Miriam Foundation Receives Largest Private Donation in its History
MONTREAL, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - At the Annual General Meeting of the
Jewish Community Foundation on September 19, 2011, the Azrieli
Foundation announced that it is donating $1.8 million to enhance the
programming and services offered by the Miriam Foundation for adults
with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
"Our donation is motivated by a number of factors," said Dr. Naomi
Azrieli, CEO of the Azrieli Foundation. "Adults with developmental
issues unfortunately represent a growing and often forgotten segment of
our population. Programs and services have not kept pace with demand
and with the help of the Miriam Foundation we are hoping to begin to
fill that gap by supporting the development of employment, recreational
activities, and most importantly a supportive community. Our goal is to
help these adults fulfill their potential."
"We were also attracted by the Miriam Foundation's track record," Dr.
Azrieli said. "Since its founding more than forty years ago it has been
at the forefront of innovation and research in the field. Its focus on
knowledge transfer, research and care for people with ASD and
developmental disabilities is worthy of broad-based community support
and we encourage others to follow our example."
Funds will be used to support existing and new adult programming. These
Urban Society and Young Urban Society Programs that bring together young adults between the ages of 17 and 23
on alternate Sundays between April and June for a full-day outing.
Activities ranges from skating to going to the movies and watching the
St. Patrick's Day Parade;
Good Rockin' Tonight is a drop-in centre that provides animated programming such as arts and
crafts, music and games;
Adult Pragmatic and Social Skills Group helps participants use language to greet others, make demands, make
requests and provide information; change their language to correspond
to the intended audience; and learn the rules of conversation;
Modelled after a program developed at Ohio State University, the Next Chapter Book Club brings adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities together
in a bookstore or café to read and learn to read, talk about books and
Business Promotion and Development, in conjunction with Miriam Home and Services, will provide enhanced work
opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities;
Transition from School to Work program for 18 to 25 year olds will help create a bridge between school
and adult life.
"This investment in a segment of our population that until now has
tended to be neglected is most welcome," said Diane Guerrera, Chair of
the Board of Directors of the Miriam Foundation. "We congratulate the
Azrieli Foundation for its foresight and thank them for the confidence
they have placed in us.
"Their gift," Mrs. Guerrera said, "represents a major milestone for our
Foundation and will enable us to remain a leader in our field and, most
importantly, meet the growing needs of our clients and their families."
The Miriam Foundation, established in 1970, provides the financial resources and leadership
required to support rehabilitative, vocational and residential programs
and services for children and adults living with intellectual
disabilities or autism.
The Azrieli Foundation is a Canadian philanthropic organization that supports a wide range of
initiatives and programs in the fields of education, architecture and
design, Holocaust commemoration and tolerance education, scientific and
medical research, developmental disabilities and the arts.
SOURCE Azrieli Foundation
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