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Published on Oct 2, 2007
Daniel Caverly's Story
J'aime beaucoup Patro! Daniel Caverly's grin is broad as he bellows these words. The 28-year-old comes daily to the centre to enjoy good food, excursions, puzzles and games with his friends.
He is part of the centre's program designed to foster the autonomy of French-speaking adults with developmental challenges. Patro d'Ottawa offers its clients adapted recreational activities, workshops focused on lifestyle, French, mathematics and job readiness, as well as individual counselling.
His mother says that Daniel is finicky about many things. Cutlery must match and restaurants must serve hamburgers, fries, coke without ice and apple pie. "He is very particular about everything, but he knows what he likes and that is Patro d'Ottawa," says Lise Deland.
As a premature baby, Daniel's life started out as a series of hospital stays and medications. At about the age of five, his behaviour and his ability to cope began to suffer, and a series of ever-changing care facilities added pressure as well.
The tantrums and challenging behaviour ended when Daniel joined Patro d'Ottawa four years ago. Lise credits the staff and the program for the great progress in her son's maturity and self-esteem. "He proudly comes to Patro every day and gives us a full report of his activities," she says. "He has learned tolerance and respect, and he is more able to function on his own."