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March Break Niagara 2017

Join Every1Games for our March Break Niagara 2017 Creative Production program. From March 13 to March 17, participants learn skills valuable for creative production in digital media. Participants engage in workshops and activities designed to be flexible helping participants meet personal goals made at the beginning of the week. All of our programs integrate social, technical and professional skills development for neurodivergent (Autism, ADHD, LD etc.) youth.

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A travel day is also planned for the Thursday March 16 to give participants the preparation and practice to safely, and independently, travel to inclusive venues in the downtown St.Catharines community. (Based on Every1Games popular Keep Calm and Travel ON Autism Travel Training program!)

The cost of the program is $500. The program will run Monday March 13 to Friday March 17 from 10AM to 4PM at the DSBN Academy located at 130 Louth Street in St. Catharines.

Check out the Information Package

Age 13 – 25.

Learn More about this course, or sign up for this course by clicking the link below!

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2nd Annual Autism Friendly Unconference; Life After High School

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Every1Games invites you to Autism Friendly, a free event that brings together people to share questions, answers, and experiences related to autism.

If you’re autistic or neurodivergent and are willing to share something of your experience, or just want to meet informally with others, come on along. If you have questions or can offer a perspective on what it means to be autistic, join us at George Brown College on Saturday Aug 15 (10:00am – 4:00pm) to participate in Autism Friendly.

Participants of last years AFU were clear that Ontario’s support system needs improvement especially in the area of employment training and ASD sensitivity from co-workers. The autistic youth at the event were very clear, asking employers for guidance and understanding, instead of doubt and low expectations.

This years event aims to provide a more in depth discussion surrounding higher education and employment to identify issues and barriers as well as a plan of action that will lead to a better understanding of the diversity of the autism spectrum.

We again invite autistic self-advocates to come together with their peers, employers, educators, agencies and government to take another step forward in building an autism friendly future.

  • Judgment Free 
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Mutli-Sensory Lounge
  • Raffle Prizes

When you register please suggest a topic or as a question so that together we can address what is most meaningful to you. The most asked questions and suggested topics will become sessions in different rooms. There are 15 sessions available (5, 45 minute sessions in 3 different rooms).

Autism Friendly is an opportunity to grow personally and professionally learning more about working with diversity while supporting autism in the workplace, at school and in the community.

Thank You!

Thank you to Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter for their support helping us bring delicious food for everyone to this great event! Thank you to George Brown College for providing space and support.  Thank you to Ryerson University, SSHRC and OCE Social Entrepreneur Fellowship for supporting our outreach initiatives.

The Organizing Committee

The organizing committee is a neurodiverse group of staff who work at Every1Games Professional Services Inc.

Christine Hughes

Damian Laxton

Mark Beaudry

Matthew Pegnam

Jacob Yorke

Jeremy Lyons

Krystal Twiss

Sarah Drew

Other FAQs

What is an Unconference?

An unconference is a “participant driven meeting”. There is no pre-determined speakers or panels. Instead, we collect questions and suggestions from people attending  to drive discussion based on what topics participants find most interesting or pertinent.

Who is Coming?

  • Neurodivergent Post-Secondary Students and Self Advocates, Families and Wellness Professionals.
  • At this event, you represent you and only you.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

George Brown has provided details on various parking lots for the St. James Campus. Here is a link to view the details. If taking the TTC, the closest subway station is Queen Station, you can take the 501 or 504 Street Car from there to Jarvis and Queen St. E. It is a short walk from there. Please visit Google Maps or TTC Trip Planner to recieve directions from your location.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?

You can bring comfort / stim items, questions and perspective. Due to food allergies, please do not bring your own food to the event. If you require accomdation or specific dietary items please contact christine@every1games.ca.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can contact Krystal Twiss at engage@every1games.ca with questions about this event.

Created by Every1Games student Matthew Montgomery

Panoptic: Creative Production

PanopticNew Participants Welcome at any week!
Come and join us one, two or all four weeks of Creative Production
In the Panoptic Creative Production Program we will  explore a variety of different production types, focusing on video production. Develop your skills in Adobe Premier, After Effects, and other cinematic tools as well as some modelling/ art  programs such as Maya, Adobe Photoshop and 3DS Max. We will also be making a weekly trip as well as having professionals from the video game industry visit us. Trips include 3DXL: A Large Scale 3D Printing Exhibit, a Tour of the City TV Building and a trip to the movies.
Facilitators have experience in video production and video game development.
*Recommended for Ages 12 – 25.
Week 1 –  July 20 – July 24
Week 2 –  July 27 – July 31
Week 3 – August 3 – August 7
Week 4 – August 10 – August 14
 Facilitators
Jacob Yorke
Tanmay Datta
Mark Beaudry
Damian Laxton
If you have any questions feel free to email Krystal at engage@every1games.ca

Learn More about this course, or sign up for this course by clicking the link below.

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Every1Games Introduces Social Nights@ Snakes and Lattes

Prepare for the most awesome Monday nights with your neurodivergent friends. Every1Games introduces the first of our social night series Social Nights@ hosted by resident creative artists Veronica Brzoska and Matthew Pegnam. Our Social nights will be at Toronto’s most popular board cafe Snakes and Lattes! Hang outwith Every1Games and become friends and build relationships with board game players and creators while testing board game prototypes. There will also be opportunities to try other games that are available at the cafe, from Monopoly to Munchkinz there are board games for everyone. Recommended for ages 16+.
Thanks to the Potential Programme and Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter this social skills program is FREE to attend!

Where: Snakes & Lattes at 600 Bloor St W

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When: 6pm – 9pm

  1. Monday, August 17th, 2015
  2. Monday, August 31st, 2015
  3. Monday, September 21st, 2015
  4. Monday, October 5th, 2015
  5. Monday, October 19th, 2015

Free for Autism Ontario Members!

Want to know more about Game Development Night? Check out this video!

Want to know more about Snakes & Lattes Board Game Collection?

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March Break Outside the Box, Into the Studio

Spring is here and sadly, March Break has ended.   We played with Google Cardboard to experience virtual reality, learned life lessons with Chappie, and hung out on the set of Much Music. We also met with an awesome leading game development team in their Toronto studio, and more!

If it sounds like we are gloating, its because we are. The staff worked hard to put together an awesome week to explore a variety of media. Though the original plan was to work on computers, something wonderful happened, a mistake was made and we lost the classrooms we booked. Why is that wonderful??? Because it forced us to think outside the box and the result was an unforgettable week filled with new and exciting experiences,  friendships and memories!

Day 1 – Making Board Games to Understand Environmental Story Telling

The first day we really spent a lot of our time getting to know each other. That is necessary to work well together, because who wants to work with strangers anyway? We also started making some board games after learning about all forms of media, themes, stories and narratives. Follow us if you are interested because next month we will be hosting a social night at Toronto’s Board Game Cafe, Snakes and Lattes!

Day 2 – Exploring Film and Tech with Google Cardboard Virtual Reality and Chappie at Rainbow Cinemas!

There is an awesome way to experience Virtual Reality on your mobile phone and its called Google Cardboard.  Our game developer friends at Game Pill Inc. write more about how it works and what the toy company Mattel has planned for this technology, check out What is Google Cardboard?

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If you’ve never been to Rainbow Cinemas, it was a treat. The murals on the wall, the art gallery in the lobby and the friendly staff made our trip to see Chappie more awesome than we imagined. This movie was gangster. No, really. Be warned that the 14A really means a ton of swearing, guns, and adult content. After seeing the movie we had an opportunity to reflect on what we learned about literary themes. Our reflection brought forward the themes of authority, weapons and political power, betrayal, family, religion and technology. Chappie is not just a movie about a robot with a conscience and artificial intelligence, but a reflection on many past and current events happening today.  Thank goodness Every1Games is a place for mature teens and young adults – this is not for kids!

The awesomeness continues…

Day 3 – Experiencing Arts and Craft Galleries at the Harbourfront Center 

Visual art, glass blowing and metalworks are just a few of the creative arts we explored at the Harbourfront Centre. We also learned next week Disabled Theatre is premiering in Canada! You can read more about it –> here!

Day 4 – Meeting Video Game Developers Get Set Games! Exploring Game Development!

Meeting with local successful teams in the game industry is one of the ways we create low-anxiety networking experiences. Industry Allies like Get Set Games support Every1Games and help bring opportunities to neurodivergent and autistic youth interested in a career in games! (Yes, that is the office dog [below]!).

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The awesome team at Get Set Games took the time to answer all our questions about mobile game development and hung out with us playing games and talking industry. Truth be told everyone was more interested in taking turns playing Storm Casters and Mega Run than asking questions, but we certainly learned a lot about the video game industry. Did you know that this development team is made up of friends from George Brown College?

Check out Storm Casters and download it! You won’t regret this game in your library.

And if you are not sick of awesome yet…

Day 5 – Bell Media Building! Exploring Music, Entertainment News and much more

We had the amazing opportunity to have a tour around the Bell Media Building at 299 Queen St W that houses many different live and recorded shows. We had the opportunity to see the set of CP24, BNN, ETalk, The Marilyn Dennis Show and many more. This building makes it easy for celebrities to come to one building and have the opportunity to be on several different shows without leaving , especially if it’s cold outside like it was this winter. We even had a special tour of the control panel room that controls what is on the screens of CP24 at all times. It was an outstanding experience and a great way to wrap up our week!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this March Break amazing, the participants, staff, and our industry allies Get Set Games, George Brown College School of Design, and the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University!

Any ideas how to top this next year!?

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New Program: Keep Calm and Travel On; Autism Travel Training

Becoming Familiar with TTC and GO Transit for Safe Independent Commuting

STARTS JAN 3! This 5 week series of workshops is designed to help you become more comfortable with everyday travel. From getting to work, to a night out with friends, commuting is a life skill that demands practice. Autism can bring unique challenges to your travel routine. This training is practice to identify what works for you, to make your travel comfortable and safe. Participate in social learning activities and test your knowledge in the classroom and on transit. Learn with Every1Games in a low-anxiety environment and start getting to where you want to go. Learn more and register online!

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NEW PROGRAM: PANOPTIC; Video Production Basics

Introducing PANOPTIC, a 3 day video production program designed to help you learn the basics of video editing using Adobe Premier software.  Like all of Every1Games’ programs, PANOPTIC is a social skills program first, so we will be working together to create a video from new and pre-existing footage while practicing how to be successful when working in a group.  We are also going to be at our new venue in Toronto, George Brown College’s School of Design! Register today or email support@every1games.ca for more information. 

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First Annual AFU Inspires an Autism Friendly Future

Everyone who registered to attend the  Autism Friendly Unconference was given the opportunity  to ask a question or suggest a topic so that Every1Games could address the most meaningful issues surrounding autism.  We had amazing feedback and can’t wait to do it again next year!

  • The list of topics addressed in this series was co-created, based on questions and topics submitted by  Autism Friendly Unconference registrants.
  • 14% of registrants self-identified as autistic and willing to discuss their experiences.
  • Most of the remaining registrants were people who supported someone on the spectrum either at home or work.

It was an awesome experience. So much new information and concepts! – Autism Friendly Participant

DMZ HouseKeeping PresentationDiscussions ranged from issues with funding processes and application criteria, to the representation of ASD in media. Participants were clear that Ontario’s support system needs improvement especially in the area of employment training and ASD sensitivity from co-workers, something we hope to address at the next AFU.  It was unanimous that employers need to be more knowledgeable.  The autistic youth at the event were very clear, asking employers for guidance and understanding, instead of doubt and low expectations.

These 20 topics listed below will help shape our discussions and together we can design an autism friendly future.

  1. Exploring Media Representation of People w/ASD
  2. Autism at School (Elementary)
  3. Autism at School (Secondary)
  4. Autism at School (Post-Secondary)
  5. High Functioning Autism at Work
  6. Life Planning; From Child to Adult
  7. Defining Social Success; The Morality of “Fitting In”
  8. Reducing Anxiety
  9. Non-Verbal Voices
  10. The Multiplicity of an Individuals Functioning Levels
  11. Social Skills Development
  12. Tips and Skills for Happiness
  13. The Language We Use
  14. Women and Autism
  15. Culturally Sensitive Support
  16. Autism and Videogames
  17. Using Interactive Media for Social Change
  18. Autistic Self Advocacy
  19. Funding
  20. Designing an Autism Friendly Future

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It was the first time in my life being surrounded by other autistics. It was the first time in my life I saw myself reflected in a group of other people. It made me feel real, valid and loved. – Autism Friendly Participant

If autism is meaningful in your life, then we want to hear from you. If you’ve never even heard the word autism and stumbled upon this series, we also want to hear from you. So please share this with friends, family, neighbours and co-workers.

At the end of the day on Jan 11th, the Autism Friendly Unconference closed by asking the questions “What do you want from the Government, from educators, employers, and peers?, What does an autism friendly future look like?” Here is the link to a collaborative Google Doc that was created during the final session of the day, where we came together to discuss an Autism Friendly Future.

Thanks to the volunteer team from the UofT Autism Alliance who were taking notes in each session making it possible to share information from sessions you might have missed and to all who participated including our friends at the EDGE Lab, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Marathon Learning Materials, TAD’s Inc. and Autism Ontario.

We are looking forward to hearing from you as we begin Designing an Autism Friendly Future.  If you have questions please contact us anytime! Leave a comment, share videos, poems or what ever else you want to share to help your peers come to a better understanding of autism.

Cheers to an autism friendly future!

– Sarah Anne Drew

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Learn from Award-winning app studio Tiny Hearts at E1G Toronto!

There is more to the Toronto game industry than games, app development is an important aspect of interactive digital media that innovates the way we live!

We are happy to announce participants of E1G Toronto’s Advanced Game Design and Digital Art will be learning about app development and entrepreneurship with community guest Robleh Jama, CEO of award-winning app studio, Tiny Hearts!

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Robleh will be hanging out with us on November 30th in Toronto at the Advanced Game Design and Digital Art to teach participants about what it takes to create and sell apps, while participants practice professional networking in a low-anxiety environment.

Robleh Jama is the founder of Tiny Hearts, an award-winning app studio that creates beautiful, playful and useful iPhone and iPad apps for the young and young-at-heart. Tiny Hearts’ apps have been downloaded over a million times and have been featured by Apple and in the New York Times and Wired Magazine. Robleh is a creative entrepreneur with a passion for education, design and technology. Prior to founding Tiny Hearts, Robleh co-founded the successful niche online social network Sneakerplay, which was acquired in 2009.

Register now to join us on Saturdays beginning November 23 at The Chang School for Continuing Education for the 5 weeks of awesome game making integrating social skills and life skills!

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New website, new workshops and new experiences for people on the autism spectrum!

We understand that many programs, funds and services are harder to access than they should be. That’s why all of our workshops are designed to be easily accessible.

  • No Proof of Autism Spectrum Diagnosis Required,
  • Easy Online Registration and Payment,
  • No Waiting Lists,
  • Discounts for Members of Autism Ontario

Now Available

Intro and Advanced Videogame Design Programs

Professional Development Workshops

Teen and Adult Autism (ASD + NT) Socials