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Autism Awareness Month, Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver, BC

This was shot at the Vancouver Olympics, just after Canada won the gold medal for hockey. It has brought great joy to communities around Vancouver and allays been an exciting moment for locals and tourists alike. It belongs to a fellow named Marc. Marc is a great fellow with a tremendous heart. Marc donates his time with the car, and even his movie collections to people experiencing autism. I currently work at the same agency as Marc, and have been privileged to be with him in meetings about life and this car. This car actually changes from time to time. In fact sometimes the car has a working water fountain with mermaids and different sculptures. However I think this time it was a special Olympic model.

 

This was shot with a Minolta SRT 201 & 400 speed Kodak Film

 

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Santa Claus Parade, Vancouver, B.C., Canada (2014)

On April 2nd, B.C. celebrated World Autism Awareness Day by participating in Light It Up Blue, a unique global initiative started by Autism Speaks. BC Place joined other iconic landmarks across the globe – by glowing blue! The global movement demonstrates support of families around the world living with autism.

Very good DIPA. Large bittering, sweet malt with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes.

Vancouver, BC - The Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF), in partnership with Trevor Linden, is proud to give the Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship to four outstanding secondary school graduates from across British Columbia. The scholarship, consisting of $2,500 dollars, is awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership through a commitment to affecting positive change in their communities through various initiatives. Since the scholarship was first introduced in 2008, the Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship has awarded $80,000 to 32 graduating students throughout British Columbia.

 

"Every year we receive applications from students across BC, and every year I am so impressed by the incredible work these youth are doing in their communities," said Linden. "I am honoured that we are able to provide financial support to this year's scholarship winners as they pursue their post-secondary studies and the endless possibilities that lie ahead of them."

 

2017 Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship Recipients:

 

Luke Harris is a graduating student from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in North Vancouver. Luke is known for turning challenges he faces into opportunities for success. Facing his own adversities that began in grade three, Luke received the support he needed to guide him to academic success. Realizing the support he received is not accessible to everyone, Luke began to give back to those in similar positions as he was in. In 2016, Luke founded the Run 4 the Health of It initiative which works in conjunction with BC principals and BC Athletics calling for inclusion of high school para athletes on high school sports teams. Luke's work with his organization has been featured on various news outlets such as BCTV Sports and the North Shore News. In the fall, Luke will be starting in the UBC Engineering program, where he will pursue his degree with the purpose of one day inventing devices which will make life easier for those with special needs.

 

Myles Mattila is a graduating student from Prince George Secondary School. Myles has dedicated his time to organizations that work to reduce stigmas surrounding mental health. He started doing so after he experienced how difficult it is for teammates and friends to speak up about their own stories. Acknowledging that mental health initiatives are underfunded, he also aims to increase funding for those initiatives surrounding mental health. Myles developed Mindright.info with aims to create an open environment that encourages discussion of mental health issues. Myles is also a public speaker for Northern Balancing our Minds, Prince George Youth Action Team, MindRight.info, Talk Today, Mindcheck.ca and many more and also has recently joined the network team of Foundry BC. In the fall, Myles will be attending Okanagan College University of British Columbia Okanagan where he will pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Law and playing hockey for the Kelowna Chiefs of the KIJHL.

 

Elly Choi is a graduating student from R.E. Mountain Secondary School in Langley. Witnessing the effects that the poverty cycle has on the youth within her community, Elly instigated a movement that campaigns for a youth only homeless shelter in Langley (the first and only one in Langley). Elly has raised more than $20,000 through fundraisers to give impoverished youth the practical and immediate support they need. Elly received the Global Teen Leader award by the Three Dot Dash Association. She is also now in a mentorship program with mentors such as Chelsea Peters (Chief of Staff at UNICEF), Pamela Bell (Founding partner of Kate Spade) and Maurizio Vecchione (Senior Advisor to Bill Gates) and in an effort to expand the impact of her initiatives. She was also recently chosen as a delegate for the 2017 United Nations Youth Assembly in New York City. In the fall, Elly will be pursuing her Bachelors of Science, majoring in Biology. Elly clearly understands the importance of being a catalyst for change, as well as sharing her same passion for education and activism with other youth.

 

Sonya Kung is a graduating student from École Alpha Secondary in Burnaby. Throughout her high school years, Sonya learned that making a positive impact in her community begins with having the courage to take initiate and make use of every opportunity in front of you. Sonya is the co-chair of the social justice club Offence, which raises awareness of humanitarian issues such as poverty. She also implemented the district-wide Do it Green Conference which connects environmental experts with over 300 students through a variety of interactive experiences that explore environmental sustainability. Sonya understand the effects of leadership and its' ability to make a positive impact on people's lives. Furthering her passion for athletics, in the fall Sonya will be pursuing her Bachelors of Sciences, majoring in Biomedical Physiology.

 

The Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship is one of the numerous Canucks for Kids Fund's educational initiatives that resources are dedicated to. Other education programs that the Canucks for Kids Fund supports include the Canucks Family Education Centre, Fin's Friends, Power PLAY, Future Goals - Hockey Scholar and Seventh Generation Club. The Canucks for Kids Fund also generously supports its signature beneficiaries including the Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children's Hospice and BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Since its establishment over 32 years ago, the Canucks for Kids Fund has granted more than $56 million to these and numerous other charities. For more information, please visit www.canucks.com/cfkf.

 

ForMylesMattila, receiving the

Chair of the Board Award during a

B.C. Hockey banquet on Saturday

night was a thrill. Equally exciting

was finding out his initiative

regarding youthmental health is

gaining recognition andmomentumaround

the province.

The 18-year-oldMattila, a recent

graduate of the Cariboo Cougars

majormidget program, was handed

the Chair of the Board Award

while at Sun Peaks Resort for the

B.C. Hockey annual generalmeeting.

Each year, the award goes to

an individual who has “brought

honour to the amateur hockey

fraternity through an outstanding

humanitarian endeavour.”

“Forme, I didn’t expect that at

all,”Mattila said of winning the

award.

“That wasmy first time going

to the AGMfor B.C. Hockey and

they just did a fantastic job and I

couldn’t bemore happy to have

been there and be the recipient of

that award.”

Mattila is the founder of a

programcalledMindRight,

which promotes education and

awareness aboutmental health

issues among young athletes. The

program– with help fromJessie

Sprague and the Cariboo Cougars

– was launched this past hockey

season, was adopted by the Cougars

players and coaches, and was

promoted within the B.C. Hockey

MajorMidget League.

At Saturday’s banquet,Mattila

gave a presentation about

MindRight and, afterward, was

informed by Randy Henderson,

chair of the board for B.C. Hockey,

that 91minor hockey associations

in the province want to get

involved with the program.

“That was really inspiring to

hear that and know that we’re

taking the right steps forward and

going in the right direction,”Mattila

said.

Mattila first became interested

inmental health when he read

a newspaper story about former

Vancouver Canucks forward Rick

Rypien, who suffered fromclinical

depression and took his own life in

August 2011. That story ledMattila

tomindcheck.ca, an organization

that sprang fromRypien’s

death and one that has become

a valuable online resource for

people coping withmental health

issues.Mattila, who recognized

first-hand the struggles being experienced

by a friend and hockey

teammate, became a spokesperson

formindcheck.ca.

Last summer,Mattila came

up with the idea forMindRight,

which he envisioned as a tool

of assistance for youth athletes

dealing with the same types of

problems.

On top of all this work in the

area of youthmental health,Mattila

helped bring a summit called

Balancing OurMinds to Prince

George inMay.

Mattila is getting ready for the

next phase of his life, which will

see himplay junior B hockey for

the Kelowna Chiefs while he’s

working toward a business degree.

He plans to become a lawyer and

intends to keep promoting good

mental health.

“I’ll do whatever I can to really

help out and speak up for others,”

he said.

• Also on the weekend at Sun

Peaks, Trevor Sprague and fellow

Cariboo coaches Tyler Brough

and BryanMacLean were presented

with a Silver Skate Award

for the team’s 2016-17 championship

in the B.C. HockeyMajor

Midget League. The award, given

by the Vancouver Canucks organization,

was presented by former

Canuck and P.G. resident Darcy

Rota.

“I think it was 1965 that he

said he won that same award,”

Sprague said. “(The award presentation)

was pretty special for

(Rota) and pretty special for Tyler

and Bryan and I as well.”

 

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Patti Catalano is a Board–certified music therapist and a Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton in Ohio and Master's in Music from Colorado State University. Her clinical internship was done at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, LA where she worked with children hospitalized for rehabilitation and acute medical problems. Patti also worked on the pediatric floor of Charity Hospital as part of a music therapy grant through the Orleans Parish School District.

 

She has lived in the Seattle area for 22 years with her husband and four children and during that time has worked with people of all ages—from tiny infants to vital 100+ year olds. In her private practice she has had clients who span all ages and abilities but who are all special and unique and who have shared with her their joy through music making. Her experience includes music therapy with children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities, children with autism, early intervention, older adults and geriatrics, adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia, pain management and oncology, and health impaired/orthopedically handicapped children.

 

As well as her credential in Neurologic Music Therapy, Patti has taken the training for the SCERTS™ Model – A Comprehensive Educational Approach for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s sponsored by the National Parkinson Foundation. She has made presentations for Evergreen Hospital’s Continuing Education Department, Lake Washington School District, the Infant and Early Childhood Conference for Washington State, and Snohomish County School Speech/Language Pathologists, and a PTSD Symposium at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

 

Music Works NW is proud to offer Music Therapy with Patti Catalano.

Call 425-644-0988 to register.

Marking the importance of Autism Awareness Month. The B.C. government is recognizing and honouring children, youth and families living with autism, by celebrating the annual Autism Awareness Month in April.

5th Annual Cabriolet Charity Gala with Special Guest Jay Leno! Presenting Sponsor Brian Jessel BMW

 

Proceeds supporting the Canucks Autism Network

 

Hats off to Rhoda Rizkalla, Brian Jessel, the committee, volunteers, staff and generous sponsors for pulling off another amazing fundraiser!

 

www.BrianJessel.BMW.com

www.CanucksAutism.ca

www.JayLenosGarage.com

 

About the Canucks Autism Network

 

In 1996 Paolo and Clara Aquilini listened in shock and disbelief as medical professionals diagnosed their son with autism.

In the following years Paolo and Clara experienced the trials and triumphs that come with raising a child with autism. They also began to live with the frustration of watching their beloved child struggle to participate in "normal" activities and at times be told that he was simply unable to do so.

 

Autism deeply affects not only the individual who is diagnosed, but also their families. As the rate of occurrence of autism continues to climb and existing programs become increasingly overwhelmed, Paolo and Clara’s hearts and prayers continually go out to other families facing the same turmoil and challenges.

 

Compelled by the growing need in the community and driven by their own personal experience, Paolo and Clara constantly searched for ways to support families living with autism. It is their profound desire to enhance the quality of life for families living with autism in BC.

 

This vision is the founding inspiration for the Canucks Autism Network and will guide us in our mission to provide high quality recreational, sports, social and vocational development programs for individuals and families living with autism and to build capacity through community networks across British Columbia.

 

You have the power to enhance the lives of individuals and families living with autism!

 

5th Annual Cabriolet Charity Gala with Special Guest Jay Leno! Presenting Sponsor Brian Jessel BMW

 

Proceeds supporting the Canucks Autism Network

 

Hats off to Rhoda Rizkalla, Brian Jessel, the committee, volunteers, staff and generous sponsors for pulling off another amazing fundraiser!

 

www.BrianJessel.BMW.com

www.CanucksAutism.ca

www.JayLenosGarage.com

 

About the Canucks Autism Network

 

In 1996 Paolo and Clara Aquilini listened in shock and disbelief as medical professionals diagnosed their son with autism.

In the following years Paolo and Clara experienced the trials and triumphs that come with raising a child with autism. They also began to live with the frustration of watching their beloved child struggle to participate in "normal" activities and at times be told that he was simply unable to do so.

 

Autism deeply affects not only the individual who is diagnosed, but also their families. As the rate of occurrence of autism continues to climb and existing programs become increasingly overwhelmed, Paolo and Clara’s hearts and prayers continually go out to other families facing the same turmoil and challenges.

 

Compelled by the growing need in the community and driven by their own personal experience, Paolo and Clara constantly searched for ways to support families living with autism. It is their profound desire to enhance the quality of life for families living with autism in BC.

 

This vision is the founding inspiration for the Canucks Autism Network and will guide us in our mission to provide high quality recreational, sports, social and vocational development programs for individuals and families living with autism and to build capacity through community networks across British Columbia.

 

You have the power to enhance the lives of individuals and families living with autism!

 

April 1, 2012 - Minister of Children and Family Development Mary McNeil reads out the Autism Awareness Month proclamation.

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5th Annual Cabriolet Charity Gala with Special Guest Jay Leno! Presenting Sponsor Brian Jessel BMW

 

Proceeds supporting the Canucks Autism Network

 

Hats off to Rhoda Rizkalla, Brian Jessel, the committee, volunteers, staff and generous sponsors for pulling off another amazing fundraiser!

 

www.BrianJessel.BMW.com

www.CanucksAutism.ca

www.JayLenosGarage.com

 

About the Canucks Autism Network

 

In 1996 Paolo and Clara Aquilini listened in shock and disbelief as medical professionals diagnosed their son with autism.

In the following years Paolo and Clara experienced the trials and triumphs that come with raising a child with autism. They also began to live with the frustration of watching their beloved child struggle to participate in "normal" activities and at times be told that he was simply unable to do so.

 

Autism deeply affects not only the individual who is diagnosed, but also their families. As the rate of occurrence of autism continues to climb and existing programs become increasingly overwhelmed, Paolo and Clara’s hearts and prayers continually go out to other families facing the same turmoil and challenges.

 

Compelled by the growing need in the community and driven by their own personal experience, Paolo and Clara constantly searched for ways to support families living with autism. It is their profound desire to enhance the quality of life for families living with autism in BC.

 

This vision is the founding inspiration for the Canucks Autism Network and will guide us in our mission to provide high quality recreational, sports, social and vocational development programs for individuals and families living with autism and to build capacity through community networks across British Columbia.

 

You have the power to enhance the lives of individuals and families living with autism!

 

5th Annual Cabriolet Charity Gala with Special Guest Jay Leno! Presenting Sponsor Brian Jessel BMW

 

Proceeds supporting the Canucks Autism Network

 

Hats off to Rhoda Rizkalla, Brian Jessel, the committee, volunteers, staff and generous sponsors for pulling off another amazing fundraiser!

 

www.BrianJessel.BMW.com

www.CanucksAutism.ca

www.JayLenosGarage.com

 

About the Canucks Autism Network

 

In 1996 Paolo and Clara Aquilini listened in shock and disbelief as medical professionals diagnosed their son with autism.

In the following years Paolo and Clara experienced the trials and triumphs that come with raising a child with autism. They also began to live with the frustration of watching their beloved child struggle to participate in "normal" activities and at times be told that he was simply unable to do so.

 

Autism deeply affects not only the individual who is diagnosed, but also their families. As the rate of occurrence of autism continues to climb and existing programs become increasingly overwhelmed, Paolo and Clara’s hearts and prayers continually go out to other families facing the same turmoil and challenges.

 

Compelled by the growing need in the community and driven by their own personal experience, Paolo and Clara constantly searched for ways to support families living with autism. It is their profound desire to enhance the quality of life for families living with autism in BC.

 

This vision is the founding inspiration for the Canucks Autism Network and will guide us in our mission to provide high quality recreational, sports, social and vocational development programs for individuals and families living with autism and to build capacity through community networks across British Columbia.

 

You have the power to enhance the lives of individuals and families living with autism!

 

5th Annual Cabriolet Charity Gala with Special Guest Jay Leno! Presenting Sponsor Brian Jessel BMW

 

Proceeds supporting the Canucks Autism Network

 

Hats off to Rhoda Rizkalla, Brian Jessel, the committee, volunteers, staff and generous sponsors for pulling off another amazing fundraiser!

 

www.BrianJessel.BMW.com

www.CanucksAutism.ca

www.JayLenosGarage.com

 

About the Canucks Autism Network

 

In 1996 Paolo and Clara Aquilini listened in shock and disbelief as medical professionals diagnosed their son with autism.

In the following years Paolo and Clara experienced the trials and triumphs that come with raising a child with autism. They also began to live with the frustration of watching their beloved child struggle to participate in "normal" activities and at times be told that he was simply unable to do so.

 

Autism deeply affects not only the individual who is diagnosed, but also their families. As the rate of occurrence of autism continues to climb and existing programs become increasingly overwhelmed, Paolo and Clara’s hearts and prayers continually go out to other families facing the same turmoil and challenges.

 

Compelled by the growing need in the community and driven by their own personal experience, Paolo and Clara constantly searched for ways to support families living with autism. It is their profound desire to enhance the quality of life for families living with autism in BC.

 

This vision is the founding inspiration for the Canucks Autism Network and will guide us in our mission to provide high quality recreational, sports, social and vocational development programs for individuals and families living with autism and to build capacity through community networks across British Columbia.

 

You have the power to enhance the lives of individuals and families living with autism!

 

Rain or shine – Autism Awareness Month shines on! Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid, MLA for Vancouver-Fairview and vice chair of the cabinet committee for Families First participates in the Canucks Autism Network Autism Awareness Walk in Vancouver.

5th Annual Cabriolet Charity Gala with Special Guest Jay Leno! Presenting Sponsor Brian Jessel BMW

 

Proceeds supporting the Canucks Autism Network

 

Hats off to Rhoda Rizkalla, Brian Jessel, the committee, volunteers, staff and generous sponsors for pulling off another amazing fundraiser!

 

www.BrianJessel.BMW.com

www.CanucksAutism.ca

www.JayLenosGarage.com

 

About the Canucks Autism Network

 

In 1996 Paolo and Clara Aquilini listened in shock and disbelief as medical professionals diagnosed their son with autism.

In the following years Paolo and Clara experienced the trials and triumphs that come with raising a child with autism. They also began to live with the frustration of watching their beloved child struggle to participate in "normal" activities and at times be told that he was simply unable to do so.

 

Autism deeply affects not only the individual who is diagnosed, but also their families. As the rate of occurrence of autism continues to climb and existing programs become increasingly overwhelmed, Paolo and Clara’s hearts and prayers continually go out to other families facing the same turmoil and challenges.

 

Compelled by the growing need in the community and driven by their own personal experience, Paolo and Clara constantly searched for ways to support families living with autism. It is their profound desire to enhance the quality of life for families living with autism in BC.

 

This vision is the founding inspiration for the Canucks Autism Network and will guide us in our mission to provide high quality recreational, sports, social and vocational development programs for individuals and families living with autism and to build capacity through community networks across British Columbia.

 

You have the power to enhance the lives of individuals and families living with autism!

 

A support worker helps a young boy participate in a game of baseball at the Annual Canucks Autism Network Sports Day event.

 

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, social and employment related programs for individuals and families living with autism, while building awareness and capacity through community networks across British Columbia.

5th Annual Cabriolet Charity Gala with Special Guest Jay Leno! Presenting Sponsor Brian Jessel BMW

 

Proceeds supporting the Canucks Autism Network

 

Hats off to Rhoda Rizkalla, Brian Jessel, the committee, volunteers, staff and generous sponsors for pulling off another amazing fundraiser!

 

www.BrianJessel.BMW.com

www.CanucksAutism.ca

www.JayLenosGarage.com

 

About the Canucks Autism Network

 

In 1996 Paolo and Clara Aquilini listened in shock and disbelief as medical professionals diagnosed their son with autism.

In the following years Paolo and Clara experienced the trials and triumphs that come with raising a child with autism. They also began to live with the frustration of watching their beloved child struggle to participate in "normal" activities and at times be told that he was simply unable to do so.

 

Autism deeply affects not only the individual who is diagnosed, but also their families. As the rate of occurrence of autism continues to climb and existing programs become increasingly overwhelmed, Paolo and Clara’s hearts and prayers continually go out to other families facing the same turmoil and challenges.

 

Compelled by the growing need in the community and driven by their own personal experience, Paolo and Clara constantly searched for ways to support families living with autism. It is their profound desire to enhance the quality of life for families living with autism in BC.

 

This vision is the founding inspiration for the Canucks Autism Network and will guide us in our mission to provide high quality recreational, sports, social and vocational development programs for individuals and families living with autism and to build capacity through community networks across British Columbia.

 

You have the power to enhance the lives of individuals and families living with autism!

 

A young boy with autism runs to third base at the Annual Canucks Autism Network Sports Day event.

 

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, social and employment related programs for individuals and families living with autism, while building awareness and capacity through community networks across British Columbia.

Rain or shine – Autism Awareness Month shines on! Children and Family Development Minister Mary McNeil (second from left) participates in the Canucks Autism Network Autism Awareness Walk in Vancouver.

April 1, 2012 - The game of hockey comes to life for children. Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government and Vancouver-Fairview MLA Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid and Minister of Children and Family Development Mary McNeil check out the game in action.

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April 1, 2012 - Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government and Vancouver-Fairview MLA Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid and Minister of Children and Family Development Mary McNeil bring their positive energy to the walk and festival.

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Sorghum is an ancient cereal grain and was collected 8000 years ago in Southern Egypt, in a place called Nabta Playa. Sorghum was domesticated in Ethiopia and Sudan and from there moved throughout all of Africa, where it remains an important cereal grain.

 

Sorghum likely traveled to India during the first millennium BC, taken as food on ships, and then continued to be disbursed along the silk trade routes. It most probably arrived in the Americas with slave traders from Africa in the 19th century.

 

Increased prevalence and diagnosis of celiac disease have led to strong growth in the gluten-free market, of which sorghum is a key component. While 40,000 to 60,000 Americans have been diagnosed as celiac, the federal government estimates there could be as many as 3 million undiagnosed. A gluten-free diet incorporating sorghum also has been adopted by many with autism, ADHD and irritable bowel syndrome, although research in this area is limited.

Robert Gagno, who has autism, is the top-ranked competitive pinball player in Canada and 13th in the world. Rock 101's Bro Jake paid Robert a visit on October 12, 2011 and checked out his garage full of pinball machines.

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September 9, 2013 - Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale) for Autism from Central City Brewers & Distillers in Surrey, British Columbia. This 9% offering came in a nicely painted 650 mL brown glass bomber bottle.

 

It pours out a coppery golden colour that is very, very clear. There was a couple of fingers of beige head that slowly faded with medium carbonation. The aroma is of hops, slightly sweetened, but definitely hops. There is some fruity sweetness, but the hop bitterness is the whole beer. Yes, it is 90 IBUs. I drank this one myself and eventually closed my eyes for five minutes and woke up two hours later probably due to the 9% alcohol. Or it could have been the combination of the 600 mL bottle of Beau's Festivale Plus Sticke Alt which packs a 7% punch itself.

A support worker assists a young boy with autism as he learns to hit a baseball.

 

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, social and employment related programs for individuals and families living with autism, while building awareness and capacity through community networks across British Columbia.

Graduation Day! Music Therapy Sessions provided by a generous grant from the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival have been ongoing for the past 8 weeks. Music therapist, Channing Shippen, BC-MT, of Roman Music Therapy, charmed even the most reluctant participant and all had a successful experience. Many thanks to everyone at Salem Jazz and Soul Festival who made this possible. Thank you to photographer, John Andrews of Social Palates. And kudos to Scott Buchanan (the link between the Festival and the Autism Support Center) for helping to make this happen!

Robert Gagno, who has autism, is the top-ranked competitive pinball player in Canada and 13th in the world. Rock 101's Bro Jake paid Robert a visit on October 12, 2011 and checked out his garage full of pinball machines.

Graduation Day! Music Therapy Sessions provided by a generous grant from the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival have been ongoing for the past 8 weeks. Music therapist, Channing Shippen, BC-MT, of Roman Music Therapy, charmed even the most reluctant participant and all had a successful experience. Many thanks to everyone at Salem Jazz and Soul Festival who made this possible. Thank you to photographer, John Andrews of Social Palates. And kudos to Scott Buchanan (the link between the Festival and the Autism Support Center) for helping to make this happen!

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