We’re lucky enough to have some very enlightened laws governing human rights here in Canada that ensure adults with disabilities have a number of day programs and support available to them. However, just as disabilities cover a very wide spectrum, so do day programs themselves. That makes it essential to choose one that is appropriate for each individual adult’s needs and considerations, which could seem a little daunting. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Ensure a safe and secure environment
The word “disabilities” covers a broad spectrum, with some people having a greater need for support and assistance than others. In all cases, safety and security should always be paramount, with the appropriate safeguarding measures put in place. This means for example having the correct staffing ratios and putting the right procedures in place to address all eventualities.
Determine the level of support needed
Before settling on a day program, it is worth spending time making a list of support needs. Each day program tailored for adults with disabilities is designed with different needs in mind. At Brighton Launch, we focus on the specific needs of young adults hoping to move towards employment, and/or more independent living. Our program includes the two modules covering Work Experience and Life Skills, equipping students with vocational skills and training, further learning and the confidence to lead a more independent lifestyle.
What social activities are on offer?
We all need to socialize, so even day programs focused on vocational skills should provide some sort of fun, sociable element. At Brighton Launch, students love our ‘Friday Night Social’, which has continued in virtual form when social distancing measures were enforced. We’ve also launched our Virtual Summer Camp, with themed days and loads of fun activities, including a virtual campfire sing-along!
What do previous and current participants have to say?
No matter how great a day program for adults with a disability might seem to be, the best way to find out is to ask someone who has used the program themselves. Every good program will be more than happy to pass on the verifiable comments of current and past participants so you can check their reputation for yourself. These days, most information can be double-checked online, so it’s worth doing a bit of research to see if there is any positive or negative feedback that you need to know about.
What comes next when choosing day programs for adults with disabilities?
Once you have narrowed down your options for suitable day programs for adults with disabilities, it’s time to make your final choice. One of the best ways of doing this is to try them out. Most reputable programs will offer a visit to make sure it’s a good fit for all concerned.
At Brighton Launch, our day programs for adults with disabilities are designed to offer vocational, social and independent living support at a pace to suit each individual. We’re delighted to offer a day’s experience to all prospective students because we understand the importance of making the right decision.