All posts in “developmental disabilities”

Covenant House – Mental Health Program

Group Name: Covenant House – Mental Health Program

Description: Opened in 1982, Covenant House Toronto was the second international site established in the highly recognized childcare agency. The 21-site network spans from Alaska to Latin America. Today, Covenant House Toronto is a homeless youth agency. More than just a place to stay, we provide 24/7 crisis care and have the widest range of services under one roof, including education, counselling, health care and employment assistance.

Arts and Minds, our day program for youth with mental health issues, is a safe and welcoming place for kids to work towards healing and stability. The innovative program uses art therapy, as well as other hands-on activities like cooking and gardening. Through these creative techniques, we are able to teach kids communication and social skills in a non-threatening way. Art encourages youth to regain the ability to express themselves and rebuild a sense of self-worth. They also volunteer in the community, which gives our youth the pride of making a contribution. Morning sessions include structured activities, while afternoons are spent counselling youth individually.

Where: 20 Gerrard St. East | Toronto, ON M5B 2P3

Contact: 416-598-4898 | 1-800-435-7308 (24 hrs & shelter) |

Developmental Services Ontario (Toronto Region)

Group Name: Developmental Services Ontario

Description: We can provide you with information about community services and resources and assist you in connecting with MCSS-funded developmental services and supports. DSO Toronto Region is administered by Surrey Place. Surrey Place Centre serves people of all ages who have a developmental disability in Toronto. It provides individuals and families with specialized services and supports. Our agency is also the co-lead for the Community Network of Specialized Care for Central Ontario.

Developmental Services Ontario Toronto Region (DSO Toronto Region) will provide you with information that helps adults with developmental disabilities find services and support in Toronto. We can also tell you about other community programs that might be useful or interesting to you. Who can apply for Services and Supports from DSO Toronto Region:

  • any individual 16 years or older
  • an individual living in Toronto
  • an individual who has never received services from a developmental service agency after the age of 18, and/or has never been on a service(s) waitlist as an adult
  • an individual applying for Passport funding

Where: Surrey Place Centre, 2 Surrey Place | Toronto, ON M5S 2C2

Contact: 1-855-372-3858 (1 855 DS-ADULT) | |

Autism Ontario – Support for Chinese Families of Children with Development Disability

Group Name: Autism Ontario – Parent Support for Chinese Families of Children with Development Disability

Description: Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Members are connected through a volunteer network of Chapters throughout the Province of Ontario. They are guided by a Board of Directors, composed primarily of parents of individuals with autism, plus a host of volunteers and respected professionals who provide expertise and guidance to the organization on a volunteer basis.

Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact. The association and its chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.

Fee: Free of charge. Childcare and refreshments are provided. To register, please visit

Where: Gifted People Services 511 McNicoll Avenue, | North York, ON M2H 2C9

When: 3rd Saturday every month (2014): Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar. 15, Apr. 19, May 17, Jun. 21, Jul 19, Aug. 16, Sep 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20. Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Contact: 647-699-8416 | | |

Corbrook – Youth Centered Day Respite Services

Group Name: Corbrook – Youth Centered Day Respite Services

Description: As a community-based service organization, Corbrook has been making an important contribution to the lives of people with physical and developmental disabilities and their families for more than 60 years. We embrace a person-directed philosophy and approach, supporting people to make informed decisions and personal choices that will help them achieve their goals.

Corbrook is pleased to offer Day Respite for teens aged 14 – 18 years old. Hang out with your friends, meet some new people and explore your interests in a social setting. Enjoy individual and group activities that take place at our East Campus (Scarborough) and out in the community. Free educational workshops are also offered to help you learn more about the services that will be available to you as you get older. Drop by for a couple of hours, or stay the whole day. We offer both full-day and per-activity rates (lunch is not included).

Where: 931 Progress Avenue, Unit 1 and 2 | Scarborough, ON M1G 3V5

When: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact: 416-431-9000 | 416-245-5565 |

Meta Centre For The Disabled

Group Name: Meta Centre For The Disabled

Description: Their mission is to provide quality services and supports for the social inclusion of people with special needs. Meta Centre was established as the operational body of the original organization, EOH Meta Foundation. Meta Centre then successfully pursued funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, and EOH Meta Foundation re-formulated itself into a successful fundraising body for Meta Centre.

Their services are tailored to respect and meet the individual needs of people with developmental disabilities, including those persons with dual diagnoses and multiple disabilities. These are provided through our multi-lingual Day & Respite Services, Supported Independent Living and Residential Services.

Where: 401 Champagne Drive | Toronto, ON M3J 2C6

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-736-0199 | |

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