum staff ratio of 4:1 down to "Social 1:1" (to maintain social interaction for those still needing one-to-one assistance).
- Occasio members will be attending community events as community whenever possible (i.e. rather than booked ahead as a separate group)
- Experiences and opportunities will be ecologically-relevant (i.e. What are their peers doing?)
- Naturally-selected peer groups are encouraged whenever possible (and/or appropriate)
- Decision-making will be driven by the participants (to support natural social lessons)
How to get started:
You must be a member of Autism Edmonton with an active online account to register for any activities associated with the Occasio program. (If you have any questions about this process, please contact us for assistance.)