The Gold Centre is a private, not-for-profit organization supported by the Miriam Foundation with a mission to develop services, research and knowledge transfer, as well as provide programs to support people with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities.
Under the Gold Centre umbrella, a number of initiatives have been developed to respond to the needs of our ever-increasing population of people with developmental disabilities.
Our mission is focused under three core activities:
The Gold Centre operates two private, early intensive intervention programs for young children. The Miriam Foundation’s support allows the high costs of treatment to be subsidized, reducing the direct cost to families.
- The Abili-T program supports young children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities to reach their full potential by providing highly individualized, 1:1 (one therapist, one child) services based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
- The Trampoline program provides specialized intervention to young children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities using the TEACCH model (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children), as well as other recognized approaches
The Gold Learning & Research Centre is a bilingual training and resource centre that develops training programs, conferences, workshops and parent education in the field of autism and developmental disabilities, for professionals, paraprofessionals and parents. The primary objective of the Gold Learning and Research Centre is to augment expertise in the field of autism and developmental disability through a diverse array of information, education and training activities and programs, in order to have a positive impact on the lives of individuals and their families and to further their inclusion into community life.
The Azrieli Adult Leisure programs were launched in November 2011, and are made possible by the Miriam Foundation through the generous support of the Azrieli Foundation. More than a dozen innovative recreational and leisure activities are offered for adults with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities.
The MateriaTech is an educational resource bank of over 9000 materials specifically designed for children and adults with development disabilities. Organizations, professionals and families have access to a wide variety of bilingual, educational resources that reduce the burden of both financial and human resources that can be spent on the purchase and creation of these materials.
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Why has the Miriam Foundation created the Gold Centre?
- Wait lists for publically funded services are prohibitively long.
- There are an estimated 1000 children (aged 0-6) waiting for intensive behavioural intervention programs in the province of Quebec - over 400 on the island of Montreal.
- Most children reach the age of six while still on waitlists, unfortunately “timing out”, rendering them ineligible to receive the recommended 20 hours of intervention per week.
- Our programs serve to fill this void in part, by offering best practice, not-for-profit, subsidized, early intensive behavioural intervention to children who would otherwise remain on long wait lists, potentially never receiving public intervention services.