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NEW PROGRAMS: I CAN SCHOOLS ONLINE

The mission of I CAN Network is to prove what Autistics CAN do. Our I CAN Schools Online program connects Autistic students with one another and empowers them through the insights, storytelling and facilitation of Autistic young professionals (I CAN Mentors).   “It’s a place where I am safe to be

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ANNOUNCING AUTISTIC-LED SCHOOL HOLIDAY ONLINE PROGRAMS

For young people who struggle with change and uncertainty, this is a particularly daunting time. Our Autistic mentors, myself included, appreciate just how important it is to provide Autistic young people with an anchor of acceptance and community. As a response to the COVID-19 outbreak and widespread ‘lockdowns’, I CAN

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PROUDLY SHOWCASING OUR AUTISTIC-LED PROGRAMS

I am very proud of what we’ve created through the I CAN Network since I first laid out the vision for it in my 2013 TEDx talk. We have become Australia’s largest Autistic-led, predominantly Autistic-staffed organisation, providing mentoring to more than 1500 Autistic young people nationwide each year! Inevitably, we

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WHY AUTISTIC-LED MENTORING MATTERS

by James Cifuentes– I CAN Mentor Queensland Having Autistic mentors when I was growing up would have been a game-changer for me. I had very mixed results in high school. My grades were largely good and my aptitude tests were exceptional, but as I got older and my peers started

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Spectrum Showcase: Shemya Prender, 15

This past weekend saw our latest I CAN Camp, at Cooriemungle in western Victoria. As usual, we ran a writing workshop there; the following piece comes from an awesome young writer named Shemya, who was kind enough to let us share her work. Enjoy! Max Williams, Editor ‘Peridot green hair

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Autistic Reflections on World Teachers’ Day

The best teachers don’t just see what is in front of them, they see what could be. Twenty years ago, I met a teacher who changed my life: the late Christine Horvath. Mrs Horvath met me when I was a 12-year-old student with a lot of self-doubt. Mrs Horvath just

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