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New & Expecting Parent Coffee Night When: Tuesday, January 12 -Garden Room Thursday, March 10th - Rainbow Room Thursday, May 12th - Rainbow Room 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 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. To...

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What: Kerry’s Place Autism Services, in partnership with DramaWay, is offering a free  Multi-Arts Holiday Camp. When: December 21-24, 2015 Where: 6705 Sheppard Ave East—Scarborough (Neilson Rd. & Sheppard Av. E) Who: Open to persons aged 12 to 17 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Campers will  experience daily fun filled events showing off their theatrical, musical and artistic skills.   Limited space available   To register, please email TO.community@kerrysplace.org...

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Music and art programs What: Holland Bloorview is offering fee-for-service music and art programs for children and youth with special needs, up to the age of 21 and their siblings. - Group programs, 1:1 music therapy and adapted music education - Group art programs include dance theatre, music, paint and clay - NEW combined music and art programs on some long/holiday weekends When: Programs are available from January to March or April to June   Please view the brochure for more program information: Brochure for Music and Arts programs For more information: 416-425-6220 ext. 3317 or send an e-mail to musicandart@hollandbloorview.ca Program registration form: Registration Form Music and Arts programs...

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What: For children, youth and young adults with a disability and their families. Learn about recreation, respite and life skills programs across the GTA. Talk to representatives from over 30 community programs. Find the right program to fit you or your family member’s needs. Register for summer and seasonal services. When: Saturday, January 16th, 2016   10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Where: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital: 150 Kilgour Rd, Toronto M4G 1R8   For more information: 416-425-6220 ext. 6047 or resourcecentre@hollandbloorview.ca The full event flyer: 2016 Recreation Respite & Life Skills Event Flyer...
I just wanted to introduce a new program that I thought may be of interest. I'm a behavioural therapist, and along with other therapists, we've launched Specialized Fitness programs for adults and youth with developmental disabilities.  Information about our programs can be found here http://www.levelupfitness.ca/specialized-fitness.html Our studio where we run our programs just opened its doors, but we've already started training some exceptional young people with special needs and we're just trying to get the word out to connect with anyone looking for this kind of service. In my years consulting to programs the lack of accessible options for fitness and healthy activity has always been a universal concern among support and clinical staff which is why we created this program. We combine Applied Behaviour Analysis and smart exercise options for individuals with developmental disabilities to create experiences that offer the greatest possible health, wellness, and behavioural effects. Please contact for...

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JUST DANCE! At St.Bonaventure - Try SOMETHING Different - A VIDEO DANCE - You can watch family friendly music videos of songs that are being played. Just Dance Dates: Friday, September 25th Friday, October 16th Friday, November 20th Friday, December 4th Friday, January 15th 2016 Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm 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; please sign the waivers with your contact info. (Parents are welcomed to stay and help at the dance, but limited seating is available) 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...
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra will be presenting Peter and the Wolf: In Support of SickKids on Thursday November 26 at 7:30pm at Roy Thomson Hall. The concert will be co-hosted by TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian and Rick Mercer—who will also narrate Peter and the Wolf. This family performance is the TSO's first annual benefit concert for SickKids. Chris Beard, a member of our community, has arranged for complimentary tickets to this performance for members of Toronto's Down Syndrome Community. Tickets can be reserved by using the promo code STARDUST when checking out of the TSO website (http://www.tso.ca/en-ca/concerts-and-tickets/2015-2016-Season/EventDetails/Peter-and-the-Wolf-In-Support-of-SickKids.aspx). There is a maximum of four complimentary tickets per person, and the recommended minimum age for attendees is five years old (no one younger than two can be admitted). If you have any questions, please email Chris at chrisbeard2@gmail.com...
Hi my name is Alexis Long and I am currently attending the creative photography program at Humber college in Toronto. I have a personal project that I've wanted to do for awhile but haven't know how to go about it. I recently came across your site and thought it was great. My great aunt Darleen (52) and my little cousin Cody (5), both have Down's syndrome and they are the most beautiful caring loving people I know in the world. I am emailing this to you because I want to do a project for myself showing just how beautiful and kind these adorable human beings are. I'd like to be able to photograph as many of them as I can. I saw that you are a parent run organization so I was wondering if you could pass this email along and let me know if any of the moms are interested...
You will be glad to know that DSAT has partnered with SkateABLE to offer Adaptive Ice Skating program for children with Down syndrome. DSAT wants to thank Cindy and Kenny for sponsoring this program and helping to lower the cost of participation. SkateABLE™ is Canada’s first truly inclusive ice skating program. Through the use of adaptive skating equipment, persons with any form of physical or developmental disability can participate in “stand-up” ice skating classes. Their goal is to make ice skating classes accessible, affordable, and fun for everyone. The SkateABLE™ program is a high-quality, progressively-structured adaptive ice skating program that is aligned with the Canadian Sport for Life Long-Term Athlete Development Model. As a High Five® registered organization, SkateABLE™ is committed to delivering programs to the highest standard of quality and safety. Skaters are encouraged to progress at their own pace. SkateABLE™ provides it’s skaters with specially-designed skating equipment that helps...

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Nurturing Development For Parents/ Careproviders with children 0 - 6 years 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 Speech and Language Specialists supported by dedicated volunteers When: Mondays beginning  October 19, 2015 (11 – 2 pm)   To register please call 416-532-9485 x 221...
Hello, My name is Aengus Mulroney, and I am a final year graduate student in Ryerson University’s Master of Journalism program. I am also the older brother of a 26-year-old man with Down Syndrome. I am currently in the early stages of work on my thesis project. For this I have pitched a documentary short, running roughly 25 minutes in length. I am planning on documenting a particularly inspiring person with Down’s who has a great career, or is making a difference in their community, or is going through a significant event such as getting married, or a combination of all of these. At the moment, I am looking for a subject who can be the main character in my documentary. For this assignment, I can not use my brother so I am reaching out to the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto in the hopes that someone from your organization might...

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Active Start helps to develop physical literacy for children aged 2-6 with an intellectual disability. Through play, the Active Start program offers athletes an excellent opportunity to improve physical, social, and cognitive abilities. This Active Start Program will run from November 11, 2015 to June 22, 2016. The registration fee for this program is $25 for 10 weeks or $60 for 31 weeks. Who: Ages 2-6 When: Wednesdays, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where: Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 79 Hiawatha Rd., Toronto, ON For more information or to register please contact Special Olympics Ontario at: 1-888-333-5515 ext. 246 or youth@specialolympicsontario.com...

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Who: Ages 6-12 and their family. What: It’s a day filled with light as the AGO kicks off a season of Family Sundays with activities exploring the fascinating and ever-changing world of shadows and light. It’s fun for the whole family, during the month of November. Where: The Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4 When: Sunday, November 22 Meet at the front doors from 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM to receive your passes and enjoy a morning of exploring what the Art Gallery of Ontario has to offer. We have until 4 pm to take in all the fun activities that the gallery has to offer. Parking: Parking is limited. It is a 5 minute walk from the St. Patrick Subway station. Registration: To register please click the following link: https://goo.gl/9DVeu8 Ticket quantities are limited - one adult per child If you have any questions...

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When: Saturday November 14th, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Where: Kidnetix Play Centre Address: 100 Bridgeland Ave. Unit#1 North York, ON M6A 2V1 http://www.kidnetix.ca/ View Map: https://goo.gl/maps/5nQDa Who: This is an inclusive event, open to children ages 0 to 12. All family and friends are welcome. Overview: The DSAT Saturday morning playgroup 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 while having a good time. This event is open to children ages 0 to 12. As with most indoor playgrounds, outdoor footwear is not permitted in the play area and socks must be worn at all times. Registration: Registration is FREE and is now open. Click on the following link...

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What: Did you know that if you inherit funds from an estate it could impact your ODSP eligibility?  Lawyer Brendon Pooran and disability tax planning expert Tom O'Dwyer explain the issues families need to address when developing an estate plan, including: - Managing and maintaining ODSP benefits - Wills and Trusts - Consent and Capacity - Followed by a live Q and A.   When: Tuesday, November 3 at 7:00 PM   Registration: If you've not yet done so, you can register below: Wills & Estate Planning webcast registration   If you miss the live air date, the webcast will be available for TWO WEEKS after the presentation....

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Dan Bell Casting is searching for: Male or Female, ages 21-65, all ethnicities, representatives from charitable organizations improving their communities. Seeking non-profits, animal welfare, homeless aid, food banks, community gardens, elder care organizations etc. People who love their community - Male or Female, ages 21-65, all ethnicities. Individuals who love giving back or volunteering. Active in small or large charitable deeds to improve their community or neighborhood. i.e animal rescue, feeding the homeless, neighborhood clean up, community gardening, etc. If this sounds like you or someone you know please send the following information to: icanhelpcasting@gmail.com 1. Name/Age2. Contact Info (phone, email)3. Current location 4. Tell us about your organization (if applicable)5. How do you give back to your community?6. Recent photo of yourself Project Details Project: PAID Documentary Project Skype Interviews: 10/30/15-11/06/15 Filming: 11/12/15-11/13/15   Project Details Project: PAID Documentary Project Skype Interviews: 10/30/15-11/06/15 Filming: 11/12/15-11/13/15...

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Who: Children ages 6-14 with special needs What: Basketball, Soccer, Badminton, Volleyball, Bowling, Football, Table tennis, Dodgeball, Softball Cost: $25 for the entire season When: Mondays 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where: West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre 313 Pharmacy Ave., Toronto, ON M2L 3E7 Registration: To register or for more information, contact: info@moeencentre.org, 416-264-5809, www.moeencentre.org...

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What they do: - Assist parents/caregivers to develop/nurture a support circle for family members with a disability - Offer opportunities for family members (parents/guardians), who have an adult son or daughter with a developmental disability, to share and learn from each other Monthly Meetings: Exploring a variety of topics of mutual interests through guided discussions with a facilitator including: - Transition planning, Person Centered Planning, individualized supports, creating the right place to live, financial and estate planning - Community members including parents may be invited to share their experience/expertise East Location: Where: St. Simon the Apostle Anglican Church, 525 Bloor Street East (East end door at the top end of the ramp, front of the church) When: Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month: Nov 17, Dec 15, Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17, and June 21   West Location: Where: Royal York Road...
The Developmental Services Toronto (dsto) is developing a new Strategic Plan and they want to ensure that all of individuals and their family member’s voices are heard. As an individual and/or family that is currently receiving services, you have a chance to communicate your thoughts and ideas on how best to develop a vibrant future. Your participation is important to the success of the dsto! The dsto would like to invite you to participate in one of the following focus groups: Group 1: When: Wednesday, October 27, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Where: Geneva Centre for Autism, 113 Merton Street Group 2: When: Thursday, October 29 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Where: Community Living Toronto, 20 Spadina Road   To secure your spot at this Focus Group please RSVP to Matthew Armstrong via phone 647-729-1158 or email matthew.armstrong@cltoronto.ca. Please RSVP one week before the date you can attend. Please indicate...
What: Join The Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton for a night of learning and discussion about the role of nutrition and metabolism in the development of your child and adults living with Down syndrome. This session is intended for anyone involved in the well being of a person living with Down syndrome, from parents, caregivers, medical and health practitioners associated with the care of a loved one with Down syndrome. It takes a village to raise a child and the more knowledgeable their members, the stronger the team! When: Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Light refreshments served at 6:30 pm Presentation starts at 7:00 pm sharp. Where: Community Living Hamilton, 191 York Blvd. Hamilton Note: The session is for adults only and “babes in arms”. Registration: For more information, or to register for the event, please click the following link: https://goo.gl/zdzsMJ...

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