Dear Friends, The 2021 school year is well underway, and we know that there are a lot of Autistic young people looking for connection and support.This is especially true in these continuing uncertain times. We are thinking of our young people, family and schools across Victoria as we face this latest lockdown. Our mentors know […]
Dear Friends, 2020 has been a year like no other. Thank you for your support every step of the way. This year we grew by a staggering 300%, fortifying our position as Australia’s largest Autistic-led employer of Autistic talent. Of our 59 staff, we have created paid employment opportunities for 46 Autistic people to in turn mentor 1,500+ Autistic […]
The Victorian Government’s recent announcement of its $1.6 billion Disability Inclusion package, which will phase out the Program for Students with Disability funding bucket, is a watershed moment in State education. The Program for Students with Disability has been a restrictive funding model which has required parents to cloak their child with deficit labels such […]
We are very, very excited to welcome supporters to our Awetism 2020 Virtual Expo on Friday, 20th November. You are in for a memorable day of Autistic passions, insights, panel discussions and opportunities to connect with our team and partner organisations. The purpose of this post is to briefly outline what you can expect on […]
We find that many of our student mentees start our Autistic-led mentoring program with a sense of shame toward being Autistic or being different. Often, they have internalised a deficits-based view of themselves. One of the approaches we’ve used over the years is showing students how to create an “I CAN Profile”: a tool in […]
AWETISM 2020 VIRTUAL EXPO: STUDENT PRESENTER – DO YOU HAVE A UNIQUE PASSION, THEORY OR SKILL YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
A cornerstone of all of our work at I CAN is the importance of celebrating Autistic passions and interests. These are the things that bring us joy, comfort and allow the world to see what Autistics CAN do. In the coming days we will be announcing the details of our AWETISM 2020 Virtual Expo (scheduled […]