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Study Invitation: National Physical Activity Measurement (NPAM)

This project is funded through a Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities grant. The objective is to examine physical activity, screen-time and sleep behaviours of children and youth (ages 4 to 17 years) with disabilities. This is achieved through parent and/or youth-reported survey data as well as Fitbit devices (worn by the children and youth) to capture minute-by-minute step counts and heart rate over a 1-month period.

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Accessibility related services at the Ottawa Public Library (OPL)

Here are some accessibility related services at the Ottawa Public Library (OPL):

  • Accessibility Status: For customers who require a longer borrowing period due to a disability, they can apply to have their library card status changed to allow for 6 week loan periods for all items except Express items and downloadable materials.
  • The Library’s accessible collections include large print books, braille books for children, audiobooks in various formats, eBooks and DVDs with subtitles and descriptive audio.   Customers who cannot read or access regular print material due to a print disability have additional access to the DAISY audiobook collection at OPL, as well as the resources of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). Please speak to a Library staff member to change your library card status to allow borrowing of DAISY audiobooks. All Library branches have assistive technology computer work stations equipped with a height adjustable desk, widescreen monitor, large print keyboard, trackball mouse, and a scanner. All public computers have Windows 10 installed, which include accessibility features such as a built-in narrator, magnifier, high contrast options and speech recognition.
  • Homebound Services: A free service offering monthly delivery of OPL materials directly to Ottawa residents who are unable to visit the library regularly due to age, illness or disability. A minimum commitment of three months is required to sign up for the service. Customers can request their own material, or staff can select materials based on each customer’s interests.

Other library programs of interest:

    • Teen Advisory Groups (TAG): For youth between the ages of 14 and 18 who want to earn community involvement hours, build leadership skills and meet new teens in their area. Members of TAG groups can:
      • Have their say in which activities and services are offered to teens
      • Help plan and implement them
      • Help design Teen Zones
      • Read advance copies of Teen fiction books and write reviews
      • Advise the Library about new collections and suggest titles to buy

Autism Resource Page

Research Study for Parents/Guardians of youth 15-25 with ASD

Challenges and Resources During Transition adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to Adulthood

Many young adults with autism spectrum disorder experience poor transition outcomes in key areas, including postsecondary employment, higher education, health care, social connectedness, and independent living, yet we lack a clear understanding of the specific factors that impact these outcomes.

We reviewed qualitative research in which the perspectives of youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, parents, services providers, and other stakeholders were gathered to identify barriers and facilitators to optimal outcomes, check for more information of professional services  of homecare for seniors. Findings revealed that poor transition outcomes are influenced by several factors, including poor person-environment fit, uncertainty about the roles of parents, and the lack of comprehensive or integrated services. Click here to learn about our home care advantages.

Methods

In this scoping review, we synthesized original qualitative research studies aimed at describing the transition experiences of youth and young adults with ASD. The scoping review is a useful approach to mapping research evidence about a broad or emerging topic area.