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Community event at OKP marking World Autism Day

One Kids Place (OKP) is working with a group of Canadore students to help celebrate World Autism Day. 

A family-friendly community event is taking place on Sunday, April 2.  

Chase Stinkowji, entrepreneurship management student and basketball player is with Canadore’s AthLeadership Program. 

He says a host of activities geared towards youth with autism are planned. 

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“We’re doing some sensory bins so kids can just come in and dig their hands in there,” Stinkowji says. “We’re taking over some of OKP’s rooms like the Snoezelen Room.  Another room that has a projector and projects onto the ground, has lots of different activities and it’s motion-sensored.” 

He points to rolling around in the leaves in the fall as an example. 

“Some kids with autism don’t like the feel of the leaves and that sensory feel,” Stinkowji says. “What the projector does is project leaves onto the floor and the kids can actually roll in them and the motion sensors will allow the leaves to move around with the kids.”

There’s also the rock wall and other activities like slime and scratch paint. 

Along with supporting One Kids Place, Stinkowji says they’re raising awareness about the AthLeadership program for varsity students at Canadore.

“They get to take this program and learn about valuable leadership skills that relate to not only their teams and their athletic career but their lives as well,” he says. “These are things that you can take away for the rest of your life that will make you a better person, a better worker and gain more opportunities for jobs.” 

Sunday’s event takes place from 10 am to 2 pm.

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