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905-849-8000 1-800-600-2013 Winter 2008
News from Halton Support Services
Halton Support Services will be closed on Thursday December 25, 2008, Friday December 26, 2008
and Thursday January 1, 2009. If you require assistance on Wednesday December 24, 2008, staff will
be available between the hours of 8:30 am and 12:30 pm.
Activities for the Holidays!
Holiday Skating in Acton and Georgetown
There will be free skate times available in Acton and Georgetown during the holidays. For more information
on dates and times please call the Acton Arena at 519-853-0020, Georgetown Memorial Arena at
905-877-9612 or the Mold-Master Sportsplex at 905-877-8488.
Tim Horton’s Free Holiday Skate
Tim Horton’s is offering free skating at 7 Burlington community arenas, 5 Oakville arenas and 3 Milton arenas.
For skating information during the holiday season please refer to your local Parks and Recreation Guide or
call: Burlington:905-637-3555 or 905-336-1877 or 905-634-5571
Oakville: 905-815-5950 or 905-338-4406 or 905-338-4186
Milton: 905-875-5393 ext. 2601 (for all Milton arenas)
City of Burlington
Festival of Lights
Enjoy a wonderful display of holiday lights while walking along the lakeside promenade at Spencer Smith
Park. The festival started on December 7, 2008 and will end on January 8, 2009. For more information please
visit the Festival of Lights website at www.burlingtonfestivaloflights.com or call 905-333-9868.
New Years Eve Family Skate
Outdoor rink will be open December 31, 2008 at 9:30 am until 12:30 am January 1, 2009 so you can bring in
the New Year. Skate to music and enjoy a bonfire. Skate rentals are available. For more information please
Lowville Winter Games
Come out to Lowville Park and enjoy an afternoon of free family activities at the Winter Games, on
February 1, 2009 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For more information please call 905-335-7600 ext. 7201.
Respite Updates and Opportunities
Halton Support Services – Respite Program
• Halton Support Services Respite Program will be mailing out applications for respite funds for the
2009/2010 fiscal year to families currently supported within the program. Please watch for these forms in
your mail in January 2009.
For those families who are on the waiting list for respite funding, please contact the respite program if
your circumstances have changed since your initial application.
• The Respite Program also has out of home respite providers in Halton Region. If you would like more
information please contact Halton Support Services Respite Program
• It’s time to start thinking about registration for March Break and Summer Camps. For more information on
registration dates please contact your local Parks and Recreation Department.
• If you would like assistance in planning for your respite needs, please contact 905-849-8000 and ask for
Janice Rotsma (ext. 333) or Cyndy Ryckman (ext. 433).
• For assistance in locating potential workers, visit www.respiteservices.com.
There are training opportunities available for support workers in Halton Region. There are two training
sessions coming up in the New Year. The first is called ‘Visuals Make It and Take It’ on February 3, 2009 and
the second is called ‘Asperger Syndrome & Social Skills’ on March 3, 2009. For more information on these
training opportunities or to register please visit http://www.kerrysplace.org/RespiteTraining or call
After School Programs
Community Living Burlington (CLB), Community Living North Halton (CLNH) and Community Living Oakville
(CLO) all offer after school respite programs. They are open to individuals who are between the ages of 7 and
21 who have a developmental disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They operate Monday to Friday
from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. There is a fee associated with these programs. For more information contact:
CLB: Nicole Jacobsen 905-336-2225 ext. 453
CLNH: Anisa Chernecki 905-878-7656 ext. 44 or email@example.com
CLO: Mary White 905-844-0146 ext. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Time to Start Planning for Residential Camps!
Ontario Camping Association (OCA) – 2009 Camp Fair
Camps who are members of the OCA help families in selecting the right camp to meet their child’s needs.
Representatives from some of these camps will be coming to Tecumseh Public School, 1480 Chriseden
Drive, Mississauga on Tuesday February 3, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. For more information please visit
the Ontario Camping Association website at www.ontariocamps.ca or call 416-485-0425.
Kerry’s Place Autism Services
Me and My Aspergers – Youth Social Group
This is an opportunity for youth between the ages of 11 and 14 to take part in a group where you will discuss
likes & dislikes, differences & similarities, strengths and weaknesses. This group is for individuals who have a
diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. It starts in January 2009 and takes place at Munns Public School in
Oakville. For more information please call Cathy McNamara at 905-502-1400 ext. 226 or 1-888-928-5463 ext.
226. Registration begins January 12, 2009.
Challenges & Choices – Finding Mental Health Services in Ontario
This is a guide for parents and caregivers to access information on mental health services in Ontario. Some
of the topics included in this guide are: mental health concerns, assessments, therapy, services at different
life stages, and more. A copy of this guide is available to view at Halton Support Services. For more
information please contact HSS at 905-849-8000 or toll free at 1-800-600-2013 or visit www.camh.net and
search Challenges & Choices.
Halton Resource Guide For Those with Special Needs
This is the 5th Edition of the Halton Resource Guide. The intent of the guide is to provide a ‘user friendly’ way
for families to identify services available to individuals with special needs within the community. The guide is
available on the Halton Support Services website www.haltonsupportservices.ca or on the Halton Region
Connections – A Guide to transition planning for parents of children with developmental disabilities
Connections is a self-help manual on transition planning written for parents. The information in the
Connections Guide can assist parents in making decisions for the future that are right for their child and their
family. These booklets are available for purchase at Halton Support Services for a fee of $5.00. For more
information please call 905-849-8000 or toll free at 1-800-600-2013.
Christian Horizons Supported Vacations
Christian Horizons offers supported vacation opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.
They take place throughout the year and have more than one destination. For more information about their
supported vacations please visit www.christian-horizons.org or call 1-519-353-5756.
Windrush Stables Therapeutic Riding Centre
To help individuals who have a developmental and/or physical disability, achieve personal growth and
accomplishment by offering a program that encourages a special partnership with horses. Horseback riding
offers a chance to be successful at a unique activity while receiving educational and therapeutic benefits.
Students learn decision making, situational management and problem solving. This can bring about an
increase in self esteem and a sense of accomplishment. For more information please visit
www.windrushstable.com or call 905-854-6008.
From all of us at Halton Support Services, we wish you and your family a safe
and Happy Holiday Season!