Recent Activities

I Can Do It Myself!”: An Evaluation of the Outcomes of a Curriculum Designed to Teach Self-Determination Skills to Adolescents with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

The goal of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of a comprehensive self-determination curriculum that was developed by CBI Consultants, Ltd. and was provided to 62 adolescents (ages 15-18, 58% male) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DDs).

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Discussion Series – SFU ADDL

The Laurel Foundation, together with the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab at SFU, co-hosted 3 community events, the themes were: Families and School, Families and Mental Health, Families and Transitions.

The aim of these events was to facilitate discussion among a range of stakeholders, including individuals and their families, researchers, and professionals about important Quality of Life issues. These events were free and open to the public. During the events families were given an opportunity to participate in the ADDL research in ASD & Family Quality of Life lead by Dr Grace Iarocci and Emily Gardner, Doctoral Candidate.

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"I Can Do It Myself!"

Evaluating the Outcomes of a Curriculum Designed to Teach Self-Determination Skills to Adolescents with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. To evaluate the impact of a comprehensive, manualized curriculum designed to teach self-determination skills to adolescents with ASD or other DDs in BC schools. The research will be lead by Pat Mirenda, Ph.D., BCBA-D of UBC, and Leslie Jones, Executive Director of CBI Consultants Ltd.


SFU-Quality of Life Project

April 5, 2013

On April 5th 2013, The Psychology Department at Simon Fraser University held an important interactive session to discuss quality of life among families of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The focus was on parental responsibilities for these families, which are often very demanding and unrelenting, with no end in sight. They are the forgotten players in a social support system with many gaps.

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The Laurel Foundation Fund Raiser

The Laurel Foundation Fund Raiser

February 24, 2011

Our Fund Raiser, to benefit The Hope for Freedom Society’s outreach psychiatric nurse program was a high point of the Tri Cities social scene, and resulted in a donation of $6,000.

Held in the imposing Port Moody Galleria, the evening started off with a complimentary wine tasting experience, thanks to the wines introduced and poured by the Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery, Salt Spring Winery and the Neck of the Woods Winery. Superb beers were "on tap" graciously hosted by Turning Point Brewery, Russell Brewery, and the Granville Island Brewery. Their contribution and support is appreciated.

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