Free Dancing for Seniors

Dancing is perhaps one of the most energetic and fufilling ways to create movement. It is good for both the body and the brain as it has the ability to team up with the powerful effects of music.

Sarah Robichaud is the founder of a Toronto based organization called “Dancing with Parkinsons.” She is a classically trained dancer who created this program when she became inspired by the Mark Morris Dance Group’s innovative PD dance program. The mission statement at Dancing with Parkinson’s is “to provide dance classes and artistic experiences that enrich the lives of people with Parkinson’s Disease, and the lives of their families, friends, and caregivers.”

Pre-pandemic, in-person classes were being held across the GTA. Because of having to suspend those classes due to social distancing, DWP offers a daily, free, online dance class for all seniors of every age, stage and ability! Find out more information here:

To find out more about DWP, visit their website at:

Sarah’s energy is overflowing and contagious. Free dancing for seniors, how wonderful is that?!?

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Resource for Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one in which an individual may have difficulty both in communicating and in social interactions. We often see autistic children repeat certain patterns of behaviour, and have limited interests. Although ASD is considered a neurological disorder, there is also no exact cause; what is suspected is that genetics and environment both play a role.

Autism Ontario is a website that can be quite useful in learning more about Autism Spectrum Disorder. It features a link on getting a diagnosis, as well as programs and services for both adults and youth.

They offer webinars as a wonderful way to keep informed of developments in research, provide resources and to gain strategies as to how to best advocate and navigate.

There is also an Ottawa chapter.

Suspecting that our child might be on the autism spectrum can be frightening; with the proper diagnosis, information and support, however we can better navigate and accept. For our goal regardless, is to honour our children for who they are and how they perceive and experience the world.

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