Guelph

Kaleb Roberts - 14 years old

My name is Rachelle Robert's my son Kaleb is 14. He was just diagnosed last year after losing his grandmother he was finally able to articulate enough for us to fight to get diagnosed with high functioning ASD. We struggle everyday not in the same way as those who have non verbal children or who can't care for themselves at all... but non the less we need help too ! Therapy , weighted blankets, noise canceling headphones, chrome book for school, tutors .... just to name a few tangible items. The worst part of all this is we feel ...

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Matthew - 6 years old

When Matthew was 2 yrs old, we knew something wasn’t right, but we thought it was because he couldn’t hear very well. After getting tubes in his ears and his hearing improving, we knew he still wasn’t developing as he should. We finally got him diagnosed just after his 4th birthday, a week before starting JK! We fell into a period of the funding where if we signed off of the government waitlist (since he would have aged out at 5, and never gotten treatment) we got $8000, then $10000 payments to go and find our own therapy ...

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Oliver - 5 years old

My child Oliver is the sweetest, funniest and cutest kid going. He has the biggest heart and is so wonderful and playful with friends. He is smart, he loves to build with LEGO and is very good at it. He is also surprising skilled at puzzles and catching similarities for a 5 year old. I am not a stranger to Ms. MacLeod or Ms. Fee, I met both of them at a round table in Cambridge on December 15, 2018, where Ms. MacLeod sat there and promised to myself and 7 other families that she “would help our children get ...

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Vince - 24 years old

Growing up in Guelph, my brother was diagnosed at a young age once he entered the school system. My parents concerns were not addressed until fellow teachers noticed the difference between teaching him and prior his siblings. It was a constant struggle to get funding, resources, assistance and understanding. I would like to see our children today not have to go through such struggles and to have the support they need. As a sibling who watched her brother struggle socially, as well as through the education system; I am hoping there are no cuts to autism funding or any other funding regarding our ...

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Liam Davis - 4 years old

Liam is my first child and I did not have much experience with infants or toddlers, so when he started to show signs of autism (looking back I pinpoint at 8 months) I had no idea what was going on. He was so happy one moment then throwing massive temper tantrums the next, one happened in the ER and the doctor thought he must have hit his head so we had to stay overnight for examination. It was one meltdown after another that I felt like I was drowning. He was finally diagnosed as nonverbal with mild to moderate autism ...

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Avery and Grayson

Avery was diagnosed at age 9. Being female she masked extremely well and is very social. The new program discriminates on age and gender. She doesn’t require intensive therapy but needs OT and CBT therapies instead. Grayson at the age of 7 was expelled from school. He is attending private ABA on our dime and has been waitlisted for almost 2 years. The new program means he will get 3 weeks covered of the intensive therapy he needs. With no school and no therapy where does he belong? Our family is fierce defenders of human rights and education. We are ...

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Charlie - 9 years old

Hi. I wanted to share a little bit more about my wonderful son Charlie and our family of four. Charlie was diagnosed with ASD last year around this time. We had been struggling with school since the time he started school at age 5. Charlie has a lot of anxiety and has needs that our middle to upper class family can not afford without funding. My husband and I both have full time jobs with benefits and they will not cover even a fraction of the cost of the support Charlie needs due to his diagnosis. We need psychological, social, and peer ...

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