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The "Special Needs" Planning Group has shared their Spring/Summer 2015 newsletter with us.  Please take a look at this newsletter as it contains some valuable information that may be of use to you or your family.   If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Graem Treeby of The "Special Needs" Planning Group at (905) 640-8285 or graemetreeby@sympatico.ca.   "Special Needs" Planner Newsletter...

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PAL 1319 BBQ & Campfire! CALLING ALL TEENS WITH DOWN SYNDROME AGES 13 - 19 WHAT: BBQ & Campfire for PAL 13 to 19 Teens and their familiesPlease Note: There is a restriction on number of people at the campsite so attendees need to be limited to our PAL families. WHEN: Friday June 19, 6:00 – 9:00 WHERE: Dufferin Grove Park – Main Camp FireAddress: 875 Dufferin StreetToronto, ON M6H 4B2One block south Bloor, across from the Dufferin MallView Map: https://goo.gl/3EqOMj OVERVIEW: DSAT is subsidizing this event and will be providing all the food, condiments, plates and cutlery. The menu will consist of hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, salads, fruit, drinks, marshmallows, and other snacks. Do you know how to play a guitar, bongo drums, etc? Please bring them. If you have a fold up chair please bring it as well. COST: $5 per person REGISTRATION: Please register by Friday June...

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  It's a community conversation about equity and inclusion in our schools. The TDSB Equity Policy Advisory Committee needs your input to help us make our schools even more equitable and inclusive. Where do we need to go?How do we get there?What does the journey look like? We want to hear from you. On Saturday, May 30th, please join us for an equity conversation café, and share your ideas to shape a better future in this city for all. Equity 4 All : Beyond 201530 May 2015, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. John Polanyi CI640 Lawrence Avenue West * lunch provided * * childcare available * Register Now:https://goo.gl/pkadZD...

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  Dad's Night Out DSAT is excited to launch Dad's night out. These events are for our diverse community of fathers, or male caregivers, who take an active role in our children’s lives. These events will create an opportunity to make real-life connections with other parents, trade stories, sharing experiences, advising, encouraging and supporting one another in a very relaxed social atmosphere. Join us on Thursday May 28th from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Midtown Gatro Hub (formally the Fox & Fiddle) 1535 Yonge Street Toronto. DSAT will provide the food while you provide the conversation. When: Thursday May 28th From 6:30 to 9:30 Where: Midtown Gatro Hub (Lower Level)1535 Yonge Street Toronto Map: https://goo.gl/maps/YV4uK RSVP: To RSVP please click on the link below.https://goo.gl/qDY0Df PLEASE NOTE: This event is intended for fathers and male caregivers ONLY; childcare will not be provided....
Milla Says is a digital signing language app that is looking for funds on Indiegogo, a crowdfunding website.   The following is a description of the app on Indiegogo's website: "What the app does Milla Says is a digital service including an app connecting the users with each other in a network around the child. The content of the service is user-generated and follows the child in the teaching process. Administrators (parents) can create and share signs by using the Milla Says app on their favorite device or computer. Parents, grandparents, neighbours, friends and e.g. employees in the kindergarten can download the app and be granted access to the child's network. All people within the network can follow the child's sign teaching and be active participants."   To find out more, or to contribute to the apps development, click the following link: http://igg.me/at/millasays/x...

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North Toronto Soccer Club is partnering with Special Olympics Ontario to present Special Olympics Soccer Skills for players ages 7 to 18 who have an intellectual disability.    Where: 174 Orchard View Blvd. (Eglinton West between Avenue Rd. & Yonge St.) Map: https://goo.gl/YDcHu0 When: Sunday mornings, May 31st through August 30th   Ages 7 to 13 - 10:00am - 11:00am Ages 14 to 18 - 11:00am - 12:00am Cost: $10 per week.   Includes coaching from professional NT soccer coaches For further information please contact tomw@northtorontosoccer.com or administration@ntsoccer.com Website: www.ntsoccer.com  ...
New & Expectant Parent Coffee Night  When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Where: Trinity St. Paul's ChurchAddress: 427 Bloor Street WestToronto, ON M5S 1X7http://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: DSAT will be hosting our first New and Expectant parent coffee night on Tuesday, May 19th at Trinity St. Paul's Church (in the Rainbow Room) from 7:00-9:00.  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...
DSAT Sibshop - Reach 6-12 & Reach 13-19 Who: Siblings of individuals with Down syndrome When: Friday June 5th, 2015From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm What: DSAT is thrilled to announce that we are launching a new program for siblings of individuals with Down syndrome. Stefanie Murray and Bobbi Rotolo will be hosting Reach 6-12 and Reach 13-18. This is an excellent opportunity to offer siblings a safe environment to support one another, learn new things about themselves, and have some fun. A variety of excursion activities, providing both educational and leadership benefits, will be programmed for the two separate age groups. Playtime Bowl will host their official launch party for ALL SIBLINGS FROM AGE 6-18 on June 05, 2015 from 6:30- 8:30. There will be an opportunity for all of the siblings to meet one another, have some pizza, and bowl together. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and...
  DSAT Playgroup at Kidnetix Play Centre  When: Saturday June 13th, 201510:00 AM to 12:00 PM Where: Kidnetix Play CentreAddress: 100 Bridgeland Ave. Unit#1North York, ON M6A 2V1http://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 footware is not permitted in the play area and socks must be worn at all times. To register please click on the link below. If you have any...
Professional Development Workshop Teaching Yoga & Meditation to Children Ages 2 1/2 - 12 When: July 3 - 5 ( 20 hour workshop) Where: Flow Yoga and Wellness Studio, 408 Dupont Street, Toronto ON What: In this 20-hour workshop designed for adults, you will learn: How to structure a children’s yoga class to engage the participants mentally and physically. Ways to build a yoga vocabulary and apply it creatively. Breathing techniques. Meditation, visualization, mantras and songs. Strategies to adapt the exercises for children with special needs. How to work with children safely. How to introduce yoga philosophy. Partner Yoga Teacher Training Yoga for the Special Child(R) Basic One Program taught by Sherry LeBlanc When: August 15 - 21 (7 day program) Where: Eight Branches Academy, 358 Dupont Street, Toronto ON What: Yoga for the Special Child(R) is a therapeutic program of yoga techniques designed by Sonia Sumar to enhance the natural...

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A Mixed Abilities Dance Event: 5Rhythms® Movement with DJ Layah Jane Who: Everyone Welcome – All Ages All Bodies When: Sundays June 28, July 19, Aug 9, Sept 20 4:00 - 5:30 pm Where: Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre 750 Spadina Ave. Map: http://goo.gl/a492nJ Cost: Adults $12, Children $5 Sliding Scale Available What:  5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice that supports unique expression, release, expansion and integration. 5Rhythms is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and is suitable for anyone who wants to rediscover the joy and freedom of dance that is within us all. Registration: To register phone (416) 924-6211 x0; liviyam@mnjcc.org  ...
DSAT is partnering with Sick Kids to offer the Good 2 Go Transition Program Who: Anyone caring for or working with a teen who has a developmental disability who wants to learn more about the adult system of supports. Any teen with a developmental disability who wants to explore what the future could hold. When: Wednesday May 20th, 2015From 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Where: Lawrence Park Community Church2180 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3K7 Map: http://goo.gl/maps/nkAU7 Registration: Click on the following link to register for this event: http://goo.gl/T8S4y9 For more information leave a voicemail with Dorlean B. Lieghfars-Rotolo at 416-857-8774 or contact DSAT by email at web.team@dsat.ca or by phone at 416-966-0990....

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Disability advocate and Toronto resident Jewel Kats' latest book in the Fairy Ability Series, "Hansel & Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist." introduces Hansel, a courageous hero with Down syndrome. Here are some recent reviews: “The story breaks stereotypes and touches on prejudices about what a child with a disability can achieve.” Children’s Books Heal “I love that this book addresses not only the low expectations that society has of kids with Down syndrome but that the Mother has as well. What a gifted author to see past the diagnosis and tell a magical story of potential and belief!” – Nancy Gianni of Gigi’s Playhouse, Down Syndrome Achievement Centers "The sensitive fiber art portraits of tiny but expressive needle felted dolls capture a feeling of delicate awareness that enhances the positive and empowering message of "Hansel & Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist." Midwest Book...
PAL 0-3 Miles Nadal JCC Jungle Gym Event When: Sunday, May 3rd & Wednesday, May 6th 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM Where: The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre 750 Spadina Ave. Toronto, ON View Map: http://goo.gl/nTouZ4 What: Enjoy a morning of fun and play at the Miles Nadal JCC jungle gym! To register please click on the links below. If you have any question you can email us at web.team@dsat.ca or call our office at 416-966-0990. Registration: Registration is $5.00 per child and is now open. Saturday, May 3rd: http://goo.gl/YKLxB1Wednesday, May 6th: http://goo.gl/L4MKxG Parking: The location is close to the Spadina Subway station. There are also two parking lots just north of the Spadina subway station....

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Abilities Centre has recently posted several summer student positions and invites all qualified students to apply. Exciting opportunities include: Camp Coordinator, Camp Counsellor, Sports Program Instructor, THRIVE Program Assistant, Arts/Life Skills Instructor, and Accounting Clerk. Openings start in May or June, and run for 8 to 12 weeks. Application deadline is May 8, 2015 (or April 30 for Accounting Clerk). For further information: AC - Summer Students 2015 For full details including application instructions, please click this link to the Abilities Centre employment page: http://www.abilitiescentre.org/employment  ...

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What: The Balmy Beach Canoe Club is pleased to once again be offering their paddling program for para and special needs athletes in 2015. The "Learn to" program starts Sunday, May 24 with five additional dates through June, July and August. Come down for one or sign up for several sessions. Intermediate and Development/High Performance opportunities are available for those who wish to train and compete. When: Sessions as early as Sunday, May 24 Please see the following Ignite the Passion Poster and 2015 Registration Form which also shows their Learn to Dragon Boat program for groups. Poster: Ignite the Passion Poster Registration form: http://goo.gl/qbRSVz For more information contact:Colleen DidurPaddleALL Co-ordinatorBalmy Beach Canoe Club416-364-9413...

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The Caregiver Show - A One Day Resource Fair for Family Caregivers What: A day to be stress free, meet various health organizations, and listen to spectaculat keynote speakers. When: Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where: Centennial College Athletics Wellness Centre 941 Progress Ave. Toronto   For more information, view the website: http://www.caregivershow.ca/ Or view the flyer here: 2015 The Caregiver Show Flyer      ...

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Last year, Bell Local followed Dylan Harman, a professional actor with down syndrome. In this show, Dylan interviews and discusses topics with people that revolve around his favorite things, including acting, martial arts, and psychic powers. Dylan also introduces you to some harder to talk about issues, such as sex for people with disabilities. Join Dylan’s journey as he introduces you to the world from his perspective. Click here for a preview of the show: http://goo.gl/Yp5JhI And click here for the introduction episode: http://goo.gl/7KqdZT...

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Come out to the 10th Annual Development Services Toronto (DSTO) Information Fair What: An annual event to learn more about the agencies, organizations & groups that provide services to adults with developmental disabilities and their families. When: Wednesday, May 13 9:30 am - 4:00 pm Presentations 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Developmental Services in Toronto: An Overview 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Bridging Diversity Toolkit: Introducing New Resource on ConnectABILITY.ca 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Celebrating Differences: We Are Different…We Are the Same! A Self-Advocate Discussion Where: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre  6 Garamond Ct, North York Map: http://goo.gl/GsRJmy   For more information view the flyer: http://goo.gl/jBXqIa  ...

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PAL 1319 House Party!!! Hosted by Andrea Adams (PAL1319 Parent Organizer) and her family CALLING ALL TEENS WITH DOWN SYNDROME AGES 13 - 19 WHAT: House Party WHEN: Saturday, April 18th WHERE: Andrea Adams and her family's homeBloor and Dufferin areaActual address will be emailed to families who RSVP ITINERARY: 6:30 PM – Drop offPizza, junk food, drinks, board games, dancing, and socializing 8:30 PM – Pick Up COST: $5 per person (subsidized by DSAT)  REGISTER HERE: http://goo.gl/pIyeit...

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