Children with disabilities are like all others, with needs, limitations, and dreams of their own. Since it was founded in 1930 by Mrs. Marie Alida Daigle, the Quebec Society for Disabled Children has been accompanying youngsters living with a disability to help make their dreams come true. It also assists parents in their efforts to provide all the care, attention, and support their child needs.
To accomplish this mission, the Society favours direct action in the community and offers support services to the families in all spheres of daily life. For 73 years, Camp Papillon has enabled children with disabilities to experience a real vacation in the great outdoors by providing care and activities entirely adapted to their needs. Colonie Les Bosquets Albert Hudon, the Society’s last-born, offers the same services.
In addition, to help parents whose child lives with a disability to find the specific resources they need, the Society pilots Carrefour Papillon, an online reference service that lists hundreds of resources offering services directly related to the needs of people with disabilities across the province.
Residence Papillon and Auberge Papillon offer the families respite stays. These services provide the parents with a bit of rest and give the children the opportunity to have fun and meet other youngsters their own age in a warm and friendly family atmosphere.
Garderie Papillon offers to disabled and non-disabled children a stimulating environment that favours their integration and complete development. Integrated to Jardin des Papillons, an early childhood stimulation centre, it promotes the development of children with disabilities in all spheres of their growth thanks to a tailor-made educational program.
Since the very beginnings of the Society, the needs of children with disabilities have changed constantly, at the same rhythm as Quebec society. Even today, the needs evolve and the challenges are enormous. The Quebec Society for Disabled Children wishes to significantly increase its range of action and further the support provided to the thousands of children who must learn to face the daily challenges their disability imposes upon them. Regionalization of services is of major importance.
To reach this objective, the Society relies on the contribution of the public and private companies from all backgrounds, as well as thousands of volunteers who, driven by the same spirit, join their efforts to help these young butterflies with a broken wing to spread their wings.
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