A flag raising for Autism Awareness Month is held annually at the Civic Centre and each year you will see the photos appear in the local media and on social media, but I want to recognize the people behind the scenes who worked hard to organize the flag raising and who work even harder to support people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.
The flag raising is organized by Autism Ontario’s Sault Ste. Marie Chapter, a tremendous group that helps spread awareness about ASD, facilitates social opportunities for individuals with ASD and their families and provides support to these individuals and their families. For example, they organize workshops, parent caregiver support group meetings and at a Baby Bumps and Beyond event this weekend they have arranged for a sensory room.
Autism Ontario is run by a group of dedicated local volunteers who oversee operations, organize programming/events and raise money. All of the money raised locally stays in the local chapter. I encourage people to check out the group’s Facebook page and website as they provide a good sense of what they are about and how to get involved. They have an office at 123 March Street (Unit 18) and can be reached via email or telephone (705-575-0838).
Sault Ste. Marie is fortunate to have so many hard working people who care about our community and continue to commit their time to groups like Autism Ontario. To all of the volunteers, thank you for your efforts. You are having a positive impact on our community.