Adult en­rich­ment Cen­tre on the way

Caters to peo­ple with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties “of all lev­els and needs”

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS -

there is no lo­ca­tion se­lected yet, but an of­fice of the adult en­rich­ment Cen­tre is ex­pected to be open in north bay by nov. 1.

the cen­tre – it has three lo­ca­tions in sud­bury and one in sault ste. marie – pro­vides pro­grams and ser­vices for those with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties “of all lev­els and needs.”

the cen­tre of­fers day pro­grams for young grad­u­ates who are no longer in the school sys­tem.

“When they grad­u­ate, there is not much avail­able for them,” Joanne bouchard, the found­ing di­rec­tor, said this week.

“It al­lows young adults to take the next step in their lives.”

the adult en­rich­ment Cen­tre was founded in sud­bury in 2014. as well as north bay, an­other lo­ca­tion is be­ing planned for tim­mins.

the cen­tre, ac­cord­ing to area man­ager ash­ley roberts, of­fers ba­sic care, spe­cial­ized one-on-one care, one-on-one care and com­plex care.

“our pro­grams of­fer sup­port with de­vel­op­ing new skills, en­hanc­ing skills, build­ing in­de­pen­dence, build­ing job-readi­ness skills and vol­un­teer­ing within the com­mu­nity.”

bouchard said the cen­tre has worked out a part­ner­ship with the YMCA, sim­i­lar to re­la­tion­ships de­vel­oped with the YMCA in sud­bury and sault ste. marie.

she said there are about 120 peo­ple on a wait list in north bay for pro­gram­ming.

“there will be no wait list,” bouchard said. “It will be first­come, first-served . . . and our hope is to be able to ser­vice the whole amount.”

the cen­tre also in­tends to pro­vide be­havioural sup­ports, speech pro­gram­ming and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, and phys­io­ther­apy.

home-based life skills pro­gram­ming will also be of­fered at the cen­tre. that pro­gram­ming will in­clude life skills such as clean­ing, cook­ing and bud­get­ing.

roberts said she was not sure how many peo­ple would have to be hired, but all staff will be qual­i­fied dsws, ssws, phys­io­ther­a­pists or oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist assistants or re­lated fields.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter for em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, con­tact bouchard at adul­tenrich­ment@hot­ or at 705470-7474.

roberts can be reached at ash­ley_ae­cen­ter@hot­ or at 705-470-7474.

When they grad­u­ate, there is not much avail­able for them.” Joanne Bouchard

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