Charles Lafortune and Sophie Prégent officially launched, Tuesday, the Autist & Major Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life, as well as the integration into society of young adults struggling with a spectrum disorder. autism (ASD).
The parents of Mathis, 18, who has an ASD, testify to their reality in the series “Autistic, now major”, broadcast on MOI & CIE, but wanted to get more involved for the benefit of this cause. “Chose them,” they say.
Because, if support and support services exist for autistic children, once they have reached the age of majority, few resources are available for them and their families.
Three main axes
To fill this gap, the Autist & Major Foundation will fund programs relating to continuous development, maintenance of acquired skills and the pursuit of education.
These programs supported by the Foundation will therefore allow autistic people aged 21 and over to continue their education and better integrate into work, and will offer respite time to their families through day centers. The organization wants to be able to support programs throughout Quebec, we said on Tuesday.
The animators Marie-Claude Barrette and Mario Dumont are part of the board of directors of the Autist & Major Foundation, of which Sophie Prégent is the president, and Charles Lafortune, the vice-president.
Dominique Cousineau, pediatrician and head of the Sainte-Justine Hospital Development Center, François Painchaud, partner, CLP and lawyer at the firm Robic, and Marie Routhier, president and partner of the communication agency Annexe, also sit on the board of the Foundation.
A major philanthropic partner, the St-Hubert Foundation, has already announced a major donation of one million dollars to support the mission of the Autist & Major Foundation. This is the most important commitment in the history of the St-Hubert Foundation, said the president of the St-Hubert Group, Richard Scofield.
The general public can already make donations to the Autistic & Major Foundation through the new website www.fondationautisteetmajeur.com.
“Autism doesn’t stop at age 21. At this age, most young people take off and start independent lives. Children grow older, parents get older and there is less need for a constant presence with their children. For parents of autistic children, it’s different. The lack of services in adulthood means that they must always be present at their side as well, whether their daughter or their son turns 21, 35 or 45, ”said Charles Lafortune in a press release.
“We are creating this foundation to fund programs that will promote their integration, their autonomy and their development in adulthood. We do all this to help them continue their development, so that they come true. We do it because this cause chose us, ”added Sophie Prégent.