April turns blue for Autism Aware­ness

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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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

RAIS­ING AWARE­NESS: Kalem Pay­ment dis­play­ing merchandis­e used to pro­mote Autism Aware­ness Month.

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