In celebration of autism awareness and acceptance month, we are featuring a series of inspiring personal stories shared by people who identify with having an autism spectrum disorder.

Our first story teller is Jake Anthony, an actor and advocate. You may recognize him as posAbilities’ arts correspondent “Spotlight Jake”, or more recently from his new segment, “The JAKE REPORT with Jake Anthony”.

Jake’s story is housed on the web based story sharing channel, , and he talks about his love of acting and what it has taught him. “Not only did it become a hobby and a job that I love but it really became a big part of who I am…” Have a listen here:


As our arts correspondent, Jake has performed in nearly 20 videos that have been featured on our story blog. His installments range from movie and theatre reviews, to community festivals and events such as the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Project EveryBody Film, Art and Culture Festival and many more!

Last year, Jake reviewed the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) annual family fundraising festival in downtown Vancouver. This event helps raise awareness about autism in our community. CAN will once again be hosting their family festival this Sunday, April 12th from 10:00am-2:30pm at the Jack Poole Plaza. This FREE public event will include a pledged walk, live entertainment, food, family-friendly activities, and the lighting of the cauldron. For more details, please click here.

Stay tuned for more videos from Jake and in the meantime, be sure to check him out on Facebook or on Twitter @spotlightjake !