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Family Experiences

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Age

Early Years, Children, Youth, Adult, Family

Regions

Interior BC, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

Seasons

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Family Experiences are an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a fun activity in a non-judgmental environment while connecting with other families. Year-round family events vary by season and region, with all ages welcome.

Types of Family Experiences

Exclusive Family Experience | This is the style of Family Experience that many of our longtime members have come to know and love.
What is looks like:

  • Obvious CAN branding on site (tents, signage)
  • CAN staff and volunteers on site supporting the event
  • Venues are often open exclusively to CAN families
  • Goal is for CAN families to connect in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment
  • Accommodations are made to ensure the event is autism friendly

Community Family Experience | This type of Family Experience invites CAN members to enjoy a fun activity alongside the general public.
What it looks like:

  • Fewer CAN staff and volunteers supporting the event
  • Venue is open to the public during the CAN timeslots
  • Goal is for CAN families to enjoy a safe and fun activity in their community
  • Autism accommodations are made, wherever possible (i.e. designated quiet room)

Independent Family Experience | This type of flexible Family Experience was introduced in response to COVID-19 restrictions.
What it looks like:

  • No CAN presence at the event (no staff, volunteers or tents)
  • Venue is open to the public
  • The opportunity may run over a number a days, with CAN families choosing a day and time that works with their schedules
  • Goal is to provide families with a low barrier (little or no cost) opportunity to try a fun activity in their community

Program Criteria

  • Open to immediate family members only due to limited space
  • All family members wishing to participate must have an active CAN Membership (unless otherwise stated that the event is also open to non-members)
  • A family member with an autism diagnosis must participate in the program
  • Please review the monthly membership newsletter for full details

Family Safety Plan

Our safety protocols are detailed in full in our Family Safety Plan.

All parents, guardians and/or participants must read the full document and agree to the protocols before their enrollment is confirmed in any CAN program.

For the latest updates, visit: canucksautism.ca/health.

Registration Dates Vary

Check the latest Program Guide for upcoming event details and registration dates.

Please check canucksautism.ca/health for the most-up-to-date information regarding CAN programming.

Interested in Online Resources & Activities At Home? Check out our Virtual Team Meetings, Story Time Series, and more!