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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 September 8th, 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.

Autism Nova Scotia staff are all back in the office again beginning Tuesday September 8th. Our office hours are 8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday.

Please make an appointment or call ahead before coming to the office (902-446-4995). Masks are mandatory. 

If you are experiencing a crisis or need assistance please call 902-446-4995. 

*If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID19, please call 811 to speak with a health expert.


Given that social distancing is being advised wherever possible to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, some of our programs and services will remain as virtual operations or postponed until further notice. We have many programs being offered this fall, please check our Facebook Page for new updates on program registration.

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: 

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. 




OFFICE NOTICE

Autism Nova Scotia staff are all back in the office again beginning Tuesday September 8th. Our office hours are 8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday.

Please make an appointment or call ahead before coming to the office (902-446-4995). Masks are mandatory. 

If you are experiencing a crisis or need assistance please call 902-446-4995. 

*If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID19, please call 811 to speak with a health expert.

 


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
  • Our Family Support will continue virtually/phone. We will offer limited in-person meetings using preventative safety measures post Covid-19. Please contact jcormier@autismns.ca

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 

  • EmploymentWorks Rural sites (Annapolis Valley, Truro & Pictou County) are offering in-person and online delivery of program sessions based on demand. New cohorts for all locations are beginning September 2020. Registration deadline is September 18th, 2020. Please connect with Jessica at jmckeemitchell@autismns.ca 

 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 

  • The program is available online or in-person at family’s or in the Bedford office 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 

  • 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: 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