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Programs & Services
Springboard offers an array of programs designed for individuals with developmental disabilities to help them gain new skills for independent living in the community. With over 30 years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities, Springboard helps participants set and achieve goals.
With the goal of assisting men 18 years of age or older living with a developmental disability/dual diagnosis, our transitional lifeskills residences focus on developing skills that will help residents to live more independently in the community and move on to self-determined living arrangements. By developing connections with employers, community partners and families, our unique and innovative approach to skills training provides an inclusive and supportive environment where residents can create and achieve goals. Skill training includes: nutrition/cooking, budgeting, social networking, household management and hygiene.
Open to anyone with a developmental disability, ages 16* and up, living in the Greater Toronto Area, the Discovery Club offers an exciting selection of activities to meet your needs. Our programs provide participants with the opportunity to develop skills, meet new people and connect to the community, while staying active and becoming more independent. Programs include creative cooking classes, photography lessons and a space for hanging out and listening to music. All activities take place in the community or at our Scarborough facility.
(*Certain programs require a minimum age of 18 years)
This short term goal oriented program strives to make accessing the community, obtaining services and living on your own easier. Our team provides Family Supports, Person Directed Planning, Housing Support and more. These services assist individuals to research and find other supports, goal planning, moving out of supported living residences to a more independent living lifestyle, finding ways to participate in your community and advocating for services.
Family Support: Workers address the needs of individuals living with their family as well as some individuals who do not live with family. The individual does not need to be able to direct their own care. The support provided includes assistance with developing self-directed plans, and researching and referring to eligible supports to meet individual’s goals. These services are goal oriented and short term.
Person Directed Planning: Helps a person with a developmental disability to find the supports they need to live their dreams and meet their goals.
It can help people with developmental disabilities to:
Community Housing Support: Works with individuals currently residing in one of our two residential programs who have reached their goal to live independently or semi-independently. Staff assist in the transition from the residential program into the individual’s new living arrangement.
Community Participation Program Seeking Opportunities Accessing Resources (S.O.A.R.)
S.O.A.R. is a transitional day program for young adults with a developmental disability/dual diagnosis who want to increase their independence and participate in their community. S.O.A.R. will help them find out what they’re good at and build new skills. Our counsellors can help participants find out what kind of job they want and how to go through a job interview, how to make and keep friends, how to cook a nutritious meal, how to manage money, go shopping and stay on budget, how to get in shape, be healthy and explore their community.
Ian landed a fabulous new job at a Home Hardware in his area. As a participant in Springboard’s S.O.A.R. program, Ian has been working very hard to prepare for this new opportunity. For all of Springboards’ S.O.A.R. participants, finding and keeping a job is a core part of the curriculum – from learning new skills, to negotiating finances, to working with others. Ian’s mom, Wendy says, “The job gives Ian a sense of identity and a purpose in his life. As a parent, I am thrilled that he has some direction and has shown he has the skills to do this job. It gives me hope for his future.” She adds, “Ian has developed confidence and a sense of belonging in relation to the job. He comes home after work and always tells me proudly, “I did a good job today”. I see a change in his attitude toward work and he has made it part of his life – He is so proud.” Ian would tell you that the best part of going to his new job is #1 the subway ride and #2 the people at work are “nice”.
For information on any of our programs and services, please contact our Outreach and Intake Worker: 416-525-5479