Apr 29, 2019, 12:31 ET
Annual technology program in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada's new CONNECT platform drive conversations, resource sharing and connections for the autism community
TORONTO, April 29, 2019 /CNW/ - Samsung Canada and Autism Speaks Canada (ASC) today launched their annual technology program in support of individuals with autism and their families. Now in its fifth year, the partnership has donated over 2,000 Samsung devices to families and service organizations and aims to raise awareness of autism in Canada, bringing a deeper understanding of how technology can impact the lives of families living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – a condition affecting one in 66 Canadian children and youth.*
Powered by Autism Speaks Canada's new CONNECT website – Canada's first, online multi-faceted platform for the autism community, Samsung will donate 500 new Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablets and tablet covers to Canadians through the technology program.
"We are excited to continue this popular program and are thankful to our partners at Samsung Canada for their generous support. CONNECT is Canada's first multi-faceted virtual platform designed to engage and inform the autism community, providing easy access to services, resources and community groups across Canada. Bringing together the technology program and CONNECT is a natural fit to strengthen community connections," said Jill Farber, Executive Director, Autism Speaks Canada.
ASC's CONNECT platform, which launched late 2018, is designed to engage, inform and build connections within the autism community, offering access to reliable information and services in both English and French. As ASC's technology partner, Samsung Canada is committed to bringing this powerful community resource to even more Canadian families through Samsung devices.
"Samsung's ongoing commitment to the autism community is anchored in creating meaningful connections and greater communications through technology," said Jennifer Groh, Director, Corporate Citizenship and Communications, Samsung Canada. "We look forward to the new ways our technology will empower community connections across Canada, inviting Canadians to share their stories, resources and tools through the CONNECT platform."
The 500 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablets will come with three-months' access to Samsung Kids, an easy to explore subscription-based app from Samsung featuring child-friendly content for all ages, designed to help children learn as well as play through technology.
To learn more, donate or participate in the technology program, Canadians can visit https://CONNECT.autismspeaks.ca/home. The technology program runs until May 20, 2019. For specific inquiries, please contact [email protected].
*'Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children and Youth in Canada 2018' https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/autism-spectrum-disorder-children-youth-canada-2018.html
About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, virtual reality and wearable devices, tablets and digital appliances. In 2019, Samsung was ranked as one of Canada's "Most Admired Brands" in Leger's Corporate Reputation Study." "Best Global Brands" list. Dedicated to helping make a difference in the lives of Canadians, Samsung's award-winning corporate giving initiatives support public education and health-related issues in communities across the country. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.
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About Autism Speaks Canada:
Autism Speaks Canada is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families by supporting and working with community partners; enhancing resources and services; increasing understanding, acceptance and inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
To learn more about Autism Speaks Canada please visit www.autismspeaks.ca or join the social conversation @AutismSpeaksCAN.
About Autism Speaks Canada CONNECT:
Autism Speaks Canada CONNECT is Canada's first, multi-faceted virtual platform designed to engage and inform the autism community. CONNECT provides easy access to services, resources and community groups across Canada. CONNECT is free to use and operates in French and English. Learn more at https://CONNECT.autismspeaks.ca/home.
About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autism, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Causes include a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues such as gastrointestinal disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. It is estimated that 1 in 66 children and youth are diagnosed with autism in Canada.
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