twenty eighth Assembly of the College Institute for DI and ASD: A primary occasion by and for individuals with autism or with mental disabilities

28e The November 17 meeting of the University Institute of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders (DI-ASD) will be organized for the first time by and for people with autism and people with intellectual disabilities. Three conferences will be presented via webcast on different hot topics: online social support, language skills development and movement games. Two testimonies are also offered: that of a mother with a child with an autism spectrum disorder who, thanks to her, has developed his parenting skills ABC early childhood program and that of a young woman with a mild intellectual disability with an inspiring life story.

From the inspirational life story of Mrs. Marie-Lee Houde, who suffers from a mild intellectual disability, to sharing a study conducted jointly by two autistic women, including Mrs. Marjorie Désormeaux-Moreau, a professor at the University of Sherbrooke , the conferences will enhance participants’ knowledge regarding the inclusion and active participation of people with autism or intellectual disabilities in the community.

The inclusion of people with autism or intellectual disabilities is now more than ever in the public interest. There is still a long way to go, but the success stories are multiplying. Building a more inclusive society is a collective responsibility that is better perceived. People with autism or with intellectual disabilities need to be at the center of this process. The Institut universitaire en DI et en ASD aims to be at the forefront of the province in supporting projects and achievements aimed at these goals. 28e Rendez-vous will welcome almost 500 participants from across Quebec and a variety of sectors.

For Marjorie Désormeaux-Moreau, professor at the University of Sherbrooke and proud researcher on autism, this 28the Rendez-vous highlights research and initiatives conducted with or by (rather than to) people with autism and people with intellectual disabilities. The event is important because it helps highlight these people’s most valuable experiential knowledge. “For my part, I can only hope that this rendez-vous makes it possible to position events by and for people with autism and intellectual disabilities as the norm. ‘ she specifies. “I also underline the contribution of such an event to enhancing the comments and perspective of people with autism as well as people with intellectual disabilities. ‘ she wants to add.

“This edition of the University Institute Meetings has been re-created from the ground up By and for people with autism and people with intellectual disabilities. It is a good example of our desire to engage more in a participatory approach with the people themselves and with the community. The institute increasingly involves people with autism or intellectual disabilities and their families in all phases of its projects in order to really meet their needs. Today, therefore, we recognize the efforts of researchers and experts, but also and above all the expertise and skills of people with autism, people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Their dedication and determination to improve their lives and those of their loved ones drives us to constantly innovate. It is thanks to them that Québec is a world-renowned model of inclusion. says Ms. Renée Proulx, Administrative Director of the Department of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of the Center for Integrated University Health and Social Services of Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec (CIUSSSMCQ).

The conferences, presented on November 17th, will touch on several areas of the lives of people with autism or intellectual disabilities:

9:30 am.:Online social support by and for adults with autism, an assessment of needs and interest

10:35 am:Learning to read for people with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, a step further in research and the testimony of a parent

1:10 p.m.:The Tour de France: play to move

14 o’clock:Testimony: the ABC early childhood programAs a parent, regain the confidence to properly identify, observe, and respond to behavior

3 pm.:Testimonial: an inspiring journey!

Note that at 3:50 p.m., a word will be sent from Ms. Diane Morin, Scientific Director of the University Institute of ID and ASD, Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Quebec in Montreal, accompanied by a CIUSSS MCQ user.

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