From Disappointment to Opportunity: Josh’s Summer Learning Journey 2020
August 30, 2020
Josh Balanaser was excited about enrolling in courses at Discovery University in the spring of 2020, but unfortunately those plans had to be put on hold due to COVID-19. Like everyone else in our community, LiveWorkPlay members have been getting creative with their summer and fall plans, and Josh is no exception. With a bit… Continue reading From Disappointment to Opportunity: Josh’s Summer Learning Journey 2020
LiveWorkPlay Celebrates Canadian Down Syndrome Week!
November 6, 2018
Canadian Down Syndrome Week helps show the world that Canada is where ALL people are valued, fully participating citizens. It is a week to celebrate people with Down syndrome and teach others to “See the Ability.” Created by the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS), Canadian Down Syndrome Week (formerly National Down Syndrome Awareness Week) is celebrated… Continue reading LiveWorkPlay Celebrates Canadian Down Syndrome Week!
Inclusive Education Report: “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?”
May 4, 2018
This article reproduced with permission from Community Living Ontario Despite recent developments in human rights and education law, as well as a shift in special education delivery and efforts to make schools more inclusive, public education in elementary and secondary schools is failing many students who have intellectual disabilities. This finding is one of the… Continue reading Inclusive Education Report: “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?”
Technology: Advancing Capability!
February 24, 2016
Professor Ann-Louise Davidson of Concordia University has published a paper in the journal of Social Inclusion “A Collaborative Action Research about Making Self-Advocacy Videos with People with Intellectual Disabilities.” In a February 23 article, Davidson talks about her research in the Concordia University News. The original project involved eight LiveWorkPlay members. Using iPads, participants wrote and directed… Continue reading Technology: Advancing Capability!
Toronto Summer Institute: Report from the LiveWorkPlay Staff Team
July 27, 2015
The Community Connector team of Grace Hudson, Caitlin Fortier, and George Kranitis were joined by the Employment Supports team at the Toronto Summer Institute. Hosted by Inclusion Press the Pan Am games in Toronto necessitated a change of venue, and a great time was had by all at the campus of the University of California at… Continue reading Toronto Summer Institute: Report from the LiveWorkPlay Staff Team
Report from The 2015 Learning Community for Person-Centred Practices Gathering
April 17, 2015
The second annual Learning Community for Person-Centred Practices Gathering in Ontario took place on April 14-15 in Richmond Hill. Five LiveWorkPlay staff members were in attendance and also contributed on a formal basis by hosting a session “Out of the Box and Off the Shelf: Bringing Person-Centred Plans To Life!” Presented by Support Coordinator Allison… Continue reading Report from The 2015 Learning Community for Person-Centred Practices Gathering
Board Retreat 2014: Heart, Mind, and Soul!
November 24, 2014
Board retreat 2014 was hosted at The Foolish Chicken and facilitated by Mike Coxon from Mills Community Support with a curriculum designed in collaboration with Julie Kingstone and Keenan Wellar (all three recently completed the 2014 BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer program) and a planning session with chair Cecelia Taylor. The board will be sharing some… Continue reading Board Retreat 2014: Heart, Mind, and Soul!
Warning: Practices of Disability Tax Credit (DTC) Promoters
November 18, 2014
(This post is based on information from a press release from the office of Ontario MPP John Vanthoff) Companies such as “Disability Benefit Group” or “The National Benefit Authority” (there are many others) are offering (for a fee) help with Disability Tax Credit applications to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). They promise up to $40,000… Continue reading Warning: Practices of Disability Tax Credit (DTC) Promoters
LiveWorkPlay Applied Research Scholarship Now Available (uOttawa)
October 1, 2014
Thanks to the generosity of Barry and Marjorie Wellar, a new applied research scholarship is available at the University of Ottawa. As a University of Ottawa Professor Emeritus, Dr. Wellar and his wife had initially established the scholarship to support research related to his previous work in the Department of Geography. In 2013 they determined… Continue reading LiveWorkPlay Applied Research Scholarship Now Available (uOttawa)
Staff Retreat 2014: Being Worthy!
May 3, 2014
They’ve never quite achieved the true status of “annual” but nearly-yearly staff retreats are important to LiveWorkPlay not only to build hope and resiliency in the staff team through education and team-building, but for identifying opportunities and concerns, and making plans for addressing them. Over the years the team has helped establish priorities and strategies… Continue reading Staff Retreat 2014: Being Worthy!