Today is World Autism Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about autism. United Way is proud to partner and invest in several strong organizations in our community who are working towards raising awareness and supporting families who are impacted by Autism including Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism, Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre, People in Motion and Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association.
Autism Speaks is encouraging people to use the hashtag #LIUB (Light it up blue) and share their experiences with Autism across social media. Click here to learn more about autism.
Following is our #LIUB story about how United Way’s investment has helped a client atKamloops Therapeutic Riding Association (KTRA). United Way’s investment in KTRA allowed 60 riders to participate in the spring and fall sessions. One of those riders is Sean.
Sean is on the autism spectrum and also lives with vision, hearing and speech impairments. He is a brilliant young man who is always moving and he loves to explore his surroundings. Sean’s face lit up when riding a horse and he would smile ear to ear each lesson. After riding with KTRA for one year Sean still required a support worker to lead his horse and help with communication. The instructor wanted to try and tailor this unique form of therapy to give Sean more independence. The instructor and Sean were able to develop a way to communicate with a mix of words and sign language and within a few months time Sean was riding completely independently.
Sean is an example that there are no limitations to what a person can achieve!