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Okanagan College provides critical support to parents of individuals with autism

College provides critical support to parents of individuals with autism
An Autism Spectrum diagnosis can be paralyzing for parents, but the Autism Spectrum Certificate at Okanagan College can help them fill the knowledge gap and move forward.

“After her diagnosis, I was overwhelmed with what to do first. I knew what she needed, but not where to go to get that help,” says Jaimee Therrien, a mother of four, who has a 14-year-old daughter with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

“In my experience, you need at least 80 hours of education to really understand what it is your child needs over the long term and how to successfully navigate that process,” says Joanne Poole, one of Okanagan College’s Autism Spectrum Certificate instructors and mother of 20-year-old son on the autism spectrum.

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