Adult Social Groups


Join us for an opportunity to chat with your peers online in a safe space. The discussions will be facilitated by YSSN Case Managers.

Topics will include:

· Maintaining social relationships and community

· Adapting to new reality and dealing with “unknowns”

· Self-care practices

· Resilience building

· Coping

· Mental health strategies

· Loss and grief

· Maintaining independence and life skills


The social group runs for 8 weeks and it will be held virtually. Details provided upon registration.

Who should attend?

Adults aged 18+ who have a Developmental Disability or Dual Diagnosis and are able to
participate by videoconference for intake and weekly sessions.


If you have any questions about the social group and/or would like to join please email
DS Intake at

Life Planning

Planning for a Good Life, Now and in the Future


Create a plan for the future so you can live your best life!

Join us for a virtual series that will help you learn how to:

  • plan and build your vision for your future life,
  • identify your interests, strengths and how to build your support network,
  • focus on key goals (e.g. skill building, community activities, health and fitness, finances, employment, relationships, etc.),
  • be inspired to develop an individualized housing plan
  • move you from your vision to real life,
  • learn ways to maximize available resources and incorporate technology in your plan, and more!

Workshop facilitators

Kelly Casey has over 30 years of experience working with people in the developmental services sector. Over the past 10 years, she has developed several creative housing solutions with people and their Network of Support. In addition to
planning with people and their families, Kelly is a well
respected collaborator and partner with various agencies in the private and public sector, all of which aim to support a more meaningful life for all people.

Katherine Pickard has over 25 years of experience in the
developmental services sector helping individuals to create a vision and plan for their future. She believes in the strength of relationships to build a valued and self-determined life, and that planning helps to create a good life and secure future for

Workshop details:

The workshop is 10-12 weeks in length and includes:

·     4 Group sessions of 2 hours each

·     Individual time with the Facilitator throughout the 10-12 weeks

·     Individual time with the Planner throughout the 10-12 weeks

·     2 Facilitated Network Meetings (support circle) to build your team and help you put          your plan into action

·     Support to create your individualized vision and plan for the future, including your          specific goal areas and resources to achieve your vision

· You will receive an electronic copy of your person-directed plan

Cost: $1,600 *Planning is an allowable expense under the Passport program

Virtual. Details to be provided upon registration.

Who should attend? 
This session is open to any family in Central East Region. 

Testimonials from past participants: 

“We highly recommend ‘Building a Meaningful Life Now and in the Future’ workshop series. The sessions facilitated by Kelly Casey of KCP Solutions and Katherine Pickard of York Support Services Network were invaluable to us as we planned for our daughter, Emily, becoming more independent and living separate from us. They provided us with many resources and contacts to follow up with that will help now and in the future.  The final plan that we will be provided with will help our daughter and will be an excellent resource now and in the future.  Thank you to Kelly and Katherine for their insight and abundance of knowledge in this field and willingness to share with families in need of this information.”
Carl and Katie

“We would strongly recommend this workshop for families that want to plan for their child’s future. We learned of different avenues on finding housing and what is available. We believe we can use the plan ongoing for whatever Chrissy wants to do in the future, the plan is very organized and helpful. We really liked meeting other families that were in the same situation as us and hear their stories.
We believe using the plan will make it easier to plan for Chrissy’s future especially when planning for housing and looking for housemates, sometimes it is hard for people to talk about themselves, this plans makes it easier.”

To register for this workshop series or for more information contact:

Kelly Casey

Katherine Pickard



P.A. Day program for siblings of children with special needs, ages 8 to 13 years old

This interactive and unique program provides your child with the opportunity to meet other kids who know what it’s like to be a sibling to a child with special needs and to express themselves through a wide range of creative play in a safe and non-judgmental space.

Facilitators will support your child to get to know other siblings and help them:

  • talk with others who “get it” about the good (or sometimes not-so-good) parts of having a sibling with special needs.
  • play some great games.
  • learn more about disabilities and the services people with disabilities receive.
  • learn how other brothers and sisters handle sticky situations sometimes faced by siblings.
  • laugh and have FUN!


New dates coming soon!

If you have any questions about the workshops email them to Kathy at

Youth Groups

Emotions: Plug in. Connect. Create.


For young adults with developmental disabilities, ages 18-21

This 6-week social-emotional skills program is an interactive and expressive arts based approach to promoting the emotional literacy and well-being of young adults with disabilities.

Emotional Literacy is a term used to describe the ability to understand and express our feelings.

Learning these essential skills helps us to build our self-awareness and to identify, manage, and relate to the emotional responses of others.

Together we will learn:

  • how to become aware of our emotions.
  • how emotions feel within the body.
  • how to manage what we are experiencing.
  • how to express these emotions through a range of sensory, mindful and creative activities.​


Check back for new dates!

Payment details

You can pay for this workshop by cheque or e-transfer.

  1. Cheque

Please make your cheque, for $310, payable to, Attn: Finance Department, York Support Services Network.
Mail it to:  240 Edward Street, Unit 3, Aurora, ON  L4G 3S9.

To ensure you are registered for the program, we must receive your full payment 2 weeks before the session begins. Please add the program name in the memo section of your cheque.

  1. E-transfer
Please send your e-transfer payment to, finance@yssn.caYou must include the name of the program and the participants name in the note/details section of your e-transfer.  Please allow 2 business days, to confirm your successful registration.
For cancellations, please send your request to, 2 business days before the start of your program date. A $20 administrative fee is charged for cancelled programs.


If you have any questions about the workshop please email them to Norma McClinton at

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