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Evan’s Ride for Autism is moving on …

With new chapters opening in their lives, Len & Evan Sheldrake have recently decided that last year’s very successful Ride, will be the last. Evan’s Ride began in 2009, after Len experienced the joy of watching his 12 year-old son, Evan, ride a bicycle on his own – a complex task that doctors had told his parents he would never be able to do. Knowing the faith and perseverance that was behind Evan’s accomplishment, and that Evan’s struggles and victories were echoed in families with children with autism everywhere, Len founded Evan’s Ride to bring awareness to the challenges and to raise funds for programs to support them. In the ...

Special Gifts for over 100 Niagara families!

Another hugely successful Holiday Shopping Day was held 0n December 15th. Children with autism spectrum disorder from over 100 Niagara families were able to select very special gifts for their family members because this event provides a safe and sensory controlled environment for them to shop in. Thanks to the many volunteers who make this event a success every year and to the many supporters of this event. Special thanks to the Niagara organizations who sponsored the event this year - Walmart, Welland Ave., St. Catharines; Walmart, Fairview Mall, St. Catharines, Meridian Credit Union, St Catharines branches and Welland Honda. Finally, a very ...

Looking for families for Facing Your Fears

Does your child struggle with anxiety or excessive worries?  Does your family spend a lot of time "working around" your child's fears?  Facing Your Fears is a program which helps children with autism learn how to cope with their fears and worries. As many with autism experience anxiety, Autism Community prioritized developing resources in this area.  We introduced Facing Your Fears, a group-based, cognitive-behavioural therapeutic anxiety management program for children (age 8-12) with high functioning autism.  We are hoping to run a second session of this program beginning April 3rd in partnership with Dr. Rebecca Ward and her colleagues ...

Epic Win: Help on the Journey to Adulthood

The transition to adulthood is difficult for most young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The challenges associated with autism persist and can be heightened during this time. Without support, even those with ASD who are more able to live independently face challenges in getting and keeping employment, succeeding in college or university, making friends and having lasting relationships, and living independently. One program, designed for young people with high functioning ASD is My Life as an Epic Win, which is supported by Evan’s Ride for Autism Owen Hunter is, by anyone’s standards, doing okay. The 27 year-old works as an ...

Evan’s Ride is almost here

June 10th is fast approaching!  It's not too late to register for Evan's Ride for Autism. Click here to register. Click here to download a pledge form (or pick one up at locations across West Niagara) Already signed up? Be sure to enjoy all of the day's activities. Before the Ride: Get a pre-ride coffee and Timbits compliments of Tim Horton's - Smithville Your bike need a little work?  Sean Green from Velofix will be on hand to meet your tune-up/repair needs Chris Biggs, of 97.7 HTZ-FM's Biggs and Barr morning show will again emcee the opening ceremonies with the help of event chairman, Mayor of West Lincoln, Doug Joyner and a ...

Six Weeks until Evan’s Ride 2017

Its hard to believe it's only 6 weeks until Evan Sheldrake will be, once again, leading the way for Evan's Ride for Autism. Evan's Ride is Autism Community's annual fundraising event to support our programs like Facing Your Fears and My Life as an EPIC WIN.  Evan's Ride is an 11 or 22 km cycle through the scenic roads of West Lincoln followed by lunch and family-fun activities.   The fun begins at 9 am on Saturday, June 10th  at Sheldrick Transport in Smithville (2942 Thompson Road).  You can download the event flyer here. Evan’s Ride for Autism began in 2009 when Len Sheldrake experienced the joy of watching his 12 year-old son, ...

Evan’s Story

When Evan Sheldrake was 2, he was diagnosed as being severely autistic. His parents, Len and Denise, were told he would never speak or be able to learn complex tasks like riding a bicycle. When he was 12, the training wheels came off Evan’s bike -