Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with autism by providing information, resources, education, training, programs and activities in an autism-friendly environment throughout the Okanagan.



In September 2013, Sue Noble, a teacher-librarian and mother of a teenage boy with autism, brought together a small group of parents and professionals to discuss the need for increasing employment opportunities for youth and adults with autism living in the Okanagan.
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We have a variety of programs to get involved in, including Adult and Kids Hockey Programs, Young Ambassadors, Mom’s Night Out, Sensitive Santa, and more. Watch for announcements of exciting new programs to be added.
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This one-stop resource centre lists service providers, agencies and non-profit organizations that individuals and families living with autism in the Okanagan may find helpful.
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1 in 68

children are currently diagnosed with autism

100% +

increase in prevalence of autism in last 10 years


of adults with autism are unemployed

News & Events

AOK Moving Forward! A note from AOK President Vicki Cairns

Autism Okanagan has been thriving over the past two and a half years since our official beginning in June 2014. With the launch of our new website, I thought I would give our community an update on our programs and where we see ourselves going in the coming year and the future. Our programs and events are some of our
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Temple Grandin Live in Kelowna – A brief Review

Dr. Temple Grandin has been described as the most well-known adult with autism in the world. She has written several books on her life experience with autism as well as books on animal behavior. Getting tickets to the live event was a challenge! Within 15 minutes of opening, the tickets were all spoken for. UBCO opened two venues on campus
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