In operations since 1985, the Elves Adult Program is a Community Access Day program for up to 88 adult learners with severe disabilities in the Edmonton, Alberta area. The program is run out of Elves Adult and Youth Centre at 10415-159 Street.

Admission Criteria

 Elves Adult Program is for learners who:
  • Are aged 20 and over.
  • Meets Ministry of Community and Social Services funding criteria.

Program Hours

Monday to Friday, 9 am to 3 pm all year round.

Why Choose Elves?

Growth and development doesn’t stop at childhood.
At Elves, we support our Adult Program clients to continue learning across their lifespan. Everything we do is geared towards an individual’s success in showcasing their abilities. Additionally, adapted supports for complex medical needs, high-staff ratios, and onsite therapy and nursing staff ensure a safe place our learners can call their own.
Family Involvement
Family members are an important part of the Adult Program team.  We welcome input from family members and encourage their attendance at program conferences, outings, and at any time during the year. Regular parent group meetings are held to discuss issues of concern and interest as well as several social gatherings which are held throughout the year. Every parent/caregiver is offered opportunities to participate in support groups and social events.
Additionally, families are also provided community resources and referrals so that they may learn what opportunities are available to support their child and themselves throughout Edmonton and surrounding areas.
Environments Designed For Lifelong Learning

It’s safe to say there is never a dull moment within the Adult Program. Each day there is something new and exciting going on, whether it is celebrating a birthday, heading out to go for a swim at the ACT Aquatic and Recreation Centre, or just partaking in one of the many clubs. Monthly dances, and a visit from our Entertainer of the Month, are also notable highlights.  Edmonton Public Libraries has continued to host a large group activity for Elves called Sing & Sign which involves story reading, signing to songs, and lots of other interactive fun.

The program plan is flexible, but generally covers the areas of daily living skills, social-emotional development, personal hygiene, recreation and leisure, and community access. Additionally, the facility itself is designed with the learners’ needs in mind through access to specialized equipment such as walkers, standing frames, beds, computers, and communication devices. A barrier-free, enclosed courtyard with putting green and playground provides a safe place for recreation when the weather is nice. And when the temperature starts to drop an accessible gym, activity room, and snoezelen room provide many spaces to focus on interests, learn, and have fun.

Instructors with a variety of backgrounds including rehabilitation, education, and social work are onsite interacting and supporting all learners throughout their daily routines.

Community Outings and Volunteer Placements

Regular community outings are organized, both in groups and one-on-one. These include volunteer placements where learners can practice the functional skills they have developed at Elves.

Onsite Clinics

  • Physiatry
  • Home Nutritional Support
  • Adult Mental Health
Elves Team
  • Adult Program Director
  • Program Activity Coordinator
  • Staff Training Facilitator
  • Nurses
  • Instructors
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy


Want to know when the next parent day is taking place, or how long the Adult Program will be closed over the winter break? Check out Elves’ Adult Program Calendar

Closure Dates 2022- 2023

Contact Elves

To learn more or to set up a tour please contact us as follows:

Questions about admissions? Fill out our form here and we’ll get back to you shortly.