So Colin, what’s it all abOUT?

Contributed by Colin Darge & edited by Francis Heng   Colin Darge is a gay man with diverse abilities. He is the co-founder of abOUT, a social and support group for LGBTQ+ people labeled with Intellectual Disabilities. Colin lives in Vancouver and spends a lot of his time on the computer connecting with other people with Williams Syndrome. abOUT can be reached through Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/aboutvancouver. On July 19, the group that I co-founded called abOUT hosted our very first...

A Different Perspective Art Show

Contributed by Danzante, Support Worker, Supported Living Network My name is Danzante and I am a Support Worker for posAbilities’ Supported Living Network, a job in which I get to work with a really diverse and interesting group of people. I recently had the good fortune to help someone create his own art show.  The show is called “Gregory Grant: A Different Perspective” and it is currently hanging at Joe’s Table Cafe (5021 Kingsway).  It really is an amazing show, full...

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...