About The Campaign
A new campaign featuring stories across the spectrum and throughout the life span
Introducing a new brand campaign, For a Brighter Life on the Spectrum, inspired by the vast and diverse autism community. At Autism Speaks Canada, we’re committed to telling authentic stories of people with autism and their unique strengths, challenges, dreams and goals.
Meet the cast of the Brighter Life campaign:
- Dr. Catherine. Like the TV show The Good Doctor, she is autistic and a resident physician. Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder just two years ago, this courageous and passionate 39-year-old self advocate is biking across Canada to raise funds for Autism Speaks Canada.
- Leonardo (Leo) was diagnosed with autism at age 2, and while he’s struggled with words, he’s making incredible progress thanks to early intervention that has made a remarkable difference. Says his mom Jessica: “Leo makes everything special. Leo es un niño muy amoroso. Un niño muy simpático.”
- Cassie lights up at the sound of her favorite music and surprises her parents every day with her creativity. After her diagnosis at age 2, Cassie’s parents turned to the 100 Day Tool Kit for support, and through their involvement with Autism Speaks found a community that has brought “compassion and acceptance and celebration to Cassie and those like Cassie.”
- Phil is a confident self-advocate for autism awareness and access to care and the proud father of a 3-year-old boy, with two successful careers and an unbreakable attitude of perseverance. A skilled photographer, he finds comfort behind the lens, where he’s able to better understand the emotions of attitudes of others.
- Milan and his former teacher’s aide Allison are a dynamic pair committed to increasing understanding and acceptance of other kids with autism just like Milan. So great is their commitment that they even co-wrote a book, “Autism & Me,” in which Milan proudly states: “I would not be the person I am today if I did not have autism. I am very creative and smart because of this.”
- Chase is a person of many interests and unique talents. He’s the author and illustrator of “The Letter Critters” book series, in which he shares his passion for letters to help children learn to read. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, a Special Olympics Global Messenger, a gold medalist and the 2019 recipient of the Connecticut Arts Hero Award.
- Scarlett is in her second year of Pre-K. She knows her ABCs, numbers, colors, shapes- you name it - she knows it. "If there is ever a thought that Scarlett cannot or will not achieve something, she immediately proves everyone wrong. She is a fighter in every sense of the word".
Follow @AutismSpeaksCan and @AutismSpeaksCanada on social and join the conversation using #ASCBrighterLife to share your story and stay tuned for more content and additions to the cast throughout the fall!