-Melanie needs to attend a school with a special-needs program with some integration that is much closer to home (one exists in our neighbourhood for Grade 9)
-Melanie needs to find friends, maybe peers with special needs, close by.
-Melanie needs to get out of the house to an activity in our neighborhood—not downtown where most of the activities are offered
-As a family, we need to find a common activity that isn’t TV! We can't ski, skate or go swimming together, so what else can we do?
-As a community, we need something for everyone: children with and without disabilities, teens, adults and seniors. We need inclusiveness and integration. Melanie enjoys being around people of all ages.
After months of thinking and intense discussions, we had a plan.