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Round-TableDiscussion on Immigration and Disability Discrimination When: April 6th, 2016, 6:30pm-8:30pm Where: United Steelworkers Union Hall, 25 Cecil Street Toronto The Montoya family was recently deemed inadmissiblefor Permanent Residency because 13 year old Nico, who has Down syndrome, might pose an 'excessive demand' on Canadian social services. Does this decision go against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that guards against the discrimination of any person based on physical or mental disability? Historically, ideas of genetic defectiveness and social burden have been attached to immigrants.Do current immigration policies still reflect deep-running ableist, racist and eugenic assumptions? It is time for Canada to take a new look at its immigration policies. Discussants include: • Felipe Montoya (York University) • Hadayt Nazami (Senior Lawyer, Jackman, Nazami & Associates) • John Rae (Council of Canadians with Disabilities) • Ameil Joseph (McMaster University) • Roy Hanes (Carleton University) • Michael Bach (Canadian Association for...
  Hello DSAT, My name is Sasha from Chalkboard Media located in Toronto. We are developing a television pilot for a series that examines issues for and about people with disabilities. The subject of the pilot episode is the issue of inspiration porn; which is when a disability, and not the person, is used to create a narrative of inspiration for other people. Typically it’s an image or a story of a person with a disability doing something relatively normal: walking, working, graduating, etc. with a smile on their face and a cloying caption underneath that essentially implies ‘if they can do this thing, and be happy with life despite their obvious misfortune, then you can do anything, and you really ought to be happy you didn’t get dealt a worse hand in life.’  Inspiration porn is all around us and we would like to shed light on the stories of...
The Miles Nadal JCC is in the spotlight for their commitment to accessibility! The Ontario Nonprofit Network's EnAbling Nonprofits project highlights nonprofit organizations who are championing and learning about accessible practices. ONN visited the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre to chat about how committees, boards, and staff members are key assets in ensuring that accessibility is reflected throughout programs, operations, and engagement with their communities.   Video:
An interactive, hands-on session tailored for caregivers and people with disabilities, where you can take away strategies, resources and ideas for a plan. Parents and/or caregivers can meet and network with others who are on a similar journey. Discussion points will include:o How can you use information and resources to help achieve your child’s dream?o How can you use a support network/support circle to help achieve your child’s dream?o How can you use funding and financial support to help achieve your child’s dream?o How can you take care of yourself so that you can help your child achieve their dream? When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Where: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Conference Centre All attendees must register in advance: (If you aren’t able to register by email: 416-425-6220 x6348) For more information, including on-site childcare, please view the flyer: Workshop Flyer...

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Prizes, Raffles and more! There are 2 ways to enter: $25 per participant OR collect a minimum of $25 in pledges Includes bowling shoes Choice of 5 or 10 pin bowling (5 pin lanes are first come first served) 2 games guaranteed When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where: Bowlerama West 5429 Dundas Street West Map: Space limited. You must register by Friday April 15 to: Wendy Dyke, 647-729-3627 Click the following link to view the flyer and pledge sheet: Bowlathon Flyer 2016...

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City of Toronto Focus Group The City of Toronto is developing a 20-year plan to guide decision making and investment in parks and recreation facilities such as community centres, sport fields, pools, ice rinks, and bike/skate parks.  Join to be a part of a focus group on parks and recreation facilities for people with disabilities. When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where: North Toronto Memorial Community Centre200 Eglinton Ave West, M4R 1A7Map: The building is wheelchair accessible and service animals are welcome. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, attendant care and an assistive listening system will be available. Please RSVP by Friday March 18 by contacting Waheema Asghar at 416-392-2426 or by e-mail at
New & Expecting Parent Coffee Night When: Thursday, May 12th - Rainbow Room Thursday, July 7th - Rainbow Room 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Where: Trinity St. Paul's Church Address: 427 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 1X7 View Map: 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. To register please click on the link...

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Path 2 Work is offering a free employment program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Who: Ages 18+ When: April 2016 Where: The Al Green Resource Centre near Dufferin and Eglinton View Map:   Path 2 Work offers: - Employment workshops for learning workplace skills - One-on-one job coaching and training - Help finding and keeping a job Click here to view the full flyer: Path2Work - Flyer 2016 For more information, contact: Greg Vasilkioti at or 416-649-1565...

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What: Connect with other caregivers in similar situations. Learn about: - Resources in the developmental sector - How caregiver stress can affect you - Practical approaches to mind, body, and spirit Sessions will include presentations from various community partners. Topics will include: Systems (DSO, Family Service Toronto), Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and many more! Who: Parents and Caregivers supporting individuals with Dual Diagnosis aged 16+ When: Wednesdays, March 23rd to May 25th 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where: Aptus Treatment Centre 40 Samor Road, Toronto, ON Map:   For further information and to register for the group, contact: Kristine Sudeyko at 416-535-8501 ext. 37835 View the flyer here:

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What:  Parents as Partners Conference 2016 is a FREE conference. Whether your child is just beginning on their educational journey in elementary school or closer to graduation and planning for the future, there are informative and empowering sessions for parents/guardians and caregivers of students of all ages and all stages of education. When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Where: Allstream Centre 105 Princes' Blvd., Toronto, ON M6K 3C3   For more information and keynote speakers, click the following link: Parents as Partners Poster...

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During March Break, March 14 to 18, the City of Toronto will offer free and low-cost activities at its community centres, parks and historic sites. Highlights of Parks, Forestry and Recreation division activities and attractions follow, in addition to information about Toronto's historic sites/museums. Camps March Break camps are a great opportunity for children and youth to enjoy a range of activities. Participants enjoy activities such as arts, crafts, music, drama, sports and games. More camp details are available at or by calling 311. Drop-in programs City of Toronto community centres offer various free or low-cost programs for all ages. More information is available at and by calling 311. Skiing and snowboarding The City's Centennial Park and Earl Bales ski and snowboard centres will be open, weather permitting, for March Break on the following schedule: Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre March 14 to 20 from 9 a.m. to...

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WinterRouge, a brand new event celebrating Rouge Park in winter! When: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: WinterRouge event hub will be located at Parks Canada’s Zoo Road Welcome Area Please RSVP  WinterRouge is a choose-your-own-adventure wintertime experience with something for everyone. Take a guided walk, make winter-themed crafts, go 'treecaching', recite poetry in the snow, warm up at our campfire, try our self-guided winter nature photo scavenger hunt and more. Guests are reminded to dress warm, bring along a reusable thermal mug for hot chocolate and pack some snacks to keep you going. Come for a little while or stay for the day! Partners for this inaugural Parks Canada event in the Rouge include ACER (Association for Canadian Educational Resources), the Markham Museum, MEC, the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre, and Toronto and Region Conservation. For more info:

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The City of Toronto has a variety of programs available for Spring and Summer this year. You will be able to register for: Spring and Summer General Programs Spring Swim Lessons Spring Skate Lessons Summer Camps   Registration opens in early March For more information on registration, please view the full flyer: Spring Summer 2016 Registration Dates...

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The New Skate Horse! The Skate Horse is a device desig ned for people with various disabilities to assist with balance and support when learning how to skate. • It is not a ride-on toy • 2 sizes are available (child & adult) to accommodate ages 3 and up • There is an adjustable seat for resting your legs • The solid three point frame helps with balance • The handle bar provides support and can adjusts to suit • Helmets must be worn • Supervision and assistance should be provided by the parent or guardian • Skate Horse is only available during leisure skate   To book a Skate Horse please call: Etobicoke York District - 416-394-8533 North York District - 416-395-6183 Scarborough District - 416-396-7760 Toronto East York - 416-397- 4690...

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What: This is a FREE event, but registration is required. Ages 7 and up. Space is limited!  Parks Canada and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) are proud to present a night of fun and adventure. A short presentation on owls and coyotes is followed by a hike (weather permitting) in the future Rouge National Urban Park.  Together we will call out to these wild creatures in the hope that they will hoot and howl back.  Dress for cold weather and bring a travel mug to keep your drinks warm.  When: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 7 to 9 p.m. Where: Rouge Valley Mennonite Church7452 Reesor Road, Markham Who: Ages 7 and up REGISTRATION: Please visit and click on "York" and "February 2016" and on "Feb. 20" on the calendar to register for "Hoot & Howl in the Rouge" For more information, contact: 416-661-6600 x5765;  ...
Special Olympics Ontario 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 PM - 7:00 PM, Starting February 18, 2016 Where: Regent Park South Community Centre203 Sackville Street, Toronto, ON M5A 3H1Toronto, ONView Map: Cost: $40.00 registration fee For more information...

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What: An opportunity to make connections with local community agencies that provide support now and after high school to people with special needs. The fair focuses on bringing in organizations that support students with: - Intellectual Disabilities - Physical Disabilities - Dual Diagnosis - Autism - School Exit Plan (Post 21)  Light food and refreshments are included. Where: Central Etobicoke High School 10 Denfield St., Etobicoke, M9R 3H1 Map: When: Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 From 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM...

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AffordAbility: Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities Challenges and Opportunities Forum When: Thursday February 25 7:00 - 9:00 pm Cost: FREE Where: 750 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON Map: What: AffordAbility is a FREE public forum featuring a panel discussion in the JCC's Al Green Theatre. The panel will explore the current landscape for affordable housing in Toronto, and particular issues of accessibility, support and independence. Moderator: Alex Bozikovic, Architecture Critic at The Globe and Mail Panelists include: Remo Agostino - Vice President of Development at The Daniels Corporation Bryan Keshen - President and CEO of Reena Nancy Singer - Executive Director of Kehilla Residential Programme Adam Vaughan - Member of Parliament for Trinity-Spadina, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Intergovermental Affairs Jijian Voronka - National Peer Lead of the At Home/Chez Soi Project & Ryerson University The Al Green Theatre is wheelchair accessible; please phone (416) 924-6211 x330 to reserve...
Group Yoga Classes for Children and Adults with Special Needs Sunday January 10 - March 6 (9 weeks) Ages 4 - 10 11:00 am – 11:45 am Registration Fee: $126.00 Ages 11- Adult 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Registration Fee: $135.00 Class Location: Flow! Yoga & Wellness Studio, 408 Dupont Street (north side between Howland Ave. & Brunswick Ave.) To pre-register contact:, 416-532-5988, Mailing Address: Yoga 4 Kids, 507 - 639 Dupont Street, Toronto, ON. M6G 1Z4 Private Yoga Therapy sessions for babies and children of all ages available on request.   Workshops and Yoga Teacher Training for Adults TEACHING YOGA & MEDITATION TO CHILDREN Ages 2 1/2 - 12 January 28 - 30 Taught by Sherry LeBlanc Location: 639 Dupont Street, Toronto, M6G 1Z4 Contact: Sherry LeBlanc to register and for more information., 416-532-5988,   TEACHING YOGA & MEDITATION TO CHILDREN Ages 2 1/2 - 12...

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Dance Rock West What: Dance rock is expanding out to the west end of the city. Come and dance the night away to all your favourite tunes by DJ ARIf. Where: St. Olave's Anglican Church 360 Windermere Ave, Toronto, Ontario South of bloor in between Runnymede and Jane There is parking at the church and overflow parking on the street Map: When: Friday, January 22, 2016 Who: All dancers with developmental delays and their friends are invited to this event. Dancers must be 13 years of age or older. Cost: $5 per person Registration: To register, click the following link:   IMPORTANT NOTE: DOORS OPEN AT 7:20. UNLESS YOU ARE STAFF OR A VOLUNTEER, PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE AFTER 7:15 FOR THE DANCES. NO BREAK DANCING For more information please contact Nancy Howson at or 416-966-0990. PLEASE NOTE: If you're having difficulties paying online, please contact us at


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