social enterprise opportunities for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

Foundations Program

Foundations Program

Preparing People for Employment


An 18-week, work skills development and training program for youth (18+) and adults who have developmental disabilities and are Developmental Services Ontario eligible entities.

In-class learning combined with placement in our social enterprise programs allows the student to focus on learning the skills needed to be successful in both life and in work. This program is great for individuals who are interested in entering the world of work.
In-class learning includes:
Customer Service
Cash Register Training (Math/Money)
Workplace communications and behaviours
Dealing with Conflict
Health and Safety
Safe Food Handling, and more.

This learning is reinforced during peer supported and job coach supervised hard skills learning that may include:
Food & Beverage Preparation
Delivering orders
Cash Register Training
Cash reconciliation and baking
Sanitation, and more.

This program provides the student with an experience that encourages independence.

Upon completion, graduates are provided with a resume containing 10 transferrable skills and an assessment.
Referral to a job development and retention program (a program that connects people to work) can be provided if requested.

*This program does not guarantee employment.


  • 18+ with developmental disability
  • Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) Eligible Entities
  • Lives within the Toronto region
  • Able to travel independently, ready to be trained for employment, and works well in a group environment
  • TTC oriented and/or can take the TTC independently
  • This is an intensive course that requires concentration, commitment and interest.


Individuals who are interested in applying to the Foundations Program and are new to Adult Developmental Service Ontario (DSO) please call 1-855-DS-ADULT (1-855-372-3858)

Pour plus d’informations sur les services en fran├žais contacter Services de l’Ontario pour les personnes ayant une deficience intellectuelle, 1-855-372-3858
For information about services in French, please contact 1-855-372-3858

Contact Information:
Training Coordinator
(416) 421-7117 ext. 203