Established

August 21, 2006
Established

DANI was founded in 2006 by Kathy Laszlo and Susie Sokol to meet the needs of adults with disabilities in the Jewish community who had completed high school. It started as a parent to parent advocacy group and became an incorporated charity.

First Summer Camp

August 28, 2006
First Summer Camp

We ran our first ever summer camp!

Intergrated Social Programs

February 7, 2008
Intergrated Social Programs

Integrated an evening music program, Sunday social program and Camp programs throughout the year.

Open our first home base

February 11, 2008
Open our first home base

DANI’s Place opens on McAllister Road as a home base for its programs.

Established our Day Program

September 1, 2008
Established our Day Program

We established our first structured day program using evidence based materials for creating a curriculum.

Our first cookbook

July 14, 2009
Our first cookbook

The DANI Delights Cookbook is published, featuring recipes from participants and their families as well as Kosher caterers and restaurants from the Jewish community

Our new bus

November 20, 2012
Our new bus

We received a brand new bus  to accommodate our growing needs. The bus includes an hydrolic wheelchair lift.

Dani Kiosk

April 20, 2013
Dani Kiosk

Opened the DANI Express kiosk in that Garnet A. Williams Community Centre, run by participants and volunteers. The Kiosk sells Kosher food prepared by the DANI kitchen.

Moved to a new facility

May 5, 2013
Moved to a new facility

The Grand Opening of the new DANI Centre, an 8200 sq foot setting at the Garnet A. Williams Community Centre

Our first on-stage production

June 2, 2013
Our first on-stage production

DANI performed its first annual on-stage production, The Wizard of Oz, featuring participants and staff.

Received our Smartboard

August 6, 2013
Received our Smartboard

DANI received a state-of-the-art Smartboard for the DANI Centre, donated by ORT Toronto.

Greenhouse

October 7, 2013
Greenhouse

Completed construction of our accessible, heated greenhouse to be used by participants to help grow herbs and vegetables for the DANI kitchen.

Kasper

November 12, 2013
Kasper

We welcomed Kasper, our new companion dog from National Service Dogs.

First annual Art & Music Night

March 25, 2014
First annual Art & Music Night

Hosted our first annual Art and Music Night, based on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

Our 2nd annual on-stage production

May 19, 2014
Our 2nd annual on-stage production

Performed our second annual on-stage production, Peter Pan, featuring participants and staff

Trip to Israel

August 25, 2014
Trip to Israel

A group of DANI participants went to Israel for a 10-day Birthright trip.

First Newsletter

September 15, 2014
First Newsletter

DANI’s first edition of DANI Days, a biweekly newsletter created with content and input from participants was published

2nd annual Art & Music Night

March 17, 2015
2nd annual Art & Music Night

We hosted our second annual Art and Music Night, based on Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky

3rd annual on-stage production

June 7, 2015
3rd annual on-stage production

We performed our third annual on-stage production, Alice in Wonderland, featuring participants and staff

The Pop-Up Lunch Introduction

September 9, 2015
The Pop-Up Lunch Introduction

A weekly program in which participants visit local businesses to sell food prepared by the DANI Kitchen

The Toronto Jewish Disability Resource Guide’s Launch

October 11, 2015

The Toronto Jewish Disability Resource Guide provides information about a variety of services for individuals with special needs

DANI is honoured by Ve’ahavta

November 13, 2015
DANI is honoured by Ve’ahavta

DANI is honoured by Ve’ahavta, and Kathy and Susie are presented with the Humanitarian Award for all of their work