As a Registered Nurse Victor worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in the Medical-Psychiatric Unit rated by U.S. News and World Report for several years as the number one psychiatric unit in the country. During his career at Massachusetts General Hospital Victor was awarded the Kenneth B. Schwartz Clinical Pastoral Education Fellowship. The Fellowship teaches clinical caregivers the skills to address the existential, spiritual, and religious concerns of patients and their loved ones. This experience enhanced his effectiveness as a nurse and his advocacy skills. Diane continued to oversee all the details of Michael’s home program which through the years expanded into the community to enhance learning in a more natural setting. She was a member of the Boston Public Schools Parent Advisory Council, served as vice president of Winarc, a grassroots community organization developed to enhance the lives of the developmentally disabled through numerous enrichment programs. Diane provided inclusion training for teachers and students at various schools and collaborated with many professionals who provided music therapy, yoga, Tai Chi , art, and health and wellness classes.She presented at an Autism conference that explored housing options, work opportunities, and successful planned communities that exist here in the United States.
The MVP Foundation was established through the inspiration of Michael Victor Presto. Michael has faced the challenges of Autism since his diagnosis in 1994 with dignity, courage and hard work. As individuals like Michael transition from school to adulthood they face an uncertain future. Unemployment runs close to 90 percent for people with Autism and about 70 percent for other individuals with varying abilities. The MVP Foundation is dedicated to helping people with Autism and other varying abilities especially in the area of employment. The Foundation through our highly trained staff assists these individuals obtain jobs, offers employment training, job coaching, and skill development. Through supported employment and in collaboration with various businesses, opportunities are created to help ensure a successful employment experience. In addition, the Foundation provides medical and family grants, respite, benefits planning, social programs and health initiatives for individuals with varying abilities and their families.