Below is a list of programs offered by DSAT and other organization in Toronto.
To see the program details, simply click on the name.
Active Start is a program aimed at children 2-6 years of age with an intellectual disability (ID). When children with an ID receive early instruction in basic motor skills and have the opportunity to experience ‘play,’ there is improvement in their physical, social and cognitive abilities.
FUNdamentals is a program aimed at children 7-12 years of age with an intellectual disability. The program is a follow-up to the Active Start program and includes more sport specific related skills that will contribute to future sport participation.
Both programs aim to educate parents and caregivers about the value of sport in their child’s life and expand their networks and support systems.
When: Every Thursday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Where: Regent Park South Community Centre
402 Shuter Street, Toronto, ON (Intersection: Shuter & Sackville)
View Map: https://goo.gl/maps/u9KFNscK9gu
Registration Fee: $25 per child
For more information or to register / volunteer please contact:
One Week, Adult, Sleep-Away, Leadership Program
August 8 - 13, 2017
Supporting the Development of Special Leaders
NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS
Camp Diversability is a volunteer-based, collective effort which brings together motivated young adults, with ‘special needs’ or ‘alternate abilities,’ who wish to work on personal growth, leadership, confidence and ways to contribute their gifts in their community in order to strengthen self-esteem and personal power. Each person can be a leader, in their own right, and share their unique gifts.
Camp Diversability’s host location is Unicamp of Ontario, deep in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Forest. Operating for 45+ years, spring, summer and fall, and is an off-the-grid, eco-conscious community. For more information about Unicamp, please visit their site: www.unicampofontario.ca
Camp Diversability creates opportunities for participants to learn about, develop collectively and demonstrate their leadership skills through interactions with each other, within the Unicamp community, through the year and beyond camp. This year the campers will be challenged with planning and organizing a talent show from start to finish which they will perform for the larger Unicamp community.
Space is created for organic learning opportunities to arise and making sure there is time to enjoy a wide range of recreational activities, including swimming, caving, trekking on the Bruce Trail, arts, crafts, dance and sports.
Unicamp has similar values to Camp Diversability’s, which are to:
• understand and acknowledge the importance of each person
• seek kindness in all we do
• foster the freedom to learn together and to search for what is true
• affirm that all people need a voice
• work to build a fair and peaceful world
• care for our sacred earth with awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings and circumstances
It is unanimous that last summer was a great success! We had a group of devoted volunteers who worked with engaged participants who were enriched by the experience. The volunteers learned so much from the participants as well.
As a way to enhance their leadership opportunities, and deepen their friendships, our returning participants are now Directors of Camp Diversability. They gather together every two months to make decisions regarding the next camp (2017).
WAYS TO SUPPORT CAMP DIVERSABILITY, *See our website or contact us for further details.
• be a Male or Female Senior or Junior Team Mentor at camp
• workshop/presenter at camp (come to Unicamp and teach a workshop in drama, music, arts or dance or what you feel would benefit the campers and eat and spend the rest of the day with us.)
• help us research busing options and funding
• connect us to private or corporate funding
• help organize and/or support at the bi-monthly Directors meetings, held in Toronto and York Region
• provide a mid-city location for our Director meetings
• send us leadership stories of how you have been inspired and positively impacted by a great leader, which we can post on the website.
• help us with social media
• spread the word about this project and share our website
If you feel that you would like to catch this wave and ride it with us, please contact us to see how you can add your power, support and skills to the mix. Camp Diversability Team Mentors are excited to learn what we can from our participants and volunteers. Let’s see what kind of magic we can create together!
Down Syndrome Association of Toronto
Facebook: Camp Diversability (please "like" us)
As you all know, Dance Rock is getting increasingly popular, with DJ Arif (www.djarif.com). As more and more dancers fill the church basement, we want to ensure that everyone is having a good time in safe surroundings.
For that reason, we’ve decided to keep our downstairs entrance doors locked and closed to dancers until opening time at 7:30 pm which allows dance organizers and volunteers to set up.
Parents/caregivers sign MUST leave a phone number they can be reached at on the the contact sheet at EVERY dance (adding the names of any teens who you are car-pooling with) and make sure your dancer is wearing a name tag.
Finally, parking on MacNaughton is NOT advised. It upsets the neighbourhood and does attract yellow tickets from Toronto's finest. Please park in the church parking lot or the neighbouring school parking lot. Both are free, vacant and a better option.
Here are the details:
All dancers with developmental delays and their friends are invited to this event.
Basement of St Anselm's Church, 1 MacNaughton Road, Toronto, M4G 3H3 (enter through MacNaughton Road door). View map
October 14, 2016
November 11, 2016
December 9, 2016
January 13, 2017
February 10, 2017
March 10, 2017
April 21, 2017
May 12, 2017
June 9, 2017
Admission $5 (includes snack and drink)
St Anselm's Church is located just 2 blocks east of Bayview at the corner of Millwood Avenue and MacNaughton Road. (Millwood Ave runs east-west and is just one block north of Davisville Avenue and 5 blocks south of Eglinton.) There's lots of PARKING behind the church, on the streets and at the school just east at Bessborough Drive. This dance will be supervised, so parents can leave dancers who do not require one-on-one support at the dance.
For more information contact:
Dance rock is expanding out to the west end of the city. Come and dance the night away to all your favourite tunes by DJ ARIF.
360 Windermere Ave, Toronto, Ontario
South of Bloor in between Runnymede and Jane
There is parking at the church and overflow parking on the street
Friday nights, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
September 23, 2016
October 28, 2016
November 25, 2016
January 27, 2017
February 24, 2017
March 24, 2017
April 28, 2017
May 26, 2017
June 23, 2017
All dancers with developmental delays and their friends are invited to this event.
Dancers must be 13 years of age or older.
Admission $5 (includes snack and drink)
IMPORTANT NOTE: DOORS OPEN AT 7:20. UNLESS YOU ARE STAFF OR A VOLUNTEER, PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE AFTER 7:15 FOR THE DANCE.
NO BREAK DANCING
SIGN IN WITH EMERGENCY CONTACT INFO - We remind all parents and caregivers, if you are not staying at the dance, PLEASE sign in with emergency contact numbers. In case of emergency, we need to be able to reach you immediately. Many participants are unable to tell us phone numbers... Especially in an emergency!
At DramaWay we provide process-based arts programs that facilitate social and life-skills development. We are dedicated to providing unique creative programs that help participants expand their artistic skills and grow as individuals in a structured, non-competitive, inspirational atmosphere. DramaWay programs span the realm of the fine arts. Programs offered include theatre, dance, film, music, visual arts and even puppetry. All programs are created, geared and modified to suit individuals of all abilities. We specialize in working with individuals who have special needs.
Keeping with the importance of building social networks, DSAT is extremely excited to offer our new "DSAT PAL (Play and Learn) Programs". The PAL programs will offer various events and activities to help develop and nurture a social network while learning and having fun with peers.
PAL 03 (Ages 0 to 3)
DSAT's PAL03 morning play group will be held the last Wednesday and Sunday of each month. This event will offer parents an opportunity to socialize with other parents of children with Down syndrome while their children play and interact with their peers. Siblings are welcome to join. All playgroups are held at The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre 750 Spadina Ave. Toronto, ON
PAL 05 (Ages 0 to 5)
Through the DSAT PAL 05, our children will establish friendships that will be sure to last a lifetime. DSAT's Saturday morning play group offer parents an opportunity to socialize with other parents of children with Down syndrome while their children play and interact with their peers. Siblings are welcome to join. All playgroups are held at Kidnetix Play Centre Address: 100 Bridgeland Ave. Unit#1 North York, ON M6A 2V1
PAL 612 (Ages 6 to 12)
DSAT PAL 612 is designed for children with Down syndrome to nurture friendships in a fun, social setting. Places will be chosen to encourage appropriate socialization, play, and interaction for all children. Siblings are welcome to join in on the fun, and build friendships with other siblings as well. Parent involvement will be hands on while sharing in the company of others. For 2014/2015 DSAT will be expanding their Saturday morning playgroup to include children up to age 12. All playgroups are held at Kidnetix Play Centre Address: 100 Bridgeland Ave. Unit#1 North York, ON M6A 2V1
PAL 1319 (Ages 13 to 19)
This unique PAL 1319 program is designed for teens with Down syndrome to meet new friends, gain independence and develop life skills through fun, social outings with other teens with DS. Each outing will be organized, led and fully supervised by the DSAT PAL 1319 team consisting of parents, professionals and volunteers. Such outings will include, but not limited to movies, bowling, dinner, etc. and will occur once a month throughout the year.
At St. Bonaventure - Try SOMETHING Different - A VIDEO DANCE - You can watch famly friendly music videos of song that is being played.
Just Dance Dates:
September 16, 2016
October 21, 2016
November 4, 2016
December 2, 2016
January 20, 2017
February 17, 2017
March 3, 2017
April 7, 2017
May 19, 2017
June 16, 2017
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For Ages 15-39 with developmental delays and their friends are invited to this event.
Parents can leave dancers who do not require one-on-one support at the dance; and
please sign the waivers with your contact info. (Parents are welcomed to stay and help
at the dance but limited seating area)
1300 Leslie Street, M3C 2K9 - South of Lawrence Avenue, and South of Edwards
Gardens North of Eglinton.
Admission $8 includes Video Dance, juice, chips.
Take bus 54 or 51 from the Eglinton Station or bus 51 from the Leslie Station.
For parents who are driving/dropping off, there is Shops at Don Mills Plaza or
stay to help out at the dance.
Saturday Recreation and Leisure Fun
For youths and adults 13+ years old with developmental disabilities.
Young adults will have the opportunity to establish a peer network within a structured social and recreational program.
Families will be able to connect with others and gain support and information for future support needs.
Who can attend
Young adults with developmental disabilities 13+. Young adults must be able to work within 1 to 4 ratio with staff. If parents would like to send their young adults with a 1:1 worker, space is available to accommodate such requests.
4801 Keele Street, Unit 13
Hours of Operation
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$10.00 per day
To register your daughter and/or son for the Saturday Program, please contact:
(416)736-0199 -- Erin Mittlemen at ext.239 or Robert Passaro at ext. 241
You will be required to attend an Intake Meeting to gather pertinent information.
Please note you can register at any time!
An After-School Group Music Therapy Program
The Music Circle is an integrated group music therapy program for children between the 8 - 11 with various needs. It is an after-school program in which participants will be invited to share music and friendship, while expanding skills in many areas including social, emotional, language, cognitive, and motor development. This ten-week program will be introduced and facilitated through musical experiences including singing, instrument playing, improvising, and song-writing. The children will have opportunities to build on their strengths as well as address their challenges with support. The focus of the program will be on building social skills such as turn taking, sharing, co-operation, initiation, self-expression, problem solving, and appropriate expression of emotions. This program could also be an excellent opportunity for siblings of children with special needs to learn and participate in a fun and normalized after-school activity with their siblings.
Primary program goals
- To provide a safe and creative environment that will help children to enhance their skills
- To provide outlets for emotions
- To facilitate social interaction with peers
- To enhance communication skills
- To increase children’s self-esteem by providing them with successful experience
- To facilitate creative self-expression through exploring various instruments including voice
- To provide an enjoyable experience
- Previous music training is not required.
Andrea Lamont, MTA, is a music therapist who works with a variety of challenges including developmental delays, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, William’s Syndrome, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Andrea encourages active participation in the music presented to develop social skills and to encourage expressive communication. This may include instrument manipulation, singing, movement, or listening. In addition to her private practice, Andrea also works at the Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre as a creative arts therapies team member. and as a researcher on music technology projects such as the “Virtual Musical Instrument”.
MusiConnects offers individual and small group music therapy sessions to children and adolescents with special needs including Down syndrome, autism, and learning disabilities.
Music therapy and music enrichment groups are also available for babies (newborns - 3 yrs.) and parents. In addition, individually tailored piano lessons that focus on the process of learning and self-expression are offered to individuals with special needs.
You'll be glad to know that DSAT is partnering with College Montrose Children's Place in Downtown Toronto to offer programs on Nurturing Development for Parents/Care Providers with Children Ages 0-6.
Need a more relaxed, quiet, barrier free play environment? Join our weekly registered play and learn group
A maximum of 8 - 12 children registered
Staffed by Early Childhood, and supported by dedicated volunteers
Play based learning activities in all areas of child development, song and rhyme circle, snack time and more
When: Mondays 10:00 AM—12:30 PM
Where: 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON
View Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7hERi1HMbqE2
To register please call 416-532-9485 x 221
(For adults ages 19+)
The PAL19+ program is designed for adults with Down syndrome (DS) to meet new friends, promote independence and develop life skills through fun, social outings with other adults with DS.
Each month, the events will consist of a dinner and social organized, lead and fully supervised by the DSAT PAL19+ team consisting of professionals and volunteers. The group will venture to various restaurants throughout the city of Toronto, close to public transportation to dine and mingle with old friends and new.
All PAL19+ events are drop off programs. Should an adult require their own support person, please contact one of our team members to make arrangements.
Below is a list of upcoming events. Each month, DSAT will email the full event information including, restaurant details, directions and locations parents can visit while waiting/ dropping off their adult.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
December - Christmas Party
Meet the Team
Nisha is a volunteer board member of DSAT. Her passion for advocacy and wanting to do more is influenced by her younger brother with Down syndrome. She is a marketing and communications specialist working in the mining industry. Speaking to thousands of investors globally, she joined the DSAT to share her networking skills, connect with supporters and advance the organization’s mission. Nisha is committed to raising awareness and challenging the stigma associated with disability.
Adam started volunteering with DSAT in February 2015. He created video content for World Down Syndrome Day, Buddy Walk and other events for use on the DSAT website along with all DSAT social media outlets. Adamactively participates in the organization and participation of PAL19+
monthly events with hopes of expanding the program and growing its membership.
Adamhas other volunteer experience in coaching various sports for kids under 13 for the Knights of Columbus. Adamhas worked as a sound engineer, video editorand content manager for most of his career.He enjoys running, hockey, scuba diving and writing music in his extra time.
Zoe is a Teacher Candidate at Queen's University (2016). She completed her BAH in concurrent education, psychology and religious studies. Zoe has a great passion for learning and providing every person the opportunity for a multitude of experiences! She is also an artist and uses art as a means of expression--believing that individuals of all ability can do the same! Zoe has taught in a variety of classrooms and finds such joy and appreciation for the support, friendship, and love that is involved with an inclusive community.
Nancy comes to DSAT with over 25 years of experience working with children as an Early Childhood Educator. She previously worked at the High Park Forest School for Visually Impaired Children, Bloorview and now works for DSAT Co-ordinating programs for the 6-12 and 0-3 age groups and also works at Holy Rosary School as a lunchtime supervisor. In her spare time she loves to cook and is an amateur photographer.
Tisha is a third year university student at the University of Toronto studying Criminology, Equity with an interest in disability and Woman and Gender Studies. During her spare time, she enjoys running her campus club Because We Care and spending time with family and friends. Her passion for advocacy and achieving equity for people with disabilities is strongly influenced by her younger brother with Down Syndrome. Her goal is to be involved with the Down Syndrome community and create inclusivity through fostering great relationships and friendships!
Karina de Freitas
Karina joined the DSAT PAL19+ program in January 2016, she is also the volunteer coordinator for the DSAT PAL1319 program. She works in the non-profit sector focusing on community relations and events. Growing up with a close relative with Down Syndrome, Karina is committed to assisting people with disabilities. With a passion for community development, she is excited to bring individuals within the Down Syndrome community together to build lasting relationships.
Sarah joined the DSAT PAL19+ program in January 2016. She is a young professional working as a communications associate in the mental health care sector. Sarah has had firsthand experience supporting a family member with Down Syndrome as well as volunteering as a one-on-one support worker for other young adults with disabilities. She is passionate about providing new experiences and resources to individuals in the Down Syndrome community.
Yonge & St. Clair area
We'd love to have you join us for a fun & exciting program. Each participant is seen individually for Speech Therapy while the remainder of the group is busy dancing, singing, acting out stories, cooking, playing co-operative games, dressing up, role playing . . .
All activities focus on communication & socialization
*10 sessions, 2 hour program
- Early Language 1 (5-9 year olds) 9:00-11:00
- School-Age (8-10 year olds) 11:00-1:00
- Teen/Tween (12+ year olds) 1:30-3:30
- Early Language 2 (4-7 year olds) 3:30-5:30
- Ages listed above are used as a guideline. Communication & cognitive skills of participants are also taken into account regarding group placement.
- goals may include articulation, speech rate, expressive & receptive language, asking for clarification, topic maintenance, presenting, back & forth conversation skills, initiating interaction…
- theme-based programming
- ratio of 1 staff to 2 clients
- focus on communication and social interaction skills
- $670 - $695 (Contact Tina for current session details)
- fee may be covered by private insurance or Special Services at Home
- contact Tina Gasee, Speech-Language Pathologist, for more information or to put your name on a contact list to be notified about future programs
It is a place where youth can come to make new friends, participate in the arts and enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities. Also great for families who are looking for a day program to transition their child into.
High school students come to join in our day program from 9:30am to 3:00pm
We encourage everyone to participate in the variety of activities that revolve around the arts primarily drama, dance, visual arts and music. Outings and field trips are scheduled accordingly to support our weekly agenda.
It is a time to participate, socialize, make new friends, interact with community partners who also come and visit along with volunteers and staff.
Baby Sign Language for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers, too!
Long before your baby can speak, she has the ability to understand speech & wants to communicate with you. Most babies are able to sign back to you by the time they are 8-12 months of age.
Since 2001, certified WeeHands Instructors have taught thousands of families & caregivers to sign with their children. WeeHands teaches you & your family American Sign Language signs, songs & language development strategies to use with your little one!
To read more about WeeHands go to
Yoga for Children & Adults with Special Needs
Yoga for the Special Child(R) is a therapeutic program of yoga techniques that enhances the natural development of infants, toddlers and children with special needs. The classes include music and sound therapy, eye exercises, yoga poses, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. Yoga for the Special Child(R) is internationally recognized and was established by Sonia Sumar in 1972.
Sherry LeBlanc is the director of Yoga 4 Kids and has been teaching adults for 33 years and children’s yoga for 15 years. Sherry is a Licensed Practitioner of and Certified Program Teacher for YSC(R).
Location: Flow! Yoga and Wellness, 408 Dupont St. (on the north side between Howland Ave. & Brunswick Ave.)
Mailing address: Yoga 4 Kids, 639 Dupont Street, Suite 507, Toronto, ON. M6G 1Z4. Full fee by PAY PAL