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...

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....