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.
About Autism Okanagan Association (AOK)
Autism Okanagan serves a growing number of individuals and families in Kelowna and the surrounding area, who live with an autism diagnosis. While our programs are primarily focused on children and youth, up to age 25, we also have support programs for moms and families.
Autism Okanagan started in 2014 in response to the growing need for individuals with autism, and their families, to have better access to support, programs, and opportunities, that many of us take for granted every day. These programs include.
- Sensitive Santa in Kelowna and Vernon
- YAP (Young Ambassadors Program), a social program for those 18-25 years of age that focuses on community activities, social skills, and active recreation, with some participants coming from more than an hour’s drive away.
- Wild Cats and Wild hockey teams, for youth and adults with autism, to be able to play organized hockey.
- Autism Adventures, a family vacation program where a group of families that have children with an autism diagnosis can travel together with the help of support workers to go on vacation, something that many of them have never been able to do before.
- Lego Program, a structured program, based around building Lego that helps participants learn social interaction, teamwork, cooperation
- Mom’s Night Out is an evening for moms of children with autism to connect with one another and have an evening with great food, great company, and a great speaker.
Your donation goes to helping AOK continue to provide these programs as well as develop additional programs that help to prepare our participants with life and vocational skills.