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.
Light it up Blue 2021!
This month marks World Autism Awareness month, so join us in celebrating all those with autism and the people who support them by “Lighting it up Blue”!
Wear something blue on April 2nd (Autism Awareness Day) to help raise awareness and acceptance of autism and join thousands of others in using #LightItUpBlue on social media
The entire month of April is World Autism Awareness Month, so make sure to follow us on Facebook to show your support and to get updates on upcoming events, programs, and info!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org As always, before attending YAP (in person or on line) please review our discussed and agreed upon an online Code of Conduct:
Here is the February 2021 YAP schedule: Feb 3 – Dungeons and Dragons Feb 10 – Among us and Board Game Night Feb 17 – Virtual Gym Workout Feb 24 – Cooking Lesson As always, please review our discussed and agreed upon an online Code of Conduct: Online Code of Conduct · No swearing · Take turns when speaking · Always be nice
“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.”