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Dance-a-thon Party to raise funds for Arts Programming for Individuals with Autism – Friday 16th August 2013 in Toronto

Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by saaac-master No Comments

On 16 August 2013, hundreds of youth will join the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre’s (SAAAC) massive dance party to raise funds for arts programming, which has changed the lives of individuals with autism and their families in the South Asian community in Toronto. SAAAC’s Dance-a-thon is an annual summer event where supporters raise pledges in order to  join hundreds of others in a 7 hour dance party.  The event boasts great local DJs, performances from university dance teams, seasoned dance instructors to help show a few moves, and a whole lot of dancing.

The Dance-a-thon also gives participants a chance to win amazing prizes that include an iPad mini, two tickets to Florida, Platinum tickets to the Drake concert, cash prizes and many more. The event takes place on 16th August from 5pm – 12 am at the Queen Palace Banquet Hall – 1173 Brimley Road, Scarborough, Ontario. Registration is $30.


SAAAC’s innovative programs to support South Asian families have helped individuals with autism find passion and empowerment through art, music and dance.  This passion has allowed them to put on performances throughout our community, inspiring audiences, challenging stereotypes and raising awareness about autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Our kids have come a long way through use of dance, music and behavior therapy to be able to change the way they interact with the world around them.

SAAAC uses a culturally sensitive approach to supporting families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by offering services and raising awareness. The task-shifting model utilizes autism experts and health professionals to train and supervise members of the community in the provision of individualized, cost effective, one-on-one care for children and youth with autism.

Supported through private donations from community businesses and leaders, SAAAC has been able to offer all of its services free of charge to South Asian families in need. We currently serve 100 families in various capacities and offer a variety of programming (dance and music therapy, speech therapy, applied behavior analysis and a visual arts program).

Contact: Manik Gunatilleke / Kingston Yogendran

Email: Mobile: 647 862 1630/ 416 708 5869