NEWS FOR OUR ENGLISH-SPEAKING MEMBERS AND PARTNERS
We are happy to announce that the main sections of our web site have been translated and are now available in English. Therefore, information about our agency and descriptions of our services can be accessed on line at traitdunionoutaouais.com/en . This will certainly help us communicate more efficiently with our English-speaking community. New collaborations with Connexions Resource Centre and the Western Quebec School Board are also being explored to help us reach and better serve English-speaking families with an autistic child in the region.
This new addition complements other measures already in place at TUOI for our Anglophone member-families. Thanks to volunteers, our monthly newsletter, “Info-familles”, has been available in English for some time now and some articles in English are published regularly in our quarterly “Echo des deux mondes”. We hope that this is helpful and we plan on pursuing these practices. Many documents describing our services and activities, as well as contracts and forms which are sent to member-families have already been translated and we continue in our efforts to provide most of the important information in English. Also, we remind you that our Facebook page often includes information and posts in English and our Lending Library contains resources in both languages.
Follow-up to our Spring survey
We take this opportunity to follow-up on the survey which was conducted last Spring about services to English-speaking families of autistic children to explore the need for groups specifically geared to them. Amongst the 30 families who responded to the on-line questionnaire on the Survey-Monkey platform, two thirds had never been members of TUOI. We are happy to have reached so many families both inside and outside of our membership and wish to thank all partners and individuals who contributed in its wide distribution.
Most parents who took part in the survey (96%) said that they would like their child to participate in our groups. According to the answers they provided, there also seem to be many children aged 6-9 and 10-15 which suggests that homogenous groups could be put in place for English-speaking participants, if registrations were sufficient.
Despite these results and even though we followed up with an email to families who had asked us to do so, very few parents called back, became members or registered their child for the Summer and the Fall sessions. Therefore, no groups specifically geared to English-speaking children and teens have been put in place to this date. Until we do, thanks to our bilingual staff, we continue to accommodate English-speaking participants of all ages in our groups, and parents as well as siblings are welcome to take part in all our activities and events.
For more information regarding our services or to discuss their needs, we invite member-families to call their contact person at TUOI. Other parents or adults on the spectrum who wish to obtain more information or make a request for services may leave a message at 819 595-1290, extension 33 or see our website.