Friend 2 Friend Goes to China


Friend 2 Friend visits Beijing China, June 2010

A unique perspective March 7, 2010: North Shore News


A unique perspective
March 7, 2010: North Shore News
Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society’s Heather McCracken, donning sensory simulation, prepares for her April 16-17 autism demystification program facilitator training workshops.

Recipients of the Autism Society of America Literary Work of the Year Award (Education Division)


Congratulations Authors
Recipients of the Autism Society of America Literary Work of the Year Award (Education Division)
Dear Authors,

We are thrilled to share the news that we have been selected as recipients of the Autism Society of America Literary Work of the Year Award (Education Division) for our edited volume “Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators”. We wish to congratulate each and every one of you for your outstanding contribution that has made this award possible.

We are also extremely grateful to Dr. Kathleen Quill for her nomination. It is especially fitting, since her earlier edited text is what inspired us to reach out to this new generation of readers.

As co-editors, we have been invited to accept this award on behalf of all the authors at the upcoming ASA National Conference July 22-25, which will be held in St. Charles, Illinois (outside Chicago). Naturally, we hope that you will be able to join us in accepting this honor. Here is a link to the press release.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for collaborating with us on this truly phenomenal collective work. We hope to see you all this summer.

Best wishes,
Pamela Wolfberg and Kari Dunn Buron

Friend 2 Friend June 3, 2009: North Shore Outlook


Friend 2 Friend
June 3, 2009: North Shore Outlook
When Heather McCracken’s autistic son Iain started elementary school she realized very few people “get it.” “His peers didn’t get him and most of his teachers didn’t get him,” she remembers. Autism is an invisible disability. So, if a child’s behaviour seems “odd or peculiar,” most people don’t understand why. Although McCracken’s son’s kindergarten teacher was keen to learn about autism and help Iain she didn’t have the tools.

‘That’s What’s Different About Me’


‘That’s What’s Different About Me’
Comox Valley Child Development Association: Spring 2009 Newsletter
‘That’s What’s Different About Me’ is a unique and innovative program that helps children understand differences in children. Using large hand puppets, the program centres around the story of three friends, Crystal, Angela and Freddie, and illustrates how they implement the ‘seven basic friendship tips’ with the guidance of their teachers.

Taking a playful approach: Fundraising Event for Friend 2 Friend May 2009


Taking a playful approach
May 24, 2009: North Shore News
In Playing and Making Friends in our Community, a dance and auction in support of the Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society. Featuring the Adam Woodall Band

Proud Finalist for the Scotiabank & United Way Community Spirit Award 2009


Friend 2 Friend – Integrated Play Groups Program
Proud Finalist for the Scotiabank & United Way Community Spirit Award
Awards Ceremony to be held Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver BC Canada

Excellence in Community Partnership Award 2007


Excellence in Community Partnership Award 2007
BC Centre for Ability
The Burnaby Supported Child Development Program was happy to recognize Ms. Heather McCracken of the Friend 2 Friend Learning Society as the other recipient of the 2007 Community Partner Award.

Puppet show makes friendships easier


Puppet show makes friendships easier
Calgary Herald | By Terence Leung
Misconceptions about autism can come in many shapes and forms, much like the disorder itself.

 

Caring for Communities: Vancouver Foundation


Caring for Communities: Vancouver Foundation
July 2nd, 2007 ~ Children and Families
Autistic children often struggle in social situations and as a result they have trouble forming friendships with other kids. But a new pilot project is helping bring autistic children together with their peers in a safe environment. Integrated Play Groups promote the understanding and acceptance of autism through friendship.

That’s What’s Different About Me


That’s What’s Different About Me
March-April 2007: Autism Aspergers Digest Magazine
“We are all different in our own way; being a good friend means accepting differences.”