Adaptive Program

ANNOUNCEMENT: While all OCDSB schools are closed until the end of the school yearContinuing Education continues to support students virtually in all programs. Together with our education and community partners, we are working out the details and next steps needed to support the needs of our learners from home. We will update this page and send out communications via email as details are finalized. For more information you can also follow us on Twitter or contact us at

Adaptive Learning COVID-19 Information for Current Students:

Adaptive Learning teachers have been reaching out to students by email and phone. If you have not heard from your teacher please send an email to them with any updated contact information. If you do not know your teacher's email address, please email and we will provide you with the contact information for your teacher.

Adaptive Learning 2020/2021

Acceptance letters for  the 2020/2021 school year were emailed Monday May 4. If you completed the intake process prior to March 16, 2020 and have not received an email please contact us. If you would like to be on a waiting list for September 2020, please contact Alison Trusty or for more information, please contact us at We will update this page and as details are finalized.

About Adaptive Learning 

The Adaptive Learning Program is for adults with physical and developmental disabilities who want to prepare for independence, competitive employment or volunteer work in the community. Students participate in on-site work settings to gain job skills, in addition to transferable essential skills. Possible work sites include the coffee shop, resource/copy room, greenhouse and thrift store.  Students may then make a transition to an employment support program in the community.

Who is eligible for the program?

Adults age 21 or older with developmental disabilities who are:

  • Able to demonstrate a high level of independence
  • Able to spend lunch and break times without supervision 
  • Able to set and work toward specific goals 
  • Able to attend classes four days per week 
  • Willing to work or volunteer in the community 
  • Able to follow routines and directions
  • Able to work in a variety of environments, with different people
  • Have the support of family and caregivers in finding employment or volunteer positions

What will students learn?

Students learn both the transferable and targeted skills needed to prepare for employment.

Transferable skills are those that will help them in any job, such as:

  • Gaining self-confidence, problem solving and self-management
  • Understanding workplace culture and expectations
  • Knowing labour laws and rights
  • Working as part of a team and working alone
  • Using strategies for handling conflict and stress
  • Prioritizing and organizing tasks

Targeted skills are specific to various workplace environments. Examples include:

  • Preparation for Food Services Settings
  • Preparation for Office and Library Settings
  • Preparation for Plant Care and Maintenance Settings
This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.
Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement

Registration and Assessment

  • Call 613-239-2325 to make an appointment.
  • Each student will be assessed according to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development criteria to determine eligibility.
  • Call in September of your student’s last year of high school for the following September intake.
  • Bring your latest report card, evaluation and Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Resources for Integrating Literacy and Employment Preparation

  • VOICE: A dynamic and interactive approach for exploring employment possibilities Connecting Literacy, Learning & work
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