LIA POWERS: Graduate of the first TTL course- 2013
Recently we heard from one of our first graduates and we wanted to share her tremendous accomplishments with you…
Lia has accomplished so much in the years since her Transition to Life program. She is gifted musically and as music has been her lifeline since a very young age, she has been determined to become a music therapist to help other kids on the spectrum. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music from the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine Arts at Brock University in 2018. She then moved to Montreal to complete a 12-month graduate diploma in Music Therapy (course work and 1200 hours of practicum) at Concordia University. She is now one year into her Masters of Music Therapy and is doing amazing work with young children with various developmental disabilities as well as working on a thesis (A Neurologically-Informed Music Therapy Early Intervention Research Study for Gait Abnormalities in Autistic Children). In addition to educating her colleagues and professors on life on the spectrum and doing some advocacy work she was also the inaugural winner of a social justice award at Concordia for her work with ASD. Recently she has also completed a course in Neurological Music Therapy at University of Toronto.
Of course, there have been a number of struggles along the way, but she has continued to persevere through the difficult times and strive to succeed.
We all know that there were many people and programs that have helped her along the way including "Transition to Life” and that she would not have kept fighting and pushing on without the supports behind her.