Adrian is an outgoing, happy, affectionate, and energetic 18 year old with a notorious half-grin that predicts mischief.
“Adrian was first diagnosed with autism at age 3 and it was very difficult for all of us. At that point, he had no language and his communication challenges led to frequent meltdowns. Sleep problems and epilepsy pushed all of us to our limits. Over the years, we built up support with a great behavioural consultant, great behavioural interventionists, resource teachers, SEAs and medical professionals, some great agencies as well as other special, caring individuals who got us through the tough times. It takes a different extended family to get through these issues and we are very grateful for the help we have received.”
Adrian’s Team, which includes his older brother Connor, his mom and dad, Granny, Auntie Leanne, cousin Marron and, of course, his autism support dog, Brooks, have participated in the Walk since the very beginning in 2008. By joining the Walk each and every year, they hope to bring awareness and start a dialogue for support, community understanding and acceptance.
“We love the cause which has amazing free resources for individuals, families, schools and professions. We love the vision which looks to support adults as well as children with autism. We love the event which, each year, brings more awareness in the community, raises much needed funds and designs an inclusive event the whole family can enjoy.”
Adrian attends high school and he has some language capability. Although there are ups and downs, melt downs are a thing of the past. He is active in swimming, horseback riding, basketball, bowling, jumping on trampolines and loves riding the bus and skytrain. He’s preparing for the transition from school into adult life and more adventures to come.
Adrian was the 2018 Vancouver/Richmond Walk Ambassador for Autism Speaks Canada. Please join us in helping create a kinder more inclusive world for people with autism. Show your support for Adrian and other people with autism by donating generously.