The ID-ASD-PD Directorate offers a variety of services to people who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder, or even mental health issues or physical mobility issues.
The primary objective of socio-professional services is to encourage them to progress within a continuum of services allowing them to acquire skills that increase their opportunities for social inclusion and participation.
It should be noted that choosing the right service for a person is part of a clear and specific clinical intervention plan. This intervention plan is developed in conjunction with the family, by professionals that determine—following an evaluation—the services best suited to the person’s situation.
Day Activities Centres
Day activities centres allow clients to develop competencies related to autonomy (self-care, food preparation, communication, work-related skills). These programs also promote social participation, and encourage clients to develop their social skills, including self-regulation. Learning is encouraged in a variety of ways: music, art, computers, housekeeping skills, horticulture, academics, and others. These programs, which may be transitory for some clients, are often set in safe and structured environments with higher staff ratios to best serve clients needing significant support.
Day Activities Program (In partnership with community organizations)
Partnerships with community organizations provide community integration services for those who have intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder. These clients may also have physical disabilities.
Early Retirement Program
Early retirement programs offer recreational or volunteering activities to clients who wish to stay active. These programs are organized by the West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC) or community organizations.
Workshops are primarily intended to develop work-related self-regulation and skills. During these workshops, clients develop competencies related to autonomy, decision-making, and social participation. Contracts with a variety of local enterprises (assembly, packaging, etc.) allow clients to work in safe and structured environments in which they can develop the skills needed to perform a job, under the supervision of the staff at the WMRC.
Workstations enable clients to acquire and sharpen professional skills. Clients also develop their social skills and autonomy within integrated work settings, in the company of other employees. Clients taking part in these programs have a certain level of autonomy; they are able to follow a routine, and master their basic needs, such as self-care, getting dressed, and feeding themselves. The tasks they are able to carry out include: packaging, clothing triage, or assembly work in industrial, retail, or school environments. In these settings, the clients can rely on round-the-clock support from an educator. As for community partners, they come from the private sector or school boards, among others.
Programs on Campus and in Healthcare Establishments
These programs are intended for clients who have mastered care needs, have a good level of autonomy, and can handle the minor unexpected problems of everyday life independently. These clients live in integrated settings that focus on preparing for work and building interpersonal relations. Although a specialized educator from the centre is on-site, support needs must be minimal throughout the day. Clients must be able to navigate complex environments with numerous other employees and clients. The complexity and duration of routines and tasks to be carried out vary. Sometimes, and depending on the location, clients must be able to use public transportation on their own, or to manage their own adapted transport.
Work Integration/Individual Internship in a Work Setting
This program helps clients get support from a company’s employee(s). It also helps them improve their professional skills with a view to obtaining paid employment. The work environments are varied and include daycares, restaurants, industry, hairdressing, healthcare settings, etc. If support is needed, clients must be able to request it from a company employee or to contact their integration agent, who visits them weekly (or less frequently). Clients must be able to use public transportation on their own, or manage their own adapted transport.
Integration agents have access to numerous employment programs, courtesy of Emploi-Québec. Where a client meets the criteria, the agent can refer the client to a program suited to their needs.
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