We are hoping you all are keeping safe, as much as possible during these difficult and challenging times. COVID-19 is creating interruptions to our daily lives and dangerous conditions for many of our community members. Neurodivergent people are facing even more barriers than usual to our financial, mental, and physical safety and well-being.
However, as many Autistics can attest to, physical distance does not necessarily mean we can’t care for and support one another. We’re making space and connections for neurodivergent people, while advocating for protections of our collective rights and justice for those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
2) Housing security
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4) Access to food and necessities
5) Safety and freedom from abuse
6) Communication access
Content: filicide, murder, and abuse of disabled people
On March 1st, 2020, disabled communities worldwide gathered to commemorate people with disabilities murdered by their caretakers. The International Disability Day of Mourning was observed in 34 cities. In Canada, Autistics United chapters held local vigils, as did other disability advocates and organizations. The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, which tracks these murders, reported over 600 deaths over the past five years.
By bringing awareness to these tragedies, we say that murder is murder. We send the message to the world that disabled lives are worth living. We work towards a day where disabled people are not killed on the basis of their disability, but are instead valued as human beings.
Thank you to those who held vigils and joined us in person or online. Together, we mourned for those in our community lost to ableist violence. Together, we remembered their names, their hopes, and their dreams. Together, we carry them forward.
[Image 1: a close-up photograph of a table covered with small LED candles]
[Image 2: a concrete column with three pieces of paper taped to it. Two are visible and the third is viewed from behind due to the angle. The pages have a list of names and the heading “Mourn for the dead… and fight like hell for the living” at the top and “Remembering people with disabilities murdered by family members” at the bottom, along with the ASAN logo.]
The Disability Day of Mourning ceremony in Nova Scotia was held at the Halifax Central Library, and included lighting of LED candles, readings of poetry and essays, and reading names of victims. Due to time constraints, only the names of victims in Canada were read aloud, but the full list of victims around the world was posted in the room. Most of the attendees were Autistis United Nova Scotia chapter members, but a representative from CTV was there to cover the event.
[Image 1: A close-up photograph of Bill McArthur speaking into a microphone.]
[Image 2: A photograph of Vivian Ly standing in front of a microphone, holding papers to reference. They are standing in front of a powerpoint slide reading “Disability Day of Mourning 2020”.]
[Image 3: A photograph of Sam McCulligh standing in front of a microphone and holding papers to read from. The Disability Day of Mourning 2020 powerpoint slide is in the background.]
[Image 4: A photograph of a handmade poster reading “You deserved better. You deserved life!”. The word “Life” is written in rainbow colours. There are two ribbons attached to the poster.]
[Image 5: A set of three photos. The first shows a piece of printer paper with the title “Mourn for the dead… And fight like hell for the living” and the footer “Remembering people with disabilities murdered by family members”. The ASAN logo is at the bottom. The bulk of the paper contains a list of names, but they are not readable in the photograph. The second photo shows a handmade poster with the words “Communication badges and ear plugs”. In front of the poster is a pile of earplugs and a pile of coloured communication badges. Next to it is a piece of printer paper with the words “Sign In” and a sign-in sheet. The third photo shows a handmade poster with the words “I am not a burden”.]
[Image 6: A close-up photograph of a pile of artificial daisy flowers on a table.]
Autistics United Vancouver’s Disability Day of Mourning vigil was held at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House Community Hall. There were around two dozen people attending, along with a few more via livestream. Chapter members, along with Woodlands institution survivor and disability advocate Bill McArthur, gave speeches. Organizers read aloud statements commemorating the life of each victim in Canada, and invited attendees to join in reading the list. After a moment of silence, several community members came up to make personal remarks. Posters honoring the names of victims all over the world were put up around the venue. Special consideration was given to Florence Girard, a relatively recent victim in BC. She was a former competitive swimmer with Down syndrome found starved to death in her caretaker’s home. There was a volunteer emotional support system in place, and drivers to help attendees to make it in person. The vigil was captioned and streamed live on YouTube. CTV, The Province, The Sun, and Global came by to cover the vigil.
Fort McMurray, AB
[Image: a photograph of a table with a standing three-paneled poster behind it. The table contains various handouts with neurodiversity-related material, and the poster has pictures of people accompanied by text.]
[Image: a photograph of a table with a standing three-paneled poster behind it. The table contains LED lights and various handouts with neurodiversity-related material, and the poster has pictures of people accompanied by text. A person is standing in front of the poster, looking at the camera]
The Alberta Disability Day of Mourning vigil took the form of a poster display with images and information about each of the disabled people killed since the 2019 Disability Day of Mourning. It was set up by Fort McMurray chapter organizer Christopher Whelan at the Suncor Community Leisure Center, who was present at the table to engage with and educate passers-by. The display was up for four hours and received a positive reaction from the community, with around 50 people stopping by to see it. Each entry on the poster contained an individual’s name, age, location, cause of death, and details about their disability and personality, if available.
Autistics United Manitoba held their local vigil at the University of Winnipeg, in the Hive. There was a reading of the list of victims and a moment of silence.
Disability Day of Mourning in Canada and around the world For a full list of vigils in Canada and around the world this year, visit our previous blog post and the ASAN website. ASAN has the list of cases they have tracked at disability-memorial.org.
Transcript of the Global news coverage:
Vivian Ly (at podium, reading from papers): “She was silly. She loved to laugh. She was also an accomplished swimmer.”
Voiceover: On this International Disability Day of Mourning, people in this Burnaby community hall are remembering 54-year-old Florence Girard. She lived with Down Syndrome and died in October 2018 from starvation. She weighed just 56 pounds.
Vivian Ly: We are connecting these incidents, these single cases, as not just isolated but as part of a larger system of ableism, of oppression, of the idea that a disabled life is not worth living. And this ties, of course, into the institutions.
Voiceover: Those institutions included Woodlands in New Westminster. Bill McArthur was in and out of Woodlands starting at age five. He was part of a legal compensation battle for hundreds of survivors who endured horrific physical and sexual abuse.
Bill McArthur: I saw kids coming out of those showers, their skin hanging off them in strips, with blisters, because they’d been scalded alive. This was what Woodlands was like.
Voiceover: As for Florence Girard, her Port Coquitlam caregiver and the society that contracted her have both been charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life. Those charges have yet to be proven in court.
Vivian Ly: We want to remember, with this event…. We want to remember them as people, people like us.
Voiceover: Both the caregiver and the non-profit organization who oversaw the shared living program will be making a court appearance on March 9. Grace Ke, Global News.
[Image Description: single lit candle against a dark background. Text reads: "Disability Day of Mourning, Remembering people with disabilities murdered by caregivers"]
March 1st, 2020 is the eighth annual International Disability Day of Mourning.
Disability Day of Mourning is observed around the world to commemorate people with disabilities murdered by their caretakers. We honour and celebrate the lives of the victims, who have been taken away unjustly and much too soon.
Often, media coverage underplays deaths of disabled people and sympathizes with the murderers, calling the deaths "mercy killings". The victims are reduced to their disabilities and portrayed as burdens. The ableism and systemic conditions that lead to the murders, and the subsequent conversations surrounding them, show a horrific lack of value for disabled people's lives.
On Disability Day of Mourning, the disabled community will be gathering to commemorate victims murdered individually, and from systemic violence and institutionalization. We honour their lives, their hopes, their dreams. We remember them for who they were, not as burdens, but as people. Their voices may have been silenced, but we carry them forward. We will continue to tell the world that disabled lives are worth living.
This year, vigils will be held across what is colonially known as Canada. Locations are listed below. Most vigils take place on March 1st, 2020.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Halifax Central Library, BMO Community Room, 2nd floor
Address: 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS
Contact: Autistics United Nova Scotia, firstname.lastname@example.org
More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1295112354025671/
Taking place on the traditional territories of the Wabanaki Confederacy and Mi'kmaq First Nations.
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: Ryerson University, SHE Building (Room 560)
Address: 99 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON
Contact: Autistics for Autistics Ontario, email@example.com
More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/472118103677022/
Taking place on Dish With One Spoon Territory, the traditional land between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee peoples.
Contact: Kinnery Chaparrel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: University of Ottawa, Student Lounge
Address: 85 University Private, Ottawa, ON
Contact: Morgan Wall, email@example.com
More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/203304244359128/
Taking place on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation.
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: University of Winnipeg, The Hive
Address: 515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB
Contact: Autistics United Manitoba, firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/194593891625384/
Taking place on the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
Fort McMurray, Alberta
Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Suncor Community Leisure Center, Main hall
Address: 1 MacDonald Dr, Fort McMurray, AB
Contact: Autistics United Fort McMurray, firstname.lastname@example.org
More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/202533714141956/
Taking place on the traditional territory of the Cree, Dene, and Dane-zaa Peoples and on the Homeland of the Métis Nation.
Burnaby, British Columbia
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Location: Burnaby Neighbourhood Community Hall
Address: 5024 Rumble Street, Burnaby BC
Contact: Autistics United Vancouver, email@example.com
More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/208952573574838/
Taking place on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Wauthuth, Sto:lo, Qayqayt, Kwanten and Stz'minus First Nations.
***A live stream of this vigil will be available***
Kamloops, British Columbia
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: Riverside Park, Rose Garden
Address: 100 Lorne St, Kamloops, BC
Contact: Brenda Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org
More details at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2574232616166477/
Taking place on the traditional territory of the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation.
The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network in the USA is also holding a virtual vigil on March 1st at 5-7 PM EST. More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/188326562372098/
We hope you will join us in remembering those we have lost in our community.
Autistics United Canada organizers
On February 12, 2020, Canadians for Vaccine Choice (CFVC) and the Park Theatre held a secret showing of Vaxxed II: The People's Truth for the Winnipeg audience. This film is a propaganda piece that spreads false and exaggerated claims of harm resulting from vaccines. The viewers received the location of the presentation on the day the film was shown, almost certainly in an effort to avoid protests.
After the viewing was completed, a question-and-answer session was held by Gerry Bohemier, D. C. This presentation, which was uploaded to YouTube, included the following claims:
Claim: 100 per cent of children are injured by vaccines.
Truth: If this were the case, every children's hospital would be overflowing with patients all the time.
Claim: Fifty per cent of children that will be born five years from now will be autistic due to vaccines. Truth: The apparent increase in autism is due to two factors. One is improved diagnostics; the other is a change to the definition of autism in the DSM-5 which added the former Asperger's Syndrome to the definition.
Claim: Vaccines contain poisons.
Truth: This is likely a reference to thimerosal, a compound that contains mercury, and aluminum salts. Thimerosal has been removed from all vaccines except the one from influenza; there also exists a thimerosal-free version of that vaccine. The average person eats more mercury and aluminum in a single day than is contained in a vaccine. This may also refer to formaldehyde, which is actually manufactured by the human body as a part of the metabolic process.
Claim: There is no science indicating that vaccines are effective.
Truth: Vaccine efficacy is constantly being measured; if a vaccine turns out to be ineffective, it would be removed from the market. Smallpox has been completely eliminated due to vaccines; several other diseases have almost been eradicated.
Claim: Vaccines have no benefit to society.
Truth: This insinuates that vaccine-preventable diseases are good for society. Should we bring back smallpox?
Autistics United Canada firmly condemns the filmmakers, CFVC, and the Park Theatre for their roles in spreading falsehoods and endangering the health of all people; and in their efforts to hide this misinformation session from the public.
Autistics United (AU) Canada is a grassroots self-advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Autistic people in what is colonially known as Canada.
Autistics United Canada chapters will be protesting VAXXED II screenings in Nova Scotia and BC.
VAXXED II: The People's Truth is an anti-vaccination and anti-autistic film that is screening in several countries, including Canada. Autistics United is calling autistic and allies together to protest this film. We strongly object to the use of disabled people as props for fearmongering and pseudoscience.
Bedford, NS (Jan. 31): https://www.facebook.com/events/814004775782126/
Victoria, BC (Feb. 1 & 15): https://www.facebook.com/events/208999346901084/
Vancouver, BC (Feb. 21): https://www.facebook.com/events/175805623633327/
For those who cannot protest in person, there are ways to take action by calling and emailing the venues. Please see the Facebook events for more information and scripts!
If you are on social media, here are some suggested hashtags:
(Please do not use these next ones if you are not autistic)
Read our Nova Scotia chapter statement on the Bedford screening: https://www.autisticsunitedca.org/blog/statement-on-the-upcoming-screening-of-vaxxed-ii-in-bedford
For media who would like to get in touch, please contact: email@example.com.
Autistics United Canada is a volunteer-run self-advocacy organization by and for autistic youth and adults.
On Sunday, it was brought to the attention of Autistics United Nova Scotia that two screenings of the film "Vaxxed II: The People's Truth" are taking place in Bedford on Friday, January 31.
For the few who may not be aware, this film promotes the long-discredited theory that vaccines cause autism. Such beliefs have brought substantial harm to the autistic community, and to the general public.
Because of the anti-vaccine propaganda that is so readily available online, many people around the world have stopped vaccinating their children. Consequently, there have been localized outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses such as measles and whooping cough throughout Canada, the United States, and other countries. These illnesses can be fatal if not treated promptly.
In addition, anti-vaccine views have brought untold harm and stigma to autistic people, as the belief that vaccines cause autism has led many people to see autism as something to fear, and to look upon autistic people as damaged or broken.
The Eventbrite page for the screening gives the address of the screening location, but not the name of the venue. We have determined that the venue is the LeBrun Recreation Centre.
We have been in touch with the rec centre, the municipal Director of Parks and Recreation, local city councillor Tim Outhit, and Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer of Health Robert Strang.
Mr. Outhit has also been in touch with the Director of Parks and Recreation, as well as the City Solicitor. Dr. Strang has asked one of his colleagues to express their concerns to HRM, as well. We thank them for the prompt response.
By hosting the screening of Vaxxed II, the LeBrun Recreation Centre is harming public health and contributing to the stigma towards autistic people. As a municipally-owned recreation centre, LeBrun Recreation Centre must uphold values of equity, anti-ableism, and human rights.
We, members of the autistic community in Nova Scotia, urge the LeBrun Centre to cancel this screening immediately.
Hello everyone! Here are some updates on what’s been happening in the different chapters of Autistics United Canada. It's a long one--we have been busy since our last update!
BC Accessibility Legislation
BC members of Autistics United met with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to discuss the autistic community’s priorities for the historic BC accessibility legislation in the making. We also attended the in-person sessions held by the BC government in Comox Valley and Vancouver.
We teamed up with the Neurodiversity Listening Society to host an input session for autistic and neurodivergent people across BC, to generate a report to submit to the government.
We will keep meeting with the Ministry in the coming months to ensure autistic voices are represented in the new law. This means we need to hear from you! Our online survey is still open for comments: https://forms.gle/xZjGifqHFZYnzfCbA
Our Stories, Our Voices: Autistic Intergenerational Storytelling Event
Our Stories, Our Voices is a storytelling event connecting autistics of all ages, held on August 25th. The event aimed to provide social stories by and for autistic people, rather than the neurotypical-centred social narratives we often encounter. A picture-book making session followed the storytelling itself.
Protest Against Autism Speaks
Members of Autistics United Vancouver protested against Autism Speaks Canada at their walk on October 6th in Richmond. The protesters stood on the sidelines of the walk and held signs, handed out pamphlets, and told passersby about the issues with Autism Speaks. We invited them to consider the neurodiversity perspective and positive alternatives. The protest was covered by several media groups. We made the front page of The Province!
We also had coverage from CBC, News 1130, and Richmond News.
Summer Fire Roast Potluck
There was a potluck for autistic people in Comox Valley on August 14th at the Kin Beach Provincial Park. Autistic people in the area brought food and beverages to the event and enjoyed a bonfire and the natural scenery.
There was a game night at the Courtenay Vancouver Island Regional Library on October 9th. The event included coffee and snacks as well as board games for attendees to enjoy.
Protest Against Autism Speaks
Autistics United Fort McMurray protested against Autism Speaks alongside Neurodiversity YMM at the Autism Speaks walk in Edmonton on September 15th. The protesters wore red shirts to represent autistic pride, spoke to families about the neurodiversity movement, and referred people to further information about autism acceptance and pride.
Booth at Pride
Autistics United Fort McMurray attended the PRIDE YMM celebration at Jubilee Plaza on August 24th. The group answered questions about neurodiversity and held an interactive activity encouraging infodumping.
Collaboration with Manitoba Theatre for Young People
A major children's theatre, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, is putting on a play next year called Spelling 2-5-5, which has an autistic character. Autistics United Manitoba will be consulting on this play, which includes giving input on study guides for schools, and being involved with talkbacks after the show.
Autistic Pride Day
Autistics United Manitoba had a successful Autistic Pride Day picnic at Assiniboine Park. The event was held on June 15th and included snacks and outdoor games.
Unspoken Film Screening
The Nova Scotia chapter held a screening for the film “Unspoken” in Dartmouth on October 26. The film describes the life and experiences of Emma Zurcher-Long, a non-speaking autistic person who uses AAC to communicate. After the screening, participants had a discussion about the film and its contents, and the importance of respecting all forms of communication. More film screenings are planned for next year!
Article about Anti-Vaccination
Halifax Today released an article about the recent meeting between MLA Steve Craig and a known anti-vaxxer. He mentioned the meeting in a Twitter post which he subsequently removed, issuing an apology for the meeting. The article mentions Autistics United and quotes chapter leader Alex Kronstein discussing the situation.
Autistics United Canada is holding a fundraiser to raise money for improving accessibility at events, including ASL interpretation, braille transcription, sensory equipment and stim toys, and more. Donate through fundrazr to support Autistics United and help us make autistic-led events and projects accessible for everyone!
#AutisticsVote Federal Election Toolkit
Members of Autistics United worked on creating a toolkit to help autistic people vote at the November election. The toolkit includes information about Canada’s political system, the federal election and its candidates, and the process of registering to vote and voting at the polls.
Talking to Your MP About Autistic Self-Advocacy
We have a toolkit available to help people reach out to and work with their MPs on matters relating to autistic self-advocacy. The guide includes information on finding your MP and making a meeting, advocating during the meeting, and following up after the meeting.
The toolkit was by the Autistic Advocacy Coalition of Canada. Autistics United Canada is a member organization of the AACC.
Report to the United Nations Committee Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Autistics United submitted a report to the 22nd Session of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which was held August 26th to September 20th. The report highlighted areas of concern for autistic people in Canada in relation to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The report focused on a variety of areas, including the right to life, education, accessibility, and employment.
International Day of Protest Against ABA
The second International Day of Protest Against ABA (started by the Nova Scotia chapter of Autistics United) was held on August 31st. The protest featured hashtags such as “#SayNoToABA” and “#InternationalDayOfProtestAgainstABA”, and included information about the ways in which ABA is harmful to autistic people.
To counteract Canadian Autism Awareness Month, Autistics United held a social media campaign to highlight the achievements of autistic people, giving spotlights to 31 autistics in our community. We could not talk about everyone but will do it again next year!
The name Autober was coined by Albertan member Riki Entz, and Christopher Whelan took the lead in creating the posts.
Autober 2019 posts can be found on Fort McMurray and National Facebook pages.
International Day of the Stim
The International Day of the Stim was created by our colleagues at A4A to celebrate stimming and its significance. Members of Autistics United participated in the event, which included posts on Facebook and Twitter about the importance of stimming and stimming positivity.
Media Coverage about the National Autism Strategy
Autistics United was featured in an article by City News 1130 about the shortcomings of the national “autism strategies” discussed by campaigners in the 2019 election. Vivian Ly pointed out the importance of improving things for all disabled people, rather than singling out autistics. The article also mentioned the Federal Election Toolkit released by Autistics United around that time.
Interview about Issues with Blue Pumpkin Campaign
Vivian Ly was featured in a video by City News 1130 about the blue pumpkin campaign. Vivian highlighted the issues with requiring autistic children to out themselves to participate in trick-or-treating, and the risk of confusing the campaign with the use of teal buckets to show which houses have non-food offerings on Halloween.
We are currently working with other autistic-led advocacy organizations across the nation to establish the Autistic Advocacy Coalition of Canada (AACC)! Stay tuned for updates on our Twitter.
Statement on MacLean, Livingstone, Delaney and Disability Rights Coalition of Nova Scotia v. Province of Nova Scotia Remedy Decision
Autistics United Nova Scotia strongly condemns the insufficient compensation by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission's board of inquiry in the case of Beth MacLean, Joey Delaney and the late Sheila Livingstone.
It is important that the board of inquiry did recognize that Beth, Joey and Sheila suffered discrimination and violence while institutionalized at Emerald Hall, and that they should receive compensation from the province for it. We must also commend the order to have Beth and Joey placed in community-supported housing and that the progress on this will be monitored. However, we object to the comments by the board chair of the inquiry, Walter Thompson, used to justify the amount of compensation.
Mr. Thompson said, “Joey Delaney is so disabled that payment to him of a very large sum will not have a greater impact on his life than a moderate sum. Beth MacLean does have capacity but the potential benefit to her of a very large damage award is limited.”
Particularly troubling is when Mr. Thompson said that Beth, Joey and Sheila have “a lack of capacity to benefit from the fruits of a (larger award).”
This kind of statement is extremely ableist. It is shockingly similar to what many people often say in support of sheltered workshops, where disabled people work for mere pennies on the dollar. When disability rights activists call for sheltered workshops to be closed, their parents often intervene, with statements such as:
“My son is 37. He can’t read or write. He’s not worth $14 an hour, but he is worth something.”
Mr. Thompson called it compensation for “soul-destroying” institutionalization, yet he still awarded Beth MacLean a mere $5,263 per year for each of the 19 years she spent confined in prison-like conditions. She lost 19 years of her life. This decision communicates that disabled lives have a low monetary value.
Our human worth and dignity are not determined by our perceived competence and ability. Moderating the amount of compensation based on disability is discriminatory. The implication is that the harm suffered does not matter as much if it happens to a disabled person.
Mr. Thompson also said that the province did not discriminate against others in similar situations because it is commonplace. However, just because discrimination is common does not mean that it does not exist or that it does not have similar long-term damaging effects on other disabled people.
While it is probably too late to increase the amount of compensation awarded, we call on Mr. Thompson to immediately retract and apologize for his comments suggesting that disabled people are not entitled to large damage awards on the sole basis of their disabilities. We also urge the provincial government and the Human Rights Commission to address larger issues of neglect in institutionalization as the widespread crisis that it is.
Today is Giving Tuesday and the International Day of Disabled Persons!
Autistics United Canada is a member of the Autistic Advocacy Coalition of Canada (AACC), a collective of autistic-led advocacy organizations. We represent diverse autistic youth and adults across the country. We fight for human rights and disability justice on issues of education, employment, health care, violence, segregation, accessibility, self-determination, and autistic well-being.
This Giving Tuesday, we are fundraising for two projects:
1. To build and maintain an AACC website, where we can put our MP Action Kits for members; information sheets; press releases; human rights reports; Calls to Action and more.
2. To print materials to present to Members of Parliament and other organizations on our campaign to get autistic-led groups included in ALL federal policy discussions about the policies that affect our lives.
These projects need to happen now--because the federal government has been showing signs of support for the proposed National Autism Strategy (NAS), an Autism Speaks-backed policy package. We need a major shift on autism policy and it can only happen with strong, united advocacy groups fighting for it.
Thank you for your support, via your donation or any other ways that you show support. We appreciate it!
Donation link: https://www.autisticsunitedca.org/donate.html
Autistics United Canada and the Neurodiversity Listening Society are hosting an event where autistic and neurodivergent people can give feedback on the upcoming BC accessibility legislation, as part of the public consultation process.
This feedback will be used to generate a report by BC chapters of Autistics United to submit to the provincial government.
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 us online via Zoom. Honorariums and snacks will be provided.
More information can be found on our Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/415719872401985/) and our registration form: https://forms.gle/xBon9zJSFeuoQsku6
Need help getting to the event? We can help with travel costs. Let us know on the registration form or by emailing us.
Can’t make it in person? Join us online via Zoom video conferencing!
Not free on Nov. 23 but still want to give feedback? Fill out our survey: https://forms.gle/ZZGFa4HWaHy4GgdW6