Elves provides individuals with severe disabilities and special needs with a unique, individualized educational or day program to promote their maximum development and to enhance the quality of life of the individuals and their families within a supportive and caring environment.
The vision of Elves Special Needs Society is to offer developmentally appropriate activities that are foundational to the physical, cognitive, and social wellbeing of every individual.
Since it was first established over 40 years ago, Elves has always been about providing programming that supports both growth and learning for all ages and abilities.
In January 1973, Elves began in an upper room of Pineview Residences with only three staff and seven children thanks to the vision of our first Executive Director, Sheila Perry, and the parents wanting more for their children.
Today, Elves has grown to 200 staff serving over 240 learners across three facilities in Edmonton, Alberta.
For those wondering about the unique name, Elves is in honour of our benefactor, Milton E. Elves. He was an Alberta entrepreneur, a pioneer in the promotion of modern technology, and a valuable community member who attributed his success to “honesty and hard work.”
After his passing in 1972, his will stipulated that funds be assigned to the construction or establishment of a centre for children with disabilities.
It was through his estate that Elves was able to purchase its first facility in 1976. This was also made possible through the Government of Alberta providing a tract of land, as well as many private foundations/groups donating equipment and furnishings.
To this day, we still provide services within our first building at Elves Child Development Centre on 10825-142 Street.
At Elves, possibility can become ability. The key is a partnership between the learner, their family, and our experts in the field of learning and development. Family is critical to an individual’s success, and instrumental to progress across a lifespan.
Elves’ professional programs are individualized and aimed at supporting every learner in achieving success in life.
Elves serves all ability levels, and specializes in supporting learners with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder from ages 2.5 into late adulthood.
Elves is much more than programs. It’s a community our learners call theirs, because it’s designed to fit their needs, promote their growth, and ensure every day is a great day.
We offer the following services within Edmonton, Alberta: