Davia moved to Vancouver in 2017 to be closer to family, and because of its access to numerous activities, parks and services. Her son, Brandon, has special needs, and lives with severe autism.

“I’m a stay-at-home mom. I spend every day just devoted to him and helping him grow.”

Brandon has shown a particular interest in mechanical things, and how they work. He likes to take things apart and see how they’re put together. Davia homeschools Brandon while working on multiple therapies and skills. She builds their day in 15-minute increments, and she makes every one of them count.

“It makes me have to plan my entire day out. Everything is very scheduled. I have to really prepare him for transitions. His sensory overload affects everything in his life, so everything is very strategically planned.”