Dianova opens a specialized residential centre for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dianova in Canada specializes in setting up residential centres which represent as many “living environments” for people facing specific problems. Together with the organization’s reputation for quality of service and efficient partnerships, this expertise led to the implementation of a specialized residential center tailored to the needs of six adolescents and young adults having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or intellectual disabilities associated with severe behavioural problems. Since February 2016, the beneficiaries of the project can flourish and develop in a safe and rewarding environment. The project is being carried out through a partnership between Dianova and the Integrated Centre for Health and Social Services (CISSS) in the Lanaudière region (Québec) resulting in an innovative collaboration model between the public sector and a not-for-profit social economy enterprise such as Dianova.
On November 15, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in the presence of numerous guests, including Mrs. Lucie Charlebois, Quebec Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Life Habits, who stated that:
“Our government is committed to meeting the needs of people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. I would like to acknowledge the work of the Dianova team in ensuring the well-being of the residents.
“I would also like to thank the CISSS team in Lanaudière, as well as its partner, the Quebec Department of Expertise in Severe Behavioural Disorders, who have been working for several months to implement this resource.”
Is Dianova specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders?
The organization does not intend to specialize in a field which is boasting an abundance of information, studies and even interrogations about the best way to support and accompany people. Dianova’s objective is to contribute with an expertise proven in Québec as in many countries, and doing so add value to the working models developed by experts in various areas of social development.
The Dianova-ASD unit provides a brand new, purpose-built pavilion with a floor area of 650 sq. meters, and a team of twenty people in charge of ensuring, on a 24 hour/7 day basis, a safe social and physical environment in order to meet the needs of beneficiaries and their families in terms of specialization and intensity of services.
However, the project’s high level of specialization is the responsibility of the public network’s experts dedicated to addressing the general and specific care-related needs of the beneficiaries. These experts rely on a team consisting of committed professionals with adequate training in the management of daily interventions. In this manner, they can adapt their onsite presence depending on the changing needs of the residents.
The Dianova-TSA project epitomizes one of the elements of Dianova International’s strategic vision i.e. “developing diversified and trust-based projects with the public and/or private sectors, through its being a self-reliant, financially self-sustaining organization”.