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Summer 2020 Programming

Our province-wide team continues to actively plan for summer programming so that we can act quickly if the health situation improves in time. We are preparing for the best case scenario while also planning for alternate outcomes. We are crossing our fingers with our members, and we will be sure to update everyone on important decisions every step of the way.

Summer registration dates and details on whether we expect to proceed with our summer plans will be release in a special newsletter mid-to-end of May.


Spring 2020 Programming

Due to the ongoing health crisis, newly enforced social distancing measures and indefinite facility closures, we have made the inevitable decision to cancel spring programming as it was originally planned. This includes all weekly programs, monthly youth and adult programs, and family events scheduled from April to June, as well as Sports Day.

Participants confirmed for a spring program will receive additional emails from the CAN Team during the week of April 6-9, with specific session cancellation information, as well as details regarding refunds, or Autism Funding authorizations, for those programs with fees.


Resources You Can Access From Home

We hope that members have seen our “Team Meeting“ video series on social media featuring well-known CAN coaches leading a variety of activities. We will continue to release new videos each week to keep our members busy, active, safe and calm. Some of the online activities you can expect to see include: arts and crafts, sports-related activities, music lessons, fitness lessons, contests and more!

If you haven’t yet seen the videos, make sure to follow us on social media (links). Not active on social media? You can access all videos on YouTube!

Have an idea for an activity you would like to see? Let us know filling out this short form https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/07c1ea05bd1f4c7cb08ffaa7300804a9 and we will do what we can to try to make it happen.


Our Plan This Summer

New! Outdoor Summer Pilot Programs

We will be running a small number of in-person, outdoor programs this summer in the Lower Mainland in order to practice our newly enforced COVID-19 safety protocols. Multiple safety measures will be in place including enhanced cleaning, hand hygiene, and physical distancing to the extent that is possible within our programs.

While we wish we could accommodate more members in other regions, we strongly believe in piloting the enhanced safety procedures with a limited number of participants to ensure we get it right. Like other program providers, we plan to expand our offerings by gradually adding more in-person programs in other regions throughout the next year.

Looking Ahead

Even come fall, we will be facing challenges with access to facilities as well as budget constraints as a result of cancelled fundraising events and the overall economic impact of the pandemic. Our goal will always be to deliver the greatest number of programs for our members while ensuring CAN’s long-term sustainability.

Virtual Programs

In the meantime, we encourage you to check out our live virtual programs this summer, with registration opening on July 13. Our virtual programs allow CAN coaches to interact with participants in real-time. Stay tuned as we add new and exciting opportunities throughout 2020.  You can also check out our library of pre-recorded videos and 8-week programs that participants can enjoy at their own time and at their own pace!

New! Join the CAN Virtual Challenge

Every year, we host a large-scale public event (CAN Family Festival, CAN Relay 4 Autism) that aims to raise vital funds for CAN, while increasing autism acceptance and support in the community at large.

This year, rather than gathering together physically, we want you to join us online for the first ever CAN Virtual Challenge! The online fundraising event will take place over 10 days (August 5-14), with fun, accessible challenges that have been designed to promote active living, creativity and mental health.

Add a reminder in your calendar to sign-up on July 6 and learn more about the challenges and prizes that you and your family can win!

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Guide to Registration Dates:

Program Seasons Programs Run Month that Registration Takes Place*
Weekly Programs Fall, Winter, Spring Fall – August
Winter – November
Spring – February
Monthly Youth and Adult Programs Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer 2nd week of each month
Family Events Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Throughout the year – check the newsletter and program guides
Summer Day and Overnight Camps Summer April/May

*Subject to change – keep an eye on the monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on registration periods


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