Developmental Services includes a wide range of services and programs for youth and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or a mild to moderate developmental disability, along with a behavioural, social, emotional or mental health challenge. These services are available for youth age 12 and older.
Galloway After School Program (GASP)
The Galloway After School Program is a socialization, life skills, and activity group for adolescents and young adults in East Toronto who have been diagnosed with Autism or a mild to moderate developmental challenge. Some life skills topics include cooking, leisure planning, street-safety, sexuality and relationship building. GASP aims to meet the individualized needs and provides a safe, structured, and fun environment where they can learn and develop more independence skills. Activities and outings encourage a sense of cooperation, responsibility and achievement.
The program runs two afternoons a week during the school year – approximately seven hours per week. The staffing ratio is one staff member per four youth. There is a fee of $50/month to ensure the effectiveness and stability of the program is maintained.
AYCES (Asperger’s Youth for Community Engagement & Socialization)
AYCES is a program designed for youth between the ages of 12 – 18, with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. The AYCES program encourages and helps these youth develop their social and life skills, increase their self-esteem, develop peer relationships. AYCES supports them in the community, and creates volunteer opportunities.
AYCES includes the following services:
- After-school program
- Summer camp
- March break
- Alumni Group
- Saturday outings
AAIMS (Adults Achieving Independence through Motivation and Skill)
AAIMS is an adult day program that supports adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or developmental disability. AAIMS focuses on the development of skills that will enhance their quality of life, as they work towards independence. Knowledgeable, caring, creative and qualified staff, support these adults in the areas of life skills, literacy, socialization, peer networking, volunteerism, and create opportunities for their inclusion in the community.
AAIMS operates Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the cost of $50/day. There is an option of extended hours at an additional cost. AAIMS runs out of our Galloway Centre, this site offers a home like environment with the modern technologies to support learning and personal development.
Short Breaks for Families:
This program provides respite options for families with youth or young adults between the ages of 12 – 24 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or a developmental disability. Short Breaks are offered during March Break, the summer, and other P.A. Day/school closure days.
Time for the Taking:
Parents and guardians of a youth or young adult with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or a developmental disability between the ages of 12 and 35, sometimes need time for themselves to run errands, attend meetings, or just relax. If you are receiving Special Services at Home or have Passport Funding, while you are taking time for yourself, your son or daughter can spend time having fun and learning with our staff and nine other youth or young adults. Time for the Taking operates out of the Galloway Centre, and offers programs that build and enhance social and life skills. Time for the Taking is flexible. You can reserve sessions in advance when you know you’re going to need a break or some relief. Or you can book more casually, when things come up unexpectedly, if there is an opening, your child is welcome.
Once you register, an EMYS staff member will help you create a schedule that works for you and your child. There is a one-time only registration fee of $20. Sessions are six hours long and cost $50/session. Packages of five sessions are available at a discount. There are a maximum of ten participants per session, so every participant gets the attention.