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...

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/.

Pink Shirts for Change

Contributed by Vania Huang Happy Pink Shirt Day, everyone! For those who can’t seem to figure out why everyone is wearing pink today, Pink Shirt Day is an annual event coordinated by CKNW Orphan’s Fund that aims to raise awareness and support anti-bullying initiatives. The idea for Pink Shirt Day was actually started by two high school students from Nova Scotia. According to the Pink Shirt Day website, Here is a snippet of the Globe & Mail article that inspired...

Aegis Sings and Signs

Contributed by Vania Huang Every Friday at Aegis, the building is filled with the sound of music and laughter as people come to gather and “learn American sign language through the magic of music.” Since November 2016, a small group of staff and persons served have been teaching songs in ASL to two classes at Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary School in New Westminster. Last week, we were blessed with not one, but two, live performances by our brilliant Sing and Sign group....