April is Autism Awareness Month and to celebrate, the Pacific Centre Microsoft Store is partnering with the Canucks Autism Network to host a series of workshops geared toward children with autism, their parents, educators, and caregivers.

To register for all events: www.Microsoft.com/PacificCentre

Windows 10 Apps for Accessibility (Parents/Educators/Caregivers)
April 2: 9:00am—10:00 am & 5:30 pm—6:30 pm / April 28th 6:00 pm—7:00 pm Parents, guardians, and educators of individuals with autism will learn about accessibility options, resources and apps that provide educational support. All attendees will receive a complimentary gift card to purchase apps from the Windows Store.

Digital Art with Fresh Paint (Students Age 8-15)
Saturday, April 14: 9:00am-10:00am
Students with autism will learn to create and share their own digital art with the Fresh Paint app for Windows 10. They’ll explore the basics of Fresh Paint, using lifelike oil and watercolors, pastels, and more to craft their own creations.

Minecraft Hour of Code (Students Age 8-15)
Saturday, April 15: 9:00am-10:00am
Students with autism will be able to go behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in a custom game world. No experience with coding is required.

Get Creative with Paint 3D (Students Age 8-15)
Saturday, April 21: 9:00am-10:00am
Students with autism will be able to fuel their creativity and learn key tools and features of designing in 3D. Participants will learn to express their ideas in three dimensions by creating their own 3D designs.

Autism Community Forum in Partnership with Canucks Autism Network (All are welcome: Educators/Caregivers/Students)
April 22: 9:00am—11:00 am
The Microsoft Store at Pacific Centre has partnered with Canucks Autism Network (CAN) to deliver a fun-filled and educational Autism Awareness Community Forum. This morning event will include interactive stations for children, youth and young adults with autism. Parents, educators and community support providers will learn about some of the best tech features that can support learning and accessibility for those with autism. Breakfast and giveaways!

Student workshops have a capacity of 10 students with autism. The workshop will be facilitated by 2 Microsoft staff members who have been trained to support students with autism, as well as 1-2 Canucks Autism Network staff and/or volunteers. We ask that one (1) parent/caregiver stay present and engaged throughout the workshop. You know your child best. While you’re here, please help us in facilitating an enjoyable workshop for all by informing us of specific learning needs, and supporting your child as we teach exciting content. All workshops will be set in an autism-safe and friendly environment. Please note the store will be closed to the public during student workshops.