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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 June 30, 2021 
(Please check this page regularly for ongoing updates to programs, services, and office openings/closures)

As of June 30th, Autism Nova Scotia's in-person services will be open following Public Health's Phase 3 Transition. Please note that we do strongly recommend booking an appointment to ensure you can be supported in a timely manner. Masks are mandatory and social distancing will be observed.

​For updates on individual services and programs by location, please see the listings below.  

​All Autism Nova Scotia staff will continue to be available either in-person or remotely between 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday. 

Phone, email and online support will remain available. To contact us, you may call our Halifax offices at 902-446-4995 or your local chapter (www.autismnovascotia.ca/chapters), 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. 

 



​CHAPTERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE

Chapter locations & offices will be closed to the public until June 11th, and will offer online programs and services wherever possible. 


CHAPTERS PROGRAMS & SERVICES UPDATES: 

Annapolis Valley 

  • EmploymentWorks Annapolis Valley will run the next cohort in Summer 2021 virtually. For more information contact Jess McKee-Mitchell at jmckeemitchell@autismns.ca 

  • In-person social groups will be paused until further notice. The Kentville adult social group will move online until it’s safe to meet in person again. 

  • Preschool play groups and scheduled family visits will be paused for the month.

  • Super Siblings program will be paused for the month.

  • Parent support groups will continue to be offered online. 

  • For any other enquiries please contact annapolisvalley@autismns.ca  

Bedford Sackville 

Cape Breton Region 

  • AutismWorks Launch Pad—Sydney: Will run the current cohort virtually as of May 10th. Please contact Calvin Wardley at cwardley@autismns.ca 

  • Social & Community Inclusion Program (Wednesday & Friday groups): Delivery will be paused for the month.

  • Chat n’ Chill Adult Program: Delivery will be paused until further notice.

  • AU-some Connections Parent Support Program: Delivery will be paused until further notice. 

  • For any other enquiries please contact cbregion@autismns.ca 

Cumberland County 

Pictou County 

  • EmploymentWorks Pictou will run the next cohort in Summer 2021 virtually. For more information contact Jess McKee-Mitchell at jmckeemitchell@autismns.ca  

  • Swimming program is paused until further notice.

  • Art Program is paused until further notice.   

  • Music Program will continue to be offered online.   

  • For any other enquiries please contact pictoucounty@autismns.ca 

South Shore 

  • EmploymentWorks South Shore will run virtually starting May 17th. For information contact Susan Himmelman at shimmelman@autismns.ca  

  • Girl Strong Level 2, expected to start in May. Date will be postponed until further notice.  

  • Adult Autism Social-ish Club will not meet in May. Next meeting is set for Monday, June 21st. (Option to join provincial Virtual Club is available.) 

  • For any other enquiries please contact southshore@autismns.ca 

South West 

  • Parent Support Group will continue to be offered online. 

  • For any other enquiries please contact southwestnova@autismns.ca 

Strait Area 

  • Strait Area Pool Learn to Swim program will be postponed until further notice 

  • For any other enquiries please contact SA_RC@autismns.ca   

Truro 

  • Autism Month bowling/swim passes – to postpone until further notice.

  • For any other enquiries please contact Truro@autismns.ca 


 

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 & Community Inclusion Programming
​(in alphabetical order)

Autistics Aloud 
 
Autism Arts  
  • Autism Arts Winter/Spring 2021 term will pause temporarily. For any questions, please contact Thomas Reynolds at treynolds@autismns.ca for more information. 
 
Bridges To Success 
  • Bridges program will run virtually starting late-May/early-June . For any questions, please contact Thomas Reynolds at treynolds@autismns.ca for more information. 
 
D&D Club  
  • Will continue online virtually. For any questions, please contact Caitlyn Temple at ctemple@autismns.ca 
 
HRSA Halifax  
  • Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Autism (HRSA) will continue its existing virtual online platform. Please contact Holly MacLellan at hmaclellan@autismns.ca for more information. 
 
Supported Social Group  
  • Will end early for the summer, effective April 23, 2021.  Please contact Caitlyn Temple at ctemple@autismns.ca for more information 
 
Virtual Club 
  • Meets every Wednesday evening virtually. Please contact Caitlyn Temple at ctemple@autismns.ca for more information. 
  
WA/AP (Women’s Group)  
  • Continuing its virtual/online meetings. Please contact Holly MacLellan at hmaclellan@autismns.ca for more information.  ​

 



Family Support & Respite Services

Family Support
  • Our Family Support is available. Please contact Family Support & Inclusion Coordinator, Jill Cormier at jcormier@autismns.ca to schedule a call or video meeting..
SibsCONNECT
  • Continuing with virtual/online meetings starting May 27, 2021. Please contact Kirsten Spasyouti at kspasyouti@autismns.ca for more information.
Respite Services
  • Respite Services will continue with additional screening and preventive measures. Our Coordinator is available for support through phone and online. Please contact Respite Coordinator, Anna Brewer abrewer@autismns.ca with any questions you may have. 
      
     


​Employment Supports and Pre-Employment Programs:
​(in alphabetical order)

Atlantic Autism Supports and Employment Network (AASEN)  

  • AASEN will continue online delivery with a start date of May 3rd for most cohorts across the Atlantic Provinces.  

Career Quest  

  • Career Quest will be delivered online in the Halifax area. Please contact Hannah Teeple at hteeple@autimsns.ca for more information.  

Employment Coaching  

  • On and off the job support is available for individuals. Please contact Hannah Teeple at hteeple@autimsns.ca for more information.  

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

Employment Support Group 

  • Employment Support Group is being offered virtually only. Contact sjohnston@autismns.ca for more information. 

Employment Works Rural  

  • Please see local/chapter site updates above (under Chapters) for site-specific updates (Annapolis Valley, Truro, South Shore & Pictou County). For general enquiries, contact Jessica McKee-Mitchell at jmckeemitchell@autismns.ca (Annapolis Valley, Truro & Pictou County).  

LaunchPad  

  • LaunchPad Halifax will run the current cohort virtually as of May 10th. Please contact Hannah Teeple at hteeple@autimsns.ca for more information. 

  • AutismWorks Launch Pad Sydney will run the current cohort virtually as of May 10th. Please contact Calvin Wardley at cwardley@autismns.ca 

 RWA  

  • Employers interested in inclusive employment should contact dhopey@autismns.ca for remote consultation and support.  

  • Autism Employment Outreach Coordinator Halifax will move to remote intakes and check-ins only. The Coordinator in New Brunswick and rural locations of NS will continue in-person and remote intakes and outreach.    ​

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QuickStart 

QuickStart 

  • The program is available either online or in-person with safety measures in place. Location is based on preference, availability, and public health recommendations.
  • 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 


COVID-19 Outbreak and Autism Related Resources: 

Autism Nova Scotia has created different resources and online guides for funding applications, families, students and more. 
​Please click here to visit our resources page. 

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