In our community, there exists a large population who live their daily lives with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and other social disorders. As they grow and experience a world created with rules that they may not understand, it is imperative that these unique individuals are provided with positive social models that care to help them grasp the social world in which they must live in. This is where iCan House comes in!
iCan House is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization registered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The iCan House educates, supports, and enhances the lives of those with social challenges and their families. We do so by teaching social and life skills using our own unique, interactive and engaging curriculum. We currently offer more than 8 programs and using this positive approach, we help members learn life, social, and independence skills. By doing so, our members also develop a sense of belonging and purpose.
Participants are often faced with bullying, isolation, debilitating anxieties, and depression. As children reach adolescence, eventually transitioning into adulthood, problems are likely to grow and worsen with no help. In attempt to eventually live independently, they can experience even greater social challenges, executive functioning challenges, and real life dangers. Unfortunately our adults are often vulnerable and at risk of victimization and violation. Providing instruction in life, independence and social skills can prevent such negative outcomes.
The iCan House started with 14 children and as of 2014, serves 124 children and adults from 11 counties in North Carolina and two municipalities in Virginia. iCan House participants range in age from 8 years old to adult and they experience challenges and difficulties with social interactions.