The Voices of Autism proudly offers presentations from a lived-experience perspective. Our presenters are passionate about sharing stories, changing perspectives and connecting our communities.
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Voices of Autism (VOA) is a group of self-identified advocates that serves as an advisory group to the Pacific Autism Family Network. The VOA advisory group played a key role in the development of the Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub, advising on many components of the building and program development. The VOA continues to advise the Pacific Autism Family Network on various topics to ensure that the voice of the autism community is represented throughout PAFN’s service offerings. In addition to advising the PAFN, the VOA seeks to support the broader neuro-diverse community by holding events for self-identified individuals to connect, learning opportunities and stakeholder engagement. PAFN and the VOA recognize that not all voices of autism are represented in the group. Self-advocacy groups are made up of people who identify as being on the autism spectrum of disorders or people with disabilities who speak up for themselves. Perspectives from individuals who are not able to self-advocate will occasionally be sought through parent or support person input. The PAFN proudly supports the VOA project and has paved the way for dynamic inclusivity in communities across the Province.