A family’s story

A family's story

In the early 1980s we were referred to the GRIT program. That is when I learned about Gateway and the family support meetings.

We still maintain contact with the parents through Gateway and they were always very supportive of us.

At that time, the concept of integration was new. Parents had to be strong advocates. It was different when I was growing up. I didn’t see people with disabilities out in the community.

I didn’t feel alone as a parent because there were others in the same boat. Parents supported parents.

Gateway helped build a strong, solid foundation of support and information.

There was a lot of learning in terms of listening to other parents’ experiences, emotional ups and downs, and growth. It helped reassure us that we weren’t the only ones having those feelings.

We still maintain contact with the parents through Gateway and they were always very supportive of us.

Gateway was successful in getting public schools to fund GRIT and we started seeing more children with disabilities in communities and in schools.

The world wasn’t ready but had to become ready.

It was quite positive. All the people at Gateway were and still are a very positive group. They have to be to motivate and inspire parents.

Never give up on a child. There are always ways to cope with challenges.

We were touched with the idea that everyone needs to belong because we were accepted when no one else would accept us. It had a trickle effect on our relationships and on our world entire.

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