What is the L.I.F.E. program?

L.I.F.E. stands for: Learning, Independence, Friendship and Education. It is a fee -for- service daily group program designed to support adult individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD.)

The staff team is trained in Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and other instructional and support strategies specific to individuals with ASD. They use these skills to guide participants through our daily activity schedules.

One staff member supports three participants and programs are tailored to meet individual and group needs.

Is the L.I.F.E. program right for your adult child?

The L.I.F.E. program is right for you, if you:

  • have ASD with low to moderate support needs;
  • are 18+ years old;
  • want to socialize and learn with others;
  • can engage in safe behaviour in a group and community setting;
  • are able to toilet independently; and
  • is able to move independently.
What is the focus of the L.I.F.E. Program?

The focus of our L.I.F.E. Program is to provide learning opportunities and community – based experiences that promote skill development in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

A number of skill areas are addressed in this program. Some of them are listed below along with some of the activities included in the program.

Money Skills

  • handling cash
  • bill/coin recognition
  • giving and making change
  • giving appropriate dollar value
  • percentages/discounts
  • budgeting

Time Recognition

  • recognizing hour/minute hands
  • reading clocks both analog and digital
  • quarter/half/hourly
  • time word problems

Life Skills

  • knowing personal information
  • street safety
  • hygiene skills
  • understanding community helpers
  • cooking
  • laundry

Reading/Writing and Comprehension Skills

  • reading
  • writing
  • answering questions in line with individual skill level

Social Skills

  • zones of regulation (fostering self-regulation and emotional control);
  • reciprocal conversations
  • listening to and following directions
  • problem solving skills
  • empathy
  • building rapports

Vocational Skills

  • sorting
  • organizing
  • packaging
  • assembling

Community Access and Recreational Opportunities

  • bowling
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • community events

Group Volunteering

  • community based volunteer opportunities

Creative Opportunities

  • music class
  • art
  • crafts

Sensory Integration

  • use of sensory friendly materials
  • designated daily sensory time
  • sensory integration and support as needed
The program afforded the opportunity for my adult son to socialize with peers while engaging in both Woodview and community activities. Quite an important part of his week he looks forward to.


The constant encouragement to both our child and to us.


96% of parents responded that they would recommend Woodview.

Client Satisfaction Survey Results 2018


Where is the L.I.F.E. program located?

This program is located at the:

Hamilton Autism Services
435 York Boulevard (Second level)
Hamilton, ON, L8R 3K3

Note: Participants are NOT required to be a Hamilton resident.


When does the L.I.F.E. program take place?


The L.I.F.E. program runs Monday to Friday between 9:00 am – 3:30 pm all year long.

There is a Winter break during December and a Summer break during July.


What does the L.I.F.E. program cost?

Annual tuition rates will be determined based on support needs and the number of days attended.

Most supports are offered with one staff member for every three participants. PassportOne funding may be used towards program tuition fees. Before/after care is available for an additional fee.


How do I register for the L.I.F.E.program?

A referral is not necessary for this program.

For any questions about the program and to register please contact hamiltonintake@woodview.ca or call (905) 527-9771 ext 182

What happens next?

The Program Coordinator will arrange a time to meet with you. If the L.I.F.E. program meets your needs and is a good fit for you, the next step is to pay the registration fee. You will then get a package of information about the program. The program start date will be included in this information.

Want to learn more?

Read the story about how the L.I.F.E. program came to be.

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