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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?

To join us for Social Nights@

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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

Autism Friendly; a day of learning about the diversity of the autism spectrum

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Autism Friendly is a day of learning all about the diversity of the autism spectrum bringing together autistic self-advocates, educators, students, support workers, organizations and business owners to share perspectives and come to a better understanding of autism in our community.

If you’re autistic and are willing to share something of your experience, or just want to meet informally with other autistic individuals, come on along. If you have questions or can offer a perspective on what it means to be autistic,  join us at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone on January 11, 2014 (10:00am – 4:00pm).

Upon registration we will email you a short form to submit a question or suggest a topic.

  • The most asked questions and suggested topics will become sessions in different rooms.
  • 20 sessions available (5, 45 minute sessions in 4 different rooms on the 6th floor of the Digital Media Zone).

5, 45 minute discussions in 4 rooms between 10 and 4 pm, topics not yet listed

We want to know what means most to you, it can be anything within the topic of ASD. We expect topics of conversation will range from self-advocacy and discovery, technologies across the spectrum,  accessible employment,  independence,  and more. 

 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 to the EDGE Lab,  ASAN Toronto, Tactile Audio Displays Inc. and Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone for supporting Autism Friendly’s multi-sensory environment.

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 Thank you Marathon Learning Materials for sponsoring Breakfast at Autism Friendly.

Who is coming to Autism Friendly?

Autism Organizations: an opportunity for  leading researchers and developmental service providers to share their successes and challenges.

Business Owners: a professional development opportunity; working with diversity, creating an inclusive workplace, and maintaining low-anxiety at work.

Families: an opportunity to share your experiences in a judgement free zone, speak with industry professionals and discover opportunities and services for you and your family.

Teachers: an opportunity to share your classroom experiences,  learn communication strategies with parents, self advocates and other autism professionals.

Self-Advocates:  an opportunity  share your experience and help your community understand what you need to make school and work a better place to be, meet employers and service providers.

Non-Associated Community Members: support social change and learn what you need to understand about autism.

Grow personally and professionally at Autism Friendly, click below to register!

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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!

Augmented Reality Puppets at E1G Niagara!

We are happy to announce we will be creating augmented reality puppets with  community guest Ram Puvanesasingham! Ram will be hanging out with us at the Introduction to Videogame Design and Digital Art and Digital Kids Program to teach participants about a growing technology, while we learn new communication skills providing professional feedback on his upcoming storytelling platform.

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Ram, formerly a creative lead of a digital media agency, has turned his attention towards a real passion project. His team is now developing Digipupps – a digital puppet show game that uses augmented reality to bring an age-old form of storytelling into the digital landscape kids are growing up in.

Ram will be joining us on Saturday December 17, 2013

Register now and participate in Every1Games low-anxiety workshops, the most awesome social skills programs in Ontario!

E1G Teams put their QA skills to work with Phantom Compass; Pre-Beta Testing Rollers of the Realm

Phantom CompassClick on the logo above to thank Phantom Compass by voting for Rollers of the Realm on Steam.

The E1G team was excited to welcome the game studio Phantom Compass to Brock University’s Center for Digital Humanities. Phantom Compass joined E1G to introduce the creative work they are accomplishing in St.Catharines as they lead the game development community in the Niagara Region.  Ericka Evans, Head of Production at Phantom Compass, treated the E1G team to an intro and opportunity to pre-beta test Rollers of the Realm! The development team at Phantom Compass is an awesome group of creative people working together to launch Rollers of the Realm, a Pinball RPG. The game takes story telling and gaming to new heights by combining elements of RPG and Pinball creating a unique user experience. For a more in depth look into the RPG and Pinball elements of Rollers of the Realm read this article on Gamezebo and check out the video below :)

The E1G teams’ career goals and interests varied from sports entertainment to acting, directing, writing and rapping. This group was a creative bunch interested in learning about what steps they can take to achieve their own creative goals. To accomplish this we love to welcome Industry Allies to join us at E1G! Industry Allies are friends of Every1Games helping us reach different goals. This weeks goal was to learn how to give feedback and receive feedback, a crucial skill in all of their mentioned creative roles. The E1G team had the opportunity to pre-beta test  Rollers of the Realm providing feedback to Ericka while putting their new found skills to work as beta-testers. We also had the opportunity to test Rollers of the Realm with the following week’s team.

We’d like to extend a warm and fuzzy thank you to Phantom Compass and to Ericka Evans for coming to visit us.  We are looking forward to playing Rollers of the Realm!

READERS TAKE ACTION and help us thank Phantom Compass!

Vote for Rollers of the Realm on Steam. Its easy! Just go to the Rollers of the Realm page on Steam then click YES where it asks “Would you buy this game if it were available in Steam.”