matches one-on-one "buddies" or whole volunteer families to
individuals with disabilities in order to provide respite for the caregivers.
Check your local telephone book to see if a chapter is in your community.
is a "grassroots" organization which follows the motto
"it takes a village to raise a child". Families develop
their own support network from friends, contacts and professionals with
particular talents and/or resources. With a WrapAround facilitator
guiding the process, ways of assisting the family are brainstormed and
enacted. Check your local telephone book to see if an agency is
in your community.
Advocacy in the School has locations
in both Toronto and Thornhill (ON, Canada). Their professional group
provides parent support (including testing, counselling, and legal services),
educational assistants in the home, and advocacy workshops.
Winston is a summer camp in Northern Ontario (Muskoka area) for
individuals with TS and autism (in alternating weeks). It's
staff also offer workshops to parents.
Eglinton Avenue West, Third Floor
ON. M4R 1A3
Swim and Specialty Camp, a camp
for ages 3.5 - 15 in Toronto, is accredited by the Ontario Camping Association
and meets Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada criteria for an appropriate
camp for individuals with TS.
Help Line is a national
(Canadian), bilingual telephone and Internet service that gives parents
a place to turn to for any parenting concerns, 24 hours a day. Any parent.
Any issue. Any time. You're not alone.
Net is a web site dedicated
to supporting families dealing with special needs.
Net is interested in raising awareness about Tourette Syndrome. In
order to do that, they need to have families willing to be interviewed
over the telephone. If
you or any families you know of are interested in helping them profile
TS, please contact Nancy