Community Compass April 2024

Are you searching for exciting and enriching activities to fill your calendar in the Lower Mainland? Look no further! We’re thrilled to introduce our monthly blog post highlighting a curated selection of engaging events and activities in our community. 

Learn about neuroaffirming activities designed to promote well-being and inclusivity and visits to Science World, festivals, live events, workshops, webinars, and more!  

Stay connected as we share a wealth of opportunities every month, and remember to follow us on social media for additional updates and inspiration! Facebook, Instagram, X, LinkedIn, YouTube. 

Xenia Concerts presents in partnership with Muzewest and the VSO School of Music: Triology

Have you heard of Adaptive Concerts? Xenia Concerts works with the neurodiversity, disability, and dementia communities to design and present accessible, family-friendly concerts that embrace differences and promote inclusion. Wondering what to expect? Watch this brief explainer video: 

Xenia Concerts is collaborating with VSO School of Music and jazz trio Triology to bring Adaptive Concerts to Vancouver! You can learn more or book your ticket at   

When: Sunday, April 7th  
Where: Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC 
Time: 11AM  

Vancouver Aquarium – Sensory Friendly hours

The Vancouver Aquarium hosts Sensory Friendly hours to welcome neurodiverse individuals, their families and caregivers the opportunity to enjoy the Aquarium. Light and audio levels are reduced around the aquarium during Sensory Friendly Hours from 9:30am to 12pm. 

The Vancouver Aquarium is partnering with local organizations that support those who are neurodivergent. On World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, Pacific Autism Family Network will be on-site to answer questions and share about their services. For sensory-friendly hours on Sunday, April 28, Canucks Autism Network will be attending and available to share about their services and answer questions. 

They also have comfort kits that can be taken out free of charge from the Guest Services Desk, including noise-blocking ear protectors, fidget toys, instructive cue cards and a photographic activity guide. 

You can purchase your tickets online and skip the line. Guests with a disability, who purchase a full-price ticket, can invite a personal care attendant to join them for free to help facilitate their visit.  

AutismBC Socials: Pokemon Jr’s Club (Richmond)

Pokemon Jr’s Club is an inclusive social club for children/youth 6–16 years of age. Enjoy a shared passion and meet up for games and activities! You can wear costumes if you like! 

If you have a Pokemon-themed game or puzzle, please take it along. No need to bring anything else unless you want to trade cards or show off your Pokemon stuff! 

Date: Saturday, April 13th
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
Location: Pacific Autism Family Network, 3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond. 
Cost: Free 
Register here

Vancouver Public Library – Reading Buddies Online

Children from grades 2 to 4 will practise reading with a ‘big buddy’ teen volunteer.

Please note: For this program you will need a computer, tablet or phone with a camera and microphone and the Zoom app. A link and password to join the event will be emailed to registrants. Register here. View all dates.

When: Wednesday, April 24
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Format: Online
For more information, email: