About Community Living

The Story of Our Agency & How it was Formed

In 1957 two individuals, Mr. Albert Bird and Mr. Donald Lawrence both parents of children with special needs were concerned about the future teaching and training of their own children. They met with other concerned families and together formed the Association known as Community Living Ajax-Pickering and Whitby.

The first major project of the newly formed Association was to open a school that would provide the resources and support for these children to secure a place in their community. In June of 1961, the Aldon School’s doors opened.

By 1968, the Workshop previously known as A.R.C. officially opened.

By 1981, the first Association group home opened in Whitby. As of 2014, the Association has expanded to eight group homes in the Ajax, Pickering, and Whitby areas.

By 1984, a new program The Supported Independent Living Program was established.

By 1985, the Supported Employment Program was established.

By 2006, The Forest View Treatment Centre became part of CLAPW as a short-term Residential Treatment Home for individuals with a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and mental health disorder) and/or challenging behaviour.

Community Living Ajax-Pickering and Whitby are continually changing by adding new programs and partnering with other agencies to maximize opportunities for our clients.

Who funds this organization?

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS).

The structure of the organization?

180 employees

CLAPW is affiliated/associated with…

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) – www.dsontario.ca

Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) – www.dmhs.ca

Lake Ridge Community Support Services – www.lrcss.com

Community Networks of Specialized Care- www.community-networks.ca

Our Charitable Registration Number: 10669-0670-RR0001

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