In the summer of 2015, Natasha Ingeniero took on a new challenge by putting her degree and her passions to work for autistic youth. The project was not conceived overnight. Through a Reading Week placement, she connected with the staff at Surrey Options Community Services. Natasha started brainstorming and reaching into her networks at UBC and her idea evolved into a goal to build a multi-sensory room. She put together a proposal with letters of support from Options to try and get the project funded, while also assembling a small committed UBC student team to help.
With support from the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, guidance from the staff at Options and funding from the Chapman & Innovation Grant, the small team set to work. The goal was to build a safe and interactive area for children with autism and developmental disabilities. These types of spaces exist in Vancouver but are not available to many families and youth living in Surrey and Richmond.