Applewood Centre for Adult Learning

Lifelong Learning for People with Special Needs

About Us

Applewood Centre for Adult Learning is located within the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Learning Centre, which is owned by the Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board. The Centre encompasses 4 classrooms, a personal care room and daily access to the gymnasium. The building is well-maintained and is easily accessible, providing a safe and familiar setting.

Our location in the South Common community of Mississauga is close to shopping, the public library, and community centre and parkland. It is conveniently located for Wheel Trans and Red Cross Passenger Assist buses. 


ACAL is a unique daytime destination and registered charity in Mississauga for young men and women with special needs, who are excited by their prospects to learn, grow and lead more meaningful lives. As participating families will attest, ACAL provides an essential social service to clients and in turn, to their families. For clients to return to their families at dayʼs end, relaxed, happy and satisfied, goes a long way to helping families manage the extraordinary demands of having a young adult with special needs at home, thereby contributing to the familiesʼ overall well-being.



ACAL serves adults with a wide range of intellectual and physical disabilities. A structured program of activities is planned around social stimulation, fitness and life skills, fostering independence, personal growth and social skills development. All of our clients require some degree of staff support to ensure their safety, facilitate their involvement in activities, implement personal care and feeding, and help them to reach their full potential. We are non-denominational and our clients reflect the social and cultural mosaic of Mississauga.


ACAL was founded in 2008 by parents of young adults with significant or profound physical and intellectual disabilities, who had recently graduated from school at age 21. Families needed a full day/full week program to support their young adults -- available community support options were limited to none. We began with 10 clients, a start-up grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and space in a Peel District School Board public school. ACAL has grown to serving nearly 50 clients and now, unfortunately, has a waiting list for services. In September 2012, we moved to the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Learning Centre which is owned by the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board.