UPDATE Jan 2021. We have not forgotten about this program during COVID. In fall 2021 or in 2022 we hope to have a local (B.C. or Okanagan) family adventure. And in 2023 we are hoping to hit the high seas again!
Rob Zoppi and his wife Keri Zoppi of Kelowna are excited to be sharing their program, Autism Adventures, with the Okanagan. They realised that many families of autism do not go on family vacations outside the area they live. This can limit opportunities for exploring and visiting new places. Autism Adventures hopes to change that!
The first family adventure will support children with autism that are currently enrolled in grades two to four (2018-2019 year). The program has started with some learning and socializing sessions… and a family cruise travel will take place during the less chaotic travel month in January 2020. How exciting!
Autism Okanagan will be organizing the trip and activities. We will also be providing support personnel for families during the trip, at no cost to the families. Each family is paying, or personally fund raising, for their trip costs. If the January 2020 trip is a success, we plan to expand the program with more trips, more age groups, and maybe at reduced cost. If you are interested in this program please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
… and a big thank you to the Zoppi family for joining Autism Okanagan to support our local families. And thank you to West Jet, who has agreed to help support this amazing program via their Airport Community Giving Program
….and always remember, we are a not for profit organization. All our board members are volunteers. Please consider donating to Autism Okanagan – all the money we receive goes directly to help us continue our programs and develope new ones.