TranXition Program description
With the help of a multidisciplinary team, the TranXition Project aims to support youth aged 15 to 25 with disabilities as well as their families in their transition into adult life, with a focus on maximizing their social participation. Though rooted in group intervention, the TranXition Project can also support participants through individual or community intervention.
By identifying goals specific to each participant, the program challenges them to surpass themselves. They push the boundaries of their comfort zone through a range of personal, social, cultural, school, professional, economic and political “real life” experiences. These activities are carried out in the community in collaboration with community stakeholders. By empowering participants and holding them accountable, the TranXition Project strives to create agents of change.
The group intervention culminates in a final experience organized by participants. This experience can take the form of a trip or an outdoor stay.
- Be between 15 and 25 years of age;
- Be available for the entire period of the group and able to come to the meetings;
- Be able to communicate in English or French (with or without technical aids or an ASL/LSQ interpreter);
- Live with a:
- motor disability and/or;
- visual disability and/or;
- hearing disability and/or;
- language disability.
Note: A person living with a diagnosis of mild intellectual delay or mild autism spectrum disorder is admissible to the program if they have a physical disability in at least one of the categories mentioned above.
- Be able to get around independently, with or without technical aids, for a distance of around 250 metres;
- Be able to feed themselves or direct their feeding;
- Be autonomous or require help for personal care up to the following levels:
o Transfer support up to the maximal level of pivot transfer, without equipment;
o Have the potential to wipe themselves (i.e. they have the physical capacity to do it, but are not doing it now for other reasons.);
o Have the potential to direct their own care (i.e. they have the cognitive capacity to do so, but are not doing so now for other reasons.);
o Being able to participate in a group session without toileting help for a minimum three-hour period (i.e. may need support before or after, but no support is available during the group session).
The TranXition Program primarily focuses on group intervention.
The TranXition Program staff’s primary objective is to ensure the wellbeing and safety of participants and help them surpass themselves. The staff is also committed to working in a multidisciplinary manner to promote a stimulating and creative environment conducive to achieving the participants’ objectives.
TranXition Project objectives
The TranXition Project is structured around four building blocks that represent its objectives:
- (Social isolation) Participants will be given tools to create and maintain social connections.
- (Mental health/wellbeing) Participants will learn to identify the things that improve their wellbeing.
- (Work/studies) Participants will be able to identify and implement an occupational life plan that aligns with their interests and abilities.
- (Residential autonomy) Participants will increase their level of autonomy by identifying their needs and developing their abilities.
Parents will also be equipped to support their child in their social participation.
- (Knowledge) Parents will have access to information about resources to help with their child’s transition into adult life.
- (Peer or individual support) Parents will have access to support in their child’s transition to adult life.
- Clinical Coordinator
- Occupational Therapist
- Technician in Specialized Education
- Guidance Counsellor
- Social Worker
Types of interventions:
- Group interventions
- Individual interventions (to complement group interventions)
- Support group for parents
Services are offered
- At the Mackay site
- In the community (most interventions take place outside the rehabilitation centre)
To access services
- To be eligible for services, a person must have a specific diagnosis related to physical impairment and report persistent and significant difficulties in carrying out their life habits. The person must also face challenges in their transition into adult life.
- The referral source must include a copy of the medical report documenting the diagnosis along with all other relevant medical or professional reports (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, speech therapy) and the Request for Services Form (DSIE Form for professionals working within the Health and Social Services Network).
- All documents must be sent to Admissions Service de l’accueil, évaluation, orientation (AEO)