Alternatives Adult Group

Alternatives is pleased to annouce that the YMCA is partnering with Alternatives to accommodate individual requests to offer a brand NEW adult group (age 21+) recreation/social opportunity for adults with special needs. The emphasis is on ability, social interaction, physical activity, communication and developing friendships. Some of the activities could be swimming, activities in the gym, cooking, etc.

Please note that this NEW adult group runs on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8pm starting April 5.

Registration is done only through the YMCA. Call Charlotte Van Spronsen at the YMCA (705-748-9622 x 221) with your questions.

ALSO: TAG (ages 14-21) begins April 5 so register soon!

Click HERE for more information on the Autism Ontario TAG+ Adult Group.


Building Brighter Futures Fund

Click HERE for more information on the Autism Ontario Building Brighter Futures Fund initiative.



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Community Integration through Cooperative Education

     Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) is a 2-year, 4-semester Ontario College Certificate program offered through Fleming College in Peterborough.  The CICE program is open to adults with Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mild Intellectual Disabilities or Brain Injury. The program provides students with a unique opportunity to continue their education in an inclusive college environment. Through this program, students:

  • Strengthen independence and self-confidence in order to enhance active participation in the community
  • Interact with other students to reach personal, academic and vocational goals
  • Build workplace skills through 3 co-op placements
  • Receive on-the-job training from leading employers in the Peterborough area
  • Choose electives from mainstream college courses, with course learning outcomes modified by an Integration Facilitator to match the individual student’s learning style and capabilities.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be 19 years of age or older on the first day of classes and have one of Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mild Intellectual Disabilities or Brain Injury.

Download the CICE program postcard HERE.

Click HERE to be taken to the Fleming College CICE website for more information.  Contact information is provided on the website.

Are you a business owner/operator and interested in hosting a CICE co-op student? Click HERE for more information.



Access 2 Entertainment


Launched in 2004 with support from Cineplex Entertainment and a group of national  disability organizations, Easter Seals Canada’s award winning Access 2 card program helps ensure entertainment, cultural and recreational opportunities are more available to all. Managed and administered by Easter Seals Canada in Toronto, Access 2 has grown to reach over 75,000 Canadians and includes over 500 participating venue locations across the country.

With the support of all our proud partner venues and fantastic cardholders, Access 2 has emerged as a national leader in helping create opportunities for individuals with disabilities and raising awareness about the importance of accessible venues.

Click HERE for more information.



Nova's Ark

Nova’s Ark offers opportunities for individuals with special needs to join our trained and confident youth leaders to explore the many interesting animals and activities located on our ten acre property during our Adventure Sundays and Spring/Summer Camps. Each individual is connected with 3 to 5 youth volunteers who become the Circle of Friends which is key in assisting with their program needs. The focus continues to be on social and communication skills through exploration, sensory stimulation and structured interactive activities. These programs provide, key life skills development, physical involvement and respite time with weather appropriate activities.

Click HERE for more information.



Snowflake Therapy Services

Snowflake Therapy Services provides Occupational Therapy and other services to the Peterborough area, with a focus on individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety, or other neuro-developmental conditions, and the families who support them.

Click HERE for more information.


Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones has worked with individuals under the autism spectrum for over 20 years now. They have found that the need for parent education has increased.

Some of the topics of their workshops are:

  • Understanding Behaviours
  • Grief - Accepting the Autism Diagnosis
  • Communication Skills
  • Engagement
  • Natural Environment Teaching
  • Toilet Training
  • Sibling Relationships
  • Feeding
  • Sensory Diet
  • Developing Play Skills
  • Floortime Therapy

Stepping Stones is booking with a minimum of 20 participants. If individuals have extended health care coverage, it is possible that the cost of the workshop(s) may be covered.

For more information, please call: 1-877-553-2602 x101


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