Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March 2018 ~ Help Variety Village welcome the Paralympic team back home.

Help Variety Village welcome the Paralympic team back home.

Variety Village is looking for kids with or without disabilities to represent Variety Village in welcoming our Paralympians home from the 2018 Paralympic Games.

Their  Sledge Hockey team will arrive at Pearson Airport on Tuesday, March 20 at 4:50pm and they would like some kids to be there to cheer them on and let them know how important Team Canada Paralympic Athletes are to Canada!

If they can have at least 15 kids (with a parent/guardian) interested, they may be able to charter a bus from Variety Village. The bus would depart Variety Village at approximately 3:30pm.
Please note that media will be present on site and we cannot control what they do and do not capture.

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by contacting:

Lynda Elmy
lelmy@varietyvillage.on.ca
416-699-7167 x249

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community Notice Board~ March of Dimes ~ October, 2016

 

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Dodging for Dimes Toronto 2016

Dodging for Dimes Toronto

OCTOBER 1, 2016

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beach Blast, 15 Leswyn Rd, Toronto

Get your corporate team together now for this fast and fun charity tournament on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Beach Blast, 15 Leswyn Rd, Toronto, Ontario and help raise money for Conductive Eduction®, a program of March of Dimes Canada that helps children and adults with physical disabilities.

Each player is asked to raise a minimum of $75 in pledges and there is a team registration fee of $100. The top fundraising team* will win a Sharp Aquos 60 inch LED TV (LC-60EQ10U), valued at $1,700! And every player who individually raises over $500 will be included in a day of event draw for an opportunity to win a Frigidaire Wine Fridge, valued at $500 or a Maxi Big Green Egg, valued at $700!

The Top 5 Fundraising Teams in the order of team total fundraising will “Draft” one of five Dodgeball Canada award winning players, both as a Coach Mentor and Player for your Team!!

The Draft will take place on Friday September 30th and Linda Yielding will coordinate with Team Captains. Visit Dodging for Dimes Toronto website for more details.

Register now No practice or training needed, just loads of fun with big impact for 60,000 Canadians living with physical disabilities!

Dodging for Dimes Toronto

October 1, 2016

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beach Blast, 15 Leswyn Rd,

Toronto, ON M6A 1J1

Visit Dodging for Dimes Toronto for more details and to register.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities contact:

Linda Yielding

Manager, Special Events and Fundraising

March of Dimes Canada

10 Overlea Blvd.

Toronto, ON M4H 1A4

Phone: 1-800-263-3463 ext.7290 

lyielding@marchofdimes.ca

 

*Teams must raise a minimum of $2,000 in pledges to qualify for the Sharp Aquos 60 inch LED TV prize.


A special thank you to our sponsors

 

Opening Doors for Accessibility

 

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Don’t Miss Opening Doors for Accessibility

in Ottawa on October 4th and in Montreal

on November 18th!

If you are an individual living with a disability, health professional, service provider, caregiver /partner or family member, you should attend this free community resource showcase.

 


 

Opening Doors for Accessibility Ottawa

Date:Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ontario Medical Supply Inc.
1100 Algoma, Ottawa, Ontario
Fee: Free 
 (Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions include:

  • March of Dimes Canada AccessAbility Services
  • Customized Products for Accessibility
  • An Accessible World for ALL

** Event will include a light dinner of sandwiches and dessert and networking opportunities.


Opening Doors for Accessibility Montreal

Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Best Western Plus Downtown Montreal
               Hotel Europa  1240 Drummond Street, Montreal,Quebec
Fee: Free 
(Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions include:

  • March of Dimes Canada AccessAbility Services
  • DesignAbility Program – Gadgets and Gizmos
  • The Difference that Music Therapy Can Make
  • Living Beyond Autism and Disability
  • Supporting First Responders in Understanding Emergency Preparedness for people with special needs
  • Employment Services for Adults with Disabilties
  • Accessible Travel and Exiting Horizons

** Event will include a continental breakfast, lunch and networking opportunities.

 

 


 

** Please note that a personal care worker will be available onsite giving out certificates of attendance to all attendees.

** Un préposé aux soins personnels sera sur place pour distribuer des certificats de présence à tous les participants.

RSVP

Please RSVP at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at events@marchofdimes.ca. / RSVP au 1-800-263-3463 ou par Rollup Imageà events@marchofdimes.ca.

** In the subject line, please be sure to identify the city where you wish to attend.

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TICKETS

Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at the door at the Cunard Centre on October 28th. Tickets will be held under the name that you use to purchase them.

Items available for purchase (Taxes included):

Buy a ticket from Impulse – IMP Solutions:

Price:
$30.00 CAD

Quantity:
Buy a ticket from The Showcase Showdowns – Cox & Palmer:

Price:
$30.00 CAD

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Buy a ticket from The Spare Parts – Emera:

Price:
$30.00 CAD

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Buy a ticket from Gene Featuring Jean – Presse Mason:

Price:
$30.00 CAD

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Buy a ticket from Red C – McInnes Cooper:

Price:
$30.00 CAD

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Buy a ticket from Terminal Road – N.S. Dept. of Justice:

Price:
$30.00 CAD

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Buy a ticket from Blue M’Ocean – BMO:

Price:
$30.00 CAD

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Buy a Rock for Dimes Halifax General Admission Ticket:

Price:
$30.00 CAD

Quantity:

Check out the Rock for Dimes National website at: www.rockfordimes.ca

Text the word SUPPORT to 45678 to donate $10 to March of Dimes Canada

 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community News Boards ~March of Dimes ~ 24th., August 2016

 

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Rock for Dimes

This Sat Aug 27, #RFDKingston will be-a-rockin’! All the support from this fundraiser goes to our Campers Helping Campers Program, giving a summer camp experience and opportunity to adults and children with disabilities! So please come to Loughborough Lake Holiday Park from 4pm onwards and have a great time with us…

 

Kingston – August 27, 2016 Edmonton – September 18, 2016

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Don’t Miss Opening Doors for Accessibility

in Montreal on November 18, 2016!

If you are an individual living with a disability, health professional, service provider, caregiver /partner or family member, you should attend this free community resource showcase.

Opening Doors for Accessibility Montreal

 

Date:  Friday, November 18, 2016
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:  

 

 Best Western Plus Downtown Montreal Hotel Europa  1240 Drummond Street, Montreal, Quebec
Fee:  Free (Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions include:

  • March of Dimes Canada AccessAbility Services
  • DesignAbility Program – Gadgets and Gizmos
  • The Difference that Music Therapy Can Make
  • Living Beyond Autism and Disability
  • Supporting First Responders in Understanding Emergency Preparedness for people with special needs
  • Employment Services for Adults with Disabilities
  • Accessible Travel and Exiting Horizons

** Event will include a continental breakfast, lunch and networking opportunities.

 

** Please note that a personal care worker will be available onsite giving out certificates of attendance to all attendees. 

** Un préposé aux soins personnels sera sur place pour distribuer des certificats de présence à tous les participants.

RSVP

Please RSVP at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at events@marchofdimes.ca. / RSVP au 1-800-263-3463 ou par courriel à events@marchofdimes.ca

** In the subject line, please be sure to identify the city where you wish to attend. 

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Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative iPad Giveaway

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Edmonton & Nova Scotia, March of Dimes Canada is here for you! 

Tell us your story and win a customized iPad package with specialized apps to improve your community access and participation.

March of Dimes Canada will help Edmonton and Nova Scotia residents this fall with physical disabilities to enhance their community access and participation through the Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative by providing customized iPad tablet packages (Apple iPad tablet, a stylus and a cover/case), for up to 8 residents in each city. The iPad prize package will also include a pre-paid Apple credit card to purchase/install appropriate apps to meet their needs, for a total value of up to $1,875.

Tell us your story and win a customized iPad with apps for communication, daily living and increased independence! The goal is to share how technology assists people to increase their independence and quality of life, enhance their ability to interact or communicate with others in the community or control electronic devices in their homes.

The project will help successful applicants achieve one or more of the following:

  • Increase access to services
  • Explore or control the environment
  • Contribute to their ability to take on new leisure pursuits
  • Contribute to improving their education
  • Assist in their employment objectives
  • Assist in communication, verbal and written

** Applications for Edmonton must be received by September 7, 2016.   (see below) ** Applications for Nova Scotia must be received by October 14, 2016.   (see below)

Edmonton AMTI iPad Giveaway

 

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Edmonton iPad tablet give away, contestants must:

  1. Be a permanent Canadian resident and the person must make his / her permanent and principal home in the Edmonton area;
  2. Be 19 years of age or over;
  3. Be a person with a permanent disability that impacts his or her ability to fully engage in activities in daily living;
  4. Explain how he or she will benefit from having a tablet in achieving a desired goal;
  5. Be of financial need. In order to be eligible for funding, the combined gross income of applicant and spouse (where applicable) cannot exceed $50,000 after allowable deductions are considered; and
  6. Be available for the presentation of the tablet at the annual Rock for Dimes Edmonton fundraiser to be held on September 18, 2016 at On The Rocks, 11740 Jasper Ave. NW, Edmonton, Alberta.

Application Forms:

Click to download the following pdf forms:  

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines for Edmonton  Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton  Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Frequently Asked Questions for Edmonton

Applications must be received by September 7, 2016. * Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Si vous avez besoin des services en français, veuillez téléphoner au Programme à  1-855-660-6632.

Submit all applications and direct any inquiries to: 

March of Dimes Canada Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative       291 King Street, 3rd Floor      London ON  N6B 1R8

amti@marchofdimes.ca        Tel (toll-free): 1-855-660-6632      Fax /télécopieur: 519-432-4923

Presentation to Recipients:

The iPad packages will be presented to the selected recipients at March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Edmonton fundraiser to be held on September 18, 2016 at On The Rocks, 11740 Jasper Ave. NW, Edmonton, Alberta.

Nova Scotia AMTI iPad Giveaway

 Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Nova Scotia iPad tablet give away, contestants must:

  1. Be a permanent Canadian resident and the person must make his / her permanent and principal home in the Halifax area;
  2. Be 19 years of age or over;
  3. Be a person with a permanent disability that impacts his or her ability to fully engage in activities in daily living;
  4. Explain how he or she will benefit from having a tablet in achieving a desired goal;
  5. Be of financial need. In order to be eligible for funding, the combined gross income of applicant and spouse (where applicable) cannot exceed $40,000 after allowable deductions are considered; and
  6. Be available for the presentation of the tablet at the annual Rock for Dimes Halifax fundraiser to be held on October 28, 2016 at the Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Application Forms:

Click to download the following pdf forms:  

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines for Halifax  Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Halifax  Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Frequently Asked Questions for Halifax

Applications must be received by October 14, 2016. * Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Si vous avez besoin des services en français, veuillez téléphoner au Programme à  1-855-660-6632.

Submit all applications and direct any inquiries to: 

March of Dimes Canada Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative       291 King Street, 3rd Floor      London ON  N6B 1R8

amti@marchofdimes.ca        Tel (toll-free): 1-855-660-6632      Fax /télécopieur: 519-432-4923

Presentation to Recipients:

The iPad packages will be presented to the selected recipients at March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Halifax fundraiser to be held on October 28, 2016 at the Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Past Winners

March of Dimes Canada was there for residents in Nova Scotia, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, presenting customized tablets with specialized software/apps to improve community access and participation!

March of Dimes Canada have already helped residents with physical disabilities in the Nova Scotia, Montreal, greater Vancouver area and Calgary enhance their community access and participation through the Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative by providing customized tablets, such as iPads and Galaxy tablets, to 5-10 residents in each location. The tablets included appropriate software or apps customized to meet the needs for each person, along with someone to teach them how to use the software.

The successful candidates were awarded a tablet with customized software / apps valued up to $2,500 based on their individual needs, for a total of $15,000 per event location. The tablets were presented to selected recipients at March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes fundraisers in their area.

Read about all the Winners of the Calgary Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Tablet Give Away

For more information on any of these events ~ Please use information under each event.

Or visit ~ www.marchofdimes.ca

 

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community Boards ~ Variety Village ~ September 2016

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For more than 65 years, Variety Village has worked to help young people with disabilities and those who face developmental barriers to achieve life goals. They provide integrated sports and life skills programs in order to improve lives and strengthen our community.

Variety the Children’s Charity proudly supports Variety Village promoting access, awareness and adapted activities. Discover opportunities, information and resources for individuals and families interested in increasing their awareness of programs and services for people of all abilities

 

Variety Village’s vision

A world-class facility in a world without barriers

 

Helpful Links:

Variety the Children’s Charity proudly supports Variety Village promoting access, awareness and adapted activities. Discover opportunities, information and resources for individuals and families interested in increasing their awareness of programs and services for people of all abilities.

http://www.varietyvillage.ca/connect/helpful-links/

My favorite quote is:

“When the world says ~ Give Up!”

“Hope says ~ Try One More Time!”

When I see the above quote to me it seems relevant to both the staff, children and young adults  at Variety Village who  have been able to live their dreams and reach their goals in spite of the barriers they face.

When we first started publishing Professor Owl’s Book Corner about ten years ago, we would showcase one of their “Hero’s” telling how they overcame these challenges and went on to excel in their chosen sport.

We are pleased and excited  to say we are now able to share more of their stories, these heroes are now known as ambassadors and go out into their communities spreading the news about how wonderful this  organization Variety Village really is..

From this month in every issue ~  we will be letting these special boys and girls introduce themselves and tell you why they just love Variety Village and what they love to do, our first guest is Alex:

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My name is Alexander and I am 9 years old. I love being an Ambassador for Variety Village because I meet lots of great people and get to try new things. I really like my school and making new friends.

  • My favourite hobby is reading, especially comic books about super heroes. My favourite movie is Astro Boy because he has rocket boots that make him fly.
  • If I could be an animal, I would be a cow because it makes milk for people to drink, or a goat because I drink goats’ milk too.
  • My favourite foods are smoked salmon and quinoa salad.
  • I love Variety Village because it is a safe place for me where I get to do lots of fun stuff and meet a lot of great people.  Everyone is nice there.

Upcoming Events

For information on the Variety Village athletes who are competing at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio ~ Dates Sept. 7 -18,2016

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Variety Village is very proud of Head Coach Steve Bialowas and the following athletes who started their sport/coaching career at Variety Village and are now representing their country at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio!

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You can read more about these athlete and Head Coach Steve Bialowas ~ By visiting the link below.

http://www.varietyvillage.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Variety-Village-Athletes-News.pdf

Follow Professor Owl’s Book corner for the results as they become available.

 

Other upcoming events include the:

  • Lieutenant Governor Games: Date: October 2, 2016 at Variety Village there will be over 500 kids with disabilities participating in games and activities.
  • Variety Village’s World’s Greatest Christmas Party takes place on November 27, 2015

We will have more information on these and other events in our future newsletter’s

.  For more information on Variety Villages Programs ~ Please visit their website http://www.varietyvillage.ca

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Newsletter and Community News Boards ~ June, 2016

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Well boys and girls ~ Summer is almost here and Professor Owl’s Newsletter will be taking a little

holiday for a couple of months

We will be back on August 1st, 2016 with our back to school issue and our usual book corners.

We will still be doing our weekly book reviews over the holidays

In the meantime have a great safe and fun summer.

Summer Fun

Speaking of safe just a few reminders on pool safety

Pool  Safety

by guest writer Joanne Murray (2010)

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This summer my family and I embarked on a new fun outdoor activity, we added a pool to our backyard.  Summer time is such a wonderful time of year, with this new season comes many outdoor fun enjoyments.  One of the adventurous activities we all can participate in is swimming.  No matter what stage of life you are in this is one of the universal sports we can all enjoy.  As with any sport, there are some rules and precautions that everyone should consider and keep in mind.

With three children, for my family safety was a priority.  The first thing we did was invest in a gate around the pool that you may attach and un-attach, when you are having a party etc..  Secondly, we installed alarms on the doors throughout the house to forewarn us if anyone goes outside.  Third was to install reverse side gate latches so you have to be inside the gate to open them.

First and foremost, no matter what you do, you should always watch your children when they are in or near the pool.

As a precaution, the more safety tips and rules that will help facilitate a safe environment.

  • Teach your children safety rules around the pool.

  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings.

  • Have a phone close by at all times.

  • If a child is missing, always look in pool or spa first.

  • Make sure everyone in the family knows how to swim.

  • Share safety tips with family and friends who visit.

  • Learn CPR and update your skills regularly

  • Understand basic life-saving skills

The best thing a family with a pool can do is ultimately invest in swimming lessons for your child.  If money allows, check local community centers such as the YMCA to see if affordable courses are available.  As you would teach a child to put on a seatbelt when in a car, teaching your child basic water safety skills are essential.

Community News Boards

 

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Variety Village PA Day Camp on Friday, June 10 still has spaces available! Hurry and register today!
And summer fun is just around the corner!
Summer camps are filling up fast, but we still have spaces available. Contact the Camp Coordinator to inquire about space and/or waiting lists.
http://www.varietyvillage.ca/program-types/camps/

 

Camps – Variety Village

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Variety Village offers a broad range of integrated full-day camps for participants of all abilities*, ages 4 to 20+. Our Variety Village camp experience includes:

For more information visit http://www.varietyvillage.ca

 


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June is alphasia month

 

Do you know someone who is living with cerebral palsy or post-stroke? Our Summer Conductive Education® classes aim to help improve mobility and independence in participants’ daily lives! PS: We also have classes June 20-24, which are free for first-time participants. Contact Mhairi Watson 📧 mwatson@marchofdimes.ca or visit http://bit.ly/CECamps

‪#‎cerebralpalsy ‪#‎poststroke ‪#‎stroke ‪#‎strokesurvivor ‪#‎rehabilitation ‪#‎class

We’re spreading ‪#‎awareness this month for ‪#‎aphasia & ‪#‎stroke✌️ Stay tuned for videos. In the meantime, learn more about out our services – Stroke Recovery Canada Program® (SRC): http://bit.ly/ModcSRC & Aphasia & Communications Disabilities Program (ACDP):http://bit.ly/ACDPV

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With only 2 weeks away, we’re excited for the Ability & Beyond Dinner (presented by Bell Canada) on June 15! Could not be happier to have inspirational guest Aron Ralston Speaker be at our event to share his story. You may know it from the film 127 Hours! This fundraiser supports our CE Program – few tickets left – get ’em while you can :http://bit.ly/ABG16

RSVP to our FB Event Page & share with friends! http://bit.ly/FBABG16

‪#‎ABDinner16 ‪#‎MODC ‪#‎MarchOfDimesCanada ‪#‎AronRalston‪#‎Motivational ‪#‎Speaker ‪#‎Toronto Thanks to our other awesome sponsors: Fairmont | Global News | Bill Brown BMO Financial Group | Toronto Sun | Shoppers Home Health Care | JOY 1250 | Noble Estates Wine & Spirits

Giving challenge

 

$10,000 would help so many Canadians with disabilities improve and enhance their independence. It’s what we aim to do! And because of the Great Canadian Challenge, throughout all of June, for every 💲1 you donate to us through http://bit.ly/cahelpsmodc (CanadaHelps) an entry goes into the draw to help us win $10,000! ‪#‎GivingChallengeCA // GIV3

Camp Mobility

 

We still have spots in our ‪#‎Toronto Conductive Education® (CE) Summer Camps! 📧 mwatson@marchofdimes.ca or visit http://bit.ly/CECamps

For more information on any of the above March of Dimes events ~ Please contact http://www.marchofdimes.ca

 

Community Notice Boards ~ March 2016

2016 Spring Summer and Camps Program Guide

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Variety Village provides a wide-range of drop-in services, registered programs, lessons and special events that service infants to seniors, of all abilities and skills.

 Click here to view our 2016 Spring Summer and Camps Program Guide for a complete listing of opportunities.

Dedicated to people of all abilities, Variety Village is a great place to get fit and have fun.

Anyone can become a member of Variety Village and be part of our great community. Come discover the most inclusive and family-friendly fitness, sports and life skills facility in Toronto. We’re more than a work-out – we’re a community! And as an active member of Variety Village, you’re part of a great cause. Learn more about our membership options, member benefits, included programs, athletic clubs.

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Did you know that Variety Village is a charity? We provide opportunities for people with disabilities. Here they can reach milestones and exceed goals that they might not imagine accomplishing without the facility and staff at Variety Village. The effect of an inclusive environment can change the way people see themselves, and help shape their lives.

We hope that Variety Village’s many strengths will inspire you to donate. As Variety Village is a registered charity, you will enjoy the added benefit of a tax receipt, and you can give in a way that works best for your family.

Program fees and membership dues alone are not sufficient to cover the costs involved in keeping rates low, offering assistance to low-income families, and continually expanding and improving our facilities.

Monthly Giving

A monthly, automated gift will make your contributions manageable while ensuring a lasting impact for Variety Village. Please open your heart and support Variety Village’s programs and services.

For information on any of the above items ~ please contact http://www.varietyvillage.ca

 

MARCH OF DIMES (CANADA)

 

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Events for March 2016

  

Opening Doors for Accessibility

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Don’t Miss Opening Doors for Accessibility

in Halifax, Saskatoon and London this March!

If you are an individual living with a disability, health professional, service provider, caregiver /partner or family member, you should attend this free community resource showcase,

For more information ~ Please visit http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/events/special/Pages/Opening-Doors-for-Accessibility.aspx

 

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There are a myriad of educational apps on the internet for parents of autistic children, but Autism Village is different. Autism Village is producing apps which are especially designed to be useful for managing life with autism and which are based on their community of autism “Villagers”.

Imagine for a moment that you deal with the never ending problem that people with autism and their families face – where’s a good place to go which is safe and won’t over stimulate me or my autistic loved one. Places where people feel comfortable and can have FUN, and which are staffed by understanding and helpful people. Just have a look at the Autism Village app and you’ll quickly find nearby places rated and reviewed by others like yourself.

The first release from Autism Village will provide similar functionality to Yelp! or Trip Advisor but with one big difference – this app is just for the autism community. The autism community will be able to rate and review businesses, organizations and places specifically for autism friendliness. Click here to see a demo…

Topher Wurts, father of the proclaimed “founder” Kirby his autistic son, conceived the idea of Autism Village as an initiative to produce practical, useful, and helpful management tools and services for those living life on the autism spectrum. The goal? Improve the future for millions with autism.

Several months ago Topher launched a Facebook and Twitter account to engage parents of autistic children with his concept. The Facebook social media response was overwhelming – within weeks 10,000 Facebook followers encouraged Topher to pursue his idea. All part of the “Village”, family members are spreading the word for Topher and Kirby to make the world a better, more manageable place to grow and thrive in.

The core elements of Autism Village’s first app are culminating in a Kickstarter campaign to further develop his project and finish the app.

Wurts is asking for a few simple core contributions from the Autism village audience relating to the Kickstarter: share his project and mission with friends, family and others related to autism, submissions for places or services that are autism friendly, and social media support because he sees supporters as more important than dollars.

When the Kickstarter is launched, he’s asking everyone who wants to support the project to look at the amazing rewards Autism Village has put together from friends of the Autism Village community. Many of the listed rewards are made by people with autism including Autism Village’s founder Kirby. His hope is that the community will help him “meet or exceed” his minimum funding goal to further the project.

Ahead of the Kickstarter “Yelp for Autism” campaign, Wurts’ initial objective has been successful with some notable early adopters. Currently running on the pre-release service are family teams, an all-autistic Boy Scout Troop and a joint project to develop Scouting curriculum elements involving West Chester University’s School of Special Education, the Chester County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and BSA Troop 77 (all autistic). He plans to expand the capability of the pre-release service in the near future.

According to Wurts, the roadmap for Autism Village is extensive. In addition to these private and secure collaboration spaces along with the initial Kickstarter project to rate and review places, he’s planning the creation of a specialized marketplace for goods produced for and by autistic people (like Etsy for Autism), extensive moderated and open forums, drug intervention tracking tools, mobile logging and integration with wearables for those dealing with seizures, and more.

With a successful Kickstarter project, the goal to empower the community of “Villagers” will make the challenges of millions, who are raising a autistic child, more manageable and the outcome for that child will be a brighter, happier, better future.

For more information on Autism Village ~ Please Visit http://about.autismvillage.com/about

 

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community News Boards ~ January, 2016

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Variety Village is pleased to host exciting special events throughout the year. Our goal is to connect with our community and raise funds to support Variety Village by creating mutually beneficial events that support healthy, active lifestyles in an inclusive environment.

Some events are fundraising initiatives, others are dedicated to the recognition of outstanding community service and still others focus on development of future leaders. Over the years, many individuals and corporations have generously contributed to the overwhelming success and growth of these events, ensuring the delivery of vital community services and the promotion of a healthier tomorrow.

We invite you to get involved and make our special events even more special.

To see past events, check out our latest news page and check out our photo gallery.

Upcoming Events:

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Kid Development Camp Day!

No school? No Problem! Variety Village offers day camps on the days the schools hold PA Days. For more info visit our KDD Camp page.

 

Family Day

Variety Village is open on Monday, February 15 for Family Day from 9am – 5pm.

Come and spend the day with us!

 

 31st Annual Lieutenant Governor Games

Friday, February 26, 2016

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Hosted by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

These 31st Annual Games will be Her Honour’s second year attending this long standing event. Her Honour interacts with all of children with disabilities from GTA schools by visiting each activity station and then presents each child with a medal recognizing his/her participation. The Games are a great way to show that children of all abilities can and should participate in sports and recreational activities together. Many of the participants continue their involvement in sports through community sport and recreation leagues and some even go on to represent Canada in the Paralympics and Special Olympics.

Contact  Maria Markle Executive & Events Administrator

416-699-7167 ext. 270

mmarkle@varietyvillage.on.ca

Experience Variety Village for yourself!

Host an Event for Variety Village!

Get A Free Pass

For more information, on the programs and events  ~ Please contact ~ www.varietyvillage.ca

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March of Dimes

UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

Spiking for Dimes London​

Rock for Dimes

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Rock for Dimes Winnipeg The West End Cultural Centre February 12

All Things Hot & Spicy

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February 11, 2016 at the Fifth Social Club 2

25 Richmond St W, Toronto 

Mingling with the Celebs, Live Auction, Appetizers,

Q&A, DJ and Dancing!

 

  Hosted by: Steve Anthony, CP24 Breakfast

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Join our Hot & Spicy celebs to date:

Yan Joseph, Sean Carrigan, Tye Evans, Rainbow Sun Francks and Daniel Kelly.

Plus more to come …  Watch February’s New Board for more information.

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For More information  ~ Please visit ~  www.marchofdimes.ca

Event Coordinator Linda Yielding Manager, Special Events & Fundraising

Tel: (416) 425-3463 Ext. 7290
Email: lyielding@marchofdimes.ca

Technical Web Support Shauna Arrington Internet Marketing and Web Specialist.

MODC Mailing Address:

March of Dimes Canada National Office 10 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON M4H 1A4 Canada

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Mission Statement:

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Autism Village’s mission is to apply Internet and Mobile technologies to provide a globally accessible platform which helps the autism community to manage practical day to day problems. Our goal is to improve the futures of all people with autism by making daily life more navigable.

There are a myriad of educational apps on the internet for parents of autistic children, but Autism Village is different. Autism Village is producing apps which are especially designed to be useful for managing life with autism and which are based on their community of autism “Villagers”.

For more information on Autism Village Go to their home page to share and view the video:

www.autismvillage.com

Call us: (610) 296.2726
Contact Us

Autism Village

Contact

P.O. Box 14 Chester Springs PA 19425 USA

info@autismvillage.com

610-296-2726

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