In the kitchen of their Toronto home, they prepare lunch for their 18-year-old daughter Gillian.

Gilly, as she is affectionately called, has low-functioning autism; she’ll never be able to work or live independently.  She only knows a handful of words and relies heavily on her parents’ care.

Gilly’s parents, Ian and Rachelle are both accountants in their fifties.  Their morning ritual and to-the-minute timing needs to go with clockwork precision.

The bus that takes Gilly to her special-needs high school is due in about a half an hour, but Gilly is still upstairs sleeping.

As the designated stay-at-home parent, Ian needs the six or so precious hours that Gilly’s at school to work from his home office.

Looming in the background as the family goes about their daily routine is the fact that Gilly is on the cusp of adulthood.

In just over two years, when she turns 21, Gilly will age out of the public school system. That Geddes will need to find day programming and support.

Read more on the CBC.

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