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AutismBC Goes BRAINBOW Make & Take Workshop (Smithers) (FULL)

March 19 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

AutismBC Goes to BRAINBOW Make & Take Workshop — An Activity During Neurodiversity Celebration Week in Smithers!

A BRAINBOW ‘Make & Take’ workshop is not your average crafting experience. Participants will have the opportunity to design and craft their own personalized bracelets using letter beads and various glass, gemstone, metal, and acrylic beads. Each bracelet will uniquely reflect its maker, featuring a meaningful message such as a favourite word, a loved one’s name, or an inspirational phrase. The bracelet intends to serve as a personal reminder, affirmation, or mantra to support the wearer throughout the day.

Inclusivity and Accessibility:

The BRAINBOW workshop is designed to be inclusive and sensory-friendly. It has a small group size (the maximum number is 12) to ensure personalized attention and a comfortable environment. The activity will be held at the EdGE Learning Centre in Smithers, which offers ample space for participants to work independently, move around, and have appropriate lighting. We are committed to ensuring that all community members feel welcome and supported, and additional accommodations can be provided upon request.

Benefits for Participants:

  • Unleash creativity through a unique avenue for self-expression.
  • Connect with others in a fun and interactive way through hands-on crafting.
  • Craft a wearable keepsake for inspiration and motivation.

Workshop Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
  • Times:
    • 3 – 5 pm: Session 1 for children (6+) and families
    • 6 – 8 pm: Session 2 for children (12+), adults,  parents/ caregivers
  • Location: EdGE Learning Centre, Ranger Park Building, 3736 16th Ave, Smithers BC V0J 2N6
  • Capacity: 12 participants/session – registration below.
  • Cost: FREE to AutismBC Members. Including all required supplies needed. 
  • How: Registration is required; please see essential details below. 

Materials Provided:

  • Selection of beads of various colours and materials (glass, gemstone, metal and acrylic)
  • Durable, stretchy cord for bracelet-making
  • Scissors, beading trays, measuring tape, etc.
  • Printed handout with written and illustrated instructions.

How: Registration is required; please see additional details below. 

SESSION FULL – 1st Session — 3 – 5 pm, for children (6+) and families:

SESSION FULL – 2nd Session — 6 – 8 pm, for children (12+), adults, parents/ caregivers:

*If you would like to be on the waitlist for either event, please email us at [email protected]



The venue is an in-kind contribution from EdGE Learning Centre, which is under the Bulkley Valley Collaborative Learning Society.


About Neurodiversity Celebration Week & BRAINBOW:

In 2018, Neurodiversity Celebration Week was launched with a bold mission: to reshape the narrative surrounding neurodiversity and promote the appreciation and celebration of the unique talents found in neurodiverse individuals. In Smithers, a few local organizations dedicated to championing accessibility, diversity, and inclusion have come together to organize a series of engaging activities during Neurodiversity Week from March 18th to March 24th, 2024. Among these initiatives is the BRAINBOW Make & Take event. Founded in 2023, BRAINBOW Accessories is a small family business in Smithers with a simple yet powerful purpose: to infuse conversations about neurodiversity and mental health with colour, light, and levity.


Appendix: Overview of Make-and-Take Session

  1. Welcome:
  • Facilitator(s) will greet participants and establish a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.
  • Quick round of introductions.
  • Housekeeping – identify available workspaces, location of exit, washrooms, and snacks (if available).
  1. Orientation to the Activity:
  • Provide an overview of the BRAINBOW Make & Take activity.
  • Review the materials provided and demonstrate how to use them.
  • Refer to examples of completed bracelets and a printed handout with instructions.
  1. Beading:
  • Encourage participants to think about a meaningful word or phrase for their bracelet.
  • Offer support and guidance as needed.
  • Check in with the group after an hour indicating time remaining for the activity.
  1. Wrap Up and Tidy:
  • Provide assistance with any final touches or adjustments to the bracelets.
  • Conclude the session by inviting participants to share their creations.
  • Thank participants for joining, and a special thanks to the host and sponsor(s).
  • Invite participants to respond to an electronic feedback form.



  • We have limited space, and each session can accommodate 12 participants. Please ensure to register all people who intend to make bracelets. 
  • If you do not have an AutismBC membership, we encourage you to register beforehand to ensure you get a spot. Get your membership here: AutismBC Membership
  • If you register and are unable to attend, please email us immediately so we can allocate your spot to a waitlisted registrant.


At AutismBC Goes events, we aim to foster a sense of community and belonging, ensuring that cost is never a barrier to participation. By organizing engaging outings and activities, we offer opportunities for autistic individuals and their families to connect, have fun, and learn in a supportive environment. 

Our programs are designed to support, empower, and connect the autism community!

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March 19
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Edge Learning Centre
3736 - A 16th Ave
Smithers, BC Canada
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