Get ac­tive for autism

Fundraiser planned for Car­bon­ear on Oct. 23

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Oc­to­ber is Autism Aware­ness Month in Canada. We en­cour­age all Cana­di­ans to learn more about this com­plex con­di­tion, which af­fects many in­di­vid­u­als, their fam­i­lies, friends and care­givers. The cur­rent numbers in New­found­land and Labrador alone are 1 in 110.

The symp­toms of autism cover a broad range. They can be mild to se­vere and may re­sult in prob­lems with so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and be­hav­iour. While there have been im­por­tant ad­vance­ments in the way we care for and ed­u­cate peo­ple with autism, more re­search needs to be done so that we can learn more about autism’s causes and de­velop bet­ter treat­ments and in­ter­ven­tions.

Dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber, the Trinity Con­cep­tion Placentia Chap­ter (TCP) of the Autism So­ci­ety of New­found­land and Labrador will hold sev­eral aware­ness events in our com­mu­ni­ties. The most prom­i­nent be­ing theAc­tive for Autism Walk 2011, tak­ing place Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Re­cre­ation Com­plex in Car­bon­ear.

This event is an an­nual event held across the prov­ince at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, aimed at rais­ing aware­ness and in­creas­ing un­der­stand­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties. This will be the sec­ond year for the walk in Car­bon­ear.

Last year, the TCP chap­ter raised $4,500 in just over a week of prepa­ra­tion time. This year, we are hop­ing to dou­ble our ef­forts. The money from the Car­bon­ear leg of the walk stay right here in the TCP area, to as­sist in or­ga­niz­ing sup­port groups, fam­ily events and pro­gram­ming for in­di­vid­u­als with autism and their fam­i­lies.

With the re­cent ex­pan­sion of ASNL’s re­gional of­fices to Cor­ner Brook, we firmly be­lieve that TCP is the next in line for an of­fice space, and a ded­i­cated staff mem­ber to move autism sup­ports and ser­vices for­ward out here around the bay.

The num­ber of fam­i­lies af­fected by Autism in the TCP ser­vice area is grow­ing steadily, and we have only scratched the sur­face on the num­ber of those in­di­vid­u­als we’ve reached out to. It is our hope that, mov­ing for­ward, we will be able to in­crease our fundrais­ing suc­cess, have a ded­i­cated staff mem­ber to serve these fam­i­lies, and in­crease our outreach to im­prove the lives of those af­fected by autism in our own back­yards.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Ac­tive for Autism Walk, call 5822111, or email ad­min@tc­pautism.com.

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