Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador is taking part in the global #GivingTuesday movement on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. We are kindly asking the community to consider helping us on this special day.
THE #GivingTuesdayCa ASK - PROGRAM NEEDS
We offer a variety of programs and services for individuals with autism and are in need of supplies! Help us reach our goal of securing our wish list items for participants in our Social Group, Transitions and Adult Leisure programs. Check out our "Wish Lists" below - we encourage you to donate these specific items or make a donation to help us get them.
*If donating items, please drop-off at the Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism, 70 Clinch Crescent, St. John's, NL anytime between 8:30am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday. If you make a monetary donation of $30 or more in person, we'll gift you back with a book and hat - two great stocking stuffers!
SOCIAL GROUP WISH LIST
Paint, Foam Stickers, Glitter, Kinetic Sand, Water Beads, Foam Sheets, Construction Paper, Legos, Puzzles, Books, General Art Supplies, Laminating Rolls, Switch Games & Accessories, Nintendo DS Games, Markers & Crayons, iTunes Gift Cards for Apps on our Program iPads, Taxi Vouchers for Field Trips
TRANSITIONS WISH LIST
Pots, soil and lettuce seeds for Seedling Workshops
ADULT LEISURE GROUP WISH LIST
Science experiment materials (such as making your own volcano, blobs in a bottle, paperclip float, etc.)
BACKGROUND ON PROGRAMS
Social Group provides an opportunity for youth and adults with ASD to socialize with peers, try new activities, and share common interests with others in the community. Participants are grouped depending on age, ability, and interests to promote friendships, shared experience and peer support. All activities are supported by a staff member and volunteers. Ages Kindergarten entry and up.
Transitions aims to identify the strengths and interests of individual participants to better prepare them for employment and meaningful community involvement beyond high school. This program provides a full year of classroom learning, enriching community volunteerism and job shadowing to build the confidence and skill sets of young adults on the spectrum. This program is heavily involved with the operations of the Shamrock Garden Centre and includes gardening and greenhouse work and is funded through the Dept. of Advanced Education and Skills, Government of NL. Ages 18+.
Adult Leisure provides a safe and supportive environment for adults on the spectrum to discover new interests and socialize with peers. The program focuses on developing meaningful leisure skills that can then be incorporated into the participants daily life. Ages 18+ and suitable for those who are nonverbal or have merging language and experience significant barriers to community participation and peer group integration.
BACKGROUND ON GIVING TUESDAY
GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The "Opening day of the giving season," is a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for their favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for Giving Tuesday.
GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners - nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals - to encouage and amplify small acts of kindness. Across Canada and around the world, #GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.