Events and Information Sessions

YSSN hosts several events and information sessions 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 

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.

Join us for an orientation session on September 10 or September 11, 2019,
from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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

Register for September 10

 Register for September 11

 

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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: 

October 2, 2019
Understanding Power of Attorney, Substitute ­Decision Maker, Guardianship and Consent
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

Lawyer, Brendon Pooran, will help you understand the provisions of the Health Care Consent Act, the Substitute Decisions Act and the Mental Health Act as they relate to a person with an intellectual ­disability and their families, as well as, the implications on service providers. You will also review the limits of the current legislation ­relating to matters affecting an individual’s property and personal care.

Register online

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 29, 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 dsinfosessions@yssn.ca.

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

 

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

September 24, 2019,  register for Sept. 24
October 29, 2019, register for Oct. 29
 

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

September 16, 2019,  register for Sept. 16
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

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

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 dsinfosessions@yssn.ca.

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

 

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:

 

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., Aug. 20

Thurs., Sept. 19

Mon., Oct. 7*

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.

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.

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

Markham
(50 McIntosh Dr.,
Suite 239)

Thurs., Sept. 12

Mon., Sept. 30*

Thurs., Oct. 24

Tues., Nov. 19

Thurs., Dec. 12

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

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

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)

Tues., Sept. 24

Thurs., Sept. 26*

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.

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.

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

 

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 

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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