Harris government announces $398,800 to help young adults with developmental disabilities in Toronto

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Harris government announces $398,800 to help young adults with developmental disabilities in Toronto

TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - The Ontario government will provide $398,800 in new funding to help young adults with developmental disabilities in Toronto who are graduating from the school system, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community and Social Services Bart Maves announced today.
The Operation Springboard - SOAR proposal was one of 21 chosen in the second round of funding for a $6 million Foundations initiative. The aim of Foundations is to develop innovative day program options for people with developmental disabilities who are leaving the education system.
"This funding will make a tremendous difference in the lives of young people with developmental disabilities in our community," said Maves. "It will ensure that after they leave the school system they are provided with opportunities leading to a brighter and more independent future."
Foundations is designed to support innovative programs that help address the individual needs of young adults with developmental disabilities leaving school, whether that is help getting a job, support for a volunteer activity, or instruction on a computer.
"This government is committed to helping young adults with developmental disabilities successfully integrate into the community after school," said Community and Social Services Minister John Baird. "We expect these Foundations projects will help make the next stage in their lives more rewarding."

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For more information visit http://www.gov.on.ca/CSS.
For further information: Mike Van Soelen, Minister's Office, (416) 325-5213; Dianne Lone, Ministry of Community and Social Services, (416) 325-5156