OUR ORIGINS

CAN-Abilities was born out of the real-life experiences of parents of a child with complex physical and learning needs. We are a small family founded charitable foundation. We were set up in 2015 to offer friendship and emotional support to families of parents and children living with autism.

As parents of a child who is autistic without speech, who has global development delay, cerebral palsy among others; we find ourselves constantly challenged and in need of support. We often find ourselves in the middle, with no one to turn to. As BAME parents, with no immediate family around, we often struggle because we come from a culture where disability is seen as a taboo. A culture in which most habitually regard disability as a curse and those living with any form of disability are better left alone. Armed with such experiences and in order to dispel these cultural myths about autism and disability, we aspire to make it possible for everyone to be treated as human beings. We recognise that we are all created equal, with equal rights which are not based on our abilities. We believe that together we CAN create autism and disability awareness. That we can all join together to educate, encourage, love, show understanding and acceptance to people living with disabilities and their families. Together we CAN make it possible for everyone we encounter to recognise and appreciate that there is ‘ability in disability’