Grapevine

Humans on the Autism Spectrum returns for 2018

“Autism helps me to be creative because I use my brain and it turns anything into something beautiful.” – Chloe If you’ve been following I CAN Network for a while, you will have heard of our initiative “Humans on the Autism Spectrum”, which we run in April to celebrate the

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The power of creations

The therapeutic value of artistic expression is well known, and contrary to stereotypes, many of us on the spectrum have a creative streak, as we have seen in the many Spectrum Showcases we’ve done over the years here on Grapevine. Whether it be drawing, writing, colouring, knitting, painting, coding, or

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Spectrum Showcase: Jonathan Sunarho

Many great artists start young; they say Mozart, who some theorize may have been on the spectrum, completed his first symphony at the age of 9. Jonathan Sunarho from Castle Hill is 9 as well, and is already a prolific artist. Diagnosed as autistic at the age of 3, he

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I CAN blossoms in the Sunshine State

G’day folks, and welcome to the next instalment of our blog series where we hear from branches of I CAN Network outside our original Melbourne hub. Our guest this time is James Cifuentes from I CAN Queensland, who’s here to offer a look at how our program is faring in

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I CAN Story: Flight over Fright

You know those things that just scare the heck out of you beyond all rational reason? For me, one such fear was flying. We’ve all heard the statistics, that they’re one of the safest ways to travel, but somehow that doesn’t always reassure a brain that, biologically speaking, hasn’t changed

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Bin working wheelie hard

Finding work can be a challenging task, especially for those of us on the spectrum; job interviews often don’t play to our strengths, and sadly many workplaces still don’t grasp the benefits of hiring autistics. Clay Lewis, 16, was having trouble finding an after-school job. Not to be deterred, he

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The I CAN Awards: Second Half 2017

It’s that time again; when we at I CAN Network hand out our bi-annual awards for excellence, as voted by our staff. And the winners are… The Lumiere Award: For superb customer service Kate Andrews The Tigger Award: For irrepressible enthusiasm Lydia Zahra  The Mr Miyagi Award: For a particularly

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On the borderline: I CAN Ovens & Murray

On the borderline: I CAN Ovens & Murray Back in May last year, we began work on establishing a branch of I CAN Network in Albury-Wodonga, twin cities straddling both the Murray River and the border of Victoria and New South Wales. A lot has happened since then, so we

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Imagination Day 2017

Earlier this month, I CAN Network held our second annual Imagination Day; an event where all our primary school groups come together to share their awesome creations and interests. It was also a great opportunity for the students to connect with their peers in other schools. There were over 70

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I CAN Kyabram – Chilled Folks

While Melbourne may be the nerve centre of I CAN Network at the moment, that doesn’t mean it’s our only focus; for the past few years we’ve been establishing and developing branches elsewhere, so that we can offer our programs to those who don’t happen to live in the City

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