Education can be a challenge for many of these children, as mainstream schools are not equipped to support their needs. The Mackay Centre School and Philip E. Layton School offer a safe, caring environment that empowers children to achieve their maximum potential with a curriculum that is dynamic and responsive to their needs. These adapted schools operate in partnership with the English Montreal School Board and the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, providing a seamless marriage between education and physical habilitation that is unique in North America. This truly special program recognizes the inner potential of each child, and helps them to develop into happy and confident adults.
The specialized schools together serve 150 children between the ages of 4 and 21 years old with a variety of physical disabilities.
The Foundation is delighted and proud to have contributed a Snoezelen Room to the new school facility. This special therapy room offers an immersive, controlled multi-sensory environment with a range of tactile, visual, olfactory, and interactive activities. This can open up a whole new world for children with physical impairments.
The new Snoezelen Room will have huge benefits for the children of the schools. Through individualized, one-on-one interventions, the environment can help a child to improve coordination and fine/gross motor development; increase concentration; stimulate key sensory building blocks; and develop language skills and vocalization.
The Foundation wishes to thank the compassionate partners who made this special project a reality, notably the Montreal Real Estate Foundation for Kids, the Daigle Family Foundation, Ms. Kathy Nakashima and Sam Hornstein & Merle Wertheimer.