We are focused on creating opportunities for individuals and families living with autism in the Okanagan.
Programs for Empowerment
See our range of programs and activities inclusive for all ages diagnosed with autism.
We Need Your Help!
Your financial support will help us establish an Autism Centre and bring more programs to the Okanagan to support individuals and families living with autism.
To improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with autism by providing programs and activities in an autism-friendly environment throughout the Okanagan. To support and help individuals and families living with autism participate in community activities and events. To support and help individuals and families living with autism navigate resources and information.
Dudes Day Out
An event to bring together the fantastic men in our autism community!
September 24, 2021
Autism Okanagan is excited to present our first Dudes Day Out! This event is for men raising kids on the Autism Spectrum or in a support role of an individual who is on the autism spectrum. If you are a father, grandfather, sibling, uncle, cousin or family friend who is involved in our autism community you are invited to attend.
We invite you to partake in a Two-Tee Start, Scramble Format golf tournament at Kelowna Springs golf course, followed by a BBQ dinner and a chance to win some awesome door prizes. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced golfer or more of a mini golfer, this event is for you! Come connect and meet other dudes in our amazing autism community.
Price is $60 per person without a cart or $75 per person with a cart. Please register as a twosome or a foursome for this event. If you are an individual who does not have someone to attend with please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you register as an individual.
Please make sure to include the individual names for each guy in your group.
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.
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.
Dudes Day Out is an event to bring males together that have a connection to a child, youth or adult living with autism. This can be fathers, uncles, brothers, cousins or family friends. The goal is to unite by meeting individuals who have shared experiences, expand our/your social support network, and to celebrate our roles in the lives of people
All YAP schedules are now on our Events Calendar which can be seen on our News and Events page. If you have questions , or would like to join YAP please contact our YAP leaders by email email@example.com As always, before attending YAP (in person or on line) please review our discussed and agreed upon an online Code of Conduct:
“So much fun to watch the Kelowna Wildcats Hockey Team. It’s a great mix of kids of all ages and abilities and they just get out there and have such a good time.”
“I finally found a place where I can relax and just be me.”
Young Ambassadors Participant (YAP)
“Since joining YAP, my daughter has gone from feeling isolated and depressed to having friends who come over for dinner, go out to movies, and even sleep over. She feels connected to a peer community for the first time in years.”
“Thank you to Tracey and Quincy Vrecko and all the volunteers for organizing Sensitive Santa. This is the first time my 7 year old daughter has visited Santa since she was 3 months old. What a wonderful event.”
“The Fall Family Picnic was awesome. My son rode a horse for the first time. I liked that it was a collaboration between AOK, CAN and ASBC! And Arion Farm rocks, what a wonderful safe place for kids.”