From our Community Day Support program location in Kanata, Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills Inc. offers both lifeskills and leisure programs to adults with developmental disabilities. Both programs provide training and support to individuals through activities designed for their specific needs, interests and abilities.
Both programs focus on communication skills through natural teaching within each subject. Individuals have an opportunity to participate in community events and recreational activates. Participants are not limited to the program they have joined and are welcome to participate in different activities within each program.
Lifeskills programs are based on a traditional classroom model and give participants instruction on a wide variety of topics including socialization, anger management and cooking. Lifeskills participants are often treated to presentations from special guests who speak about their lives, their jobs or their interests. Recent favourites include dentists, police officers and musicians.
Lifeskills program participants have the opportunity to learn skills required for employment through our pre-vocational program. OCL currently works closely with Tim Horton’s, The Christmas Exchange, The Glebe Centre, OC Transpo, Meals on Wheels and Value Village to provide fulfilling job opportunities for our participants.
Participants who are looking for a more relaxed pace and atmosphere can participate in sensory activities, such as music, arts and crafts, cooking, games and chair exercises. This program has a quiet, low-demand environment.
Direct Support Professionals
OCL Lifeskills Instructors are hired through a process overseen by our Human Resources Department. All Lifeskills Instructors must have clear criminal reference checks, and receive training in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, First Aid and CPR, along with other training pertinent to the needs of those they serve. All interviews contain a teaching component so that their creativity and personal interaction can be assessed. Instructors are strongly encouraged to have Sign Language, PECS and Bliss qualifications in order to best meet the needs of our participants.
For more information on our Community Day Support Program, please call 613-254-9400.