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MONTREAL: QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016--Gaby Desmeules plays word search in the kitchen at his home, early morning on Wednesday September 21, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. He is a nonverbal autistic 24-year-old. His daily life is paced by a consolidated routine and repetitive actions. For the past five years, Gaby has been attending the Centre Champagnat, in Montreal, where he receives one-to-one assistance. Gaby has good learning abilities, however due to his lack of vocabulary, he needs to be guided and assisted in everything he does. He is able to read and locate words in the word search grid and every now and then he whispers a few without being solicited.

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MONTREAL: QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016--Gaby Desmeules plays word search in the kitchen at his home, early morning on Wednesday September 21, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. He is a nonverbal autistic 24-year-old. His daily life is paced by a consolidated routine and repetitive actions. For the past five years, Gaby has been attending the Centre Champagnat, in Montreal, where he receives one-to-one assistance. Gaby has good learning abilities, however due to his lack of vocabulary, he needs to be guided and assisted in everything he does. He is able to read and locate words in the word search grid and every now and then he whispers a few without being solicited.

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016-- Gaby's dad Dany Desmeules drives his van early morning Wednesday, September 21, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. Every night around 11pm he and his wife Natalie travel to a printing plant in Mirabel, Quebec, to load their vehicles, then head back to Montreal to deliver the newspapers. Desmeules has been delivering papers for the past 20 years, while his wife for the past 13. The couple recently ventured into an entrepreneurial project, as they took over a small variety store that they run during the day. "If we want Gaby to have a decent future, at the moment there is no choice, we need to work two jobs," Desmeules said.

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016-- Gaby's dad Dany Desmeules drives his van early morning Wednesday, September 21, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. Every night around 11pm he and his wife Natalie travel to a printing plant in Mirabel, Quebec, to load their vehicles, then head back to Montreal to deliver the newspapers. Desmeules has been delivering papers for the past 20 years, while his wife for the past 13. The couple recently ventured into an entrepreneurial project, as they took over a small variety store that they run during the day. "If we want Gaby to have a decent future, at the moment there is no choice, we need to work two jobs," Desmeules said.

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016--Gaby's mom Natalie Larouche, left, gives her son directions on how to brush his teeth on Wednesday September 21, 2016, at their home in Montreal, Quebec. Natalie has to guide Gaby step-by-step reminding him to brush, rinse, turn off the water and put the toothbrush away. "If I do not tell him to stop brushing, he would go on forever. Same thing with the shower, he doesn't need any assistance but if I do not remind him to get the soap, he would be under the running water all day long no matter what," she said.

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016--Gaby's mom Natalie Larouche, left, gives her son directions on how to brush his teeth on Wednesday September 21, 2016, at their home in Montreal, Quebec. Natalie has to guide Gaby step-by-step reminding him to brush, rinse, turn off the water and put the toothbrush away. "If I do not tell him to stop brushing, he would go on forever. Same thing with the shower, he doesn't need any assistance but if I do not remind him to get the soap, he would be under the running water all day long no matter what," she said.

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 -- "The pigeon is the boss of the house." Dany Desmeules

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 -- "The pigeon is the boss of the house." Dany Desmeules

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016--Gaby Desmeules, right, walks past his parents Dany, left, and Natalie, centre, on Wednesday September 21, 2016, at their home in Montreal, Quebec. Dany and Natalie rest on the couch after their night shifts delivering papers. The couch is their bed as the couple sublets their bedroom to a student. While Gaby, his sister Leila and her boyfriend occupy the other two rooms. Working two jobs, Dany and Natalie hardly spend any time at home. The sacrifice of sleeping on the couch is a necessary one to reduce expenses while starting a new business.

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016--Gaby Desmeules, right, walks past his parents Dany, left, and Natalie, centre, on Wednesday September 21, 2016, at their home in Montreal, Quebec. Dany and Natalie rest on the couch after their night shifts delivering papers. The couch is their bed as the couple sublets their bedroom to a student. While Gaby, his sister Leila and her boyfriend occupy the other two rooms. Working two jobs, Dany and Natalie hardly spend any time at home. The sacrifice of sleeping on the couch is a necessary one to reduce expenses while starting a new business.

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MONTREAL, QC.: DECEMBER 9, 2016--A picture of Gaby when he was 18-months-old is stuck on a window at the Desmeules residence on Friday December 9, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. At the age of two Gaby's parents Dany Desmeules and Natalie Larouche thought that their child was deaf. Every time they were trying to talk to him, the toddler would look around disoriented. That's when they decided to bring him to a specialist. It did not take long for the doctors to realize that the child suffered from Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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MONTREAL, QC.: DECEMBER 9, 2016--A picture of Gaby when he was 18-months-old is stuck on a window at the Desmeules residence on Friday December 9, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. At the age of two Gaby's parents Dany Desmeules and Natalie Larouche thought that their child was deaf. Every time they were trying to talk to him, the toddler would look around disoriented. That's when they decided to bring him to a specialist. It did not take long for the doctors to realize that the child suffered from Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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MONTREAL, QC.: OCTOBER 1, 2016--I love you mom

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MONTREAL, QC.: OCTOBER 1, 2016--I love you mom

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016-- Dad is back

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016-- Dad is back

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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 1, 2016 --"The Depanneur Saint Clément"

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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 1, 2016 --"The Depanneur Saint Clément"

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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 2, 2016--Danny Desmeules rests before his night shift delivering newspapers.

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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 2, 2016--Danny Desmeules rests before his night shift delivering newspapers.

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MONTREAL, QC.: OCTOBER 1, 2016 -- Dany Desmeules, left, and his son Gaby leave the variety store for a delivery on Saturday October 1, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. Gaby's parents Dany and Natalie are always busy with the store and working their night jobs, therefore Gaby spends most of his time off school at the new family business. During the summer, when the school is closed, Gaby sits at the tables outside the variety store filling up pages of word search quizzes. His dad Dany taught him how to ride a three wheel bike and brings him along for every commission related to the shop. Gaby loves to ride bicycles, however he always needs somebody to supervise and tell him what to do.

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MONTREAL, QC.: OCTOBER 1, 2016 -- Dany Desmeules, left, and his son Gaby leave the variety store for a delivery on Saturday October 1, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. Gaby's parents Dany and Natalie are always busy with the store and working their night jobs, therefore Gaby spends most of his time off school at the new family business. During the summer, when the school is closed, Gaby sits at the tables outside the variety store filling up pages of word search quizzes. His dad Dany taught him how to ride a three wheel bike and brings him along for every commission related to the shop. Gaby loves to ride bicycles, however he always needs somebody to supervise and tell him what to do.

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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 2, 2016 -- I don't want that

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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 2, 2016 -- I don't want that

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MONTREAL, QC.: OCTOBER 2, 2016--Gaby's mom Natalie Larouche is seen before the beginning of her night shift delivering newspapers on Sunday October 2, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. She met her husband back in 1985 while she was working at the Arena Maurice Richard in Montreal. The couple had 4 kids: Chloe, Gabriel, Mikael and Leila. Their third one, Mikael, was born in 1995 but passed away when he was 4-months-old due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Despite such a huge tragedy and a severely disabled son, she and her husband don't seem to have lost hope in life. They both work hard to make the most of their current circumstances and build a future for their kids.

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MONTREAL, QC.: OCTOBER 2, 2016--Gaby's mom Natalie Larouche is seen before the beginning of her night shift delivering newspapers on Sunday October 2, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. She met her husband back in 1985 while she was working at the Arena Maurice Richard in Montreal. The couple had 4 kids: Chloe, Gabriel, Mikael and Leila. Their third one, Mikael, was born in 1995 but passed away when he was 4-months-old due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Despite such a huge tragedy and a severely disabled son, she and her husband don't seem to have lost hope in life. They both work hard to make the most of their current circumstances and build a future for their kids.

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 -- It's been a long night

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 -- It's been a long night

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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016-- The view from 8am to 8:25am, Monday to Friday, at least until summer 2017. 

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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016-- The view from 8am to 8:25am, Monday to Friday, at least until summer 2017. 

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 -- Gaby Desmeules sits on the porch of his home blowing bubbles on Wednesday September 21, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. From Monday to Friday a taxi provided by the social services picks him up around 8am, to bring him to the Centre Champagnat, the school he has been attending for the past four years. Around 4pm another taxi drives him back to the variety store where his mom Natalie Larouche waits for him. The Centre Champagnat is a specialized institution offering support to adults with special needs.

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 -- Gaby Desmeules sits on the porch of his home blowing bubbles on Wednesday September 21, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. From Monday to Friday a taxi provided by the social services picks him up around 8am, to bring him to the Centre Champagnat, the school he has been attending for the past four years. Around 4pm another taxi drives him back to the variety store where his mom Natalie Larouche waits for him. The Centre Champagnat is a specialized institution offering support to adults with special needs.

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MONTREAL, QC.: OCTOBER 31, 2016 -- HALLOWEEN

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MONTREAL, QC.: OCTOBER 31, 2016 -- HALLOWEEN

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 -- Gaby Desmeules adjusts his hockey Canada hat in the kitchen of his home on Wednesday September 21, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. As with every morning, he will have to get ready for school by 8am. At 24, this year will be his last at the Centre Champagnat. The Quebec government cut the funds for the one-to-one assistance for individuals in need, therefore his family will have to take care of him full-time. The Desmeules family ventured into the variety store entrepreneurship to face this moment. While Gaby's dad Dany will keep working two jobs, his mom Natalie, hopefully from the summer 2017, will only be in charge of the store. Too often society tends to forget that children with disabilities eventually grow into adults only supported by their families.

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MONTREAL, QC.: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 -- Gaby Desmeules adjusts his hockey Canada hat in the kitchen of his home on Wednesday September 21, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. As with every morning, he will have to get ready for school by 8am. At 24, this year will be his last at the Centre Champagnat. The Quebec government cut the funds for the one-to-one assistance for individuals in need, therefore his family will have to take care of him full-time. The Desmeules family ventured into the variety store entrepreneurship to face this moment. While Gaby's dad Dany will keep working two jobs, his mom Natalie, hopefully from the summer 2017, will only be in charge of the store. Too often society tends to forget that children with disabilities eventually grow into adults only supported by their families.

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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 1, 2016-- Say goodbye to the pigeon

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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 1, 2016-- Say goodbye to the pigeon

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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 -- My Light

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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 -- My Light

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