“In Conversation” with Judy Hanson, CEO, Autism Home Base - Bowmanville.

I first met Judy Hanson, one of the founders of Autism Home Base, at the Polar Bear Swim, last January in Bowmanville. (https://youtu.be/zX8o_WM5g6Q) At that time, I didn't have a clue about the work they did, who they did it for, and how long they had been around. But that event got me curious, and reached out to Judy about having a conversation and getting to know a bit more about her and Autism Home Base.

We spoke back in January, and what an enlightening and honest conversation it turned out to be. And I'm sure you'll feel the same way when watching the video. Judy talked about her program's origins and impact on the community. She discussed the challenges faced by families of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, including social isolation and a lack of appropriate programs for adults with autism. And despite these obstacles, Hanson has worked tirelessly to create recreational and social activities for families in the Durham region. With the help of volunteers, grants, and fundraising efforts, the organization has grown over the past decade and currently serves over 100 families. The positive impact of the program has been reflected in Trent University's research, which reports better mental and physical health among participants.

Hanson also highlighted the progress society has made towards inclusivity and the need for sustainable solutions to support individuals with autism. While there is still a long way to go, Hanson feels optimistic about the next generation and the creation of an amazing world for people with autism. She also shared a tragic incident that emphasized the need for more understanding and accommodation for individuals with autism. Despite this setback, Hanson remains committed to supporting autism families and building a more inclusive community.

“In Conversation with Changemakers of Durham Region,” Judy Hanson highlights the importance of advocacy and support for individuals with autism and their families. Despite the challenges they face, organizations in Durham Region,  like Autism Home Base, are making a positive impact on the community and helping to create a more inclusive society.

Judy Hanson is a Changemaker.
Autism Home Base is a Changemaker.

If you feel inspired to help after watching this conversation, you can do so by making a donation to Autism Home Base here:
They would greatly appreciate it!

April is World Autism Month.
An annual opportunity for a focused conversation and celebration of autism. In Canada, approximately 1 in 66 children and youth are autistic.
Autism Speaks Canada is a great place to learn about it. And this month, your donations are tripled! A Great opportunity to max out your donation!

If you have any comments or would like to recommend a Durham Region Changemaker to us, please reach out. Would love to hear from you.

Our conversation lasted approx. 20 minutes. The video chapters below will help you navigate to each section of the video.

Video Chapters
0:00 How many people have autism?
0:50 How it all started.
7:07 The Strategic Plan. 2019.
9:10 The Hub opens its' doors.
10:32 Planning for the Future. 2022.
12:47 Never Enough Funding
15:20 Change is coming. Or is it?