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“Learning without limits”

OTTAWA, November 13, 2020 ― Primary students at the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre School (OCTC) now have access to even more of the latest technological resources to help them further develop their communication skills and to be independent learners in the 21st century thanks to a generous gift from the TELUS Ottawa Community Board.

“Interfacing with these new tablets, smart boards and voice enhancement devices from TELUS gives our students more opportunity to expand their learning, become more independent, develop their potential, and participate actively in daily life,” said OCTC School principal, Leslie Walker.

Over the past six years, TELUS has donated nearly $100,000 to OCTC for different initiatives such as the Assistive Technology Program that provides specialized technology services for children and youth up to age 19.

“The TELUS Ottawa Community Board is proud to partner with the OCTC by providing funding for leading-edge communication devices to be used in the classroom,” added Arnie Vered, Chair of the TELUS Ottawa Community Board. “TELUS, through the work of the TELUS Ottawa Community Board, is committed to supporting our communities by helping to create a more caring and healthy place for children, youth and their families. By supporting organizations such as the OCTC, we can make a difference that will last for many years to come.”

The use of technology at the OCTC School enhances how the teaching staff assist children with disabilities, including cerebral palsy, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders and brain injury, in their learning experience. Through its Clinic for Augmentative Communication, the School provides equipment and support to children and youth who have severe difficulty speaking or writing, and who require augmentative and alternative methods of communication.

“For example, children who are unable to speak or whose speech is very difficult to understand may learn to communicate their needs and ideas through picture boards or voice output devices,” explained School principal Walker. “Children who are physically unable to write may learn to use adapted computers to complete their homework or to compose emails to their friends.”

Specialized in early intervention, the OCTC School weaves education and therapy goals to maximize the potential of the young clients. The specialized teaching staff is very committed to a continuum of growth and opportunity in partnership with a fully inclusive model, which is the future for the majority of the students.

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.0 million customer connections including 7.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 635,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

In support of their philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, their team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

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The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC) is a leader in providing bilingual, specialized care for children and youth with multiple physical, developmental and associated behavioural needs.

Creating opportunities today,

Maximizing independence tomorrow.

For more information on how the new technologies are used in the OCTC School classrooms, see the video on our Website at

For more information:

Evelyne Paulauskas

613 688-2126 ext. 4316

Quick Start - Early Intervention for Autism

Suzanne Jacobson, President of QuickStart – Early Intervention for Autism has been supporting the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) Getting Started program since 2008. Suzanne’s two young grandsons have been diagnosed with autism and prior to the diagnosis, her family experience firsthand the long waiting period for diagnosis. QuickStart recently made a very generous gift of $40,000 to the OCTC.

Getting Started program offers families pre-diagnosis access to a multidisciplinary team to address concerns and offer coping strategies while awaiting formal diagnostic assessment.

Early identification has been frequently identified in research literature as key to children’s development when developmental delays or conditions such as autism are suspected. Despite the best efforts to address these needs, the demand for services often outstrips available resources, resulting in long waiting lists. This challenge has been exacerbated by an increasing number of children being referred to the OCTC for diagnostic assessment who have been identified as potentially having an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Additional financial resources are crucial to allow the OCTC to enhance the Getting Started program in order to achieve a complete model of care for pre-diagnosis services.

Thank you so much Suzanne!

In the picture, from left to right:

Laura Bradley, Occupational Therapist and Professional Practice Leader, Elaine Hendry, Speech Language Pathologist and Professional Practice Leader, Bonnie Grandy, Program Administrator, Early Childhood Program, Chantal Dompierre, Executive Director, OCTC Foundation, Suzanne Jacobson, President, QuickStart – Early Intervention for Autism, Cécile Bisson, Clinical Coordinator and Social Worker and Margo Korneluk, member of the QuickStart Board of Directors.

A Young Philantrophist

A young philanthropist 

Mei-Mei is the daughter of Anna Tosto, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) Foundation Board member.

On the occasion of her 10th birthday anniversary party, she asked guests to bring donations for the OCTC Foundation in lieu of presents.

She raised $425, which can go a long way. For example, we could buy four adapted educational toys.

On behalf of the children who will benefit from your great generosity, thank you so much Mei-Mei for your inspirational gesture.

Two Donors Add Up to One iPad!

iPad tablet computers offer so many great applications for children attending the OCTC School, yet they are very expensive! Recently, the gifts of several donors to the OCTC Foundation made it possible to purchase an iPad.

Megan Derick, a grade six student at Nationview Public School in South Mountain, is friends with Mackenzee, a student at the OCTC School.

Megan made bracelets, anklets and key chains and sold them to raise money for the OCTC Foundation. The South Mountain Men's Softball League also contributed and a cheque for $321 was received.

Brian and Pam Sarjeant are the parents of an OCTC client who passed away in 1987. The Sarjeants have made many annual gifts over the years in memory of their daughter. This year, they were inspired to make a very special gift of $500.

By combining Megan's gift, the contributions of the softball players and the Sarjeant's donation, enough money was donated that the Foundation was able to purchase an iPad for children to use in the OCTC School!

On behalf of OCTC's students, a sincere thanks to everyone involved for their efforts and generosity.

Abloom Landscape takes a stand for the kids!

Steve Prudhomme, owner of Abloom Landscape Contractors Inc., raised $10,000 last year for the OCTC Foundation and has committed to support us again this year.

Steve has undertaken fundraising for to allow the Foundation purchase two Prodije 'Standers'. As part of his effort to raise awareness of OCTC's need for this unique medical device, Steve sent a letter explaining the benefits of the Standers to a large group of his business contacts, and asking for their support.

The Prodije Stander allows children to stand who otherwise could not do so on their own, greatly improving their physical health. Standing helps these children stretch and strengthen their muscles, increasing their bone density and improving their overall organ function.

For children with this type of physical challenge, being able to stand like everyone else has also proven to be a tremendous boost to both their self-esteem and emotional well-being.

Sincere thanks, Steve, for helping the Foundation purchase equipment that has such an incredible positive impact on the lives of OCTC clients!

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OCTC's Getting Started Team & QuickStart's representatives

Mei-Mei and Sara

Megan Derick, OCTC Foundation donor

Olivia demonstrating a Prodije Stander