Happy New Year 2019!

happy ny

It has been some time since I last posted on our website. My apologies! I’m sure you can understand that between work,  kids and caring for a home, it can be hard to find the time to write!

The Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in is still going strong since we opened our doors on Sunday, October 15th, 2017! Since then, more than 30 different girls have visited the Drop-in with an average of ten girls attending each Sunday’s group.

pet visits

2018 was a busy year with many different activities taking place:

  • The Girls on the Spectrum Parent Support Group held its first meeting in January 2018. This group meets once a month at Orleans United Church and offers parents an opportunity to share their stories and discuss resources available in the community.
  • The Teen Girls on the Spectrum Group was started. Teen girls meet monthly and go on fun adventures in the community
  • Monthly visits from Expérience Unik, a local organization that provides animal therapy visits – a favourite with the girls!
  • Girls on the Spectrum was awarded a grant of $1000 from the Awesome Foundation of Ottawa – these funds went to purchasing activity supplies and covering costs for activities such as visits from Experience Unik;
  • The Drop-in also received a grant from Autism Ontario to help with program costs;
  • The Program received the Leading Women, Building Communities Award on International Women’s Day – awarded by MPP Marie-France Lalonde.
  • The Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in was featured in the Observer Magazine.
  • In April, the Group took part in “Autism on the Hill” to show its support for all people with Autism.
  • Author Christine Jenkins visited the Drop-in to discuss her new book she co-authored – Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism.
  • Plus a Hawaiian Day, a pyjama party, a paint day, a Halloween Party a Christmas Party and much more!

friendship

What will 2019 hold for the Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in?

  • The next Support Group meeting will take place on Thursday, January 17th at 7 pm in room 12 at Orleans United Church – 1111 Orleans Blvd;
  • Teen girl group outings take place on a monthly basis – for more information on the next events please visit Teen Girls on the Spectrum on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Autism2019;
  • Monthly pet visits with Expérience Unik – the next visit will be on Sunday, January 13th;
  • Theme Sundays;
  • Music Therapy sessions;
  • participation in Autism on the Hill on April 3rd at 12:15 p.m.;
  • Participation in the Ottawa Race Weekend, Sunday, May 26th and the Autism Speaks Canada Walk on Sunday, June 2nd;
  • an Information Fair for Girls on the Spectrum with Speakers on Girls and Autism on Sunday, March 3rd from 1-3 p.m. at Orleans United Church; and
  • much more!

goat visits

For more information on the Drop-in including interviews and newspaper/magazine articles, please see previous posts below or email us at girlsonthespectrumottawa@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/girlsonthespectrumottawa/

 

 

 

 

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