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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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Safety for Independent Living - Skills for Youth and Adults Learning to Stay Home Alone

Traditional gaming, digital media, video, role play and repetition are used to educate and engage students in a fun and interactive manner.
Students learn life skills that empower them to make safe, caring and respectful decisions in their everyday lives both online and offline.

 

Date: Sat March 23 & Sun March 24, 1-5pm
Time: 1:00 PM TO 5:00 PM Daily
Place: Kitchener

Cost: $113 (eligible for Passport funding)

WRDSS will reimburse WRDSS members 50% of the registration costs for those that

complete the course.

 

Learn more or register at https://www.wrdss.ca/event.

 

 

 

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Down Syndrome Association of Ontario Letter Writing Campaign

The Down Syndrome Association of Simcoe County in partnership with Down Syndrome Association of Ontario have been building support for legislation to ensure that medical professionals are sharing non-biased information with expecting parents, in person and allowing them time to process the diagnosis.

 

You can participate in the letter-writing campaign to let MPPs know this is important to Ontario's Down syndrome community! All you need to do is enter your name, email address, and postal code, and the letter will be sent to your MPP and to the Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. If you want, you can also edit the letter to add your own story. Click here to participate in the letter wriing campaign.

 

If you have any questions contact DSASC/DSAO Jen St. Onge at jstonge705@gmail.com.

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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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Abilities United Soccer Team – New for 2019!!

Waterloo United is proud to introduce the Abilities United team – New for 2019!!  The program is fully inclusive, designed and adapted for children with any disability – we welcome all on the field!  WMSC, in partnership with KidsAbility, is at the forefront of the development of not only soccer programs, but also physical literacy programming and recreation/socialization opportunities.  This is a parent participation program – one support person per player is required. 

 

Date:  Sundays from June 2 – July 28 (no program June 30)

Time:  10am – 11am

Location:  RIM Park (indoors)

Ages: 4-14 yrs

Cost:  $160 (includes full uniform, ball, medal and team photo.)

 

For more information visit  https://www.waterloounited.com/camps-skills/abilities-united/.

 

To register visit https://waterloounited.powerupsports.com/index.php?page=LOGIN.

 

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SkateABLE

SkateABLE™ is Canada’s only high-quality adaptive ice skating program for children with physical and developmental disabilities.

 

This program is developmentally appropriate for children with a wide variety of challenges including: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, muscle weakness, as well as autism, down syndrome, learning disabilities, and other developmental delays.

All adaptive equipment is provided free of charge.

 

Kitchener

Program Dates: Tuesdays, January 15 - March 12, 2019

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Lion's Arena, 20 Rittenhouse Rd., Kitchener 

 

Waterloo

Program Dates: Thursdays, January 10 ‐ March 14, 2019

Times: 4:00pm

Location: Albert McCormick Arena, 500 Parkside Drive, Waterloo

 

 

Registration for SkateABLE™ is available now at www.skateable.ca.

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WRDSS: Cooking Classes

WRDSS cooking classes will begin in September under the direction of Teresa Feliciano at “The Studio” - Unit “B”, 109 Ottawa Street, Kitchener, ON. 

 

Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. There is a maximum of 8 participants per class. Parents/caregivers must be prepared to volunteer a few nights each session to help with the class. 

 

There are 4 classes set up according to skill level. Classes are open to all WRDSS members only, aged 14 years and older.

 

Cooking class focuses on:

  • Basic cooking skills
  • Knife skills
  • Safe food handling
  • Following Recipes
  • Measuring ingredients
  • Table setting
  • Clean up

All recipes are simple to prepare and are adapted to any skill level. Students will work in groups of 2-3 and will have a volunteer assisting them in completing their recipe. 

 

2nd Tuesday of the month - Intermediate Skill Level

Can follow direction but needs some assistance with completing tasks.

There will be a total of 4 classes in this session:  Sept 11*, Oct 9, Nov 6, Dec 11

 

3rd Tuesday of the month - Intermediate Skill Level

Can follow direction but needs some assistance with completing some tasks.

There will be a total of 4 classes in this session:  Sept 4*, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18

 

3rd Thursday of the month - Beginner Skill Level 

Needs assistance with most tasks. Limited ability to follow direction without parental / instructor supervision.

There will be a total of 4 classes in this session:  Sept 27*, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20

 

4th Wednesday of the month - Advanced  Skill Level

Can complete most tasks with clear instruction. Can follow/read recipes and needs little or no supervision or assistance to complete tasks.

There will be a total of 4 classes in this session:  Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 28, Dec 26

 

Register at https://www.wrdss.ca/event

  

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