Cheryl Lingard hopes to open a place for autstics like her son

Victoria mom hopes to open safe place for autistic kids

Support garnered to open Safe Place for Our Unique Kids

Frustrated with the lack of support she’s received for her son Justin, 18, Cheryl Lingard is taking matters into her own hands, and hopes to open a place for other autistic children – and their parents – to find respite.

Lingard has garnered support from other families in her goal to open Safe Place for Our Unique Kids, but she still needs a physical space to host it.

“An old house, a place in need of some TLC, would be best,” Lingard said.

“The kids could learn to cook in the kitchen, learn how to garden in the backyard and be able to hang out with their own kind without having to worry about being picked on. A lot of these kids have to live most of their social life online, because in real life they’re bullied so often.”

Though she hasn’t received any offers for a house, Lingard said that several construction workers have volunteered to fix it up when she does, and an electronics store has offered to donate computers for the kids.

Lingard plans for the home to be open for parents to drop their children off whenever needed, while other parents volunteer to supervise, as options for special needs kids in Victoria are limited and expensive.

Lingard said that the $6,000 annual allowance she receives to cover Justin’s special needs hasn’t changed over the past 18 years, but it could go a lot further if she had an option like this.

“There’s nothing out here for these kids to get them motivated, to give them purpose in life,” she said. “The goodwill used to be able to do that, but with the cutbacks the special needs kids are falling through the cracks.”

Lingard said that other parents she’s spoken to are fully behind the idea, and Justin, who mentors younger autistics, is enthusiastic as well.

“He’s already coming up with ideas on stuff they can do with the little ones,” she said.

Lingard is still seeking donations for the Safe Place for Our Unique Kids project and can be reached at 250-590-9071.

reporter@vicnews.com

 

Just Posted

Third rink needed immediately at Pearkes, say users

Only four ice pads for Saanich, Victoria groups

City of Victoria looks for emergency shelter options amidst bed shortage

My Place considered for tier-2 shelter during harsh weather

B.C. historian helped Viola Desmond make it on the $10 bill

Merna Forster of Oak Bay petitioned for years for a Canadian woman to be honoured on currency

Vikes ready for Queen’s in Game 1 of national men’s rugby championship

From mid-terms to national championships, it’s a rugby life

Algae bloom at Elk Lake prompts CRD advisory notice

Reappearance of blue-green algae lethal to dogs a constant concern for water quality

VIDEO: B.C. legislature clerk, sergeant at arms suspended for criminal investigation

Clerk of the House Craig James, Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz on administrative leave

Good Food Summit plants seeds for food security

The Good Food Summit runs Nov. 22 and 23

POLL: Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

The Christmas lights are twinkling and holiday music is playing in local… Continue reading

Trial: Witness describes encounter with accused murderer while tending to fatally injured Descoteau

Wright said he was working in his yard when he heard a woman screaming.

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Otter makes a snack out of koi fish in Vancouver Chinese garden

Staff say the otter has eaten at least five fish

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Most Read