- ST&CI provides employment and life, social and literacy skills and community activities for adults with an intellectual/developmental disability.
- The Supported Living Service provides daily living and community involvement support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and brain-injury who choose to live in their own home.
- We provide employment services for any individual who self-identifies with any disability. Services range from basics like building a resume through to on-site job coaching support and everything in between.
- The Literacy Outreach Centre provides daily morning literacy classes and afternoon literacy outreach for families, seniors, and adults. Services are available to those with and without a disability.
- We offer a range of services for families from parent information to early childhood activities; from outreach and programming for adults with disabilities to teen and young adult social groups; from FASD and other disability workshops to respite.
EmployABILITY strives to connect employers with workers who happen to have a disability. We provide a full range of employment services to individuals with any self-identified disability. Services include assessment, assistance with accessing training and education, resume writing, job search skills, interviewing skills, career development assistance and job coaching.
We also offer workshops to help those with jobs identify and address various workplace expectations and situations. We work with the Yellowknife business community to create training and job opportunities and to promote disability awareness by encouraging diversity in the workforce. Continued support is offered for the employee and the employer once employment is found.
The Odd Job Squad
The Odd Job Squad is designed to assist under-employed individuals who self-identify with a disability to derive a small income from one-time or short-term work while they search for permanent employment. Our staff connect with employers and households that may offer casual or temporary employment at or above minimum wage ($13.46/hour).
The Odd Job Squad is perfect for mowing grass and other yard work, washing and vacuuming vehicles, sweeping and mopping floors, washing windows, moving furniture, chopping wood, alphabetizing, dishwashing, house cleaning, hauling gravel, gardening, stocking shelves, providing construction assistance, taking out trash and much, much more!
Any employer or household interested in The Odd Job Squad may contact us to share details of their task. Our staff can match the right client for the job – along with a job coach, if needed.
School to Work
The YKACL School to Work Program offers a 24-week-long school-to-work transition initiative in partnership with local high schools which provides employment experience for students with disabilities in grades 11 and 12. Job coaches help with work placements and, for grade 12 students, all work is paid at no less than minimum wage.
- Office hours are generally 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- On-site job support and other employer supports are available at any time as needed.
We offer services to meet the needs of individuals and families supporting a family member with a disability. This includes providing resource material and hosting parent information sessions through the family network group.
We also do individual family assistance and advocacy when they have challenges or need help with some aspect of life.
YaY Fusion! is an free social group for youth aged 13 to 18, with and without development disabilities who meet monthly to have fun and make friends. We aim to have fun and build connections in a safe and inclusive environment, our activities are a balance of in house and community age appropriate outings that are generated with participant involvement. The group meets twice a month at the end of the week. Snacks are provided.
To register or for more information please contact:
YaY Fusion flyer
The Young Adults Group is a free social group for people aged from 19 to 30 with or without development disabilities. The group was initially created for those who had graduated out of YaY Fusion! but wish to continue on with our services at Community Living. Many of the participants are actively involved in the programming and are enthusiastic about maintaining the relationships that they fostered throughout the years. Although anyone is welcome and we encourage the involvement of the community. We try to balance in house and community activities and do age appropriate activities that challenge them to develop new skills and grow their independence. The group meets twice a month at the end of the week. Snacks are provided.
What is FASD?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term that describes a broad range of physical and intellectual disabilities, including brain injury.
- FASD affects people whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy. FASD is permanent and cannot be cured.
- FASD occurs in all races, religious, cultural backgrounds, countries, economic statuses, and ages. We usually cannot tell just by looking if a person is affected by FASD. No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.
Materials from the FASD Library are available for loan, free of charge, throughout the NWT. Click here to view our library of FASD resources.
We offer support to those living with FASD including personal support, service referrals and education and support for women who may be at risk of consuming alcohol during pregnancy. We raise community awareness and provide workshops and education about FASD.
The Living and Learning with FASD Project provides support for families with children who are affected by FASD, and to youth and women at risk of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
Our direct services may include, but not limited to:
- support groups
- home visits
- family advocacy
- life strategies
Workshops and Presentations
FASD workshops are tailored to suit the needs of each individual organization or audience. Topics may include:
- what is FASD?
- effects of FASD on infants, children, youth, and adults
- parenting strategies
- teaching strategies
- supporting women to not drink alcohol during pregnancy or breast-feeding
- building community awareness and prevention efforts
- issues in post-natal alcohol consumption by parents and caregivers
Literacy Outreach Centre
In partnership with Aurora College, this service provides community-based literacy activities to a diverse group of adult learners.
We offer morning classes for adult learners with and without disabilities who have low literacy levels. The classes build basic skills such as reading, writing and math to allow people to pursue future options in employment and schooling and to allow them to be more independent in all aspects of their lives
Morning classes are offered 9 a.m. to noon Mondays to Thursdays (September to July)
Afternoon outreach sessions reach a range of audiences including families with pre-schoolers (0-5 years old), seniors and adults seeking increased literacy, particularly with computers and information technology. Much of our outreach includes other community partners. The Centre also recruits, trains and matches tutors one-on-one with adult learners.
Afternoon outreach takes place from October to early June.
Respite services provide safe, individualized and flexible short-break relief for families supporting people with disabilities in Yellowknife, Ndilo and Dettah as well as offering individuals with disabilities opportunities for activities in their community.
Trained respite workers are assigned to an individual and family and will provide support both within the home and out in the community.
The service is available to those with any disability and to both children and adults who are living in the family home.
Skills Training & Community Inclusion Service
for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ST&CI)
The ST&CI service provides job training and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities as well as other activities that enhance their daily living, social and literacy skills. We place a heavy emphasis on community involvement. Participants are involved in community social and recreation activities to increase their opportunities to contribute and be included in our community.
- Operates Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 51 weeks per year
- Clients may attend full time or may participate on a part-time schedule that reflects their other commitments.
Donna-Marie Meserah-Zdyb, Manager
Skills Training & Community Inclusion
Yellowknife Association for Community Living
Phone: (867) 920-2644
Fax: (867) 920-2348
Address: 4912-53rd Street Yellowknife, NT
We support individual employment in the community through the ST&CI service and also provide work opportunities through YKACL Business Services.
YKACL Business Services Team
The YKACL Business Services Team offers the following on a fee-for-service basis to companies, organizations, government offices and the public.
- Recycling pick-up
- Courier delivery
- Mail preparation
- Poster distribution*
- Document shredding
- Special projects (such as assembling luggage tags, removing embroidered stitching, fixing promotional stickers to products and assembling conference info packages
Business Service revenue is paid in wages to the individuals providing the service.
*Poster distribution is guaranteed within eight business days.
Yes Group (Youth Employment Services)
Yes Group supports young people with disabilities who have finished high school and/or post-secondary training who may be under-engaged in employment and volunteer work.
The goal is to get young people (generally up to age 35) out of the house and more engaged in the community and labour market. The group is also an opportunity for individuals to learn additional skills (social skills, communication, healthy lifestyle choices, coping strategies, navigating the community) while improving their job skills. Where a participant already has existing employment and volunteer work, YES works to create expanded involvement.
Supported Living Service
The YKACL Supported Living Services provides ongoing client-directed support for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and brain injury who choose to live in homes of their own.
The service encourages individuals to participate as fully as possible in their own household management and to take an active role in their community while ensuring they live with dignity in safe and healthy environments.
This service operates 365 days a year, twenty-four hours a day.
Support is dependent on individual needs and is provided on a continuum from round the clock assistance to as little as five hours a week of assistance to support independent living.
These Services are funded by:
The Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority.
Supported Living Brochure