Events and Information Sessions

We host several events throughout the year for individuals living with a developmental disability and their families, and for those living with a mental illness and/or addiction.  

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YSSN Information Fair

Looking for information on mental health support and developmental ­services in York Region and South Simcoe?

Join us on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, for a York Support Services Network (YSSN) Information Fair and get information on:

Mental health crisis and recovery support Developmental services
  • Case Management 
  • Community Crisis Response Service,
    1-855-310-COPE
  • Peer Support
  • Streamlined Access
  • Case Management
  • Children’s Case Coordination
  • Crisis Response Network
  • Developmental Services Ontario Central East Region (DSO CER)
  • Family Peer Mentor Support
  • Passport Program 
  • Respite Services
  • Transition Planning

Date and time:    Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:  240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora, ON

 Register online
You may also leave us a voice message at 905-898-6455 ext. 2274 or email us at dsinfosessions@yssn.ca to register.


Developmental Services Events

Check out the current list of available programs below.

Fee-for-service programs for people with developmental disabilities and their siblings

​​​Group Information Sessions

Resource Days

Workshops for Families of Children with Special Needs

​Caregiver Support


Adult Social Group

For adults with developmental disabilities over the age of 30

Are you looking for adapted adult recreation options in Aurora?

Do you want to meet people with similar interests in a supportive setting?

Do you and a family member need a break?

Let’s get together on Saturdays!

Details

Dates: Every Saturday from October 19, 2019 to November 23, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: York Support Services Network, 240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora

Cost: $280 (6 sessions), payable by cheque or e-transfer

Snacks Provided

Questions?

If you have any questions about the workshop please email them to Sherry Summers at ssummers@yssn.ca or Chris Rollings at crollings@yssn.ca
 

 Register online

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Social Skills Program - Join our Journey: Plug in. Connect. Create. 

For young adults with developmental disabilities, ages 18-21

This 8-week social skills program is an interactive and expressive arts based approach to promoting the emotional literacy and well-being of young adults with disabilities.

Emotional Literacy is a term used to describe the ability to understand and express our feelings.

Learning these essential skills helps us to build our
self-awareness and to identify, manage, and relate to the
emotional responses of others.

Together we will learn:

Details

Dates: Every Saturday from October 19, 2019 to December 7, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: York Support Services Network, 240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora

Cost: $400 (includes supplies), payable by cheque or e-transfer

No previous art experience is needed.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the workshop please email them to Norma McClinton at nmcclinton@yssn.ca
 

 Register online

 

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Sibshops & Expressive Arts Lab

P.A. Day program for siblings of children with special needs, ages 8 to 13 years old

This interactive and unique program provides your child with the opportunity to meet other kids who know what it’s like to be a sibling to a child with special needs and to express themselves through a wide range of creative play in a safe and non-judgmental space.

Facilitators will support your child to get to know other siblings and help them:

In the afternoon, your child will be supported by an Expressive Arts facilitator, who will help them:

Each Expressive Arts Lab class is unique so the direction the art takes will be unique too, reinforcing the open-ended nature of the labs. Each class will ask questions and offer personal choices while encouraging diverse approaches and creative thinking.

Details

Dates:

Oct. 21, 2019
Nov. 15, 2019
Jan. 17, 2020
Jan. 31, 2020
Jun. 1, 2020
Jun. 26, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: York Support Services Network, 240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora

Cost: $45/day, payable by cheque or e-transfer

Snacks provided. Participants must bring their own nut-free lunch.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the workshops email them to Aliyah at ADeane@yssn.ca

To register

Fill out this registration form and email it along with your e-transfer payment to dsevents@yssn.ca. You may also mail in your form with your cheque payment. Please make sure to register 2 weeks before the workshop date. Full payment details are on the form. 

To get your child's name on the list, fill out the online registration form:

 Register online

Oct. 21, 2019--almost sold out!

Nov. 15, 2019

Jan. 17, 2020

Jan. 31, 2020

Jun. 1, 2020

Jun. 26, 2020

 

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Planning for your Future Workshop Series

Learn how to create a plan for the future so you can live your best life.

Join experienced facilitators Kelly Casey and Katherine Pickard for a hands-on workshop series that will help you create and complete your Person-Directed Plan.

You will learn how to:
• identify your Vision for your future life,
• bring together your network of support,
• develop goals to move towards your Vision,
• identify your own potential creative housing option, and
• meet other families and people who are also planning for their
future who may want to work with you. 

At the end of the last workshop session you will have a completed Person-Directed Plan and access to a facilitator who will help you implement the plan so you can make your Vision a reality.

Workshop details: 
The workshop series is made up of 8 sessions that will take place between October 2019 to June 2020. Dates, times and location to be determined.

Cost: $2,500 (Annual allowable Passport allocation for planning/
facilitation).

Includes a completed PDP (hard copy and electronic format), support in the development of a formal Network, group and one to one time, the development of a residential Vision to support your long term residential goals, opportunity to meet other people and families who may have similar visions and be potential partners in your planning.

For more information about these workshops and to register please contact Kelly at 289-221-9665, or email kcpsolutions2@gmail.com

 

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 Group Information Sessions

These group sessions, led by a guest speaker, provide information on a variety topics to people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers.. 

Upcoming Sessions: 

 

November 6, 2019
Financial Planning
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., registration begins at 6:30 p.m.
​Location: 

York Support Services ­Network (YSSN) 
240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora, in the Ellen ­Lanaus Meeting Room

Graeme Treeby, Founder of The Special Needs Planning Group, will help you understand how you can plan for the future by ­reviewing various financial programs and plans available for people with ­developmental disabilities such as; the ­Registered Disability ­Savings Plan, ­Henson Trusts, and the ­Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). 

Register online

November 28, 2019
Transition: Life after High School 
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., registration begins at 6:00 p.m.
​Location: 

York Support Services ­Network (YSSN) 
240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora, in the Ellen ­Lanaus Meeting Room

Learn how caregivers and people with developmental disabilities can prepare themselves for life after high school. You will have the ­opportunity to listen to a presentation, parent/caregiver panel and participate in a live group discussion around the role everyone plays in the ­transition to adult life.

Register online

Alternatively, you can register by calling or emailing us. When calling or emailing, please leave your name, number of attendees, phone number and name(s) of the session(s) you'd like to attend at 905-898-6455 ext. 2750 or toll free at 1-866257-9776 ext. 2750, or via email at dsevents@yssn.ca.

Join our e-newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on upcoming sessions.

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Workshops for Families of Children with Special Needs

These free workshop will help you get information on funding options or to learn about program and services available to children with special needs who are discharged from Early Intervention Services.

Funding Options Workshop

This workshop will focus on the Assistance for Child with Severe Disabilities (ASCD) and Special Services at Home (SSAH) funding applications for children with special needs in Ontario.

Working sessions will follow in the afternoon if you want to complete the applications with support from our staff.
 

Workshop Itinerary

Presentation: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Working groups: noon to 3:00 p.m.

Dates and Locations

Markham
Children's Treatment Network (CTN), Markham office
50 McIntosh Drive, Unit 235

October 29, 2019, register for Oct. 29
 

Vaughan
Children's Treatment Network (CTN), Vaughan office
9401 Jane St., Suite 301

October 24, 2019, register for Oct. 24
 

Aurora
York Support Services Network, Aurora office
240 Edward St., Unit 3

October 7, 2019, register for Oct. 7
 

Transition Workshop

This workshop will focus on the different programs and services that are available to children who are discharged from Early Intervention Services.

Following the presentation, you will have the opportunity to book a consultation with staff to address your child's individual service needs.
 
Workshop Itinerary
 
Presentation: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Working groups: noon to 2:30 p.m.
Dates and Locations

Markham
Children's Treatment Network (CTN), Markham office
50 McIntosh Drive, Unit 235

October 21, 2019, register for Oct. 21
November 26, 2019, register for Nov. 26
 
 
Vaughan
Children's Treatment Network (CTN), Vaughan office
9401 Jane St., Suite 301
 
October 30, 2019, register for Oct. 30
November 6, 2019, register for Nov. 6
 
 
Aurora
York Support Services Network, Aurora office
240 Edward St., Unit 3
 
November 25, 2019, register for Nov. 25
 
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Caregiver Support

Care for the Caregiver Family Support Circle

Emotional support for ­caregivers of adults with a developmental ­disability from other caregivers who understand.

Join other family caregivers who are caring for an adult with a ­developmental disability for an opportunity to share your story and connect with others going through the same experiences in a safe and ­non-judgmental space.
This Family Support Circle offers encouragement for you to: 
 

These sessions are for parents and caregivers of an individual with a developmental disability who is over 16 years of age. Anyone bringing the person they care for to the session will not be able to participate. 

Upcoming Sessions:

Keswick

Last Monday of each month.
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Georgina Community Living Day Program
131 Queensway S., Keswick

Register

Oct. 28, 2019

Nov. 25, 2019

Dec. 30, 2019

Jan. 27, 2020

Feb. 24, 2020

Mar. 30, 2020

Markham

Every third Wednesday of the month. 
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Unionville Public Library
15 Library Lane, Unionville

Register 
Oct. 16, 2019
 
Nov. 20, 2019
 
Dec. 18, 2019
 
Jan. 15, 2020
 
Feb. 19, 2020
 
Mar. 18, 2020
 
 
Please register one week prior to each ­session as spots are limited. You are welcome to bring your lunch or snacks during the sessions.
 

Staying Strong, Connected and Resilient

As a parent or caregiver of an adult with a developmental disability,  it can be hard to deal with so many uncertainties and responsibilities and still remain strong, connected and resilient. Just like learning how to ride a bike, learning how to bounce back from difficult situations, requires hope, support and lots of practice.

This workshop features guest speaker, Susan Beayni, a parent, advocate, and facilitator for individuals and families who support love ones with a developmental disability. She will provide you with tips on how to:

As someone with lived experience, Susan’s passion is to assist families in finding ways to remain resilient along their incredible journey.  Her 37-year-old daughter, Rebecca, is an active communicator (despite the fact that she cannot speak), a recognized dancer, painter and an inspiring presenter. 

Details

Date: November 14, 2019

Time:  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: York Support Services Network, 240 Edward St., Unit 3, 
Aurora

Who should attend?

These workshops are for parents and caregivers of an individual with a developmental disability who is over 16 years of age. 

 Register online

Questions?

Cindy Hartman
Family Peer Mentor
905-898-6455 ext. 2349
chartman@yssn.ca

Sherry Summers
Family Peer Mentor
905-898-6455 ext. 2213
ssummers@yssn.ca

 

Holiday Workshops

Get inspired and creative!
Join other family caregivers for the opportunity to connect with others in a fun, creative and relaxing environment to kick-off the holiday season.

November 27, 2019
Holiday Appetizer Workshop
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Get inspired and learn how to create easy and mouth-watering appetizers for your holiday gatherings. Chef Pat will show you how to add style to your holiday spread with a variety of appetizers that are delicious and yet simple to prepare in advance.

December 3, 2019
Holiday Floral Arrangement Workshop
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Get creative with Floral Designer Vicky who will show you how to make a festive and beautiful floral centerpiece. Learn some foolproof ways to make your own floral masterpiece that is uniquely your own.

Details

Location
Holiday workshops will take place at Longo’s Aurora
650 Wellington St. East.

Who can attend?

These workshops are for parents and caregivers of an individual with a developmental disability who is over 16 years of age. Anyone bringing the person they care for to the session will not be able to participate.

Cost
These workshops are FREE!

 Register for Caregiver Holiday Appetizer Workshop 

 Register for Caregiver Holiday Floral Arrangement Workshop 

Questions? 
Sherry Summers
Family Peer Mentor
905-898-6455 x2213
ssummers@yssn.ca    

 

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Mindfulness Workshops

These workshops teach parents and caregivers of individuals living with a developmental disability how to reduce stress, increase resiliency, improve relationships and regulate emotions. 

Core concepts of mindfulness will be explored through meditation and mindful exercises. Everyone is welcome.

Upcoming Sessions:

Date and Time:

October 1, 8, 23, 29, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: 
York Support Services Network
240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora

This session is full.

Add me to the waitlist 

Alternatively, you can register by calling or emailing us. When calling or emailing, please leave your name, number of attendees, phone number and name(s) of the session(s) you'd like to attend at 905-898-6455 ext. 2750 or toll free at 1-866257-9776 ext. 2750, or via email at dsevents@yssn.ca.

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Resource Days—One-on-One Meetings

These sessions are for children 4 years and older, and adults who have a developmental disability.
Image of a Resource Day Information Session with a YSSN Case Manager and a family member

Resource Days offer an opportunity for families and individuals to meet one-on-one with a Case Manager to discuss and ask important questions related to the developmental services system. The meetings are 60 to 90 minutes in length and are offered in Aurora (240 Edward St., Unit 3), Markham (50 McIntosh Dr., Suite 239) and Vaughan (9401 Jane St., 3rd Floor, Suite 301). Case Managers can assist families with:

 

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These sessions are for individuals who have a developmental disability, are in high school or recently graduated from high school, and need help planning for adult services.

Several times a month families can book a 60 minute appointment to meet with a Transition Planning Case Manager so that they can help them with:

Upcoming Sessions:

Location 2019 Dates Time

Aurora
(240 Edward St.,
Unit 3)

Tues., Oct. 15

Tues., Nov. 5

Thurs., Dec. 19

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Markham
(50 McIntosh Dr.,
Suite 239)

Thurs., Oct. 24

Tues., Nov. 19

Thurs., Dec. 12

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Vaughan
(9401 Jane St., 3rd Floor, Suite 301)

Thurs., Oct. 10

Tues., Nov. 26

Tues., Dec. 3

Thurs., Dec. 5*

 

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Transition planning sessions)

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
 

* Transition Planning Resource Days.

Download our Resource Days or Transition Planning Resource Days flyer for a complete list of upcoming meeting dates, times, and locations.

Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. To arrange an appointment for Resource Days, or to find out more, please call 905.898.6455 or 1.866.257.9776, ext. 2574 or ext. 2245 for Transition Planning.

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Why Wait? A Learning and Collaboration Series

These events are guided by the concept of Person Directed Planning and instigated by the reality of limited funded resources. Person Directed Planning embraces using informal supports, creative options, partnerships and collaborations to build and maintain a community of support for the individual. Agencies within the partnership provide their expertize, as professionals in this field, to support questions and guide families in the discussions regarding creating their own residential supports. 

The purpose of Why Wait? is to:

• Support planning for individuals future housing needs
• Provide ideas and information to support individual planning
• Provide an opportunity to meet other families and individuals 
• Provide opportunities to collaborate and share ideas, including promising practices
• Find potential housemates with similar “Visions” for the future

Each event provides the families and individuals an opportunity to meet each other, share their Vision for the future and exchange contact information to begin collaborating and planning together.

The Why Wait? project is a partnership between KC Professional Solutions and the following agencies: Christian Horizons, Community Living York South,  META, REENA, VITA and York Support Services Network. For more information, please contact: whywaitstartplanning@gmail.com.

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Community DS Events and Info Sessions

Kerry’s Place Autism Services

A wide range of free, professional and educational workshops are available through Kerry’s Place Autism Services. To register for their upcoming workshops visit My Community Hub. For more information or to volunteer, call 905.841.6611 Ext. 371 or fundraising@kerrysplace.org.

 


Mental Health Events

Drop-in Single Session Counselling

Get immediate help with an issue related to your mental health.

Our drop-in Single Session Counselling offers you one-on-one support so you can build a plan to work through one of the following concerns:

Counsellors will concentrate on helping you build a plan for one or two concerns within the session.

Details

Thursdays, beginning October 10, 2019.

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

York Support Services Network, 
240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora

Who should attend?
Anyone in the York Region and South Simcoe areas who needs help getting through a mental health issue. No formal diagnosis required.

No registration required!

Mental Health Awareness Week Event

Every year York Support Services Network (YSSN) along with its partners LOFT/Crosslinks Housing and Support Services, Canadian Mental Health Association for York Region and South Simcoe, (CMHA), Addiction Services of York Region (ASYR) and the Krasman Centre, celebrate the recovery efforts of individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction by providing them with a venue to celebrate their recovery success, share knowledge and raise awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Join our newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on this year's event.

For the last seven years, York Support Services Network (YSSN) along with its partners LOFT/Crosslinks Housing and Support Services, Canadian Mental Health Association for York Region and South Simcoe, (CMHA), Addiction Services of York Region (ASYR) and the Krasman Centre, have been celebrating the recovery efforts of individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction by providing them with a venue to celebrate their recovery success, share knowledge and raise awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

- See more at: http://www.yssn.ca/Support#sthash.lPUwuRQZ.dpuf

For the last seven years, York Support Services Network (YSSN) along with its partners LOFT/Crosslinks Housing and Support Services, Canadian Mental Health Association for York Region and South Simcoe, (CMHA), Addiction Services of York Region (ASYR) and the Krasman Centre, have been celebrating the recovery efforts of individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction by providing them with a venue to celebrate their recovery success, share knowledge and raise awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

This year’s event, entitled The Power of Peers, will celebrate the impact that peer support workers (individuals who have lived experience) have had on client recovery, and recognize individuals for their recovery efforts. The event is set to take place on October 5, at Seton Hall, in Newmarket, and will bring together over 100 individuals along with case workers, and peer support workers.

- See more at: http://www.yssn.ca/Support#sthash.lPUwuRQZ.dpuf

Community MH Events and Information Sessions

CMHA York Region—Support for Depression Meetings
These meetings offer individuals who are experiencing depression or have experienced depression an opportunity to share experiences in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere, so that they can support each other and develop coping skills.
Meetings take place in Aurora, Bradford, Keswick, Markham, Newmarket and Richmond Hill. Call 905.841.3977 or 1.866.208.5509 ext. 4255 for more information.

Family Services York Region
FSYR offers counselling for children, youth, women, men and their families.For more information on their current programs, please visit their Group Program Calendar or call Janice Cook, Group and Cultural Services Coordinator at 905.895.2371 ext. 226

Women’s Centre of York Region
Women’s Centre of York Region offers unique programming and services for women that address a range of circumstances. For a listing of their current programs, visit their Events Calendar or call 905.853.9270.

York Region Public Health and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health—STOP on the Road (Stop Smoking Therapy for Ontario Patients)
This program is for individuals who would like to stop smoking. It will provide participants with five weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches at no cost to them and helpful information on quitting smoking.
For upcoming dates, times and locations and to register please call: 1.877.464.9675 ext. 73052

Tobacco Addiction Recovery Program (TARP) is a free smoking cessation program for individuals with a mental health diagnosis. It is offered for eleven weeks in a group setting at various locations and includes free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

For upcoming dates, times and locations, and to register, please call or email Rebecka for information at 905.967.0357 ext. 245, or rmayne@loftcsorg.

 

Other Community Events and Information Sessions

Community Legal Clinic (in partnership with LAO)—Family Law Advice Service
Date and Time: Every Tuesday afternoon
Location: 21 Dunlop St., Suite 200, Richmond Hill
Individuals can call to book an appointment to see a lawyer for a half-an-hour consultation. Space is limited.
For more information or to book an appointment, please call 905.508.5018 or 1.888.365.5226.

Tax Preparation Clinics For eligible individuals who have a modest income and a simple tax situation, there are tax clinics run by volunteers from February to April throughout the region who can help you prepare income tax and benefit returns. Find a Tax Preparation Clinic in your neighbourhood.

 

Please email clepiane@yssn.ca to have your community event listed.

 

Virtual Coaching out of the Box®

This Virtual Coaching Out of the Box® workshop series is designed for leaders, board members, supervisors, front-line staff and volunteers who have an interest in applying the ‘Art of Coaching’ in their personal and professional lives. 

Participants will be introduced to our “5/5/5” framework model, which includes: 5 Core Coaching Skills, a 5-Step Coaching Exchange Process and 5 Guiding Principles that support effective coaching conversations.

For organizational leaders and decision-makers, incorporating a Coaching Out of the Box® approach can enhance workplace and interpersonal effectiveness, and provide a sound return on investment.

Workshop Dates (a total of 6 sessions, 1 virtual session each week):

Oct. 21 and 28, 2019
Nov. 4, 18, 25, 2019
Dec. 2, 2019

Time:  1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location:  Online (login information will be sent closer to the workshop date)

Instructors:  Professional Certified Coaches, Certified in Coaching Out of the Box®

Cost:  $225.00 + HST (normally $895.00), payable by cheque to YSSN

Registration closes Sept. 13, 2019, only 14 spots available!

*To obtain a certificate you must attend all required sessions*

Register online

Alternatively, you may also call Nell Van den Elzen at NVandenElzen@yssn.ca or by phone: 905-898-6455, Ext. 2389 to book your sessions.

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