Etobicoke's New Haven autism centre

Published on July 27, 2020

New Haven Learning Centre in Etobicoke thanks the Como Foundation for its recent donation of 200 clear face masks to staff and families to aid in the centre’s delivery of autism services. Left to right, Sandra Hughes, executive director of New Haven; Mississauga-Lakeshore MPP Rudy Cuzzetto; Sarah Veinot, co-founder, the Como Foundation; Max Cucchiella, co-founder, the Como Foundation; and Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Christine Hogarth. - New Haven Learning Centre

The Como Foundation recently donated 200 clear masks that enable lip reading to New Haven Learning Centre in Etobicoke to aid in its autism service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Alderwood-based non-profit organization is beginning to offer in-centre services to families, while continuing to deliver programs remotely via Telehealth Ontario and virtual services.

“We are constantly looking for ways to better service our families during these unprecedented times,” Sandra Hughes, executive director of New Haven, said in a statement. “We are so thankful that we are able to re-establish in-centre programming in a safe capacity as we continue to brave this next normal.”

The Como Foundation’s donation will aid that effort, Hughes said.

“Essential resources donated by the Como Foundation will enhance and won’t impede client and therapist interaction allowing all of us to soar,” she said.

Sarah Veinot, co-founder of the Como Foundation, said as parents of a child who is on the autistic spectrum, they understand the number of challenges the pandemic creates for families.

“I was blessed to have grandparents who worked and championed special education and the need for inclusivity when I was a child, and now I feel we are continuing some of the work they started so many years ago,” Veinot said in a statement. “Giving back should come from the heart, and we will continue to support our communities any way we can.”

Established in 1998, New Haven is one of the first centres of excellence focused on the provision of Applied Behaviour Analysis-based treatment and educational programming for the autism sector.