Strive: Skills Training Recreation Integration Vocation Employment
The STRIVE program provides community-based supports to adults with developmental disabilities. All services and supports are individualized based on each person’s specific interests and goals and are geared to increase a person’s independence in all areas of life. Activities are designed to be outcomes-based and may focus on reaching both short and long-term goals, i.e. better health as a long-term goal and loosing 15 lbs. as a short-term goal met by attending the YMCA three days per week with staff support.
Our focus is on Skills and Education, Recreation, Volunteering and Employment, and for many people their person interests combine several of these areas.
While no one person’s days or supports look exactly the same, examples of activities may include bowling, swimming, exercising at the YMCA, social skills classes, supported volunteer and employment placements, travel training, educational supports such as DARE and L4L, music programs, art classes, cooking classes, drum circle and much more. Our focus is on the development of transferable skills that will allow each person to increase their independence and with time to become more comfortable and integrated into their community.
The basis for our service is to be in the community where natural supports can be developed and where most people feel they are most comfortable. Inclusion works because of our community partnerships with parents, businesses, organizations, community hubs and schools.
Located at 533 Main Street East, in Hamilton, the Lawson Ministries Autism Centre offers a safe, secure, accessible and stunning location in which individuals on the Autism Spectrum to develop skills and to participate in activities regardless of where they may fit on the autism continuum.
Our focus is on the development of transferable skills that will allow each person to increase their independence and with time to become more comfortable and integrated into their community. As with all of our agency services, the supports are individualized and outcomes-based. Each person’s own interests, abilities, and goals are integrated into the design of their own unique program.
Services and supports
People who receive services of the Autism Centre are considered members and have access to many services, as well many members have developed new services i.e. Caricature classes and evening social groups run by people on the ASD spectrum. The centre offers a myriad of options including: 1:1 literacy and computer skills programming, indoor mini-gym, rooftop garden, art classes. Music programs, Snoezelen Room, teaching kitchen, café, and several multi-purpose spaces. Essential social skills training is knitted into each service that is offered and staff are trained to ensure people are engaged and challenged to meet their goals.