Open Sky builds transitional skills with adults who face barriers due to social, developmental or mental health challenges, to improve their lives and opportunities for independence and employment. On a beautiful 11-acre farm in Sackville NB, we have a 5-bedroom residence, goat and donkey barn, henhouse, greenhouses and many acres of lawns, gardens and pasture. Adults can live in residence and participate in programs to improve their skills and well-being, as well as learn and do organic farming and gardening. Day programs, training and activities are also provided for adults who do not live onsite. A new business has been launched, to provide training and living wage employment for people who face barriers.
Everyone can benefit from living and working in a healthy environment, with gentle relationships and within an understanding and supportive community. Extra skilled support is invaluable, especially for those already dis-empowered by challenging life experiences.
Open Sky has special expertise for adults with autism spectrum disorder, providing unique and effective skills programming, tailored to meet needs identified by a functional skills assessment. Open Sky is the only such service provider in the Maritimes.
The activities of Open Sky Co-operative are guided by the following charitable objects:
- To establish, operate and maintain a residential, educational and therapeutic facility for persons with social, developmental or mental health challenges, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders or Asperger Syndrome.
- To provide life-skills development programmes, vocational training, mentorship, and recreational and social activities to persons with social, developmental or mental health challenges.
- To educate and increase the understanding of the public about the causes and effects of, and treatments for, social, developmental or mental health challenges, on the barriers that prevent the participation of persons with disabilities in their community life and on the support services available to persons suffering from such disabilities.
- To undertake activities ancillary and incidental to the above-mentioned charitable purposes.
What People Are Saying
"We've read the report in more depth and are impressed with how very accurately it captures [our son's] difficulties. It is uplifting to see concrete strategies to address them. .. We are happy with the report and we thank-you."
— parent of an adult son with autism, following Open Sky's assessment
"Open Sky has given me great experiences, a place to socialize and make friends, and has helped me with my personal life to become more independent and even get a job!"
— Open Sky participant 2012-2016