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General news from the world of disability.

Equity Through Education Student Awards

OTTAWA, September 28, 2009 - The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is now accepting applications for the NEADS Equity through Education Student Awards Program. These awards are being offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities enrolled in undergraduate, graduate or professional degree programs at recognized Canadian universities, or in certified diploma programs at Canadian colleges. Up to 20 outstanding applicants, who meet the criteria of the program, will be receiving an award in the amount of $3,000 to support the costs of their tuition and student fees.

Review of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act, 2005 (AODA)

The next stage of the Review involves public meetings. These will be held in :

Sudbury on October 1, 2009
Ottawa on October 6, 2009
Toronto on October 14, 2009
London on October 20, 2009

Please see the detailed instructions on how to participate and register for the public meetings below:


Variety Village Ability in Action Program

The Variety Village – Ability in Action program was designed to promote ability awareness, character building, teamwork and inclusive physical education.

This program introduces participants of all skill, experience and ability levels to cooperative and compete in interactive games, to create an inclusive environment and support the benefits of active living.

Classes, schools, community groups, service industry leaders, individual students, educators, coaches, volunteers and families are invited to get involved in this exciting program.

Abilities Church Toronto

Toronto will be home to the first North American church with will give people with disabilities an equal voice and place of importance within the church, break down barriers of social segregation, isolation and discrimination and bring social equality, diversity and inclusion to the church.

Therapeutic Equestrian Program-Kenora, ON

The Northwestern Independent Living Services announce a NEW therapeutic riding program in Kenora for persons with disabilities of any age.  The Sunny Brook Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Program (STEP) is a 3 tier therapy program focusing on sport and recreation riding techniques as well as other therapeutic benefits.  The STEP program is open to all persons with disabilities to use by providing physically and emotionally therapeutic benefits to address various medical or physical conditions.

Recreation Connections-Niagara, Ottawa, Simcoe, Southwestern Ontario and Toronto

Easter Seals Ontario and Ontario March of Dimes have combined to offer 16-29 year olds with a physical disability opportunities to come together to attend social outings, festivals, sporting events, city tours, whitewater rafting, accessible gliding, sailing, fishing, live theatre and much more.

The goal of this project is to encourage social networking amongst young people transitiioning from youth to adult services.

This is a client led project, your input is vital.  Share your ideas.

Accessible Group Travel

 Planning a holiday can be difficult when you have specialized needs for accessibility.  March of Dimes Canada offers accessible group travel options that take the stress out of your vacation.

The group sets sail September 3-12, 2009 on an East Coast Cruise about Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas.

For more information about this service, please contact Abbey or Marc at 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7251 or 7207 or email recreation@marchofdimes.ca.


Rhythm Works Dance Class, Toronto, ON

Get ready for another term of RhythmWorks! RhythmWorks is an extension of DramaWays’ successful program DramaWorks. Being a Creative-Expressive group experience geared and modified for individuals with special needs ages 14+, it is designed to encourage physical activity and self-expression through the use of creative movement. During RhythmWorks sessions, participants will be exposed to the fundamentals of dance as well as the varying styles of movement.

Drama Way Creativity on the Move, Toronto, ON

We are excited to announce that the DramaWorks program created by Danielle Strnad, experienced Drama Facilitator and qualified Social Service Worker is soon to be underway once again. This will be the eighth year this unique program will be running with its dramatic experiences, geared and modified to provide a creative outlet for individuals with special needs ages 14+.

Reveal Dance Creaton, Toronto, ON

ReVeal Dance Creation's mission is to fully explore and reveal the artistic works and potentials of individuals labeled as with special needs and/or disabled.  ReVeal Dance Creation emerbes out of the need for accessible dance/movement programming for youth with special needs within the Toronto are. 

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