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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
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Autism Awareness Fundraiser nets enough for pallet’able art project

Photo from The Napanee Beaver

Autism Awareness fundraisers nets enough to cover cost of pallet’able art installation

Check out the most recent article in the local newspaper The Napanee Beaver.

We are so proud of the success in raising enough funds to go towards an inclusion project for the community.

We have been so fortunate to partner with Community Living Lennox and Addington on this project. Barb Fabius has many years of experience to help us get this project right. We couldn’t be more pleased to have their support.

Mandy

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Meet Our Newest Director/Associate Member Sarah Fisher

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

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October’s Autism Awareness Month ‘Feature Friday’ comes to an end this week.

‘Changing the Face of Autism in our Community.’
As pictured above, 1 in 4 persons diagnosed on the spectrum are female, and 1 in 66 individuals in Canada are diagnosed with ASD.

As October’s end is nearing, I’d like to leave you with final thoughts of our campaign aimed at awareness of individuals living within the autism spectrum. Although it goes without saying, we don’t need a campaign to spread awareness, however it has provided a great opportunity to engage with local businesses, media and residents who may not have been aware of autism and how greatly it affects our community every day.

I’ve had a chance over the last few weeks to reflect on the many achievements our community has brought forth in this short month.

The Morningstar Mission has continued to serve hot meals for many individuals in our community who otherwise would not have seen a warm meal over the holidays and beyond.

The list of volunteers who cook, package and deliver these meals is never short of volunteers, which is heartwarming.

I have observed our community working tirelessly to social distance and endeavour to remain close to their friends during these challenging times. Spirits remain high, which I believe reflects strongly on the leadership our community is providing.

Our local businesses continue to show us the value of shopping local, which I believe is the heart and soul of our community.

Our elected officials continue to work hard to maintain a safe place for us to live, work and play.

I am thankful for all of these things.

I am even more thankful for community, I am never disappointed with the show of support for its people. This is the Second Annual Autism Awareness Month the Town of Greater Napanee has seen. Our community has raised the bar of awareness for ASD.

I observed diversity supporting posters, blue lightbulbs, radio announcements, social media postings all from YOU the community.

This fills my heart with joy!

The first step is to be aware, 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.

Hank, Alexandria, Noah and Justin are just a few of the extrordinary individuals living in our community with ASD.

As pictured above, 1 in 4 persons diagnosed on the spectrum are female, and 1 in 66 individuals in Canada are diagnosed with ASD.

Autism Facts:

*The 2018 National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System (NASS) Report estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 66 children in Canada. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.

*An estimated 50,000 teens with autism become adults – and lose school-based autism services – each year.

*Around one third of people with autism remain nonverbal.

*Around one third of people with autism have an intellectual disability.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the above-mentioned persons because without their contribution in this project it would not have been possible. I believe our lives would be a little less sparkly!

Mandy

Special mention goes to Becky Hinch Photography, for making these portraits possible. By contributing her time and talent in such an amazing way this campaign allowed us to raise awareness of ASD in a beautiful way. Thank you for making our community a better place!

If you want to see more of her great work, check out the Facebook link attached below.

https://www.facebook.com/beckyhinchphotography/

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Autism Network LAC – Exclusive

November Issue – Reflecting on what happened in November 2020.

LACAN partnered with Kate from Lennox & Addington Libraries during the month of November to create a holiday music video. We hope everyone can enjoy it all December long!

We can barely contain our excitement as we anticipate the release of the holiday dance video!🎅🏻🎄☃️❄️

COMING SOON!

We hope you, your family and friends enjoy this video as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.

This girl brings light to every room!

“The Hub” located downtown Napanee, Dundas Street. Stop in and see what they have.

Famous for their local fudge and handmade works-of-art. Also great to know, there is NO TAX on anything you purchase at the Hub. All proceeds go directly back into our community.

Visit the Hub and find something special for those hard to buy for people in your life. Something for everyone.

By shopping at The Hub you will assist in supporting your local community, and at the same time, be promoting equal work opportunities for our vulnerable persons population.

Neurodiversity Project Underway in partnership with Community Living Lennox & Addington.

Inclusion Pallet’able Art Project

LACAN is excited to be working on a project with the Town of Napanee, the Arts Council on an inclusion and diversity project.

Good things happening in our community.

We hope to share more details as they become available. What we do know, is the funds raised at October’s Autism Awareness DiscoBall Rollerskating event, will be enough to see this project through to the finish-line. Come-on Spring 2021!

Awareness signage installed in local neighbourhood.

Awareness signage – thanks to our community!

Signage for “child with autism” was installed in the community to assist in raising awareness to local traffic. Aimed to alert 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.

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

Stapley says she is merely “taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of my 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.”

LACAN shares in the excitement of this gesture of “inclusion”, it has made an impact.

LACAN extends their gratitude and thank you to everyone who took involvement to make this act of inclusion happen.

LACAN’s Sensory Friendly Alpaca Adventure with Hickory Lane Alpacas was a huge success.

During LACAN’s visit to Hickory Lanes Alpacas on November 14, 2020 our experience on the farm was unforgettable!

Making new friends.

Hickory Lane Alpacas had a relaxing peaceful presence we all couldn’t put our fingers on. Later I came to realize it was the heart and soul of this farm and all their hard work that made it such a beautiful place to be. Everyone chipped in even the youngest family members did their part!

Jocelyn couldn’t contain her excitement for this sweet baby goat.

Most people took an opportunity to feed the alpacas while other chose to hold the miniature baby goat!

Each alpaca really did have their very own unique personality! Like Jocelyn said last month, their haircuts are quite fun, and we all believe everyone in our community should get to experience this enchanting farm.

Great photo – submitted by a friend who joined us at the farm!

**Trips to the farm are free. Although Hickory Lane Alpaca humbly accepts donations for visiting to help provide for their animals.**

Are you interested in volunteering at one of our events? Do you have pictures you’d like to share? Please tag us on Facebook : @autismLAC

Questions: contact us at: mailto:lac.autismnetwork@gmail.com