Autism Edmonton Newsletter – June 2021
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Thank you for considering volunteering with Autism Edmonton! Volunteering with us means you will be part of a dedicated and passionate team who want to see every individual on the autism spectrum have a life full of possibilities!
We value our volunteers and consider them an integral part of our organization.
We are always wanting to grow our Autism Edmonton family with great people. We have tons of ways individuals can use their skills to give back. We have openings in administration, on our board, with the programs we provide, and opportunities at our very fun and exciting events. At Autism Edmonton, the value of your commitment is recognized not just by the agency, but by the families and individuals we serve. They truly are grateful for the additional support volunteers like you provide.
We appreciated meeting with other parents, as we did not feel alone, with our troubles.
As parents, we felt so supported and validated when we took part in the Parents of Adults discussion. The struggles are real and networking to support families is so important. We are grateful for the expertise of guest speakers that come out to help parents navigate options for their child.
We had a lot of fun last year with Elliot's team Golden Hearts and we would love to do it again this year.
I think Occasio Junior is a good fit for us because my child needs more exposure to peers and the opportunity to make friends. It’s also important to me that he learns independence and life skills. I know it will take him longer than a typical child to learn these things, so having the opportunity to be exposed to these types of situations over an extended period gives me much more hope for his future.
My son Thomas is new to the League and has been able to attend a handful of events. One thing that I think is really great is those who join can pick and choose their events and there is absolutely NO pressure to attend …it’s the last thing those on the spectrum need - they feel it enough in their everyday lives! One thing that has been a blessing for Thomas is through the League he has gotten his very first job!
The events and opportunities afforded to me by the Autism Society are great. As an example, I was unaware of a place in Edmonton that taught cooking and allowed you to eat the meals you created. I never thought I was looking for that, but it was a great experience, nonetheless.
I've tried many groups for support. The League is hands down the best. I've made friends and have gotten support and understanding of my disability. As well how to manage. I love the League.
The League is an inclusive environment where being my autistic self is no longer my worry. In a world where I constantly contrast my experiences of how I interact with how others expect me to interact, it's nice to enjoy a group of people, safe in the knowledge that I will be asked about it if anyone has a problem; it's a group where I only have to worry about enjoying myself.