We are pleased to partner with the City of Markham to introduce students to Cornell Community Centre and Library as part of a School Readiness Program activity, designed to familiarize them with large public spaces and generalize skills they learn in one-to-one IBI sessions.
“It’s really important for our children with autism to experience going to a community centre and experience life outside of their one-to-one IBI sessions,” said Tamara Fernandez, lead therapist at AIM. “We are so grateful to the City of Markham and Cornell Community Centre for giving us the opportunity to bring our children with autism here.”
Our students spent the morning exploring the facility’s sensory room (Snoezelen Room) equipped with a ball pit, special lighting and objects designed for a variety of therapeutic purposes. Activities like these help our little guys with touch, exploration and balancing their sensory needs.
“We also went to the indoor playground. Over there we practiced taking turns, waiting, lining up. Skills that they would utilize in a school environment,” said Tamara.
This new partnership is the first of its kind for AIM Charity and City of Markham. The 120, 000 sq ft. facility also features a library, swimming pool and gymnasium and provides various inclusion services for the needs of all families in the community.
For Luke Hilts, Community Program Coordinator for Cornell, from the City of Markham’s standpoint, “Everybody has the right and the ability to play and we want them out there playing.”
Thank you Cornell and City of Markham for helping us plan a fun and educational day for our little ones!
It all started with a dream to help one struggling family with the cost of autism therapy. That dream grew to expanding our reach to just a few more families, then in to more community outreach. Today, we are proud of how that dream has multiplied. It is hard to imagine that 5 years later we would be celebrating the opening of a permanent AIM Home dedicated to bringing hope to families living with autism and fostering community awareness, acceptance and understanding.
Without the incredible participation and support we receive from our community partners and supporters, none of this would be possible. Over the past year and a half our staff, parents and volunteers worked tirelessly to not only support the continuation of our programs but towards the ambitious goal of raising funds for an AIM Charity centre committed to our dreams.
We have accomplished so much in a short period of time but there are so much more to be done. The opening of a new centre means we can now expand our reach to more families and have an even greater impact. With more therapy rooms, we are able to work one to one with more children and help change even more lives.
That decision to support one family nearly six years ago is what lead to the creation of Autism in Mind Children’s Charity. It inspires us everyday to keep pushing, to continue breaking barriers, to raise awareness and to expand our reach to more families in need of our love and support.