Monday, May 28, 2012

A look at: The Abilities Centre - Whitby, Ontario

The Abilities Centre - Whitby, Ontario

The Abilities Centre is a fully accessible, state of the art athletic and performing arts facility that was created to be fully accessible to people of all ages and abilities. The mission of the Abilities Centre is to enrich the quality of life for individuals of all ages and abilities through an inclusive environment. The Abilities Centre will serve as an International Centre of Excellence in providing the framework for changing the social fabric of society and the way in which we view the integration of people of all abilities. They aim to provide an environment of equality and understanding, enhancing the lives of people of all abilities.
The Abilities Centre - fully accessible
This state-of-the-art facility will house three full basketball courts surrounded by a 200 meter, five-lane track. Fully equipped and universally accessible cardio/fitness and weight and sensory rooms offer unparalleled opportunities for physical activities for people of all ages and abilities. The Centre also features a performing arts theatre, music studio, library, and life-skills rooms. Abilities Centre will offer signature programs that cover a full spectrum of needs and embody the ideals of the Centre. These programs and services will be inclusive and adaptable. 

The Abilities Centre has worked with world-class institutions to develop programming that meets the needs of people of all ages and abilities to help them reach their potential in the areas of sports/fitness, arts, life skills, research and education. The Centre’s state of-the-art amenities and world-class partnerships make for limitless programming opportunities.


Memberships grant you access to the facilities, equipment, programs and services. New members are welcome!

Fee-Based Programs

Examples of fee-based programs include the following: - Seasonal camps (March and Christmas break, school PA days, seniors/adults) - Sports and fitness (basketball, cardio, spin classes, badminton, yoga, and volleyball) - Performing Arts programs (art, writing, music, dance,  employability skills) - Life skills (facilities provided to assist with physical and cognitive based life skill instruction) - Research and education (participation and inclusion research, internships and cooperative education opportunities)

Program Area Space Rentals

Abilities Centre offers year-round program space rental for a variety of events. Members will be given facility usage priority. Resource and meeting rooms will provide space for the creation of knowledge hubs, services, program information, participation and inclusion research and fully integrated community capacity building.

Conferences and Special Events

Abilities Centre can accommodate regional, national an international meetings, conferences, conventions and other special events.

If you require more information about memberships or other programs, please visit the AbilitiesCentre website or contact the Centre’s office.


The Abilities Centre is ideally situated within one kilometre of the Greater Toronto Area’s mass transit corridor (Hwy 401), next to the Whitby GO Train Station, and is easy to reach by public transit, making it accessible for most of southern Ontario.

As a local resident I truly believe that Abilities Centre will be a great addition to the Durham Region and I look forward to their grand opening which is on June 2nd, 2012.

Please check out the Abilities Centres webpage at:

You can also follow the Abilities Centre on Facebook & Twitter

Sources: the Abilities Centre & Abilities Magazine

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