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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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