A life lesson in acceptance (Original article posted at The Standard)
I CAN South West is the regional branch of the broader I CAN Network; a not for profit organisation created and run by autistic people for autistic people. They provide mentoring and support for young people on the autism spectrum, catering also for a wide range of learning, social and emotional differences or difficulties.
The aim of the program and the network as a whole is to enable a world which embraces and accepts autism. They are achieving this thanks to mentoring programs and community efforts through fundraising, advocacy and consultancy. These efforts help to build a network around participating young people through the inclusion of school communities and positive family relationships.
The vision for I CAN South West came from Lisa and Anthony Boyle, who live in Mepunga and wanted to make the I CAN program accessible to young people across the region. Their idea inspired the I CAN team to create a regional mentoring strategy, choosing south west Victoria as I CAN’s first regional pilot.
The network believe there needs to be a re-think towards autism and a greater acceptance of neurological diversity. The backbone of the I CAN mentoring model is its strength-based approach, which celebrates the incredible gifts which an autistic mind presents.[Read More]