Get active for autism
Fundraiser planned for Carbonear on Oct. 23
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.