Nine-year-old boy bikes to Ottawa and raises thousands to help kids with autism

James PotvinJames Potvin


Weekend Anchor  Global News

Nine-year-old James wants to help others just like him. James, who has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, is among 3,000 kids on a waiting list to attend Grandview Children’s Centre.

The centre opened its doors back in the 1980s. At the time, it was designed to serve around 400 children and youth with special needs.

But over the years the demand for things like occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech language pathology, social work services, and audiology have increased substantially, and the centre has been facing difficulty meeting those demands.

Grandview currently helps 6,000 children and youth each year, but there are thousands more on a waiting list. James has been waiting for two years to attend Grandview. The centre is planning to expand and build a $50-million facility by 2020.

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