The participants at West Toronto KEYS to INclusion are adults with intellectual disabilities who are no longer attending school. KEYS is best suited to those who benefit from:
- Being in a group and working towards common goals
- Being in a 1 staff: 4 participants ratio
- Community outings, workshops, and take the TTC together with staff
- Ongoing learning of life skills, cooking, literacy and numeracy
- Being involved in the community through volunteer and/or paid work
West Toronto KEYS to INclusion offers 3 pillars of opportunity for our participants. These are:
1. ONGOING LEARNING
- Lunch and Learn: daily activity during which the participants menu plan, shop, prepare, cook and share a meal with an emphasis on healthy choices, kitchen hygiene and safety, budgeting, and working together as a group
- Monthly community lunches to share with friends and supporters of KEYS
- Arts and Literacy: art expression, music, numeracy and literacy
- Safety and Community Skills: taking public transit, street safety, neighbourhood awareness
2. WORK AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
- Community Contributors:
Participants are matched with community business partners based on abilities and interests, and are supported with job coaches.
- Participants volunteer as a group. Examples are: Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Safe Haven Community Project and FoodShare.
- Participants contribute to the local neighbourhood by assisting businesses and services.
3. SOCIAL, RECREATION AND FITNESS
- Participants engage in social recreational and fitness activities together, such as yoga, music and movement
- Regular outings to the West End YMCA
- Outings to visit places of interest, such as, High Park Nature Centre, AGO, Kortright Centre for Conservation, ROM, etc…
KEYS IS CLOSED FOR VACATION June 28 to July 2 and July 30 to August 6, 2021!
In July and August KEYS summer camp operates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.