On March 30 and 31st, 2015, leaders from Canada’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Community met in Ottawa for the first Canadian ASD Leadership Summit. More than 165 individuals attended the summit and heard 28 presentations on the most promising practices and programs in Canada. The summit was opened by the Honourable Candice Bergen and attended by the Honourable Mike Lake and Senator Jim Munson. There was a lot of media attention over both days.
Several staff from The Ability Hub attended the session and felt honoured to be included and inspired by the enthusiasm captured in one room! We walked away with an amazing amount of information, wonderful connections and a deep motivation to keep the initiatives flowing.
On April 1st, there was a World Autism Awareness Day event held on the steps of the Parliament building. Nicholas Sicard, an amazing young man with autism, spoke inspirationally about his experiences as a person with ASD. The Honourable Mike Lake, Senator Jim Munson, and Mr. Claude Gravelle MP, each addressed the crowd in a non-partisan effort to support WAAD. To cap off an amazing 3 days in Ottawa, The Sinneave Family Foundation and The Pacific Autism Family Centre sponsored lighting Parliament up blue.
On April 2nd, hundreds of Calgarians impacted by ASD attended an event at Olympic Plaza. Bouncy houses, treats, food trucks, bubble blowing, music and a visit from Mayor Nenshi made for a fun and memorable afternoon.
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