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Autism Network LAC Exclusive – April Newsletter

What have we been up to all Winter?

We have been working behind the scenes this winter to make sure our community knows how much we support autism awareness and acceptance. We might not have been able to be together in person, but that doesn’t mean we stop thinking of ways to support you from a distance. Spring is here and we couldn’t be more excited to get outside and with hopes, see some of you soon!

Below is a list of the exciting things we’ve been up to over the past few months.

Autism Network LAC provided tablets to assist students with communication barriers

Autism Network LAC presented and donated local schools in the Limestone District School Board with 14 Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices. These devices promote communication for those in the school to community classrooms. This opportunity was made possible by a contest opportunity through Autism Speaks Canada and Samsung. Autism Network LAC was proud to have been awarded these devices for our community schools.

The Napanee Beaver exclusive

Autism Network LAC and Community Living L&A donated Autism Sensory Support Kits to local organizations

Autism Network LAC and Community Living L&A provided 30 Autism Canada Sensory Support Kits to organizations within the Lennox & Addington County. The recipients of these kits are: Provincial Police (O.P.P.), Greater Napanee Emergency Services (GNES), L&A Emergency Services, Lennox and Addington Resources for Children (LARC), Limestone District School Board (LDSB), Community Living L&A (CLLA), L&A library and L&A Hospital triage department.

These above-mentioned agencies welcomed sensory support kits along with valuable information as an additional tool to support a variety of situations.

This project would not have been possible without the support of our partner Community Living Lennox & Addington as well as our sponsors, Jamie & Jaclyn’s No Frills and L&A Mutual Insurance Co. and Community Living L&A.

Sensory Support Kits to First Responders – The Napanee Beaver exclusive

Autism Awareness and partnerships with local makers

Autism Network LAC teamed up with local makers and businesses to promote awareness initiatives during World Autism Awareness Day April 2, 2021. Through partnering with local makers, we hope to expand community knowledge of autism while supporting local.

To date, we’ve been fortunate enough to team up with Wanderbird. This hard working entrepreneur used her creative energy to present us with the perfect spring Neurodiversity bracelet. Delicate, fresh and supportive! Thank you Wanderbird!

Wanderbird has generously offered to donate $5 from every bracelet sold to support LACAN’s awareness and program initiatives.

Wanderbird

GelMoment Autism Awareness Party with Autism Network LAC

GelMoment Autism Awareness Party with Autism Network LAC on Facebook, join our party for your chance to win free giveaways. This party allows for our community to support our awareness campaign as well as a local community member running an independent business.

https://fb.me/e/1cBqwUvXH

Gelmoment Nails by Andrea

LEGO Builders Club – Social Group for teens, young adults and LEGO enthusiasts

Autism Network LAC is currently seeking volunteers to participate in a rewarding LEGO Building Program(s). This group will aim to run between 4-6 weeks with a commitment of 1 hour per week.

Volunteers will be responsible for providing mentoring, peer-modelling, assisting with engineering LEGO projects.

Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact Autism Network LAC by email: lac.autismnetwork@gmail.com.

LEGO Builders

World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2021

Communities around the world will come together on April 2nd to recognize autistic individuals and those who love and support them.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that has been steadily been gaining more understanding globally. This important day of recognition aims to further increase and develop world knowledge of children and adults on the autism spectrum. World Autism Awareness Day is a day to celebrate the talents of autistic individuals, while focussing on embracing and welcoming these diverse skills everyday.

Celebrating World Autism Day
World Autism Awareness Day Video
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World Autism Awareness Day

Fourteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2021. Communities around the world come together on April 2nd to recognize autistic individuals and those who love and support them.

Celebrate differences

World Autism Awareness Day spotlights hurdles autistic individuals and others living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face daily. As a growing global healthdisorder it’s increasingly gaining more exposure in the press.

ASD is a neurological disorder that has been steadily been gaining more understanding globally. This important day of recognition aims to further increase and develop world knowledge of children and adults on theautism spectrum. World Autism Awareness Day is a day to celebrate the talents of autistic individuals, while focussing on embracing and welcoming these diverse skills everyday.

Please share this short animated video to educate those you around you to understand some of the differences people face all around us everyday. 

AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN –Alexander Amelines. (Autism explanation animated 4 minutes)

Amazing things happen, by Alexander Amelines

Sesame Street – Meet Julia. She is autistic. (Younger explanation 10 minutes)

Sesame Street – Meet Julia (Autistic representation)

https://youtu.be/dKCdV20zLMs

Autism Network LAC would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to learn more about autism and by doing this it will hopefully create a more inclusive world for those we love and care about. 

Autism Network LAC

Our dedicated volunteers
Facebook: Autism Network LAC
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Autism Sensory Support Kits

Autism Network LAC in partnership with Community Living Lennox and Addington helped to provide local Emergency Services Autism Canada Sensory Support Kits to aid in assisting those through challenging traumatic experiences with a few more tools under their belts.

Without the support of the following sponsors this project would not have been possible:

L&A Mutual Insurance Co.

Jamie & Jaclyn’s No Frills

Community Living Lennox and Addington.

Town of Greater Napanee
LARC
Emergency Services
Libraries Lennox and Addington

The Napanee Beaver’s full story below: 👇🏻👇🏻

Full story by The Napanee Beaver
Autism Canada Sensory Support Kit
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Shirt Sale in support of an adult Music Therapy Group

We just launched a shirt sale to support our efforts to bring an adult Musical Therapy Group into our community.

This group will support those with exceptionalities and challenges in communication.

It will also foster peer and social interaction with the gift of song. We hope to encourage healthy relationship and good mental health.

To join our movement in supporting neurodiversity check our shirt selection.

https://www.bonfire.com/autism-network-lac-shirt-sale/

Neurodiversity movement
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The HUB – Community Living Lennox & Addington County

Shop local to support our community

Tonight is the downtown Napanee shopping event!

Don’t miss this opportunity to get everything on your holiday wish-list.

You need to know – There is no tax on items you purchase while visiting The Hub! 

LACAN supports equal work opportunities for the vulnerable persons population. All proceeds go directly back to our community.

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HOLIDAY DANCE VIDEO – created by Lennox & Addington County Library OutReach Services

Autism Network LAC had so much fun participating in this holiday dance video, created and produced by Kate from the Lennox & Addington County Libraries. We hope this video brings joy to your holidays this season.

“In a world where you can be anything, choose to be kind.” – Unknown

From our family to yours, have a safe and happy holiday season.

Holiday video – Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Visit Lennox & Addington County Libraries to see more of their great videos!

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Sensory Friendly Alpaca Adventure with Hickory Lane Alpacas

Hosted by Hickory Lane Aplacas

Huge shoutout to Hickory Lane Alpacas for hosting this sensory friendly event.

LACAN – Autism Network LAC

Thank you Jamie&Jaclyn’s No Frills Napanee for their generous donation to the farm. As well as Milk And Cookies Cafe for donating 60 Alpaca rainbow cookies as a gift for those visiting the farm this date.

Jamie & Jaclyn’s No Frills, Napanee

This event was such a hit! Beautiful people coming together to enjoy a fantastic day.

Milk & Cookies Cafe

If you were able to join us today and have photos please share, we want to see how much fun you had!

Tag us on Facebook using @ autismnetworkLAC or Instagram autism_network_lac

Sensory friendly event made possible by supportive local business’

Hickory Lane Alpacas
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Awareness Signage installed-Raising awareness in local neighbourhood.

Mother/Autism Advocate, Mandy Stapley.

Awareness efforts to support ASD in our local community of Napanee, Ontario.

Signage for “child with autism” was installed on our street to assist in raising awareness to local traffic. Aimed to caution drivers to take extra caution, as some children living on the autism spectrum do not recognize road dangers or road safety as easily as quickly as others.

I have been working with the Town of Greater Napanee roads department, and Marg Isbester – Mayor of Greater Napanee in advocating for this important sign in hopes to generate ASD awareness in our neighbourhood.

This is the face of a determined Mom, taking necessary steps to ensure the safety of her child who struggles with awareness of road safety.

This is what advocacy looks like. It takes time, patience and a whole lot of faith in your community.

I’d like to share my excitement with this gesture of inclusion, it has made an impact in my life. Thank you to everyone involved to make this happen.

autismawarenessadvocates #autismawareness #autism #inclusion #asd #asdfamily #autismeducation #neurodiversity #

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November Newsletter 2020

LACAN – Exclusive

It was a very exciting October as our local community came together to raise awareness for Canadian Autism Awareness Month.

Sensory Friendly Alpaca Adventure. Saturday, November 14, 2020 @ 12pm.

Alpaca Adventure November 14, 2020

Here’s what Jocelyn had to say about her experience during a visit to Hickory Lane Alpacas on October 25, 2020:

“I has so much fun participating in the sunset yoga at Hickory Lane Alpacas last weekend. I felt so relaxed on the farm, it was so quiet, peaceful and the animals had this calming effect on me. There were many different animals there including: a horse, alpacas, pigs and almost every type of bird I could imagine.

I was allowed to pet and feed the alpacas and hold a baby goat! An interesting fact about the farm, is that each alpaca has a unique haircut to match their personality. This made me smile the entire time I was there.

I really believe everyone should experience this hidden gem in our community.”

-Jocelyn

https://fb.me/e/1JupkKvjn

*Hickory Lane Alpacas, admission is free, however, they do accept friendly donations.

To assist us with spacing and numbers feel free to RSVP by email at: mailto:lac.autismnetwork@gmail.com or check “going” on the event page.

LACAN welcomes Sarah Fisher, Director/Associate as newest Member

Sarah has been involved with the community for a number of years and we are very excited to have her knowledge, experience and positive attitude with us at LACAN. Please join us in welcoming Sarah to our team.

Director/Associate Member

“My name is Sarah Fisher, I reside in the Town of Greater Napanee. My son is 15 years old and he lives on the autism spectrum.

Our journey has been adventurous in getting to where we are today. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you, and the network to help advocate for positive change in our community. 

We were given an opportunity to work with Queen’s Psychology Clinic, who are remarkable in advocating for kiddos on the spectrum. The continous gratitude we feel has no words.

For 15 years I have worked with the vulnerable persons population. My career blends well with our personal values and ethics. Not only as a family,  as an individual. 

Today I am pleased to announce my partnership with LACAN as we advocate in commitment to educate the community about autism and those on the spectrum.

Looking forward to joining our community in neurodiversity.”

Sarah

Awareness Campaign to support ASD

Changing the Face of Autism in Our Community

Awareness Campaign

This year was the Second Annual Autism Awareness Month the Town of Greater Napanee has supported. Our community has raised the bar of awareness for ASD.

We observed diversity supporting posters, blue lightbulbs, radio announcements and social media postings from you–all in the community.

The first step is to be aware the second step is to understand. Understanding leads to education and inclusion.

LACAN’s awareness campaign has begun to shine a light on a spectrum that lives right here in our town.

https://lacautismnetwork.com/2020/10/30/octobers-autism-awareness-month-feature-friday-comes-to-an-end-this-week/

Are you interested in volunteering at one of our events? Do you have photos or stories you’d like to share with us?

Contact us: lac.autismnetwork@gmail.com

@lacautismnetwork