Halloween is considered among most kids as one of the best holidays of the year. For kids with autism, however, Halloween often turns out to be much more tricky and not always a treat. Most autistic children do not understand the concept of make-believe. Asking them to wear a costume to emulate that concept, one with rough fabric and constricting accessories or masks is a recipe for disaster. Getting an autistic child to approach a neighbour's home, much less to greet them with any sort of social appropriateness, is likely to cause extreme anxiety.
The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth helps elevate the voice of children and youth so that they can participate and lead processes that change programs, legislation, services and most importantly, create the change they want for their life.
We know the power that comes from listening to young people and the wisdom that stems from their lived experience. When we include their voice – the entire community and province benefits.
On December 3, 2013 to coincide with International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Provincial Advocate launched the I Have Something To Say initiative to address the issues children and youth with special needs face in their daily lives.
If you are a young person with special needs, this is your opportunity to use your own voice, rather than having someone represent your voice.
Tell us your ideas on how to make the world more supportive of you and what you need to reach your full potential.
You can write a letter, poem or story, make a video, take photos, create an art piece, sing a song – whatever works best for you and inspires you to express yourself!
We Can't Elevate Voices Alone!
We also invite people to help elevate the voice of a child or youth by assisting them to make a submission. There is also a process for parents, caregivers, guardians, siblings, service providers and professionals to express ideas. We know that many children and youth will need you to help them to raise their voice. We are counting on you to support them to do so.
Make a Submission:
Deadline for submissions is December 3, 2014