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AFFILIATIONS

QuickStart is on the Regional Autism Advisory Committee (CHEO).

Suzanne is a member of the Special Needs Strategy Reference Group for Ontario - 2014. (MCYS)

QuickStart is a member of Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA).  CASDA is working towards a National Autism Strategy so all Canadians with autism will have an equal level of care no matter where they live in Canada.

Suzanne is CASDA Director and sits on their subcommittee for the Canadian Autism Leadership Summit.

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TIMELINE AND AWARDS

2015:

  • The KickStart  team is accepted to present our KickStart program at the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) conference in Toronto in November.  This conference brings together all the Children's Treatment Centres across Ontario together.  
  • QuickStart and the KickStart team present at the 1st Canadian Autism Leadership Summit held in Ottawa in March.
  • Director on the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) Board.
  • Suzanne helped to implement and organize the first CASDA Canadian ASD Leadership Summit bringing over 150 autism leaders from across Canada together.
  • Autism on the Hill took place on Parliament Hill with our Faces of Autism banner spanning 12' and showing over 160 Canadian faces of autism.

2014:

  • Suzanne accepts a request from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to sit on the Reference Group for the Special Needs Strategy in Ontario.  Four Ontario Ministries are working together to create a seamless system of care for special needs children in Ontario.
  • Suzanne presents with the United Families of Eastern Ontario to the Ontario Select Committee on Developmental Services empathizing the need for services to begin right at the first signs of autism.  

2013: 

  • Suzanne is the guest speaker at the Ontario Women's Council in Toronto.
  • Suzanne has the opportunity to meet with Premier Wynn and the the Minister of Children and Youth Services to speak about early identification and early intervention for children with autism.  Suzanne also briefs the Autism Unit in Toronto on QuickStart's findings and what parents are telling us.
  • QuickStart is awarded the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Healthy Kids Award for Innovation and Reseach for our contribution to the health of children and youth.
  • QuickStart is awared the first Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre Foundation Leadership Donor Award (over $300,000 donated by QuickStart in 5 years)
  • 1st Autism on the Hill held by QuickStart on Parliament Hill.
  • Suzanne accepts request to sit on the Board of the United Families of Eastern Ontario representing children with autism.

2012:

  • KickStart pilot program begins.  This new program is for children 30 months and under and provides up to a year of individualized services.  The service provider is Emerging Minds.  The parent coaching program is based on the Early Start Denver Model.  There is no cost to the family for the 4/5 month individualized program.
  • Suzanne is awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal by Senator Jim Munson.
  • The Wee Start Clinic begins at the Ottawa Children' Treatment Centre, focusing on children 21 months and under.  It is based on the Getting Started Services Clinic model.
  • QuickStart offers our first workshop in the Principle of Effective Intervention.  Forty parents and caregivers attend this two-day workshop at no cost.

2011:

  • Suzanne is awarded the 'Difference Maker's Award' by the Andrew Fleck Centre, given to organizations and individuals who have made a significant difference in the lives of children and families, as well as for their vision, commitment, and insight that make a valuable difference.
  • QuickStart begins a new respite program called ReFresh ReStart.  Parents are offered a one or two night stay at local hotels and receive funding for their childcare while they are away.  In our first year, 31 stays are provided.

2010:

  • QuickStart Incorporates as a Not-for-Profit and becomes a National Canadian Registered Charity.
  • Suzanne Jacobson presents at the Subcommittee on Neurological Disease
  • Suzanne receives the Agent of Change Medallion from Mayor Larry O’Brien for her work with QuickStart.

2009:

  • Senator Jim Munson asks Suzanne to be the keynote speaker at his World Autism Awareness event on Parliament Hill.
  • Suzanne is invited in November, 2009 to speak at the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) conference in Toronto where children’s treatment centers from Eastern Ontario were introduced to this new pre-diagnosis clinic model.  
  • Suzanne is asked to be the Eastern Ontario representative for Autism Parents Talking (APTalk).  ApTalk provided parents with a virtual opportunity to relate their experiences with our Provincial autism programs directly to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.  (no longer in operation)

2008:  

  • QuickStart forms a unique partnership with the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre to establish the first pre-diagnosis clinic in Canada called Getting Started Services, creating, for the first time, the opportunity for children and their families to receive services prior to a diagnosis.  The Clinic  sees over 300 children each year.  Now, as of 2014, all children go through Getting Started Services and receive pre-diagnosis services and therapy.



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