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Breaking Barriers: Triumph Over Discrimination and the Importance of Autism Treatment

In a landmark decision by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO), the Doan family recently achieved a significant victory in their complaint against Kismutt Dog Rescue. This verdict not only holds great importance for the Doan family but also sets a precedent in the fight against discrimination and ableism, particularly concerning individuals with autism. Autism Ontario applauds this decision, as it marks a pivotal moment for Ontario’s autistic community, their families, and allies. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the details of this inspiring case, its implications, and the role of Autism Ontario in promoting a more inclusive society.

A Triumph Over Discrimination:

The HRTO found that Kismutt Dog Rescue had engaged in discriminatory practices by refusing to place a dog with the Doan family and declining any accommodations. Moreover, the rescue’s subsequent actions, including social media posts, were determined to have promoted negativity towards autistic individuals, creating an unwelcoming environment for the family. This verdict is not only a win for the Doan family but also a powerful statement against ableism and discrimination.

Setting a Precedent:

Erin Doan, expressing her thoughts on this groundbreaking decision, said, “This decision holds significant importance. It assured me that my concerns were valid, dispelling the notion that I was exaggerating. The HRTO’s verdict not only marked a victory for my son but also for the autism and disability communities. By setting a precedent, it establishes a guide for future similar cases, offering support to members of these communities. Additionally, the ruling plays a crucial role in debunking misinformation surrounding autism.”

Implications and Evolution of Human Rights Law:

The implications of this verdict are substantial. It can serve as a basis for legal precedent and contribute to the evolution of human rights law not only in Ontario but also beyond its borders. In a time when individuals with autism and disabilities are facing increased challenges, this decision holds particular significance in ensuring equal rights and opportunities for all.

The Role of Pets in Autism Treatment:

Many autistic individuals in Ontario find great support and companionship through pet ownership. Pets offer an additional source of stability, comfort, and love in the lives of autistic individuals. It is essential to recognize the therapeutic benefits that pets can bring to individuals with autism, providing emotional support and a sense of connection.

Autism Ontario’s Commitment:

Autism Ontario reaffirms its willingness to collaborate with Kismutt Dog Rescue and extends an offer to provide resources that will enhance the pet ownership experience for everyone involved. This collaborative effort aims to ensure that individuals with autism can continue to benefit from the companionship and therapeutic value that pets bring to their lives.


The recent HRTO verdict in favor of the Doan family is not just a legal victory but a powerful message against discrimination and ableism. It highlights the importance of creating an inclusive society where individuals with autism are treated with dignity and respect. Moreover, it underscores the therapeutic benefits of pet ownership in autism treatment. Autism Ontario remains dedicated to promoting understanding, acceptance, and support for individuals with autism, as well as advocating for their rights. We encourage you to stay informed about this crucial issue and support initiatives that foster a more inclusive and compassionate society.





Join Our PECS Training: A Beacon of Hope for Autism Communication

Hope Autism Services invites you to a workshop that could redefine the way we approach communication in autism – a comprehensive two-day training on the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), in vibrant Mississauga, ON.

PECS is not just a communication system; it’s a gateway to expression for those who find verbal communication challenging. Developed with the ethos of applied behavior analysis, PECS is a beacon of hope, shedding light on the path to functional and effective communication.

Set to take place on Feb 29 – Mar 01 2024, our workshop is meticulously designed to guide participants through the intricacies of PECS. From understanding its foundational principles to mastering advanced techniques, this workshop covers it all.

Here’s what makes our PECS workshop a transformative experience:

  1. In-depth Learning: Dive deep into the PECS protocol, understanding each phase with clarity and precision. Our training is thorough, leaving no stone unturned.
  2. Interactive Sessions: We believe in the power of practical application. Engage in sessions that simulate real-life scenarios, enhancing your ability to implement PECS effectively.
  3. A Toolkit for Success: Participants will receive comprehensive training materials, ensuring that they have all the resources needed to apply PECS in their work or home environments.
  4. Collaboration and Support: Network with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and build a support system that goes beyond the workshop.

This workshop is ideal for anyone involved in the care and support of individuals with autism – therapists, educators, parents, and caregivers. It is an opportunity to add a valuable tool to your arsenal, one that can make a significant difference in the lives of those you support.

At Hope Autism Services, we understand the challenges that come with autism, and we are dedicated to providing solutions that create a world of possibilities. This workshop is a step towards that goal – offering skills, knowledge, and the confidence to implement PECS successfully.

Join us on this journey of empowerment and change. Register now and be part of a movement that speaks volumes in the world of autism support. reception@HopeAutism.ca / 905-890-4673


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Cheers to our Hope Autism Services team for attending practical functional analysis workshop with Dr. Greg Hanley . Understanding a comprehensive and compassionate trauma informed approach for addressing problem behavior. Learning happens when you are Happy, Relaxed and Engaged!!!


Diagnosis & Assessments

Diagnosing autism is a critical step in providing appropriate support and treatment for children who are struggling with developmental delays or difficulties in social interaction, communication, and behavior. As a parent, it can be challenging to navigate the diagnosis process, which is why it’s essential to work with professionals who are trained in identifying and evaluating autism.

Here are a few key reasons why autism diagnosis is important:

  • Early intervention: An early diagnosis of autism can help parents access resources and support services that can benefit their child’s development, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and other interventions. Early intervention can lead to better outcomes and improve a child’s quality of life in the long run.
  • Access to specialized services: Once a child has received a diagnosis of autism, they may be eligible for specialized services and support, such as applied behavior analysis therapy or educational programs tailored to their needs. These services can help children with autism reach their full potential and develop the skills they need to succeed in life.
  • Understanding the child’s needs: A diagnosis of autism can help parents and caregivers better understand their child’s unique needs and challenges, as well as provide them with the tools and knowledge they need to support their child’s growth and development.

At Hope Autism, we offer diagnostic services to help parents who are concerned about their child’s development. Our team of experienced professionals can evaluate your child’s behavior, communication, and social skills to determine if they meet the criteria for an autism diagnosis. If your child is diagnosed with autism, we can also provide customized treatment plans and support services to help your child reach their full potential. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your family.


Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy:

  • Developing Life Skills: Occupational therapy can help children with autism to improve their daily life skills, such as dressing, eating, and personal hygiene. This can lead to greater independence and improved quality of life.
  • Enhancing Sensory Integration: Many children with autism struggle with sensory integration, which can lead to difficulty in processing sensory information. Occupational therapy can help children develop strategies to better manage sensory input and become more comfortable in their environments.
  • Improving Motor Skills: Occupational therapy can also help children with autism to develop better coordination and motor skills, which can lead to improved physical abilities and greater confidence in their abilities.

At Hope Autism, we offer both speech language therapy and occupational therapy services to help children with autism improve their communication abilities, daily life skills, and overall quality of life. Our therapists work closely with families to develop personalized treatment plans that address each child’s specific needs and goals. If you are a parent of a child with autism, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about how our therapy services can benefit your child.


Speech Therapy

Speech language therapy and occupational therapy are critical components of treatment for children with autism As a parent or caregiver of a child with autism, it can be difficult to see them struggle with communication, social interaction, and daily living activities. That’s where Speech Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy come in to help. These therapies are essential components of autism therapy and can improve your child’s overall quality of life.

Here’s how these therapies can benefit children with autism:

Speech Language Therapy:

  • Improving Communication: Speech language therapy can help children with autism develop the skills needed to express their thoughts and ideas more effectively, which can improve their ability to communicate with others..
  • Enhancing Social Interaction: Speech language therapy can also help children with autism to better understand and interpret social cues, such as facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language. This can lead to better social interaction and more meaningful relationships with others.
  • Building Confidence: As children with autism become better able to communicate, they may gain more confidence in their abilities, which can lead to improved self-esteem and a more positive outlook on life.

ABA Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is a scientifically-proven treatment that has shown to be effective in helping children with autism learn new skills and behaviors. At Hope Autism, we recognize the importance of ABA therapy in helping children with autism reach their full potential. Here are some key points to understand about ABA therapy:

  • ABA therapy is a customized treatment designed to meet the unique needs of each child. At Hope Autism, we work with families to develop individualized treatment plans that address the specific needs and goals of their child.
  • ABA therapy uses positive reinforcement to encourage and reinforce positive behaviors. By rewarding positive behaviors, children with autism are motivated to learn and develop new skills.
  • ABA therapy has been shown to be effective in improving communication skills, social skills, and reducing negative behaviors.

At Hope Autism, we have a team of experienced and qualified therapists who are trained in providing ABA therapy to children with autism. We believe that early intervention is key to improving outcomes for children with autism, and we are committed to helping families achieve the best possible results. If you are a parent of a child with autism and are looking for effective and individualized ABA therapy, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about our services.

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