To be the Chaleur Autism and Asperger Family Centre spokesperson is indeed an honour for me. Since my first encounter with the organization, I realized how dedicated the volunteers are in promoting, helping and especially providing support to those families affected by this disorder.
Realizing how fortunate I am as a young person, I want to inspire others to conquer their difficulties and to take control of their lives to improve their situation. Age does not determine how much you can contribute to society: you do. We must all take responsibility for the investment we make in our own future. One such difficulty that these people must overcome is that of bullying, of which I personally was a victim for many years. The pressures to “be normal” are great in our culture.
New Brunswick is set to become a leader in autism supports in preschool and school settings. Evidence-based training in best practices is increasingly provided to resource teachers through continued investment in the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
In my position as MLA and as an advocate for young people, I wish to make people aware of these disorders. This will provide greater inclusiveness to these individuals who are struggling to find their place in the world, as we all are.
Setting up a place where families can meet and share their experience with others, while children have an appropriate place where they can play/learn/share, speaks volumes about the dedication and vision of this organization.
As part of their work, the Chaleur Autism and Asperger Family Centre challenges us all to be more inclusive and to make the world a better place to live in for all. This is something I am proud to support.