The “I Can” Initiative offers 6 week programs designed to increase social interaction, learning and development for children and young adults as well as their siblings.
The kids are back!! iCAN work with wood was our first class - the focus was to create a fun and functional piece of art. Mr Padam, our instructor for the evening explained what a carpenter does in the workforce and why working with your hands is so important. He spoke to the class about all the different styles of carpentry, what tools we could see and how we would use them. It was a great class, very quiet. Everyone worked together, lots of happy smiles while sanding, glueing, drilling, and painting their creations.
ICAN juniors first class was a total success. The theme for this February session was L-O-V-E 💕 - love for pets, people, trains and even the colours and textures. “love comes in many forms and shapes and we need to celebrate it”, says Ms Jenna and Ms Jaspreet. Activities like, floor time, reading, social play, crafts all centred around this topic and at the JOy Of Learning Centre all you could hear was the sounds of laughter and happiness.
Another amazing year! It is hard to believe that we have completed over 420 programs, workshops, sports and dancing events in total. Our York region and Halton/Peel communities are thriving and we cannot be prouder!! 2018 is a new year and the best time to renew your dictionary of life. Let's all remove words like jealousy, hate, anger, ignorance, from our dictionary and put words like love, acceptance, compassion, honesty and community in their place. We have proved it - Together we can and do make a difference!
Yesterday was our junior and senior potter class at ‘Medium Art Studio’ in Burlington. Creativity, laughter, happiness filled the studio and everyone had a chance to work and design together. We made ornaments for families, presents for teachers, fun pottery pieces that brighten anyone’s day.
Next Step - work training program was a great success. Today I want to take the time to thank WORK SAFE Training Inc. for opening their doors and taking the time to train our youth on safety in the work environment. Listening and learning are the perks of being a Project Autism volunteer. Between you and me, knowledge is power :) So this week I watched them do full safety checks on themselves, their environment and the equipment/trucks they were using. It was amazing to see everyone in action. 100% Then the students operate large machinery. Yes, you read that sentence correctly - operated large machinery. They each learned how to drive these huge machines and I was amazed at how good they each were. They remembered all the steps and were able to move forward, backwards, pickup, lift, lower, and stop. This session is a great reminder for us all - The only limits you set are in your mind.
Project Autism in the news! Project Autism Judith Elaine with MPP Kevin Flynn at the Autism Job Club Conference 2017 discussing the importance of sustainability and helping our young adults get employment.