Tuesday, August 18, 2009

At Queen's Park - day 23

23 was a lucky number for us. Our story has been published in Toronto Star. Shorter version in Metro News.

Then two nice guys with equipment -a big camera and microphone showed up. They said they were from the Portuguese news. As they finished the interview with me, Tanny came and they talked to her and taped her speaking Portuguese.

Around noon two figures walked in, a mother and her 19 year old son. She told me she read the story in the paper and came to show me what a 19 year old young man who was severely autistic as a child looks like. We sat by the statue, and she told me her story. I was moved to tears. Her son, a shy young man, was watching us from a distance, and responded to his mother's request to tell us about his work. He followed us as we were walking toward my car. She told me how important sensory integration was in her son's recovery, how after she found little to no support from government programs (20 minutes once a week of therapy for several weeks) she took matters to her own hands and persisted. I was so taken by her story that I forgot to take their picture, but have her phone number. I think one day somebody will write about her struggles and her victory. I would like to read it.

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