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#AutismAcceptance means that every individual on the spectrum is heard, valued and seen.

April is Autism Acceptance Month

Thank you for sharing!

Thank You EY: $20,000 raised!

On World Autism Day, we launched our #AutismAcceptance video that encouraged users to like, share or comment on what Autism Acceptance meant to them. Those video shares resulted in over 55.3K video views and 250 comments across channels.

At the beginning of the campaign, EY committed to donating up to $20,000 for 10,000 total comments and shares. Although the final total came short of that maximum commitment, EY honoured their original commitment and finalized a contribution of $20,000 to CAN! Learn more >>

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For Noelle, autism acceptance means that she can try new things.

Find out what she tried with CAN when she went to the CAN Family Experience at Mt. Seymour this Winter!

See more videos from Noelle on her Youtube Channel, Noelle’s Stars.

For Jayden, autism acceptance means that he can use his voice.

Jayden was non-verbal until he was 6 and has found his voice by singing! In the past 3 years, he’s sung the anthem at the CAN Pro-Am and the CAN Relay for Autism.  This past winter, he performed an original composition at Sarah McLachlan School of Music‘s Open Mic Night.

For Kourosh, autism acceptance means that he can play ice hockey.

After developing his love of the game at CAN, Kourosh was one of our first athletes to transition to minor hockey, playing 2 years with North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association.

Today, he is working part-time while completing his BA at UBC. Of course, he still keeps tabs on the sport he loves and watches the NHL & Canucks daily!

Read Kourosh’s 2018 story: canucksautism.ca/kourosh

For Hunter, autism acceptance means that he can play minor football.

It started with an opportunity at CAN to try various sports as a young child. Two provincial titles later, he’s found a team sport that he loves and that he is absolutely thriving in!

For Ryan, autism acceptance means that he can use his voice. 

Ryan Chilton is a public announcer who is on the autism spectrum. On April 20, Ryan stepped into the Rogers Arena PA booth with his mentor Al Murdoch, to c0-announce the annual #AutismAcceptance Game.

For Natanya, autism acceptance means that she has a job that she loves.

Natanya is a CAN support worker on the autism spectrum. Every day, She uses her lived experience to fuel the understanding & compassion she brings to our programs.
We asked Natanya what motivates her to work for CAN:


“It’s important to accept, be open to everyone and enjoy everyone’s unique and individual personalities and abilities.”

For Maxwell, autism acceptance means that he’s part of a community that supports and listens to him.

“I’ve been accessing Canucks Autism Network (CAN) programs for almost a year now. I thought about joining a couple of years back, but hesitated. I was busy with high school and was in a very bad place mentally and emotionally. But I’ve been making progress on healing and being in a better place.

Being with CAN has really been a journey, since I felt like I was entirely on my own beforehand. I joined last August near the beginning of the pandemic.

I thought, “How do I find people that are just like me?”

Learn more about Maxwell >> 

For Corey, autism acceptance means that he can teach others about autism.

“In October 2020, I started a short-term contract with CAN, where I led Project Relay, a series of online workshops to help employment service agencies learn how to better support autistic and intellectually-disabled job seekers during COVID-19.”

If I was to give one piece of advice to self-advocates about educating others on autism, it would be to speak from the heart, and be honest about your experiences.

Learn more about Corey >>

For Kayla, autism acceptance means that every child and youth on the spectrum and every autistic adult has every opportunity to be who they want to be.

“I think it’s important that we progress from simply making people aware of autism to really increasing their understanding of autism.

When people understand more about how another person’s brain works and what they are going through/what they have been through, they have a much easier time accepting that person. Whether that’s a person from a different community or culture, or a person whose brain just works a little differently, everyone is valuable.”

Learn more about Kayla >>

FAQs | About the campaign

Who are the individuals in the video?

Every child, youth and adult featured in the video is an individual on the autism spectrum who either participates with or supports Canucks Autism Network.

This video aims to highlight their voices and demonstrate the countless ways that autistic individuals are thriving in our community.

Now that you’ve ‘met’ them through this video, stay tuned as we take turns showcasing their stories all month on social media!

Why are people sharing this to their social media accounts?

By asking our followers to share, we want to highlight the many ways that individuals on the autism spectrum can and should be included in their community.

By encouraging viewers to comment, we want generate a conversation throughout the community about autism acceptance.

For each share or comment, EY will donate $2, helping us continue our work to promote autism acceptance throughout BC and beyond.

What qualifies as a share for this video?

We have posted this video across our social media channels:

At the end of the month, we will count up all the shares across channels.

What qualifies as a comment for this video?

We want to hear what autism acceptance means to you! Comment directly on the video post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIN.

If you’re an individual on the spectrum, tell us how you’re thriving in your community. If you’re a supporter, tell us what you’re doing to ensure that autistic individuals are understood, accepted and supported.

The options are endless! Bottom line: We want to hear whatever you have to say that will celebrate and promote autism acceptance.

At the end of the month, we will count up all the comments across channels.

Can you track my share if my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIN account is private?

Yes! Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN will all publicly show how many accounts have shared the video — whether the accounts are public or private.

On Instagram, business accounts can view how many times the video has been shared in the post insights.

Who is EY? And why are they donating $2 for every share or comment?

EY is a Canuck Autism Network supporter who has become heavily involved in our Employment Services and Programs. As a business committed to inclusive employment, they have joined CAN in our belief that every autistic adult has the right to meaningful employment.

That’s why they have committed to donate $2 towards the cause for each comment or share of this video during #AutismAcceptance Month. Because their donation is capped at $20,000, comments and shares beyond 10,000 will no longer count for a $2 donation.

Although your share of our video may not result in a $2 donation after a total of 10,000 comments and/or shares have been reached, the invaluable awareness and acceptance of autism that this video is generating is incredibly invaluable.

I don’t know how to share this video. Can I donate to Canucks Autism Network instead?

Yes! To donate to Canucks Autism Network, please visit: canucksautism.ca/donate

Campaign Sponsor

Neurodiversity Centers of Excellence (NCoE) offer advanced technology capabilities in data analytics, automation, and cybersecurity.  EY is working with communities and clients to expand neurodiversity inclusion at work and at home, through strengths-based hiring, mentorship, and a commitment to expanding understanding and acceptance.