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Autism Community Weekend and Call for Award Nominations

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Sent on: Friday, August 5, 2011 3:22 PM
Greetings everyone,
The Autism Community Network invites everyone to the first annual Calgary Autism Community Celebration weekend on September 17th and 18th!
The first annual Autism Community Weekend will be held on September 17 and 18th, 2011. This will be a unifying event for our community and will bring together individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families, support agencies and government officials.
The Calgary Autism Community Network has the goal of uniting all those working with individuals and families living with ASD. The Network was made possible thanks you a Grant from The Calgary Foundation.
Through the Autism Community Network, we will find ways to collaborate, share information & resources, and increase the awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Calgary.
The weekend will be a celebration of the uniqueness of individuals with ASD and their contributions to their families and communities.
The event will raise a new awareness of Autism in Calgary. We will be joining with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and acknowledging the people who support them: family members, agency staff, volunteers and the greater Calgary community.
We invite you to join us in celebrating the Autism community! See more here:
There will also be awards for people on the spectrum who have made significant contributions to their communities, the details of which are below:
To recognize the value and contribution of people throughout our community we encourage nominations of individuals with ASD from across the spectrum. 
The nomination forms can be found here: (At the bottom of the page)
Leadership- Individual AdultThis award will be presented to up to 3 individuals on the Autism Spectrum who have for three or more years, demonstrated examples of independence, dedication and/or inspiration – raising awareness in his or her community about autism; providing leadership, support and encouragement of other people with Autism and their families. Each nominee has gained the respect of the autism community. (Nominees must be 18 years or older on Sept 17, 2011.)

Leadership- Individual (Child or Teen)this award will be presented to up to 3 individuals on the Autism Spectrum who raise awareness in their community about autism; provide leadership in their community and support and encourage everyone around them. Each nominee has gained the respect of the community. (Nominees must be under 18 years on Sept 17, 2011)

Leadership- MentorThis award will go an individual who has been providing mentorship to an individual or group of individuals with Autism for more than three years. The individual demonstrates success through support, inclusion and integration of people with Autism into the local community and society at large. The individual must demonstrate success through practical outcomes such as the development and success of the individual or group of individuals being mentored. (Nominees must be 18 years or older on Sept 17, 2011.)

Lifetime of Service - This award will go to an Individual who has been in service to the Calgary Autism Community for at least 15 years. This individual is a role model for co-workers, colleagues and all who have crossed their path. They have been an advocate, a pioneer, a mentor and a leader in the ASD community.

Outstanding Achievements in the ArtsUp to 10 individuals (Children, Youth and Adults) will be recognized for outstanding work from the following categories:
Poetry: 3-5 poems (PDF copy on DVD must be enclosed with submission agreement form)
Performing Arts
Short Story: 1000 – 2000 words (PDF copy on DVD must be enclosed with submission agreement form)

Accepted Nominees will be showcased September 17 and 18 during the Calgary Autism Community Weekend and will be featured in the Autism Echo (Autism Calgary Newsletter).

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