ASI is a locally run charity that provides a unique summer program for children and youth ages 6 to 21 years with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Windsor and Essex County. Since 1984, numerous individuals and families have benefited from the Bruce Awad Summer Program, which runs daily, for six weeks in July and August and offers structured learning, recreational activities and community outings. The students in the program have very significant needs and require one-to-one support that is critical to their progress and safety. The program also provides families with much needed respite during the summer months.
For over thirty years the program has depended on limited government funding which was recently reduced in the April 2019 Ontario Budget. As a result, we must now rely more heavily on community fundraising in order to sustain the program.
The benefits of becoming a Community Champion and supporting ASI include:
- Providing financial assistance that is essential for supplying facility rentals, classroom materials, and community outings for our students with ASD;
- 100% of your donation will remain in our community and benefit local families; and
- Donations of $100 or more will be recognized by having your name/logo added to Our Community Champions banner, which will be proudly displayed throughout the summer at the two Summer Program locations in Windsor and Essex. Additional benefits are available to our Champions depending on the donation amount.