Lu­cas Seaward

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If you know how to avail of the sys­tem, the sup­ports area there, she says. They’re just not easy to find.

Last year, Rita and Chad helped ini­ti­ate a first re­spon­ders and autism pro­gram, which tours around the prov­ince. Both Chad and Rita are on their lo­cal vol­un­teer fire de­part­ment.

The pro­gram is still run­ning, and now, the prov­ince of Al­berta has re­quested their help in their train­ing.

While it’s very dif­fi­cult for them to “let go” and let Lu­cas be re­spon­si­ble for new things, they say, “It gets bet­ter … It’s not al­ways easy but it’s not al­ways hard.”

“It’s a long road,” said Chad. “You’ve got to fight,” added Rita. There are still sit­u­a­tions that make Lu­cas un­com­fort­able. He says when he can’t find some­thing he’s look­ing for or smells strong food scents, he gets ir­ri­tated.

He has meth­ods to cope, how­ever, like pac­ing, or play­ing with his three cats — Gus, Ace and Tia.

And he has a word of ad­vice for oth­ers who are frus­trated, up­set or wor­ried.

“Don’t fo­cus on the things that get you down,” he says. “Fo­cus on a way to fix that and a way around your prob­lems.”

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