The LSC at RND is a vibrant hub centrally located at the crossroads of the main office, Student Services and the chapel. The centre provides a supportive and dynamic learning environment where students with high learning needs (intellectual functioning, adaptive functioning and/or social/emotional needs) are individually encouraged towards greater independence and self-sufficiency. Students receive individualized programming designed according to IEP expectations and continually adapted to meet evolving strengths and needs. Students’ programming typically includes combinations of locally developed courses and alternate curriculum including adapted art and physical education classes. Emphasis is placed on functional literacy, functional numeracy and life skills through classroom activities as well as school and community integration. Students in the centre are supported by a SERT/Co-ordinator and a team of educational assistants. The ultimate goal of the centre is to guide and support students to maximize their skills and prepare for productive and meaningful lives as contributing citizens. Many students move on to the 18-to-21 Bridges to Community program at HC as a next step; others choose to stay at RND until they turn 21. The Life Skills Centre is a busy place at all times of the day due to its central location and the fact that the Used Uniform shop is located in the room. Students in the centre perform a variety of jobs around the school and in the community, including shifts at the Food Sharing Project and Grant’s No Frills. Life Skills Centre is a board program and entry is based on referral by the ALCDSB Student Services department.