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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.

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Summer 2020 Programming

We hope that you and your family are doing well and have been able to take advantage of our library of online activities and resources during this challenging time. 

As promised, we want to keep you, our valued members, updated on any decisions that may affect the future of CAN programming. 

As the health situation continues to evolve, so do the recommendations from authorities. As such, our team is dedicated to staying informed of the changing restrictions and how they will influence the way in which we eventually deliver in-person programming again. 

THE WORKING PLAN FOR SUMMER

In order to safely reintroduce any kind of in-person programming this summer, we must first fully understand the health protocols and how they may impact the specific needs of our participants. 

We’re already researching the feasibility of enhanced safety and sanitization procedures, with the hope of offering a limited number of outdoor programs to a small group of participants this July or August. The greatly reduced scale will enable us to practice newly enforced protocols while preparing us to introduce more programs in more regions in the fall. 

In the interim, we will continue to explore other potential scenarios and will aim to report back on our plan by end of June.

NEW: ZOOM PROGRAMMING FOR CHILDREN

We’re excited to announce the launch of online programs (using the free Zoom app) for CAN participants and their siblings, aged 3-12, starting the week of June 8th. The 6-week pilot programming (for 3-6yrs & 7-12yrs) opens for registration on Saturday, May 23 at 11am until Friday, May 29, at noon. 

Active Program: 3-6 years

The Virtual Active program will teach children with autism and their siblings core movement skills such as running, jumping and balancing. Participants will also get the opportunity to play games, participate in sing-a-longs and story time, and practice skills like listening and waiting. Each weekly class will be delivered via the Zoom app (online meeting/webinar platform) and will run for 30-45 min for 6 weeks. 

Movement Program: 7-12 years

The Virtual Movement program will provide children with autism and their siblings with a fun introduction to the world of physical activity and social interactive games. Participants will play games and learn movement skills and drills while practicing listening, transitions and taking turns. Each weekly class will be delivered via the Zoom app (online meeting/webinar platform) and will run for 45-60min for 6 weeks. 

Unlike our pre-recorded videos, Zoom-based programming will allow our coaches to connect and interact with participants in real-time, while teaching lessons in a fun, new, digital environment.

As it will be a learning experience for us all, you can expect to see us adapt our content along the way to best suit the online platform and the needs of our participants.

With this new digital format, it’s hard to anticipate the level of interest in the programs. As always, we will do our best to accommodate participants into their preferred program time slot. We encourage members to submit requests for multiple times using the registration system’s ranking feature, with top time choice ranked as #1. Program confirmation emails will be sent on Wednesday, June 3rd.

ZOOM PROGRAMMING FOR CAN YOUTH AND ADULTS

We have had a great response to our Zoom-based programming for youth and adult members (aged 13+) and we look forward to continuing to offer a variety of weekly registered Zoom classes and meetups. We hope to see you there!

REQUEST A PERSONALIZED VIDEO FROM CAN!

In an effort to help you feel more connected to your CAN family, we’re accepting personalized requests for private video messages (up to 30 seconds) from the CAN staff or volunteer of your choice. Request a personalized message from your favourite CAN team member by filling out this request form

GET SOCIAL WITH US!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for program updates, photos, videos, and general feel-good content! We look forward to connecting with you.

REACH OUT TO US

As a reminder, the entire CAN office team (including our friendly office dogs) is now working from home until further notice. While our physical office is closed, our arms are still open to our entire CAN community. Feel free to reach out to us via email: [email protected], Monday-Friday, between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

From our remote offices to your home, we’re sending you and your family a virtual hug from everyone at CAN. 

Resources You Can Access From Home

We hope that members have seen our Team Meeting videos 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!

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Check the latest monthly newsletters in your region for Monthly Youth & Adult programs registration dates:

April 2020 – Lower Mainland
April 2020 – Vancouver Island
April 2020 – BC Interior

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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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