CANUCKS AUTISM NETWORK CONNECTS NORTHERN BC WITH FREE IPAD LOAN PROGRAM
Device loan to provide access to online programming for kids, youth and adults on autism spectrum
Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is proud to announce a free iPad loan and monthly data program for children, youth and adults on the autism spectrum in Northern BC. With community partners in Prince George, Kitimat and Prince Rupert, the new initiative will provide families with the technology required to participate in CAN’s online social and recreation programs.
Since 2017, CAN has provided autism training and developed relationships across the Northern BC region. In response to COVID-19, CAN has successfully launched 16 weekly virtual programs, delivered in real-time over Zoom. Programs range from sports & rec, art, science and social opportunities for children, youth and adults on the autism spectrum.
These innovative online programs will allow families in Northern BC to directly experience CAN’s programs for the first time. The iPad loan program aims to expand that impact to even more families in the region.
“COVID-19 has been very difficult for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families,” said Canucks Autism Network VP Stephanie Jull, PhD, BCBA-D. “With the support of amazing local partners across Northern BC, we are excited to reach more children, youth and adults with autism in these communities than ever before.”
“Canucks Autism Network has been an invaluable resource for training and increasing autism acceptance in Northern BC for several years now,” said Christine Danroth, a Canucks Autism Network parent and community partner in Prince Rupert. “I am thrilled to support their efforts to make a positive impact in our community with these new opportunities for our local families to directly experience CAN programs.”
The iPad loan program provides families with use of an iPad Mini equipped with monthly data and registration in weekly virtual programs completely free of charge. Families who already have their own device and internet access are also welcome to sign up for CAN’s virtual programs.
Virtual programs are ongoing throughout winter, spring and summer 2021. iPad loans and virtual programs will continue year-round. Interested families can register now at canucksautism.ca/north.
The iPad loan program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Community Foundations of Canada. Helping CAN to deliver the program in Northern BC are Sources Community Resource Centres (SOURCES) in Prince George, Kitimat DisABILITY Resources and Christine Danroth in Prince Rupert.
About Canucks Autism Network
Founded in 2008 by Vancouver Canucks Co-owners, Paolo and Clara Aquilini, Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is dedicated to providing programs to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, while promoting acceptance and inclusion through community engagement and training initiatives across BC and beyond.