Community Living Toronto and Intellectual Disability

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Community Living Toronto is an organization that took place in 1948 to provide support for adults, youth, children and families with an intellectual disability by giving this group an accessible ways to fit into the community they live in. The agency’s mission is to “change the lives of people with an intellectual disability by giving them a voice and supporting their choices where they live, learn, work and play” (Community living Toronto, 2011). The program focuses on connecting individuals who has an intellectual disability in recognizing their “work, volunteer, leisure and recreational interests and goals” (Community living Toronto, 2011). It maximizes opportunities for the children with intellectual disability to be actively involved in school and in the community and also home by giving them access to programs that they can engage in for learning and development. It also provides foundation to youth to be active and know their innermost role in identifying and selecting their work, volunteer and spare time activities. The agency works intimately with the families to provide support for the sibling and parents and to help them make well-versed choices for their child that will amplify their community participation.

One of the supports the agency provides is a four hours literacy program at Scarborough, Toronto on Saturdays to those in special need of academic support. There are two classes that take place within the same location however they are alienated by the different levels in terms of education and knowledge of the students. Those with basic knowledge are provided with volunteers to help them in encouraging them in their school work and help those that strongly need help with in class work. The volunteers work on...

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