Grapevine

Awegust Update

Hey there lovely people! As we pass the midway point of the month, I thought it would be nice to take the time to acknowledge the magnificent achievements of this year’s Awegust for Awetism campaign thus far. As I write this, our total funds raised stand at over $18,000. 49

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Awegust for Awetism: Round 3!

It’s that time of year again; I CAN Network’s annual month-long campaign in which we raise money for our mentoring and camp programs, expanding their reach so that more young people on the spectrum have the opportunity to benefit from our Rethink on Awetism. So, how does it work? Well,

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I CAN Story: Adam Walton

I CAN Network is all about peer mentoring; by people on the spectrum, for people on the spectrum. Today we’re sharing the story of one of our marvelous mentors, Adam Walton, and how he overcame his fears to get to where he is today. Enjoy! – Max Williams, Editor “I

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Mentoring for the first time

At I CAN Network, we’re always on the lookout for young people on the spectrum who we think would make great mentors. One of our most recent members to take this step is Lana Wheatfil, pictured below, (third from the left) who made her debut as an assistant mentor at

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A Silent Voice

The autism spectrum is broad and diverse, and here at I CAN Network, we believe in supporting and empowering people from all across it, including those with greater support requirements. Today, we’re highlighting the marvellous work of one such individual; Mr Tim Chan. If you haven’t heard of him, we

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The story of St Andrews

G’day folks! In this edition of Grapevine, we’ll be hearing from one of our star mentors, Chloe Stuart, who we first met as a mentee at our inaugural teens camp way back in 2014. She’s now mentoring at St Andrews’s Primary School in Clayton, and today she’s here to tell

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Life is a Journey, Alpaca my bags

Good morrow, fellow hominids! In this edition of Grapevine, we’ll be meeting yet another remarkable young person on the spectrum; Mr Josh Evans, who at 16 years old is already an award-winning expert on Alpacas. It’s not every day you meet one of those, so we recently sat down with

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Finding the reward in mentoring

By Ben Carbonaro This year is my second year working as a mentor and speaker with the I CAN Network; being able to work for an organisation that showcases what people on the Autism Spectrum are capable is very rewarding. After initially starting as a mentor with the Emerge program

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Spectrum Showcase: Matilda Lumley

G’day folks! After taking a month off to make room for our Humans on the Autism Spectrum campaign, Grapevine is back in action, and to kick of the month of May, we’re showcasing the remarkable photography of Matilda Rose Lumley. Matilda has a passionate love of animals, and a wonderful

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Spectrum Showcase: Lauren Winbanks

Those of us on the spectrum often have an intense passion for something, and this is often where our greatest strengths lie. For Lauren Winbanks, that passion is LEGO. When Lauren was diagnosed at the age of 4, her mother was told she was too “low functioning” to ever amount

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