As Jennifer and Deborah Wyatt (Founders) prepared to make the leap from university students to working world professionals, they both knew they had to achieve one thing to find happiness: be of service to others.
Their grandfather, John Alexander Wyatt was a strong advocate and role model for both Jennifer and Deborah growing up. He instilled in both girls the importance of inclusion, regardless of differences and to always support the less fortunate. Both Jennifer and Deborah have strong interests in health, mental health and developmental exceptionalities. Through the influence of their grandfather combined with their common interests, TIPES was born.
Thinking In Pictures Education Services, better known as TIPES was founded in 2007. This dynamic duo worked hard to build TIPES to from a staff of 2 to a staff of 50 plus individuals who all have the students and families of TIPES best interest at heart. In its efforts to reach each individual in the community who requires assistance, the TIPES team now offers over a dozen programs. Realizing the need to help adults with ASD, TIPES added adult services in 2014. This once tiny Ottawa charity has expanded their services into Lanark County, Renfrew and Leeds and Greenville County.
Since its inception TIPES has serviced over 250 families in Ontario.