Autism Teenage Partnership (ATP) is a youth led initiative connecting teens living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ATP's weekly programming enables individuals with ASD to express themselves through games, arts and crafts, team-building activities, social discussion, and excursions into the community. Our aim is to aid them in fostering meaningful friendships, building confidence, and developing social skills in an inclusive, laid back environment of fun, not therapy. Engaging in a social group creates new opportunities to make friends, share meaningful experiences, mutual interests, and challenges they face in their daily lives. It can provide a sense of belonging, and simply, it gives them a chance to just be themselves.
Connecting youth living with ASD.
To provide meaningful social interaction, build confidence and promote inclusion for teens and families living with ASD.
INCLUSION, FRIENDSHIP, GROWTH, ENGAGEMENT, PASSION
The Autism Awareness initiative was started as a university club at the University of Western Ontario by Janson Chan and Brandon Wildfong in 2013. Autism Awareness at Western (AAW) continues to run today with over 120 members volunteering their time and raising awareness of ASD, and has spread to several other campuses province wide.
Upon returning to the GTA in 2014, they searched for a way to become involved in the local autism community, but found a surprising void of supports available to families and youth. By refusing to accept the reality of the lack of services and supports available, a team of passionate students with connections to ASD were assembled to directly address the needs of families. Starting out as a two month project stemming from the Agents of Change Program at York University, Autism Teenage Partnership was born.
ATP continues to grow with widespread success and continued support for teens with ASD and their families. The strong support from organizations and individuals in the community continue to help us surpass our goals and grow our vision. We look forward to continuing to serve the community, and can't wait for what's next!