Community Goals

Autism Network LAC is a volunteer not-for-profit organization to support individuals and their loved ones with exceptionalities.

Our mission is to provide awareness, acceptance and inclusion as we support our community, fellow agencies and partner to provide resources, support and information for those who need it most.

Our vision as a not-for-profit organization, is to provide opportunities to individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We strive to allow everyone living with ASD to have equal opportunities and achieve their fullest potential in life.

What’s happening now?

Autism Awareness for First Responders Course

Canucks Autism Network (CAN)

Autism Network LAC is thrilled to have received Mr. Randy Cook’s certificate of completion of the Autism Awareness for First Responders Course.

This course is provided free through the CAN (Canucks Autism Network) that we have been networking with the provide a more inclusive community to all with exceptionalities.

GNES

Currently ☀️☀️ SOLD OUT ☀️☀️

Neurodiversity ‘Unity‘ candle by Sunday Morning Candle Co.

Support Neurodiversity and local creator with this refreshing charity candle.

Rachael who is local creator and business person in our community, has teamed up with Autism Network LAC to create this beautifully clean, refreshing charity candle.

Just in time for Spring this candle makes you feel like you’re in a spa. Beautiful soft blend of rosemary and mint.

https://www.sundaymorningcandleco.net/

Visit Instagram Sunday Morning Candle Co. to get your Unity candle. Save shipping and arrange porch pick-up. Great opportunity to support local.

♾💙💚💛🧡❤️💜♾

Celebrating Jocelyn’s achievement for 2021!

2021 Graduate – Congratulations Jocelyn!

Please join us in celebrating Jocelyn Vilneff, she has completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in dance (honours) from York University.

Jocelyn invested many hours of her time during this past year completing Co-op assignments to help Autism Network LAC to spread awareness, acceptance and inclusion of neurodiversity within our community.

We’re so proud of her! Thanks Jocelyn.

educatorsrock #graduation2021 #respitecaregiver #volunterwork #leadership #teamworkmakesthedreamwork💯 #asdadvocate #autismadvocate

Ride for Autism – Results for 2021

Rally raises $750 for community awareness

Autism Network LAC thanks you for supporting efforts to bring an inclusive Ride for Autism to our community.

We look forward to 2022, to make this event an even greater success!

Charitable tax receipts will be issued for donations over $20. (awaiting charitable status)

Organization Members

View complete Board of Director list by clicking above link. 👆🏻

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the LACAN board of directors. LACAN is a full volunteer board aimed to assist our community and promote inclusion for everyone.

Lindsay Walsh, Board Member

Hi everyone, my name is Lindsay I’ve accepted a position on the LACAN diverse board of directors.

My son is neurotypical, his name is Archer. We love our boxer named Lyric. Our family has friends of all different abilities and backgrounds. I am dedicated to being an inclusive family as well as a supportive source for our neurodivergent friends.

The decision to accept this diversity position on the LACAN board is an honour. I am delighted to assist in spreading awareness surrounding social inclusion, to teach our children to be good advocates as well as good friends!

Inclusion starts young, it’s learned – we can all be good teachers. Let’s help our youth understand that it’s ok to be different!

Looking forward to an inclusive future with you!

Lindsay Walsh

Ashley Gilbert, Board Member

Ashley is a self-advocate and identifies as neurodiverse. LACAN is thrilled to have her voice on the board of directors.

Ashley gained a great amount of inspiration while being an older sibling to Avery who is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

When growing up, Ashley sensed she was different from her peers, always seeking a real connection and not really sure how to make it happen on her own. She suffered in silence for many years, not understanding what others were laughing and joking about, which was usually aimed towards her and being bullied most of her academic life.

Ashley enjoys artistic work as well as technology. These activities/work help her to reduce the stress and anxiety of social sensory input throughout her day.

After falling through the cracks of a system not built for her, Ashley hopes to continue her education and learning about disability studies and be an advocate for change.


What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts brain development causing most individuals to experience communication difficulty, delayed social interactions, repetitive behaviour and restricted interest in a variety of activities.

The term “spectrum” refers to a continuum of severity. Children and adults with ASD have particular characteristics in common, but the conditions cover a wide spectrum.

Learn more about ASD

To join this private group click the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/273042116909207/?ref=share


Available Resources

Looking for more resources? Here you will find a list of local, provincial, and national support resources that we found helpful in our journey.

List of available resources


Get Involved

Volunteer time, donate supplies or you have a fundraising initiative? These are all good ways to support your community and individuals with autism.

Help your community grow.


Live Stream Links

Check out these resources our families found helpful along their journey. YouTube can be a helpful/educational resource at times. Please share your favourite links!

Contact Us

Looking forward to connecting with you, let us know how we can help:


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