Feb
22
Thu
Connect IRL @ The Gathering Place
Feb 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Connect IRL @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Join us on Thursday, February 22nd from 10:00am to noon in the Gathering Place for Connect IRL (In Real Life) a discussion group for families with young children.

Learn, share stories, exchange experiences, and build connections with fellow parents navigating the exciting journey of raising young ones.

This month, we’ve been hearing from families that issues of nutrition, especially how food dyes can impact our kids’ health and wellness in surprising ways, is top of mind. Secondly, families have also noted that there are many tips and strategies they’ve found helpful in assisting their children to find a sense of calm and relaxation that helps for bright days of learning, leisure and moments of sheer enjoyment. Of course, there is always time when we gather to catch up and enjoy being in the company of others who lead with hearts of understanding.

Feb
26
Mon
Making the Most Study Group @ Online via Zoom
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Making the Most Study Group @ Online via Zoom | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Have you completed one of the Making the Most series here at DFR? If so, you are welcome to join the study group happening once a month. This time will be spent delving more deeply into some of the topics covered in the series. If there is something you wanted to work through, an idea, an interest, an opportunity – this is the place to get some feedback and support to do so!

Give Laura a call or email if you’d like to know more, or to RSVP!

Feb
27
Tue
Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes @ The Gathering Place
Feb 27 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes: A High-Order Concept for Addressing the Plight of Societally Devalued People and for Structuring Human Services

Description of the workshop:
This workshop provides an introduction to Social Role Valorization (SRV) using the 10 core themes, developed by Dr. W. Wolfensberger, considered one of the most influential thinkers in the world, in the field of intellectual impairment. Dr. Wolfensberger’s work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, safeguarding of rights, and the deinstitutionalization movement.

SRV is a systematic and universally applicable concept for structuring human services strongly anchored in the empiricism of psychology, sociology, and long and broad human experience. SRV suggests a close relationship between the socially perceived value of the roles that people hold, and whether people in those roles will be accorded opportunities and other good things of life. Bad things tend to get done to people who are seen in devalued roles, and good things tend to be afforded to people in positively valued roles.

Topics to be explored will include the universality of social devaluation, the defining power of roles in people’s lives, strategies for pursuing socially valued roles, or at least less devalued roles for devalued people with an aim toward improving their life conditions, enhancing people’s social images, and enhancing people’s competencies.

For online information about SRV, go to srv-sotg.ca OR socialrolevalorization.com OR srvip.org

Who the workshop is intended for:
This is a LEADERSHIP-oriented workshop and is therefore taught at a college-level, with long hours and hard work. The information presented is quite complex, requiring a systematic exposition of multiple ideas. It should be noted that while past SRV participants report that these are among the most demanding workshops they have attended, they rarely express dissatisfaction and, in fact, appreciate the workshop’s rigour and high level of engagement. People who attend should be prepared for an intellectual challenge. Anyone who is interested in the lives of people who are disenfranchised from society because of intellectual impairment, mental disorder, poverty, homelessness, autism, age (elders), physical impairment or learning impairment (children and adults) will find it relevant, whether they are service recipients, family members (including parents, siblings, and adult children), advocates, ordinary citizens, and paid or unpaid human service workers, planners and managers.

Format of the workshop:
The workshop is taught in lecture format, with extensive use of slides. Time is built into the schedule for audience discussion and questions. The schedule will be 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day.

Tuition:
$535.00, which includes handouts, lunch and refreshments each day. There will be a reduction of 10% if 3 or more people from the same group/organization register together.
FAMILIES CONNECTED TO DFR SHOULD CONTACT THEIR FACILITATOR FOR INFO REGARDING REGISTRATION AND FAMILY SUBSIDIES.

Cancellation:
75% of fees will be returned up to 7 days prior to the workshop. There will be no refund if less than 7 days notification.

Food:
Beverages and snacks will be provided at breaks. A light lunch will be provided at the lunch break.
Please note the snacks and lunches will include some vegetarian options. If you have additional dietary needs please bring food that is safe for you to eat.

Feb
28
Wed
Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes @ The Gathering Place
Feb 28 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes: A High-Order Concept for Addressing the Plight of Societally Devalued People and for Structuring Human Services

Description of the workshop:
This workshop provides an introduction to Social Role Valorization (SRV) using the 10 core themes, developed by Dr. W. Wolfensberger, considered one of the most influential thinkers in the world, in the field of intellectual impairment. Dr. Wolfensberger’s work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, safeguarding of rights, and the deinstitutionalization movement.

SRV is a systematic and universally applicable concept for structuring human services strongly anchored in the empiricism of psychology, sociology, and long and broad human experience. SRV suggests a close relationship between the socially perceived value of the roles that people hold, and whether people in those roles will be accorded opportunities and other good things of life. Bad things tend to get done to people who are seen in devalued roles, and good things tend to be afforded to people in positively valued roles.

Topics to be explored will include the universality of social devaluation, the defining power of roles in people’s lives, strategies for pursuing socially valued roles, or at least less devalued roles for devalued people with an aim toward improving their life conditions, enhancing people’s social images, and enhancing people’s competencies.

For online information about SRV, go to srv-sotg.ca OR socialrolevalorization.com OR srvip.org

Who the workshop is intended for:
This is a LEADERSHIP-oriented workshop and is therefore taught at a college-level, with long hours and hard work. The information presented is quite complex, requiring a systematic exposition of multiple ideas. It should be noted that while past SRV participants report that these are among the most demanding workshops they have attended, they rarely express dissatisfaction and, in fact, appreciate the workshop’s rigour and high level of engagement. People who attend should be prepared for an intellectual challenge. Anyone who is interested in the lives of people who are disenfranchised from society because of intellectual impairment, mental disorder, poverty, homelessness, autism, age (elders), physical impairment or learning impairment (children and adults) will find it relevant, whether they are service recipients, family members (including parents, siblings, and adult children), advocates, ordinary citizens, and paid or unpaid human service workers, planners and managers.

Format of the workshop:
The workshop is taught in lecture format, with extensive use of slides. Time is built into the schedule for audience discussion and questions. The schedule will be 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day.

Tuition:
$535.00, which includes handouts, lunch and refreshments each day. There will be a reduction of 10% if 3 or more people from the same group/organization register together.
FAMILIES CONNECTED TO DFR SHOULD CONTACT THEIR FACILITATOR FOR INFO REGARDING REGISTRATION AND FAMILY SUBSIDIES.

Cancellation:
75% of fees will be returned up to 7 days prior to the workshop. There will be no refund if less than 7 days notification.

Food:
Beverages and snacks will be provided at breaks. A light lunch will be provided at the lunch break.
Please note the snacks and lunches will include some vegetarian options. If you have additional dietary needs please bring food that is safe for you to eat.

Feb
29
Thu
Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes @ The Gathering Place
Feb 29 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes: A High-Order Concept for Addressing the Plight of Societally Devalued People and for Structuring Human Services

Description of the workshop:
This workshop provides an introduction to Social Role Valorization (SRV) using the 10 core themes, developed by Dr. W. Wolfensberger, considered one of the most influential thinkers in the world, in the field of intellectual impairment. Dr. Wolfensberger’s work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, safeguarding of rights, and the deinstitutionalization movement.

SRV is a systematic and universally applicable concept for structuring human services strongly anchored in the empiricism of psychology, sociology, and long and broad human experience. SRV suggests a close relationship between the socially perceived value of the roles that people hold, and whether people in those roles will be accorded opportunities and other good things of life. Bad things tend to get done to people who are seen in devalued roles, and good things tend to be afforded to people in positively valued roles.

Topics to be explored will include the universality of social devaluation, the defining power of roles in people’s lives, strategies for pursuing socially valued roles, or at least less devalued roles for devalued people with an aim toward improving their life conditions, enhancing people’s social images, and enhancing people’s competencies.

For online information about SRV, go to srv-sotg.ca OR socialrolevalorization.com OR srvip.org

Who the workshop is intended for:
This is a LEADERSHIP-oriented workshop and is therefore taught at a college-level, with long hours and hard work. The information presented is quite complex, requiring a systematic exposition of multiple ideas. It should be noted that while past SRV participants report that these are among the most demanding workshops they have attended, they rarely express dissatisfaction and, in fact, appreciate the workshop’s rigour and high level of engagement. People who attend should be prepared for an intellectual challenge. Anyone who is interested in the lives of people who are disenfranchised from society because of intellectual impairment, mental disorder, poverty, homelessness, autism, age (elders), physical impairment or learning impairment (children and adults) will find it relevant, whether they are service recipients, family members (including parents, siblings, and adult children), advocates, ordinary citizens, and paid or unpaid human service workers, planners and managers.

Format of the workshop:
The workshop is taught in lecture format, with extensive use of slides. Time is built into the schedule for audience discussion and questions. The schedule will be 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day.

Tuition:
$535.00, which includes handouts, lunch and refreshments each day. There will be a reduction of 10% if 3 or more people from the same group/organization register together.
FAMILIES CONNECTED TO DFR SHOULD CONTACT THEIR FACILITATOR FOR INFO REGARDING REGISTRATION AND FAMILY SUBSIDIES.

Cancellation:
75% of fees will be returned up to 7 days prior to the workshop. There will be no refund if less than 7 days notification.

Food:
Beverages and snacks will be provided at breaks. A light lunch will be provided at the lunch break.
Please note the snacks and lunches will include some vegetarian options. If you have additional dietary needs please bring food that is safe for you to eat.

Mar
1
Fri
Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes @ The Gathering Place
Mar 1 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes: A High-Order Concept for Addressing the Plight of Societally Devalued People and for Structuring Human Services

Description of the workshop:
This workshop provides an introduction to Social Role Valorization (SRV) using the 10 core themes, developed by Dr. W. Wolfensberger, considered one of the most influential thinkers in the world, in the field of intellectual impairment. Dr. Wolfensberger’s work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, safeguarding of rights, and the deinstitutionalization movement.

SRV is a systematic and universally applicable concept for structuring human services strongly anchored in the empiricism of psychology, sociology, and long and broad human experience. SRV suggests a close relationship between the socially perceived value of the roles that people hold, and whether people in those roles will be accorded opportunities and other good things of life. Bad things tend to get done to people who are seen in devalued roles, and good things tend to be afforded to people in positively valued roles.

Topics to be explored will include the universality of social devaluation, the defining power of roles in people’s lives, strategies for pursuing socially valued roles, or at least less devalued roles for devalued people with an aim toward improving their life conditions, enhancing people’s social images, and enhancing people’s competencies.

For online information about SRV, go to srv-sotg.ca OR socialrolevalorization.com OR srvip.org

Who the workshop is intended for:
This is a LEADERSHIP-oriented workshop and is therefore taught at a college-level, with long hours and hard work. The information presented is quite complex, requiring a systematic exposition of multiple ideas. It should be noted that while past SRV participants report that these are among the most demanding workshops they have attended, they rarely express dissatisfaction and, in fact, appreciate the workshop’s rigour and high level of engagement. People who attend should be prepared for an intellectual challenge. Anyone who is interested in the lives of people who are disenfranchised from society because of intellectual impairment, mental disorder, poverty, homelessness, autism, age (elders), physical impairment or learning impairment (children and adults) will find it relevant, whether they are service recipients, family members (including parents, siblings, and adult children), advocates, ordinary citizens, and paid or unpaid human service workers, planners and managers.

Format of the workshop:
The workshop is taught in lecture format, with extensive use of slides. Time is built into the schedule for audience discussion and questions. The schedule will be 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day.

Tuition:
$535.00, which includes handouts, lunch and refreshments each day. There will be a reduction of 10% if 3 or more people from the same group/organization register together.
FAMILIES CONNECTED TO DFR SHOULD CONTACT THEIR FACILITATOR FOR INFO REGARDING REGISTRATION AND FAMILY SUBSIDIES.

Cancellation:
75% of fees will be returned up to 7 days prior to the workshop. There will be no refund if less than 7 days notification.

Food:
Beverages and snacks will be provided at breaks. A light lunch will be provided at the lunch break.
Please note the snacks and lunches will include some vegetarian options. If you have additional dietary needs please bring food that is safe for you to eat.

Mar
7
Thu
Next Generation Meetup @ Online via Zoom
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Next Generation Meetup @ Online via Zoom

A casual get together of those who identify as the “next generation” in the care and support of a loved one with a developmental disability. The group will be coming together to connect, share, and learn from one another.

The get together will be held online via Zoom! Contact Rosanne for more details

Rosanne – (905)436-2500 ext. 2289 or rpurnwasie@dafrs.com

Mar
8
Fri
Bio-Medical Approaches Study Group @ The Gathering Place
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Bio-Medical Study Group is a group of family and community members who find it inspiring, helpful, and personally rewarding to talk with each other about our own experiences and share new information all about optimal health, balance and well-being. We think about wellness in terms of food and nutrition, making sure sensory needs are met, figuring out mindful and conscious approaches, or looking at what recent research can tell us about medications, seizures, digestive issues and more.

Our conversation focuses on the whole person and how people may respond with more or less sensitivity to their environment, including diet and nutrition, brain coherence, sensory integration issues, the calmness or agitation of those around them, and more.

The group has been meeting monthly for over a year and is open and welcomes new participants! We typically meet at The Gathering Place (20-850 King St. W, Oshawa), the second Friday of each month at 10am.  Please RSVP your attendance to jklees@dafrs.com so that we can plan a successful morning.

Mar
13
Wed
Imagining Home Meeting @ The Gathering Place
Mar 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Imagining Home Meeting @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Thinking About Housing for a Loved One with a Disability?

Imagining Home is a group of like-minded people delving into finding and creating “home” for a loved one with a disability. This group has been meeting monthly for a number of years and is interested in discussing all things housing!

Interested in coming out? New members are welcome! Get in touch with Erin prior to a meeting so she can catch you up so you get the most out of the meetings.

Mar
14
Thu
Family Stories: Navigating the Future Path @ Online via Zoom
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Family Stories: Navigating the Future Path @ Online via Zoom

A 3-part series designed specifically for and with family members and friends who will be the next generation to plan for and support the good lives of their loved ones. Come hear from todays ‘next generation’ who are well into their journey of taking on new roles and responsibilities, post legacy planning.

We welcome you to a space with peers, who are walking a path you see ahead for yourself. This series is your exclusive window into the future, featuring real-life stories and practical advice from those who are walking that path. From unraveling financial complexities to navigating the intricate dance of role transitions, to hearing what people have learned from their experiences to what they wish they had known earlier from their parents.

Stay tuned for dates and registration details – you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to connect, learn, and shape the future alongside like-minded individuals. By the way, even those of “this generation” are welcome to attend and feel inspired for the future.