The Donald Berman YALDEI Developmental Centre is pleased to be realizing one of its long-term goals with the purchase of JPPS-Bialik’s Van Horne Avenue property. The acquisition is groundbreaking news as it signals a new chapter in history for the special needs community of Montreal.
The new property will serve as a home for the numerous programs and therapies YALDEI offers children with developmental delays, as well as those with behavioral or learning challenges. The extra space will also enable the continued growth of the only Intensive Early Intervention Program of its kind in Quebec. École YALDEI, a school for special needs students, is in high demand due to its low staff to child ratio, complementary therapeutic services and unique environment. Never before could a parent find therapeutic treatment, schooling and recreational programming all under one roof.
“École YALDEI alone has seen constant growth and in the last year the number of children has doubled,” said Risa Plotnick, Director of School and Rehabilitation Service. “There is a huge wait list of children that have developmental delays or other obstacles. We’re working on filling the void of taking children off that wait list and expect to see another 50% increase in the number of students in the coming year.”
“The Donald Berman YALDEI Developmental Centre community is grateful to the Board’s new Building Sub-committee headed by Martin Schwartz and Michael Rosenberg; two individuals who went far beyond what was necessary to turn a dream into a reality. We would also like to acknowledge and thank our Board of Directors who, led by Jack Dym, has been planning the strategic vision of YALDEI for many years” said Menachem Leifer, YALDEI Founder and Executive Director.
“There’s no child that cannot learn,” concludes Mrs. Plotnick. “There’s no child that has so many challenges that we cannot help them. We work in partnership with the private and public sector in order to enhance the potential of every child. Every child should have the opportunity to learn. Challenge accepted.”