Autism & Arts in the Laurentians (AAL) has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Unity For Autism, a Canadian foundation which provides funding to non-profit organizations that make a profound impact on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  AAL is a free arts program and friendship club for English speaking teens and young adults on the autism spectrum.  The weekly arts program is diverse and includes such activities as painting, sculpting, crafting, film making, stop motion animation, singing, drumming circle, improv and much more. AAL provides its participants with a safe and nurturing space for social interactions and opportunities for community engagement. The program also hosts local events to increase awareness and acceptance of individuals with ASD within the Laurentians.

AAL is the first autism specific program of its kind offered to Anglophone families in the region.  The program began in 2017 at Laurentians Regional High School (Lachute) and expanded to Ste-Agathe Academy in the fall of 2018.  The $20,000 grant from Unity For Autism will enable AAL to continue to provide its services well into 2020.    For more information about AAL, please contact Melanie Bujold of the Community Learning Centre at (450) 562-8571Ext. 8449, [email protected] , visit AAL’s Facebook page or go to