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Archive for the ‘Parent resources’ Category

DSO Newsletter – Spring/Fall

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by torontodso No Comments


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Partners for Planning – Seminars and Webseries – RE: Finances and Legal Rights

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by torontodso No Comments
October 07, 2015
​Time: 12:00 12:45 PM- Expert Graeme Treeby presents creative workable solutions for funding a Henson Trust. Of particular interest to anyone receiving or about to receive ODSP benefits.
Seminar & Webcast
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM – This seminar provides an overview for families who are concerned about their disabled child reaching their age of majority and how to protect their legal rights.
Seminar & Webcast
October 20, 2015
Interested in learning about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), a made-in-Canada, long-term savings vehicle designed specifically for individuals with disabilities?
October 27, 2015
​Time: 12:00 12:45 PM – Expert Tom O’Dwyer provides critical information on eligibility for the Disability Tax Credit. He explains why and how the DTC influences your ability to obtain an RDSP.
Seminar & Webcast
November 03, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM – Join us for an overview of wills and estate planning for people who care for someone with a disability.
Seminar & Webcast
November 09, 2015
​Time: 12:00 12:45 PM- RDSP expert Joel Crocker is in studio to provide insights on what you need to be aware of after opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan. 


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Dramaway – Creative Arts Programming

Posted on: August 28th, 2015 by torontodso No Comments

 Aspiring Dancers, Visual Artists, Actors, Creators & Leaders! Are you looking for a fun yet educational program to build on your performance skills? Well, DramaWay is the place for you then! As always, we are offering a wide range of Creative Arts programming geared and modified for ALL abilities. Classes are all led by experienced and talented professionals. We currently have spots in the following programs:

DramaWorks – Acting/Performance classes offered in the Evenings at:

Summerhill & Yonge on Tuesdays

Scarborough (McCowan & Ellesmere) on Wednesday

Bloor West Village on Thursdays

SingingWorks – Vocal/Music lessons offered late afternoon at:

Swansea Town Hall in Bloor West Village on Thursdays late afternoon

RhythmWorks – Creative Movement/Dance Classes offered:

Downtown – Summerhill & Yonge on Thursday evenings

Swansea Town Hall in Bloor West Village on Saturday afternoons

ExpressionWorks/SocialWorks – Leadership & Multi Arts offered at:

Downtown (Summerhill & Yonge) on Thursday evenings

Mississauga on Wednesday evenings

For more details or information please visit our website at or call 416-614-1078. Due to popular demand, spots are limited and on first come-first served basis! Ask about our Newcomer discounts! Classes start week of Sept 21st.

Contact us today to reserve a spot.


JCC – Accessiblity Programs

Posted on: August 28th, 2015 by torontodso No Comments

Accessible Programs

All of our programs are open to people of all abilities. Please let us know if you have any particular accommodation needs. We also offer programming designed to meet specific needs identified to us by people with disabilities and their families, see below for these offerings. Contact Liviya Mendelsohn, Accessibility and Inclusion Coordinator: ; (416) 924-6211 x330 for more information.


Accessible Yoga

A smiling woman stands with her arms open wide, other participants do the same, sitting

This is a fully inclusive yoga class that is open to people of all abilities. In a chair with optional standing poses, we will stretch, strengthen, rejuvenate and relax through a series of gentle yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditation. Companions and support people are welcome.

Read more: Accessible Yoga

EveryBody Dance

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5Rhythms® Movement with DJ Layah Jane! 5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice that supports unique expression, release, expansion and integration. It’s 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. Everyone Welcome – All Ages. All Bodies. Move, Dance, Groove! (All Ages)

Read more: EveryBody Dance

Inclusive Run Club

Socialize and share your joy of running with the rest of the pack. Weather permitting; the group takes predetermined routes through the neighbourhood around Spadina and Bloor. Runs last 30-45 minutes, depending on the level of the participants; in inclement weather runs take place indoors on the track. This fully inclusive run club is open to people of all abilities. Companions and support people are welcome.

Read more: Inclusive Run Club

Adapted Sportball

A group of older boys all jump reaching for the same basketball

Adapted Sportball helps children develop socially as well as physically, through programs designed to reinforce self-esteem without the pressure of competition. Our programs provide a skills-driven, high-energy and fun-filled curriculum. (Ages 5-8)

Read more: Adapted Sportball

Strike Goal Soccer Academy

This inclusive class provides an opportunity for little ones to enjoy “the beautiful game” with their parents! Coach T’ai places a focus on providing children with a supportive environment, giving children lots of touches on the ball and emphasizing teamwork, fair play and love of the game! (Ages 2-7)

Read more: Strike Goal Soccer Academy

Inclusive Musical Theatre

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Collaborate, build confidence, and develop both interpersonal skills and performance skills in an inclusive, creative environment where kids can be themselves. Kids of all abilities welcome!
Artist facilitators: Paula Wolfson and Sara Winter, Broadway and West End awards winners. (Ages 6-12)

Read more: Inclusive Musical Theatre

Mega Hoops

Mega Hoops is an inclusive children’s basketball program in collaboration with the Ontario Basketball Association. OBA-certified instructors will teach physical literacy, fundamental movement and basketball skills in a supportive environment, guided by Canadian Sport for Life principles. Kids will also try Wheelchair-basketball with the Wheelchair Sports Association.

Read more: Mega Hoops

Wheel Dance: Latin Dance

Silhouette of man and woman ballroom dancing, woman uses a wheelchair

Learn Latin Dance in a comfortable and accessible environment. Classes will cover the basic elements of partner dancing, with an emphasis on basic patterns, turns and timing, moving across the dance floor, and having fun. A mixed abilities class – everyone welcome. Bring a partner or come on your own.

Read more: Wheel Dance: Latin Dance

TIME: Together In Movement and Exercise – NEW

A trainer helps a woman stretch her back, she has her arms crossed over her chest

Designed by physiotherapists at Toronto Rehab, TIME is a safe, gentle, and fun exercise program for people experiencing balance and mobility challenges. TIME was developed for participants who have experienced stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis (MS) and other conditions including weakness after a hospital stay or an operation. Stay active and healthy!
For more information, please contact program coordinator Colin Blayney at , or at x526

Read more: TIME: Together In Movement and Exercise – NEW


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A combined focus on balance, strength and flexibility are the hallmarks of our Osteofit program. All of our instructors are Bone Fit certified with Osteoporosis Canada.

Read more: Osteofit

Osteo-Circuit – NEW

A woman does a bicep curl, a man with grey hair in the background does same movement

The Osteo-Circuit program is based on an individualized physiotherapy assessment for individuals with osteoporosis and/or other chronic conditions. As such, it is eligible for coverage under many extended health care coverage plans. For more information, please contact program coordinator Colin Blayney at , or at (416) 924-6211 x526.

Read more: Osteo-Circuit – NEW

Intro to ASL I

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This fun and engaging beginners’ class involves development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills, including vocabulary, finger spelling and the introduction of grammatical structures. Deaf Culture studies will be incorporated into the curriculum. The final week of the class will be held at Signs restaurant.

Read more: Intro to ASL I

Intro to ASL II

two women facing each other using sign language to communicate

ASL II will continue advancing the skills learned in ASL I, including vocabulary, finger spelling and the introduction of grammatical structures. Deaf Culture studies will be incorporated into the curriculum. The final week of the class will be held at Signs restaurant. Intro to ASL I or experience with ASL recommended.

Read more: Intro to ASL II

Jungle Gym

Woman sitting on the ground while her child plays with a plastic step in front of her

Enjoy a morning full of play and fun with your family at the gym, set up as a jungle gym for you and your children to explore. One of the best indoor playgrounds in downtown Toronto. We are always pleased to welcome families through our partnership with the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto. (Ages 2-5)

Sundays and Wednesdays
9:30 – 11:30 am

$9 drop-in /family
Members: Free

H-CARDD – Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities

Posted on: July 15th, 2015 by torontodso No Comments

Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities

What is H-CARDD?

Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) is a research program that aims to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of individuals with developmental disabilities through improved health care policy and improved services. H-CARDD research is conducted by dedicated teams of scientists, policymakers, and health care providers, working collaboratively.

H-CARDD’s partners include the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Surrey Place Centre, the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, York University, Lakehead University, Sunnybrook Hospital, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Women’s College Hospital.

H-CARDD is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Partnerships for Health System Improvement program and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Health Systems Research Fund.