QuickStart — Early Intervention for Autism is a grassroots charity that began in Ottawa in 2008. All programs with QuickStart are offered at no cost to the family. We receive no government funding.
QuickStart – Early Intervention for Autism (QuickStart Autism) is a Canadian Registered Charity who funds the QuickStart Early Intervention Program (formerly KickStart) and Emerging Minds is the private service care provider who delivers the QuickStart Early Intervention program.
The QuickStart Early Intervention Program is a one-on-one parent-coaching program, with the parent(s) and the child.
Our program is offered at no cost to the family. That doesn't mean it's 'free'. To do this, we rely on donors, grants and community support. We receive no government funding. Please help the children continue to reach their full potential by donating today. To donate click here.
Our sincere thanks to all our donors.
Special thanks to Unity for Autism for their tremendous support of our work!
Our thanks also to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for their generous support of QuickStart Early Interventon program (formerly KickStart), allowing even more children to participate in our program!
QuickStart began this program in 2010. We wanted to let the parents have an opportunity to have a break. With the generous support of local hotels and donors, QuickStart is able to offer one and two night stays providing parents the rare opportunity to have some time to themselves. On average, QuickStart offers 40 stays a year.
*Please note this program is for parents only*
QuickStart provides funding to offset childcare expenses while the parents are away. To apply or for more information click here.
QuickStart offers free workshops Email email@example.com to be added to our mailing list for future workshops.
We have posted our workshop videos on our QuickStart Autism Youtube Channel. Thank you to Autism Speaks Canada for supporting this project!
Sensory Santa is an opportunity for children with autism to visit Santa in a sensory friendly environment. This means Sensory Santa's are often held before the malls open on a Sunday morning, when it's quieter. The time set aside for Sensory Santa is exclusive for children on the spectrum and their families. The line ups are much shorter and children can come and go while they wait. Often the music is turned down. No appointments are booked so parents have more flexibilty.
With the generous support of local shopping centres, we are able to provide an opportunity for children with autism to see Santa in a sensory friendly environment. Click here for more information.
QuickStart held our first Autism on the Hill in 2013.
Each year Autism on the Hill is held around World Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd**. We invite our Members of Parliament and our Senators to attend and show their support for people with autism and their families.
This rally is held each year on Parliament Hill.
FACES OF AUTISM BANNER: Our Faces of Autism banner, featuring the beautiful faces of people with autism from across Canada, is on display each year. In 2014 our banner was 12 feet long with over 160 beautiful faces of individuals, siblings and our first father & son photo.
For more information and to see photos and our Faces of Autism banners go to www.AutismOnTheHill.ca
**Please note the date for Autism on the Hill changes each year due to it being held while the House and the Senate are sitting. This means Autism on the Hill can be as early as the last week of March or be held well into April.
Getting Started Services: in partnership with the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre
In 2008, we formed our first partnership with the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC). Our family had just personally experienced the long wait-times while desperate for help. I didn't want another family to experience that sense of time slipping away, of helplessness, while trying to figure out how to help our grandson.
At that time all children required a diagnosis before they were able to receive services and therapy, before they were able to get help. With diagnostic wait-times up to 18 months, children were losing valuable time and their parents were frantic for help and needed support.
Through this partnership, as of 2013, now all children receive pre-diagnosis services and therapy through Getting Started Services!
QuickStart is proud to have provided the initial $55,000 for the pilot project 'Getting Started Services' and to have donated over $300,000 to the Getting Started Services.
From Suzanne Jacobson, founder and President of QuickStart Early Intervention for Autism
QuickStart - Early Intervention for Autism (QuickStart Autism) is a grassroots charity in Ottawa founded by myself, Suzanne Jacobson. My two grandsons are both diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) but it was my eldest grandson, Alexander, who was the catalyst behind the founding of our charity. Alexander missed out on life-changing early intervention due to the long provincial wait-times and a complex, confusing system. While neither of my grandsons have benefited from our charity program, I began the charity because I didn’t want other children to miss this critical window of opportunity.
All QuickStart Autism programs are offered at no cost to the families. I donate all my time to operate the charity as a way of giving back to the community. Our charity receives no government funding. We rely solely on donations and fundraisers to support the children and their families.
If you have any questions about our programs or if you'd like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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