Community STEP Program
This is a full year day program, that is best youth and young adults 18+ years old, on the autism spectrum or who are facing social and/or emotional challenges, who have support needs for community engagement and who are interested in volunteering and learning new skills. It is a flexible program that focuses on community inclusion, personal development and teaches the skills necessary for members to have flexible thinking, make their own choices and manage challenging or emergency situations.
The program utilizes our NextStep Clubhouse, located at 1105 College Street, Toronto, Ontario and our shared spaces at the Centre for Social Innovation, located at 720 Bathurst Street. Students 18 yrs+ who choose this program option, typically enroll part-time in the Community STEP Program and our Social Events and activities or part-time in other community programs.
On the job training takes places at our NextSTEP Club House. It is within 10 minutes walking distance from a subway station, library, gym, mall, park, and is surrounded by local restaurants, shops and stores.
Members can also take part in our Personal development training takes place at The Centre for Social Innovation, which is part of the Annex community. CSI Annex is a five-story, beautifully restored brick and beam building; packed with innovators. Each of the co-working floors has a unique vibe. You can relax in the lounge with a snack from our locally sourced CSI Cafe. Additional fees may apply.
Learn to be a Good Citizen and Community Member:
• Participate in activities of interest
• Keep personal information private
• Develop qualities of good citizenship
• Keep personal belongings safe
• Share community resources with others
• Manage challenging situations
Learn to Hang Out with Friends on a Budget:
• Use a device to budget
• Plan and organize an outing with friends
• Use a device to navigate
• Chat with others about your interests
• Use a device or debit card for purchases
• Be able to go with the flow and adapt to change
Certificate of Accomplishment: Students who have reached the age of eighteen without having met the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate are eligible to be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment. The Certificate of Accomplishment is required for enrollment into the Community STEP Program.
Program Specific Requirements
Gym Membership $34.00
Training Equipment $20.00
Community STEP (3 days): $ 960.00 monthly
Community STEP (5 days): $1,380.00 monthly
Our Part-time program is a 120 day, full year program that coincides with the academic calendar. It is best for students who prefer to work on community living and life skills; are not yet independent in the community; need transit training; need to gain life skills for increased independence; need coaching to understand laws and/or social expectations; and need assistance socializing with peers. Groups are staffed at a 3:1 - 6:1 participant to staff ratio. Activity fees extra.
Understand your options; Make your choices; Follow your plan
Communicate your wants, needs and feelings; Positively engage others
Understand the expected & the unexpected; Manage negative thoughts and emotions
Know what you need; Clearly communicate your needs; Know your rights
Solve problems in real-time; Learn strategies to keep safe; Learn where to go for help
"You’re teaching has helped me with my daily life routine which includes work life. I’ve learned how to be more confident and also stand up for myself and have a certain behaviour at work..... also helped me have stronger friendships.
I would strongly recommend NextSteps because you have made sure whoever you teach reaches their best and shines in their future.” Hassan – Former Student
“I like Amberley because he is amazing, and he taught me how to take the TTC by myself. I really enjoy the trips we go on. I love them.” Rory - Current Student
“Through this program, Jonathan’s language, comprehension, anxiety and how he interacts and socializes in public has improved tremendously. I highly recommend other parents who are looking for social outlets for their children to contact NextSteps.” Janet - Parent
“Amberley has been in our lives for 8 years. He understands my son at times better then me. He can see through the lens of my son and gets the intricate workings of his mind. His Input is exceptional and I so appreciate his upbeat positive attitude & patience. Amberley creates the most detailed, thought out plans for our kids, which cater to their Interests, learning & needs. This past year, Amberley taught my son how to take the TTC independently. He taught him more then one way to get home in case a route was shut down. Taught him what to do if there was no ticket collector in the booth, what to do if someone sits to close to you etc. I feel very fortunate to have had Amberley’s guidance & expertise over these years. He is our angel.” Sarah – Parent