Autism awareness month is great, but just because April is over, it doesn’t mean we have to turn off that blue light. Here are five ways you can extend autism awareness and acceptance beyond April in Toronto.
MAY 13th – Autism in Love Screening:
“AUTISM IN LOVE by Matt Fuller is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four autistic adults as they pursue and manage romantic relationships. This feature documentary is preceded by the short film PERFECT about a man who meets with his psychologist after what he considered to be a disastrous first date due to his involuntary tics. Co-presenters: Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Autism Ontario” (source)
WHEN? Friday, May 13, 6:30pm
WHERE? Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
DETAILS: Wheelchair accessible, open captions, sensory friendly
- $12 Regular admission
- $8 Students, Seniors, Fixed Income
- Groups of 6 or more – $8 per ticket with code RAFF2016
If you can’t make it out on the 13th, you can also purchase a digital copy HERE.
JUNE 4th – United for Autism Concert:
Concert organized by Ausum Charity for Autism.
Featured bands: Jeff Eager, Big Night Out, The SUVs
WHEN? Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Doors open at 7pm, concert at 8pm.
WHERE? the Mod Club, 722 College St, Toronto.
TICKETS: Tickets $20 available at door or online at Eventbrite or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNE 5th – Autism Speaks Canada Walk: Toronto 2016
Fundraiser organized by Autism Speaks.
WHEN? Sunday, June 5, 2016
- Registration opens @ 8:30 am
- Opening ceremonies @ 10:30 am
- Walk begins @ 10:45 am
- Closing Ceremonies @ 12:00 pm
WHERE? Nathan Phillips Square
- Walk Distance: 3 km
- Fun activities, performers, and snacks!
JUNE 16th – LOL for Autism
WHEN? Thursday, June 16th, 2016 – 7pm
WHERE? CBC Glenn Gould Studio – 250 Front Street West, Toronto
DETAILS: Presented by Geneva Centre for Autism, and hosted by Evan Carter: Michael McCreary and Nile Seguin will perform in a live comedy show with all proceeds going to support programs for children, youth, and adults with autism.
TICKETS are $99 and can be purchased HERE.
Micheal McCreary, who goes by AspieComic on the web, is a stand-up comedian who has Asperger’s. You can check him out on Youtube, or in on his website. Here’s a video collaboration he did recently with Autism Ontario: (spoiler: It’s awesome.)
ANYTIME – Travels With My Brother
“This short, live action/animated documentary (using computer 2-D cut-out elements) explores the relationship between Vas – a high-functioning autistic man – and his older sister Christine, who will one day be his official guardian, as they travel around their hometown of Toronto, Canada. Through a series of interconnected conversations on love, family, humour, art, desire and destiny, the film unearths Vas’ unique perception of the world and how he copes with the “realities” within and outside of him. At the heart of the story is a sister’s attempt to crack the enigma that is her brother as she forges a way for their shared future.”(source)
- The film is available ON DEMAND anywhere in the world and can be streamed for $2.99 CDN on Distrify (https://distrify.com/)
- You can RENT the video for streaming on your computer at: http://muvi.es/w6508
- READ MORE about this film at: www.travelswithmybrother.com
Let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed in the comments. Keep it blue!