Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is offering a free iPad loan and monthly data program for children, youth and adults on the autism spectrum in Prince George. In collaboration with Sources Community Resource Centres (SOURCES), the new initiative will provide local families with the technology required to participate in CAN’s online social and recreation programs.
Since 2017, CAN has provided autism training and developed relationships across the Northern BC region. In response to COVID-19, CAN has successfully launched 16 weekly virtual programs, delivered in real-time over Zoom. Programs range from sports and recreation, art, science and social opportunities for children, youth and adults on the autism spectrum.
These innovative online programs will allow families in Prince George to directly experience CAN’s programs for the first time. The iPad loan program aims to expand that impact to even more families in the region.
“COVID-19 has been very difficult for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families,” said Canucks Autism Network VP Stephanie Jull, PhD, BCBA-D. “With the support of SOURCES, we are excited to reach more children, youth and adults on the autism spectrum in Prince George than ever before.”
“The work of the Canucks Autism Network aligns with our mission at SOURCES to promote social wellness in communities, including the 376 clients and families we served in Northern B.C. last year,” said David Young, Chief Executive Officer of SOURCES. “We are thrilled to support their outstanding efforts to extend their impact to the autism community in our region.”
The iPad loan program provides families with use of an iPad Mini equipped with monthly data and registration in weekly virtual programs completely free of charge. Families who already have their own device and internet access are also welcome to sign up for CAN’s virtual programs.
Virtual programs are ongoing throughout winter, spring and summer 2021. iPad loans and virtual programs will continue year-round. Interested families can register now at canucksautism.ca/north.
The iPad loan program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Community Foundations of Canada. In addition to Prince George, the program is being delivered across Northern BC with the additional support of Kitimat DisABILITY Resources and Christine Danroth, a CAN parent and community partner in Prince Rupert.