Our History & Founder
In 1965, Founder Clara Will met with School Board Superintendents to present her plan for keeping young kids with serious difficulties in school. She wanted to integrate education and “treatment” in a classroom program within an operating elementary school. To her, it simply made sense to integrate support for each part of a child’s development within a holistic approach. Adventure Place was founded in 1972 to serve preschool-aged children with special needs and their families. Since that time, the agency has expanded services beyond treatment in the Day Program to include Early Intervention services within schools, childcare centres, and other community settings, as well as Prevention programs that target children at risk and their families.
From 2002 to 2011, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services funded a variety of new services that allowed Adventure Place to fully realize it’s “continuum of service” program model. This model recognized the importance of prevention, early intervention, and treatment.
Today, Adventure Place offers a unique range of integrated services and, even though it has grown over time, Clara’s original vision of prevention, early intervention, and day treatment was fully realized and remains true today.