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with Autism - Kerry`s Place Autism Services
Winter 2011/12
Enhancing lives!
In 2009, the first Kerry’s Place Autism Services Outcomes Celebration was held. It gave people we support the opportunity
to come together to share things in their life that were meaningful. The first year, there were a few scheduled presentations
and many people spontaneously decided to stand up and share. And so began a wonderful, new KPAS tradition. Since the first
celebration, this has become a much anticipated event for people we support. The third annual celebration was held October
26th in Aurora. It was attended by over 150 people, who enjoyed the opportunity to hear about what others are doing, and of
course to eat and drink and celebrate! (CONTINUED ON PAGE 8)
Board of Directors
Isabel Meharry
David Acri
Roland Beauregard
Jeff Holmes
Robert Hart
Lorne Hartman
Nancy Lala
Jordana Huber
David Morrow
Jay Serdula
Mark Walsh
Vice Chair
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Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Glenn Rampton
Kathryn McNea
Jennifer Adams
Rose Anne Punnett
Daniel Hung
Josie Cozzi-McFatridge
Daphne Whitehouse
Lisa Binns
Glenda Van Hemert
Regional Executive Directors
Central West
Joe Persaud
Regional Executive Director
[email protected]
12A – 219 Dufferin St.
Toronto, ON M6K 3J1
Tel: (416) 537-2000
Fax: (416) 537-7715
South East
Christine Johnson
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25 Van Kirk Drive, Unit 3
Brampton, ON L7A 1A6
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Central East
Brenda Scott
Regional Executive Director
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34 Berczy St., Suite 201
Aurora, ON L4G 1W9
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& Donation Form
If your membership expired on
December 31, 2011 then it’s time
to renew once again!
You may have already received a letter in the mail, but if you
haven’t, don’t worry; renewing is easy! Simply fill out the
membership form and send it in. Please feel free to request
an electronic version of the form by contacting Jennifer at
[email protected] or call (905) 841-6611 Ext. 333.
The Kerry’s Place Autism Services membership
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If you have not previously been a member of Kerry’s Place
Autism Services please consider joining as this program provides a very import source of funding for the organization and
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Submitted by: Glenda Van Hemert
The latest 6 week session of the “Kids and Dogs” program drew to a close
just before Christmas.
Aaron, Avery, Jeremy and Robert, all of whom are naturals working
with dogs, participated for one hour each week learning about their furry
friends in a fun and interactive setting. They walked the dogs, played with
them and brushed them. The group (and the dogs!) always finished off
with a snack and an educational story about dogs read by the boys in turn.
Thank you to the Community Living centre in Richmond Hill, who generously allowed us to use the space. The small gymnasium was just the right
size for walking and playing with the dogs while parents waited in the adjoining lounge.
Everyone enjoyed the program immensely, as was conveyed by the parents on more than one occasion. One mom told me
that on Monday mornings her son was adamant that she not come home late from work because she had to bring him to
―Kids and Dogs‖! It was a pleasure to play a part in providing this program, which never fails to be extremely popular and
beneficial to all.
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Sandra Smith
Carol Conboy - Pleizier
Nathan Goodman
Yvonne Pearce
Gregory Lengyell
Jennifer Adams
Alan Griggs
Stembiso Phili
Peter Turcotte
Debbie Adjetey
Margaret Hanes
Mava Priddle
Babatunde Ajayi
Kelly Healey
Natasha Roberts
Jennifer Robertson
Kunle Animashaun
Theodore Henry
David Rogers
Aneesa Sayeed
Kelecia Ansine
Heather Hughes
Nicolle Rusnak
Emmanuel Awosunrun
Catherine Hutchinson
Daisy Ryan
Candice Grant
Giselle Ayabaca
Maria Iliadis
Dawn Scott-Geen
Jim Preston
Okey Azikiwe
Shivon Khasow
Kathy Stamogiannos
Lindsay Baker
Julie Adetayo
Kathryn Bosse
Mychelle Ahearn
Monique Brown
Myah Boodoosingh
Rebecca Camastro
Luigi Culmone
Adolfo Castellanos
Iiene Currie
Joseph Ciancio
Chris Duggan
Susan Craine
Laura Egerton
Karrie Daponte
Una Johnson
Lillian Delahaye
Cory McCallum
Oluwatoyin Dipo
Cherry Munoz
Devar Linus Drummond
Felicia Omenazu
Bogdan Druzba
Diane Kite
Alan Lamoureux
Glen Latchford
Lisa Lewis
Angela Lyons
Natasha Mahoney
Deborah Moran (Flint)
Lisa Mossop
Patricia Nike
Anthonia Nwankwor
Kelly Obas
Sally Oliver-Pitts
Victoria Talag
Matthew Thompson
Elizabeth Tinuoye
Melanie Tooze
Rebecca Travers
Erica Valentine
Samantha Vanderpoel
Joanne Verzyl
Lisa Vibert
Linda Veira
Wilton Walters
Antoinette Willis
Adepoju Oni
Brenda Wood
Alison Passmore
Roseline Ebueku
Glenn Rampton
Glyris Edwards
Williams Onososen
Gary Wright
Shelley Schwass
Alison Fox
Kelly Ormston
Shelley Young
Mohamed Sesay
Leanne Girard
Natasha Palacio
Lisa Steinman
Ramat Giwa
Katrina Pattison
Congratulations to all staff
members who achieved a
service milestone in 2011!
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Annual General Meeting 2011
On Thursday, September 22nd the 2011 Kerry’s Place Autism
Services Annual General Meeting was held at the Sheraton
Parkway Hotel Toronto North. The event was a great success and saw Board Members, staff, and KPAS members
gather together to recognize the dedication of those who
provide supports and services to people living with an ASD
within our communities.
TD Waterhouse
Classic Albums Live
Beneworx Inc.
Equity ICI Property
HealthSource Plus
Global Governance
HR Systems
O’Sullivan Estate
Sun Life Financial
Raymond James
Reilly Security
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About Communications
David Acri
Jennifer Adams
Michael Albinyi
Elizabeth Amos
Bradley Bezeau
James & Sally Billett
Ann Beauregard
Barbara Best
Phil & Beverley Bregman
Mike & Lauren Brown
Jan Bruveris
Nick Burmudzija
Canadian Opera Company
Peter & Sally Cant
Caterpillar Footwear
Classic Albums Live
Gordon & Maria Cruickshank
Danier Leather
Vince Commisso
Shawn Cooper
Trixie Deveau
HSH Canada
Dezigner Digz
Dufflet Pastries
Ken & Margot Elston
Chris Esson
June Field
Josephine Finerty
Glow Medi Spa
GoodLife Fitness
Janet Galloway
Susan Gamble
Myreille Goyer
Ian Gray
Bizia Greene
Greenshield Canada
Tom Griffiths
Jules Gross
Gryphin Advantage Inc.
Haartek Salon
Judy Holmes
Virginia Holmes
Hayes + Company
David Holmes
John Jory
Ann MacDiarmid
Diane Hunter
Images That Suit
Interface Technologies Inc.
Bruce & Ellen Jacobs
Jones Brown Inc.
Imelda Judge
Nancy Lala
Ashley Lane
James Lane
Robert Law
D. Chris King
Mill Street Breweries
Long & McQuade
Ruth & Robert Lunan
Thomas Lunan
Janet Helen McKelvey
Jane & Colin McDonald
Toronto Blue Jays Baseball
Rose Reisman Catering/The
Art of Living Well
Maple Leaf Sports &
The Rosewater Supper
Hometech Environmental
Jan De Lind Van Wijngaarden
Minto Foundation
Mirto Italian Restaurant & Bar
Debbie Moran
Vanessa Morgan
Tracy Martin
National Arts Centre
Pizza Nova
Nature’s Emporium
James Pitblado
Ed Piwowarczyk
Paul Pugh
RBC Foundation
Harry & Diane Reinhardt
Richvale York Block Inc.
Robert Rizzuto
Robert Rose Inc.
Reilly’s Security Services
Alana Shields
Lola SImkus
Catherine Singer
Beverley Smedley
Anthony Ross
Mansfield Ski Club
John Sotos
Soulpepper Theatre Company
Sporting Life
Clive Robinson
Sandra Thomson
Joel Steinman
Ernest & Rhoda Stellick
Te Aro Coffee Inc.
The Art & Gift Gallery
Beatrice Marchese
The Keg Restaurants Ltd.
The Liberty Group
The National Ballet of Canada
The Rick Mercer Report
The Shaw Festival
Barbara Wong
Tilley Endurables
Timex Group Canada Inc.
Mark Toren
John Weir
Michael Young
Whirlpool Canada
Voulez Beauty Salon
Mark Walsh
Denise Waskul
Whole Foods Market
Stephanie Bass, Michael Borisko, Stephanie Conant, Sheila Debly-Magnus, Dress for Success, Nathan Goodman, Judy Holmes, Daniel Hung,
Ashley Lane, John Parn, David Rochon, Marta Roncon, Ritchie Valera, Neil Walker, Jodi Williams
Vanessa Morgan (Chair), Jonathan Morgan (Vice Chair), Linda Andersen, Wanda Crichton, Tracy Martin, Susan Pearce, Howard Weinroth
Ad Hoc Committee Members
Suzette Cuthbert, Judy Holmes, Nancy Lala, Beverley Smedley
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Evening for Autism
Rosemary Abigania
Submitted by Daphne Whitelaw and Kim Cunningham, Coordinators of Quality Enhancement
Since the first year of the Outcomes Celebration in 2009 , people seem to be inspired to create unique and personalized presentations. We were fortunate to see several slide shows, some accompanied by music. People told us about vacations they
had been on to exotic destinations, showed us the process of building furniture in a woodworking class, about graduating
from high school and attending a prom. People created collages of photos and created a ―Tree of Life‖. The room was decorated with a ―POM‖ tree – a lighted holiday palm tree that had ―coconut‖ decorations with photos representing each of the
22 outcomes. Many shared art work, crafts and we were even treated to a couple of songs on the keyboard. Many of the
presentations made us laugh, and others brought a tear to the eye as we watched people realize goals and dreams.
It was amazing to see so many of the people we support in one place, watching each other present and celebrate together. It
was their day; a day to feel special, a day to remember, a day to inspire.
On Friday, December 16, 2011 National Resources Minister Joe Oliver announced that the Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) of
Metropolitan Toronto will receive $280,000 in federal funding for its youth employment project and Asperger’s Job Readiness
Program, offered in partnership with Kerry’s Place Autism Services. KPAS C.E.O. Glenn Rampton and Community Manager
for KPAS Toronto, Stephanie Conant attended the event hosted by the JVS partners at their Toronto headquarters.
More than $182,000 will be given to JVS’s Asperger’s Job Readiness Program from the Enhanced Employment Assistance Services component of the government’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities and more than $98,000 will go to JVS’s
youth employment project from the government’s Skills Link program.
The Asperger’s Job Readiness Program partnership with KPAS, which began as a pilot project in 2010, will provide work experience tailored to meet the needs of 16 people with disabilities, as well as help participants prepare for, obtain and maintain
jobs. The Skills Link project will support 10 youths, assisting them in developing the skills and experience they need to find a
job, or provide encouragement to return to school. Project participants will work one-on-one with career counsellors to
develop action plans that will help them reach their employment and educational goals.
Originally created to help survivors of the Holocaust find employment in Canada and later expanded to help others both inside and outside the local Jewish community, JVS works with thousands of clients every year.
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October 4, 2011 heralded the launch of the
York ASD Partnership at Glenway Country
Club in Newmarket.
This collaboration between community service
providers, government agencies, educators,
health-care professionals and parents is dedicated to improving the existing systems of service and support for children, youths and adults
with an autism spectrum disorder in York Region. Guests were introduced to the Partnership along with insights into its vision, strategic
goals and plans for system changes.
―The vision is to help people with an ASD in
York region live to their full potential at home,
school, work and play ‖ said Neil Walker,
Project Manager for the initiative. ―Demand for
services & supports for those in our community with an ASD is on the rise, yet resources
continue to be limited,‖ he added.
The partnership goals include:
Coordinated access to services to ensure
that any call to an agency involved in the
York ASD Partnership will lead families to
the appropriate resource and action;
Increase knowledge and raise awareness
about ASD among physicians, service providers, parents and the general public;
Provide a continuum of coordinated services through the frequent use of individualized, electronic Single Plans of Care
Formalize partnerships, strengthen collaborative capacity and increase transparency and accountability across the system
of support.
The York ASD Partnership is led by the ASD
Steering Group and has established Working
Groups including Assessment and Screening;
Communications; Mapping and Pathways; Physician Support; Professional Development; Systems Change; and, Transition Planning that are
responsible for driving specific action areas.
through balanced representation of parents,
local service providers and community stakeholders. Information is available at www.
YorkASDPartnership.org .
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Submitted by The Dalzell Team
On August 15, 16, 17 an enviable drive for nature buffs Frank C., Frank T. and
Julian O. took place as they cruised to a cottage a stone’s throw from Wasaga
Beach, the longest freshwater beach in the World. Frank and the crew explored
the talcum sand, the heavenly Mountain View, fairy tale Collingwood and the
quaint history of ol’ Mansurs mouthwatering subway consisting of meatballs &
sauce in giant hotdog buns; incidentally Franks favorite delicacy. The fellows
were numbed to sleep that evening with the caressing breeze and crescendo of
waves. Frank’s preference of the mountain to the beach proved
forthright to Hillary’s conquest of Everest of ―Nothing Ventured,
Nothing Gained‖. Blair’s invitational lunch at Danny’s grandparents
cottage highlighted the bonds built and friendships made.
Submitted by Chris Downer, East House, SE Region
Connie had a fabulous summer. She participated in a trip to the Ramada
Inn, where she stayed for 1 night and 1 day. The next trip she took was
to the Kingston Ambassador where she stayed 2 nights and 3 days. She
enjoyed their indoor water slide and Kingston's tourism. She visited the
museums and went down to the waterfront to observe ships. She has
also been visiting her brother regularly over the summer months. Connie has been enjoying her golf kart, which she is attempting to learn to
drive on her own. She also purchased a new boat which she paddled on
Stoco Lake for the remainder of the summer. When Connie was not on
outings she was enjoying the convenience of the pool on the property
almost daily. One of Connie's dreams is to one day have the pool heated
so she can use it all year round.
Submitted by Stephen
Donny B.’s PCP goal was to experience a variety of fun stuff, so his house mates tagged along with him on some of his outings. Meeting an Elvis impersonator was a big thrill for Donny. He had a great time go-karting since Stephen was driving like
they were at the Indy 500. Donny has planned a trip to Niagara Falls that will be fun for him since he keeps waving at the
Marineland commercials on the television!
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This is me Adam and my friend Paul on an elephant as the keeper takes us
around the grounds.
Here is another picture. These are
camels sitting in the muddy water and
gazing at each other.
Here is another picture of some animals just lying around quietly content with
the scene around them.
Submitted by Beverly Howell
On Friday August 26th 2011, the Jays Care Foundation invited KPAS Central West Community Services to come to the ball
park to watch a Blue Jays game and enjoy a night out. Families participated in
a lottery where their names were drawn for tickets to enjoy a night at the
ball park in a box suite free of charge. A visit from ―Ace‖ the Blue Jays mascot, great weather, the JumboTron and watching an enjoyable game made the
night perfect. Even though the Jays lost that game, a good time was had by all.
Many families with a child with an ASD find attending sporting events a huge
challenge because of large number of people and poor accommodations for
their child. The night at the ball park provided them with an opportunity they
would otherwise not have had.
A special thanks to the Jays Care Foundation for providing the accommodations and food for those lucky family and staff members.
Submitted by: Brennan Lough & The West House Team
Lookout KPAS, there’s a West (House) Wind blowing in and it’s full of excitement! As the summer drew to a close and the
cool weather and autumn leaves appeared we reminisced about what was a great summer it was for all! In a season that
brought many changes within our KPAS community, things are looking brighter and better than ever. The utilization of our
West House campground has been a huge success with all supported people. It has given us a place to camp, a place to come
together and a place to enjoy the simplicity our ―neck of the woods‖ seems to entail. The West House came together over
the summer to put in the work that was needed to achieve such a place. It taught the importance of hard work and teamwork, as well as developing strong bonds between everyone. From BBQ’s to camp fires to a visiting place for families, our
campground is an achievement we here are very proud of. The summer was filled with very warm days; swimming trips and
cool treats were a great way to pass the time and the heat. Road trips to the zoo and community venues also brought great
times and fun memories. Although a cold winter lies ahead we know that it won’t be long until our next summer rolls around
and we at the West House can only hope that the next one is as good as the last!
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As recorded by Monica Wiltshire, Liaison at Adams’ home
A great BIG thanks to a grant from Edwards Charitable Foundation. This year, KPAS’
Toronto Community Services was pleased to offer a summer cooking class run by a staff
member Meggie Stewart and cooking consultant Vince Commisso, who became known
to us when he demonstrated his culinary powers during an Adult Social Group night.
Six participants with an ASD ranging in ages 11-30 benefited from the program. A special thank you to Fundraising Manager Jennifer as well as to Meggie and Vince!
Ms. Patrice Graham-Brown of Investors Group
Financial & Jennifer Adams, KPAS Fundraising
Kerry’s Place Autism Services is very honoured to have received a cheque in
the amount of $450 in recognition of the volunteer work performed by Ms.
Patrice Graham-Brown. Patrice has been an active member of the KPAS Golf
Tournament Committee for several years and has made a tremendous impact
on the success of the event. Thank you to Investors Group Financial and
Patrice for your generous efforts!
Submitted by Amanda McNicol with the assistance of and on behalf of Burnie and Adam
On Friday July 29th Burnie and Adam threw their bags in the car and headed off to Kingston for the weekend. During the
drive Burnie sang along to 70’s classic’s while Adam bopped along to the music and enjoyed the scenic drive. Finally, they arrived at the Ambassador Conference Resort,
where they would stay for the weekend. After check-in, they went for a walk around
the hotel to see the indoor water park, games room and restaurant. Burnie enjoyed
looking in the banquet halls that had been set up for weddings. After unpacking, they
headed downtown where they found a quiet little Italian Restaurant and enjoyed dinner.
After dinner they went for a long leisurely walk down by the Marina where there were
beautiful gardens, fountains and boats of all different types bobbing in the water. After a
while they decided to head back to the Hotel to turn in for the night.
Saturday morning Burnie and Adam got up, headed to the water park where they
soaked in the hot tub and swam. Later in the morning they went back to the Marina and
boarded a cruise ship where they spent the afternoon enjoying a scenic tour up the
Rideau Canal, along the St. Lawrence River and onto Lake Ontario. The tour, which highlights the westerly 1000 Islands, Fort
Henry, shipwrecks, classical architecture, Canada's Royal Military College and the imposing Kingston Penitentiary, was narrated by a caricature of Canada’s First Prime Minister and Kingston native son, Sir John A. MacDonald.
After the boat cruise Burnie and Adam walked around the downtown streets which
had been blocked off for hundreds of vendors to set up booths and sell everything one
could think of. Burnie was very happy to find a large assortment of jewellery and
bought a ring that she just had to have. While Burnie shopped, Adam enjoyed watching the horse drawn buggies that drove tourists around town. For dinner, they decided
on a Chinese Buffet, then went back to their hotel and watched a movie before turning in for the night. On Sunday morning Adam and Burnie got up and hit the hot tub
and pool once again. Afterwards, they went back upstairs, packed up, went for brunch
in the hotel restaurant, then checked out and headed home. Burnie and Adam had a
great weekend and look forward to another weekend away soon!
CJ had a successful first day of school as he began his Chemical Engineering Technology program at Seneca at York. CJ has an
Asperger’s diagnosis and worked closely with his Foundations support worker to establish all of the accommodations that will
help him to succeed in post-secondary education.
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EJ is a young man who resides in the Central West Region. He enjoys traveling. One
of his goals from his last PCP was to travel. Along with his support circle, which includes the Manager and staff, EJ decided that he would go on a Caribbean Cruise. For
one week at the end of August EJ and his support staff Donna, embarked on a magical
They flew from Pearson Airport to Florida
where they set sail to the Islands. He toured Key West on one of the tour trains.
He stopped over in Grand Cayman and shopped for souvenirs for his mother and
friends. EJ also stopped over in Jamaica; while there he climbed Dunn’s River Falls
and drank sweet refreshing coconut water which he enjoyed very much. EJ continued to enjoy his trip by partying on the boat on a nightly basis. He also flirted with
the beautiful women that were around. EJ enjoyed tasting the Caribbean dishes
while he was there.
This has been a magical Caribbean Cruise for EJ, as he was able to realize one of his
personal goals. EJ cannot wait for next year to come to see where he goes next.
Submitted by Jody Williams
On June 15th Katie and Milena along with support staff ventured on a vacation to
the island of Barbados. They stayed in a charming villa in Bridgetown. It was situated across the street from the ocean. They swam everyday, visited tourist attractions like the Harrison Cave and Barclays Park. They enjoyed the native cuisine
and were fascinated with the live entertainment at Oiston where they heard steel
drums, incredible singing and watched the talented dancers. It was a trip they will
never forget!
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Submitted by Donna Williams
By Lisa Steinman
On August 18th, Lisa packed her clothes and personal belongings, including her Cyndi Lauper doll and Peppermint Patty, and traveled on the subway to her father’s condo where she slept over. When she arrived at her
fathers place, she said hello and unpacked her Cyndi Lauper doll and Peppermint Patty doll. She put her backpack in the bedroom with the dolls
and went into the family room to watch Dust up on History Television and
then CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson. After the news was
over, she turned off the television and helped her father and his girlfriend
prepare the sofa bed by putting on the sheets and comforter including the
pillows. She got ready for bed. On Friday morning everyone got up and
watched Canada AM on the CTV News Channel. They ate french toast
with jam and syrup for breakfast. They left at 9:30am and drove to Stratford. As soon as they arrived in Stratford, they found a parking space near
the theatre and walked up to York Street. Later on in the morning, Lisa’s
father ordered a picnic lunch from York Street Kitchen. Lisa waited patiently and played with her dolls waiting for lunch to arrive. As soon as the
picnic lunch was ready, her father picked it up at the take out window and
they ate Miakdo sandwiches filled with tuna, cucumbers, tomatoes, sprouts
and jack cheese on multigrain bread. His girlfriend ate the Othello filled with goats cheese, roasted sweet red peppers,
black olives, lettuce, pesto and sundried tomatoes on sourdough. Lisa shared the Crispy Minis with her father and his girlfriend. After the picnic lunch, they walked around some more looking in stores and then walked up to the Festival Theatre
to watch the play Twelfth Night. The play was so funny and the actors had musical instruments because they are musicians.
After the play was over, they drove back to Toronto and ate dinner at the restaurant Mezze Notte. Lisa had a ceaser salad
and pizza as well as chocolate tartufo. After dinner, her father drove her back home and as soon as she got in her apartment, she unpacked her clothes to be washed and she changed the bed sheets. Lisa finished her things just in time for CTV
National News. She slept in her own bed again and in the morning went to the gym to work out on the elliptical and a
power cardio workout. Lisa went to the beaches in the morning to walk the boardwalk and eat lunch at Dufflet's.
The Stratford trip went well!
Story by Tarek McNamara
Alex and I have took part in the 35th Annual Exceptional People’s
Olympiad in Joyceville, Ontario on July 16th.
We had to get up early at 6am to be ready for pick-up. Christine
from Metcalfe drove us, she even stopped at McDonald’s in Napanee to buy everyone breakfast. I love the egg mcmuffin combo
and so does Alex.
At around 8am we arrived in Joyceville and on our way into the
game we were given a special participation medal and a t-shirt.
Once in the yard, we found our coach and listened to the speakers welcome everyone to their facility. We then put on our sunscreen and we were ready for the day.
Each of us had our individual coach for the entire day. My coach really liked to win and so did I. Boy was my coach ever
proud of me! I got first in all my events but one where I came in second. In the 100 yard dash my coach ran beside me at the
sidelines encouraging me to do my best. I stayed out in front of everyone and I came in first again. Boy did my coach ever
hug me for winning again - he said that was the most difficult event of the day and that it was my best event of the entire day.
It was a hot day and we were given drinks all day long.
Finally the games were over and I had done very well and met a new friend - my Coach! Both Alex and I came away from the
games with our medals, lots of ribbons for placing and fond memories. On the way home we stopped for an ice-cream - what
an end to a great day! When we arrived back to Gray Road I called my mom and told her how my day was and how I had
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Another one of the simulations was finding a book while in a wheel chair. It did not take long for
the students to feel firsthand the limitations that people in wheel chairs are presented with on a
daily basis. It took students up to ten minutes to get a book off the shelf when they were in a
wheelchair, a task that would usually take a minute.
Photography by Andrew Vallis
The students also did a simulation to understand what it feels like to be an elderly person. They
put on glasses to impair their vision and ear phones to block their hearing and used a walker to
get around. This simulation was very frustrating for the students because more than one of the
senses was impaired. It helped them to understand what it was like for their grandparents and
other elderly people in the community.
The day was organized by the Town’s Accessibility Advisory Committee in partnership
with the Whitby Public Library. A survey was sent out prior to the exercise and the same
survey was completed after the exercise to gage the amount of awareness that was built.
―International Day of Persons with Disabilities‖ will assist to build a better understanding
of the obstacles that people with disabilities face in their everyday living. Hopefully it will
help people to be more kind to one another as we never know what challenges people
are facing that we are unaware of. Kerry’s Place Autism Services was proud to be a part
of this event.
At Kerry’s Place Autism Services (KPAS), we support and encourage people to exercise their rights the same as all citizens of
KPAS is looking for new volunteer members to join our Rights Committee. This committee provides an
independent review of rights limitations to ensure the balance of rights, risks and responsibilities for the
people supported through our agency. The committee also provides input to KPAS procedures and practices that may impact the protection and promotion of rights and freedom.
It is important that the Rights Committee represents our diverse community. We are looking for volunteers from each of our four geographic regions and from a variety of backgrounds: teachers, business
people, parents, members of faith communities, trades people, the medical community – anyone interested in helping people to affirm and protect their rights.
Committee members are asked to commit to attend an interview/information session, a workshop and 3-4 evening meetings
throughout the year in their geographic area. No previous experience or expertise is required. We will provide training for our
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Daphne at [email protected]
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On December 3, 2011 Whitby students learned what is like to be disabled by participating in a series of stimulations. KPAS Durham community staff did a simulation on what it is like to have an Autism. It provided the students some insight on
the struggles that people with an Autism face every day. What seems like a simple
task may present many challenges for someone with Autism. A student commented after the presentation ―When I see someone having a hard time I will see if
I can help‖.
Kerry’s Place Autism Services recognizes the right of each individual/family to question decisions and actions
carried out by our organization. We encourages people to bring their questions and concerns forward so that
they may be dealt with positively and appropriately.
A four step process has been developed to allow individuals, guardians/caregivers a way in which to resolve issues
and concerns in a fair and timely way. We hope that the process will help to clarify issues that arise at the earliest
possible stage of the matter at hand.
Step One:
Whenever an individual, or a person representing a supported individual has an inquiry of any
given situation, s/he may bring his/her concern(s) to any employee or manager. The parties
involved will attempt to gather all relevant facts and provide an answer.
Step Two:
Should a person(s) bringing forth the inquiry not be satisfied with the response from the employee, his/her complaint shall be reviewed with the immediate manager. The manager will
follow up on the concern and reply to the person having the concern(s) within five (5) working days. Any concerns deemed to be serious in nature will be addressed with a written response.
Step Three:
Should the person(s) bringing forth the concern still not be satisfied with the response, s/he
may outline his/her concern(s) verbally or in writing, to the Regional Executive Director,
addressing the reason(s) why s/he feels that his/her concern(s) have not been resolved. The
Regional Executive Director will then investigate, take any corrective measures (if possible),
and then reply (in writing if any concerns are deemed to be serious in nature) to the person
bringing forth the concern within five (5) working days.
Step Four:
If the person(s) bringing forth the concern still feels dissatisfied, s/he may request that his/her
concern(s) be forwarded to the CEO, who will review the matter and respond in writing to
the person bringing forth the concern(s) within five (5) working days.
Although it is our ardent hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, we want to assure individuals and their families/caregivers that their concerns will be heard and addressed.
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A wide range of FREE, professional and educational workshops are available through Kerry’s Place Autism Services. All ASD
Training initiatives focus on increasing the knowledge and skills of respite workers, families and agency staff about Autism
Spectrum Disorders and Respite Services. To access the training schedule for all of Central East Region (York, Simcoe,
Durham, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough) and to register for any workshop, please visit
1) Communications: Designed to assist family members/support workers to understand their child’s communicative attempts.
Assessment tools will be provided and advantages/disadvantages of augmentative communication systems including PECS & Sign Language
discussed. Light refreshments provided. Date: Monday February 6 1:00-4:00 pm Location: Resources for Exceptional Children &
Youth , 865 Westney Road South, Ajax
2) Intro to Autism: Introduction to a Autism Spectrum Diagnosis. There is a Sensory Simulation, discussion and strategy review to
learn to be more effective in interactions. Light refreshments provided. Date: Thursday February 9, 2012,1:00-4:00 Presenter: Alison
Passmore, KPAS Autism Consultant Location: Community Living Association for South Simcoe (CLASS), 233 Church St. S, Alliston
3) Supporting Children & Adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome & High Functioning Autism:
Participants will gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by children and youth with Asperger Syndrome, acquiring the skills to
manage meltdowns, identify skill deficits that lead to problems, effectively replace inappropriate behaviours with effective skills, and work
with the child’s school to create a supportive learning environment. Emphasis on numerous strategies that can be applied in the class
room, at home, and in the larger social community. Light refreshments only. Please bring your own lunch.
i) Date: Thursday February 16 10:00 am—4:00 pm Presenter: Sandee-lee Parker, M.A., Psych., B.C.B.A., Clinical Director
Behavioural Consultation & Therapy Services Location: Richmond Hill Central Library, 1 Atkinson St., Richmond Hill, 2nd floor Rm. B
ii) Date: Tuesday, March 20 9:30-4:00 Location: Lake Ridge Community Support Services, 900 Hopkins St. Unit 8, Whitby
4) Social Skill Development: A Personal Journey: Annie Hussey will explore practical social skill strategies for people on
the spectrum combined with her personal experience of learning these skills. Her goal of assisting people on the spectrum has extended
into mentoring, and she will also discuss journeys of the individuals she supports. Light refreshments will be provided.
i) Date:Tuesday February 21 6:00 -9:00 Location: Simcoe Community Services, 35 West Street North, Orillia
ii) Date: Wednesday March 7 6:00-9:00 Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 484 Water St. Newmarket
5) Social Skills: Focus of this workshop will be learning how the teaching of the specific social and life skills help to reduce barriers to
achieving quality of life goals for children and youth with an ASD. Light refreshments only. Please bring your own lunch. Date: Monday
February 27, 10:00 -1:00 Presenter: Bruce Punnett, KPAS Behaviour Therapist Location: Richmond Hill Central Library, 1 Atkinson
Street, Richmond Hill, 2nd floor Room B
6) Non-Violent Crisis Prevention/NON Certificate Program for Respite Workers: Introduction to crisis
prevention that emphasizes early intervention and non physical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behaviour. As well, there
will be a review of methods to re-establish rapport after a crisis has occurred. Light refreshments only.
i) Date: Monday March 5, 9:00 -12:00 Presenter: Kelly Erb Location: Simcoe Community Support Services, 39 Fraser Court, Barrie
Date: Tuesday March 6, 9:00-12:00 Presenter: Shaelagh Vanderveen Location: Simcoe Community Support Services, 39 Fraser
Court, Barrie
iii) Date: Tuesday March 20 & 27 6:00-9:00 Presenter: Bruce Punnett, Certified CPI Instructor Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian
Church, 484 Water Street, Newmarket
7) Managing Challenging Behaviours in Autism: Full day workshop. Participants will learn how to conduct a functional
analysis of behavior, identify appropriate replacement behaviours, and teach functional communication to create meaningful behavior
changes that maintain over time. Light refreshments provided. Please bring your own lunch. LIVE PRESENTATION WILL BE VIDEO
BROADCAST FROM THIS LOCATION. Date: Thursday March 8, 9:30 -4:00 Presenter: Sandee-lee Parker, Clinical Director Behavioural
Consultation & Therapy Services Location: Lake Ridge Community Support Services, 900 Hopkins St, Unit 8, Whitby
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Autism Spectrum Disorder Training Workshops
Family Resource Day appointments provide an opportunity for individuals and/or their
families to discuss and brainstorm with an Autism Consultant around issues regarding
Autism Spectrum Disorder. Family Resource Days are held at the Brampton Resource
Centre, the Mississauga Resource Centre, the Malton Resource Centre and the Bolton Early
Years Centre. Preset one-hour appointments will be offered during the evening, daytime and
two Saturdays per month. Some flexibility in scheduling appointments may be possible.
Appointments are open to individuals, family members, support workers, teachers and other
professionals. There is no cost for this service. We will be offering Group Family Resource
Days each month. These Group FRD’s are 2 ½ hour long sessions designed to explore the
following topics: toileting, behaviour, or a new ASD diagnosis. These sessions are opportunities for families to share their knowledge as well as network together as they gain new
information about the topics mentioned above. Please note that for Group FRD’s, childcare
is not available. You can book your appointment by calling Linda Jongsma at 905-457-1130
ext. 206. When booking your appointment you will be asked to provide your contact
information as well as a brief outline on the topic you wish to discuss.
Adult Social Groups
Adult social groups run in
both Brampton and Mississauga for people 18 years
and older with a diagnosis of
Asperger’s Syndrome and
PDD/NOS. For more
information contact Navlet
Riley-Shoultz at 905-4571130 ext.251
Games Night: Come out and play a variety of board games
once a month at either our Mississauga Resource Centre
and/or our Brampton Resource Centre. Games night are for
individuals 18 years and older with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and/or PDD NOS. Please contact Beverly
Howell for more information at 905-457-1130 ex. 209.
Community Groups
On a monthly basis come out to a variety of locations such
as the movies, Laser Quest, dinner, the pool hall and many
more to have a social opportunity in the Brampton community or Mississauga community. To find out more about
Adult supports or to indicate an interest, please call (905)
457-1130 ext. please call Beverly Howell at 905-457-1130
ex. 209.
Family Resource Days
(416) 537-2000
An hour long consultation
with an Autism Consultant
available last Thursday of
each month at the
Resource Centre behind 376
Rusholme Road. Please
Adult Social Group
(416) 537-2000
Resource Centre behind 376
Rusholme Road Drop-in.
Second-last Thursday of
every month. Drop-in from
6:30-8:30 p.m. New participants please RSVP
Adult Weekend Day
Respite Program
Resource Centre behind 376
Rusholme Road 2 weekends/
month. Call Bridget Goldenberg (416) 534-1644 .
Community activities for
adults (18+) with an ASD
living at home.
Social Skills Group for
youth 12-18
(416) 537-2000 Ext. 240.
Fall registration is open
but filling fast!
Call (416) 537-2000 Ext. 240
to register for next session.
Aspie Support Group
informal social/support
group for adults with
Asperger's/HFA. Contact
Stephanie @ (416) 537-2000
ext. 228 or
[email protected]
New programs coming soon! An Aspie Support Group, a Sibling support group (2 one-time
funded groups), an Employment Readiness program for people with Aspergers Syndrome
and a Multi-Arts Respite program for children/youth with as ASD. Please contact Stephanie
Conant 416-537-2000 ext 228 for more details.
Music Group
(416) 537-2000
Every Tuesday 4-5pm (all
ages). Bring your voice and
your instruments! Resource
Centre behind 376
Rusholme Road. New
participants please RSVP
Swim Club (416) 5372000, ext. 229. Every
Wednesday from 8-9 p.m.
starting in September. Any
age. Volunteers welcome!
Program is Full.
Please call for more information.
Children with Asperger's Syndrome Interaction and
Education program (CASIE)
CAMH/KPAS partnership. Call (416) 537-2000 to inquire.
(416) 535-8501 ext. 6187 to coordinate an assessment with
Dr. Sloman. Weekly program is for 8-14 year old
children/youth with a Parent support component.
Family Resource Days provide an opportunity to discuss issues and develop techniques which are specific to one individual with Autism. Appointments are open to individuals with an
ASD, family members, teachers and support workers and other professionals. Contact the Belleville Resource Centre @ 613-968-5554
Introduction to Autism: This presentation provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Strategies are reviewed to help people supporting an individual with an ASD learn to be
more effective in their interactions. This workshop can be modified to meet the needs of the audience and is available to parents, schools including post-secondary institutions, professionals
and other service providers. Contact [email protected] or the Belleville Resource Centre @ 613-968-5554
Visual Aids: This practical session is designed to assist parents, respite workers, teachers and agency staff with learning how to use and build visual aids. Participants will leave having
developed a visual aid. Wednesday January 25, 7-9pm Monday February 13, 7-9pm Wednesday March 7, 7-9pm Contact [email protected] Or the Belleville Resource Centre
@ 613-968-5554
Sibling Groups: Sibling Support Groups offer a chance for siblings of children with an ASD to meet other siblings and to talk about the good and not so good parts of living with a
brother or sister with special needs. For siblings age 8 and over: Monday January 30, 6-8; Monday February 27, 6-8; Wednesday, March 21, 6-8 To register and for inquires regarding
siblings younger than 8: Contact [email protected] or the Belleville Resource Centre @ 613-968-5554
Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, The National Ballet of
Canada is pleased to present a special
YouDance performance for people
supported by Kerry’s Place Autism
Services on Monday, April 30th, 2012 at
the Betty Oliphant Theatre (400 Jarvis
Street, Toronto).
A total of 125 tickets are available for
this unique performance. You must
register by emailing Jennifer Adams at
[email protected]
names of all individuals attending along
with your telephone number. Tickets
are reserved on a first come, first
served basis.
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Family Resource Days
Please call 905-579-2720 Ext. 21 or your Autism Consultant
One Roof
230 Aberdeen Blvd.
February 2
March 1
Simcoe Community
39 Fraser Court
February 6
March 5
The Common Roof
165 Ferris Lane
February 27
March 26
200 Hume St.
February 14, 16, 27
March 13, 15, 26
New Path / Catulpa office
359 West St. North
February 21
March 20
233 Church St. South
February 6, 20, 23
March 5, 19, 22
Kerry’s Place Head office
34 Berczy St.
February 21
March 28
Kerry’s Place – Head office
34 Berczy St.
February 2, 8, 22
March 1, 14, 28
CTN Building
13175 Yonge St.
February 8, 22
March 8, 27
Vita Community Living
4301 Weston Rd.
February 27
March 15
Children’s Treatment
50 McIntosh Dr. Suite 239
January 23, 26, 30
Thorne Mill on Steeles
484 Steeles Ave. West
February 16
March 15
Nobleton Arena
15 Old King Road
Not available
Holland Landing C.C
19513 Yonge St.
February 20
March 26
Sutton District High School
20798 Dalton Rd., rm. 313
February 14
March 20
RL Graham
Public School
70 Biscayne Blvd.
February 8
March 14
February 2(Queensville)
February 21 (Markham)
March 21(Vaughan)
March 27 (Aurora)
February 16 (Collingwood)
February 15 (Midland)
March 8 (Barrie)
Social Groups
Asperger Parent Support
34 Berczy Street, Aurora
7:00pm – 9:00pm
February 16, March 22
contact: Maxine Share:
[email protected]
ASD Parent Support Group
- York Region
York Region Police Station
2700 Rutherford Road, Vaughn
7:00pm – 9:00pm
February 18, March 21
Contact: Dafna Freisinger:
[email protected]
** for new families **
Call (905) 713-6808 ext. 350
to book
York and Simcoe Social Groups Fall 2011
For more information and group registration for the following social groups, please visit
Girls Club
Wednesday Night Social
Thursday Night Social
Family Resource Days
Durham (Oshawa)
KPAS Community Office
1077 Boundary Road
Community Living
93 Lindsay Street South
North Durham
Tim Horton’s
15930 Old Simcoe Road
Community Living
65 Bridge Street E.
Fourth Thursday of each
Autism Ontario
159 King St., Ste#207
Community Living
West Northumberland
275 Cottesmore Avenue
5 Counties Children’s Ctr.
872 Dutton Road
2nd Wednesday each
Group Orientation
Durham Region
The Real Canadian Superstore
481 Gibb Street
Future dates to be determined
Haliburton, Kawartha,
Pine Ridge
Point in Time Family
69 Eastern
3rd Wednesday each month
Please call (905) 579-2720 extension 21 or your Autism Consultant
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Social Clubs & Programs
Personal Donors
David Acri
Michael Albinyi
Marcela Andaluz
Tiffany Atcheson
Sarah Baxter
Ann Beauregard
Brian Bertrand
Gregory Boudreau
Mary Brennan
Kevin Brown
Richard & Karen Bryer
Peter & Sally Cant
Cheryl Chaytor
James & Sue Co
Nora Cooney
Any De Demenico
Alexander De Leeuw
Decabor Global Enterprising
Phyllis Disenhouse
Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary
Duncan Elston
Michelle Fabian
Josephine Finerty
Debbie Flint-Moran
Michel Fortier
Robert Gervais
Nick Gojevic
John Gordon
Lola Gorrill
Marlene Goudie
Myreille Goyer
Cindy Greene
Gary & Deborah Gullaher
Edward Gutzman
Frank & Carolan Halpern
Jeffrey Halpern
Lorne Hartman
Sandra Hazeltine
David Holmes
Judy Holmes
Virginia Holmes
Monty Hyde
Imark Events Inc.
Nicolette Jandrisch
John Jory
Kathryn Kerley
Lianne Kim
Nancy Lala
Ashley Lane
Barbara Lareau
Dale Lawr
Mary Lee
Eric Linh
Kai Shau Lo
Graham Lowe
Peter & Donna Lucking
Alexander Lue-Shing
D. Lue-Shing
Peter & Cathy Mackey
Kylie Martin
Valerie Martin
Dina Masur
Lissa McBride
Judith McCawley
Patricia Mcfarlane
Janet Helen McKelvey
Dale Milmine
Gail Montgomery
I.M. Montgomery
Rosemarie Morgan
Susan Munro
Ping & Emma Ng
Phil Noseworthy
Victoria Pareja
Elaine & Guy Peters
Patricia Phillips
Anthony Ramanaden
Melanie C. Ramanaden
George & Phyllis Reddick
Tammy Reiter
Robert Rizzuto
Patricia Robinson
R.T. Russell
34 Berczy Street, Ste. #190
Aurora, ON L4G 1W9
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Bessie Salapoutis
Mirian Sansalone
Galina Sassich (Masur)
Christina Sciberras
David William Senior
Jay Serdula
Michael Smedley
Cornelia Smele
Anthony Soda
Carie Spagnoli
Renate Steiner
Eleanor Stephen-Ritchie
Linda Stephens
Russell Tanzer
Drennan Wright
Brenda Zuri
Foundations & Service Clubs
Lillian & Leroy Page Foundation
The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen
Hayes + Company
Kwik Kopy—Aurora
MNA Engineering Ltd.
Stellick Marketing Communications Inc.
The Corporation of the City of Brampton
The Data Group of Companies
The York Regional Police Association
Town of East Gwillimbury
Twist Marketing Inc.
New and Renewed Members
David Acri
Michael Albinyi
Marcela Andaluz
Sarah Baxter
Ann Beauregard
Mary Brennan
Peter & Sally Cant
Cheryl Chaytor
James & Sue Co
Nora Cooney
Amy De Demenico
Alexander De Leeuw
Michelle Fabian
Josephine Finerty
Debbie Flint-Moran
Michelle Fortier
Robert Gervais
Nick Gojevic
Lola Gorrill
Marlene Goudie
Cindy Greene
Gary & Deborah Gallaher
Edward Gutzman
Frank & Carolan Halpern
Jeffrey Halpern
Lorne Hartman
Nicolette Jandrisch
Kathryn Kerley
Nancy Lala
Barbara Lareau
Mary Lee
Graham Lowe
Peter & Donna Lucking
Alexander Le-Shing
Peter & Cathy Mackey
Dina Masur
Dale Milmine
MNA Engineering Ltd.
Gail Montgomery
Rosemarie Morgan
Susan Munro
Ping & Emma Ng
Phil Noseworthy
Victoria Pareja
Elaine & Guy Peters
Anthony Ramanaden
Melanie C. Ramanaden
George & Phyllis Reddick
Tammy Reiter
Patricia Robinson
Mirian Sansalone
Galina Sassich (Masur)
David William Senior
Cornelia Smele
Anthony Soda
Carie Spagnoli
Renate Steiner
Robert Stellick
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