The Down Syndrome Association of Toronto (DSAT)

Social Programs

Below is a list of programs offered by DSAT and other organization in Toronto.  

To see the program details, simply click on the name.


Active Start & FUNdamentals Programs

Active Start, along with FUNdamentals, is one of two initiatives developed by Special Olympics Canada for young athletes. Active Start is a family-centred activity program for children with an intellectual disability ages 2-6. Through the program, children learn basic motor skills such as walking, running, jumping, balancing and throwing in a fun and safe environment.  These skills provide support for everyday activities as well as a base for Special Olympics sports training and competition as athletes grow older.

Age: Two to six
Priority: Active participation for fun, development of physical literacy
Objective: Develop play skills through movement and daily physical activity
Skills: Walking, running, jumping and balancing, throwing, catching, kicking, striking etc.  

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FUNdamentals, along with Active Start, is one of two initiatives developed by Special Olympics Canada for young athletes. FUNdamentals is a continuation of the Active Start program for athletes with an intellectual disability ages 7-12. This program transitions from basic movement skills to basic sport and physical literacy skills while maintaining an atmosphere of fun and meaningful interaction. This program also promotes specific sport education, proper nutrition, and social inclusion through participation in positive sport environment.  The skills learned in this program provide support for everyday activities as well as a base for Special Olympics sports training and competition as athletes grow older.

Starting Age: Seven to twelve
Priority: Development of Fundamental Movement Skills
Objective: Physical Literacy
Skills: Basic Sport Movement Skills, ie. Running, kicking, jumping, throwing, catching, striking, etc.

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Bust a Move Dance (BAMD)

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Bust a Move Dance (BAMD) is an Australian born social business that has recently expanded to Toronto. BAMD works with students of all ages and abilities. Dance sessions are all about inclusiveness, having fun, releasing energy and fostering the development of independence and creativity through the vehicle of dance.

BAMD hosts classes and workshops at various locations in the GTA and are proud to be working with students with a wide range of disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Deafness, intellectual impairments and physical disabilities, to name a few. BAMD encourages 100% independence from students, naturally allowing a huge development in confidence.

BAMD’s vision is that people of all abilities feel equal and powerful in the world. BAMD provides a safe space for people of all abilities to independently create and express themselves and believe people of all abilities have a voice to make change. BAMD aims to do this through the vehicle of dance, encouraging young people with disabilities to become resilient and social within their own communities and in turn, develop their self-confidence. Through dance, we enable people of all abilities to belong and create change.

Fall 2019 Classes

Cost:  $150 + HST for each 6-week program (9 hours). Payment must be upfront and is non-refundable. You are more than welcome to participate in more than one program. 

Starting Date: Monday 9th September - Saturday 20th October. 
*Mondays will finish on the 21st October as we'll skip Thanksgiving Monday on the 14th*

What to expect:
Each 6-week program will focus on using Dance as a vehicle for social and emotional awareness and development. There will be a conscious focus on mindfulness, learning to be and stay within the present moment, setting intentions and purpose and accepting and believing in ones self. Each lesson will combine meditation / fitness / creative exploration and executing choreography. At the end of each 6 week program we will welcome friends and family to come and witness the progress through a performance. 

To register please email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact:
Ali Phillips
Director/Founder
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647 703 8947
 

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Creative Movement Made for Me

This year DSAT ( www.dsat.ca) is once again delighted to partner with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (www.schooloftdt.org) in offering an integrated creative movement class for children with Down syndrome. Creative Movement Made for Me is an integrated class for kids of mixed abilities and diverse learning styles. The class addresses needs that are not easily met in a standard dance class. Kids move and dance in an environment that is sensitive to their abilities and potential and is filled with positive energy! The class is taught by our Young Dancers' Program director Michelle Silagy, a certified DanceAbility master teacher, along with supportive and enthusiastic assistants.

The School of Toronto Dance Theater has some fabulous news. This year we are in a much bigger room for Creative Movement Made for Me.
We are in Studio B on the lower level. The term starts September 14th and goes through to December 7th. (no classes on Thanksgiving Weekend)
Class times are 15 minutes later this year and are from 12:30 to 1:15 pm.

Fall Programs starts Saturdays, 12:30-1:15pm (September 14 - December 7, 2019).

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/creative-movement-made-for-me-tickets-70758465475


Camp Diversability

 One Week, Adult, Sleep-Away, Leadership Program

August 6 - 11, 2019

Mulmur, Ontario

Supporting the Development of Special Leaders

Camp is full for this year.

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Camp Diversability is a volunteer-based, collective effort which brings together motivated young adults, with ‘special needs’ or ‘alternate abilities,’ who wish to work on personal growth, leadership, confidence and ways to contribute their gifts in their community in order to strengthen self-esteem and personal power. Each person can be a leader, in their own right, and share their unique gifts.
Camp Diversability’s host location is Unicamp of Ontario, deep in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Forest. Operating for 45+ years, spring, summer and fall, and is an off-the-grid, eco-conscious community. For more information about Unicamp, please visit their site: www.unicampofontario.ca
Camp Diversability creates opportunities for participants to learn about, develop collectively and demonstrate their leadership skills through interactions with each other, within the Unicamp community, through the year and beyond camp. This year the campers will be challenged with planning and organizing a talent show from start to finish which they will perform for the larger Unicamp community.
Space is created for organic learning opportunities to arise and making sure there is time to enjoy a wide range of recreational activities, including swimming, caving, trekking on the Bruce Trail, arts, crafts, dance and sports.

Unicamp has similar values to Camp Diversability’s, which are to:

• understand and acknowledge the importance of each person
• seek kindness in all we do
• foster the freedom to learn together and to search for what is true
• affirm that all people need a voice
• work to build a fair and peaceful world
• care for our sacred earth with awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings and circumstances

It is unanimous that last summer was a great success! We had a group of devoted volunteers who worked with engaged participants who were enriched by the experience. The volunteers learned so much from the participants as well.
As a way to enhance their leadership opportunities, and deepen their friendships, our returning participants are now Directors of Camp Diversability. They gather together every two months to make decisions regarding the next camp (2018).

WAYS TO SUPPORT CAMP DIVERSABILITY, *See our website or contact us for further details.

• be a Male or Female Senior or Junior Team Mentor at camp
• workshop/presenter at camp (come to Unicamp and teach a workshop in drama, music, arts or dance or what you feel would benefit the campers and eat and spend the rest of the day with us.)
• lifeguard
• help us research busing options and funding
• connect us to private or corporate funding
• help organize and/or support at the bi-monthly Directors meetings, held in Toronto and York Region
• provide a mid-city location for our Director meetings
• send us leadership stories of how you have been inspired and positively impacted by a great leader, which we can post on the website.
• help us with social media
• spread the word about this project and share our website

If you feel that you would like to catch this wave and ride it with us, please contact us to see how you can add your power, support and skills to the mix. Camp Diversability Team Mentors are excited to learn what we can from our participants and volunteers. Let’s see what kind of magic we can create together!

Yvonne Bloom

Director

Down Syndrome Association of Toronto

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Facebook: Camp Diversability (please "like" us)

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Creative Village Studio

Fall program info is coming soon

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Dance Rock Central

NEW LOCATION: The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure

WHO: All dancers with developmental delays and their friends. Dancers must be 13 years of age or older.

WHERE: The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure 1300 Leslie Street Toronto, ON M3C 2K9

MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/AArkUBSzYXFzKzqx9

WHEN: September 13, 2019, Friday night 7:30-9:30 pm MONTHLY (generally, the 2nd Friday of the month). NO DANCES IN DECEMBER, JULY, AND AUGUST

HOW MUCH: Admission $5 (includes snack and drink)

SIGN IN WITH EMERGENCY CONTACT INFO - We remind all parents and caregivers, if you are not staying at the dance, PLEASE sign in with emergency contact numbers. In case of emergency, we need to be able to reach you immediately. Many participants are unable to tell us phone numbers... Especially in an emergency!

This dance will be supervised, so parents can leave dancers who do not require one-on-one support at the dance.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Judy and Angela through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ALL FALL AND WINTER DATES:

October 11, 2019

November 8, 2019

January 10, 2020

February 7, 2020

March 13, 2020

April 3, 2020

May 8, 2020

June 12, 2020

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Dance Rock West

Come and dance the night away to all your favourite tunes by DJ ARIF. Dancers who are new to Dance Rock should have a parent or support worker stay.

This dance will be supervised, so parents can leave dancers who do not require one-on-one support at the dance.
Who:
All dancers with developmental delays and their friends are invited to this event.
Dancers must be 13 years of age or older.

When: Friday, September 27, 2019 | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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

Where:
Our Lady of Sorrows Church
3055 Bloor St W, Etobicoke, ON M8X 1C6
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GJHHRLjdxqq

Cost:
Admission $5 (includes snack and drink)

Future Dates:
October 25, 2019
November 22, 2019
December 6, 2019
January 24, 2020
February 21, 2020
March 27, 2020
April 17, 2020
May 15, 2020
June 5, 2020

If you have any questions, please reach out to Judy and Angela through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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DramaWay

At DramaWay we provide process-based arts programs that facilitate social and life-skills development. We are dedicated to providing unique creative programs that help participants expand their artistic skills and grow as individuals in a structured, non-competitive, inspirational atmosphere. DramaWay programs span the realm of the fine arts. Programs offered include theatre, dance, film, music, visual arts and even puppetry. All programs are created, geared and modified to suit individuals of all abilities. We specialize in working with individuals who have special needs.

DramaWay Summer Camp 2019

https://dramaway.com/programs/summer-camp-programs/

Tuesday Night ShakespeareWorks Camp exposes participants to the world of theatre and dance inspired by the work of Shakespeare. The group will work towards showcasing a small piece on the final camp date for family and friends.
This program runs on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks.
Starts July 2, 2019

MultiArtWorks Evening Camp spans the realm of fine arts while engaging participants in the three disciplines of drama, dance and visual arts. A small open class showcase will be developed based on participants’ particular interests and talents. The Showcase takes place on the final camp date for family and friends. This program will run on Thursday evenings for eight weeks.
Starts July 4, 2019

This full-day, multi-arts summer program run by DramaWay at ErinoakKids offers participants varied means of creative expression through drama, dance and visual art activities that build communication skills, encourage the development of social skills and enhance self-esteem – along with the joy of being creative and having fun.
Starts July 22nd, 2019

ActingWorks is an extension of DramaWay’s popular DramaWorks program. ActingWorks is an intensive 10-day program focused on theatre training for those interested in entering the professional acting world. It gives youth and adults with special needs of ALL abilities the opportunity to access quality,
in-depth training which will help provide specific and tailored training for those interested in pursuing a serious career in the theatre community. Past attendees and new members are welcome!
August 6-9 & 12-16, 2019

Showcase Camp: Performers of all abilities are welcome to attend and enjoy a week of exploration and creativity. Actors will collaborate with DramaWay Facilitators to develop a Performance Piece which will be showcased for family and friends on the final day of camp.
August 19-23, 2019

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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.

PAL 03 (Ages 0 to 3)

DSAT's PAL03 morning play group will be held the last Wednesday and Sunday of each month. This event will 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 The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre 750 Spadina Ave. Toronto, ON  

 

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 encourage appropriate socialization, play, and interaction for all children. Siblings are welcome to join in on the fun, and build friendships with other siblings as well. Parent involvement will be hands on while sharing in the company of others. For 2014/2015 DSAT will be expanding their Saturday morning playgroup to include children up to age 12. All playgroups are held at Kidnetix Play Centre Address: 100 Bridgeland Ave. Unit#1 North York, ON M6A 2V1  

PAL 1319 (Ages 13 to 19)

This unique PAL 1319 program is designed for teens with Down syndrome to meet new friends, gain independence and develop life skills through fun, social outings with other teens with DS. Each outing will be organized, led 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. 

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East End Children's Center

Neighbourhood meeting places for anyone caring for young children 

Parents, Grandparents and others caring for babies and small children will find an environment and people that respect and value them… Infants, toddlers and preschoolers will find lots to learn about… and friends to learn with!

The East End Children’s Centre is a non-profit community based organization. Its purpose is to encourage the healthy growth and development of families and others involved in the provision of care for young children in Toronto’s east end. 

http://www.eastendchildrenscentre.org/

EECC Program Flyer

 

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Kitchen Talk

Kitchen Talk & Saturday Speech - Fall Program info is coming soon.

Kitchen Talk: Adventures in Cooking, Communication & Social Skills
•  Developing interaction & communication through cooking activities
•  Individualized goals
- Initiating interaction
- Asking/answering questions
- Extending conversation
- Eye contact & body language
- Staying on topic
  •  Saturdays
- 11:15 (teen/young adult)
- 1:45 (school age; 8 yrs+)

Saturday Speech Club: Speech, Drama & Social Skills
•  Weekly themes, cooperative games, role playing, music, movement...
•  Individualized goals
- Clarity, vocab & sentence length
- Peer interaction & leadership
- Back & forth conversation
- Developing positive relationships in social settings
•  Saturdays 9:00, 11:00, 1:30
- Groups based on age & ability
- Ages 5-15 yrs

https://www.facebook.com/kitchentalkcommunicationskills
https://www.facebook.com/SaturdaySpeechClub

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Laura Hunter's STEPS Programs

For thirty years STEPS has provided skill development to children, youth and adults with special needs. STEPS offers a variety of recreational, life skills and leadership programs. These programs are designed to enable clients to participate successfully in activities in their community, their school and their home.

STEPS Programs focus on the development of physical skills, critical thinking, independence, decision-making, communication and self-confidence. Programs are customized to the ability levels and unique needs of participants and instruction is broken down into a series of small achievable steps.

STEPS receives referrals from teachers, physiotherapists and doctors as well as from families who have benefited from our programs.

To read more go to 

http://www.stepsprograms.com/

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Meta Centre

Saturday Recreation and Leisure Fun

For youths and adults 13+ years old with developmental disabilities.

Young adults will have the opportunity to establish a peer network within a structured social and recreational program.

Families will be able to connect with others and gain support and information for future support needs.

Who can attend
Young adults with developmental disabilities 13+. Young adults must be able to work within 1 to 4 ratio with staff. If parents would like to send their young adults with a 1:1 worker, space is available to accommodate such requests.

Location
4801 Keele Street, Unit 13

Hours of Operation
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost
$10.00 per day

Saturdays Only

To register your daughter and/or son for the Saturday Program, please contact:
(416)736-0199 -- Erin Mittlemen at ext.239 or Robert Passaro at ext. 241

You will be required to attend an Intake Meeting to gather pertinent information.

Please note you can register at any time!

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Miles Nadal JCC

DSAT is Partnering with the MNJCC

The Down Syndrome Association of Toronto (DSAT) is partnering with the Miles Nadal JCC to offer the DSAT community access to programs!

If you are already a member of the Miles Nadal JCC, or thinking about becoming a member, you can take advantage of this wonderful partnership! Its simple, send a copy of your paid receipt to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with complete details of the adult or child (full name, age and sex) with Down syndrome enrolled in the program.

Families from the DSAT community can receive a one time discount of 21% of the fees up to a maximum of $100.00.

Visit the Miles Nadal JCC website for more program information.

Check out Fall-Winter 2019-2020 Program Guide at Miles Nadal JCC
https://mnjcc.org/schedule/current-program-guide.html

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mouland Coaching and Consulting

Mouland Coaching and Consulting offers a holistic approach to movement education and neurodevelopment programs for all ages and abilities to (re) establish the physical foundation on which to build emotional balance, social comfort, cognitive skills, and communication abilities. It is about synchronizing the brain-body-heart connections through movement. 

The Sport of Life recipe includes a powerful blend of Brain Gym® and Rhythmic Movement Training, a sprinkle of fun and a dash of laughter. It can be experienced in private sessions and specialty movement-based classes or workshops. Courses and training are available for those interested in learning Brain Gym®.

Contact Tanya for more info.

Life Skills and Life Enhancement Coaching

Mouland Coaching and Consulting | Tanya Mouland www.thesportoflife.ca 416-708-8714


Music Circle

An After-School Group Music Therapy Program

The Music Circle is an integrated group music therapy program for children between the 8 - 11 with various needs. It is an after-school program in which participants will be invited to share music and friendship, while expanding skills in many areas including social, emotional, language, cognitive, and motor development. This ten-week program will be introduced and facilitated through musical experiences including singing, instrument playing, improvising, and song-writing. The children will have opportunities to build on their strengths as well as address their challenges with support. The focus of the program will be on building social skills such as turn taking, sharing, co-operation, initiation, self-expression, problem solving, and appropriate expression of emotions. This program could also be an excellent opportunity for siblings of children with special needs to learn and participate in a fun and normalized after-school activity with their siblings.

Primary program goals

  • To provide a safe and creative environment that will help children to enhance their skills
  • To provide outlets for emotions
  • To facilitate social interaction with peers
  • To enhance communication skills
  • To increase children’s self-esteem by providing them with successful experience
  • To facilitate creative self-expression through exploring various instruments including voice
  • To provide an enjoyable experience
  • Previous music training is not required.

Facilitators

Andrea Lamont, MTA, is a music therapist who works with a variety of challenges including developmental delays, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, William’s Syndrome, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Andrea encourages active participation in the music presented to develop social skills and to encourage expressive communication. This may include instrument manipulation, singing, movement, or listening. In addition to her private practice, Andrea also works at the Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre as a creative arts therapies team member. and as a researcher on music technology projects such as the “Virtual Musical Instrument”.

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MusiConnects

MusiConnects offers individual and small group music therapy sessions to children and adolescents with special needs including Down syndrome, autism, and learning disabilities.

Music therapy and music enrichment groups are also available for babies (newborns - 3 yrs.) and parents. In addition, individually tailored piano lessons that focus on the process of learning and self-expression are offered to individuals with special needs.

Contact Michelle at 416.220.6280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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New & Expecting Parent Coffee Night

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.

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PAL 0-3 Miles Nadal JCC Jungle Gym

What:

Enjoy a morning of fun and play at the Miles Nadal JCC jungle gym!

Who:

Ages 0-3

Where:

The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON

View Map: http://goo.gl/nTouZ4

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PAL 19+ (for Adults with DS)

The PAL19+ program is designed for adults with Down syndrome (DS) to meet new friends, promote independence and develop life skills through fun, social outings with other adults with DS.

Each month, the events will consist of a dinner and social organized, lead and fully supervised by the DSAT PAL19+ team consisting of professionals and volunteers. The group will venture to various restaurants throughout the city of Toronto, close to public transportation to dine and mingle with old friends and new.

All PAL19+ events are drop off programs. Should an adult require their own support person, please contact one of our team members to make arrangements.

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Parents and Infants Group

Surrey Place:

Surrey Place Centre clients, families and caregivers who are looking for information on groups and workshops offered by Surrey Place can check their Groups, Workshops and Events calendar.

https://www.surreyplace.ca/

Centennial:

Centennial offers weekly activity programs throughout the city for parents and their infants who have special needs. These programs are appropriate for children under the age of three.

http://www.cicc.ca/

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Purple Carrots Inclusive Drama Classes

Purple Carrots Drama Studio is an inclusive space which encourages growth in self awareness and social skills through the arts. Combining elements of drama, play therapy, dance, visual art and relaxation into theme-based workshops, we help our students explore their full potential in a safe, supportive and fun environment!

Purple Carrot Summer Drama Camp 2019    Download the flyer.

Purple Carrot Fall Program 2019

Inclusive Drama Fall Workshops Starting September 7
Registration now opens for fall and winter workshops.  Register online at https://www.purplecarrotsdrama.com/fall

4 locations:
ARTSCAPE
180 Shaw St. Toronto, ON. (classes for all ages)

EGLINTON W.
491 Eglinton Ave. West Toronto, ON. (classes for ages 6-10 only)

ETOBICOKE
3825 Bloor St. West Toronto, ON. (classes for ages 2-5 & 6-10 only)

APTUS
40 Samor Rd Toronto, ON. (classes for adults only)

Download Flyer

 

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Recreational Programs & Activities

Developmental Services Toronto 

Listing of Recreational Programs and Activities for Individuals with a Developmental Disability Learn More

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Ruddy's Place: Program for Young Adults with Disabilities

Ruddy’s Place offers: A place for young adults living with disabilities to learn job readiness skills, daily living skills and an opportunity to socialize!

Programs:

  • Job Readiness – Through a series of tailored workshops and lessons that work towards helping clients find jobs that are based on client’s goals, strengths and interests.
  • Daily Living Skills – Clients will have opportunities to practice and develop independence – In areas such as community safety, cooking, time management, problem solving and other daily living skills goals set by the client.
  • Community Engagement and Activities
  • Social Skills Development

*If you register now for three months you will receive fifteen percent off!*

Additional Programs

  • Professional Development – We are offering training for professionals and agencies to support inclusion
  • Parent Coaching

Below you will find a letter describing the programs in further detail and our flyer!

Ruddy's Place Letter
Ruddy's Place Flyer

Please contact Lorne for additional information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/RuddysPlace2018/about/?ref=page_internal

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Saturday Speech, Drama & Social Skills Club

Participants are seen individually for speech therapy while the remainder of the group is busy dancing, singing, acting out stories, cooking, playing cooperative games, dressing up, role playing... All activities focus on communication & socialization. Preschool, school-age & teen groups are available.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/SaturdaySpeechClub/about/?ref=page_internal

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SEC Summer Camp

It is a place where youth can come to make new friends, participate in the arts and enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities. Also great for families who are looking for a day program to transition their child into.

High school students come to join in our day program from 9:30am to 3:00pm

We encourage everyone to participate in the variety of activities that revolve around the arts primarily drama, dance, visual arts and music. Outings and field trips are scheduled accordingly to support our weekly agenda.

It is a time to participate, socialize, make new friends, interact with community partners who also come and visit along with volunteers and staff.

More Info

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The Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre

The Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre (FNC) is a unique place - the vision of Fairlawn Avenue United Church (FAUC.). Launched in 1997, this non-profit educational charity is financially independent from F.A.U.C. and self-funded through program and membership fees.

To date, more than 28,500 people have enjoyed the programs and it’s often the first place that new families visit when they move into the neighbourhood.The Centre offers a unique variety of non-denominational, structured programs for all ages. Each of the 300 programs are fee-based and require advanced registration. The Centre is also an Ontario Early Years off-site location.

http://www.fairlawnneighbourhoodcentre.com

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Youth Action Committee (YAC)

The Youth Action Committee (YAC) is comprised of very motivated and committed adults with Down syndrome who will meet once per month and learn leadership and public speaking skills.  They will assist the DSAT Board in providing quality experiences focusing on the needs of its members.  The members of YAC will speak and educate the public for themselves and for those who cannot. 

When: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (same time every week)

Where: Leaside United Church | 822 Millwood Rd, East York, ON M4G 1W4

Who: 19+ persons with Down syndrome

Cost: Free

2019 YAC FALL DATES
September 27 - Auditorium 
October 25 – Auditorium 
November 22 – Hearth Room
December 13 – Hearth Room 

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Variety Village

The Down Syndrome Association of Toronto (DSAT) is partnering with Variety Village to offer the DSAT community access to programs!

If you are already a member of Variety Village, or thinking about becoming a member, you can take advantage of this wonderful partnership! Its simple, send a copy of your paid receipt to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with complete details of the adult or child (full name, age and sex) with Down syndrome enrolled in the program.

Families from the DSAT community can receive a one time discount of 21% of the fees up to a maximum of $100.00.

Variety Village offers:

  • Parent and Tot Programs
  • Fitness Programs
  • Aquatics Programs
  • Wellness & Recreation Programs
  • Learn to Play Programs
  • After School Programs

And much more!

For more information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (416) 699-7167 Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We Dance

We Dance is a dance project celebrating integrated dance practices with differently abled movers. The class is open to youth and adults aged 16+ with mixed abilities. We Dance is presented by The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in partnership with Canada’s National Ballet School, one of the world's foremost training institutions for aspiring young dancers and teachers.

https://schooloftdt.org/we-dance/


WeeHands

Baby Sign Language for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers, too!

Long before your baby can speak, she has the ability to understand speech & wants to communicate with you. Most babies are able to sign back to you by the time they are 8-12 months of age.

Since 2001, certified WeeHands Instructors have taught thousands of families & caregivers to sign with their children. WeeHands teaches you & your family American Sign Language signs, songs & language development strategies to use with your little one!

To read more about WeeHands go to 

http://www.weehands.com/

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Yoga 4 Kids

Yoga for Children & Adults 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).

Location: Flow! Yoga and Wellness, 408 Dupont St. (on the north side between Howland Ave. & Brunswick Ave.)

http://www.yoga4kids.org/yoga-for-the-special-child.html

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DSAT

PO Box 40039
Liberty Village PO
Toronto ON M5V 0K7
416-966-0990

Non-Profit Charitable
Organization #
11888 7942 RR0001

Established in 1987