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.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.