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Autism Yukon

We are a non-profit, registered charity

Autism Yukon is governed by a board of directors, at least 50% of whom are either on the autism spectrum themselves, or a parent of a child on the autism spectrum. We do this to ensure that we never lose touch with those whose lived experience is the reason that we exist. Board meetings are held monthly, and our minutes are always available to our members. We also form committees from time to time to address specific issues, and organize events and fundraisers. Our AGM is held annually in the summer. We vote in new/existing board members at this time. If you are interested in serving Autism Yukon in this capacity, please contact executive@autismyukon.org.

Board of Directors 2021-2022

President

Karen Macklon

Vice-President

Kate Swales

Autism Yukon Staff

Managing Consultant: Leslie Peters
executive@autismyukon.org

Acting Director: Courtney Macleod
director@autismyukon.org

Communications Coordinator: Megan Hoegler
communications@autismyukon.org

Sensory Room Coordinator: Carlie Graef
sensory@autismyukon.org

Project Coordinator/CST Coordinator: Rebecca Fenton
projectcoordinator@autismyukon.org

PEERS Coordinator: Karen Rach, SLP
karenrachslp@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, please visit out resources page.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects how the brain develops and leads to developmental disability. It is called a spectrum disorder because there is a wide range of symptoms and degrees of severity. 

If you suspect your child may have ASD, or any other developmental delay and/or learning disability, they should be assessed by a professional. 

The first step is to see a primary care physician to voice your concerns. If your physician suspects ASD, your child will have the option to see a diagnostic team. To diagnose ASD, several health professionals are needed. It can be a lengthy process but is important to ensure your child receives the correct diagnosis and accurate recommendations for therapy options.

Services available for children with autism spectrum disorder include therapies such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social and play therapy, counselling and psychological therapy. These supports are available through the Child Development Centre and Disability Services.

Adult diagnosis is done privately through a psychologist. These services are not covered under the Yukon Health Insurance Plan but may be funded partially or fully through private insurance. This is fully dependent on your provider and individual plan. 

Your child may require extra support in the classroom. Your child can receive support through an IEP (Individual Education Plan) or you can speak directly to your child's teacher or the Department of Education's Student Support Services for more specialized supports. 

If you and/or your loved one needs support for a developmental and/or learning disability that is different from ASD, Autism Yukon is happy to provide you with resources, tools and advocacy to get you the support that you need.

Please call us at (867) 667-6406 or email info@autismyukon.org