B.C. communities can now apply for free materials and training to help children with autism

Friend 2 Friends BC Communities Capacity Building Program is designed to provide school districts and community organizations

The Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society is offering five B.C. Communities the opportunity to participate in the 2013 BC Communities Capacity Building Program completely free of charge.

“Hundreds of parents and educators from across B.C., Canada and abroad ask Friend 2 Friend for our help each year. They are desperate to find ways to foster understanding, acceptance and friendships for their children with autism within their community,” says Friend 2 Friend founder Heather McCracken. “This year, due to a generous grant from the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, we can offer five B..C. communities the help they need.”

Friend 2 Friends BC Communities Capacity Building Program is designed to provide school districts and community organizations throughout British Columbia, with the materials and training to implement the Can I Play Too: Autism Demystification Puppet Packaged Program to children ages three to 11 in their local area.

“Parents and professionals in remote regions of B.C. do not always have access to the services available in the Lower Mainland. The goal of the BC Communities Capacity Building Program is to ensure they do have access to the Friend 2 Friend Autism Demystification programs. These state-of-the-art, research based programs will work to foster true inclusion for children with autism and their peers now and for years to come,”says McCracken.

School districts and community organizations across B.C. may access this program simply by contacting Friend 2 Friend.

The Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society was founded in 2002 by Heather McCracken, a parent of three, including a son who has autism. The nonprofit charity provides innovative social, communication, peer play and friendship programs to children on the autism spectrum and with related needs throughout B.C., Canada, the United States and internationally.

 

For more information visit our online press room at www.friend2friendsociety.org or email: friend2friend@shaw.ca