A group of mums brought together by inclusion activist and life coach Lynn Skotnitsky and myself have banded together to run a series of community events around the Lower Mainland to promote awareness and educate our community about ASD. We have already had 3 very successful events in Abbotsford, North Vancouver and Richmond. The next three are coming up in June and July in Vancouver and Surrey. Deatils below. We show the film with Punjabi or Chinese subtitles, but the most exciting part is that we have a panel of six youth with ASD, ranging in age from 12- 17 who talk about their experiences with ASD and answer questions from the audience. This is followed by a facilitated community discussion and informal reception where the audience gets to meet the boys and the mums and continue the conversation. The boys are brilliant, and people are inspired by them. Educators, parents, and students have been attending. At the end of our project we will have a handbook so other communities can create their own version of this event. To see how the boys have grown in self confidence through the process of this project is truly incredible. There is so much power in giving youth with ASD an opportunity to express themselves in public, something I learned from seeing how much Adam gained in speaking at screenings. The next events are as follows: Vancouver: Langara College, Sunday, June 7th, 1:00pm Registration: 604-323-5322 (Please mention CRN# 60614). Indicate if you would like a certificate. Vancouver: Fifth Avenue Cinema, Saturday, June 13th, 10:00am Registration: On Line at www.kitscc.com or call 604 257-6976 Course number 36605.201KT. Indicate if you'd like a certificate. Surrey Arts Centre, Thursday, July 9th, 6:00pm The film will be shown with Punjabi subtitles. Registration #: 4183675 Call (604) 501-5100 OR Visit any City of Surrey Recreation Centre. For further details please visit www.outreach.surrey.ca or call (604) 598-5864 or (604) 502-6353. Indicate if you would like a certificate. Come to learn and be inspired.