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Webinar: Problem Behaviors in Individuals with DS-ASD

 

This FREE webinar is for parents, educators, nonprofit leaders, therapists, medical providers - anyone who interacts with adults or children with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder.

This webinar will cover:

  • Why problem behavior occurs.
  • How some of your interactions with an individual can unintentionally increase problem behavior.
  • How to change your interactions so that problem behavior decreases and appropriate behavior increases
  • Building rapport with an individual so that you can be an effective change agent in the person’s life.
  • Teaching replacement behaviors to decrease problem behavior and increase appropriate behavior.
  • Using social stories to teach new skills so that the person will not need to use problem behavior.

Presenter: Sam Towers, M.Ed., owner of Towers Behavior Services, LLC is a behavior analyst who has spent 25 years providing services to individuals with disabilities who exhibit problem behavior. In addition, he has served as a special educator and has trained special education teachers at the University of Kentucky. Towers has a Master’s Degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado and has completed three years of post-master’s training at the University of Kentucky. In addition, Towers has authored the chapter “Addressing Problem Behaviors in Individuals with DS-ASD” in the book When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect.

Click here to register.

 

Welcome to the DSAT Website

The Down Syndrome Association of Toronto (DSAT) is a parent organized and led registered Canadian Charity which works to achieve the goals of maximization of individual potential, integration, and full participation of persons with Down syndrome in the community.

Our Objectives

  • Representation on Boards, Committees, Coalitions, etc.
  • Advocating for civil and human rights and equality of opportunity
  • Provide a Forum
  • Support Families & Individuals
  • Provide Opportunities for Socializing
  • Dispelling myths & Increasing Public Awareness
  • Encourage Effective Services
  • Collaborate with Related Organizations
  • Raise Funds
  • Read more...

Join the DSAT community

You are invited to join our community and become a member of DSAT.  There are plenty of benefits for doing so, such as access to the latest information and events, discounted registration fees, a subscription to our newsletter, and more.  See benefits . . .

 Make a Donation to DSAT

Buddy Walk Location

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The walk is approx 3.8 km along the Boardwalk Trail - Woodbine Beach Park/Ashbridge's Bay Park to Kew Gardens Park

Registration is free and will be held in the Woodbine Picnic Area #2 (see above)

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Contact Peer Support

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We know that step can be difficult after hearing your child has or may have Down syndrome. We want to help connect you with information and community.

The DSAT peer support team is made up of parents who have been through the same situation you are facing: a diagnosis of Down syndrome for their child. It’s part of our lives every day. We’d love to talk to you as soon as possible though email, a phone call or face-to-face chat.

Contact our Peer Support Coordinator, and we’ll be in touch soon.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 416-966-0990 

Common questions from new and expectant parents

Social Programs

Below is a list of programs offered by DSAT and other organization in Toronto.  

To see the program details, simply click on the name.


Active Start & FUNdamentals Programs

Active Start is a program aimed at children 2-6 years of age with an intellectual disability (ID). When children with an ID receive early instruction in basic motor skills and have the opportunity to experience ‘play,’ there is improvement in their physical, social and cognitive abilities. 

FUNdamentals is a program aimed at children 7-12 years of age with an intellectual disability. The program is a follow-up to the Active Start program and includes more sport specific related skills that will contribute to future sport participation. 

Both  programs aim to educate parents and caregivers about the value of sport in their child’s life and expand their networks and support systems. 
When: Every Thursday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Active Start
Where:
Lambton Park Community School
When: Wednesday – 6:30-7:30pm
To Register click HERE

Active Start/ FUNdamentals
Where:
Regent Park South Community Centre
402 Shuter Street, Toronto, ON (Intersection: Shuter & Sackville)
When: Thursday- 6:00-7:00pm

Registration Fee: $25 per child

For more information or to register / volunteer  please contact:  
Debora Gemmell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (416) 803-3697

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Bust a Move Dance (BAMD)

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Classes:

  • Saturdays 11:30 - 1:00pm - Variety Village. $15 cash drop in or $150 for 12 weeks
  • Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30pm - New Leaf Living and Learning. Price TBC *also 12 week program starting May 2*
  • Saturday 19th May 2:30 - 3:30pm - Kindred Culture, Mississauga. $15 cash drop in - more to come!

Bust a Move Dance (BAMD) is an Australian born social business that has recently expanded to Toronto. BAMD works with students of all ages and abilities. Dance sessions are all about inclusiveness, having fun, releasing energy and fostering the development of independence and creativity through the vehicle of dance.

BAMD hosts classes and workshops at various locations in the GTA and are proud to be working with students with a wide range of disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Deafness, intellectual impairments and physical disabilities, to name a few. BAMD encourages 100% independence from students, naturally allowing a huge development in confidence.

BAMD’s vision is that people of all abilities feel equal and powerful in the world. BAMD provides a safe space for people of all abilities to independently create and express themselves and believe people of all abilities have a voice to make change. BAMD aims to do this through the vehicle of dance, encouraging young people with disabilities to become resilient and social within their own communities and in turn, develop their self-confidence. Through dance, we enable people of all abilities to belong and create change.

Contact:
Ali Phillips
Director/Founder
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647 703 8947

Hollie Bloch
Operations, Marketing & Events
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647 550 5703

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Creative Movement Made for Me

This year DSAT ( www.dsat.ca) is once again delighted to partner with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (www.schooloftdt.org) in offering an integrated creative movement class for children with Down syndrome. Creative Movement Made for Me is an integrated class for kids of mixed abilities and diverse learning styles. The class addresses needs that are not easily met in a standard dance class. Kids move and dance in an environment that is sensitive to their abilities and potential and is filled with positive energy! The class is taught by our Young Dancers' Program director Michelle Silagy, a certified DanceAbility master teacher, along with supportive and enthusiastic assistants.

When: Saturdays starting September 15 , 2018 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Where: Address: 80 Winchester Street Toronto, ON M4X 1B2

View Map: https://goo.gl/XGd28O

Who: Ages 6+ depending on the abilities of the child

Cost: Regular Fees are $240. Discounted fee in partnership with DSAT is $120 (50% off).

Registration:
For more information, email Louise Plunkett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
To register for this event, click the following link:
https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=2230&EID=26087


Camp Diversability

 One Week, Adult, Sleep-Away, Leadership Program

August 7 - 12, 2018

Mulmur, Ontario

Supporting the Development of Special Leaders

NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS

Click here to donate to Camp Diversability

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Camp Diversability is a volunteer-based, collective effort which brings together motivated young adults, with ‘special needs’ or ‘alternate abilities,’ who wish to work on personal growth, leadership, confidence and ways to contribute their gifts in their community in order to strengthen self-esteem and personal power. Each person can be a leader, in their own right, and share their unique gifts.
Camp Diversability’s host location is Unicamp of Ontario, deep in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Forest. Operating for 45+ years, spring, summer and fall, and is an off-the-grid, eco-conscious community. For more information about Unicamp, please visit their site: www.unicampofontario.ca
Camp Diversability creates opportunities for participants to learn about, develop collectively and demonstrate their leadership skills through interactions with each other, within the Unicamp community, through the year and beyond camp. This year the campers will be challenged with planning and organizing a talent show from start to finish which they will perform for the larger Unicamp community.
Space is created for organic learning opportunities to arise and making sure there is time to enjoy a wide range of recreational activities, including swimming, caving, trekking on the Bruce Trail, arts, crafts, dance and sports.

Unicamp has similar values to Camp Diversability’s, which are to:

• understand and acknowledge the importance of each person
• seek kindness in all we do
• foster the freedom to learn together and to search for what is true
• affirm that all people need a voice
• work to build a fair and peaceful world
• care for our sacred earth with awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings and circumstances

It is unanimous that last summer was a great success! We had a group of devoted volunteers who worked with engaged participants who were enriched by the experience. The volunteers learned so much from the participants as well.
As a way to enhance their leadership opportunities, and deepen their friendships, our returning participants are now Directors of Camp Diversability. They gather together every two months to make decisions regarding the next camp (2018).

WAYS TO SUPPORT CAMP DIVERSABILITY, *See our website or contact us for further details.

• be a Male or Female Senior or Junior Team Mentor at camp
• workshop/presenter at camp (come to Unicamp and teach a workshop in drama, music, arts or dance or what you feel would benefit the campers and eat and spend the rest of the day with us.)
• lifeguard
• help us research busing options and funding
• connect us to private or corporate funding
• help organize and/or support at the bi-monthly Directors meetings, held in Toronto and York Region
• provide a mid-city location for our Director meetings
• send us leadership stories of how you have been inspired and positively impacted by a great leader, which we can post on the website.
• help us with social media
• spread the word about this project and share our website

If you feel that you would like to catch this wave and ride it with us, please contact us to see how you can add your power, support and skills to the mix. Camp Diversability Team Mentors are excited to learn what we can from our participants and volunteers. Let’s see what kind of magic we can create together!

Yvonne Bloom

Director

Down Syndrome Association of Toronto

Website: www.campdiversability.com

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Facebook: Camp Diversability (please "like" us)

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Creative Village Studio

Please find the Spring 2018 brochure for fee-for service classes at Creative Village Studio.

Registration will open on April 3, 2018 at 10:00am online on My Community Hub at www.mycommunityhub.ca and in person at Creative Village Studio for those who need assistance with registering.

 

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Dance Rock Central

Dance Rock Central is moving

First Dance Rock of 2018/2019: Friday September 14th

NEW LOCATION: Gym at Leaside United Church (3 blocks east of old location)

Who:
All dancers with developmental delays and their friends. Dancers must be 13 years of age or older.

Where:

Gym at Leaside United Church
822 Millwood Road (enter the door at the north east of the building facing Field Ave)
View Map: https://goo.gl/maps/hSru12psQoT2

When:

Friday, September 14, 7:30-9:30 pm

Cost:

Admission $5 (includes snack and drink)

Registration:

Click here to register. https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=2230&EID=26127

Directions:

Leaside United Church is located 6 blocks east of Bayview at the corner
of Millwood Avenue and McRea Drive. (Millwood Ave runs east-west, one block north of Davisville Avenue and 5 blocks south of Eglinton.)

STREET PARKING IS AVAILABLE ON MCREA DRIVE. - DO NOT PARK ON THE CHURCH GROUNDS

SIGN IN WITH EMERGENCY CONTACT INFO - We remind all parents and caregivers, if you are not staying at the dance, PLEASE sign in with emergency contact numbers. In case of emergency, we need to be able to reach you immediately. Many participants are unable to tell us phone numbers... Especially in an emergency!

This dance will be supervised, so parents can leave dancers who do not require one-on-one support at the dance.

For more information contact:
Yvonne Bloom This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or Julia McNally This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Future Dates (NO DANCES IN JULY AND AUGUST):
October 5
November 9
December 14
January 11
February 8
March 8
April 12
May 3
June 14

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Dance Rock West

Dance Rock West is moving toOur Lady of Sorrows Church

First Dance Rock of 2018/2019: Friday, September 28th

NEW LOCATION: Our Lady of Sorrows Church (Bloor and Royal York).

WHO: All dancers with developmental delays and their friends. Dancers must be 13 years of age or older.

WHERE: Our Lady of Sorrows Church (Bloor and Royal York). 3055 Bloor Street West Near Royal York Subway Station

MAP: https://goo.gl/1XfmqR

WHEN: Friday nights 7:30-9:30 pm MONTHLY (generally, the 4th Friday of the month, EXCEPT IN DECEMBER). NO DANCES IN JULY AND AUGUST

September 28th 2018
October 26th 2018
November 23rd 2018
December 7th 2018
January 25th 2019
February 22nd 2019
March 29th 2019
April 26th 2019
May 24th 2019
June 21st 2019

HOW MUCH: Admission $5 (includes snack and drink)

USE SUBWAY AS THE CHURCH IS ON THE SUBWAY LINE OR IF YOU ARE DRIVING USE STREET PARKING. - DO NOT PARK ON THE CHURCH GROUNDS

PARKING - parking is off of Brentwood Road, south of Bloor on the East side. 

Entrance to the dance is on the west side of Our Lady of Sorrows, side entrance. 

Very important to note: this location IS NOT wheelchair accessible (the elevator is not yet in service). 

SIGN IN WITH EMERGENCY CONTACT INFO - We remind all parents and caregivers, if you are not staying at the dance, PLEASE sign in with emergency contact numbers. In case of emergency, we need to be able to reach you immediately. Many participants are unable to tell us phone numbers... Especially in an emergency!

This dance will be supervised, so parents can leave dancers who do not require one-on-one support at the dance.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Judy and Rachel through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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DramaWay

At DramaWay we provide process-based arts programs that facilitate social and life-skills development. We are dedicated to providing unique creative programs that help participants expand their artistic skills and grow as individuals in a structured, non-competitive, inspirational atmosphere. DramaWay programs span the realm of the fine arts. Programs offered include theatre, dance, film, music, visual arts and even puppetry. All programs are created, geared and modified to suit individuals of all abilities. We specialize in working with individuals who have special needs.

http://dramaway.com/dramaway/

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Winter Programs at Dream Weavers

Have a look at what Dream Weavers has planned for the snowy months ahead....

1) Winter Supper Club @ mnJCC
Life Skills + Social Skills + Pre-Employment Skills
Dates: Tuesday evenings Feb 6 - Mar 6, from 4-8pm
Fees: $375
Location: Miles Nadal JCC (Bloor and Spadina)
Registration: Contact the JCC directly at (416) 924-6211 x0
We cook, we eat, we prepare and sell snacks as a group! It's a fun learning opportunity where members receive a booklet of task-analyzed recipes to make at home, AND it's a social enterprise so members earn a small wage for their time selling snacks!
*click here to view the flyer*

2) Let's Talk About Sex + Relationships: A 5 Session Workshop @ mnJCC
Life Skills + Social Skills
Dates: Monday evenings Feb 5 - Mar 12, from 6-8pm
Fees: $375
Location: Miles Nadal JCC (Bloor and Spadina)
Registration: Contact Dream Weavers to complete the screening process, at which time registration details will be provided.
This is a 5-week version of our full 12-week sexuality and relationships program. This mini course will focus on the communication aspects of sexuality and relationships!
*click here to view the flyer*

3) Connections: A Social Group!
Social Skills + Fun!
Dates: Last Thursday of every month*, 7-9pm
*NOTE: For December, Connections will be on Thurs Dec 21 @ 7pm-9pm, NOT Dec 28 because of the holidays! Feel free to drop-in, no need to RSVP.
Fees: $10
Location: The Centre for Social Innovation @ 720 Bathurst St (just south of Bloor and Bathurst)
Stay tuned for exciting changes to this group, which will be announced in January!

4) 1:1 Life & Employment Skills Sessions
Private Occupational Therapy - Work on personal life & employment skills goals with Mira or Amanda 1 to 1.
Dates: Ongoing, scheduled at a mutually convenient time
Fees: $90 per 50-minute session (special intro rate of $75 for the first three months)
Location: The Centre for Social Innovation @ 720 Bathurst St (just south of Bloor and Bathurst)
Registration: Contact us!
*click here to view the flyer*

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DSAT Pal Programs

Keeping with the importance of building social networks, DSAT is extremely excited to offer our new "DSAT PAL (Play and Learn) Programs". The PAL programs will offer various events and activities to help develop and nurture a social network while learning and having fun with peers.

PAL 03 (Ages 0 to 3)

DSAT's PAL03 morning play group will be held the last Wednesday and Sunday of each month. This event will offer parents an opportunity to socialize with other parents of children with Down syndrome while their children play and interact with their peers. Siblings are welcome to join. All playgroups are held at The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre 750 Spadina Ave. Toronto, ON  

 

PAL 05 (Ages 0 to 5)

Through the DSAT PAL 05, our children will establish friendships that will be sure to last a lifetime. DSAT's Saturday morning play group offer parents an opportunity to socialize with other parents of children with Down syndrome while their children play and interact with their peers. Siblings are welcome to join. All playgroups are held at Kidnetix Play Centre Address: 100 Bridgeland Ave. Unit#1 North York, ON M6A 2V1  

PAL 612 (Ages 6 to 12)

DSAT PAL 612 is designed for children with Down syndrome to nurture friendships in a fun, social setting. Places will be chosen to encourage appropriate socialization, play, and interaction for all children. Siblings are welcome to join in on the fun, and build friendships with other siblings as well. Parent involvement will be hands on while sharing in the company of others. For 2014/2015 DSAT will be expanding their Saturday morning playgroup to include children up to age 12. All playgroups are held at Kidnetix Play Centre Address: 100 Bridgeland Ave. Unit#1 North York, ON M6A 2V1  

PAL 1319 (Ages 13 to 19)

This unique PAL 1319 program is designed for teens with Down syndrome to meet new friends, gain independence and develop life skills through fun, social outings with other teens with DS. Each outing will be organized, led and fully supervised by the DSAT PAL 1319 team consisting of parents, professionals and volunteers. Such outings will include, but not limited to movies, bowling, dinner, etc. and will occur once a month throughout the year. 

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East End Children's Center

Neighbourhood meeting places for anyone caring for young children 

Parents, Grandparents and others caring for babies and small children will find an environment and people that respect and value them… Infants, toddlers and preschoolers will find lots to learn about… and friends to learn with!

The East End Children’s Centre is a non-profit community based organization. Its purpose is to encourage the healthy growth and development of families and others involved in the provision of care for young children in Toronto’s east end. 

http://www.eastendchildrenscentre.org/

EECC Program Flyer

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JUST DANCE!...At St.Bonaventure

At St. Bonaventure - Try SOMETHING Different - A VIDEO DANCE - You can watch famly friendly music videos of song that is being played.

Just Dance Dates:  

February 2, 2018

March 2, 2018

April 20, 2018

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

WHO:

For Ages 15-39 with developmental delays and their friends are invited to this event.
Parents can leave dancers who do not require one-on-one support at the dance; and
please sign the waivers with your contact info. (Parents are welcomed to stay and help
at the dance but limited seating area)

WHERE:

1300 Leslie Street, M3C 2K9 - South of Lawrence Avenue, and South of Edwards
Gardens North of Eglinton.

HOW MUCH:

Admission $8 includes Video Dance, juice, chips.

Directions:

Take bus 54 or 51 from the Eglinton Station or bus 51 from the Leslie Station.
For parents who are driving/dropping off, there is Shops at Don Mills Plaza or
stay to help out at the dance.

Contact Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Karate For Change

New Karate Program For Kids With Intellectual Disabilities

My name is Daniel Dees and I run the program "Karate For Change". The program is a non contact program of Karate, focusing on physical fitness, discipline, and large body motor movement, as well as small body motor movement.

Social skills are built within the class dynamic, and while a lot of work for the kids, they have a lot of fun. They are worked hard and there is a tremendous amount of buzz around the program, about how great the kids are doing.

There is really nothing else like it, I love how hard they work. My program began upon a realization that many kids with disabilities are quite sedentary. I had been working as a respite worker for the summer, and all the children I was working with spent their time in doors. With my life long passion for Martial Arts and my interest in working with kids and adults with disabilities, I decided to finally combine the two.

The program has been an incredible success, and despite all the great things I have seen, there has been one particular progression that has ultimately captured me. The relationship between the fathers and their children has improved and grown immensely. The fathers have been coming out in droves to support their children, and I believe it has something to do with the nature of the program, which is slightly more geared towards physical fitness, and of course fathers love to see their kids kick and punch a bag! I believe the program brings the children and their fathers in particular, closer together. I have heard the coolest things, such as the kids wanting to workout with their dads.

We do some very cool things together in class, things the fathers can do with their kids as well. I have been running classes in Port Credit and Scarborough for kids with autism and a class in Richmond Hill for kids with Down Syndrome. We just opened our first location in the downtown area at 553 Queen St. West.

To learn more about these various classes or to register someone please contact Daniel at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can check out our website at www.karateforchange.com 

To see the original article with pictures click here

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Kitchen Talk

Kitchen Talk & Saturday Speech September 8 - December 1
12 sessions; $900 when registered by September 1

Kitchen Talk: Adventures in Cooking, Communication & Social Skills
•  Developing interaction & communication through cooking activities
•  Individualized goals
- Initiating interaction
- Asking/answering questions
- Extending conversation
- Eye contact & body language
- Staying on topic
  •  Saturdays
- 11:15 (teen/young adult)
- 1:45 (school age; 8 yrs+)

Saturday Speech Club: Speech, Drama & Social Skills
•  Weekly themes, cooperative games, role playing, music, movement...
•  Individualized goals
- Clarity, vocab & sentence length
- Peer interaction & leadership
- Back & forth conversation
- Developing positive relationships in social settings
•  Saturdays 9:00, 11:00, 1:30
- Groups based on age & ability
- Ages 5-15 yrs

https://www.facebook.com/kitchentalkcommunicationskills
https://www.facebook.com/SaturdaySpeechClub

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Laura Hunter's STEPS Programs

For thirty years STEPS has provided skill development to children, youth and adults with special needs. STEPS offers a variety of recreational, life skills and leadership programs. These programs are designed to enable clients to participate successfully in activities in their community, their school and their home.

STEPS Programs focus on the development of physical skills, critical thinking, independence, decision-making, communication and self-confidence. Programs are customized to the ability levels and unique needs of participants and instruction is broken down into a series of small achievable steps.

STEPS receives referrals from teachers, physiotherapists and doctors as well as from families who have benefited from our programs.

To read more go to 

http://www.stepsprograms.com/

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Meta Centre

Saturday Recreation and Leisure Fun

For youths and adults 13+ years old with developmental disabilities.

Young adults will have the opportunity to establish a peer network within a structured social and recreational program.

Families will be able to connect with others and gain support and information for future support needs.

Who can attend
Young adults with developmental disabilities 13+. Young adults must be able to work within 1 to 4 ratio with staff. If parents would like to send their young adults with a 1:1 worker, space is available to accommodate such requests.

Location
4801 Keele Street, Unit 13

Hours of Operation
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost
$10.00 per day

Saturdays Only

To register your daughter and/or son for the Saturday Program, please contact:
(416)736-0199 -- Erin Mittlemen at ext.239 or Robert Passaro at ext. 241

You will be required to attend an Intake Meeting to gather pertinent information.

Please note you can register at any time!

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Miles Nadal JCC

DSAT is Partnering with the MNJCC

The Down Syndrome Association of Toronto (DSAT) is partnering with the Miles Nadal JCC to offer the DSAT community access to programs!

If you are already a member of the Miles Nadal JCC, or thinking about becoming a member, you can take advantage of this wonderful partnership! Its simple, send a copy of your paid receipt to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with complete details of the adult or child (full name, age and sex) with Down syndrome enrolled in the program.

Families from the DSAT community can receive a one time discount of 21% of the fees up to a maximum of $100.00.

Visit the Miles Nadal JCC website for more program information.

Check out Fall-Winter 2018-19 Program Guide at Miles Nadal JCC
https://mnjcc.org/schedule/current-program-guide.html

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Music Circle

An After-School Group Music Therapy Program

The Music Circle is an integrated group music therapy program for children between the 8 - 11 with various needs. It is an after-school program in which participants will be invited to share music and friendship, while expanding skills in many areas including social, emotional, language, cognitive, and motor development. This ten-week program will be introduced and facilitated through musical experiences including singing, instrument playing, improvising, and song-writing. The children will have opportunities to build on their strengths as well as address their challenges with support. The focus of the program will be on building social skills such as turn taking, sharing, co-operation, initiation, self-expression, problem solving, and appropriate expression of emotions. This program could also be an excellent opportunity for siblings of children with special needs to learn and participate in a fun and normalized after-school activity with their siblings.

Primary program goals

  • To provide a safe and creative environment that will help children to enhance their skills
  • To provide outlets for emotions
  • To facilitate social interaction with peers
  • To enhance communication skills
  • To increase children’s self-esteem by providing them with successful experience
  • To facilitate creative self-expression through exploring various instruments including voice
  • To provide an enjoyable experience
  • Previous music training is not required.

Facilitators

Andrea Lamont, MTA, is a music therapist who works with a variety of challenges including developmental delays, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, William’s Syndrome, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Andrea encourages active participation in the music presented to develop social skills and to encourage expressive communication. This may include instrument manipulation, singing, movement, or listening. In addition to her private practice, Andrea also works at the Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre as a creative arts therapies team member. and as a researcher on music technology projects such as the “Virtual Musical Instrument”.

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MusiConnects

MusiConnects offers individual and small group music therapy sessions to children and adolescents with special needs including Down syndrome, autism, and learning disabilities.

Music therapy and music enrichment groups are also available for babies (newborns - 3 yrs.) and parents. In addition, individually tailored piano lessons that focus on the process of learning and self-expression are offered to individuals with special needs.

Contact Michelle at 416.220.6280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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New & Expecting Parent Coffee Night

Where:

Trinity St. Paul's Church

Address: 427 Bloor Street West

Toronto, ON M5S 1X7

http://www.trinitystpauls.ca/

View Map: https://goo.gl/VIfaVn

Who:

New and expectant parents & trained parent mentors who have children 2 years of age or older with Down syndrome.

Overview:

This is an informal gathering for parents to meet other new and expectant parents - as well as trained parent mentors who have children 2 years of age or older with Down syndrome. Light snacks and coffee and tea will be served and babies under 1 year of age are welcome to attend with their parent(s) but please note that sibling care will not be provided at this time. We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our community.

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Nurturing Development for Parents/Care Providers with Children 0-6

You'll be glad to know that DSAT is partnering with College Montrose Children's Place in Downtown Toronto to offer programs on Nurturing Development for Parents/Care Providers with Children Ages 0-6.

Need a more relaxed, quiet, barrier free play environment? Join our weekly registered play and learn group

A maximum of 8 - 12 children registered
Staffed by Early Childhood, and supported by dedicated volunteers
Play based learning activities in all areas of child development, song and rhyme circle, snack time and more

When: Mondays 10:00 AM—12:30 PM
Where: 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON
View Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7hERi1HMbqE2

To register please call 416-532-9485 x 221

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PAL 0-3 Miles Nadal JCC Jungle Gym

What:

Enjoy a morning of fun and play at the Miles Nadal JCC jungle gym!

Who:

Ages 0-3

Where:

The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON

View Map: http://goo.gl/nTouZ4

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PAL 19+ (for Adults with DS)

The PAL19+ program is designed for adults with Down syndrome (DS) to meet new friends, promote independence and develop life skills through fun, social outings with other adults with DS.

Each month, the events will consist of a dinner and social organized, lead and fully supervised by the DSAT PAL19+ team consisting of professionals and volunteers. The group will venture to various restaurants throughout the city of Toronto, close to public transportation to dine and mingle with old friends and new.

All PAL19+ events are drop off programs. Should an adult require their own support person, please contact one of our team members to make arrangements.

Below is a list of upcoming events. Each month, DSAT will email the full event information including, restaurant details, directions and locations parents can visit while waiting/ dropping off their adult.

Future Dates (dates can also be found on the Programs Calendar)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Meet the Team

Nisha Hasan

Nisha is a volunteer board member of DSAT. Her passion for advocacy and wanting to do more is influenced by her younger brother with Down syndrome. She is a marketing and communications specialist working in the mining industry. Speaking to thousands of investors globally, she joined the DSAT to share her networking skills, connect with supporters and advance the organization’s mission. Nisha is committed to raising awareness and challenging the stigma associated with disability.

Tisha Hasan

Tisha is a University of Toronto Graduate currently pursuing graduate studies. Her field of stud includes, Law and Ethics, Criminology, Equity with an interest in disability and Woman and Gender Studies. During her spare time, she enjoys running several clubs as a co-founder of Because We Care and spending time with family and friends. Her passion for advocacy and achieving equity for people with disabilities is strongly influenced by her younger brother with Down Syndrome. Her goal is to be involved with the Down Syndrome community and create inclusivity through fostering great relationships and friendships!

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Parents and Infants Group

Surrey Place:

Surrey Place Centre clients, families and caregivers who are looking for information on groups and workshops offered by Surrey Place can check their Groups, Workshops and Events calendar.

http://www.surreyplace.on.ca/Calendars/groups-workshops-events/Pages/Main.aspx

Centennial:

Centennial offers weekly activity programs throughout the city for parents and their infants who have special needs. These programs are appropriate for children under the age of three.

http://cicc.ca/parentinfant-groups

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Purple Carrots Inclusive Drama Classes

Purple Carrots Drama Studio & APTUS Fall 2018

Inclusive Drama Classes for Adults
Workshops are designed to improve connection and communication through drama, focusing on:

  • Play
  • Language
  • Confidence
  • Team Work
  • Social Skills
  • Self Expression

Workshop Theme: Fairytale Villains Wednesdays

When: Sept 12 - Nov 14, 1:00pm - 3:00pm or 4:00pm - 6:00pm
$420.00 (10 Classes)
See website for detailed workshop description.
Where: APTUS Treatment Centre 40 Samor Rd., Toronto, ON M6A 1J6

www.purplecarrotsdrama.com

Silvina 416 838 7702 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*All Courses are eligible for Passport funding and payment plans are available

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Recreational Programs & Activities

Developmental Services Toronto 

Listing of Recreational Programs and Activities for Individuals with a Developmental Disability

Programs and Activities  filetype pdf

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Ruddy's Place: Program for Young Adults with Disabilities

Ruddy’s Place offers: A place for young adults living with disabilities to learn job readiness skills, daily living skills and an opportunity to socialize!

Programs:

  • Job Readiness – Through a series of tailored workshops and lessons that work towards helping clients find jobs that are based on client’s goals, strengths and interests.
  • Daily Living Skills – Clients will have opportunities to practice and develop independence – In areas such as community safety, cooking, time management, problem solving and other daily living skills goals set by the client.
  • Community Engagement and Activities
  • Social Skills Development

*If you register now for three months you will receive fifteen percent off!*

Additional Programs

  • Professional Development – We are offering training for professionals and agencies to support inclusion
  • Parent Coaching

Below you will find a letter describing the programs in further detail and our flyer!

Ruddy's Place Letter
Ruddy's Place Flyer

Please contact Lorne for additional information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit http://www.ruddysplace.ca/

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Sara Elizabeth Centre

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Saturday Speech, Drama & Social Skills Club

Yonge & St. Clair area

We'd love to have you join us for a fun & exciting program. Each participant is seen individually for Speech Therapy while the remainder of the group is busy dancing, singing, acting out stories, cooking, playing co-operative games, dressing up, role playing . . .

All activities focus on communication & socialization

Highlights

  • *10 sessions, 2 hour program

    • Early Language 1 (5-9 year olds) 9:00-11:00
    • School-Age (8-10 year olds) 11:00-1:00
    • Teen/Tween (12+ year olds) 1:30-3:30
    • Early Language 2 (4-7 year olds) 3:30-5:30
  • Ages listed above are used as a guideline. Communication & cognitive skills of participants are also taken into account regarding group placement.
  • goals may include articulation, speech rate, expressive & receptive language, asking for clarification, topic maintenance, presenting, back & forth conversation skills, initiating interaction…
  • theme-based programming
  • ratio of 1 staff to 2 clients
  • focus on communication and social interaction skills

Registration

  • $670 - $695 (Contact Tina for current session details)
  • fee may be covered by private insurance or Special Services at Home
  • contact Tina Gasee, Speech-Language Pathologist, for more information or to put your name on a contact list to be notified about future programs

Download Registration Form

Tina Gasee
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(905) 326-9616

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SEC Summer Camp

It is a place where youth can come to make new friends, participate in the arts and enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities. Also great for families who are looking for a day program to transition their child into.

High school students come to join in our day program from 9:30am to 3:00pm

We encourage everyone to participate in the variety of activities that revolve around the arts primarily drama, dance, visual arts and music. Outings and field trips are scheduled accordingly to support our weekly agenda.

It is a time to participate, socialize, make new friends, interact with community partners who also come and visit along with volunteers and staff.

Click here to register.
Click here to view episode 30 of SEC News.

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The Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre

The Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre (FNC) is a unique place - the vision of Fairlawn Avenue United Church (FAUC.). Launched in 1997, this non-profit educational charity is financially independent from F.A.U.C. and self-funded through program and membership fees.

To date, more than 28,500 people have enjoyed the programs and it’s often the first place that new families visit when they move into the neighbourhood.The Centre offers a unique variety of non-denominational, structured programs for all ages. Each of the 300 programs are fee-based and require advanced registration. The Centre is also an Ontario Early Years off-site location.

http://www.fairlawnneighbourhoodcentre.com

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Youth Action Committee (YAC)

The Youth Action Committee (YAC) is comprised of very motivated and committed adults with Down syndrome who will meet once per month and learn leadership and public speaking skills.  They will assist the DSAT Board in providing quality experiences focusing on the needs of its members.  The members of YAC will speak and educate the public for themselves and for those who cannot. 

When: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (same time every week)

Where: Whole Foods, 1860 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4G OC3. Second Floor

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/kULWjXFjquL2

Who: 19+ persons with Down syndrome

Cost: Free

Dates:

Jan 26, 2018
Feb 23, 2018
Mar 9, 2018
Apr 6, 2018
May 4, 2018
June 29, 2018

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Variety Village

The Down Syndrome Association of Toronto (DSAT) is partnering with Variety Village to offer the DSAT community access to programs!

If you are already a member of Variety Village, or thinking about becoming a member, you can take advantage of this wonderful partnership! Its simple, send a copy of your paid receipt to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with complete details of the adult or child (full name, age and sex) with Down syndrome enrolled in the program.

Families from the DSAT community can receive a one time discount of 21% of the fees up to a maximum of $100.00.

Variety Village offers:

  • Parent and Tot Programs
  • Fitness Programs
  • Aquatics Programs
  • Wellness & Recreation Programs
  • Learn to Play Programs
  • After School Programs

And much more!

Check out 2018-19 Fall, Winter + Camps Program Guide at Variety Village

Click here to view the programs info.

For more information, please contact: Archie Allison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 416-699-7167 ext 236 Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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WeeHands

Baby Sign Language for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers, too!

Long before your baby can speak, she has the ability to understand speech & wants to communicate with you. Most babies are able to sign back to you by the time they are 8-12 months of age.

Since 2001, certified WeeHands Instructors have taught thousands of families & caregivers to sign with their children. WeeHands teaches you & your family American Sign Language signs, songs & language development strategies to use with your little one!

To read more about WeeHands go to 

http://www.weehands.com/

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Yoga 4 Kids

Yoga for Children & Adults with Special Needs

Yoga for the Special Child(R) is a therapeutic program of yoga techniques that enhances the natural development of infants, toddlers and children with special needs. The classes include music and sound therapy, eye exercises, yoga poses, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. Yoga for the Special Child(R) is internationally recognized and was established by Sonia Sumar in 1972.

Sherry LeBlanc is the director of Yoga 4 Kids and has been teaching adults for 33 years and children’s yoga for 15 years. Sherry is a Licensed Practitioner of and Certified Program Teacher for YSC(R).

Location: Flow! Yoga and Wellness, 408 Dupont St. (on the north side between Howland Ave. & Brunswick Ave.)

To pre-register contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 416-532-5988
Mailing address: Yoga 4 Kids, 639 Dupont Street, Suite 507, Toronto, ON. M6G 1Z4. Full fee by PAY PAL

Check our Community News section for info related to current sessions or contact Sherry directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 416-532-5988

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Statement of Policy and Disclaimer

This website reports items of interest relating to Down syndrome. It does not promote or recommend any therapy treatment, political position, or religious view. We wish to bring together those interested in Down syndrome and attempt to create an optimistic outlook and attitude.

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World Down Syndrome Day

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The Toronto sign at City Hall will be lit up all day for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st!

We encourage everyone to go and take pictures with the sign.

 

DSAT PAL PROGRAMS

PAL Programs

Keeping with the importance of building social networks, DSAT is extremely excited to offer our new "DSAT PAL (Play and Learn) Programs". The PAL programs will offer various events and activities to help develop and nurture a social network while learning and having fun with peers.

PAL 03 (Ages 0 to 3)

PAL 05 (Ages 0 to 5)

PAL 612 (Ages 6 to 12)

PAL 1319 (Ages 13 to 19)

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Programs Calendar

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is made up of representatives from various special needs group within each school board. DSAT has principle member and alternate. There are representatives on both the public and separate board. The SEAC meets once a month with the superintendent of special education to discuss concerns regarding education.

SEAC is governed through legislation the Education Act. It is recognized by the boards as a powerful group of concerned members who are acting in the best interests of students with special needs.

If you need any help with the public or separate board, please email us at seac@dsat.ca or call us at 416-966-0990

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