Social Integration Services (S.I.S.)

What programs are available to me?

Our program promotes student individuality while encouraging team work to build skills and abilities. All students are encouraged to participate in work placement activities to practice the skills they have acquired in the program. Classes run four (4) days per week with one day of field experience outside the center.

Admission of Adults into the Social Integration Services Program

Adults are admitted to the SIS program not because of a particular disability or the handicap associated with it, but rather on the basis of the social difficulties and challenges experienced by the individual. However, the adults’ disabilities are taken into consideration in the formation and the teaching that takes place in the classes.

We offer an inclusive and personalized approach to enable each of our students to thrive in an environment of trust and security. Our SIS students give back to the community through their support of Sun Youth, providing food baskets, selling their jewelry and decorations, and visiting schools to make presentations on anti-bullying initiatives.

For more information, please contact one of our centres.

Students with special needs (SIS)

Our “Social Integration Service” program (the Sunshine Class) is designed for adults who are experiencing mild to severe adjustment difficulties or challenges integrating into society. Some of our students have special needs, including mild or moderate intellectual delay, anxiety, depression, physical challenges, social challenges, or require skills training to live more autonomously. The SIS program fosters and promotes the students’ individuality while encouraging everyone to work together in order to discover their skills and abilities. Many of our students attend work field placement to complement our in-classroom learning. Strong emphasis is placed on acquiring essential life and self care skills, including cooking, nutrition and health management. The curriculum is complemented by leisure and technology studies, all in a highly interactive and caring classroom environment.

SIS: Our SIS (Social Integration Service) program “Sunshine Class” for adults with special needs provides daily living skills for adults of any age who may have an intellectual delay or difficulty integrating into society. HAECC’s diverse and dynamic learning environment is always centred on the needs of our students and we make sure that everyone who enters our doors leaves more fulfilled and ready to pursue their dreams.

Social Integration Program at ACCESS
OUR GOAL: HELPING STUDENTS BECOME INDEPENDENT ADULTS

The Social Integration (SI) program at ACCESS is designed for adults with special needs, such as intellectual handicaps, learning disabilities or behavioral problems. Since its inception in November 2011, it has been running at full capacity with 20 students enrolled in the program.

The program functions partly like a regular classroom, with daily teaching of traditional subjects like English and Math. But the students also learn more practical skills, such as learning how to cook and follow a recipe, how to use a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. They also learn social skills, friendship skills, and problem-solving. Occasionally, excursions are organized so that students can get out of school and enjoy a novel experience (e.g. grocery store trip)

For students who experience difficulties and need a “step-up” to be more autonomous and adapt better to community life

CRITERIA FOR ELIBIGILITY

  • Comfortable learning in a group setting
  • Committed to becoming socially integrated
  • Motivated to learns skills needed for daily life
  • Absence of any apparent social or behavioral issues that would interfere with the learning environment
  • Student must have external resources (i.e., CRDI, CSSS, or other) to provide support to him/her throughout the program and assist in the transfer of learning outside of the school.

Admission to the program does not take place because of a disability and the handicap associated with it, but rather on the basis of the social difficulties and disadvantages experienced by the person.

CLASS CURRICULUM

Students attend classes four days per week, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. There are no classes on Wednesday as it is their “transfer of learning day” in which they are encouraged to practice what they learned by applying their newly acquired skills outside of the school. For example, students can spend Wednesdays doing volunteer work,

SIS- Our Social Integration Services class is designed to enable an adult who is experiencing adjustment difficulties of a psychological, intellectual, social,or physical nature to gain access to individualized learning that fosters the acquisition of basic skills to prepare him/her for an active role in society and, where applicable, the pursuit of further studies. Our program promotes student individuality while encouraging team work to build skills and abilities. All students are encouraged to participate in work placement activities to practice the skills they have acquired in the program. Classes run four (4) days per week with one day of field experience outside the centre.