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Thursday, October 7, 2010

For the Health of It - Dalhousie and the Provincial Autism Centre

So I received this email from my sister-in-law, who is in New Brunswick working on her PhD. The Medical school she's at is a partnership between the University of New Brunswick and Dalhousie University, and every year, the Health Professions run a fundraising event for a different charity. This year, they're raising funds for the Provincial Autism Centre, and my sister-in-law thought I would be interested.

Here's the letter:
To whom it may concern:
Each year Dalhousie’s Health Professions put together a performance called For the Health of It with the purpose of raising funds for a chosen organization. During this performance each health profession prepares a 12 minute skit with acting, song and dance to tell the story of their role in healthcare. Funds for this event are raised through ticket sales, a silent auction the night of the performance, selling advertisement space in the program, and monetary donations. This year’s performance will be taking place on November 27th, 2010 at the Rebecca Cohen theatre.
This year the annual fundraiser has chosen to dedicate its proceeds to the Provincial Autism Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with autism, their families, educators, healthcare professionals and researchers throughout Nova Scotia.
The Provincial Autism Centre works on a day-to-day basis to provide information materials, research assistance, a variety of program opportunities and a friendly atmosphere to support our members in their desire to understand autism, and assistance to individuals with autism so that they can live full and rich lives.
Their latest project has been to provide a day camp this past summer for children with autism. Providing 1:1 camper-counsellor ratio. It worked to support children with higher support needs to enjoy a well-rounded summer camp experience - an experience that they would not be able to access at any other camp.
Today we are asking for donations to raise money for this great cause. There are a number of ways in which you can help to make this year’s fundraiser a huge success.
These include:
· Donating goods or services for our silent auction.
· Purchasing advertisement space in our program (Information regarding the purchase space is provided on an additional form.)
· Donating funds of any denomination.
Thank you in advance for your kind support!

Of course, I'd like to be able to give you more information about the Provincial Autism Centre. Included in the materials my sister-in-law sent me was a letter that includes a list of some of the programs the Centre provides and runs:

  • Operate the Provincial Autism Centre Library – the largest specialized resource library related to ASD in the Atlantic Provinces
  • Deliver the vibrant Autism Arts program in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Provide Autism 101 information sessions upon request to community and professional groups
  • Host teen and adult social groups for people with ASD
  • Deliver Autism Works, a supported employment program to help young people on the Autism Spectrum to gain work experience which supports informed career choices later in life, and to support career success for teens and adults with ASD.
  • Facilitate yoga classes for adults with ASD
  • Publish Autistics Aloud – a newsletter written by and for people on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Facilitate gatherings that bring different professional groups and communities together
  • Host the Autistic Self-Advocacy Council-Nova Scotia – a group by and for adults on the Autism Spectrum with a mandate to provide access to good information about autism-related issues, educational opportunities and the chance to develop effective self-advocacy skills
  • Beginning in 2010, operate a summer camp to deliver a safe and rewarding experience to children with ASD

All of these seem, well, pretty nifty to me, so if you're in the Nova Scotia area, I highly suggest attending the performance on November 27th.


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