About the network

The Lennox & Addington County Autism Network is a volunteer, parent-led support group for all individuals and their loved ones with exceptionalities.

Our mission is to provide full transparency as we support our local community, fellow agencies and partners to provide resources, support and information for those in need.

Our vision continues to promote that of a not-for-profit organization. We are here to provide opportunities to individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. (ASD)

It is our greatest hope to allow everyone living with ASD to achieve their fullest potential in life.

Sitting on your Board of Directors

Mandy Stapley:

Founder/President

My name is Mandy Stapley, I reside in the Town of Greater Napanee. I am a single mother to my son, Hank, who lives with severe autism (non-verbal) or otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Hank’s birth was “normal,” full-term no complications and considered natural.

I quickly sought a referral to a Paediatric doctor when Hank was nearing 18-months old. I had a strong feeling he wasn’t meeting typical milestones for children of his age.

It was a long and difficult journey, that left me feeling like I was navigating blindly. I felt helpless, scared, alone, defeated and like a failure as a mother.

I found myself reaching for any and all information about autism I could get my hands on. I had to put trust into the professionals in their field and I began to trust my “gut” feelings when it came to mothering a non-verbal child.

Hank required tubes at 24-months, after an Audiologist specialist determined Hank was hearing impaired. 

Hank received surgery for tubes, and was diagnosed with ASD shortly thereafter.

Hank began an intense behavioural intervention (IBI) program with the Maltby Centre located in Kingston, Ontario at the age of 5 years old. Hank, like many children, waited on a list for nearly 3 years for this therapy.

During Hank’s treatment, he began using Picture Exchange Communication (PECs) as a form of communication. Hank’s communication flourished and he upgraded to an iPad with a Proloquo2go app, known as an augmentative communication device.

It was during this time, I began to reach out to my community to connect with like parents with unique yet similar situations.

This lead to the creation of a network to serve our community and help each other.

Thank you for your support and kind messages! Together we can make a difference in our community, province and with hopes, our nation.