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The Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer Club ( in partnership with Special Olympics Ontario is starting a soccer program for children age 7 to 15 with intellectual disabilities. The program will be free in 2016 thanks to a grant from True Sport and the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation.

For more information about this program, please see the website for more information and registration form. Please send this to any families who would be of interest.

Please note the start time of the program will be delayed until July 10th which will also extend the registration deadline.

Good Day,

We are pleased to send you (attached) the Canada Disability Savings Program (CDSP) newsletter. In this edition of the newsletter, you will find information about new developments concerning the RDSP, a message from James van Raalte, Director General of the Office of Disability Issues, as well as some information that may interest you. In addition, you will find attached a fact sheet about the RDSP.

Your feedback is welcome. You can write back to us at


The RDSP Outreach Team
Employment and Social Development Canada
Government of Canada 

Good afternoon,

Yesterday, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, launched the consultations on the Government of Canada accessibility legislation. Minister Qualtrough highlighted the critical importance of accessibility and affirmed the Government of Canada's commitment to ensuring all Canadians are able to participate equally in their communities and workplaces.

(A message from:  Alison Morse, Provincial Coordinator, Special Education)

Keys to Special Eductaion - Videos posted!

I am very pleased to share the link to 7 workshops from the Keys to Special Education Conference.  The one hour video sessions feature Closed Captioning which can be accessed on the start bar by selecting English on the CC button.


Keynote Presentation – What’s New in Special Education - Louise Sirisko, Director, Special Education Policy and Programs Branch, Ministry of Education provides an overview of Special Education in Ontario.




To whom it may concern,

I am hoping this e-mail finds you well. I am in the midst of marketing one of my Summer Camp options with the City of Ottawa and the Special Needs section. In 2015, we offered Camp Explore for the first time ever with great success and we are hoping to do this again in 2016! This year we will be offering the Therapeutic Recreation Camp for 2 weeks out of the Carleton Heights Community Center. Please help me in getting the word out of the families who may be interested. Please find attached the flyer containing all pertinent information.

Thanks in advance for your help with this matter. Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine!

The JUST FOR KICKS special needs soccer program is beginning its 5th season in June.

What is Just for Kicks?  Children ages 5-18 with developmental disabilities get active and have fun while learning soccer-related skills.  No athletic experience required.  Watch from the sidelines while your child makes friends and participates in a lively summer pastime.

Volunteers assist coaches by modifying soccer based activities to suit the intellectual and physical abilities of each participant. The soccer club strives to provide a 1:1 ratio of volunteers to children, however this is not guaranteed.

A uniform is provided. Your child will need shin guards and proper footwear (running shoes are fine).

Please see the message below from a WIMS parent (Rob) who is organizing a new group for men/fathers of children with special needs…..


Please join us for the first meeting of men and fathers who care for children with various special needs. We hope this will be the start of something that continues to grow. It will be an opportunity to meet, exchange experiences, challenges and share in our struggles. The group is meant to be a place that is open and non-judgemental. From personal experience I know it isn’t easy for men to speak openly together and this will be a place to do that.

*Posted on behalf of Barrier Free Canada

We are delighted to share with you a new Discussion Paper on what the
Canadians with Disabilities Act, promised to Canadians by Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau, should include. This Discussion Paper draws on experience
with accessibility laws in Ontario and Manitoba, and elsewhere around the
world. It is built on the 14 principles for the Canadians with Disabilities
Act which Barrier-Free Canada has put forward, on Canada’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and aon feedback from our supporters.


For full story, please download the attachment. 

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