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Autism Involves Me has been busy over the last few months, and there's more to come.

AIM co-founder Joan Chaisson said the group is planning to start holding office hours a couple of hours a week.

AIM moved into a space behind First Choice Convenience earlier this year. Chaisson said the plan is to start opening up the space from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays.

She said AIM is currently working on building up materials and resources for parents in the area.

As an example, Chaisson said a parent came to AIM recently after a recommendation to get a weighted blanket for their child.

"A weighted blanket costs anywhere from $300 to $500," she said. "If they were to order a weighted blanket and their child doesn't like it, they're out that money."

Chaisson said if AIM can have a weighted blanket in their space, a parent can borrow it for a few days and try it out.

The group has a handful of events slated for October, including a fundraising concert just before Halloween.

Chaisson said the Stirring Up The Brew concert on Oct. 20 will revive some musical stars long since gone.

The show will star Christine Buffett and Junior Bragg.

The show will be held at St. James Memorial Centre at 7:30 p.m. and tickets will cost $10.

To buy tickets in advance, call Amanda Patey at 698-2344, Sam Leyte at 660-2200 or the Gateway Women's Centre at 695-7505.

Other big events coming up for AIM include an autism awareness walk on Oct. 16. Money raised at that event will go to the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Chaisson said AIM is also trying to organize some events during Small Business Week, Oct. 17 to 21.

AIM has been the recipient of generous donations in recent weeks.

Chaisson said Dr. Dulach O'Brien recently donated $250 to the organization, and a car show hosted by Kris Bragg of Kris' Kustoms raised $200 for AIM. She said the group sold hotdogs at another car show in the Codroy Valley and raised $300.

The Bruce II is getting ready to start holding swimming lessons for children on the autism spectrum.

Chaisson said aquatics supervisor Wanda Merrigan will hold half-hour sessions with two children at a time.

bryan.tait@tc.tc

AIM co-founder Joan Chaisson said the group is planning to start holding office hours a couple of hours a week.

AIM moved into a space behind First Choice Convenience earlier this year. Chaisson said the plan is to start opening up the space from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays.

She said AIM is currently working on building up materials and resources for parents in the area.

As an example, Chaisson said a parent came to AIM recently after a recommendation to get a weighted blanket for their child.

"A weighted blanket costs anywhere from $300 to $500," she said. "If they were to order a weighted blanket and their child doesn't like it, they're out that money."

Chaisson said if AIM can have a weighted blanket in their space, a parent can borrow it for a few days and try it out.

The group has a handful of events slated for October, including a fundraising concert just before Halloween.

Chaisson said the Stirring Up The Brew concert on Oct. 20 will revive some musical stars long since gone.

The show will star Christine Buffett and Junior Bragg.

The show will be held at St. James Memorial Centre at 7:30 p.m. and tickets will cost $10.

To buy tickets in advance, call Amanda Patey at 698-2344, Sam Leyte at 660-2200 or the Gateway Women's Centre at 695-7505.

Other big events coming up for AIM include an autism awareness walk on Oct. 16. Money raised at that event will go to the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Chaisson said AIM is also trying to organize some events during Small Business Week, Oct. 17 to 21.

AIM has been the recipient of generous donations in recent weeks.

Chaisson said Dr. Dulach O'Brien recently donated $250 to the organization, and a car show hosted by Kris Bragg of Kris' Kustoms raised $200 for AIM. She said the group sold hotdogs at another car show in the Codroy Valley and raised $300.

The Bruce II is getting ready to start holding swimming lessons for children on the autism spectrum.

Chaisson said aquatics supervisor Wanda Merrigan will hold half-hour sessions with two children at a time.

bryan.tait@tc.tc

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