Chess Institute launches novel partnership with autism charity Jake’s House

Chess is for everyone! That’s the philosophy of the Chess Institute of Canada, and in a partnership with leading autism charity Jake’s House, the benefits of teaching life skills through chess are now being offered to children with autism in the GTA. 

Logos for Jake's House and the Chess Institute of Canada

“We’re very thankful and proud to welcome the Chess Institute for this one-time workshop which will be a part of the Jake’s House Legends Mentoring Program, a series of themed workshops that provide individuals living with autism the opportunities to learn skills, socialize, and make friends. CIC shares our values in bringing services to others, and chess is a workshop we would like to bring long-term to our families ,” says Paramveer Love, Community Partnerships & Programs Coordinator at Jake’s House. 

The Chess Institute will be running a special workshop on June 2, blending socializing, chess and life skills education, and play. Institute instructor Mo Mohsen brings a prior interest in chess for neurodivergent people to the program, and the partners will explore extending the program to weekly sessions for the summer of 2024. 

“‘Chess for Life’ is our motto, and it’s a game that everyone can play and benefit from,” says Matt Shepherd, Executive Director of the Chess Institute. “We’re excited to launch this partnership with Jake’s House, and to work with Mo Mosen and the Jake’s House team on this vital project.”