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Build Your Skills

Click on the sections below to learn more about Skills for Transition, Post-Secondary Transition, Youth Weekend Retreat, Youth@Work, and The Independence Program.

Skills for Transition

Skills for Transition offers one-to-one life skills coaching and life skills workshops to support youth age 15 to 18 (21 if still in high school) develop skills to be more independent. Popular goal areas include using public transit, shopping, cooking, making friends, and getting involved in community activities.

Visit the Therapeutic recreation and life skills page for more information on Skills for Transition.

Post-Secondary Transition service

The Post-Secondary Transition service provides consultative support to help students with disabilities prepare for transition from secondary school (e.g. accommodations, accessibility, personal care supports, funding, etc.). High school students in Toronto, York, Peel and Durham Regions who are currently in grade 11 or higher and are planning to attend college or university are eligible.

Visit the Therapeutic recreation and life skills page for more information on Post-Secondary Transition service.

Youth Weekend Retreat

The Youth Weekend Retreat is designed to support independent experiences. It is for young adults with acquired brain injuries and/or physical disabilities to come together for a weekend of specialized services including life skills strategies, recreation activities and social opportunities. The service is made possible with the partnership between March of Dimes Canada and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Download the Youth Weekend Retreat flyer and forms on our Therapeutic recreation and life skills page under "Youth Resources."


Entering the work force as a youth with a disability is exciting and can be challenging. Planning and skill building are often important first steps.

The Youth@Work program at Holland Bloorview provides high school students, age 15 through 20, with disabilities the opportunity to learn practical work skills through coaching and short term placements.

For more information, visit the Youth@Work page.

The Independence Program

The Independence Program (TIP) offers evidence-informed community integrated therapy services for youth with disabilities who are fully immersed for 21 days in real world learning environment. The program is designed to enhance transition to adult services and support optimum development of skills required to increase independence and participate in the adult world. It allows young people with disabilities to acquire life experiences that encourage self-expression, skill-development, while promoting friendship and enjoyment.

See program brochure and application on the Therapeutic recreation and life skills page.