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A charitable organization that delivers enriching sports and fitness, arts, research and education, and life skills opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

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What is Thrive?

The Thrive program offered at the Abilities Centre is designed to meet the needs of adults with disabilities aged 21 and over, who are no longer eligible to receive services from the secondary school system. The Thrive program addresses the gap in programming for this population in the Durham Region.

Abilities Centre has created a day program for adults with disabilities in an accessible, secure and supportive environment where individuals can participate in a variety of meaningful activities designed to enrich their quality of life. This program also provides daytime respite for parents/guardians of adults with disabilities. Thrive offers specialized instruction in the areas of life skills, arts (music, fine arts, drama, dance and more), sports & fitness and social recreation.

Utilizing the state-of-the-art Abilities Centre facilities and highly qualified staff, participants focus on improving health, well-being, community access and independence through a variety of activities that will promote the successful transition to more independent living. To encourage self-determined behaviour, participants are offered choices through flexible program options. Piloted in 2013, Thrive has since grown adding more and more participants and activity options each year.


Watch the Thrive video below:

For more information contact:

Kelsey Ford
Lead, Thrive Adult Day Program
905-665-8500 x223

Photo Galleries

Chef Chris Canham at Thrive

Thrive - Chef Chris Canham

Thrive at Abilities Centre