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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 their website for more information: 2018 Relaxed Performances




March 21st, 2018 - World Down Syndrome Day


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

Check out to discover a new perspective.


Check out this video: #NOTSPECIALNEEDS




Inspiring Possibilities Estate Planning Guide

People who have a disability and their families now have an online, comprehensive toolkit available to them as they consider their financial objectives and obligations. Community Living Ontario launched the Inspiring Possibilities Estate Planning Guide: A Tax, Benefits, Trusts, and Wills Toolkit for Ontarians with Disabilities.

Find more information here: Estate Planning Guide



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.