21 Stories: Meet Kyle Whyte; the friendly movie enthusiast

The Whyte family gives us a glimpse into Kyle’s active life:

Meet KYLE – our 26-year old son who loves dancing, Disney movies, computers, eating out, hanging with his friends, music (Taylor Swift/One Direction), going to concerts/movies, riding his 3-wheeled bicycle, playing sports, and his family. He especially enjoys watching movies on Netflix on TV and you tube videos on the iPad at the same time!

We moved to Oakville in 1993 (from Montreal) and joined the Halton Down Syndrome Association (HDSA).  Through HDSA we participated in many family BBQ’s, fishing derbies, dances, farm outings, play groups, and parties. It was then that Kyle formed friendships with his peers with Down Syndrome and their siblings. He attended speech therapy (with Kim Pace) and music therapy (with Noreen Donnell) for many years.

As a teenager Kyle joined various sports offered through Oakville Special Olympics. Now he focuses on basketball and bowling and has attended many competitions and tournaments.

Since graduating high school, Kyle has been attending day programs with Community Living Oakville (CLO) (4 days/week). He is learning to play the bass guitar in a band music therapy program through CLO. This year he has performed 3 gigs at local pubs in Oakville.

Kyle has also been part of the HDSA Graduate Group (those over 21). They organize social events approx. every 2 months (go to movies, bowling, hiking, football games, hanging out, volunteering at the GO21 walks, etc.) He always looks forward to getting together with these friends for the music, dancing and of course the food!”

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