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Richmond business stepping up for autism

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 1:07 PDT, Thu April 1, 2021

During Autism Acceptance Month, a local business is among those stepping up to celebrate and support the community.

1010 Tires is teaming with Autism BC to help raise awareness and acceptance of autism. Throughout the month, customers at 1010 Tires are invited to “Add-On the Bill for Autism” with donations going to AutismBC. All donations will support programs connecting the autism community throughout the province while the physical distancing measures of COVID-19 continue.    

In British Columbia, there are about 60,000 people on the autism spectrum. One in 40 children between the ages of six and 18 is diagnosed with autism, a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. 

“Families are feeling more overwhelmed than ever”, says Lindy Chau, information officer for AutismBC. “Many autism families were feeling isolated before COVID-19. Now that feeling is stronger than ever. Families are waiting approximately 78 weeks for a publicly funded autism assessment in B.C. Because of COVID, the wait is at a historical high and continuing to grow.” 

AutismBC provides an information and support line and online programs to ensure the autism community remains connected throughout the pandemic. AutismBC has been serving the autism community since 1975 with staff and volunteers who have lived experience in autism. Each year, AutismBC provides support to over 6,000 individuals across the province. 

“It’s been a very tough year for all of us, non-profits and businesses alike,” says AutismBC executive director Julia Boyle. “Our business partners want to continue their support to the autism community, but the pandemic has made it challenging. Our Autism Month fundraising campaign helps all of us. By shopping, you can support both local businesses by purchasing their products and services, and the autism community will benefit. Your business will make a big difference and help everybody win.” 

AutismBC will celebrate Autism Acceptance Month with stories from autistic youth and adults.

“During Autism Acceptance Month, we are listening to autistic voices to learn about what autism acceptance is,” says Boyle. “The spectrum is diverse. We want to be part of unlearning autism stereotypes by understanding lived experiences.” 

To show your support during Autism Acceptance Month, visit 1010 Tires at 12291 Bridgeport Rd. and make a donation.

For the complete list of participating businesses throughout the province, or to donate to AutismBC, visit their website at www.autismbc.ca

 

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