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New Funding a Boost for Adults with Disabilities

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Written by Patti Foley

Opportunities expand for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities in Caledon

When they decided to commit to a tremendously underserved population in Caledon, adults with disabilities, Caledon Community Services (CCS) approached a grant program within Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). This Ministry’s funding under the Opportunities Fund presented an opportunity to support the launch of employment services for a growing number of families struggling to create the best life for their adult children with disabilities in Caledon.

Today’s funding announcement is encouraging news for the growing number of adults with physical, mental health and intellectual challenges and their families in Caledon. The $233,634 in funding will support a new training program entitled TRANSITIONS, aimed at helping persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment with local employers.

The program will be housed at CCS’ main office at 18 King Street in Bolton with some program components also occurring in the new training room on the upper level of the recently minted EVOLVE Clothing store located at 4 Industrial Road. in Bolton. CCS has a demonstrated history of identifying community needs and taking the steps necessary to address them. The Evolve Clothing store was designed with this type of employment training program in mind. Accessibility was built into its design to accommodate people with special needs.

Transitions is modelled after the successful LIFE for Youth Program that CCS has offered to youth/young adults aged 15 – 30 years since 2008. LIFE results have been outstanding with a 73% overall graduation success rate. The new Transitions Program will be delivered by Caledon Community Services (CCS), Employment & Development Division; individuals and families can self-refer. Cathy Perennec-McLean, CCS’ Director of Employment & Development, recognizes the immense possibilities for adult clients: “We’ll be providing our employment ready clients with a package of supports and employer services including employment assessment, coaching, training and employer incentives. This will lead to internships within local community services and business settings.”

This program supports the Government of Canada’s overarching goal of promoting skills development, labour market participation and inclusiveness for all members of Canadian society. For information and to register for Transitions, contact Cathy Perennec McLean, Director, Employment and Development, at Caledon Community Services – Jobs Caledon, (905) 584-2300 x 220, email cmclean@ccs4u.org 

About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.