Grapevine

Fun(d) times

Over the last two months, our mentoring program fundraiser has brought in approximately $6000 towards our goal of $10,000. This money will go towards paying for transport and accommodation at our camps and other events, training our mentors in mental health first aid, and providing guest presenters. If we raise

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Great Aspectations

The I Can Network has some formidable achievements under our belt, but this may just be our crowning jewel to date; a double win at the Aspect National Recognition Awards. These are held once a year, to celebrate the achievements of people on the autism spectrum. This year, not only

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Heralding the need for change

The Aspect awards weren’t Chris’s only home run this month either. He also wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Sydney Morning Herald, concerning the case of an autistic child who was shut in a cage-like structure at school in Canberra. Incidents like this show why the I

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The value of volunteering

Autism and employment can have relationship a little like water and sodium. For some it works out fine, but for others, well… water meet sodium. After University, I wanted to enter the workforce, but my experience with 9 hour work days on study placement taught me that constant bombardment of

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The I Can Young Adults Camp 2015: another slam dunk!

Last year’s Young Adults Camp was the I Can Network’s first, and it was a valuable (if occasionally terrifying!) learning experience. For our second time around, we wanted to smooth over the potholes, but also try new ideas. We changed locations to the Doxa facility near Malmsbury, where we held

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We have a winner!

One of the juicier grapes in the I Can Network’s vineyard is Great Minds Don’t Think alike, a radio show about neurodiversity and the issues surrounding it, masterminded by our own Julia Pillai. If you’re reading this, there’s a fair to “it’ll rain in Melbourne today” chance you’ve read or

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#ActuallyAutistic

A controversial issue in the sphere of autism support at the moment is that many organizations who claim to represent people on the spectrum don’t actually have anyone autistic in their staff. (The I Can Network, for the record, is almost entirely run by people with autism, myself included) A

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