Social Integration

With your support, we can open up the world to all people living with physical disabilities - one opportunity at a time.

Social Integration

With your support, we can open up the world to all people living with physical disabilities - one opportunity at a time.

For youth growing up with a disability, life is full of obstacles.

Their lives are full of “cant’s” and limitations every day. For youth growing up with a disability, life is full of obstacles. Their lives are full of “cant’s” and limitations every day, as well as frequent episodes of intimidation or rejection. The additional resources required to adapt an activity to their disabilities are often prohibitive. The barriers to participation often feel insurmountable, and these youth are left feeling isolated. HABILITAS gives these young people opportunities that come easily to most other children.

Camp Massawippi is one of these special places.

For over 65 years, they’ve offered the traditional sleep-away camp experience, where no one is left out, regardless of their disability. Located in the Eastern Townships, this fully-adapted camp features one of the highest staff-to-camper ratios in the province, ensuring the protection and dignity of campers, as well as peace of mind for their parents.

I was about 10 years old when I first discovered Camp Massawippi. I was born with no eyes at all, and I also have cerebral palsy, making it hard for me to control my legs and arms. At Camp Massawippi, I could finally break out from my usual surroundings and enjoy the same things that “normal” children get to experience in the summer!

Tanya, 28 years old, long-time camper

At the specialized Mackay Centre
and Philip E. Layton schools,

children with disabilities benefit from education and physical habilitation under one roof. This truly special program recognizes the inner potential of each child, and helps them to develop into happy and confident adults.

Once a timid girl, Ava returns home at the end of her day at the Mackay Centre School full of exciting stories, using the few words that she knows, singing songs she learned in music therapy, and counting to numbers we thought were beyond her grasp.  As a result, Ava is connecting with her friends and family on a whole new level.

Richard, Ava’s proud dad

TranXition Program

Adolescence is a time of transition. The transition from childhood to adulthood, from dependence to independence, from school to independent living – for a young person with a disability, this change brings particular challenges. 

HABILITAS is very pleased to help launch this new program in 2018, with a goal of promoting independence and pre-work skills (including transportation training, social skills, daily life skills, independent living skills, workplace routine and expectations, understanding finances, and self-advocacy, among others.) The program was developed through new synergies with the MAB-Mackay and Constance-Lethbridge centres, in order to fill an important gap in services at a critical time for these youth. We look forward to sharing stories of impact with our donors in the future.

Through you we support

Hearing

With your support, we can create a world where silence is no longer deafening.

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Motor

With your support, we can help people move.

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Communication

With your support, we can give children a voice so they can play with their friends, succeed at school and share with their families.

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Vision

With your support, we can empower and bring light into the lives of people whose eyes see darkness.

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