BI's The Hub for Community Inclusion is an innovative 5-day a week program for young adults with autism and developmental disabilities that is premised on the belief that learning occurs when a person is stimulated, active, and having fun. The program runs Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and also available on a part-time basis. Each day is organized with two outings and two teaching periods (e.g., conversational training, how to use an iPad to communicate, how to prepare a meal).
The purpose of The Hub is to provide adults and older adolescents with developmental disabilities with a supportive and enriching community experience that builds life skills and independence. We value inclusion, accountability, and individualization of supports. Services associated with The Hub are goal-directed, evaluated and built on principles of applied behaviour analysis.
Enrollment varies from part-time to full-time based on the number of days a participant is able to attend with options ranging from one to five days per week. The enrollment fee for an individual in the standard group (5 clients to 1 staff) is $100/day. If the individual requires additional support the family has the option of directly providing this support or arranging staffing support through BI.
How To Apply
Please complete the application form linked below and email (email@example.com); fax (416-251-4688), or call Jean (416-251-9277) at our Toronto office.
Visit our Facebook Page at facebook.com/TheBIHub for more information on our program and samples of activities, outings, and schedules!
What parents say
- "The Hub creates the highly supportive environment necessary for our son to participate in the community with like peers and caring well educated behaviourally trained adults. He loves his time spent at The Hub which started out as two days a week and he now attends three days a week. He is able to participate in social and recreational activities keeping busy and staying healthy by getting out which is so important to his well being and to our family's well being!”
- “My son loves coming to The Hub! He is happy, challenged, engaged, and more communicative. Being physically active every day at The Hub also means that he is calmer and sleeps better at night. I love how my son is out and about, part of the community. The staff is highly trained, caring and deliver an excellent service.”
- “My son attends the The Hub program twice a week. The Hub gives him the opportunity to go and see places that we aren't able to go. He likes and enjoys The Hub outings and I can feel it, because he is always excited to attend. Thank you The Hub for your effort and hard work.”
- “The The Hub program is the most amazing place for our son. It offers an excellent program, well trained & educated staff who care deeply about all the clients. We have already seen some positive changes in our son's communication skills!”
As children with autism or other developmental disorders grown into adulthood, the single greatest concern of their parents is a long-term plan of where their adult child will live (Minnos & Woodford, 2004). There are long waiting lists for publicly funded group homes. Thus, we provide residential support to young adults with autism who live in their own condominium. These services include enhanced skill development and lifestyle arrangements for meaningful activities for the resident and are provided on an individual basis. For more information, please call Jean at our Toronto office at 416-251-9277.
Life Skills Program
The life skills program is designed for adolescents or adults with autism or other developmental disorders who would profit from learning functional life skills to move towards independence. The life skills selected depends on the need of the individual but may include toileting, other self-care skills, communication, learning how to shop, learning how to access community leisure activities (e.g., swimming) and learning how to complete tasks in a workplace. Teaching is provided on a 1:1 basis with an emphasis on teaching functional skills that will enhance the individual’s life quality. Life skills programs may be obtained at our school in Toronto (Children’s College) or through a home-based team.
To apply for the Life Skills Program, please call Jean at (416) 251-9277; firstname.lastname@example.org.