About Beyond 21
From Monday through Friday, Beyond 21 offers a wide range of program areas designed for our participants that help enrich their social relationships, foster physical health, encourage curiosity and hands-on learning opportunities while promoting self-confidence. In the last ten years, the organization has grown to offer programming for 34 adults between the ages of 20-60, in Cornwall and the surrounding area.
Honesty & Respect
Empathy & Care
Opportunity & Empowerment
Security & Safety
Excellence & Accountability
Inclusivity & Genuinity
Why We’re Here
Our Vision & Mission
Our vision is to create a world where adults with developmental disabilities are heard, understood and supported by society. Our Mission is to help adults with developmental disabilities by identifying their dreams and empowering them to learn the skills and build the connections they need to achieve them.
Emma was born with a rare chromosome disorder called Mosaic Trisomy 9. When Emma turned 18, her mom and Beyond 21’s founder, Tish Humphries, became aware of the lack of support for young adults with disabilities once they age out of the traditional school system. A special group of concerned parents and educators was formed and began meeting to discuss prospects to support these individuals and their families.
The Hub For Beyond 21 Foundation is located in the beautiful city of Cornwall, Ontario. From the moment you step through our doors, you will feel the warmth and care that surrounds each participant and makes them feel part of our family. The hub was designed to address both the sensory and physical needs of our participants and is fully accessible. At 8,000 square feet, the new space boasts a teaching kitchen, an entertainment hub, dining area, creative arts room, fitness and recreation room, an adult multi-sensory room as well as outdoor space.
In 2010, a town hall was held in partnership with the Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education and the Upper Canada District School Board to discuss concerns and seek input from the community. With over 100 attendees, this town hall brought to light that this issue was systemic and Beyond 21 was formed to lobby for change.
In 2011, Beyond 21 Interim Executive Director, Kevin Cooper, and retired principal, Gary Atchison, visited similar programs throughout Ontario. Commonalities across these programs became the basis for Beyond 21’s program structure and soon after, Beyond 21 became incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, forming a Board of Directors with Tish Humphries as Chair.
Beyond 21 continued to grow substantially over the years thanks to exceptional staff, community partners, volunteers, donors, and most of all, our participants and their families. For years, Beyond 21 operated out of General Vanier (a since-closed high school) and later, out of a church basement. In 2018, we launched a capital campaign with the goal of raising $1M to purchase and renovate a building of our own.