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StratBeer Fest --- September 2nd 2:00-8:00pm


If you like Beer and/or supporting Community Living Stratford and Area then come out and have some family friendly fun at the StratBeer Fest this Sept 2nd from 2:00-8:00pm. This event is being hosted in partnership with the Hub and a percentage of the proceeds will go to support services and programming at Community Living Stratford and Area. StratBeer Fest will be held at Market Square and will feature beer and spirits from 22 breweries, located in London, New Hamburg and Kitchener, and Stratford’s very own Black Swan and Junction 56 Distillery. For drinkers and non-drinkers alike there will be live music by the Upside of Maybe and Brad Canning, food trucks and a clown for the kids!

Tickets are $20 + $1.80 fee, which includes admission, a 5-oz. souvenir beer glass, and five beer sample tickets. Additional sample tickets can be purchased for $4 each. Tickets for non-drinkers and youths aged 13-18 are $10 and children 12 years and younger are free.
Tickets can be purchased at the Hub, located at 27 Marketplace, Community Living Stratford office or online at, or at the door if supplies last.


Thanks for supporting this fantastic event !




Stratford Festival - Relaxed Performances


Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome patrons who will benefit from a less restricted audience environment. Patrons of all abilities are welcome, including but not limited to those with intellectual or learning disabilities, sensory processing conditions or autism. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement within the auditorium, and some minor production changes may be made to reduce the intensity of light, sound and other potentially startling effects.


See poster for more information: 2017 Relaxed Performances




March 21st - World Down Syndrome Day


Check out this video: #NOTSPECIALNEEDS


Ask yourself: what “special needs” does a person with Down syndrome really have?

Check out to discover a new perspective.



Inspiring Possibilities Estate Planning Guide

Inspiring Possibilites: Check out this article from Community Living Ontario


Music soothes their souls !

Thank you to The Leisure Activity Council of Stratford for supporting Community Living Stratford and The Alzheimer Society of perth County for bringing the "magic of music" to people's lives.

All three organizations partnered up to help people receive Ipod touches and headphones.  Their faces shone with joy when they first heard the music play.  Each person was interviewed and their favourite playlist was downloaded.  Having access to an ipod provides an individual a personalized music intervention designed to stimulate the persons memory, provide encouragement through auditory stimulation, and support self expression and identity.  Beyond the entertainment value, there is growing evidence that listening to music can also help stimulate seemly lost memories and even resotre some cognitive function.


Abuse-Prevention Resource: No Means No 

Those with developmental difficulties are often vulnerable to abuse. Any care plan must include information about rights protection and abuse prevention.

A video resource entitled No Means No is available from Community Living Stratford and Area. 



For further information, please contact:

Linda Hill – Director of Support Services 

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Globe and Mail Tuesday, January 31, 2012
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail: “Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.”– Mother Teresa
There are few things more heartbreaking than a child with no friends.
But being friendless is the norm for Canadian children with physical and developmental

A new study, written by Anne Snowdon, a nurse and professor at the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor in Ontario, shows that 53 per cent of disabled kids have no friends.