2018 – A big year for I CAN

2018 marks the 5 th year of I CAN Network, a milestone which itself provided one of the highlights of
the year in the form of our 5 th birthday celebration in September, where we reflected on the
enormous progress we’ve made since 2013. We’ve come a long, long way since I CAN was just three
Uni students at Monash with a big dream; we now employ dozens of Autistic adults, run programs in
over thirty schools across Australia, and have mentored hundreds of young people on the spectrum.

Another big event for this year was our annual Awetism Expo, pictured above, where once again we
provided a public platform for young Autistics to share their expertise and strengths. This year’s
Expo was our fourth, yet the kaleidoscope of wisdom and passion never loses its magic.

We also held more camps this year than ever before; five in total, including our first in Queensland.
As always, the growth and courage we see on these camps is extraordinary, with many attendees
going from not wanting to speak up in front of the group on day one to getting up and giving a
speech to everyone by day three.

2018 also saw the debut of an exciting new initiative for us; our online mentoring program, designed
to deliver the benefits of our school programs to those students who may not have an I CAN
program at their school or who live in remote areas. This has been a smashing success so far, and we
will be continuing to deliver this throughout the holidays and into 2019.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who was a part of our journey this year,
from our staff to our mentees to their parents and schools, for helping make 2018 such a home run
for us.

We have big plans for 2019, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we wish you happy holidays, a fantastic
new year, and a Jubilant January!

Max Williams, Editor

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