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Dance Ability Movement-Spring Break Blast

Check out different virtual dance classes & activities to keep you moving and having fun all week long! Offering classes for Tots/Kids and Teens/Adults.

Click here to see what's available.

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Brightside ABA Services-Online Creative Social Hour

August topic-Landscape Canvas Painting

When-month of August (1hr/wk)

Who-18 years and older

Where-your home

 

What you need to participate:

  • laptop, computer or tablet to attend via video
  • craft supplies; supplied via curbside drop off by Brightside staff member
  • person to support with the call if needed

Cost-$255 for all 4 weeks (includes materials & delivery)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE-May 21, 2021

*day of week and time of day will be determined based on availability and interest.

 

To register call Lauren Harris at 519-894-6156 ext2904 or by email brightside@sunbeamcommunity.ca

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Brightside ABA Services-Online Creative Social Hour

July topic-Geometric Canvas Painting

When-month of July (1hr/wk)

Who-18 years and older

Where-your home

What you need to participate:

  • laptop, computer or tablet to attend via video
  • craft supplies; supplied via curbside drop off by Brightside staff member
  • person to support with the call if needed

Cost-$255for all 4 weeks (includes materials & delivery)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE-May 21, 2021

*day of week and time of day will be determined based on availability and interest.

 

To register call Lauren Harris at 519-894-6156 ext2904 or by email brightside@sunbeamcommunity.ca

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Summer Camp Directory 2021

Waterloo Region Family Network was pleased to cohost the Annual Camp Info Fair with KidsAbility again this year. Together, we offered three informative virtual sessions bringing families and camp providers together. To watch the recording of these sessions, please see the links below:

 

To search through the Camp Directory for Summer 2021, please see the links below:

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KidsAbility Family eNews

Check out KidsAbility's latest newsletter HERE.

 

 

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Bullfrog March Break Camp

March Break is less than a month away! Are you prepared?! What about the kids?!

 

From 8-5pm, Bulldog offers a wide range of activities, sports, crafts, games and more!

Furthermore, each day will be based on different themes where the kids can dress up based on that theme!

 

Click here to learn more about Bulldog’s March Break Camp!

*Payment upon Registration Required*

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Autism Ontario 2019 One to One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund

Need support so your child with ASD can go to Summer Camp?

 

The 2019 One-to-One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families of children or youth with ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker for their child to attend a community summer camp or summer program.  Maximum reimbursements of $600, per child or youth, (up to 18th birthday) will be made to subsidize services purchased between June 24 and August 30, 2019. 

 

A minimum of 500 families from across Ontario are expected to receive reimbursements. Reimbursements will be provided based on a random selection made from all eligible applicants who apply between May 6 and May 31, 2019.

 

Process

  1. Application:  Completed and signed applications will be accepted from May 7 to May 31, 2019. Your application must include evidence of a clear ASD diagnosis from a professional who is qualified to make the diagnosis (see website for details).
  2. Selection: By June 7, 2019, 500 families will be randomly selected and ALL applicants will be informed by letter whether they were selected to receive funds or not.
  3. Payment: Autism Ontario will issue cheques to the randomly selected families who have submitted (by no later than September 13, 2019) all original receipt(s) for fees paid by the parent of the child with ASD for the child’s one-to-one worker.

Note: Membership in Autism Ontario is not required to access the Fund.

 

Contact Ginny Kontosic with questions, 416-246-9592 ext. 225 or 

ginny@autismontario.com

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Summer 2019 YEP

KW Habilitation's Youth Exploring Possibilities - YEP is offered for 9 weeks during the summer. This program focuses on exploring the community, including recreational and leisure centres and future volunteer and employment options. 

 

Develop your confidence by using the Grand River Transit to access Kitchener-Waterloo. Learn more about what resources and activities your community has to offer, and discover how to use them. Meet new people and experience great adventures together! 

 

What does YEP offer? 

Past YEP participants have enjoyed activities such as:

  • life skills
  • cooking and baking 
  • arts & crafts and music such as drumming
  • volunteering at local non-profit organizations
  • rock climbing
  • outdoor activities such as canoeing or fishing 
  • learning about community safety from local police and fire departments 
  • karate and Zumba
  • attending local events and festivals
  • tours of various employment settings

Who: Ages 16-21

Youth must meet eligibility for Developmental Services 

When: July 2 - August 30, 2019

9:00 - 3:30pm Monday to Friday

Where: 109 Ottawa St. S., Unit D, Kitchener

This is an accessible location. Activities happen in the community. 

Cost:

$120 per registered 5 day week

$97 per registered 4 day week. 

Youth will be supported in a 1:4 ratio. Fees are non-refundable. 

 

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KidsAbility 2019 Spring-Summer Program & Activity Guide

Are you looking for programs or activities for you or your child? The KidsAbility Program & Activity guides highlight some of the great programs geared toward both caregivers and children and youth with special needs. They feature KidsAbility, Firefly and community-based activities and resources. 

 

View the 2019 Spring-Summer Program & Activity Guide.

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iCan Bike

Hosted by KidsAbility, iCan Bike helps children and youth with special needs to

achieve an important life milestone: learning to ride a two-wheeled bike!

 

Using specially adapted bicycles, partcipants gradually transition to a regular two-wheeled

bicycle learning the skills and condifence that they need to ride independently!

 

Times: 75 minute sessions each day (sessions scheduled between 8 am–5 pm)

Ages: 8 Years Old – School Exit (up to age 21)

Eligibility: Your child must meet eligibility requirements and register with KidsAbility for

this event. For more informaton and details including full eligibility criteria visit kidsability.ca/icanbike.

Cost: $180 per person

To Register: Call 519.886.8886 or 1.888.372.2259 ext. 1373 or email specialized@kidsability.ca.

Registraton deadline is Friday, June 21, 2019

 

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