ALIVE Ottawa at Dovercourt

ALIVE  Ottawa is an adult day program that is community based. Its aim is to promote self advocacy, develop and enhance Life Skills and work towards independence. It is based at Dovercourt Recreation Centre, but runs throughout the community.  

It is a volunteer and social enrichment program which provides the opportunity for adults diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities to learn volunteer work-related skills through fun, interactive learning activities. By introducing our apprentices to real life volunteer work and community recreation settings, we can make a significant difference in their quality of life and independence in life.

This new program will focus more on providing a wealth of opportunities for apprentices, including:

  • Self-Advocacy
  • Life Skills
  • Independence
  • Volunteer Work
  • Social and Health Enrichment

Promoting self advocacy, self care and independence, ALIVE Ottawa offers instruction in arts, literacy, laundry, self monitoring, hygiene, fitness, health, cooking, social awareness, communication skills and other essential ‘life’ skills. It utilises numerous modalities to develop communication skills including P.E.C.S. and sign language.

It runs Monday to Friday, from 9am to 3pm, and it is intended to operate year round (48 weeks of the year).  This is dependent upon demand. During the summer the program will be more focused on recreation and outdoor activities. Preference will be given to those apprentices who sign up for the program full time, but there are opportunities for single days when the supervision ratios permit.

The current price is $55 per day.

For more information, please contact 

ALIVE Ottawa in more detail

Self Advocacy– championing your own needs, wants and thoughts for the future, for example

  • Making choices for themselves and choosing their own goals
  • Know when and how to approach others
  • Negotiating for yourself
  • Knowing your own rights
  • Self assessment of specific problems and then speak for their own needs
  • Development of self awareness, self assessment and self monitoring
  • Concept of success
  • Stanger danger      

Life Skills, including real life experiences, such as:

  • Budgeting
  • Personal Safety
  • Road safety
  • Community awareness
  • Laundry
  • Cooking
  • Computer skills
  • Grocery shopping
  • Numeracy skills
  • Literacy skills
  • Map reading
  • Bus and transit skills
  • Time keeping      


  • Every aspect of our program is geared towards independence

Volunteer Work

  • Vocational and employment skills
  • Opportunities created and suited to each unique apprentice and their interests
  • Job task boxes and brain games to learn new skills
  • Use of Dovercourt as a familiar and ‘safe’ place to grow volunteer skills
  • Activities include:
    • Shredding
    • Inventory Work
    • Cleaning and Sorting (for example first aid and program equipment)
    • Laundry
    • looking to expand volunteer opportunities in local community suited to each apprentice interests.

Social and Health Enrichment

  • Development of fine motor skills through art and crafts
  • Using games and activities that they enjoy (for example reading, playing games, doing jigsaw, surfing the web and using technology)
  • Social and communication skills to be enhanced by using P.E.C.S and sign language
  • Consistent encouragement for group interactions and one to one interactions with Staff from Dovercourt.
  • Importance of fitness in increasing quality of life. Every day an element of fitness is programmed in, including Drums Alive, swimming (including 1 to 1 tuition), community walks, snow shoeing, basketball, use of the gym
  • Personal care, hygiene and health eating

Look at the video below to see what we got up to in the Summer of 2015...