Désirée Allen had always heard the words, "you can't."
But the Ramara resident has been changing those words to, "you can," for the last eight years as a Special Olympian.
Désirée and her twin brother were just over two-years-old when they were adopted by Hélène Deschenes-Allen and Tim Allen.
"We knew there was some learning disability, but it was difficult to figure what," said Deschenes-Allen. "We had to battle with the medical field until we had the opportunity to take them St. Michael's Hospital for an evaluation. The twins were assessed to have Alcohol-Related Neurological Disorder."
Prominent symptoms include problems with memory, slow cognitive or auditory functioning, difficulty in decision-making, developmental dysmaturity (the persistence of a pattern consistent with an earlier developmental stage), and different responses to stimuli, she explained.