Trait d'Union Outaouais Inc.
819 595-1290 | Toll free : 1-866-355-8864
109, rue Wright – local 104, Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2G7

Services for Autistic Individuals

 

Services for Children and Teens of School Age

Educational Activities

Trait d’Union Outaouais Inc. (TUOI) provides various packages of group activities presenting autistic youth with opportunities to learn while having fun. Programming is designed and facilitated by qualified educators and is based on recognized educational models. Activities allow participants to:

  • Improve communication skills
  • Develop social skills
  • Increase motor skills
  • Increase autonomy
  • Enjoy outings within the community
  • Socialize and have fun with peers.

Youths are grouped by age and according to appropriate support levels. Their interests are also considered. Programs are structured, but remain flexible in order to adapt to the needs of each individual.

Group activities during the academic year

Group activities are held from September to June, once per week (weekday evenings or during the day on weekends).

Registration for group activities is held in August for the September to June period.

Day camps during summer holidays

Day camps are held Monday to Thursday during the summer period, for 3 to 6 weeks depending on the age group.

Registration is usually in mid-March.

Rates are $25.00 per day (or $12.50 for half days).

Recreational Respite Activities (Club Package)

Club Package activities are held during the school year holidays (Christmas, Spring break in March, and others). They include a selection of cultural and sports activities. Club Package activities aim to give parents some respite, while giving youth an opportunity for a positive group experience and developing their autonomy and interests.

Rates are $25.00 per day (or $12.50 for half days).

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Please Note: To access services, autistic individuals and their families must submit a request for access (proof of diagnosis is required). Some services may be offered up to 21 years of age.
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Services for Autistic Adults (21 and over)

In June 2013, TUOI’s mission was extended to include autistic adults and their families. Programming is focused on personal development and social participation. Adults can pick from a variety of group activities held during the day and evening, from Tuesday to Saturday (summer season: Monday to Friday). Programming includes various types of activities from three categories:

Recreational and Social Category

  • Sports and arts
  • Outings in the community
  • Table and video games night
  • 2 by 2 Club
  • Drop-in centre with open participation

Socioprofessional and Work Training Category

  • Volunteering support
  • Mini-business: Operation Snack
  • Job search club and specialized workshops
  • Visits to businesses

 Community Independence Category

  • Autonomy Challenge Club
  • Community kitchen

Our service location is in the Hull sector and activities are held in various locations in the Gatineau region. English-speaking participants are welcome. Most activities are free of charge. PRINTABLE BROCHURE

TUOI also offers support to families and the community, organizes various awareness events and works together with its partners. Parents of autistic adults can have access to our services for families.

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CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY

To access services and take part in activities, autistic adults must submit a request for access. Proof of diagnosis is required. Some services may be offered starting at 18 years of age. This decision is at the organization’s discretion.

For any questions or additional information about our services or registration, please call and leave a message at 819 595-1290, ext. 33.

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Group Availability Management Policy

In June 2015, the Board of Directors introduced a policy to manage available spaces in activity groups. This policy was written according to practises that had been in place for a number of years at TUOI. The four main guiding principles outlining this policy are grouped in two types: the first defines the service offering, while the second guides management of available spaces within these services:

  • First Principle: A continuity of services for ASD members (Autistic profile and Asperger profile).
  • Second Principle: Integration of autistic individuals in an environment optimized for normalization.
  • Third Principle: A fair distribution of available spaces.
  • Fourth Principle: A goal of maximizing the service offering.

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