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Month: October, 2015

DramaWorks & SocialWorks

Hi Everyone

Classes are still running this evening. But due to the weather alerts for Toronto, we encourage all travelling to Program to be safe and extra aware while out on the roads. If you cannot attend, please call or text our DramaWay office Cell # 416-614-1078 so we can plan according.

Looking forward to our Halloween in-class Celebrations.


SocialWorks Update October 28th

Hello SocialWorks Families and Participants!

Last week we enjoyed a lesson full of healthy habits and hygiene! Especially now with the cold weather upon us, we covered the basics of good personal hygiene to stay healthy, and for those around us to stay healthy as well.

This week, we will wrap up a short film-presentation we began to create in relation to healthy habit as well as engaging in a halloween celebration, including halloween games and a movie and activities during the last hour! As a reminder you are free to dress up in costume and bring a nut-free snack for all to share!

As a reminder, please fill out the 2 DramaWay forms located in the yellow binders, one being the media consent and the other being a participant survey! We want to get to know you and your interests and needs better!

Weather Report: The GTA is calling for severe weather today with rain from 50 mm to 90 km winds. If you don’t feel safe travelling to program, we understand. Regardless, we encourage you to travel safely and be extra aware on the roads.

If you will not be in class for any other reason, please text or email us in advance. 416-735-3380 (Adina) 416-614-1078 (DramaWay Office)

Hopefully see you all tonight!


Halloween Festivities

Hi Everyone
It’s that time of year again.
This week in all of our DramaWorks classes we’ll be having our traditional Halloween/Autumn Celebration in class.
Feel free to come dressed up and bring some NUT FREE goodies if possible. Healthy snacks are encouraged and welcome!
We look forward to seeing everyone today.

DramaWorks Update this week

Everyone enjoyed working on pronunciation, diction and clarity while also having fun with Halloween tongue twisters.
We then moved onto trying short pieces of the scripts in different groups, while exploring with different characters from the play.
It was a lot of fun and everyone is remaining open to being cast in whatever role our staff & volunteers deem suitable.
Thanking all of our performers for their hard work and dedication to this process.
Looking forward to our Halloween/Autumn Celebration next week at all DramaWorks classes.


ExpressionWorks – Crafty Arts Week 2 – WEEKLY Update

Hi ExpressionWorks Family Members & Participants
We embarked upon week 2 of our Crafty Arts section this past week. We all had a blast during our communication circle where we celebrated positive sharing and giving compliments. Our friend Petra led a compliments train to “Love Train” through the building. When we landed, we gave our neighbour a compliment. We made sure our compliments were: positive, from the heart, around a person’s personality (over appearance) and like a gift. We look forward to involving our compliment-building into letter writing in the future.

Our craft sessions brought shapes and still life drawing to life! We arranged fake fruit to model for our light into dark line sketching and shadowing. It was a creative evening and we felt supported by all of our wonderful volunteers. Thanks to all our incredible volunteers and here are a few shots of the night to show you how our work is progressing.

Unfortunately, despite the quality of our program, we are still low on attendees.
We still need a few more participants and we hope you can help us spread the word that we are open to having new participants join our program. Please direct them to our office or website.

Thanks for all your support.
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ExpressionWorks Update

​This past week we were thankful to hear everyone’s Thanksgiving weekend news. We noticed great questioning within the group and we were excited to finally finally have our first week at crafty arts! We introduced colour theory involving identifying and mixing primary, secondary colours and shades. The group picked Lily to be painted wearing a white shirt so we could mix colour and showcase it on our smock. We created our own art using acrylic paints and recyclable objects to make stamps and textures.
Stay tuned for more fun!

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ExpressionWorks tonight October 15th, 2015

Just a reminder we’ll be getting into our Crafty Arts Section this evening dress appropriately, we are excited to see the project everyone will be working on.
Can’t wait to hear how it turns out.

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Update for DramaWorks

We started our first evening of in-class auditions last night at our DramaWorks downtown location. Everyone was quite excited and it was very clear a lot of performers took time to prepare for the auditions. Thanks for all your efforts, and this is just a quick reminder that we’ll be continuing the process for the next few weeks, so do not worry, we will be looking at everyone’s progress through the coming weeks. Everyone always gets a part as you know and we’ll tweak it along the way.

Thanks again for all your efforts.

December 3rd Tribute – Formerly known as the Abilities Awards

As some of you may have heard, our Artistic Director & Founder, Danielle Strnad
has been nominated for the “Exceptional Accessibility Champion for Ontario” award. We invite you all to come on out and show your support on Thursday December 3, 2015. The event will be held at Morningside Christian Fellowship located at 7601 Sheppard Ave. E, Scarborough ON M1B 2Y7 (Sheppard Ave. & Morningside Ave.)
7:00 pm Reception, 8:00 pm Entertainment & Ceremony
If you are interested in attending please RSVP to:
There will be:
■Live Music ■Award Ceremony ■VIP Guest ■Event Raffle ■Exhibitors

Free Admission & Refreshments for purchase

The Accessibility event of the year with the most inclusive benefits for our society that is bringing the entire GTA community together to honour the whole disability sector.


The official region-wide GTA celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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ExpressionWorks Update October 8, 2015

Last night our group had an amazing ExpressionWorks session with special guest comic, Michael McCreary! Thanks to Alanna Balicki for arranging, this proved to be a memorable experience for all involved. Sadly we had three participants away, but we were glad to be joined by our new volunteer Divya as well as a new friend Abdullah. We were happy to see Abdullah eager and ready to join in as he took on leading our second leadership stretch to hip hop music. Way to go buddy! Our leaders this week were Anna, Jordan and Petra who helped to introduce us to our Guest Artist Michael. Michael was kind enough to share a short comedy set with us all. We then worked on writing and asking questions about his interests and practice. Go ahead and check out the handout which was given out for website info and sensory games online. Website link below. As this was our 4th week Clowning, we did clown plays in two small groups while also highlighting our clowns wishes. This was a real treat! So beautiful to watch everyone’s imagination come to life.
Don’t forget next week is our crafty arts session. If you have an Art Smock why not bring it along.

See you there!

Michael McCreary may only be nineteen years old, but he’s already well on his way to fulfilling his lifelong, albeit short, dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. The young comic, a high school student in Orangeville, Ontario, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of five. In an act of self-preservation, combined with the desire for constant attention and the inability to stop talking, stand-up comedy seemed inevitable. Michael combined his love of comedy and his obsession with Hollywood movies and trained under David Granirer, founder of Stand Up for Mental Health, to create his act ”Does This Make My Asperger’s Look Big?” Over the past 4 years Michael has performed at conferences, galas, universities, bars and church basements across Canada and the United States. See the world through his eyes as he takes you on a comical journey through the lighter side of Asperger’s Syndrome.

You can visit his website for more details: http://www.aspiecomic.com/