Laurel Celebrates World Autism Awareness Month

Contributed by Vania Huang As you may have heard, April is World Autism Awareness Month! In light of this month-long celebration, we thought it would be appropriate to let you get to know our Laurel Behaviour Support Services team a bit better and celebrate with some thoughts and photos. Through this, we hope that our message of inclusion will reach more people and raise greater awareness about autism. If you have a friend or family member with autism, or if...

Introducing inGIRLSCLUB

Everyone wants to feel like they belong – to have a group, a club, a squad, a posse, a tribe, some homegirls, besties, BFFs… a circle that is just theirs. Girls club is that. GIRLS CLUB is an inclusive club for girls with autism and related disorders, regardless of required supports. The aim of this club is to foster fun, community, friendships, play, and “big sister-little sister” connections. It’s a place of acceptance without judgement,¬†and relaxation without barriers, where parents...

Have You Heard of “Amazing Grace”?

The holiday season is upon us once more, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share with you the incredible life and story of Grace. Although she was born with multiple disfigurements and health issues, that hasn’t stopped her from travelling the world! Through her interview with her mother Judy and Josh Rimer, it is evident¬†that she is surrounded by people who love and support her. She is truly a ray of light to her family, and we are so...

Shared Living: A Celebration of Family

Contributed by Vania Huang The colder weather has ushered in the arrival of winter, and with it, the hints of the holiday season in the air. This time of year invites us to spend time with our families and loved ones and reflect upon the meaning of the season. We took this opportunity to visit the home of Gerald, Rob, Charlie and Jody, a family supported by our Shared Living service. Their cozy house is nestled in a cul-de-sac in...

Experience Shared Living

  Smiles. Laughter. Knowledge. Love. These are the words that come to mind when we think of Shared Living. What is Shared Living? Shared Living is a residential option in which an adult with a developmental disability shares a home with someone who is contracted to provide ongoing support. In this arrangement, they live with a family, couple, or roommate in the community. This arrangement can offer richer opportunities for developing natural relationships and social circles. It also increases the...