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.”