Winnipeg, Manitoba



A mother’s tribute to her sons

This month, twin brothers graduated  as did thousands of others like them. But these two brothers were unlike others – they were born autistic.

Here is their mother’s way of celebrating the moment.


Dearest Adrian and Nicholas,

Back in 1999 when you were both diagnosed with autism, Dad and I were devastated.

We cried and cried and cried for the many hopes and dreams that would never be realized.

However, despite the many struggles and challenges our whole family faced over the years, there were many more moments of pure joy.

Adrian and Nicholas, you have both grown so much. You have achieved your goals in your Skills for Living Program, and I know that you will continue to achieve even more in the future.

Today, as you graduate from Dakota Collegiate, we celebrate the hard work that you both have accomplished. We are so grateful for the many teachers and EAs at H.S. Paul School and Dakota Collegiate who helped and supported you during your school years.

We are also especially thankful for our respite worker, Dhel, and our daughter, Grace, for being there for you and for helping you continue to learn and grow.

You have taught us so much – love, patience, kindness, laughter. We look forward to the next phase at CanDo as you continue to learn and experience new things.

Your dad and I are so proud of you, and we love you with all our hearts. Congratulations!