First GetActive 4 Autism event raises more than $75,000

Funds will support ISAND pilot program for young adults

TORONTO, ON (November 1, 2017) — With the help of generous donors, supporters and more than 100 participants, the inaugural Get Active 4 Autism event on Sunday, October 22 raised more than $75,000 to support the development of a pilot program at Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ISAND), aimed at helping young people as they transition to adulthood.

“We are thrilled at the success of Get Active 4 Autism,” said Jennifer Koffman, Event Chair and ISAND Board member. “As a mother of a teenager with autism, I am concerned about the scarcity of support available to young adults with autism once they leave secondary school. ISAND’s planned pilot program gives me hope for the future of these young people.”

The vision for ISAND’s program is to support young adults living with autism as they prepare for the next stage of their lives, whether it be work, volunteering, or other activities. By providing opportunities to develop independent living and job skills, strengthen social and communication abilities and much more, the program will assist each young adult to reach their potential and become productive, contributing members of their families and communities.

“Get Active 4 Autism would not have been possible without the generosity and enthusiasm of many donors, supporters, participants, fitness instructors, volunteers and Harmony Fitness,” said David Gray, ISAND Executive Director. “The funds raised bring us a step closer to realizing this next important step in developing our program.”

Get Active 4 Autism supporters include Newton Glassman Charitable Foundation, Ali Lubin, Harmony Fitness, Margaret’s Legacy, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brian, Laura, Ethan and Noa Wise, Martha and Stan Wise, Magen Boys Entertainment, Ilana and Anton Rabie, Mr. Case, Forest Hill Orthodontics, Fujifilm, Proprint Services Inc., Samuelsohn, Metro, and Burnac Produce Ltd.

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Bob Butella

Credentials: B . Commerce University of Guelph Affiliations – (e.g. member of College of Social workers) Other Pertinent training outside of your credential: Career Highlights: Founding Board member of Guelph Giants (Special Ice Hockey International) Founding Member of Facilitation Wellington Dufferin Co-Chair of the Developmental Services Human Resources Strategy Treasurer of Great Lakes Society Vice Chair of the Developmental Services (DSO) Network Co-Chair OASIS Pay equity Committee Years of Experience (in general) Over 30 years working in Developmental services Length of Time with ISAND: 3 months Position at ISAND: Executive Director Any areas of Specialization: Professional Accomplishments ( at least one): Taught in the DSW and DSW Apprenticeship Programs at Fanshawe, Conestoga and Sheridan Colleges What brought you to ISAND: The mission, the expertise of the clinicians, What do you really like about ISAND: The energy and enthusiasm of the ISAND team. Hearing stories from individuals and their families about how ISAND has helped them A little bit about who you are outside of ISAND – hobbies and interests Enjoy the outdoors. Hiking, biking, camping, fishing.

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