Community & Vocation

DANI supports our participants by helping them develop their dignified and meaningful roles in the community. Through vocational, volunteering and other opportunities, individuals are encouraged to use their unique abilities. With partnerships, DANI has been able to provide vocational options in restaurants, grocery and retail stores, pet care and our own Business & Social Enterprise. In addition, our adults are active in agencies that service seniors, children with disabilities and manage food banks.

Community and vocational involvement are emphasized in our day program. The experiences lead to an enhanced quality of life for the adults but also benefit the entire community through their positive and productive contributions.

Education

 

Our staff develops goals with our participants based upon their specific levels and interests. Many adults meet personal literacy objectives through both individual and group sessions. Participants also enjoy classes on a variety of subjects including: drama, art, music, health and nutrition, internet safety, safety in the neighbourhood, interpersonal skills, cooking and kitchen skills, journalism, book study, Judaica and more Family members/ caregivers are actively involved in the continuous planning and evaluation.

Active Living & Recreation

DANI believes that being active is a key aspect of a healthy life. Participants choose activities such as swimming, yoga, meditation, bowling, bocce, outdoor sports, and dance. They also enjoy recreational activities at the DANI Centre such as basketball, board games, computers and iPads or just relaxing in our Snoezelen Room. Recreational opportunities are continuously explored and may include museums, outdoor conservation areas, GTA attractions, and hiking or camping up north.

The Arts

Staff at DANI nurtures the creative self - expression of each participant. Our adults work on two major projects each year that are open to the public. Our annual theatre production at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts and our Annual Art Exhibition are “must see” events that illuminate the talents of DANI participants. These projects allow us to explore arts themed areas that include: Visual Art, Photography, Fashion, Costume Design, Dance, Music Composition and Drama.

Life Skills

Life Skills is a theme that threads through all of our programming. Participants have opportunities to learn and practice skills related to food preparation, site maintenance, interpersonal skills and personal responsibility. It is our intention to assist the people in our program gain confidence and competence in a wide variety of skills in order to remove any barriers towards achieving their goals and developing valued roles in the community.

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Jordan Goldman
Day Program Director


Jordan oversees the staff and programming delivered by our staff team in our Day Program and evening recreational programs, as well as liaising and communicating with families. Jordan’s patience and open-minded approach to problem-solving, as well as his commitment to a strengths-based model, enables the staff team to deliver creative and innovative programming.