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Family Initiatives 

Family Initiatives are creative programming options that are led and driven by parents/caregivers and participants who have a shared vision, with the support and guidance of Community Support Coordinators. 

The benefits to creative programming options: 

  • Eliminate waiting for a program(s) to be offered
  • The ability to customize and tailor-make a program according to the goals, interests, needs, and abilities of your family member
  • Working with others who have shared values and common goals
  • Including your family member in the type of program that is created
  • Working collaboratively with other caregivers and the community at large
  • Expanding your network
If you are interested in starting a Family Initiative, please contact a Community Support Coordinator.

Parent Operated Programs 

Parent operated programs are one of the strongest running groups, with parents taking the initiative to facilitate and launch new programs with the guidance of the Community Support Coordinators. Below find a list of programs in each area:

Thursday Night Entertainment Program (Ages 10 and up)
Currently running virtual social activities every Thursday 7:00pm to 9:00pm. 
To register contact: Jude Farjami (647) 271-5487 | Email: j.farjami@gmail.com
 
Special Dad’s Group
A social group for dads to engage in a variety of activities and discussions. The group meets virtually.    
To subscribe to their mailing list, visit the following website: specialdads.org 
 
Pink Ladies
This program is for young girls who want to have fun while working on self-esteem, encourage experiential learning, learning new life skills, creating friendships, community outings and so much more.  Every Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30-pm.                        
To register contact: Kelly Wong | Email: kelly417@live.hk 
 
Amazing Girls Group
This group is for mature ladies to build up friendship, independence, and enhance social and life skills. Every Saturday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. To register contact: Amy So | Email: iamamyso@gmail.com
 
Adapted Skills Weekend Program
A program for Tamil youth and young adults to socialize and participate in Yoga and Art & Craft.    
Every Wednesday & Saturday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
To register contact: Sumathy Seran 416-554-9253 | Email: sumathy@thetcsn.com
 
Inclusive Education Program Parent Session
A group for parents to discuss and learn about inclusive education and various resources mjchow@sympatico.ca available in the community as well as to connect with other parents                                              
To register contact: Mika Chow | Email: mjchow@sympatico.ca
 
Children’s Program
Children program is for children between the ages of 8-16 years old and focuses on developing social skills and involve children in various activities such as art & craft, games and physical     activities. Every Saturday from 10:30am to 12pm.
To register contact: Anuj Bhatia | Email: anujbhatia0929@gmail.com 

Boys Social Group
This small group program is designed to build social skills of teenagers and young adults with intellectual disabilities to promote positive social relationships with their peers. Ages 16 and up recommended.
Location: Outdoor In-Person Sessions & Virtual Sessions on Google Meets
Date: Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
To register email Daniel Ching at danielching0@yahoo.ca or call 416-887-9744.  
Registered Social Worker and Registered Social Service Worker
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