Support for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities

Family Support Worker Program


Many families feel very isolated when faced with the additional challenges of parenting a teen with intellectual disabilities. These youth are at greater risk for homelessness, unemployment and becoming involved with the law. We offer help to parents and other family members to resolve difficulties. Our family support workers will help you to find your way through the complex system of support services and will advocate on your behalf with schools, courts, healthcare institutions and government agencies. Our collaborative approach involves working closely with doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, behaviour therapists, schools, various funding sources and respite services.  Family Support Workers also provide individual help for parents and make home visits when needed. Please visit our Walk-in counselling service or call our intake counsellor at 416-967-1773 ext 222.


Monthly Support Groups for Parents/Caregivers


Parents can also join a monthly support group facilitated by our staff to share their experiences and learn about different disabilities, adolescent development and the various services that may be helpful.  Monthly support groups will be held  on the last Thursday of every month from 7 to 9 PM. The groups will run from October till June at the 747 Warden Avenue office. For more information, please call our intake counsellor at 416-967-1773 ext 222.


Around the World Cooking Class


The Around The World Cooking Experience, a cooking group for youth between the ages of 18 – 21, who have intellectual disabilities. The group will be strengths based and goal focused, and will not only help youth who have intellectual disabilities expand their cooking skills, knowledge of kitchen safety, and healthy eating, but also to increase socialization and teamwork skills, increase cultural knowledge and appreciation for diversity, and enhance independence. See flyer for more information on our one of a kind program–> Around the World Cooking Experience!


For more information about services for people with developmental disabilities: Developmental Services Toronto



“I am a mother of an intellectually disabled teenager. Raising my son in the early years is different than now. He is growing up before my eyes and becoming a young man. High school is different than elementary school: puberty is hard because he does not understand why his body is changing. Ontario Disability Support Program (financial support) concerns will be here before I know it! What do I do? I have so many questions and concerns!”

“When I heard about a new parents’ support group for parents of adolescents at YouthLink, I was ecstatic! There I met other parents in the same situation as myself! We share our experiences and stories of triumphs and situations that did not go well. We help each other with the concerns that we have with our kids and our own stresses in life! As a group we are there for each other because each of us understands what the other is going through.”