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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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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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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. Dany has been delivering papers for the past 24 years, while his wife for the past 17. Back in 2015, the couple 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," Dany said.

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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. Dany has been delivering papers for the past 24 years, while his wife for the past 17. Back in 2015, the couple 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," Dany said.

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Gaby's mom Natalie Larouche, left, gives her son directions on how to brush his teeth. 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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Gaby's mom Natalie Larouche, left, gives her son directions on how to brush his teeth. 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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A pigeon flies inside the Desmeules' home. According to Dany, the bird is the ruler of the house and Gaby's best mate.

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A pigeon flies inside the Desmeules' home. According to Dany, the bird is the ruler of the house and Gaby's best mate.

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Gaby Desmeules, right, walks past his parents Dany, left, and Natalie, centre. Dany and Natalie rest on the couch after their night shifts delivering papers. The couch was their bed for quite a while as the couple used to sublet their bedroom to a student. Working two jobs, Dany and Natalie hardly spend any time at home. The sacrifice of sleeping on the couch was a necessary one to reduce expenses while starting a new business.

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Gaby Desmeules, right, walks past his parents Dany, left, and Natalie, centre. Dany and Natalie rest on the couch after their night shifts delivering papers. The couch was their bed for quite a while as the couple used to sublet their bedroom to a student. Working two jobs, Dany and Natalie hardly spend any time at home. The sacrifice of sleeping on the couch was a necessary one to reduce expenses while starting a new business.

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A picture of Gaby when he was 18-months-old is stuck on a window at the Desmeules' residence in Montreal. 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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A picture of Gaby when he was 18-months-old is stuck on a window at the Desmeules' residence in Montreal. 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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Dany Desmeules, left, is seen at his home after his night shift delivering newspapers, while Gaby wanders the house following his morning routine.

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Dany Desmeules, left, is seen at his home after his night shift delivering newspapers, while Gaby wanders the house following his morning routine.

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Gaby Desmeules holds his dad's hand, happy to see him back home after work.

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Gaby Desmeules holds his dad's hand, happy to see him back home after work.

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Gaby Desmeules kisses his mom Natalie Larouche, before getting ready to go to the Centre Champagnat.

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Gaby Desmeules kisses his mom Natalie Larouche, before getting ready to go to the Centre Champagnat.

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At the end of 2015, Dany Desmeules and Natalie Larouche took over the "Depanneur Saint Clèment" in the Hochealaga-Maisonneuve area, Montreal east end, to supplement the income that the couple makes delivering newspapers at night.

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At the end of 2015, Dany Desmeules and Natalie Larouche took over the "Depanneur Saint Clèment" in the Hochealaga-Maisonneuve area, Montreal east end, to supplement the income that the couple makes delivering newspapers at night.

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Gaby Desmeules looks at a tablet, as he sits outside the "Depanneur Saint Clèment." When he was in full time school, Gaby used to spend an average six hours a day at his parents' store.

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Gaby Desmeules looks at a tablet, as he sits outside the "Depanneur Saint Clèment." When he was in full time school, Gaby used to spend an average six hours a day at his parents' store.

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Danny Desmeules takes a nap in the back of his store, before heading out for the night delivering newspapers.

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Danny Desmeules takes a nap in the back of his store, before heading out for the night delivering newspapers.

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Dany Desmeules, left, and his son Gaby leave the "Depanneur" for a delivery. 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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Dany Desmeules, left, and his son Gaby leave the "Depanneur" for a delivery. 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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Gaby acts up as his dad Dany convinces him to sit in the car and head home after the store closure.

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Gaby acts up as his dad Dany convinces him to sit in the car and head home after the store closure.

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Dany Desmeules is ready to drive his truck to Mirabel, Quebec, to load the newspapers he will be delivering all night.

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Dany Desmeules is ready to drive his truck to Mirabel, Quebec, to load the newspapers he will be delivering all night.

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Gaby's mom, Natalie Larouche, smokes a cigarette after closing the store. 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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Gaby's mom, Natalie Larouche, smokes a cigarette after closing the store. 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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Gaby's mom, Natalie Larouche, is seen before the beginning of her night shift delivering newspapers in the Montreal west end. 

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Gaby's mom, Natalie Larouche, is seen before the beginning of her night shift delivering newspapers in the Montreal west end. 

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Gaby Desmeules rushes towards the TV as he hopes to be able to watch one of his favorite shows. Sometimes minor changes or unperceived expectations trigger an enormous emotional response within Gaby.

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Gaby Desmeules rushes towards the TV as he hopes to be able to watch one of his favorite shows. Sometimes minor changes or unperceived expectations trigger an enormous emotional response within Gaby.

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Natalie Larouche, right, helps Gaby to get dressed. After she comes back early morning from work, getting Gaby ready for the day and housekeeping are her main tasks - while her husband Dany opens the store around 6.30am. Neither Natalie, nor Dany can go straight to bed after their night shifts.

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Natalie Larouche, right, helps Gaby to get dressed. After she comes back early morning from work, getting Gaby ready for the day and housekeeping are her main tasks - while her husband Dany opens the store around 6.30am. Neither Natalie, nor Dany can go straight to bed after their night shifts.

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Gaby Desmeules walks in circles standing on his bed. Several times, when he is disappointed or nervous, Gaby tends to repeat the same action over and over.

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Gaby Desmeules walks in circles standing on his bed. Several times, when he is disappointed or nervous, Gaby tends to repeat the same action over and over.

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Natalie Larouche disciplines Gaby in the kitchen at the Desmeules' home. Despite the few hours of sleep she gets daily, it is indeed uncommon to see Natalie in a bad mood.

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Natalie Larouche disciplines Gaby in the kitchen at the Desmeules' home. Despite the few hours of sleep she gets daily, it is indeed uncommon to see Natalie in a bad mood.

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Gaby Desmeules, left, and his mom Natalie Larouche say goodbye to the pigeon, Gaby's best mate.

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Gaby Desmeules, left, and his mom Natalie Larouche say goodbye to the pigeon, Gaby's best mate.

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Gaby Desmeules sits on the porch of his home blowing bubbles. From Monday to Friday a taxi provided by the social services used to pick him up around 8am, to bring him to the Centre Champagnat, the school he attended full time up until the summer of 2017. The Centre Champagnat is a specialized institution offering support to adults with special needs.

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Gaby Desmeules sits on the porch of his home blowing bubbles. From Monday to Friday a taxi provided by the social services used to pick him up around 8am, to bring him to the Centre Champagnat, the school he attended full time up until the summer of 2017. The Centre Champagnat is a specialized institution offering support to adults with special needs.

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Gaby's view from 8am to 8:25am, when he used to wait for the subsidized taxi service bringing him to the "Centre Champagnat."

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Gaby's view from 8am to 8:25am, when he used to wait for the subsidized taxi service bringing him to the "Centre Champagnat."

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Gaby Desmeules, center, and his family, all dressed in Halloween costumes, hand candies to the kids, outside the "Depanneur Saint Clèment."

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Gaby Desmeules, center, and his family, all dressed in Halloween costumes, hand candies to the kids, outside the "Depanneur Saint Clèment."

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Gaby Desmeules sits outside the "Depanneur Saint Clèment," waiting for his parents to close the store. From outside his life appears to be paced by an endless loop always involving the same patterns. Restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests are among the three core symptoms of autism.

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Gaby Desmeules sits outside the "Depanneur Saint Clèment," waiting for his parents to close the store. From outside his life appears to be paced by an endless loop always involving the same patterns. Restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests are among the three core symptoms of autism.

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Dany Desmeules, right, and his son Gaby clear up tables and chairs before closing the store.

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Dany Desmeules, right, and his son Gaby clear up tables and chairs before closing the store.

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Gaby Desmeules spits at the camera. In the time I spent with Gaby and his family, he was always fine with me taking pictures. Gaby would often spit paper balls at me, then smile satisfied. That night, something within his ideal routine, must have gone wrong - he reacted that way.

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Gaby Desmeules spits at the camera. In the time I spent with Gaby and his family, he was always fine with me taking pictures. Gaby would often spit paper balls at me, then smile satisfied. That night, something within his ideal routine, must have gone wrong - he reacted that way.

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Dany Desmeules deals with the bookkeping of the family store. One year into the business, the "Depanneur Saint Clèment" seemed to be doing fine, with the Desmeules, who were able to pay back most of the loan they needed to start this entrepreneurial venture.

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Dany Desmeules deals with the bookkeping of the family store. One year into the business, the "Depanneur Saint Clèment" seemed to be doing fine, with the Desmeules, who were able to pay back most of the loan they needed to start this entrepreneurial venture.

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Gaby's dad, Dany Desmeules, delivers newspapers at a subway station in Montreal.

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Gaby's dad, Dany Desmeules, delivers newspapers at a subway station in Montreal.

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Gaby Desmeules adjusts his hockey Canada hat in the kitchen at his home. At 24, he had his last year of full time care at the Centre Champagnat. Currently he is attending a new support program twice a week. The Desmeules family ventured into the variety store entrepreneurship to face these challenges. While Gaby's dad Dany will keep working two jobs, his mom Natalie, hopefully in the future, 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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Gaby Desmeules adjusts his hockey Canada hat in the kitchen at his home. At 24, he had his last year of full time care at the Centre Champagnat. Currently he is attending a new support program twice a week. The Desmeules family ventured into the variety store entrepreneurship to face these challenges. While Gaby's dad Dany will keep working two jobs, his mom Natalie, hopefully in the future, 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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The light in Gaby's room stays on all night.

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The light in Gaby's room stays on all night.

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