As classrooms grow, parents of most vulnerable students feel forgotten

Almost every room in Amy and Evan Shout’s home features photos of their sons Ashton and Trystan.

It’s a sign of how much they love their children, sure. It’s also practical, the parents say. Ashton and Trystan are autistic and non-verbal. They communicate mostly by showing their parents images. Pictures of the family together are especially soothing.

The Shouts moved to Saskatoon’s Rosewood neighbourhood from a farm when Ashton, now eight years old, was diagnosed. They live with additional physical disabilities that mean they require full-time support.

Amy, a former teacher, felt Saskatoon was the only place in the province where services would be adequate. But even in the Bridge City, parents say the overburdened system is letting their kids slip through the cracks.