The Algoma Autism Foundation cut the ribbon to unveil their new sensory rooms on Saturday afternoon, holding their annual Fall Festival at the same time.
These rooms, located at the Brenna Lanktree and Associates Building at 104 Rankin Rd., have been in the works for approx. a year, thanks to a $10,000 donation from The Co-Operators. These rooms include activities that children on the autism spectrum can use in a safe space, and can also be used as therapy rooms.
“Our donation helps address a community need,” Jeff Viotto, an agent at Co-Operators of Northern Ave., told SaultOnline.
“In working with the Algoma Autism Foundation, it came about that there was a big need for this, and Co-Operators is always good in reinvesting back into the community, so we thought this would be a very good cause for the children, as there’s nothing better than seeing a child being helped.”
Algoma Autism Foundation Vice President Katrina Daddario said the foundation is excited to be able to offer this service to the Sault.
“There’s nothing like this for families with autism in our community, so it’s a big day for these families and these kids,” she said.
Melissa Raymond, who sits on the Executive Board for the AAF, has a daughter on the spectrum. She told SaultOnline she thinks having a safe space for children like her daughter is amazing and will benefit many children in the community.
“It’s just incredible,” she said. “There’s nothing like this in the community; there’s not really anywhere for our kids to go for sensory outlet, and this room is set up in a way that will benefit so many kids in so many different ways, and it’s set up in a way that’s safe and fun and exciting.
The AAF also held their annual Fall Festival at the same location, with activities such as balloon animals, games and food.