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Services

ANCA HISTORY

Prior to our inaugural INAP Awards in 2010, ANCA Consulting facilitated programs to support our young clients to have real life experiences in the community. At the end of each year we would gather with family and friends to review our activities and experience ‘The Stage’.

 

 

In 1998 we received a call from the CBC show The Fifth Estate; they wanted to do a show to help educate the general public about Aspergers Syndrome/Autism. They spent several days with Naturally Autistic ANCA – filming interviews with ANCA Director Leonora Gregory and members of our Children/Teen Group and their families.

The crew also spent time attending some of our meetings and training sessions; noting what they were experiencing made sense but was at odds with the often negative information being touted through various media and autism organizations. During an off camera discussion near the end of our time together, one of the crew casually observed, “I can think of several people working at CBC that are autistic.”

The show was well received – being nominated for several awards. It was placed on numerous autism resource lists by a variety of organizations dedicated to autism education.

It is important to note, that while this episode was filmed in 1998, the issues and concerns raised regarding such things as how autistic children are treated, focusing solely on behaviour, the effects of isolation, the importance of ensuring autistic children have opportunity to interact with other children, are as relevant today as they were then.


 

In 2000 Naturally Autistic ANCA was featured on Plugged In – produced by Shaw Cable. This short production features an interview with ANCA Client Mya Fortin, discussing how she supports her son. ANCA Director Leonora Gregory discusses her understanding of autistic people and demonstrates the Playworks Program

**Mya’s son Cole graduated from High School this year and received two awards. Way to go Cole!!


Naturally Autistic ANCA: A Short 15 Year History


In 1998 5th estate CBC made a documentary - A stranger in a foreign land - the producer, interviewer (Victor Malarek) and crew came out to ANCA and filmed for four days – this type of documentary was unprecedented in the 1990s – most of the younger subjects you see in the film, are now in University, have completed University and or are working-employed.

 ANCA focuses on how the autistic mind processes information, or what ANCA terms “The Autistic Paradigm – from the inside out”. A mental/cognitive processing map that is unique and distinct to all autistic people – children, teens and adults. By understanding the communications process that autistic people naturally have to work with and supporting this unique, inherent process, inappropriate behaviors dissipate. These behaviors are often a form of communication in an effort for the autistic individual to communicate, express themselves, to be heard and understood.

ANCA Group: held monthly with our facilitators being autistic, often having grown up through the company, working for ANCA is their first step into the employment arena. Some examples of ANCA Group Activities (for more video footage visit the page tabs under Services). Group was not only about interaction, landmarking, associations, learning to be conscious of NPIs… it was also about providing exposure to experiences in all areas of life, including annual events such as Camp-outs (such as at Porpoise Bay for 20 years ANCA and families), Open houses (such as the annual Christmas Open House) and Annual presentations which has emerged into the ANCA World Autism Festival where past ANCA members get to meet people from all over the world, learn about their cultures and interests and contribute toward greater acceptance and understanding in society for Autistic People: 

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Above photos – Anthony playing ‘Break the Ice’ and swinging wooden ball on string and into cup holder.  – ANCA Group of young kids playing with the various wooden balls and holders. Great activity for increased skill sets and dexterity.

Below – some of the ANCA Group went to visit the new ANCA Store:

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