Project Autism was initially created out of need in 2013. Families were disconnected, struggling to find connections - social opportunities, resources, sports and educational programs that were both inclusive and organic. The programs and opportunities that were available, always came with a high price tag or a huge wait list. The answer was simple, if everyone cared for community and not just the individual, then community would thrive. We then in truth would build a sustainable community that will have a direct long-term positive impact on families.
Therefore, what we do today and tomorrow, does 100% matter to all our children, young adults and older community members . It is all about the building relationships, providing positive opportunities, that include social connections, and work related futures.
We asked the question. What would YOU do?
The answer was simple - create community networks, a grassroots association that worked from the roots up. Build relationships with businesses, schools, charities, politicians, and community members. Consistently work with like-minded individuals, families, friends and supporters, while empowering the whole community to listen, learn, grow and create.
"We need to be inclusive, supportive, and engaging while building awareness and be willing to stand up for all members in our communities," says Judith Elaine, our Halton community coordinator.
I am honoured to tell you that our programs are open to everyone, no matter the label and collectively, we have created over 468 FREE programs. This includes, workshops, classes, sports and educational for our communities not only in Halton but also in York region.