Park Lane school one of first in pro­gram

Bayview Post - - News - — Jes­sica Wei

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.

Christo­pher Hop­per

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