For 70 years, the “Butters” name has pioneered social innovation and caring in social services and rehabilitation for people with intellectual disabilities and autism in Quebec. In 1946, before the government provided social services for people with disabilities, Mrs. Lily Butters founded a home for intellectually disabled children. Today, Mrs. Butters would be recognized as a social entrepreneur.
A diagnosis of autism or intellectual disability with severe behavioural problems can be a sentence to isolation, loneliness, frustration and family dysfunction. These people are, by far, the most underserved, often misdiagnosed and mistreated. Even when correctly diagnosed, their needs are long-term and expensive to support and treat.
Respite for families of disabled people With severe behavioural problems
More respite builds stronger families. Parents facing the daily challenge of raising and caring for disabled or autistic children with severe behavioural problems need regular respite. They also need a place where their troubled child can be safe, have fun and be exposed to new activities and challenges.
Early intervention For pre-school autistic children With severe behavioural problems
The impact of having an autistic child is catastrophic on the financial and emotional well being of the family. Debts mount up. Siblings are often neglected and feel rejected. Parents find marriage daunting and sometimes give up.
The Butters Foundation has survived economic and social change to continue helping people with intellectual disabilities and their families to live fulfilling and happy lives. Our results are self-evident. Many disabled people are not just surviving; they are thriving- living in our communities and going to school with our kids.