History of Developmental Services

Occupational training gave children a chance to develop some practical skills in areas that could help them become more self-reliant. Boys were taught such trades as carpentry and boot-making. Girls were trained in cooking, sewing and domestic work.

Children with more severe disabilities could be provided with simpler types of occupational training. Girls might work in the wards. Boys would be assigned different kinds of manual labour, such as working on the coal piles, clearing land and shovelling snow.

In 1968, the government started to focus more on the individual training needs of the residents in the facilities. This involved re-assessing all those residents who were working in "institutional support services programs", such as food service, housekeeping, laundry, farm, grounds and maintenance.

Opportunities for occupational and individual training continued to be provided to residents as they grew, including as they became adults.


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