Camps on TRACKS is a free online training platform for summer camp staff to make camp a more inclusive place where ALL kids have fun and belong! http://www.campsontracks.com/
The CharterAbility accessible dock, used for Creek Cruises, is located off Water Street, Oakville, Ontario, under the Rebecca Street bridge, within the Oakville Harbour. They are located on the west side of Sixteen Mile Creek, to the south of the Oakville Power Boat Club, and opposite the Central Library and the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.
In addition to the Boat Cruises, they do arrange occasional fishing trips on the river, and both BBQ’s and Picnics at the dock, or in Busby Park. Last season they completed more than 200 free community boat rides, for individuals and organizations, representing all ages, with various disabilities, including children, seniors, their friends, families and care givers.
Learn more about CharterAbility here: http://www.charterability.com/html/location.html
Please see the update from the FASD Community of Practice. Find information about upcoming workshops, camp, caregiver consultations and an update on FASD Waterloo Region’s visit to Queen’s Park.
The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation has shared their May 2017 newsletter. Check it out for the latest news, changes and upcoming events.
The Government of Ontario has committed to identifying and addressing accessibility barriers in the education sector and to the development of a new accessibility standard for education.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and accessibility standards provide a roadmap to an accessible Ontario, where people of all abilities can work, play and participate in all aspects of daily living. The purpose of a new accessibility standard for education would be to address barriers to accessibility in the delivery of education.
Under the Act and accessibility standards, organizations across Ontario have flexibility to provide accessible services in a way that meets the needs of people with disabilities and is appropriate to the organization’s unique circumstances.
Accessibility standards play an important role in setting a consistent baseline of accessibility throughout the province, raising awareness, and providing guidance to obligated organizations on identifying and removing barriers to accessibility.
Your feedback will help determine the scope of the standard and the mandate of a Standards Development Committee working on new accessibility standards for education in Ontario.
The deadline in June 14th
I’m sure all of us who have had our share of challenges and learning experiences over the years can attest to the value of a mentor – someone who has “been there” and can guide you along the way, while helping avoid potential pitfalls. This is especially true for persons with disabilities – whose unique sets of needs add another layer of complexity to milestones like transitioning to high school or post-secondary education.
This month one of our Peer Mentors talks about his experience supporting others facing similar challenges to those he’s lived through.
As always, there are several upcoming events and ways to get involved under the What’s Happening at WRFN and Upcoming Community Events sections.