Wainfleet raises the flag for Autism

Mark Tardif, Lucy Tardif and Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs raised the flag for Autism Ontario Tuesday. Photo submitted

Wainfleet’s Bylaw Enforcement Officer, Mark Tardif joined Mayor April Jeffs, Township staff, and members of the community to officially raise a flag, and increase awareness, for autism at Township Hall Tuesday Apr. 3/2018.

“Today I brought my daughter Lucy, who just turned 6 last month. She was diagnosed with ASD and ADHD a year and half ago,” said Tardif. “My wife and I both work full time, and with the help of family and friends, and the support of agencies like Autism Ontario – Niagara Chapter, we have the tools we required to give Lucy the support she needs. Wear BLUE proud, for hope, change and support. “

In a short address to assembled supporters, Tardif spoke about the need for understanding and acceptance as a crucial step in helping those families and individuals living with autism.

“Today we gather as a community to show our support. We come together to raise awareness about a neurological disorder that impacts the lives of our very own families and friends. Many families touched by autism, face daily challenges that others may not fully understand or relate to.

Our hope is that events like this annual flag raising, will encourage people to learn more about autism, and to reflect on how to become a more understanding and accepting community for everyone,” he said.

Recent studies suggest that since being discovered in 1943, 1% of the world population is on the Autistic spectrum with 1 in 66 people in Canada affected by the disorder.

Source – Township of Wainfleet press release



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