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Since 2008, the Canucks for Kids Fund has supported and generously donated to the Canucks Autism Network (CAN), which embraces individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in British Columbia.

CAN’s goal is to provide year-round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, social and vocational programs to families living with autism, while building awareness and capacity through community networks across the province. All programs and activities are catered to the unique abilities of the participants and are provided in a safe and supportive environment.

Below is a list of the programs and activities offered at the Canucks Autism Network:

I CAN Play Series:

  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Skating
  • Biking
  • Fitness

Social and Vocational:

  • Elementary school program that raises autism awareness • Social clubs
  • Job preparation & Work experience

Family Activities

  • Carnival days
  • Movie Nights
  • Camp
  • Family Skate
  • Ghost Train

In addition to programs and activities, the Canucks Autism Network provides members with access to its Provincial Resource Centre, which includes an expanding collection of autism-related books, games and DVDS for children, parents, teachers and caregivers. As a means of generating awareness and encouraging inclusion, CAN participates in a variety of events throughout the community including the Annual World Autism Awareness Day.

Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder resulting in dysfunctional communication, impaired social interaction, unusual, repetitive behaviours and restricted activities and interests. Today, 1 in 93 individuals are diagnosed with autism making it more common than paediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls.

For more information please visit the CAN website at: www.canucksautism.ca.