Watch for New & Expanded Programs in 2022 as we “return to a new normal” following Covid restrictions

2020 and 2021 required some changes but we were still able to have some amazing times together. Our YAP program moved to mostly on line, with some outdoor activities (So lucky to get Grants to continue this program!) . Our Hockey Program remained strong. Moms Night Out was on line. Sensitive Santa was cancelled 2020, but back in 2021. The Lego Program and Autism Adventures were put on hold.

A brand new event Dudes Day Out was an amazing success!

Thanks to all who attended and our sponsors. We could not have done it without you.

OUR SEPT 2021 DUDES DAY OUT SPONSORS

Our Mission

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.

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AUTISM OKANAGAN ASSOCIATION – ESTABLISHED 2013

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About

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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Programs

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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Resources

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

80%

of adults with autism are unemployed




News & Events

Young Ambassadors Program

The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a social program for ages 19 and over January 2022 Come try out our new clubs! Email yapleader@autismokanagan.ca to join. These clubs are in addition to the Wednesday Night Club. See our Programs page for details https://autismokanagan.ca/programs/ The goal of YAP is to give adults a place to hang out with their peers while
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Dudes Day Out – Get tickets now for September 24th.

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
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