THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN 2021! We couldn’t have done it without you..
Dear Friends, First and foremost, we want to open with our heartfelt appreciation for your support of I CAN Network. It is a privilege to have your trust as we work to empower Autistic young people and prove what Autistic people CAN do.We’re an Autistic-led non-profit trying to reach as many Autistic young people nationally as […]
NEW SCHOOL YEAR – HERE’S HOW WE CAN HELP!
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 […]
WATERSHED MOMENT FOR VICTORIAN STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY
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 […]
WHAT TO EXPECT – AWETISM 2020 VIRTUAL EXPO
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 […]
AN “I CAN PROFILE”: A STUDENT-DRIVEN, STRENGTHS-BASED TOOL
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 […]
RESPECTFUL RESOURCES ABOUT AUTISM FOR AUTISTIC YOUNG PEOPLE & THEIR PEERS
As Thomas, a longtime I CAN mentee-now-mentor explains, “The more people who hear positive things about Autism when they are young, the better chance we have of building a world that is inclusive.” It is never too soon to introduce children to respectful representations of Autism and to showcase Autistic voices. Below are some of […]