Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Physical Disability


Mandate of the Directorate

Intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder and physical disability programs (ID-ASD-PD) incorporate services designed to meet the needs of people of all ages with a global developmental delay, an intellectual disability, a social communication disorder, an autism spectrum disorder, or a physical disability, as well as the needs of their families and loved ones.

Among other things, the program aims to:

  • Foster social integration and participation
  • Compensate for the person’s disabilities
  • Reduce the impact of the disability or autism spectrum disorder on the person and their family

The Directorate works closely with the various partners on our territory to provide better access to health and social services and specialized care required by the clientele.

The Directorate also aims to provide the right services—based on best practices—at the right time, and with the right intensity.  

Services Offered at the CLSC

Local community service centres (CLSC) provide front-line services to persons with ID-ASD-PD. These services include:

  • Early stimulation psychosocial services
  • Services to children awaiting a diagnostic assessment
  • Support services to families and their loved ones 

West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC)

The WMRC provides a range of specialized services to children, their families, and their loved ones, including:

  • Intensive behavioural intervention for young children with an ASD 
  • Habilitation and rehabilitation
  • Residential integration
  • Community and workplace integration
  • Support to partners

Transition from School to Active Life (TSAL)

The TSAL approach is intended for young people aged 15 to 21. This approach helps plan the youth’s transition from school to active life and supports them in their projects. 

The approach also ensures a continuum of services to the youth and their families, so they may pursue their life project after completing their studies. Although the process is initiated by the school, it is carried out in conjunction with the youth, their families, the community, and a professional from the ID-ASD-PD Directorate.

The school coordinates the TESL approach and determines which youth it would benefit the most. Families can refer to the school to get the contact information of the person in charge of the TASL approach at their school.