Our mission is helping children and adults develop the skills they need to live a fulfilling life.
In 2014, with the assistance of McKinsey and Company, The Miriam Foundation undertook a study to understand current available services for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disabilities (ID) and global developmental delay (GDD). The study highlighted some significant service gaps. The Miriam Foundation developed a plan to address them in order to improve services offered throughout lifespan for families and individuals living with ASD, ID or GDD. This is how the See Things My Way Centre for Innovation was born.
One of the findings from the above study was that over 1000 Quebec children were waiting up to 3 years for a diagnostic evaluation, which is tragic. We knew we needed to act to provide more rapid interventions.
Thanks to the generosity, compassion and vision of the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation, the See Things My Way Assessment Centre, an interdisciplinary evaluation centre for young children, opened its doors on March 23rd, 2015. Our first priority was to help eliminate the current waiting lists in Montreal for pre-school children in the public sector healthcare centres requiring evaluations for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Global Developmental Delay (GDD), and/or Intellectual Disabilities (ID).
The See Things My Way Centre also launched the Medical & Dental clinic to improve and fill the gap in providing complete local health services to individuals with ASD, ID or GDD over the age of 18. The needs kept growing, and by 2017, See Things My Way introduced the Parent-Coaching program along with the Autism Navigator Project in five public sector health establishments.
After five rewarding years servicing the needs of the community, the Medical-Dental clinic was absorbed by the CIUSSS Ouest-de-l’ile and the Assessment Centre was transferred to the CIUSSS Centre-Ouest.
In 2021, the Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu renewed their commitment to the Miriam Foundation with a pledge of $3.5 million dollars over the next three years. This will enable the Foundation to provide much needed assessment and early intervention programs essential for young children with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities.
Thanks to this generous donation, the Miriam Intervention (Gold Centre) will allow for approximately 125 assessments to be carried out on an annual basis children living with an autism spectrum disorder or a developmental disability helping more children get the help they need through our wide range of privately funded early intervention services, which is part of the Miriam Foundation's Continuum of Services mission. While the Foundations’ emphasis is on treatment, offering assessment services helps ease the burden of the public sector waiting lists and supports more members of the community. These much-needed, essential diagnosis services will be offered at a partial cost for the families.