Inside and Out Day for Autism April 3rd, 2017

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A fundraiser in support of Autism Awareness and Acceptance

Join thousands of students and companies across Canada as they raise funds for autism awareness and acceptance in their own unique and creative ways.


This fun and easy event will be held at schools and work places in communities across Canada the week of April 3, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2). Host one at your school or work place or join an established event. Either way, join us and make a difference. We are asking schools to register their event online and raise funds and awareness in a way that works and matters to them. It could be a car wash, a toonie drive, or a casual day – the options are endless. Then, turn your shirt inside out and join in the fun! 80% of funds raised on PEI will support the Autism Society of PEI, a provincial member of Autism Canada.


Inside Out for Autism was originally initiated by the driving efforts of parent, Jacalyn MacAulay, from Prince Edward Island. Due to its success, it is now being offered in communities across Canada.

“Noticing all the important fundraisers going on at the schools throughout the school year, I thought of how wonderful it would be to have a day for the children and staff to focus on autism awareness. Being a parent of a child diagnosed with autism, I see every day how important it is to be an advocate for your child and for others living with autism,” said MacAulay.




About Autism Canada. Autism Canada has been the hub of knowledge and understanding about Autism Spectrum Disorder in Canada since 1976.  Our mandate is to work collaboratively with our provincial and territorial organizations, associations and societies to champion ASD priorities. We curate the exchange of information between individuals with ASD, families, professionals, researchers, governments and the public.  Autism Canada actively encourages the sharing of best practices and programs, and advocates passionately for Canadians living with autism.  For more information please visit us at


To join this event or learn more, please visit or call Nathalie at the Autism Society of PEI at: 902-566-4844


March 11

Autism Seminar- New Information for Parents & Caregivers

October 24th SEMINAR SCHEDULE-1Autism_Seminar_Poster

New Information for Parents and Caregivers- Adults and Children with Autism: Diagnosis and Treatment

Two Day workshop being held on Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th presented by CHIRP International, in partnership with, and for the benefit of, Stars for Life Foundation for Autism and the Autism Society of Prince Edward Island

Saturday, October 24th includes Leading edge Autism Research and Practice, Allergies,  Motor Control, Visual Processing, Brains Structure, Energy Medicine

Sunday, October 25th includes a choice of Workshop A: Autism and Body Talk led by Kelley Burry or Workshop B: Autism: The HANDLE Approach led by Nancy Ceulemans


Further details and registration can be found at






5th Annual World Autism Awareness Day Puzzle Piece Campaign in partnership with D.P Murphy Inc

World Autism Day Puzzle PieceApril 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and to mark the day the Autism Society of Prince Edward Island is partnering once again with D.P Murphy Inc to promote education, awareness and fundraising on that day.

As part of the awareness efforts around World Autism Awareness Day the Autism Society of PEI is partnering with D.P. Murphy Inc. From Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 to April 2nd, 2015, staff at all of D.P. Murphy’s 22 Tim Horton and Wendy’s locations on Prince Edward Island will be asking customers to consider purchasing a puzzle piece for $1 to help raise awareness about World Autism Awareness Day. All proceeds from the event will support ongoing programming and services by the Autism Society of PEI for Islanders living with Autism.

“World Autism Awareness Day is a day created by the United Nations to raise awareness about Autism around the world. Autism is a global challenge that touches families and communities around the globe. Today hundreds of Island families are living with Autism with more cases still undiagnosed and untreated. We’re pleased to have such a community minded local business as D.P. Murphy partnering with us and we’re very thankful to Danny Murphy and the staff for their support,” says Jeff Himelman, President of the Autism Society of Prince Edward Island.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder affected by genetic and environmental factors, characterized by problems in communication, social development and behaviour. Over 200,000 Canadians and more than 35 million people worldwide are directly affected by Autism.

Research shows that approximately 1 out of every 68 new children born will develop some form of Autism and that new cases are diagnosed at a rate of one every twenty minutes. Research also shows that effective early diagnosis, early intervention and appropriate treatment and support services can have a significant positive impact on the quality of life of individuals with Autism and their ability to contribute to society.

Join us on March 31st-April 2nd to raise awareness and new light on Autism Spectrum Disorders! Get out and purchase your puzzle piece from any Tim Horton or Wendy’s location across Prince Edward Island. Your support is invaluable!

Thank you to D.P Murphy for their ongoing partnership and support! This campaign is a wonderful recognition of World Autism Day and we are so grateful for their ongoing commitment to help us highlight this day! Please remember, to purchase a puzzle piece you will need to make a cash donation whether in store or at the drive thru! And as well, we all know that Tim Horton’s and Wendy’s are extremely busy businesses so if you are not asked to purchase a puzzle piece, kindly take a moment to notify the staff to let them know you want to purchase a puzzle piece and remind them how important this initiative is to the Autism Society of PEI, our families, and our members and to thank them for helping to highlight World Autism Day! Be patient and help educate the staff to let them know that by asking customers to purchase puzzle pieces they are assisting in shining a light on Autism Spectrum Disorders! Now help us spread the word of this great campaign!

October is Autism Awareness Month

awareness monthOctober 1st, marks the first of Autism Awareness Month. We here at the Autism Society of PEI are honored to be launching a month full of great educational, awareness, family support, and family fun activities and events. Please be sure to check out our calendar of upcoming events on our websites’ calendar page for a full listing of our upcoming events. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we hope that you will all join us in helping to spread Autism Awareness and Understanding If you are a parent or a guardian of a child, youth or adult on the Autism Spectrum or a professional in the field and you wish to be part of the Autism Society newsletter updates to hear about all the great upcoming events, please email and ask to be added to our email newsletter directory! Help us celebrate Autism Awareness Month, do something kind and pay it forward for a family touched by Autism or an individual on the Autism Spectrum!

City, Community Groups to Fulfill B.C Teen’s Dream to Visit PEI

The City of Charlottetown is pleased to announce a partnership between community organizations to fulfill a British Columbia student’s dream to visit Prince Edward Island.


The Autism Society of PEI, City of Charlottetown, Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club, and Stars for Life Foundation will host a fundraising barbeque event on Thursday, June 5 at the Charlottetown Fire Department, 89 Kent Street, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Money raised will be used to fund a PEI family vacation for Brooklyn Mavis.


The 15-year-old British Columbian student was scheduled to participate in a student exchange last month that did not occur due to circumstances beyond her control. Brooklyn, who has autism and epilepsy, was devastated that her wish to visit PEI would not happen. That’s when community groups and the City of Charlottetown decided to join forces to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion and raise funds to help Brooklyn have a positive Island experience.


“Inclusion matters,” said Faye Williams, Vice-President of the Autism Society of PEI. “We’re very pleased to be able to work with the City of Charlottetown and other community partners to show Brooklyn our world famous Island hospitality and help make Brooklyn’s dream a reality.”


Donations will be accepted by the Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club at the barbeque on June 5.





Media contacts:
Jennifer Gavin

Communications Officer

City of Charlottetown


Faye Williams


Autism Society of PEI


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