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Follow this link for more information on the Registered Disability Savings Plan
REAL PEOPLE CAMPAIGN
Putting real people and real stories before our governments to request more funding for needed services
RealPeopleCampaign.pdf (986347 B)
The Respite Services Training Certificate can be used by a range of people. It was designed as a self-paced online course to prepare individuals to work in respite support situations and also provides a basic level of training for current respite workers. Those who are already working in the field may find it useful to take the course to explore areas they are less familiar with ensure they have a full understanding of all the skills required.
The Respite Learning Portal (www.respitecourse.ca) funded by MCYS / MCSS Southwest Region, was launched in 2007 to meet the training needs of respite workers in southwestern Ontario and the agencies coordinating services. This specialized portal is the gateway to online training, webinars, resources and a place to network with others through Discussion Boards.
The Training course is highly recommended. It is worth your time to take a look, and would be a great option for YOUR respite worker!
Parents respitecourse.ca is a great training tool for You too!
Check out the link below:
This is a free course for Parents. Upon Completion you will be able to:
Creating a Multi-Sensory Environment at Home
Snoezelen® pronounced Snooz-UH-lun, is a specially designed sensory stimulation environment which encourages individual exploration and expression. It aims to provide an oasis of tranquility where the user can relax and is given the opportunity to choose an activity at his or her pace. Snoezelen® originated in Holland in the late 1970s. Canada's first Snoezelen® opened in 1992 at the Bloorvies Children's Hospital in Toronto.
Below are some suggestions as to how you can now add Snoezelen® to your home, using everyday objects that are located in most stores. Creating a multi-sensory environment at home enables you to create a setting in which you can stimulate or relax your child, depending on their needs.
Creating a multi-sensory room or corner in your home can be done at a reasonable cost. Sensory tools often make great gifts for all children, including those with special needs. Every member of your family can enjoy your 'Snoezelen' space to relax and spend quality time together. Multi-sensory environments can use very little equipment and utilize everyday objects and experiences to develop a living theatre environment. They can be created using an empty room, bedroom or corner. Used appropriately, this sensory environment can be used to develop communication, concentration, facilitate access to new experiences, relaxation, interaction and the development of social skills.
Snoezelen® A Recipe for a Sensory Corner in Your Home
Ideally, sensory environments are empty working spaces with no distractions. If you don't have a room set aside, consider using a black or white shower curtain to create a corner in the room. Following are some suggestions, but remember the possibilities are endless!
Click on this link for some interesting facts about our Senses
Our Senses.pdf (8932 B)
The Ten commandments
for Families with Children Who have Special Needs
The Ten Commandments.pdf (26960 B)
The Access 2 Entertainment™ card provides free admission (or a significant discount) for support people accompanying a person with a disability, at member movie theatres across Canada.
Follow the link above to download a registration form.
Here are some interesting tips for buying the right toys for your children.......
Top Ten Tips for Buying Toys.pdf
Free List of Things to do…………
(for you or your worker)
Free List of Things to do.pdf (8453 B)
Belwood Lodge and Camp
Belwood Lodge and Camp is dedicated to meeting the summer recreational needs of children, youth and adults who are mentally challenged. Programs are designed to provide campers with exceptional experiences while ensuring their safety and a positive holiday experience.
We provide care givers a chance to enjoy a holiday and well deserved rest without worrying about their loved ones.
Belwood Lodge & Camp accepts people for who they are and what challenges they face on a daily basis. We encourage them to be themselves, focus on their strengths and have a great time.