Pointe-Claire, August 21, 2020 – In June, WIAIH and Place Cartier’s Endeavour Program (Lester B. Pearson School Board) joined forces to develop unique and innovative summer programming for teens and adults with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder. The goal was to create an 8-week long program to sustain and build upon the skills that students had developed throughout the school year, which is especially important this year since most community and educational summer programs could not be offered as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.
In consultation with WIAIH, Endeavour staff created a structured activity book with a specific theme each week, ranging from superheroes, to music, to the environment, to Hollywood. Activities include games, math, reading comprehension, coloring, recipes, fitness, and much more. The added twist is that, because of the involvement of WIAIH, summer programming included a daily Zoom session so that participants could share and discuss the activities presented in the activity book.
Beyond Endeavour’s contribution in creating the activity book (which was printed at LBPSB head office) and WIAIH’s collaboration in supporting the development of online summer programming, the implementation of the project is supported by the Canadian Government’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Centraide of Greater Montreal. Their generosity has made possible the purchase of art supplies to prepare work kits to accompany the activity book for participants who may not have the resources to purchase paint, brushes, and the various materials required to get the maximum benefits from participating in the program. “We are very grateful to the Federal Government and Centraide for the support to this project that will allow participants who have been home for many months now to connect socially with their peers and continue to sustain and even further skills and abilities they have developed over time. It’s exciting to be able to offer such an activity at no cost to families who already struggle day-to-day,’ says Lyne Charlebois, Executive Director of WIAIH.