Give for good: Autism Edmonton

Paul Verhesen, past president & CEO of Clark Builders, brings strategic insights to KV

Autism Edmonton, previously known as the Autism Society of Edmonton Area, was established 50 years ago and is one of the longest-serving autism organizations in the province.

Providing the support and groundwork for individuals living with autism to reach their full potential builds a more accepting, vibrant, and cohesive community.

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Olivia Moore

August 22, 2022

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It takes a village

Autism Edmonton, previously known as the Autism Society of Edmonton Area, was established 50 years ago and is one of the longest-serving autism organizations in the province. Created in 1971 to support the community in and around Edmonton, Autism Edmonton was established by a group of dedicated parents of individuals with autism as a means of coming together and empowering one another through their firsthand understanding of the ever-changing need for availability of support and resources.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave. Autism is known as a ‘spectrum disorder’ because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. People with ASD have difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviours.
–National Institute of Mental Health

Providing the support and groundwork for individuals living with autism to reach their full potential builds a more accepting, vibrant, and cohesive community. KV Capital is proud to support Autism Edmonton’s ultimate mission of enhancing the lives of people on the autism spectrum, through knowledge, services, and inclusive opportunities.

Cultivating an inclusive community

Autism Edmonton continues to serve Edmonton and the surrounding area based on three distinct pillars: community support and services, advocacy, and knowledge and education. Autism Edmonton actions their pillars and priorities through a variety of services and programs, serving individuals of all ages and abilities across the autism spectrum.

How?

·      Pre- and post-diagnosis support

·      Connection to resources and specialists

·      Enrichment of respite for children and youth(providing 4500+ hours of respite annually)

·      Social and peer support groups for adults on the spectrum and their families

·      Educational presentations (collaborating with local businesses to raise autism understanding and acceptance)

·      Tailored support that continually adapts to the needs of each person

No matter the individual’s stage of life or diagnosis, Autism Edmonton is committed to empowering individuals living with autism.

How you can help

With growth comes change, and as Autism Edmonton continues to grow, they must continuously adapt and strategize for the best ways to serve the local community.
This year is particularly special, as Autism Edmonton celebrates their 50anniversary. Opening Doors for Autism, happening October 21, 2022, at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, is a gala and silent auction to raise awareness and funds to support individuals living on the autism spectrum and their families. The goal of the vent ties directly back to Autism’s Edmonton vision of creating a reality where all people on the autism spectrum have a life full of possibilities. Tickets to Opening Doors for Autism are currently on sale, and online auction bidding—with proceeds going to those living with autism in the Edmonton area—opens October 3, 2022.

Events like Opening Doors for Autism are integral to the work Autism Edmonton does and allows them to continue providing vital supports to those who are in the greatest need. If you would like to participate in Opening Doors for Autism gala, click here to purchase your ticket.

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