Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Opening doors for accessibility / Assistive Technology Giveaway

Opening Doors for Accessibility: Aging at home

November 17, 2017
Ruby Foo's Hotel, 7655 Decarie
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This event is free, includes a free lunch, 
and parking on site is free
RSVP is a must to Emily: ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca

This year's Opening Doors for Accessibility will enlighten on the board topic of "Aging at home". It's a great opportunity to learn and network. This seminar will be helpful for seniors, those caring for seniors, those interested in learning what is available in our community, professionals (social workers, therapists of all kinds, administrators), etc.

We have an amazing roster of experienced and talented speakers. After introductory remarks by Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather, we'll delve into a variety of topics:

The Journey from aging well to loss of autonomy: What your CIUSSS can do for you
Presented by Joanne Besner, Program Manager,
Support Program for the Autonomy Of Seniors (SAPA)

The importance of recreation and leisure 
in optimal aging
Presented by Erica Botner, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at the Cummings Centre for Seniors

Introducing the new Caregiver Network "Huddol"
Mark Stolow, President and CEO of Huddol, describes Huddol as the largest online learning network in Canada in support of family caregivers. He will share his perspective on the individual, social, and system challenges facing family caregivers, and share a new innovative breakthrough in how we can solve these challenges together. Care better, together!

Resilience through balance, ownership, and positivity
Presented by Jay Jones-DoyleCo-Founder, Legal Lighthouse, President, Confidence Driven Coaching, President, BioBalance Inc, VP Finance and Strategy, Myko Social Score Platform.

Laughter for the health of it
Interactive presentation with Wendy Singer, Laughter Yoga Leader, Managing Editor, Inspirations News

Adapted physical activity for seniors post-stroke
Presented by Maria Fragapane, Co-program manager, The Wellness Centre at the Cummings Centre for Seniors

Stroke recovery​ and MODC accessible services
Presented by Donna Mackay, Associate Director, Community Engagement and Integrated Services, March of Dimes Canada

Wheelchair clinic​

* Every attendee will receive a certificate of attendance. 

** Event will include lunch and networking opportunities.  

For more information, visit The March of Dimes website here.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dr. Neufeld visits Montreal

Help your children and youth flourish at home and school

Dr. Gordon Neufeld speaks in Montreal, November 6 

By Wendy Singer

We all want our children and students to thrive. But how do we accomplish this? What conditions are required for a child to reach his or her full potential? What experiences are essential to the unfolding of human potential regardless of the challenges a child may face?

Join The Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities and The Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management on November 5, 2017 as they welcome Dr. Gordon Neufeld. 

In his presentation, Dr. Neufeld will put the pieces together to reveal rather surprising answers to these basic yet important questions regarding human development. When children are facing special challenges, whether at home or at school, it is even more critical for parents and teachers to keep such information in mind.

Dr. Neufeld is a Vancouver-based psychologist with over 45 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, he is an international speaker, bestselling author of
 Hold On To Your Kids and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. 
He has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. Formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now teaches and trains educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children, Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. 

This talk is relevant to parents, grandparents, childcare providers, teachers, youth workers, and other professionals who work with children and youth.
To reserve your space click here!
Tickets are required for admission.

November 6, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Ruby Foo’s Hotel, 7655 Decarie Blvd.

General admission: $35
Registration discount is available for current members of the MCLD.

Free parking is available at the hotel.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Navigating the world of dating with autism

By guest blogger Stephanie Mitelman

I have autism. This means that my social skills aren't the best. I also am
yet to experience sex. I fear this is because of my lack of social skills. What advice would you give to someone like me who wants to put themselves out there and get into the world
of dating and sex?

Hi. Thank you for your question. I want to say that it is courageous of you to ask for help. Lots of people with and without autism have trouble navigating the world of dating and sex. I also want to say that many individuals with autism have dated and have found pleasure and happiness in relationships with the right person. So your autism may bring some challenges but does not have to limit you in this area.

To get you ready for dating, it would be important to work on those skills that may be a challenge for you. Dating largely relies on communication (verbal and non-verbal), and social skills. You should work on starting a conversation, maintaining eye contact, expressing interest, appropriate topics of conversation, how to understand and read body language, and how to be aware of your own body language.

If you have questions, ask a trained educator, a coach, or a trusted friend for help. Choose someone who you feel will give you honest and open feedback. Ask them to rehearse some of these skills with you so you can apply them when you meet the right person for you to date. Remember that there are many ways to learn a new set of skills; some people learn by intuition and others need more concrete instruction.

You can also work on body awareness, any sensory issues you may have (light or hard squeezes, being touched in a certain place or way) and what gives you pleasure and does not. We all need to be able to express these limits to a potential partner. It is also important to read up on safety and sex, such as preventing pregnancy (if this is possible and not intended), as well as reducing the risk for sexually transmitted infections. There are many reliable sites that can explain safer sex practices.

As far as meeting someone goes, this is a hard one for most people, so you are not alone! In today’s age, online seems to be a key method. There are several sites that help match you based on interests and other factors. One benefit here is that this method will give you time to get to know someone through emails and chats before meeting in person. The downside here is that there are some cases where people claim to be individuals they are not. So caution always needs to be taken. I would read some Tips for Online Dating before starting this.

If this is not for you, then lots of people meet each other via shared interested and activity groups, like cooking classes, the gym, or religious gatherings. So joining a new group may be a prime way to meet new people.
Once you do meet someone new, it will be up to you to disclose your autism or not. Most people wait a few meetings before sharing such personal information with a new person. But if you plan to date the person then letting them know about autism may be helpful for the relationship so they better understand you, and some possible difficulties with social situations, communication, and/or sensory issues if you experience them. Remember that relationships take time to build. But the strongest ones are rooted in honesty, respect, and friendship. Good sex is usually born from this.

Stephanie Mitelman, MA is a certified sexuality educator and Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She has a private practice where she sees individuals and couples with special needs for sexuality education, and also hosts the largest online marketplace for sex education teaching materials- Sex Ed Mart.com. Contact Stephanie at info@sexpressions.ca


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