Research on the history of the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador


The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (ASNL) is a provincial charitable organization dedicated to promoting the development of individual, lifelong, and community-based supports and services for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their families, and caregivers.

The ASNL currently operates four regional offices around the island, along with three volunteer chapters in Marystown, Trinity-Conception-Placentia area, and the Northeast Avalon. We also help to host many parent support groups in communities around the province.

The ASNL offers programing options for individuals with ASD and their family members at our regional office locations. These programs include such options as supportive employment, social thinking, structured teaching, therapeutic recreation, and more. We also strive to be an informative resource for those interested in learning more about ASD, and have a wide range of materials available at our regional offices. The ASNL is also active in awareness raising, advocacy, and outreach across the province for all individuals and families affected by ASD.

The ASNL was started in 1984. As the 30th anniversary of the founding of the organization is close, we are looking to compile the history of the organization in this province from it's beginnings to the establishment of a provincial headquarters in 2007 at the Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism, until the present. We are hoping to find someone to research and write a comprehensive history of the organization and eventually we plan to print and publish the information.

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