Raising the Flag for Autism in York Region

For us, April 2 isn’t about Autism ‘awareness’.  It’s a day to be visible in the community – to show that autistics are valued citizens who merit acceptance and inclusion just as everyone does.  Again this year, municipalities and schools across Ontario are taking part in our Raise the Flag for Autism campaign.  AO York invites autistics, allies, friends, families, colleagues, and everyone to join us in a celebration of Autism Acceptance  – and to Raise the Flag at these locations.  Hope we see you!

And – don’t forget!  Participants from our LEADers program and their mentors will be your Celebrity Servers at Boston Pizza in Aurora on April 2, 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Round out the day with these awesome people!

Tuesday April 2, 2019

9:30am York Region District School Board, 60 Wellington St W, Aurora

9:30am    Town of Richmond Hill, 225 East Beaver Creek Rd (main flagpole) –  Mayor Dave Barrow will speak at the event. 

11:00am  Town of Aurora – 100 John West Way, Aurora – Mayor Tom Mrakas will be in attendance.

12:00pm City of Vaughan – 2141 Major Mackenzie Dr W – Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua will be speaking – refreshments will be served. 

4:00pm Town of Georgina – 26557 Civic Centre Rd, Keswick – Mayor Margaret Quirk will be speaking. 


Wednesday April 3, 2019

12:30pm  City of Markham, 101 Town Centre Blvd (main flagpole and Great Hall) – Mayor Frank Scarpitti will be speaking; refreshments will be served.  

How are you celebrating neurodiversity on April 2, or any other day?  Email your story to york.communications@autismontario.com  – we’d love to share it!


We’re also proud that we have many schools in both York school boards raising the flag for Autism acceptance.  Many thanks to:

Ashton Meadows Public School

Bill Hogarth Secondary School

Blessed Scalabrini Catholic Elementary School

Charlton Public School

Christ the King Catholic Elementary School

Father Frederick McGinn Catholic School

Father John Kelly Catholic Elementary School

Franklin Street Public School

Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School

H G Bernard Public School

Hartman Public School

Holy Name Catholic School

Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School

Markham District High School

Michael Cranny Elementary School

Moraine Hills Public School

Nellie McClung P.S.

Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Elementary School

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School

Rogers Public School

Sacred Heart Catholic High School

Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Elementary School

San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Elementary School

St Paul Catholic School

St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School

St. Anthony Catholic School

St. Brendan Catholic Elementary School

St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Elementary

School St. John Chrysostom Catholic Elementary School

St. Justin Martyr Catholic Elementary School

St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School

St. Nick Catholic Elementary School

St. Peter Catholic Elementary School

W.J. Watson Public School