The Focus of Each STEP Program is Personal Development!

Choice & Control

Understand your options; Make your choices;  Follow your plan

Communication & Social Skills

Communicate your wants, needs and feelings; Positively engage others

Self-Regulation

Understand the expected & the unexpected; Manage negative thoughts and emotions

Self-Advocacy & Self-Help

Know what you need; Clearly communicate your needs; Know your rights

Adaptive Skills

Solve problems in real-time; Learn strategies to keep safe; Learn where to go for help

Our Programs are up to 50% less costly than alternatives... while still being highly effective!

What Sets Us Apart

  • Know what to do after High School. Comprehensive transition program from High School through to Adulthood.


  • Live a life of choice with a high standard of living. We incorporate all of your needs, including: Social, Recreation, Leisure, Work & Community Living.


  • Flexible Part-time and Full-time fee for service options. Daytime, Evening, Weekend, Holiday and Overnight programs and services; with short - long term accommodation options arriving soon!


  • Coming to your Community soon. We are rapidly developing new locations to better serve our community; with goals to grow and expand across Southern Ontario, with you as our trusted partners.


  • Do More with your Limited Funding Dollars! Members learn the skills necessary to reduces their support needs. Move from 1:1 towards 3:1 or from 3:1 towards 6:1 staffing support needs. We design our programs to work with your funding dollars, so that our programs and services remain affordable. 

My 1st STEP Progam

ARE YOU GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL SOON?

This 1 to 3 year program is best for adolescents who are preparing to transition from high school to post-high school activities. Individuals learn to participate in the community with 2:1-3:1 support. Members can participate in one or more options at the same time. 1:1 options are available. Individual costs may vary. 


Monthly Requirements

  • Toronto Library Card (Required)
  • TTC Support Card (Required)
  • Presto Card (Required)
  • Access2 Entertainment Card (Required)
  • Assessments & Reports (Included)
  • STEP Planning (Included)
  • Smartphone or Tablet with, Talk / Text /Data (Required)


Program Specific Requirements

Gym Membership $34.00

Training Equipment $20.00


Monthly Fees: 

Part-time 2:1 - 3:1,  $1,494.00

Full-time 2:1 - 3:1, $2,454.00

Learn to Live in Your Community

Your 1st STEP is a call to action! It is  specifically designed for individuals who are transitioning into the community for the first time. It is a structured program that focuses  on personal development and teaches the skills necessary for members to be in the community and share spaces.  


SKILLS WILL BE DEVELOPED IN: 

  • Following Rules and Expectations 
  • Using Reward Systems
  • Using Public Transit
  • Using Technology/Lifestyle Apps
  • Going to a Gym, Library, Mall and Places of Interest
  • Learning Pre-work Skills


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Community STEP Program

ARE YOU A RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE AND DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO IN YOUR DAYTIME?

This 1 to 3 year program is best for young adults who are ready to transition into an adult lifestyles of their choice. Individuals learn to participate in the community with 3:1-6:1 support. Members can participate in one or more options at the same time. Individual costs may vary. 


Monthly Requirements

  • Toronto Library Card (Required)
  • TTC Support Card (Required)
  • Presto Card (Required)
  • Access2 Entertainment Card (Required)
  • Assessments & Reports (Included)
  • STEP Planning (Included)
  • Smartphone or Tablet with, Talk / Text /Data (Required)


Program Specific Requirements

Gym Membership $34.00

Training Equipment $20.00


Monthly Fees: 

Part-time 3:1 - 6:1, $1,014.00

Full-time 3:1 - 6:1, $1,434.00

Develop a Lifestyle of Your Choice

  

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 

     

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


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Work STEP Program

Work STEP

ARE YOU READY FOR EMPLOYMENT?

This is a 1-2 year work training and employment program best for adolescents and young adults who are ready to transition into the workforce for the 1st time. Participants may face a variety of barriers to employment, including: disability, lack of education or experience, or socio-economic barriers.  Participants learn to navigate and engage in workplace settings. Additional support is available for individuals who are not independent in the community. Individual costs may vary. 


Please Note: There is advanced placement into Work STEP 2 or 3 based on job skills assessment. Also, positions are limited and wait lists may be applied.


Program Participation Requirements  

  • TTC Support Card (Required if necessary)
  • Presto Card (Required)
  • STEP Planning (Included)
  • Smartphone or Tablet with Talk / Text / 5G Data  (Required and may be supplied on a case by case situation)


Entry Criteria:

You may qualify for a direct-entry option, if you are 16 - 21 years old and self identifies as a person who is marginalized or faces socio-economic barriers to success.  You may also qualify for direct-entry if you are 18-29 years old and currently receiving benefits from one of the following programs:


  • Ontario Disability Support Program, ODSP
  • Developmental Services Ontario, DSO
  • Ontario Works, OW


Get Job Ready for NextStep Employment

Work STEP 1: 3-6 months, Volunteer Program with Paid Internship

  • Join a team and volunteer to help others
  • Learn valuable work skills   
  • Work for a cause 
  • Take classes for languages and technology
  • Connect with others who share your interests   
  • Work to complete any of the following work readiness Certificates: 

  1. Microsoft Office Certificate
  2. Food Handler's Certificate
  3. Smart Serve Certificate
  4. CPR/First Aid Certificate
  5. Crisis Prevention Intervention Certification


Work STEP 2:  3-6 months, Job Training and  Paid Employment

  • Join a work team
  • Support your community  
  • Discover your strengths and talents   
  • Explore your interests    
  • Connect with others who share your interests    
  • Develop skills in an area of interest     

Work STEP 3: 12 months, Contract Employment

  • Join the workforce 
  • Help others
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Qualify for direct-entry into select College Diploma programs
  • Qualify for continued employment and career advancement

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ...

Words from our Participants and Parents

"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