Current Interests

1.           Investment in R & D projects that promote improvement in service delivery to clients that have been ill-served to date

 Since 2008, the Butters Foundation has aggressively invested in R & D projects sponsored by a research group headed by Dr. Diane Morin, C.M. of UQAM, that aim to upgrade direct public services to intellectually disabled & autistic people with special needs, especially in the area of behavioral issues. These are people that have been poorly served by the public system to date for a whole host of reasons, oftentimes because their issues span more than one program within the vast health system, and have thus been transferred ineffectively from one institution to the next. Our projects reflect a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together the best in all appropriate professional domains. And the results of our projects always get disseminated to interested professionals in both linguistic groups in Quebec and beyond.

2.         Purchase & Construction of Properties and Buildings for Serving Intellectually Disabled Persons

The Butters Foundation gives donations to it sister organization, The Butters Homes, Inc., in order to support the purchase of long-term housing for intellectually disabled persons and the construction of state-of-the-art and innovative clinical, therapeutic and service-oriented buildings. These new buildings target the provision of specialized services for disabled persons with special needs or with pervasive developmental disorders (i.e. with autism).
3.         Financial Support for Services for Parents and Families of Intellectually Disabled Persons Not Provided Through Government programs
The Foundation supports the provision of services to parents and siblings of disabled clients that are not covered by Government programs. The Foundation views supporting parents a keystone to furthering the integration of intellectually disabled people into the community. Services targeted to families include respite care services that include fun and stimulating experiences for the handicapped children of parents, much-needed rest periods for parents and an opportunity for parents to focus on their non-handicapped children. The Foundation also sponsors the purchase of specialized equipment for disabled children and young adults living at home in order to promote social integration and physical mobility in the community. The Foundation is always looking for innovative ways to support parents in their quest to raise an intellectually disabled child and to keep the family unit alive and well. In our view, this is the best way to promote social development and community integration of intellectually disabled people.
4.         Scholarships & Bursaries to Promote Careers in Helping or Rehabilitative Professions
The Foundation provides bursaries for graduating secondary school students at the Massey-Vanier Secondary School in Cowansville (English and French sectors), for students pursuing their studies at the CEGEP level at Champlain Regional College in Lennoxville and at Le CEGEP de Granby Haute-Yamaska, and for graduate students in Special Education at McGill University. The Foundation is committed to supporting young people who pursue careers in the field of rehabilitation and other helping professions.