The Bruce Awad Summer Program


Bruce Awad Summer Program for Children with Autism

Since 1984, Autism Services Incorporated has provided a Summer Program for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This unique program offers daily support in the months of July and August to individuals between 6 to 21 years who have a psychiatric diagnosis of autism. Qualified and specially trained staff consisting of directors, supervisors and support workers oversee the program. As a show of appreciation to Bruce Awad, the creator of the program, the Board of Directors of ASI officially named the program “The Bruce Awad Summer Program” on June 14, 2010.
Most students are supported on a one-to-one basis which is critical to the success of the program. The number of persons accepted into the program each year depends on the amount of funding received from provincial and federal government grants, donations and proceeds from various fundraising events. Due to the tremendous need in the community, there is often a waiting list of families who wish to enroll their child into ASI’s Summer Program.
The high staff to student ratio is necessary and also very costly. The family’s fee for the Monday through Friday full day supports covers a small portion of the high costs and assists ASI in its efforts to serve as many families as possible.

We live on in what we
leave behind.

Our Program is highly structured and takes place in a school setting. Some of the daily activities include fitness, arts and crafts, music, educational table tasks, food preparation, housekeeping duties, and other daily living skills. Students participate in a variety of community outings including swimming, gymnastics, and visiting splash pads and parks. The high staff to student ratio is essential to ensure the safety of individuals who have more challenging behaviours associated with autism, such as aggression and/or self-abusive tendencies. Safety for the students we support, for staff and for others is our highest priority.
An Annual Open House is held in August and is open to the general public.