A big thank you to our fundraising partners celebrating Autism Acceptance Month! We are so grateful that these businesses are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion, accessibility, and acceptance in their communities and beyond.
Shop these businesses throughout April to make a donation to AutismBC or have a percentage of your purchase donated. All funds go to support AutismBC programs throughout the province for autistic children, youth, adults and their families.
A long-time ally to the autism community, this year Sid Dickens Inc. has designed a Memory Block called “Diversity” in honour of Autism BC’s 2022 Autism Acceptance Month Campaign, with 25% of proceeds from sales in April going to AutismBC. This beautiful, thoughtful memory block features the infinity symbol, the neurodiversity symbol designed to represent the infinite spectrum of diversity among those who are autistic, or in any way, not neurotypical, with the saying “Free To Be Me.” As a special bonus, only for orders in April, each Diversity block will be autographed personally by Sid Dickens on the back.
Born in Prince Rupert, Sid Dickens always knew his destiny was to become an artist. Initially trained as a sculptor, he was quickly distinguished in the early 90s for his ground-breaking, unconventional, and prolific Memory Blocks. Sid continues to take inspiration from his travels and constant research around the world. With numerous adoring fans and celebrity collectors like Sir Elton John, Liv Tyler, Dolce & Gabanna, Bono, Sting, Phil Collins, and Hilary Duff, his name and unique Memory Blocks are recognized worldwide.
“Autism is close to my heart as we have staff with children on the spectrum. Being an Autism ally to me means helping to create a world where everyone feels accepted and free to be themselves. In creating this Memory Block, I hope it encourages us to start a conversation to not only understand Autism better but also the person or child on the spectrum.” – Sid Dickens
Specializing in Mental Health, Special Needs, Special Education, and related resources for communities, organizations, schools, and individuals, Odin Books has been a huge resource for the autism community. Donations will be collected in-person or online at Odin’s checkout so you can shop wherever you’re most comfortable. Double your impact – Odin Books will match all donations! Come and visit, as always AutismBC members receive an additional 10% off!
“For 30 years Odin Books has been helping to build an inclusive society where people on the Autism Spectrum can thrive. By curating evidence-based resources and sensory tools and participating in various community events, we have provided much-needed support to families, educators and professionals. We are honoured to be back participating in Autism Awareness month in 2022. Please consider a donation to AutismBC when you are shopping in our store or shopping online. Autism Acceptance begins with you!” – Catherine Ellsmere
With great offers on tires for all seasons, tire and wheel packages, you can visit one of these 4 locations for all your Tire needs! Double your impact! All 1010Tires locations will AGAIN be matching donations collected in celebration of Autism Acceptance Month.
“Our goal is to increase autism awareness within our communities. Being able to recognize and appreciate our child on the autism spectrum for his abilities and differences allowed us to give him the best opportunity to thrive. Autism comes with many deeply rooted misconceptions. In our open society, we need to move away from these misconceptions and concentrate on early intervention.” — Niva Leung, 1010Tires, Vancouver
Vancouver 732 Southeast Marine Drive, Vancouver 604-324-5999
Langley 19990 Fraser Highway, Langley City 604-359-8989
This April, treat yourself while also benefitting the autism community. Studio Q Lounge is donating 15% of all regular services including body sculpting, non-RMT massage, facials, teeth whitening, lash extensions, brows and nail services throughout the month of April!
New to our campaign, come visit Richmond’s very own Asian focussed Ice Cream Specialty Shop! I.ce Queen serves a variety of treats from pudding ice cream rolls to fried ice cream, you have never experienced homemade ice cream like this before. I.ce Queen is collecting donations in person at their Aberdeen Centre location, on behalf of AutismBC!
3420-4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC (Aberdeen Centre) (604) 248-7590
One of AutismBC’s long-time supporters, Red Truck Beer is collecting donations for AutismBC all through April to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month. Come and visit and enjoy some of Red Truck’s beer, brewed the old-fashioned way. Donations can be made with our easy “Tap and Give” display, conveniently located at Red Truck’s counter.
A small business based in Kelowna, BC, specializing in handcrafted silver keepsakes featuring your loved one’s fingerprint, hand/footprint, or handwriting. Place an order in April and round up your bill to support AutismBC. Smallprint Okanagan will double your impact and match all donations at the end of the month! Shipping available, or pick up locally in Kelowna
“Our child was diagnosed with ASD 5 years ago and Autism BC has been a tremendous resource to our family since that time. Navigating autism services in the community can be an overwhelming experience and Autism BC goes above and beyond to support families. Through Autism BC, we have also made many connections with other autism families which has been so valuable. I am proud to support Autism BC in this worthwhile fundraising campaign” – Suzanne Henderson
An old-timey barbershop in the heart of Sechelt, BC, providing haircuts and professional shaves and beard trims of all lengths and sizes. The Belvedere Barbershop is donating a portion of sales throughout the month of April!
#105-5688 Cowrie Street, Sechelt, BC (604) 788-2790 | Instagram
A small e-commerce business based in Nanaimo, BC, specializing in mixed metal jewelry and wooden pins. Purchase one of Crow & Sparkle’s beautifully hand-painted “Neurodiversity Pride Pin” and 20% from sales is donated to AutismBC! The rainbow infinity represents the wide range of neurodivergent experiences, with gold accents for autism acceptance (because Au = gold). Because each pin is handpainted, they are all a little different, just like all of us. Shipping on all pins is free within Canada.
“I’m supporting AutismBC this year because I’m very impressed with the wide range of resources they offer to people throughout the entire autism spectrum. I discovered my autism as an adult, as did some of my closest friends, and we often have to find our own ways to solve our problems when regular solutions don’t work for us. Reaching out to the AutismBC team for help with that problem-solving has literally changed my life. Giving back to such an amazing group is the least I can do.” – Nic Carper
8-year-old Estella, founder of OMB Oh My Bling, has a new product line – Bows! Besides a hair accessory, these bows can also glam up your curtains, purses, backpacks & more. During the month of April, Estella is donating $5 for every $20 sales of bows and her original jewelry line! Shipping is available within Canada and the United States. For an online catalogue of Bows, click here. Visit OMB’s Facebook for a full selection of products, including the latest jewelry designs.
“I am fundraising for AutismBC because I want to help AutismBC support more families in the autism community. I love my brother, Lazarus. He is autistic. I want him and all kids to have a happy future.” – Estella Banez
To place an order, call (778-847-5542), email ([email protected]), or Facebook Messenger (@OMBOhMyBling)
Venture Enterprises is an entrepreneurial program that supports innovative individuals with developmental disabilities, creating businesses of their own with the assistance of their Vocational Trainers. These businesses, based out of North Shore ConneXions Society, provide reliable, efficient and necessary services & products to the community. AutismBC is honoured to have North Shore ConneXions Society and Venture Enterprises participate and collect donations on their Online Shop Home Page during Autism Acceptance Month. From Cookbooks to Pet Toys and other innovations, check out a variety of products and services here on their online store.
“We have chosen to become an autism ally this year because we truly believe in the cause and inclusion. Our entrepreneurs jumped at the idea of helping others in their community. Our vision is A community where all people with disabilities have equal opportunities to lead active, fulfilling lives and are recognized as contributing members of the community” – Venture Enterprises
Add Life Insurance and Financial Services will donate 25% to AutismBC, upon customers selecting AutismBC as their charity of choice. Their motto is, together we can “Change the World, It’s easier than you think”. Add Life Insurance and Financial Services has been providing insurance and financial service products to customers across BC for over 15+ years. They have the most competitive rates for all life insurance products and employee group benefits for your family and your business.
“Add Life is proud to partner with Autism BC and support local families and make a difference. We choose to be different, We choose to make a difference.” – Jaspal & Rose Kambo
Throughout Vancouver Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and newly added Interior BC (including Kamloops, Kelowna, Lillooet, and Merritt), you can donate a car, truck, motorcycle, van, or pretty much any kind of vehicle or metals, with proceeds going to AutismBC! Call for vehicle pickup with Your Choice To Donate or bring your metal donations to Fraser Valley Metal Recycling at the address below. It’s that easy!
A long-term supporter of AutismBC and generous sponsor of the AutismBC Fall Raffle, Applewood will be collecting donations this April from all 9 dealership locations throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Applewood offers a great selection of new and used vehicles and their values of honesty, fairness and loyalty ensures your car buying experience will be as simple and easy as possible from start to finish.
Led by our Board Member Jon Przybyl, Occupational Therapist and Registered Autism Service Provider, we want to thank the following service providers who are coming together to help celebrate April Autism Acceptance Month while generously donating a portion of their service fees throughout April. Thank you for your support and your dedication in the work you do with our community!
JP Therapy is a pediatric occupational therapy company that works with children and youth with a wide range of developmental needs.
“I have the privilege of supporting clients and their families within the autism community on a daily basis. These families are so much more than clients and I value the lasting relationships we’ve built. Knowing the resources, services and support AutismBC provides, I couldn’t think of a better organization to highlight and support for Autism Awareness Month!” – Jon Przybyl, MOT, Specializing in Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Reach the Peak provides comprehensive intervention services for children and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodiverse children and youth. “Helping a child develop meaningful social connections with family members, friends, and the greater community is the ultimate measure of our success.”
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