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Autism Spectrum

Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social interaction, language, and communication, and by rigid and repetitive behavior, it can be disabling in many and varied ways. In North America and Europe, the incidence of autism is estimated to be 6.5%.

It is an edifying and meaningful component of a person’s identity, and it defines the ways in which an individual experiences and understands the world around them.

The Laurel Foundation supports program development and research for autistic persons, with the aim of promoting quality of life for persons on the autism spectrum.

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Grant Application Procedure

The Laurel Foundation will entertain grant applications that conform to the goals and objectives of the Constitution. The Program Committee meets regularly to consider requests for funding and support within the Tri-Cities area of the Lower Mainland in BC. Applications that relate to the priorities of the Laurel Foundation will receive favourable consideration. Funding is available to benefit as many individuals as possible through research, pilot programs and innovative service delivery models. The results are then promulgated and described as successful models on the web site for widespread accessibility to families, professionals and practitioners. Applicants must use the Grant Application Form, and submit it either through the Laurel Foundation website or by email


The Laurel Foundation funds research and programs in autism and mental health. Grant applications are accepted and awarded throughout the year.

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Laurel Autism Family Project (LAFP)

A research project currently in development to gather the stories of families living with ASD, and to identify best outcomes.

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