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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: And click here for the introduction episode:

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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 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:   For more information view the flyer:  ...

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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:

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GET YOUR BUDDY WALK T-SHIRT! Buddy Walk registration is free but you have the option to purchase and wear a Buddy Walk T-Shirt to help raise awareness. Please Note: T-Shirt sales will be closing at noon on April 22nd to allow us enough time to have the orders processed with our supplier. Don't be disappointed, place your order today. Registration Options: Buddy Walk T-Shirt ($15.00) + Free Registration Buddy Walk Free Registration Only Click on the link below to continue to our online RSVP and T-Shirt sales Additional Info: For more information related to the walk please visit our website:
  DSAT Playgroup at Kidnetix Play Centre When: Saturday April 11th, 201510:00 AM to 12:00 PM Where: Kidnetix Play CentreAddress: 100 Bridgeland Ave. Unit#1North York, ON M6A 2V1 View Map: Who: This is an inclusive event, open to 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...

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New Partnership Project with Variety Village What: The Down Syndrome Association of Toronto (DSAT) is delighted to announce a new partnership project with Variety Village. This new partnership will provide opportunities for children, youth and families in our community to participate in sports and recreation, to improve their health and just have fun! For over 60 years, Variety Village has been facilitating the achievement of life goals for people with and without disabilities through sports, fitness, wellness, awareness, education, training and skills development. Variety Village will offer a FREE 4 month membership to children with disabilities plus cover the costs of 2 programs or a subsidized annual membership to families with children with disabilities. For a tour or to register, please contact Judy Black at and mention your affiliation with “DSAT”. Day passes are also available upon request. This offer is valid until Thursday, April 30, 2015. Where: Variety Village...

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You will be glad to know that DSAT is partnering with Miles Nadal JCC to offer swimming classes in a saltwater pool at the Freddie Shore Aquatic Centre. WHEN: Days – SundaysStarting Date – April 19Ending Date – June 21Time – 2.00 – 2.30 and 2.30-3.00Cost – $96.00Location – Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto Ontario M5S 2J2 Map: Benefits of swimming in salt water pool · Less harsh than chlorine pools· Great for those with sensitive skin or skin conditions· Gentle on the eyes and hair· Reduced itchiness and dryness after swimming· Minimized smell, taste, and feel of chlorine Pool specific information: · 25 yds. (22.7 m)· 84 degrees F (28.8 degrees C)· Depth: 1.25 m in the shallow end; 2.8 m (in the deep end) Instructors are certified in: · Red Cross Water Safety Instructor· National Lifeguard Service· Standard First Aid with CPR-C REGISTRATION: Kindly...

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TCSDB joins the world in celebrating students with Down Syndrome and the many staff, families and friends who love and support them. One idea to show your support--paint your nails blue:

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What: Please join us for Skinamarink- An Evening of Improv Comedy in support of the Centennial Infant and Child Centre Where: Comedy Bar - 945 Bloor Street West When: Saturday April 18 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Show starts at 7pm featuring Colin Mochrie from Whose line is it anyway Registration: Clck here to register:  ...

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Volunteer with DSRF There is a wonderful opportunity for your Teen to volunteer at an event on Thursday, April 23, 2015 hosted by the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. Below is information related to this volunteer opportunity. If you are interested in having your Teen volunteer please email Dorlan at to receive more details. About DSRF'S Up The Down Market Dinner: The event is the annual Up The Down Market Dinner. At the event participants play a simulated stock market game. Using play money and trading stocks in fictitious companies, participants try to see who can make the most money without going bankrupt in the process. The winner gets bragging rights for the next year, and the coveted Up The Down Market Dinner trophy! The event is a highlight for the financial community, and this will be the 18th time we’ve had the event in Toronto. We also hold the event...

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Team PAL 1319 When: On Saturday, May 9 is the 3rd Annual DSAT Buddy Walk. What: This year DSAT would like to form a PAL 1319 team and have the teens walk together. If your teen is interested in being part of the PAL 1319 Buddy Walk team please email Dorlan at

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Kids Up Front Foundation Toronto have soccer spots available in the Toronto High Park F.C. Please go to the website ( program overview to see where each of the following leagues plays (some have multiple options). Timbits Introductory program open to boys and girls from U04 to U06 (in Outdoor 2015, birth years 2009 to 2011). Players are organized in teams. Each weekly one-hour session has one half-hour of instruction and one half-hour of game. For more details on the Timbits Program please click here. Swansea House League With games played in the spring and fall, this house league program is open to boys and girls from U07 to U15 (for Outdoor 2015, birth years 2000 to 2008. For more details on the Swansea program, please click here. West End United House League With one game and one practice per week from late May to mid-September, this house league program is...

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Want to be part of a special taping for the Kid's Choice Awards? Who: Ages 10-13 Where: Corus building on Queen's Quay in Toronto on March 28th. The Kids Choice Awards are filmed LIVE in Los Angeles, California -- and Bristow Global Media is taping a special studio show in Toronto that will air in Canada during the commercial breaks. The special taping will be hosted by all your favourite YTV personalities. How to register: 1. You need to be available on Saturday March 28th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 2. Send a picture of you wearing your BEST Kid's Choice Award orange carpet outfit to  3. You will need your parent or guardian's permission to attend and they will need to sign an appearance release on your behalf when they drop you off. 4. If you submit with a friend, please make sure to include their information too!...

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What: Bring out the whole family for a fun movie morning! When: Saturday, March 28th 10:00 a.m. - noon Where: Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas 1901 Eglinton Ave. E. Scarborough, ON Map: Cost: $4 per person Registration: Registration opens Monday, March 2 2015 at 9 am and closes when full.   See flyer for more information:

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What: Safe and Secure Futures is a parent group for parents of adults with developmental disabilities facilitated by Extend-a-Family. This meeting will be a general members meeting- looking forward to seeing those of you who can attend!  When: Please save the upcoming dates as we have some great guest speakers that will be joining us for special presentations: April 14th- Circles of Support May 12th – Ready, Willing, Able June 9th – Self Care: Mindfulness based approaches to harnessing resiliency Hope to see you on April 14th at 7pm at Royal York Road United Church in the “Ennals Room”. Map: Further details regarding these fruitful evenings to follow! As always we extend a warm welcome to new members! Please feel free to share the information and kindly RSVP if you are planning to attend on the 10th. Keep warm! Selena Blake 647-292-5144 Extend-A-Family Safe and Secure Futures Network West
  POVERTY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: A CONVERSATION   What: The City of Toronto is seeking public input on its new Poverty Reduction Strategy. And Your Voice Counts!Come out to share your ideas about what the City needs to do to reduce poverty and its negative impacts on the lives of people with disabilities!Feedback from this facilitated conversation will be submitted to the City for consideration. When: Tuesday, March 17th 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm Where: Centre for Independent Living in Toronto Suite #902, 365 Bloor Street East (at Sherbourne) Map: RSVP by FRIDAY MARCH 13th, 2015. Contact Melanie Moore at 416 599-2458, Ext. 222 or melanie.moore@cilt.caLight refreshments will be served. Attendant Services, ASL, other accommodations, and TTC Tokens will be provided if request is received by Friday March 13. CILT promotes a scent-free environment...

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What: Community Living Toronto is hosting a BINGO event for $5 When: March 20th, 7 p.m. Where: 1712 Ellesmere Road Scarborough, ON M5R 2S7 Map: More Details: Direct line: 647-729-1635Office tel: 416-438-6099Email: fzanatta@cltoronto.caWebsite:
  What: Physical Education Teacher Daniel Baird is offering a March Break program 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that includes swimming, bowling, fitness, etc. for $300. A healthy lunch will be supplied & he is happy to comply with any dietary restrictions the participant may have. Daniel has experience with providing special needs participants with a fitness program that can provide the healthy lifestyle changes many need. Registration: Call Daniel for details and to register: 647-987-5222 Transportation to and from can be arranged within certain areas for an extra $50. ... or a pick up from Kipling Subway.   If you are a parent/caregiver or worker interested in a Wednesday night or Saturday fitness or weight-control program, please call Daniel....
  TORONTO EDUCATION BUDGET CUTSRESPONSES AND WAYS TO SHARE YOUR VOICE:The following information is here to help parents respond to the budget cuts proposed by both the TCDSB and the TDSB.  The document, linked below, is simply some input and suggestions from local parents and local parent groups. your child is in the TCDSB then log in tonight!  Tonight is an opportunity for parents to participate in the virtual town hall meeting  Connect to the virtual town hall meeting tonight (March 11th): be sure to reply to their survey which is only open until Mar 23.  Give your feedback and let your voice me heard. For TDSB parents, much of this document will be helpful if you simply adjust the numbers to reflect the TDSB stats.

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Do you have an adolescent between the ages of 12-21 with developmental disabilities?  Do you want to link up with other parents with adolescents with developmental disabilities? Are you concerned about having adequate resources and support to navigate the developmental services sector? Transition from Children’s to Adult Service Sector? If you answered Yes to any of the above, join us for a chance to meet other parents and attend workshops/discuss issues that are important to you and your family. Next Session: Thursday March 12, 2015 Guest Presenter: Marcia Cannon Lawyer with East Toronto Community Legal Clinic Topic: ODSP Law Where: 747 Warden Ave. Scarborough, ON M1L 4A8 Time: 7:00 start Who: Parents/caregivers of adolescents (12-21) with developmental disabilities Contact: 416-967-1773 Roger Smith ext 224 Blair Coombs ext 259 ***Free TTC tickets and light refreshments will be provided. Sorry, no childcare available (call for more details)*** For more information see: Parent-Goup-Youthlink-March-2015.pdf  ...


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