I CAAN - Activities for Autism in West Cumbria
Lynne Thornton – I CAAN Committee Member www.icaan.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in October 2010 by parent volunteers, I CAAN is a registered local charity providing much needed social opportunities for children and young people with autism, in Allerdale and Copeland.
Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how a person communicates and interacts with other people and the world around them. As West Cumbria is geographically widespread, with very little provision for people with autism, individuals and their families often suffer from social exclusion and isolation.
I CAAN creates opportunities for these young people, to feel accepted and understood. The charity also prevents local autism families from feeling isolated.
I CAAN addresses social isolation by providing a variety of fulfilling and engaging activities and events for not only the individual with autism, but also their direct family members who are often unable to experience quality family time together in a welcoming, friendly and relaxed environment. There are numerous benefits from I CAAN’s work, as individuals with autism have an opportunity to socialise, whilst their families can confidently attend activities, without fear of being judged or their children being misunderstood.
The charity has a significant and positive impact on the lives of many and establishes the foundations for families to grow in confidence, for individuals with autism to have the chance to develop essential social skills, and ultimately find a place where they truly belong.