Optimizing life success through residential immersive life skills programs for youth with disabilities



The goal of the study is to understand how youth develop life skills as they grow and mature over the course of a year.


Amy McPherson, PhDGillian King, PhDShauna Kingsnorth, PhD, Jan Willem Gorter, Kim Jones-Galley, Andrea Morrison, Tanya Glencross-Eimantas, Ana Maria Isihi, Natalie Timbrell, Diane Savage

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Who can participate

Participants in the research will:

  • Be attending a residential or non-residential life-skills program or be a matched non-participating youth;
  • Be between 14 and 21 years old;
  • Have a child-onset disability;
  • Be able to set goals for themselves; and
  • Speak English

What's Involved

The study involves completing questionnaires and interviews.

  • Participants will be part of the study for one year
  • Participants will provide data four times through an on-line survey
  • Each data collection session will take about 30 min


Recruitment is closed at this time.

Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Alanna Rudzik at arudzik@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-425-6220 extension 6554 with your interest, and she will get back to you shortly.  Contacting us for more information does not mean that you or your child have to agree to participate in the study.

Funding Agency

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2014-2018), $412,867

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