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Teen & Young Adult Programs


We are excited to provide programs for young adults living with autism. Below is an overview of the programs we currently offer.

I CAN SWim for teens & Young Adults (13+YRS)

Young Adults

The purpose of this program is to teach swimming and basic water safety skills to young adults with autism in a safe and supportive environment. It is hoped that the skills developed in this program will assist participants to enjoy a lifetime of fun and safe water activities. Additional information about this program is available on the I CAN Swim webpage.

WEEKLY SOCIAL GROUP (13-17YRS, 18-30YRS)

The purpose of the Weekly Social Group is to offer the opportunity for teens and young adults with autism to get together and have a good time in a safe and supportive environment. The Weekly Social Group is intended to provide fun activities within a social context, where participants are encouraged to get to know each other and build peer relationships.
Additional information about this program is available on the Weekly Social Group webpage.

I CAN GET FIT (14+YRS)
The purpose of the I CAN Get Fit program is to teach youth and young adults with autism how to use a fitness facility in a safe and supportive environment. The program focuses on basic skills such as learning to use cardio and weight machines, and provides an introduction to gym etiquette. In addition, participants will be encouraged to build independence and fitness skills that can be maintained outside the program.
Additional information about this program can be found on I CAN Get Fit webpage.

I can volunteer (16+YRS)

The purpose of I CAN Volunteer is to provide opportunities for young adults with autism to step into mentorship roles within their communities. The program begins each fall with participants taking part in weekly workshops that cover important topics useful to succeed in volunteer settings (i.e. appropriate behaviour, problem solving, etc.). During the winter and spring sessions, participants will be placed in CAN programs, accompanied by a support worker, to assist and support younger CAN participants in enjoying programming.  
Additional information about this program is available on the I CAN Volunteer webpage.

MONTHLY SOCIAL GROUP (13-17YRS, 18-30YRS)

The purpose of the Monthly Social Group program is to offer the opportunity for teens and young adults with autism to get together and have a good time in a safe and supportive environment.  The events change each month to offer a range of fun, age appropriate activities for participants to experience with their peers.
Additional information about this program is available on the Monthly Social Group webpage.

Mindfulness (14yrs+)

This unique program is part of a cross-Canada research study into the effects of mindfulness for adolescents with autism and their parents called MYMind. Mindfulness has been demonstrated to produce a variety of positive effects for both individuals with autism as well as their parents, including reduced stress and improved ability to shift and sustain attention.
Additional information about this program is available on the Mindfulness webpage.

Outdoor Rec (16+YRS)

The purpose of the Outdoor Rec program is to offer teens and adults with autism the opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in a safe and supportive environment. This program meets one evening a month, and each meeting has participants enjoying a different outdoor related activity. Additional information about this program is available on the Outdoor Rec webpage.

I CAN Paddle (16+YRS)

The purpose of the I CAN Paddle program is to offer young adults with autism the benefits of being part of a dragon boat team in a safe and supportive environment. This program is a great opportunity for participants to work on fitness, team building and social skills. The I CAN Paddle program is possible due to the partnership with the Britannia Community Centre. Participants in this program are training to compete in the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragonboat Festival.  Additional information about this program is available on the I CAN Paddle webpage.

i cAN DO Yoga (16+YRS)

The purpose of the I CAN Do Yoga program is to offer teens and adults with autism the opportunity to participate in a yoga class designed to promote physical and social development in a safe and supportive environment.  Additional information about this program is available on the I CAN Do Yoga webpage.

CommunityWorks CANADA® (15-21yrs)
The CommunityWorks Canada® program provides an opportunity for participants with autism to volunteer alongside typical peers in a variety of community settings to develop work skills and build communication and social skills. 
Additional information about this program is available on the CommunityWorks Canada® webpage.

CommunityWorks