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Life On the Spectrum

Meet Jackson

Disclaimer: Autism Speaks Canada utilizes both person-first (person with autism) and identity-first (autistic person) language and recommends respecting the choice of the autistic individual and or family for their preferred choice. Life on the Spectrum shares lived experiences and authentic stories of autistic Canadians from coast to coast to coast. The answers to the questions are provided by the autistic person and or family. We are thankful to the participants for trusting us. We strive to share their stories authentically and respectfully. Information provided on our website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider and does not replace the advice of medical, legal or educational professionals. Autism Speaks Canada does not provide medical or legal advice or services. Rather, Autism Speaks Canada provides general information about autism as a service to the community. The information provided on our website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider and does not replace the advice of medical, legal or educational professionals. Autism Speaks Canada has not validated and is not responsible for any information, events, or services provided by third parties. 

Meet Jackson

Jackson is a fun-loving boy, with an infectious smile and laugh. It took two years to receive his formal diagnosis. He experienced countless blood tests, MRI’s, EEG’s, and genetic testing. Just before his third birthday, Jackson was diagnosed with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as autism spectrum disorder.

Jackson loves hot wheels cars, stickers, play doh, number and letter puzzles, spending time with his cousins, hiding toys from his sister, dance parties and socks! He loves building towers with blocks, jumping, running, and throwing everything. Jackson also gives the best hugs.

“Our amazing support system and Jackson’s spirit keeps us going everyday. Seeing the world through his eyes and finding joy in some of the smallest things keep us motivated everyday. We are so honoured that Jackson will be Edmonton’s Walk Ambassador this year. We are looking forward to meeting everyone at the walk and helping raise awareness for the mission of Autism Speaks Canada. See you all at the walk!”

– Jessie Gill, Mom, Edmonton

Jackson was the Edmonton Walk Ambassador for Autism Speaks Canada in 2020. Please join us in helping create a kinder more inclusive world for people with autism. Show your support for Jackson and other people with autism by donating generously.

Disclaimer: Autism Speaks Canada utilizes both person-first (person with autism) and identity-first (autistic person) language and recommends respecting the choice of the autistic individual and or family for their preferred choice. Life on the Spectrum shares lived experiences and authentic stories of autistic Canadians from coast to coast to coast. The answers to the questions are provided by the autistic person and or family. We are thankful to the participants for trusting us. We strive to share their stories authentically and respectfully. Information provided on our website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider and does not replace the advice of medical, legal or educational professionals. Autism Speaks Canada does not provide medical or legal advice or services. Rather, Autism Speaks Canada provides general information about autism as a service to the community. The information provided on our website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider and does not replace the advice of medical, legal or educational professionals. Autism Speaks Canada has not validated and is not responsible for any information, events, or services provided by third parties.