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COVID-19 - Autism Nova Scotia Programs and Services Update

COVID-19 NEWS UPDATE FROM AUTISM NOVA SCOTIA: Latest Update as of April 1, 2020
 

The health and safety of our program participants, visitors, and community partners is the main priority of Autism Nova Scotia. We are currently closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following the government’s recommendations to ensure we are safeguarding the health and wellness of our community.

Given that social distancing is being advised wherever possible to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, some of our programs and services will transition to virtual operations or postponed until further notice.

For the safety of our community, our offices will be closed to the general public until April 20th. We will be closely following the direction of Nova Scotia's Public Health's recommendations and will update with new information promptly. 


Please check this page for the most current update on program or service delivery. You may also call our reception desk at 902-446-4995 or email us at info@autismns.ca. Due to the expected heavy traffic, we appreciate your patience and co-operation as we strive to respond as promptly as possible.

 



COVID-19 Outbreak and Autism Related Resources: [Updated as of April 1, 2020]

Families, Caregivers & Respite Service Providers

Employment Agency Partners & Supporting Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Employment Infographic Resource: "Are you being laid off from work?"

Understanding Terminology: What is "Social Distancing"?

Tools & Resources for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Useful Infographic: How to manage changes in routine




OFFICE NOTICE

Office Closures 

To ensure the safety of employees and our broader community, all Autism Nova Scotia offices will be closed to the general public from March 18th – April 20th. Phone, email and online support will remain available during this time.

 


PROGRAMS & SERVICES UPDATE (CENTRAL OFFICE)

To ensure we are following the recommendations of the Provincial Department of Public Health, Autism Nova Scotia will be supporting social distancing practices through the following changes to support, programs and services:

Social Programming  

HRSA Halifax 

  • Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Autism (HRSA) will move to a virtual online platform

Video Project 

  • Video Project will move to a virtual online platform and then break, if needed, until onsite filming can occur. The video premiere and red carpet event will be scheduled for a later date.

Autism Arts 

  • Autism Arts is cancelled until the fall of 2020. Registered spring session participants will be placed into the fall session or can receive a full refund 

Social Groups and Chat 'N' Chill to be merged into a Virtual Club (New Initiative) 

  • Social Groups and Chat’n Chill will be moving to a Virtual Club. This is a new initiative and will also be offered to anyone across the province on the Autism Spectrum that would like to join in. 

  • Occurs every Wednesday, 5 pm – 6:30 pm for teens, 7 pm – 8:30 pm for adults 

Supported Social Group 

  • Supported Social Group – cancelled until April 6th and will be reassessed at that time.

Bridges To Success

  • Bridges To Success will be cancelled until April 6th and will be reassessed at that time. Staff will continue with virtual check-ins with support networks.

D&D Club 

  • Sackville Site (Cape and Cowl) cancelled 

  •  All other sites are currently postponed and online options are being explored

  • Participants who are not able to participate online will have the option to join the next cohort

WA/AP (Women’s Group) 

  • Moving to virtual online meetings 
     

Summer Camp & Brigadoon 

  • Online registration will continue as planned for Ben James Summer Camp and Brigadoon Family Respite Weekend


Autistics Aloud 

  • Will continue online virtually
     



Family Support & Respite Services

Family Support

Respite Services
  • Respite Services will continue with additional screening and preventive measures. Our Coordinator is available for support through phone and online.   Please contact abrewer@autismns.ca with any questions you may have.
     


​Employment Supports and Pre-Employment Programs 

LaunchPad 

  • LaunchPad has moved to a virtual online platform for classroom sessions. Work placements are currently suspended.

Career Quest 

  • Career Quest is moving to a virtual online platform in Halifax. This online delivery platform is also being explored in rural regions of the province. Any participants that cannot participate in the online program will have the option to join the next cohort

TRAACE

  • TRAACE is currently postponed until the schools are re-opened

Employment Coaching 

  • Moving to virtual check-ins where appropriate 

  • Continued support available to clients and agencies to support with any transition needs 

Employment Works Rural 

  • Employment Works Rural sites are currently postponed and exploring virtual online options in the next two weeks.

 RWA 

  • Employment engagement available through RWA staff by phone and email

  • Autism Outreach Coordinators in NS and NB will move to virtual intakes and check-ins as needed 

QuickStart 

QuickStart 

  • All hands-on coaching sessions are postponed
  • Follow-ups and parent check-ins will continue by phone and through virtual platforms
  • Ongoing referrals and intakes will take place through phone calls and virtual intake meetings

 



Post-Secondary Support 

PASS 

  • All support will continue through virtual online platforms
     


Social Enterprise  

Pearl 

  • The Pearl will no longer be sold at the Seaport Market as it is currently closed. Please consider supporting The Pearl through our online store at www.supportautism.ca
     



​CHAPTERS & OUTREACH ACROSS THE PROVINCE

Chapters (all offices closed March 18th – April 6th - all of our coordinators are now working remotely and can be reached via email provided below) 

 

Please check this page for daily updates.



For more information regarding the development of COVID-19, please visit the province's website: www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus