Ausome Ottawa was founded in 2015 by parents to eliminate social exclusion for children with autism and their families through the power of sport/recreation. While being physically active and getting healthier, Ausome allows children to build confidence, allows families to make connections and feel “normal” and creates a community, while also making the larger Ottawa community more inclusive.
Existing youth sport/recreation programs in the community do not adequately address the unique needs of youth with autism. They require a program with clear visuals, simple auditory cues, and an abundance of enthusiasm/encouragement. This allows them to learn the physical literacy skills that they may not yet have while improving their fitness level. In addition, youth with autism need direct support to become familiar and comfortable in a sport/recreation setting. These skills and guidance can help them to participate so they can be healthy and active for a lifetime.