Lise-Marie Gravel spearheads the inclusion and personal fulfillment of autistic adults in social and learning environments to help them reach their full potential. She organizes and runs social, development and artistic programs that give these adults the space to be themselves and emerge with confidence. “It takes a lot of courage to live in a world that wasn’t made for you.”
Young adults with autism are often excluded from society at the exact moment they leave the school system. At that time, very few have reached the required maturity and acquired the social skills needed to get and keep a job. A mother of a young adult with autism, Lise-Marie has worked with approximately 50 young people through Autism Without Limits’ (ASL) programs to provide support during the delicate transition from school to working life, a crucial time when the success or failure of the rest of their lives will often be decided.
Autism Without Limits
Autisme Sans Limites (ASL) is a charity that works for the development and social inclusion of high-functioning Aspergers and Autistic adults, within an ecosystem of leisure and training environments. Within the ASL Ecosystem's leisure and training communities, young adults with autism enjoy recreational clubs and social gatherings with young non-autistic university students, as well as psychosocial and work trainings at the heart of society - in their schools, its companies, its institutions – where ASL works to meet all their needs. ASL works with key partners to develop socially balanced leisure activities and training environments that encourage autistic adults to develop their autonomy and reach their full potential, by avoiding isolation and mental health disorders that can sometimes result. ASL empowers the community to support adults with autism by engaging key stakeholders in Quebec including government, education, business, cultural, and the community at large.