EstablishedAugust 21, 2006
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 CampAugust 28, 2006
We ran our first ever summer camp!
Intergrated Social ProgramsFebruary 7, 2008
Integrated an evening music program, Sunday social program and Camp programs throughout the year.
Open our first home baseFebruary 11, 2008
DANI’s Place opens on McAllister Road as a home base for its programs.
Established our Day ProgramSeptember 1, 2008
We established our first structured day program using evidence based materials for creating a curriculum.
Our first cookbookJuly 14, 2009
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 busNovember 20, 2012
We received a brand new bus to accommodate our growing needs. The bus includes an hydrolic wheelchair lift.
Dani KioskApril 20, 2013
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 facilityMay 5, 2013
The Grand Opening of the new DANI Centre, an 8200 sq foot setting at the Garnet A. Williams Community Centre
Our first on-stage productionJune 2, 2013
DANI performed its first annual on-stage production, The Wizard of Oz, featuring participants and staff.
Received our SmartboardAugust 6, 2013
DANI received a state-of-the-art Smartboard for the DANI Centre, donated by ORT Toronto.
GreenhouseOctober 7, 2013
Completed construction of our accessible, heated greenhouse to be used by participants to help grow herbs and vegetables for the DANI kitchen.
KasperNovember 12, 2013
We welcomed Kasper, our new companion dog from National Service Dogs.
First annual Art & Music NightMarch 25, 2014
Hosted our first annual Art and Music Night, based on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
Our 2nd annual on-stage productionMay 19, 2014
Performed our second annual on-stage production, Peter Pan, featuring participants and staff
Trip to IsraelAugust 25, 2014
A group of DANI participants went to Israel for a 10-day Birthright trip.
First NewsletterSeptember 15, 2014
DANI’s first edition of DANI Days, a biweekly newsletter created with content and input from participants was published
2nd annual Art & Music NightMarch 17, 2015
We hosted our second annual Art and Music Night, based on Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky
3rd annual on-stage productionJune 7, 2015
We performed our third annual on-stage production, Alice in Wonderland, featuring participants and staff
The Pop-Up Lunch IntroductionSeptember 9, 2015
A weekly program in which participants visit local businesses to sell food prepared by the DANI Kitchen
The Toronto Jewish Disability Resource Guide’s LaunchOctober 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’ahavtaNovember 13, 2015
DANI is honoured by Ve’ahavta, and Kathy and Susie are presented with the Humanitarian Award for all of their work