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Amy MacFarlane

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Simcoe County District School Board (Ontario)

July, 2021 An amazing after school program was developed between Recreational Respite and the Simcoe County District School Board! We created innovative escape rooms that also had take-away resources for the student and their parent/guardian to continue their learning and sustain the impact of the goals and outcomes. Participants worked through a series of puzzles, …

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How People with Disabilities are Shaping Community

Thanks to the Tamarack Institute for including us as moderator of this great conversation with Steven Estey and Sarah Schulman! Some really great things happening around the country for and with people with disabilities! ‘How People with Disabilities are Shaping Community’ Have a watch 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=layoBvaALyE

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Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities During the Pandemic

Almost immediately after COVID-19 hit Canada in March 2020, Amy MacFarlane, Founder and CEO of Recreational Respite, realized she had a major problem. “All of our services shut down,” she says, remembering the chaos of those initial weeks. “Before the pandemic, we offered in-person one-on-one services and group programs in the community. We didn’t have …

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Service Coordination Supports (SCS)

Recreational Respite partnered with Service Coordination Support (SCS) to offer the first virtual Youth Track Sessions during their Coming Together Conference 2020 (25th Anniversary).   Recreational Respite developed and facilitated 4 programs to engage youth age 14+. Build It Mental Health (Self Care) – November 7, 2020  The workshops increased self-esteem, reduce anxious feelings, and manage stress well. Participants …

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FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)

April 2020 – ongoing Recreation creates an opportunity for inclusive participation. To immerse in new experiences that include making new friends and building healthy relationships, inclusive play while learning ways for self regulation and coping strategies. Our work with individual who have FASD include identifying strengths and interests that guide and promote successful participation. Partnerships …

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NSERC, Sheridan Elder Research Centre and RecRespite

2010-2016 Aging In Place: Optimizing Health Outcomes Through Technology, Design and Social Inclusion Recreational Respite developed and implemented various immediate and long-term company strategies related to serving older adults. These included client research and program evaluation, engagement and innovation for new technologies, appropriate dissemination strategies through social media and other communication channels, and opportunities to …

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