Autism Ontario

Autism Ontario

April 02, 2015 06:00 ET

Annual World Autism Awareness Day is an Opportunity for Ontario Communities to Raise the Flag

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 2, 2015) - Today, Ontario's schools will join community leaders and municipalities across the province in raising Autism Ontario's flag in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day.

With the overwhelming success of the last year's Raise the Flag campaign, Autism Ontario has expanded its campaign once again; this year inviting elementary, secondary and selected post-secondary schools in Ontario, in addition to all local municipalities.

"School communities have the power to teach the greater community how to build a welcoming environment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder," said Margaret Spoelstra, Executive Director of Autism Ontario.

This year's online, easy-to-access, bilingual campaign features a powerful awareness video designed to be shared across the province to help promote the impact supportive communities and supportive neighbours have on people with autism and their families. This online platform aims to connect the autism community through stories of acceptance, knowledge, insight and determination; and provides autism awareness and education resources that include toolkits and videos designed for educators to engage students of all ages in meaningful ways.

Last year, Autism Ontario and corporate sponsor BMO Financial Group helped cities, towns, and schools across Ontario participate to raise over 850 flags in support of autism awareness. This year, we expect to see this number increase.

Event Details
When: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Where: Across the province in city and town halls, municipal offices, schools, libraries, and fire halls. Contact your local Chapter for more information or visit
Why: To raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder

About Autism Ontario

Autism Ontario helps people on the autism spectrum and their families by advocating on their behalf, providing services & programs, and raising awareness. Autism Ontario represents thousands of families across the province through 25 Chapters that are under the leadership of committed and skilled volunteers who provide expertise and guidance to the organization and their communities. Our Potential Programme provides support through greater access to ASD experts in their communities and supportive community based learning opportunities for children with ASD.

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