July 2019, Vol. 1, Issue 2

75% of staff at this successful IT company are on the autism spectrum

“Individuals on the autism spectrum are more likely to have strengths around pattern recognition, logical reasoning ability, enhanced focus, and so on,” says Anandan ( company Co-founder and CEO). 

This company utilizes objective evaluation methods to test basic abilities and engage candidates in a week of paid, remote and stimulated environment work. This helps to observe behavioural attitudes.
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We are so proud of our alumni!
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When Aris was diagnosed with autism, the doctors said he wouldn’t be successful at school or make any friends. Today, the boy doctors said may also never talk, has been one of the MCs at our annual Shining Through Gala and is on his way to achieving his lifelong dream of being a radio announcer.

Shining Through Centre says yes to children with autism having dreams! We say yes to families having hope for their loved ones with autism! 

From a parent hearing their child speak for the first time to a child pursuing their dreams, Shining Through has given hope to families through our compassionate, dedicated and excellent service.

You are a vital part of the story. Your gift will give our learners a chance to achieve their dreams.

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Thank you Nancy!
Julian Trozzo came to Shining Through when he was just 4 years old. After a few years of receiving early intensive IBI/ABA therapy, he was ready to start transitioning to a regular school.  Sadly, finding a suitable school for Julian's needs was very challenging.

Nancy, Julian's mom, spent months researching, scheduling phone and face-to-face interviews with numerous schools trying to find one that had the capacity and was willing to bring Julian on as a student. After dozens of meetings, Nancy eventually found a great match for Julian's needs at the Kleinburg Christian Academy (KCA). 

The transition was a great success! Julian’s therapists were able to stay with him in the classroom while still providing IBI/ABA therapy. Today, Julian is now in high school and is thriving academically and socially. He was even invited to sing the national anthem at our 20th gala celebration and the city of Vaughan's  "raise the flag for autism" event this past April. 

Nancy's dedication and spirited fact-finding work opened the door for six other Shining Through learners to transition into KCA and set a precedent of having ABA support in the public school system.

Thank you, Nancy, for paving the way for Shining Through to support learners as they transition to a school environment!
Thank you!
For close to 20 years, St. Louis Bar and Grill continues to put big smiles on the faces of our learners.

Throughout the year, they host events at their various locations to support Shining Through and build awareness for autism in the community.
On May 23rd, 2019, they presented Shining Through with a cheque of over $260,000 from the proceeds of their fundraising efforts over the past year.
Left to right- Umberto Martini ( STC founding family and Former Board member), Bruce Stephens (St. Louis V.P Procurement), Brent Poulton ( CEO/ Founder of St. Louis Franchise Limited), Fred Santini ( STC founding family and Board President), Arpiar Sakarya (STC Board Member)

Thank you, St. Louis Bar and Grill for your generosity and helping our children shine

ACT Group for kids in Toronto

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is designed to help people notice unpleasant thoughts and feeling and learn to still engage in purposeful and values congruent behaviour in spite of those negative events.

This group is appropriate for 10-13-year-old kids diagnosed with ASD and/or ADHD that have well developed verbal skills and are struggling with anxiety and worry.

Group will be a skills development program related to mindfulness practice and enhanced psychological flexibility in a five-week summer program. One hour sessions will take place in North York starting in July.

Interested participants will require a brief screening interview.

Please contact for more information.

Contact Shiri Bartman MA. Psych. Associate, BCBA at


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Summer is around the corner, perfect for fundraising events!
Would you like to do something fun to benefit Shining Through Centre? Here are some fun ideas:
  • A Fashion Show
  • A wine tasting event
  • Host a house party or happy hour
  • Bingo night
  • Car wash with your kids
  • Dinner party
  • Bowling Tournament
  • Facebook fundraising for your birthday
Let us know, we will be more than happy to support you.
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