Sunday, September 9, 2007

Poster update: Candle Light Vigil

Candlelight Vigil
Hosted by

The Alliance for
Families with Autism
Monday, October 1st
7:00 p.m – 7:30 p.m.
MPP Riding Offices in your community
(Check your phonebook to find your MPP)



October is Autism Awareness Month
Join your community for the
Monday, October 01, 2007
7:00pm to 7:30pm

Proudly organized by
The Alliance for Families with Autism (AFA)

October 1st, 2007
marks the start of Autism Awareness Month

hat began as an idea from a mother of a little boy with autism in Windsor, ended up as a huge event spanning from Windsor to Ottawa and from Toronto to Northern Ontario. It was the beginning of an annual event to ensure everyone in Ontario become a little more aware of the extent of the challenges we face in the world of autism.
There are more than 20,000 people affected by autism in this province!

We already have a number of locations confirmed for the event. You can contact the AFA directly at if you are interested in attending or organizing a vigil at your local MPP’s office. It only takes one person per riding to stand in front of the office with a candle.

We have chosen the MPP offices as locations for this event because it is the Ontario Government that holds such a great part of our kids (adults too) future in its hands.
You can also visit our blog at
for updates of locations as they become available.
If we had 50 people commit then we could cover 50 ridings!

“It doesn’t matter if your child is 5 or 45, just get out there and light your candle.
Sing a song with the kids. Laugh. Cry. Cheer and wave to the passing motorists. You might even educate a few more people in your community about autism. My wife wears a t-shirt with a picture of our grandsons and the words I Love My Grandsons With Autism.” said John McVicar, Executive Member of the AFA and lead organizer of the event.

The more participation we receive the more we are able to build autism awareness. So invite your family, friends, teachers, neighbours, co-workers, etc. Let’s make this an event that the entire Autism community can be proud of!!!!!!
We look forward to hearing from you!

For those of us who remember last year’s event, it was cold and rainy. Yet everyone who participated in the first annual Candlelight Vigil truly felt that is was something very wonderful and worthwhile, and wanted to ensure another vigil would be organized this year. The vigil is not a political event. There will be no signs however there will be lots of candles across the province in your community. We want to honour all individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), related disorders.
We want to tell the world, with our candles, that every individual with
ASD has the right to “SHINE”.

Contact our primary organizer to add your location to our blog!

John McVicar

If you cannot make a location in your community, light a candle with your family.

The Alliance for Families with Autism (AFA)

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