Short term programs@ W. Ross MacDonald
VIEWS is proud to support the creation of Short Term Programs at W. Ross Macdonald that work to benefit our youth. Their website provides an excellent description of the program:
Short Term Programs at W Ross Macdonald School are provided for students throughout Ontario who are blind and visually impaired. These weekend programs are FREE of charge for students, with no cost to parents or school boards. Students arrive Friday evening at the school and stay in the new residence until Sunday after lunch. Meals and snacks are provided.
Short Term Program weekends span far beyond the traditional academic curriculum and can help to support a student`s beginning steps towards independence. We provide students with a safe and supportive place to explore independence, practise life skills, and to develop self-awareness and self-advocacy skills. These weekends are also a great opportunity for students to socialize with peers who are visually impaired and make lasting friendships. Each weekend has a different theme geared toward the unique needs of students with visual impairments. Students leave each weekend feeling proud of themselves for succeeding on their own, and it is not uncommon for students to say they want to stay longer!
Short Term Program staff are trained to work with students who are blind or visually impaired and have experience in the areas of independent living skills, orientation and mobility, education etc. Staff are on duty 24/7 (including overnight) with the appropriate student to staff ratio at all times.
For morning information, please visit their website. http://psbnet.ca/en/schools/w-ross-macdonald/programs-and-services/services/blind-low-vision-resource-services-and-outreach-programs/short-term-programs/
CNIB Lake Joseph Centre
VIEWS Family Week at Lake Joe is a week long camp at the CNIB’s Lake Joseph Centre in Mactier, ON. This camp, usually held the first week of August, is for the entire family! Families have the freedom to participate in scheduled camp activities or enjoy afternoons on the beachfront! Lake Joe’s programming may include wake boarding, water skiing, sailing, swimming or triathlon lessons, art, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, tandem cycling, pontoon boat rides, campfires, games and even a drop-in play group for the younger children! This week provides an opportunity to meet other VIEWS families from all over Ontario who specifically chose this family week to attend.
VIEWS Camp Freedom
VIEWS Camp Freedom is a 6 day camp held in Brantford, ON, usually held the third week of July. This camp is staffed with Independent Living Skills Instructors, Orientation & Mobility Instructors and others who are familiar with the abilities and needs of those with low vision or are blind. Campers are encouraged to come to camp and work towards their own specific personal goals, with an incredible support team, providing tools and information, to be successful. Although full of learning, this camp is fashioned in a way that involves a lot of games, fun activities and peer socialization.