Thank you for visiting the Ottawa Senators Team page.
This team has been created in honour of Leo Groulx, the son of Ottawa Senators goaltending coach Pierre Groulx. Leo was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 2. Today, Leo is a high-functioning 9-year-old who is in Grade 4 and who loves playing with his twin brother Eli. Pierre and his wife Wendy want to do their part to promote autism research, awareness and compassion.
If you can support Team Ottawa Senators by pledging us for the Autism Speaks Ottawa walk, please do so and help make an postivie impact on the autism community.
As the prevalence of autism continues to rise, it’s more important than ever to fund research and services so that people with autism have the opportunity to meet their full potential. In fact, Walk dollars have gone towards training Early Childhood educators, helping newly diagnosed families navigate the health care system, and young adults learning skills to help them find jobs – and that is just to name a few.
Here are some of the things that we’ve learnt about autism in the last 10 years…
- Autism can be reliably diagnosed by age 2.
- High-quality early intervention does more than develop skills.
- One third of children and adults with autism are nonverbal.
- Most adults with autism (84%) remain living with their parents.
- Over 80% of adults with autism are unemployed.
There’s still so much more to learn…and you can help.
By making a donation and supporting our efforts, you are making a difference to the autism community.