April turns blue for Autism Awareness
In April, Rachel’s Kids invites the community to light it up blue for Autism Awareness Month.
“Let Your Blue Shine Through” is a new Rachel’s Kids initiative chaired by Kalem Payment, a 13year-old who was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at the age of 3. But that label never defined him. He is extremely funny, energetic, has a great big heart and loves people and the spotlight.
“We have known Kalem from a very young age and have seen how determination and perseverance can have such a positive outcome for someone on the autism spectrum,” says Kim Lauzon, Rachel’s Kids Executive Director. “When we decided to launch this very special initiative,
we could not have imagined a better person to represent Rachel’s Kids. He lights up a room with his outgoing personality, his vibrant laugh and his kind heart.”
In “light” of this initiative,
Rachel’s Kids is selling autism Tshirts, blue porch lights, and beautiful hand-crafted autism bracelets.
All proceeds will go to Rachel’s Kids House of Hope, a centre which provides resources for local families caring for a child with special needs, critical illness and much more. It’s also a safe haven for children to learn and flourish through a splatter paint room, community room and sensory room where you’ll find an array of specialized equipment that encourages development through play.
Autism merchandise can be purchased at Rachel’s Kids at 850 Boundary Rd., Cornwall, or by calling 613-933-3946.
If you see Kalem out in the community, make sure to say, “Hi,” shake his hand, give him a high five or maybe a great big hug! He loves those.
RAISING AWARENESS: Kalem Payment displaying merchandise used to promote Autism Awareness Month.