About Us

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Yevonne Le Lacheur

Sexologist, Autism & Sexuality Educator & Consultant

Based in Halifax, Canada, Yevonne is one of only a few Certified Sexologists (American College of Sexologists) & Certified Sexuality Educators (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counsellors and Therapists) in Canada and the US that focuses on autism- the only in Atlantic Canada.

Her research, academic studies, and practice focus on developing social, emotional, sexuality, and relationship supports for autistic teens and adults through fostering self-determination and autonomy. Yevonne is currently completing her Master of Education (Counselling Therapy) at Acadia University.

 

Yevonne (she, her, hers) identifies as a Canadian cisgender white woman.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sexuality Education

Curriculum
& Program Development

Social Skill Development

Group

Facilitation & 1:1 Consultation 

Areas of Expertise:

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Education

Master of Education (Counselling Therapy)
Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Expected Graduation 2022

Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health (Sexuality Education)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Graduated 2019
 

Master of Education (Educational Research)
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

Graduated 2017
 

Bachelor of Education (Elementary)

Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Graduated 2013

 

Bachelor of Arts, Honours Psychology
Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Graduated 2010

Professional Licenses

Certified Sexologist

American College of Sexologists (ACS)
2020-Current
ASC Professional Listing

 

Certified Sexuality Educator

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) 2020-Current
AASECT Professional Listing

Advanced Level 1 Teaching License
 

Nova Scotia Department of Education 

2018 - Current

 

Initial Teaching License  

Nova Scotia Department of Education   

2013 - 2018

Professional Experiences

Selected Authored Content
 

Le Lacheur, Y., MacLellan, H. & Martin, B. (2021). Healthy Relationships, Sexuality & Autism. [Curriculum] Halifax, Nova Scotia: Autism Nova Scotia. 2nd Edition.

  • This curriculum is part of a pilot program at Autism Nova Scotia, funded through the Department of Community Services and Public Health Agency of Canada.

Autism Nova Scotia. (2017). Choosing now: Investigating in Nova Scotians living with autism. A collaborative framework approach
     to building sustainable supports and services across the lifespan. Autism Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia: Halifax.

  • Co-authored sections: “Understanding Autism” and “Adult Services”


Le Lacheur, Y. (2018). Healthy Relationships, Sexuality & Autism. [Curriculum] Halifax, Nova Scotia: Autism Nova Scotia.

  • This curriculum is part of a pilot program at Autism Nova Scotia, funded through the Department of Community Services and Public Health Agency of Canada.
     

Le Lacheur, Y. (2016). Autism counsellor training. [Online Curriculum]. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Autism Nova Scotia.

  • This online curriculum is used by Halifax Recreation and several other rural municipalities to training all their camp staff.

 

Le Lacheur, Y., Hill, J. & Paterson, D. (2016). TRAACE: Transition readiness and autism community employment (3rd ed.)
      [Curriculum] Halifax, Nova Scotia: Autism Nova Scotia.

  • This curriculum is used in the five school boards across Nova Scotia to teach students with autism prevocational skills.

Selected Professional Experiences
Healthy Relationships, Sexuality, and Autism- Atlantic Project Director, Autism Nova Scotia: 2018-Present

  • Federally funded Autism and Sexuality Education and Staff Training Pilot Project

  • Developed and wrote the Healthy Relationships, Sexuality & Autism (HRSA) curriculum- a 500+ page comprehensive sexuality education curriculum for adults with autism

  • HRSA has been adapted to be offered online through Zoom and Google Classroom during the pandemic

  • Developed and lead the Atlantic Canada training for new HRSA Autism Educators. Providing ongoing robust and comprehensive sexuality education training through Zoom, Moodle for a team of eight interdisciplinary professionals across Atlantic Canada
     

Program Director, Autism Nova Scotia: 2014-Present

  • Responsible for overseeing all social, education and community programs

  • Conducting gap analysis of Nova Scotia’s service and program landscape

  • Curriculum and Program Development: writing and developing the curriculum for all new programs

  • Formative and summative program evaluation

  • Grant writing  

  • Supervise Program Team: oversee and manage the program department teams

  • Chapter Program Development- support the provincial chapters with developing programs
     

Board of Directors, Sexual Health Nova Scotia: 2017- 2020

  • Member of Sexual Health Nova Scotia’s governing board

  • Providing expertise in the areas of autism, program planning, and teaching

  • Member of the Allocations Committee & Fundraising Committee

 
Kids Help Phone, Text Line Crisis Responder: 2017- 2019

  • Supporting youth who text the crisis line by bringing them from a “hot” moment to a cool calm, and to help them come up with a plan to stay healthy and safe

 

Camp Director, Autism Nova Scotia: 2013-2014

  • Created programs and schedules for four two week-long day camps for children on the autism spectrum from ages 6-19

  • Worked directly with counsellors to help provide them with strategies for redirecting and diffusing difficult behaviour
     

Volunteer Coordinator, Autism Nova Scotia: 2013-2014 

  • Conducted “Needs Surveys” for rural Autism Nova Scotia chapters assessing the needs of families, individuals and professionals relating to autism

  • Created consistent volunteer screening, management practices, and policies for Autism Nova Scotia and its chapters
     

‘Axcess’ Acadia Peer Mentor, Acadia University: 2012-2014

  • Provided peer (social) and academic support for a student with cognitive and physical delays enrolled in Acadia University

  • Worked with this individual and their professor to adapt course syllabi to reflect their goals and strengths to complete coursework

 

For a more detailed overview of Yevonne's professional and educational experience,
please contact us for a copy of her Curriculum Vitae.