Laurel Celebrates World Autism Awareness Month

Contributed by Vania Huang As you may have heard, April is World Autism Awareness Month! In light of this month-long celebration, we thought it would be appropriate to let you get to know our Laurel Behaviour Support Services team a bit better and celebrate with some thoughts and photos. Through this, we hope that our message of inclusion will reach more people and raise greater awareness about autism. If you have a friend or family member with autism, or if...

Introducing inGIRLSCLUB

Everyone wants to feel like they belong – to have a group, a club, a squad, a posse, a tribe, some homegirls, besties, BFFs… a circle that is just theirs. Girls club is that. GIRLS CLUB is an inclusive club for girls with autism and related disorders, regardless of required supports. The aim of this club is to foster fun, community, friendships, play, and “big sister-little sister” connections. It’s a place of acceptance without judgement, and relaxation without barriers, where parents...

Comic Crushes Stereotypes About Autism Spectrum

Contributed by Vania Huang April is World Autism Awareness Month! In the following weeks, we’ll be sharing stories about the autism experience and hopefully break down some barriers to understanding the spectrum. One artist named Rebecca Burgess has created a comic that strives to do this through a series of creative drawings, narrated by the character Archie. She explained to The Mighty in an email, “I want people to understand that autistic people don’t all fit a stereotype, and show people the consequences...

One Man’s Story

Mark Walser | Celebrating 25 Years of Service Welcome guest blogger Mark Walser, one of our longest serving team members. What does it take to engage someone in a lifetime of community-based support services? Could it be education, opportunities for growth and development, personal connections or something more? Keep reading to discover the unique twists and turns of Mark’s journey, and celebrate his contributions with us. When I think about that question my thoughts go way back for me. Back...

Not Special Needs | World Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down Syndrome Day! Every year, WDSD is observed on the 21st day of the 3rd month to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome. We invite you to share this video with your friends and family to celebrate inclusive communities that recognize the things which make each of us unique. You can follow the movement and share your stories on social media via #NotSpecialNeeds and learn more at http://www.notspecialneeds.com/.