A Letter to Unity for Autism

Dear Unity for Autism,

When I first went to your website, I saw this quote: “Just think of something that would be wonderful if it were only possible. Then set out to make it possible.”

We took your suggestion to heart and used it in planning Work and Volunteer Experience or “W.A.V.E.”  A parent of one of my students, Eileen (a.k.a. Warrior Mom) and I began meeting with various groups to make our dream  of a program of work and volunteer experience for adults with autism come true. We found our way to Kathleen Finn and Mike Tait of Dovercourt Community Centre, who strongly believed in our idea and were keen to help in any way possible.  With their help, we forwarded our application to you, at Unity for Autism and waited with fingers crossed.

For us, Father Christmas came early in 2012:  On December 17th we learned that you had approved our grant application!  When I phoned Liz at Unity for Autism to thank her and when she said, “Oh are you with W.A.V.E.?” it kind of  sunk in – our wonderful  dream had come true!

A few years ago, Eileen and I started visiting day programs for adults with autism.  After our first visit, Eileen burst into tears at what was offered for her son’s future (and often at $15o.oo a day).   It has been a long journey from that day but now, with your help, this story has a very happy ending. Your generous grant will make a very big difference in the life of Eileen’s son and in the lives of sons and daughters of many other families as well.   Here is a picture of Eileen and her son Ben, who will so greatly benefit from W.A.V.E.  THANK YOU!

Anne Villeneuve, Special Education Teacher, Autism Program, Ottawa


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