Park Lane school one of first in program
A new program, the Post 21 Foundation, tackles an issue that many families across Ontario face every year: how to find suitable support for their adult children who have developmental disabilities past the age that special education programming stops.
For many, it means finding at least $35,000 to put them through a specialized program. For others, it means staying at home all day to look after their grown children until government funding kicks in.
Christopher Hopper is one of the founders of Post 21. He is a North York father and small business owner. His son, who has a developmental disability, recently graduated from Park Lane Public School and will be one of the first participants in the program. The group raised $6.4 million in private donations over the last year to fund the program, which launches this September at the Central Etobicoke High School.
“If you are stuck at home, caring for your adult child with a developmental disability, you can’t work, and you get in a vicious circle,” said Hopper.
The program is also an opportunity to conduct longterm research on adults with developmental disabilities to find out how to improve their lives and physical and psychological well-being.