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About the Ratnavels
Our family strongly believes in giving back — as such, we have been supporting SAAAC with its valiant efforts to stamp out obstacles and bring awareness to issues surrounding Autism. We have also been involved in philanthropic causes related to mental illness — including climbing Mount Kilima...
KJ and Kayan Kanesalingam's
Bike A Little to Raise A Little$3,036.00
Walk for Jonathan - Family challenge$2,197.00
Art of Mobility$1,605.00
Head n Shoulders Knees n Toes$1,400.00
Tie The Thali$1,391.00
500KM SOLE MATES$580.00
Family Get Active Challenge$445.00
Make every step count.
This would not be possible without the support of our community
A note from our executive director
For 5 years, the SAAAC Autism Centre’s Walk-A-Thon was a platform to raise awareness for Autism; generate funding for important programs and services; and celebrate health & wellness. This year as the world changes drastically, we too will change our approach to raising critical dollars to support individuals and families living with autism.
This pandemic has taught us a few things about being mentally and physically strong to cope with the challenges and opportunities that we face daily, and in the future - so this year we are excited to bring you a new format to our walkathon, a virtual health and wellness experiences where we can come together, even while we stay apart.
This year, the funds generated will help with the following initiatives
- Creating digital education programming (videos, webinars, guides to better help support families)
- Providing 1-to-1 virtual therapy opportunities and virtual group workshops
- Updating our facilities to better ensure the safety and health of our children, families, staff, and volunteers during the pandemic
Autism Spectrum Disorder
A recent report by the Public Health Agency of Canada found that approximately 1 in 66 Canadians are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Chances are that you know someone living with ASD right now. Individuals with ASD require intensive, specialized support, and the diagnosis can be a source of emotional and financial stress for parents and caregivers.
The SAAAC Autism Centre is a Toronto-based registered charity that increases access to ASD services to marginalized communities including low-income and newcomer families. Conceived in 2008 with only a handful of volunteers, the organization has since grown to multi-disciplinary centre providing free and subsidized programming to over 400 families annually, with 150 volunteers and 21 staff overseeing 12 unique treatment programs.