WAVE on TV

A couple of months ago, AMI (Accessible Media Inc.) came in to film segment, highlighting our WAVE program and our apprentice Curtis who works at the Merry Dairy. We're proud of Curtis for representing us and thankful for the Merry Dairy for being an inclusive employer. You can watch the video at the link below. The segment about WAVE starts at 7:35 in. https://www.ami.ca/category/ami-week/media/ami-week-may-6-2019...
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Hot Stove & Collab

Hot Stove & Collab

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 29 Van Lang Pvt. Dovercourt and WAVE, in partnership with Families Matter Cooperative, are excited to invite you to a unique networking and knowledge exchange event called The Hot Stove and Collab. This interactive event is designed to offer parents, siblings and caregivers with the tools, knowledge and key information on the future of housing for persons with developmental disabilities. Moderated by CBC personality Ashley Wright, the "The Hot Stove" is designed to be entertaining and informative. Panelists include Martha Beach (DSO Housing Coordinator), Alison Moore (LiveWorkPlay’s Support Coordinator), Marge McCabe (Housing Task Force member, 2014-18’) and Sharon Edwards (Community leader and past Families Matter Coop Board of Directors). The Collab will be a facilitated group activity to brainstorm and build new and innovative solutions and resources that empower families, foster networks of support and build the capacity of individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Do you have a burning question you want answered? Please send us your questions in advance...
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Halloween Dog Parade

Join us on Saturday, October 20th at Hintonburg Park for Ottawa’s first Halloween Dog Parade! Dogs and dog lovers from all over the National Capital Region will be celebrating Halloween by dressing up their doggos (and perhaps themselves) for an afternoon of fun, food and fido. There will be prizes for best costumed dogs, celebrity judges, food and drinks, vendors, and, of course, the Parade of Dogs. All funds raised will support Dovercourt’s Work and Volunteer Experience (WAVE) program for adults with autism and other special needs. The WAVE program raises awareness and opportunities for adults with special needs through work placements and participation in the community. To participate, register online or at the event for $10. Entrance to the event is free and donations to WAVE are welcome. If you are unable to attend but would still like to make a donation we have set up a fund! Feel free to e-transfer any amount ($25 and more receives a tax receipt) to:...
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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions Some days we work, some days we play!!   Often in our social media we use the hashtag #morethanjustajobprogram which is 100% true about our program. That leads to the question: What is WAVE? Well, WAVE stands for Work and Volunteer Experience. At the core, WAVE was created to assist adults with autism obtain work and volunteer experience so they were able to obtain a job. Since we started in 2013, this mission has changed a little bit.  You are able to check our F.A.Q page (link http://waveottawa.ca/faq/) on our website for a little more detail on some of the finer points of the program, but we thought, “What better way to hear about the program then to ask the people who are part of it!”   Andrew U 1. I'm sure the program is social and we go out on adventures like the library and shopping malls. 2.  We do social activities often like looking for jobs and handing out applications. 3. If I don't...
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Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/the-success-and-challenges-of-an-autistic-entrepreneur/ The story I found is about a Canadian-born woman named Eileen Parker who now lives in Minnesota. She wasn't diagnosed with autism until she was 40. She started taking occupational therapy, which was when she realized that the feeling of being covered by a weighted blanket was very comforting for people with autism. When she tried to buy one for herself, she learned that most weighted blankets are homemade. This gave her the idea to make her own business: manufacturing and selling weighted blankets for customers. Eventually she patented Cozy Calm, an online business that also sells to hospitals and medical supplies stores. Within a few years her company became quite successful, and grew considerably. Eileen claims that it can be challenging as a person with autism to run a business, but people have been very supportive and helpful in her endeavor. There is a large number of entrepreneurs with autism. It's not impossible, it's just about finding something that...
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What I wish people knew about me!

What I wish people knew about me! In a lot of situations, I prefer to not say anything. I'm much more open to talk when around people that I'm familiar with, and have things to talk about (family, friends, co-workers), and when there aren't very many people in the room. When a room is crowded and loud, it makes me feel uncomfortable, and when many people are talking at once the only way to be heard is by talking loudly or shouting. I don't like to talk loudly; being loud draws attention to yourself, and it can be seen as disrespectful. Being silent makes life a lot easier, because quiet people are easy to ignore or forget about. If I find someone annoying, or if someone says something I disagree with, I much prefer to just keep to myself and not say anything. Disagreement can derail discussion, cause arguments, or be seen as rude. However, there are also challenges when I don't...
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If I had a job, what I feel my co-worker should know about me!

If I had a job, what I feel my co-worker should know about me! If I was to start a new job, I think I would want my co-workers to know I am able to do things just like everyone else, I just might need some help with lifting items and I might need the extra support of a “Job Coach” until I got the hang of things. I can follow instructions well and do what I am told without a fuss. I just might need a little extra encouragement than others. I know I can get along really well with others, so getting along with my co-workers is no problem. I know that if I am in a difficult situation or forget how to do something I can always ask my co-workers. Andrew Urie...
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What I Wish My Brother Knew About Me! (Andrew)

What I wish I my brother Mike knew about me; it is hard sometimes for me when we fight and yell at each other. I like when we get along with each other and we used to go sledding with each other, ride bikes, play with each other and be roommates. It's really important for me that Mike and I get along. We sometimes tell our parents about the situation. I prefer when we are respectful to each other and get along better.   Andrew Urie ...
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What I Wish People Knew About Me! (Brendan)

I wish that society understood how my mind works. All my life my autism has made me do things that others find strange and bizarre, that to me seem like the most normal things in the world. Like pacing in the hallway when I have nothing else to do, waving my hands or arms around or holding my right leg. To me this is a way to show that I am uncomfortable or not interested in what is going on around me. My condition has been seen as a problem and people have seen me as a lost cause when I was younger. Over time and with the help of teachers and parents I managed to prove them wrong. Unfortunately, out in the world whenever I stem people look at me like I am crazy and that I should not be allowed out on my own. Most of the time I feel isolated which is the reason that I don’t...
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Entrepreneur (Brendan)

Kyle Wagner-Dixson works at a dog groomers and has Asperger’s. He used to work at his parents landscaping business and has always been a problem solver. After he went to college he adopted a dog and took a grooming course online. Afterwards he decided that working under a boss was not for him. Kyle then decided to get a loan and started up his own dog grooming business. However because of his disability he has a tough time talking to customers, but some are willing to accept him and try to be respectful to him. I feel like he is like me. I can do my work on my own for the most part and I received help from the people around me when I don’t understand something. However I don’t get along with dogs that much so I would not like to do his job. But my mom is good with the dog and I feel like she would...
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