Community Living Dufferin

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Record #: GCL1518 Last Full Update: 20 Sep 2013
Contact Information
Office Phone(519)941-8971  
Office: Ext. 130 
Residential: Ext. 164 
Respite: Ext. 162 
QPAC: Ext. 200 
Employment Plus Program: Ext 157 
Options Program: Ext 126 
Pre-School Resource Program: Ext 155
Primary ContactDiane Slater, Director, Adult Services; Phone: (Business) 519-941-8971 ext 164; Email:
Volunteer CoordinatorKaren Murphy-Fritz, Executive Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator; Phone: (Business) 519-941-8971 ext 165; Email:
Address & Location Information
Site LocationEast Garafraxa
Address065371 County Road #3
East Garafraxa, ON L9W 7J8
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IntersectionBroadway Ave / County Rd #3
Mailing AddressCommunity Living Dufferin 
065371 County Road #3 
East Garafraxa, ON L9W 7J8
AccessibilityFully Accessible
Description & Services
DescriptionCommunity Living Dufferin (CLD), together with the Canadian, Provincial and other local Associations, supports community options and opportunities for children and adults who have a developmental disability. CLD provides and co-ordinates services within Dufferin County which support and enable people with developmental disabilities, to live within the community and maximize their capacity for independence. CLD supports people who have disabilities that affect their capacity to learn. 
Services Include: 
* Group Home Living provides and supports community living arrangements and housing for adults who have developmental disabilities. Each program is designed to encourage the individual's growth, independence and integration within the community. There are currently 13 group homes in the Orangeville area. The average number of people living in a home is four. Hours of staff support range from 8 to 24 hours per day. The Association offers support in the following areas: 
* Self care (i.e. hygiene, domestic) 
* Social skills (i.e. developing friendships) 
* Community living skills (i.e. grocery shopping, banking) 
* Recreation/leisure supports 
* Specialized support (i.e. access to psychologists, speech therapy, psychiatrist, etc.) Dufferin adults (18 and older) with developmental delays are eligible. 
*Respite Program: CLD's Respite program offers a total of 20 weekends each year of weekend respite support in one of our group homes to families on our waitlist. An adult with a disability who lives with his/her family can come and participate in activities similar to group home living on a pre-arranged weekend starting on a Friday and ending on a Sunday.  
CLD offers a respite program 2 Saturdays per month to adults who have developmental disabilities and are medically fragile. 
* Pre-School Resource Program: This program was developed to meet the individual needs of children who have developmental delays. With ongoing support and assistance from Early Interventionists, programs are implemented within an inclusive childcare setting in the community. Once a child's strengths and needs are fully assessed, an individualized program is developed together with the family. In-home visits are regularly scheduled to maintain communication between the parents and other caregivers. Introducing children with developmental disabilities to an inclusive program provides them with an opportunity to make friends and participate in a variety of stimulating activities. 
* Summer Inclusion Program for children 5 to 16 years of age: This program is able to provide Inclusion Counselors to support children with developmental disabilities, in the recreational program of their choice for up to 2 weeks during the summer months. A variety of programs are offered through numerous community summer day camps in the areas of Orangeville, Grand Valley and Shelburne. The individual attention provided by the Inclusion Counselors gives each child the opportunity to fully participate in the environment of their choice. 
*Summer Day Camp for Young Adults 16 to 30 years of age: This program provides a variety of activities involving crafts, music, swimming and games. Only 5 campers per week accepted. Weekly sessions are offered throughout the month of July for a small fee. 
* Options Learning and Leisure Program: An adult day program that promotes the development of skills and creativity, within an exciting range of planned activities. The emphasis is on learning new skills and building self-esteem, while interacting with one's community. 
* Employment Services: The focus of the Employment Services is to enable people who have developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential for work and make a meaningful contribution to the community workplace. CLD provides support to develop vocational skills through training, work experiences, and volunteer placements. QPAC (Quality, Packaging & Assembly) is a business that offers employment to people with developmental disabilities to learn transferrable job skills. The Employment Plus program is a specialized placement service which matches people with training placements and employment opportunities within the community. Employment coaches assess the person's interests and abilities and provide the necessary training and ongoing support to ensure the person is successful in meeting the requirements of employment.  
* Supported Independent Living Program: The SIL Program provides support to people with developmental disabilities living in apartments of their own. Generally this support is 3 to 5 hours per week and is geared to the type of assistance the person with the developmental disability would like.  
* Family Home Program: An option for an adult with developmental disabilities is to live in a supportive family setting. CLD facilitates this program by identifing suitable families and aligning them with adults in need of this type of accommodation. 
* Behavioural Supports: Funding, upon approval, can be obtained to support families who have loved ones with a developmental disability and who are dealing with behavioral concerns in the home. Funding can be given for approx. 6 sessions with a therapist. 
*Regional Specialized Services: CLD has a group home that supports adults with Prader Willi Syndrome. 
* Volunteer Opportunities 
Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator for on-going volunteer opportunities.
HoursMon - Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm
DatesYear round except statutory holidays
Areas ServedDufferin County
BoundariesDufferin County
EligibilityMust have a developmental disability
ApplicationFor more information call CLD at (519)941-8971 or contact Developmental Services of Ontario at 1-888-941-1121.
FeesProgram ; Fee assistance available for For some programs.
Other Details
Service Level(50) Non Profit
Primary ExecutiveSheryl Chandler, Executive Director; Phone: (Business) 519-941-8971 ext 136; Email:
Alternate ExecutiveDiane Slater, Director Adult Services; Phone: (Business) 519-941-8971 ext 164; Email:
FundingCommuntiy Living Dufferin
MeetingsAnnual General Meeting
Service CategoriesDevelopmental Issues ; Disability Associations ~ Developmental Issues ; Disability Related Centre Based Employment ; Supported Living Services for Adults with Disabilities ~ Developmental Issues
SubjectsAdults ; Caregiver relief ; Children ; Developmental disabilities ; Nursery schools ; Physical disabilities ; Preschool children ; Recreation