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Mike’s Work: Autism

“I want to acknowledge a group of Canadians who are close to my heart. They, like myself, are parents of young children with autism. My son Jaden is 10 years old now and was diagnosed with autism when he was two. I would like those parents to know that I have been where they are. I have experienced the same emotions that they are experiencing right now: the intense love that a parent has for his or her child; the fear that accompanies the discovery that there is something different about the way the child is developing; the hope of finding out that there is a treatment that is helping other children with similar challenges; and the utter frustration and disappointment as time ticks away while the child waits for that treatment.”  Mike Lake, Maiden Speech in the House of Commons, April 24, 2006.   

“We are grateful to have a champion like Mike Lake. A tireless and fearless leader who continues to keep autism in the forefront at a federal level.” Autism Speaks Canada, June 23, 2017
AutismNews
August 7, 2017

Celebrating Differences at Camp Manitou

This past weekend, Mike and his kids, Jaden and Jenae, were invited to be guest speakers to over 700 campers and staff at Camp Manitou, north of Toronto, on the…
AutismNews
July 19, 2017

TEDx Talk – Mike and Jaden Lake: “Hard to reach: the power of the impossible mission”

Mike and Jaden did a TEDx Talk! You don't see too many two-person TEDx Talks, but this one was so much better for having a very enthusiastic Jaden play a role.…
Autism
June 21, 2017

Unprecedented

Today in the Canadian House of Commons, we saw the leaders of three of Canada's four national political parties put partisan interests aside, standing together for Canadians living with autism…
AutismNews
May 24, 2017

Mike and Jaden Visit The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Last night on TVO's 'The Agenda with Steve Paikin', Mike and his son, Jaden, joined Steve for their annual conversation about autism. Steve has always welcomed the Lakes with open…
AutismNews
April 7, 2015

Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day

Thursday April 2, 2015 was World Autism Awareness Day, and hundreds of Canadians gathered to celebrate autism awareness and appreciation on Parliament Hill last Wednesday. Mike, Hon. Candice Bergen, Minister…
AutismNews
April 2, 2015

The Suns in our Sons

Autism Ontario recently released a new feature on its website- Raise the Flag, which highlights stories of Canadians dealing with autism. This goal of the stories is to shine the light on autism…
AutismNews
October 24, 2014

Mike and Jaden Address International Autism Symposium

On October 23 and 24, in two presentations at the Geneva Centre for Autism's International Symposium, Mike shared his story about living with his 18-year-old son, Jaden, who has autism. With…
AutismNews
October 1, 2014

It’s Autism Awareness Month in Canada

October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada. As a Member of Parliament, Mike has been actively involved, at both a national and international level, in the field of autism. An…
AutismNews
October 1, 2014

It’s Autism Awareness Month in Canada

October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada. As a Member of Parliament, Mike has been actively involved, at both a national and international level, in the field of autism. An…
AutismNews
April 2, 2014

Mike in the Media for World Autism Awareness Day

Mike was featured in a number of interviews and articles for World Autism Awareness Day. The Huffington Post The Ottawa Citizen Metro News Canada AM CBC Power and Politics CTV…
AutismNews
April 1, 2014

Light It Up Blue For World Autism Awareness Day

Mike was featured in an article on Strombo.com for World Autism Awareness Day. To read the article, click here. Photo: Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Canada, as captured by Jason…
AutismNews
February 28, 2014

Mike Visits PALS Autism School

On Friday, February 28th, Mike toured the PALS Autism School in Vancouver.  The purpose of the school is to provide year-round, scientifically-validated educational programs designed to encourage individual growth and personal achievement. For more information…
AutismNews
February 11, 2014

Budget 2014: Supporting Canadians With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide $11.4 million over four years to support the expansion of vocational training programs for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Government recognizes the importance of…
AutismNews
January 17, 2014

Mike Visits Autism Artistry

On Friday, January 17, Mike had the opportunity to meet with Ben and Grant Kurtz.  The brothers, who both have autism, are passionate about art and photography.  With the help…
AutismNews
November 16, 2013

Mike Meets Temple Grandin at the Current Trends in Autism Conference

On Saturday, November 16, Mike had the opportunity to attend the Autism Trends Conference in Montreal, Quebec. Mike spoke with Temple Grandin, who was a guest speaker at the conference.…
AutismNews
September 8, 2013

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Event in Rundle Park

On Sunday, September 8, Mike and his family participated in Edmonton’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks event in Rundle Park.  The event was a huge success and raised over $250,000. Autism Speaks was founded…
AutismNews
June 22, 2013

Pancake Breakfast for Autism Society a Huge Success

Mike held a pancake breakfast in support of the Autism Society of Edmonton Area (ASEA) on Saturday, June 22, 2013.  The event was a huge success, raising over $52,000 for ASEA.…
AutismNews
April 28, 2013

Mike and Jaden Speak at Canucks Autism Network Family Festival

On Sunday, April 28, Mike and Jaden attended the Canucks Autism Network Family Festival in Vancouver. The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, social and employment-related programs for individuals and families living with…