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“Meet the Parents” Pub Night – Adult Social From November 1 to 7, Canadians across the country will be celebrating the 45,000 people with Down syndrome in Canada for National Down Syndrome Awareness Week (NDSAW). As part of NDSAW DSAT is planning a social event on Thursday November 6th, from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Fox and Fiddle, Yonge and St. Clair. So go ahead and book the sitter for November 6th to mix, mingle and have a drink with parents, caregivers and volunteers from our DSAT community. This event will provide a friendly atmosphere to make new connections or reconnect with existing ones. When: Thursday November 6th, From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Where: Fox and Fiddle1535 Yonge Street Toronto, ON M4V 3C6 Registration: Click on the following link to register: Traveling by TTC: Take the subway to the St. Clair Station and walk north on Yonge Street to 1535 Yonge Street...
 An Alternative to Physical Therapy Intervention A presentation by Ester Fink, founder of the Canadian MEDEK Centre WHEN: Wednesday November 12th, 2014 From 7:00 PM To 9:00 PM WHERE: Lawrence Park Community Church 2180 Bayview Avenue,  Toronto, Ontario M4N 3K7  Map: Join DSAT, on Wednesday November 12th, when we hear from Ester Fink, the founder of Canadian MEDEK Centre.  Ester will be speaking about MEDEK/CME therapy with an emphasis on Hypotonia which is a state of low muscle tone, often involving reduced muscle strength.  About MEDEK: The MEDEK/CME therapy is an effective physiotherapy intervention program that treats, infants and young children with Down syndrome. Scientific papers have shown that pulling against gravity and balance are essential for motor development. Children with Down syndrome tend to be floppier and their ligaments tend to be looser than children with typical muscle tone. Ligament laxity and hypotonia decreases stability and makes it harder to...
Kenneth C. Pope - Henson Trust SpecialistBarrister, Solicitor and Notary PublicLLB TEP Do you have a child or family member with a disability or special needs?What will happen when you're gone? Join DSAT on Wednesday, Nov 26th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM when Kenneth C. Pope will be discussing the following Disability and Estate Planning Seminar Topics: ODSP eligibility and benefits, increasing amounts from room and board to shelter plus supplementary benefits. Exempt asset arrangements. Using and back filing the disability and caregiver tax credits, and the Canada Disability Child Benefit. RDSPs, contributions and accumulations, payments from RDSPs. Guardianship Applications & Powers of Attorney from children and related issues. Wills and Henson trust arrangements, and use of additional trusts for estate and tax planning purposes. Trustee ‘conflict of interest’ issues. Funding trusts with life insurance. 'Adult dependent survivor' pensions for adult children with disabilities, from OMERS, Teachers, OPG, and other...

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Halloween Party
Ghosts, Monsters and Witches too . . . We've got a PARTY planned just for you!  When: Saturday Nov 1st, 2014 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Where: Kidnetix Play Centre Address: 100 Bridgeland Ave. Unit#1 North York, ON M6A 2V1 View Map:   Join DSAT for a Halloween Party on Saturday Nov 1st, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm. Wear your costume and come say BOO! This event is open to children 0 to 12 and will offer parents an opportunity to meet with other parents on a social basis while children are given the opportunity to interact with peers in a positive, playful manner. We invite you to join us for this FREE event to meet new friends and reconnect with existing ones. As with most indoor playgrounds, outdoor footware is not permitted in the play area and socks must be worn at all times.  To register please...

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DSAT Sibshops Dear DSAT families, A number of families have enquired about DSAT setting up a SibShop.  Potential guidelines for the DSAT Sibshop Sessions are as follows: Youth Group ages 6-12 yrs Timing : TBA (Suggested Monthly) Outings: 1-2 Hours  Overview: Children will do an activity then have time to discuss their siblings and feelings. There will be a facilitator at each event to work with the Children.  The children and parents will have an opportunity to help choose the activity they will do at the next event. Teen Group ages 13-19 yrs  Timing : TBA (Suggested Monthly) Outings: 2-3 Hours Overview: Teens will do an activity then have time to discuss their siblings and feelings.  There will be a facilitator at each event to work with the Teens. At each meeting they could discuss what activity they would like to do for the next month. ie bowling, skating, cooking lessons etc....
Individual Education Plan (IEPs) Resource or Burden? The Individual Education Plan (IEP) is probably the single most important document involving the school and parents around the fundamentals of dealing effectively with the deficits and limitations of children with special needs. Planning it and understanding are is essential to the development of a sound education for the student based on realistic, meaningful and measurable goals. Parents have to be informed about a fatal flaw in the execution of the IEP and why not detecting it can lead to a failure in the whole process. Join Dr. Norm Forman on Oct 14th from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM for a discussion about IEPs. The goal is to make the IEP a Resource and not a Burden to the family and child. When: Tuesday October 14th6:30 PM to 9:00 PM Where: Toronto Public Library - Northern District, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto, ON M4R 1B9...
Music Therapy through New Song Music Therapy Ltd   DSAT is proud to offer Music Therapy through New Song Music Therapy Ltd. The program is call “The Music Tree (Early Intervention Music)” and is offer by Thyra Andrews BMT, MTA, AVPT, MA Candidate   This music program is for young children and does not require a formal assessment. The music tree programs aims to improve musical awareness, social skills, language skills, visual skills and auditory skills in the young children who participate. The approaches are movement to music, singing songs, and playing instruments. Children attend with their parents until age 5.  When: (DSAT now has three offerings) Music Tree - Early Intervention Ages: 0-2Time: 9:00am to 10:00amWhen: 10 weeks starting Sept 13th (No Class on Oct 11th and Nov 1st)Cost: $100.00 This program is for very young children to support them in the development of attention, speech and language, motor development, self expression and socialization. Through an enriched music environment...

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DSAT's AGM at Kidnetix  When: Friday Sept 26th, 20146:00 PM to 9:00 PM Where: Kidnetix Play CentreAddress: 100 Bridgeland Ave. Unit#1North York, ON M6A 2V1 View Map: Who: This is an inclusive event, open to all ages. All family and friends are welcome. We encourage teens and other self advocates to join us for the networking and meeting portion of the event. Overview: DSAT will be hosting this year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Kidnetix; offering parents an opportunity to meet with other parents on a social basis while children are given the opportunity to interact with peers in a positive, playful manner.   We encourage teens and other self advocates to join us for the networking and meeting portion of the event. Join us for this for this free event and hear what DSAT has been up to for the past year and what is being planned for 2014/2015.  Let your voice be heard. Come and meet with...

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Dance Rock Dates Oct. 10, 2014 Nov. 14, 2014 Dec. 12, 2014 Jan. 9, 2015
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  CALLING ALL TEENS WITHDOWN SYNDROMEAGES 13 - 19 When: Friday Sept 26th, 20146:00 PM to 9:00 PM Where: Kidnetix Play CentreAddress: 100 Bridgeland Ave. Unit#1North York, ON M6A 2V1 View Map: Who: Teens Ages 13 to 19 Overview: DSAT will be hosting this year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Kidnetix.  As part of the AGM, we will be hosting the PAL1319 Pizza and Board Game Night.  We encourage all teens to join us for networking, food and games from 6:00 to 9:00. All parents are welcome to stay and socalize with other families and join in the AGM discussion from 7:30 to 9:00. PAL 1319 Agenda: 6:00 PM TO 7:00 PM – Dinner & Networking7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM - Board Game Night To register please click on the link below. If you have any question you can email us at or call our office at 416-966-0990. Registration: Registration is FREE and is now...

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DramaWay Needs Participants  We wanted to update anyone who hasn't heard as of yet. We are unable to run any DramaWay programming unless we have 13 participants or more. We will have to make a choice on programs that are running and those that are not by the fast approaching deadline of September 16th. Currently, none of our programs have enough people to run.  Please spread the word about DramaWay and encourage your friends to sign up too. We offer a $25 discount for all newcomers to DramaWay, as well as a $25 to any participant currently enrolled who recruits a new participant.  Please let us know if you have any questions. We will be sending out information on the 16th of September regarding programming. Many thanks to you all, Lizz & Danielle  --  Director of Media Relations/Office CoordinatorDramaWay 2014416-614-1078

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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. DSAT PAL PROGRAMS: 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...

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CALLING ALL TEENS WITH DOWN SYNDROME AGES 13 - 19 DSAT PAL 1319 (for teens age 13-19) DSAT is once again offering the program PAL 1319 (for teens age 13-19) This unique drop off program is designed for teens with Down syndrome (DS) to meet new friends, gain independence and develop life skills through fun, social outings with other teens with DS. Each outing will be organized, lead 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. The teens will be encouraged to pay for necessary items (tickets, food, etc.) independently with cash, credit or debit, with adult supervision to encourage appropriate and suitable independence. Below is the list of events for the 2014/2015 season. At the beginning of each month DSAT will send...
  DOWN SYNDROME ~ DNA-Methylation Study McMaster University We have been sharing with our members and circle of friends, information on a study in the area of DNA methylation, a very important chemical process that is critical to the body’s proper function. Participants with Down syndrome (any age is accepted AND encouraged) will be required to do a blood test at McMaster Lab after their physician refers them to ONE of the study clinics that will run on September 11th , 18th and 25th. While attending one of these clinics, you will go through the informed consent process and obtain a requisition for blood work. Only one vial of blood is required for the study; it could be coordinated with other routine blood tests provided the referring physician is affiliated with McMaster. Why are we promoting this study? While the study was primarily designed for other, not yet identified conditions, the...
  Yoga 4 Kids Yoga Therapy for Children 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). Fall Term: Sunday, Sept. 14 - Dec. 7 (11 weeks, no classes Sept. 28 & Oct. 12) Location: Flow! Yoga and Wellness Studio, 408 Dupont St. (on the north side between Howland Ave. & Brunswick Ave.) Children’s Group Yoga Classes Ages 4 - 1011:00 pm – 11:45 pm...

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Yoga for Life
  Young adults with special needs and learning challenges who practice yoga often surprise us with their quick mastery of basic motor, communicative and cognitive skills. They develop greater concentration, balance, and composure in their daily lives.This unique hands on yoga program for young adults is designed for all abilities and is taught in a relaxed atmosphere, using techniques that enhance the natural development in us all.Yoga + Music = HappinessFall Classes:LocationMississauga Studio Mondays 10:00—12:00 Sep 29—Nov 24, 2014 Thursdays 10:00—12:00 Oct 9—Nov 27, 2014Location detailsMississauga Studio Location: June Lawrence School of Dance 3190 Ridgeway Dr. Unit 31, Mississauga (Near Winston Chur- chill north of Dundas south of 403).Cost8 week Fall classes: $249.00 8 week Spring classes: $249.00Days & times, subject to changeRegistration Starts: July 7, 2014Francesca is a certified yoga instructor specializing in children of all ages and abilities running programs over the past 7 years at the Mississauga Studio and in...

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awd program
  Variety Village Synchro Club AWD Program for all ages and abilities.
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  Active Start program at Regent Park Community Centre on September 17, 2014!
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Free support group for parents of adults with developmental disabilities.   See the image below for details: Click here for the information form to complete...

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 The Rainbow Kid - Crowdfunding Campaign About the Movie: The Rainbow Kid is a gritty coming of age feature film about a young man with Down syndrome, as he embarks on a crazy adventure to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Here is the Director's message: Hey fellow Rainbow Kids, We have 18 hours to go in our Rainbow Kid IndieGoGo campaign. It's been a long 6 weeks. We have just over $4000 left too raise. There are still lots of great perks left. We got 2 Executive Producer credits, the option of shadowing the whole production, 2 Associate Producer Credits available and private dinners with the cast of the film. Thank you all once again for your support towards this project. Without your contributions we wouldn't be able to shoot this film next month and my dream for the last 4 years wouldn't be coming...


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