Community Living Hamilton

Community Living Hamilton Community Living Hamilton is a not-for-profit organization and registered charity that offers a full range of services to people with special needs.
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We are one of the largest not-for-profits in Hamilton; each year we provide service to approximately 1,000 children, teens, adults and families. Over 60 years ago, Community Living Hamilton was founded by a group of mothers who came together in a church basement to discuss how they could support each other and their sons and daughters with special needs. Since then, we have continued to establish programs and services that have enabled our clients to fully participate and contribute to their community. We continue to promote full inclusion through person-directed planning; which promotes independence, personal choice and assisting our clients lead the lives they want. Whether it's living independently or in a group setting, working in a supported environment or participating in community activities, we are here to help people realize their full potential and dreams.

Mission: Community Living Hamilton’s goal is to educate the community so that it recognizes that some people need more support than others, but all have a way to contribute. All can participate at their own level or in their own way.

Operating as usual

Champions airs this Saturday at 8pm on CBC. In this story, a filmmaker follows his brother to the Special Olympics World...
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Absolutely Canadian brings local films and documentaries to your screen | CBC News

Champions airs this Saturday at 8pm on CBC. In this story, a filmmaker follows his brother to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, with 20 other Canadian athletes with intellectual disabilities pursuing titles in their divisions. Will you watch it?

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Exploring an array of themes from life in lockdown to sketch comedy to a daughter's memories of her family's Parc avenue restaurant, Absolutely Canadian includes programs by and about Quebec for all audiences.

Autism Advocacy Ontario
11/05/2020

Autism Advocacy Ontario

RESOURCES!

During these confusing and stressful times, it can be tricky finding resources to help you and your family

Autism Advocacy Ontario (AAO) has compiled a list of autism and disability-related resources pertaining to:

- education
- mental health
- financial support
- community

And, more!

See the PDF link below

(NOTE: The PDF has a hyperlink to the CERB. This has since closed. But, if you just click on the green "Transition to new COVID-19 benefits" box on that page, you will go to another page where you can apply for the new benefits. The PDF will be updated)

autismadvocacyontario.ca/covid_resources.pdf

Canadian Down Syndrome Week takes place from November 1 to 7! Let's celebrate and empower people with Down Syndrome and ...
11/02/2020

Canadian Down Syndrome Week takes place from November 1 to 7! Let's celebrate and empower people with Down Syndrome and educate others to #SeeTheAbility! 💙

Canadian Down Syndrome Society
#CDSW #DownSyndrome #DownSyndromeAwareness #HelpingBuildGreatLives

28-year old CJ works as a part-time cleaner at John Street Tattoo, where owners Richard and Jacklyn say he has grown to ...
10/30/2020

28-year old CJ works as a part-time cleaner at John Street Tattoo, where owners Richard and Jacklyn say he has grown to become both a respected and well-liked member of the team.

Check out our 2019/20 Annual Report to see CJ’s story and learn more about the impact our programs and services made last year: https://clhannualreport2019-20.ca/.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is engaging the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) to lead a broad and inclus...
10/29/2020
Government of Canada Announces Partnership with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences to Lead Consultations for the National Autism Strategy

The Public Health Agency of Canada is engaging the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) to lead a broad and inclusive consultation process for the development of a National Autism Strategy that will consider a wide range of views and evidence-based information.
👉 Read more: http://ow.ly/bHuA50C5d2w
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/CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, is pleased to announce an investment of $1.46 million for the Canadian Academy of Health...

Always a bliss to hear about inclusive employers! 💙 Watch this video about how this father is using his own experience t...
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Always a bliss to hear about inclusive employers! 💙 Watch this video about how this father is using his own experience to help his son and others with autism find meaningful work.

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Watch Edmonton dad’s program aims to help people with autism find employment Video Online, on GlobalNews.ca

Awesome Archie is an illustrated book created by Archie and his mum to show how his "awesome and adventurous brain" work...
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Mother and son write book explaining autism

Awesome Archie is an illustrated book created by Archie and his mum to show how his "awesome and adventurous brain" works. Watch them talk about the book and the stories behind it! 💙

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Awesome Archie was created during lockdown in a bid to celebrate children's diversity.

Happy Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day! #risinguptogether #ECEappreciation
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Happy Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day! #risinguptogether #ECEappreciation

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#HelpingBuildGreatLives #Inclusion

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the radio. Let’s be honest, I am a grown man still obsessed with the radio, painstakingly curating playlists in my Spotify account. I remember sitting on my bed with a boom box in my lap, waiting for my favorite songs to play so that I could […]

With the help of their teacher, 11 students set up their own café to provide an alternative work experience opportunity ...
10/19/2020
Students with special needs pave the way to set up their own community café

With the help of their teacher, 11 students set up their own café to provide an alternative work experience opportunity for adolescent students developmental disabilities.

Six of them do not speak at all and many use signs or symbols to communicate, including to read. As such, the menus in the café have been designed to include symbols and the till has been adapted to have symbols on it so that students can participate.

That's a great initiative! 💙

#HelpingBuildGreatLives #Inclusion #DevelopmentalDisabilities #DiverseAbilities #AbilityNotDisability

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Their teacher at St Andrew's Academy said there is a lack of opportunities for youngsters

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The A Word getting spin-off Ralph and Katie co-written by disabled writers

"Ralph and Katie is a natural step forwards from the ongoing ambition of The A Word to increase representation and diversity both on and off screen." 💙 Will you follow Ralph and Katie's journey as a newly married couple? The release date is still unknown but we'll stay put...
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Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy will reprise their roles from The A Word for their own spin-off drama.

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Franks' Story — Walking on the Edge

Last summer, Frank made the bold decision to take on a challenge unlike anything he had experienced before – Toronto’s CN Tower / La Tour CN Edge Walk. Watch his story below.

To see more stories and learn more about the impact our programs and services made last year, view our 2019/20 Annual Report at: https://clhannualreport2019-20.ca/.

Wishing a happy Thanksgiving to our amazing employees and volunteers, our community, and the people and families we supp...
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Wishing a happy Thanksgiving to our amazing employees and volunteers, our community, and the people and families we support. We know your family gatherings are likely to look a little different this year, but regardless of how you choose to celebrate, we encourage you to stay safe and look out for one another!

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Breathing exercises, physical activities, grounding techniques, mindfulness... These calming strategies from ConnectABILITY can be helpful to teach children and youth to regulate their emotional responses during stressful times and also when experiencing anxiety.

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A website and virtual community dedicated to lifelong learning and support for people who have an intellectual disability, their families and support networks.

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Start somewhere. 👇
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#HelpingBuildGreatLives #NDEAM #NDEAM2020 #Inclusion #DisabilityEmploymentAwareness #InclusiveEmployment

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By popular demand, we are continuing to offer our FREE virtual programming for persons with developmental disabilities a...
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By popular demand, we are continuing to offer our FREE virtual programming for persons with developmental disabilities aged 18 and over. Registration for our Fall Session 1 programs, which begin Monday, October 5, is now open! https://communitylivinghamilton.com/virtual-recreation-and-leisure-programming/

Community Living Hamilton is offering virtual recreation and leisure programs free of charge to all persons with developmental disabilities aged 18 and... More

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Laura Sambrookes-McQuade of Midwestern University shares tips.

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Check out our 2019/20 Annual Report to read Vjosa’s story and learn more about the impact our programs and services made last year: https://clhannualreport2019-20.ca/great-stories/.

09/28/2020

When the new Master Chef program was being launched, the staff knew that with Tomasine’s passion for cooking it was something she needed to get involved with.

View our 2019/20 Annual Report to see more stories and learn more about the impact our programs and services made last year: https://clhannualreport2019-20.ca/.

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Here is more about his story and some of their videos: http://ow.ly/Ucd350BAeyG

#HelpingBuildGreatLives #Autism #ASD #Inclusion #AutismAwareness

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#HelpingBuildGreatLives #Autism #Anxiety #DevelopmentalDisabilities
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Last summer, Frank made the bold decision to take on a challenge unlike anything he had experienced before – Toronto’s C...
09/23/2020

Last summer, Frank made the bold decision to take on a challenge unlike anything he had experienced before – Toronto’s CN Tower / La Tour CN Edge Walk.

Check out our 2019/20 Annual Report to read Frank’s story and learn more about the impact our programs and services made last year: https://clhannualreport2019-20.ca/.

09/22/2020
John Street Tattoo

John Street Tattoo

Thanks for this wonderful profile Community Living Hamilton!

With a smile on his face, CJ states he loves his job 100%. The 28-year old Hamilton resident works as a part-time cleaner at John Street Tattoo, where owners Richard and Jacklyn say he has grown to become both a respected and well-liked member of the team.
“Honestly, working here has been an unbelievable experience for me,” says CJ. “Everyone has been super nice and friendly and gone out of their way to make me feel welcome.”
CJ began working at the shop in the spring of 2019 thanks to a partnership between John Street Tattoo and Community Living Hamilton’s Employment Access Program, which helps people with disabilities prepare for, find and maintain competitive employment.
“Diversity is something that we strongly believe in, because we feel like it’s important for the shop to reflect the community that we do business in” says Richard. “We’ve always been active in the community, supporting initiatives, doing fundraisers and whatnot and kind of put it out there that we were interested in doing something greater.”
Through some networking, Kathy Matthews, CJ’s Community Placement Specialist, learned about the potential opportunity at John Street Tattoo.
“I heard that they were an inclusive employer and through some outreach and initial conversations with Richard and Jacklyn, I learned that they would be interested in hiring someone with a disability,” says Kathy. “I let them know that I had a candidate in mind and working together we put together a job description.”
CJ interviewed for the position and was subsequently hired. As of the end of this past year, he had been working at the shop for 9 months and recently celebrated his one-year anniversary.
“Working with Community Living Hamilton has been really wonderful,” says Jacklyn. “In the beginning Kathy was really hands on, meeting with us regularly to establish tasks and schedules, and has continued to serve as a liaison even now that CJ is so comfortable in the role.”
CJ is in the shop 3 days per week and his duties include sweeping and mopping, garbage disposal, disinfecting surfaces and runs errands for the tattoo artists. While he has now settled in, it was not always easy.
The job requires focus, attention to detail and good time-management, skills that CJ has always struggled with. Fortunately, with a few job accommodations, minor modifications and some coaching in the early stages, CJ was able to learn the job and meet the strict cleanliness and safety standards required for the shop to operate.
“For a job to evolve into long-term employment, like what we’ve seen with CJ, is a huge accomplishment,” adds Kathy.
A good fit between employee and employer is key, but just as important is developing and maintaining a flexible and collaborative partnership that is based on deep respect and mutual benefit.
“When I first started I was kind of intimidated, but now I just feel like part of the family,” says CJ. “I’m grateful for the confidence they’ve shown in me.”

The 16-week run of our Embracing Inclusion audio series has come to an end, but due to popular demand we will be continu...
09/22/2020

The 16-week run of our Embracing Inclusion audio series has come to an end, but due to popular demand we will be continuing to publish new episodes quarterly in our Special Needs Resourcing newsletter! Stay tuned for more information, but here's a glimpse of what's to come.

To listen to past episodes of Embracing Inclusion, please visit: https://embracinginclusion.libsyn.com/

Taylor Linloff is changing the narrative and making autistic voices heard in A Strong Name Documentary. The film shares ...
09/21/2020
Port Hawkesbury woman bringing autism stories to life in new documentary | The Chronicle Herald

Taylor Linloff is changing the narrative and making autistic voices heard in A Strong Name Documentary. The film shares experiences, victories, and struggles of rural Nova Scotians who are on the autism spectrum.

🗓️Mark your calendars! It is set to release on April 2, 2021, on World Autism Acceptance and Awareness Day!

#HelpingBuildGreatLives #Autism #AStrongName
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‘It’s become a mantra for me that if you’re born into a world where you don’t fit in, perhaps it’s your opportunity to build a better one’

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191 York Boulevard
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Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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