Regional Autism Centre
We support the growing number of families and individuals belonging to the autism community in the central region.
As a volunteer-run chapter of Autism Nova Scotia, the Bedford/Sackville Chapter provides recreation, leisure opportunities, events for families and autistic children and youth, and facilitates parent support meetings the first Tuesday of each month.
This group was founded by parents who were looking for social opportunities for their children and others on the autism spectrum.
Please note, there are no meetings or events in July and August.
Our monthly support meeting is an evening of discussion and support in a relaxed atmosphere, stress-free and without judgement. It is open to parents, family members and caregivers of autistic children and youth. We meet to share and learn from one another. Meetings typically take place from 7 pm – 9 pm on the first Tuesday of every month in the Autism Nova Scotia Bedford Office at 1550 Bedford Highway, Suite 302 (Sun Tower).
We also hold fun and FREE social events for families. Special events include dances, swims, a huge summer picnic and an awesome holiday bounce party. These events provide a place for families to connect with each other and a place where autistic children can interact with each other.
We provide all families in the central region with a warm welcome – we are here for you.
302 -1550 Bedford Highway (Sun Tower)
Bedford NS B4A 1E6
Programs & Services Offering
Walk YOUR Way 2023 Team Spotlight
We participate in Walk YOUR Way because Autism Nova Scotia was a lifeline when we first learned about Theo’s diagnosis. We have had access to resources, advice, and programs that have helped us adapt to Theo’s way of communicating and interacting with the world. Even before his diagnosis, we could participate in the Quickstart program,…Read full article
Walk YOUR Way 2023
Although Walk YOUR Way looked different this year for many of us, our first in-person Walk since 2019 would not have been possible without the generosity of our incredible community, Walk YOUR Way participants, volunteers and sponsors. We cannot thank you enough for coming together across the province to celebrate the autistic community in accessible…Read full article
Ideas for Outdoor Play in the Spring
As the days feel warmer and you start spending more time outside, consider these 7 outdoor activity ideas to keep playing fun and engaging. Toy Car Wash: Fill a bin with soapy water, have a toy car wash and practice washing and drying the cars. Teddy Picnic: Set up an outdoor picnic with a blanket,…Read full article
4 Tips for Post-Secondary Students
Students – as you’re gearing up for your first year, the Post-Secondary Autism Support Services team wants to share 4 tips. 1) Be mindful of course selection times! It is important to register promptly. 2) Your school’s academic advisors can help you determine what courses are required in your first year. 3) Check in with…Read full article
Autism Acceptance Month
Strong communities are filled with diverse people where we accept and celebrate our differences and learn from each other. Autism Acceptance Month encourages us to continue to build inclusive communities where everyone is accepted and has a place to belong. Here are some of the stories from our wonderful community: Autism cuts across every segment…Read full article
Autism Acceptance Month Flag Raising
We were delighted to welcome two first-voice advocates to our Autism Acceptance Month flag raising event. “When you can see the world from a different perspective, you can change the world and make society better. Thankfully, due to the work of organizations like Autism Nova Scotia and the advocacy of people living on the spectrum,…Read full article
National Volunteer Week 2023
As we reflect during National Volunteer Week, we would like to recognize and thank our many volunteers across the province for their generous gift of time and energy. As a non-profit organization, our programs could not run without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Here are the stories from some of our incredible volunteers across…Read full article
3 Tips for Mealtime
Mealtime is an opportunity to explore, learn and build confidence with routines. Toddlers might refuse some foods, and that’s ok! It’s important to give them the time and space to move at their own pace and enjoy their “safe” foods. The QuickStart team has 3 tips for mealtime: If you want to learn more about QuickStart…Read full article
Movement is important for every stage of development and helps promote an active lifestyle. Fundamental movements can boost mood, improve cognitive ability, and support better sleep. The QuickStart team has 10 movement tips to help you break out of hibernation: If you want to learn more about QuickStart Nova Scotia or have questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call…Read full article
Pinwheel Wellness Centre – Mental Health Support
Earlier this year, Autism Nova Scotia opened our Pinwheel Wellness Centre to support Autistic adults who are experiencing mild-to-moderate mental health needs. The Pinwheel Wellness Centre will help unlock access to much needed mental health services and social coaching for Autistics adults. These necessary services will address the immediate needs of the autism community, and…Read full article
Annual General Meeting
Autism Nova Scotia’s 2022 Annual General Meeting took place via Zoom on Wednesday, June 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm (AST). View our 2021-2022 AGM video here!Read full article