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Miles Nadal JCC – Together in Movement and Exercise (TIME)

Group Name:  Together in Movement and Exercise (TIME).

Group Description:  TIME™ is a group exercise program originally designed by Toronto Rehab-UHN physiotherapists and led by fitness instructors at local community centres across Canada. The program was developed for adults who have challenges with balance and mobility.

This program is for you if you want to:

  • Get fit and increase your energy
  • Be more confident in your balance
  • Feel stronger and more active
  • Enjoy the many benefits of exercise
  • Move with more ease in your home and community

Join TIME™ in a local community centre for a program that provides safe and beneficial exercise to meet these goals. Classes are one hour long, 1-2 times per week, usually 10-12 weeks.

Participants must be able to walk independently for 10 m (30 feet) with or without a cane or walker. Many of the participants in the class have difficulties with balance or moving around in their home or community due to conditions such as stroke or MS. Registration fees for the TIME program vary. Please inquire at the specific site in your area. Subsidies may be available from the community centre

Where:  Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, M5S 2J2

When:  Wednesdays 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Contact: Colin Blayney Phone 416-924-6211 Ext. 526 | Email: colinb@mcjcc.org

Japanese Social Services – Raising ‘amuro’ Kids

Group Name: Japanese Social Services – Raising ‘amuro’ Kids

Description: Japanese Social Services is a charitable and nonprofit organization registered to Ministry of Finance, provides social services to habitants who have Japanese ethno-cultural background, living in southern Ontario centered in City of Toronto.

Raising amuro Kids is a support group for Japanese speaking parents of children with developmental and or physical disabilities. Childcare is provided and there is a sliding scale on fees for families who need assistance. Come and share experiences with other parents who can relate to the feelings and barriers faced by people with disabilities raising families.

Where: Thornhill United Church, 25 Elgin Street | Thornhill, ON L3T 1W5

When: Please call or e-mail for details.

Contact: 416-385-9200 | general@jss.ca | www.jss.ca

Scarborough Women’s Centre – Women with Disabilities

Group Name: Scarborough Women’s Centre – Women with Disabilities

Description: The Scarborough Women’s Centre provides information, education and support services to assist women in the transition to economic and emotional independence. They provide information, education and support services to Scarborough women who wish to build their economic and emotional independence skills.

Women with Diabilities
Conducted in partnership with Scarborough Women’s Centre, Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre and Springtide Resources (formerly Education Wife Assault). The Expanding the Reach: Women With Disabilities Project is a collaborative project of the Centre, which is designed to provide an opportunity for women with disabilities to come together and address issues related to freedom from abuse. This project aims to empower women with disabilities by exploring a range of diverse topics.

Where: 2100 Ellesmere Road, Suite 245 | Scarborough, ON M1H 3B7

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-439-7111 | www.scarboroughwomenscentre.ca

Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) – Dual Diagnosis

Group Name: Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) – Dual Diagnosis

Description: FAME supports families so that they can live their lives and care for themselves and their loved ones, even in the face of mental health challenges. Their goal is for no family to experience these challenges alone. FAME helps reduce the stress of coping with mental illness by strengthening and supporting family members in your role as caregivers. They can provide advocacy, education, referrals and counseling to families and caregivers facing the challenges of any mental health issue. FAME works hard to ensure that families have a strong voice within the communities. They are based on a self-help model which respects and supports the expertise that families have regarding their mentally ill relative and their experience in the system.

Dual Diagnosis is defined as having a developmental disability as well as mental health needs. Developmental disabilities are liberally defined to include Autism, Down Syndrome, acquired brain injuries, learning disabilities, attention difficulties and a range of intellectual levels. At FAME, we understand that this combination can test your coping skills and those of your loved one. Facing complex and long term challenges is not easy. It’s important to recognize that you, the caregiver will need support along this journey. We’re here to help.

  • By educating family members about the mental health system.
  • Providing information and referral for community resources.
  • Sharing learnings to better navigate the mental health system.
  • Offering advocacy and support for self-advocacy.

Where: 268 Royal York Road, Second floor | Etobicoke, ON M8V 2V9

When: Meetings held in Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, Mississauga, Bolton. Check website for details.

Contact: Paul O’Donnell 416-913-2144 | fame@fameforfamilies.com | paulo@fameforfamilies.com | www.fameforfamilies.com

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)

Group Name: Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) – Peer Support

Description: CILT is a consumer-controlled, community-based resource organization. We help people with disabilities to learn Independent Living skills and integrate into the community. (Please note: CILT is a resource agency and does not do any political, systemic or group advocacy!)
CILT operates on the philosophy of the Independent Living movement which was developed in response to traditional rehabilitation services models. CILT’s aim is to develop and implement dignified social services that empower individuals rather than create dependencies. We encourage people with disabilities to take control of their own lives by exercising their right to examine options, make choices, take risks and even make mistakes.

Peer Support
The Peer Support Program includes:

  • Diners Club
  • Peer Support Workshops and Resources
  • Opportunities for peer networking
  • Over-the-phone support
  • Volunteer Program

Where: 365 Bloor St. E., Suite 902 | Toronto, ON M4W 3L4

When: To register for the next meeting or for more details about this interactive group contact the PDN Coordinator.

Contact: 416-599-2458 | TTY: 416-599-5077 | www.cilt.ca

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto -Peel Peer Support

Group Name: Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) – Peel Peer Support

Description: CILT is a consumer-controlled, community-based resource organization. We help people with disabilities to learn Independent Living skills and integrate into the community. (Please note: CILT is a resource agency and does not do any political, systemic or group advocacy!)
CILT operates on the philosophy of the Independent Living movement which was developed in response to traditional rehabilitation services models. CILT’s aim is to develop and implement dignified social services that empower individuals rather than create dependencies. We encourage people with disabilities to take control of their own lives by exercising their right to examine options, make choices, take risks and even make mistakes.

Peel Peer Support
CILT has been running peer support programs in Peel Region for approximately 3 years. We have built up a consumer base of approximately 175-200 members, ranging from 20 to 70 years of age. During the 3 years, the following accomplishments have been made:

  • Peel Diner’s Club and Peel Accessible Restaurant Directory
  • Peel Peer Horizons Newsletter
  • Peer Support Workshops

Where: 365 Bloor St. E., Suite 902 | Toronto, ON M4W 3L4

When: To register for the next meeting or for more details about this interactive group contact the PDN Coordinator.

Contact: Nancy 416-599-2458 Ext. 227 | TTY: 416-599-5077 | peers@cilt.ca | www.cilt.ca | www.peerpower.coolbuild.com

Corbrook – Youth Centered Day Respite Services

Group Name: Corbrook – Youth Centered Day Respite Services

Description: As a community-based service organization, Corbrook has been making an important contribution to the lives of people with physical and developmental disabilities and their families for more than 60 years. We embrace a person-directed philosophy and approach, supporting people to make informed decisions and personal choices that will help them achieve their goals.

Corbrook is pleased to offer Day Respite for teens aged 14 – 18 years old. Hang out with your friends, meet some new people and explore your interests in a social setting. Enjoy individual and group activities that take place at our East Campus (Scarborough) and out in the community. Free educational workshops are also offered to help you learn more about the services that will be available to you as you get older. Drop by for a couple of hours, or stay the whole day. We offer both full-day and per-activity rates (lunch is not included).

Where: 931 Progress Avenue, Unit 1 and 2 | Scarborough, ON M1G 3V5

When: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact: 416-431-9000 | 416-245-5565 | www.corbrook.com

Extend-a-Family – Safe & Secure Futures Networks

Group Name: Extend-a-Family – Safe & Secure Futures Networks (EAST)

Description: Extend-A-Family is a Toronto-wide community organization that seeks to ensure that children and youth with developmental disabilities develop meaningful relationships and participate fully in the community. Extend-A-Family is a not-for-profit, charitable organization, founded in 1976, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of parents of children with disabilities, and self advocates and community members.

Safe & Secure Futures Networks, (facilitated by Extend-A-Family), aims to empower families to develop and nurture a support circle with their family member who has a disability. A support circle is a group of people, primarily family and friends, who are invited to come together regularly, listen to hopes and dreams, consider possibilities, and plan with the individual. Circle members are intent on supporting the person to have choice and control in their life and to experience a variety of meaningful relationships, participating in and contributing to community life. Safe and Secure Futures Networks offer opportunities to share and learn from each other. A variety of topics of mutual interest may be explored through guided discussions with a facilitator, such as: transition planning, Person Centered/Directed Planning, individualized supports, creating the right place to live, financial and estate planning. Resource parents and community members may be invited to share their experience and expertise.

Where: St. Simon the Apostle Anglican Church | 525 Bloor Street East |Toronto, ON, M4W 1J1

When: Hospitality at 7:00 p.m. – Meeting ends at 9:00 p.m. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month: For 2015: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May, June 16.

Contact: Lee Steel 647-220-9412 | ssfne@extendafamily.ca | www.extendafamily.ca

Extend-a-Family – Safe & Secure Futures Networks

Group Name: Extend-a-Family – Safe & Secure Futures Networks (WEST)

Description: Extend-A-Family is a Toronto-wide community organization that seeks to ensure that children and youth with developmental disabilities develop meaningful relationships and participate fully in the community. Extend-A-Family is a not-for-profit, charitable organization, founded in 1976, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of parents of children with disabilities, and self advocates and community members.

Safe & Secure Futures Networks, (facilitated by Extend-A-Family), aims to empower families to develop and nurture a support circle with their family member who has a disability. A support circle is a group of people, primarily family and friends, who are invited to come together regularly, listen to hopes and dreams, consider possibilities, and plan with the individual. Circle members are intent on supporting the person to have choice and control in their life and to experience a variety of meaningful relationships, participating in and contributing to community life. Safe and Secure Futures Networks offer opportunities to share and learn from each other. A variety of topics of mutual interest may be explored through guided discussions with a facilitator, such as: transition planning, Person Centered/Directed Planning, individualized supports, creating the right place to live, financial and estate planning. Resource parents and community members may be invited to share their experience and expertise.

Where: 200-3300 Yonge Street | Toronto, ON, M4N 2L6

When: The meetings are monthly, September through to June. Please RSVP for monthly sessions so notice can be given for unavoidable cancellations. Please call for time, dates and location.

Contact: Selena Blake 647-292-5144 | ssfnw@extendafamily.ca | www.extendafamily.ca

Extend-a-Family – Adult Sibling Support Group

Group Name: Extend-a-Family – Adult Sibling Support Group

Description: Extend-A-Family is a Toronto-wide community organization that seeks to ensure that children and youth with developmental disabilities develop meaningful relationships and participate fully in the community. Extend-A-Family is a not-for-profit, charitable organization, founded in 1976, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of parents of children with disabilities, and self advocates and community members.

Extend-A-Family hosts an Adult Sibling Group for people 18 and older who want to get together with other adults who have a sibling with special needs. Come together to connect, share, explore, support each other and meet new people!

Where: Location to be determined- please e-mail and RSVP for details.

When: Thursday evenings- once a month: January 8th 2015, February 5th 2015, March 5th 2015, April 2nd 2015, May 7th 2015, June 4th 2015. Meetings run from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Contact: Jessica Van Wyk 416-239-7161 | jvw@extendafamily.ca | www.extendafamily.ca

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