Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Proper facilities few for autistic adolescents Kerry and friend Kerry suffers from autism FINAL THE BALANCE OF ALL OUR SPRING and SUMMER CLEARING OUT AT 9 PRICE JM. ax me s LADIES'WEAR 314-7th Street South Phone 327-2331 By STEVE McNEILL Owen Sound Sun-Times Ont. Kerry O'Neil is 19 and can't speak. To she uses her hands. Kerry suffers from a severe learning disorder that hinders her ability to use and understand language. Her Mr. and Mrs. Val believe Kerry can be helped but say there are no proper facilities to help a girl her age. lot is being done for autistic pre-schoolers in On- Mr. O'Neil said in an nothing is available for them when they become But the O'Neils plan to take the matter into their own hands by building a addition to their farm a treatment and research centre for autistic people. The to be called Kerry's will be used by nine other autistic people when it is perhaps by October. are limiting the number of children to 10 because any more and it will be just another Mr. O'Neil said. it has the large-family at- The children will live at the centre five days a 11 months a year. They will spend weekends at home. The school will be staffed by part-time psy- speech therapists and a full-time assigned by the Grey County board of education. Kerry has had no except four years in a school for retarded children where she was asked to leave because she wasn't improving and couldn't be helped there. Her problem was first notic- ed when she was three months old. Mrs. O'Neil said the family thought Kerry was in a that we were the only ones with an autistic When she was a year Kerry's parents took her to doctors and institutions but to no avail. authorities don't fully understand the Mr. O'Neil they believe it could be A two-week pilot project at the O'Neil farm last summer for seven autistic youths was Mr. O'Neil said. psychiatrists and psy- chologists said they learned more about autistic people in those two weeks than in five years in an Margo professional director of the Ontario Society for Autistic said the youths were more relaxed on the farm and tried things they would not have done in an institution. of the children lost some of their behavioral she said. The purpose of the new centre will be to treat the youths so they can be placed into either in a nor- mal school or a Miss Bartlett said. will be a but we'll no doubt run into a few cases where they will re- main on the The ministry of health and the Ontario Society for Autistic Children will finance the staff of the school. The pilot project last year was financed by a research grant from the ministry and was under the auspices of the society. Last the society was made a non-profit private cor- poration with the aims of getting a program for autistic children and to disseminate information to the public. society hopes to set up schools like ours all over On- tario and eventually become said Mr. O'Neil. He and his wife are both socie- ty members. Ann Landers Dear Ann I read your column every day. I have to. I work for the newspaper. But I do enjoy it. In regard to the bitter fighting between that daughter in law and mother in I'd like to tell them My own an always toid you want to know how your future hus- band will treat watch how he treats hiz I met my future JACKPOT BINGO This Thursday July 11th Sponsored by Lidiis' Aid ol St. Filir ind St. Pill's Church STARTS P.M. HALL Corner 12th Street B and 7th Avenue North Jackpot starts at and Is won every Thursday 2nd Jackpot in 53 Numbers 5th 7 Numbers Jackpot Pot of Gold 2Sc Per Card or 5 for Also Free Cards. Frn Gamas And A Door Prizt Persons under IS years not allowed. LITTLE BOW PROVINCIAL PARK IS OPEN ON A LIMITED BASIS The Park can only accommodate of its normal which means you could be turned away. Due to major renovations Little Bow Provincial Park is not recommended for use. Upon completion LITTLE BOW will be one of Alberta's finest Parks We're sorry for the inconvenience but it's worth the wait. TRY ONE OF THESE PARKS CALGARY KINBROOK ISLAND CHAIN LAKES CHAIN LAKES CREEK KINBROOK ISLAND ALL FINE PROVINCIAL PARKS IN THE MEANTIME WE CHAIN LAKES Miles West of Nanton WILLOW CREEK -11 Miles West of Stayely KINBROOK ISLAND -10 Miles South of Brooks in law for the first I was impressed by the respect and affection he show- ed her. That made a big hit with me. My mother in law is a fabulous and although there are many things we don't do the same she doesn't try to change me and I don't try to change her. My own mother is too. She has never tried to run my life or my husband's. The man I married isn't but neither am I. We accept each other as we are and get along great. Sign me McC. in El Paso Dear You sound like a happy family. Thanks for a letter that doesn't have a beef for a change. Dear Ann It is common knowledge that a great many wives don't have the foggiest notion of what their husbands so please direct THIS advice to both husbands and The key to in problem became quite clear when she referred to HIS HIS in- surance HIS etc. Had this man been smart enough to put all his assets in joint the bank would have passed to the wife without becoming part of his and therefore they would not have been taxed. I am a legal secretary and every day I see these sad mis- takes born out of ignorance. It's tragic when people work all their lives to accumulate a htiSe nest egg and then the government steps in and takes half of it away when the hus- band dies. Both husbands and wives should consult with es- tate planners and the at their bank. LaSalle Street Legal Secretary Dear Salle-1 was amazed at how many widows wrote to thank me for printing that ad- vice and ended up though it's too late for me I'm sure it will help someone My thanks to all who wrote. 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