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  • in reply to: TTC cards holder #18424

    If the person doesn’t mind the sensory feel of having a lanyard around their neck, there are some ones with nice patterns on them at the dollar store. A lanyard with a plastic pocket on it could store the TTC cards. They could tuck it in their shirt or jacket when they didn’t need to show it.

    in reply to: Housing for adult female with ASD #18423

    Hi there,

    I have had a bit of contact with Kerry’s Place but not regarding housing.

    I sent an email to Community Living Toronto about 2 weeks ago and still haven’t heard back.


    in reply to: Housing for adult female with ASD #18421

    I didn’t think Autism Ontario had anything to do with housing? I have been thinking of trying to contact Centre for Independent Living but not sure if they will work with people on the spectrum or are just for people with physical disabilities.

    I do have a counselor who is really good but she is not really up on resources.

    in reply to: Housing for adult female with ASD #18414

    I have been on the waiting list for a mental health support worker since October 2015. They initially said it would be about 9-12 months. Last I checked, I was told it would be at least June or July this year. I keep getting pushed back down the waiting list.

    I also barely have any friends at all, let alone any that live near me. Family does not want to acknowledge my disabilities. It has been 15 years since my ASD diagnosis and we are way past the point of denial. One parent will not read anything or talk to my counselor. At this point I am on my own and it is up to me. I can’t deal with their shame of me so do not want to involve them as it is worse for my mental health.

    in reply to: Housing for adult female with ASD #18409

    Hi Jennypink,

    I do not get ODSP. I have too much in savings. I try to work but can only do so part time and the ongoing mental health therapy I need takes a chunk of what I make…

    I thought about roommates but realized it would not work well for me and would stress me more. I can share an outdoor area like a yard though.

    I struggle with phone calls if they need to be made. I can get breakfast and do simple lunches and dinners but have trouble staying organized with that for more than 2-3 days at a time (cooking exhausts me mentally — I couldn’t remember how to make grilled cheese the other day). Sometimes it helps to have prompts like people getting cookware out of cupboards for me. Task initiation and switching tasks are definite issues, though it takes getting to know me to be able to identify that that is a problem and how to help.

    I want to live in the Scarborough area. I would need help with doing make-ahead meals a few times a week and someone to contact to help with filling out forms (sometimes I read too much into the question and get confused and then it just stops my brain…) It would be useful if I had a support person who could make phone calls for me a few times a month when I am unable to use the phone.

    Being able to have help with transportation would help too (sometimes it takes a long time on transit and that makes me so mentally tired I don’t have the ability to do other things).

    I am still not sure I am ready to move out but would like to know about options.

    Thank you,

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