The I CAN Network is officially five years old!

A message from I CAN Network Founder and Chief Enabler, Chris Varney.

Dear Friends, 

Thank you for your support! The I CAN Network is now officially five-years-old. 

It is incredibly humbling to see how our network has grown from the story of one determined Mum (my Mum, Lisa) and a trio of three Autistic graduates: myself, Penny Robinson and James Ong. In our five years of operation we have employed 34 Autistics to deliver 113 mentoring programs to 1,608 Autistics aged 8-50+ so that they can feel proud of their Autism, a sense of belonging and are confident and optimistic about their future. 

You can view this video which shows the impact we have achieved in our five years. 

The vision of I CAN Network is a world that benefits from embracing Autism.

We have four strategic goals:

  • To grow a sustainable social enterprise with a 50% Autistic team
  • To ignite a movement to drive a nation-wide rethink of Autism
  • To build a national mentoring program by and for Autistics
  • To partner with organisations who are ready to leverage the strengths of Autism

In our immediate future, we will be implementing the below strategic initiatives: 

  1. Creation of a formalised mentor traineeship program 
  2. Phased expansion of our online mentoring programs
  3. Phased expansion of our individual mentoring pilot
  4. Pilot of an I CAN Schools subscription, to complement our existing school program
  5. Creation of an award for school staff who embrace Autistic students: ‘Horvath Wake Medal’

Our successes would not have been possible without you. 
If you would like to help us power our mission, we invite you to make a tax deductible donation via Every bit helps and we are so grateful for your support.

Here’s to the next five years of I CAN Network!