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This part of the website provides more details on the various activities offered to MAIH members to help them become more independent and integrate into the community, while also raising public awareness.

Upcoming Activities

July 2, 2018 | Activities, Skills

Summer Skills Day Camp

A week of doing activities and visiting new places in and around the city of Montréal, all linked to a specific theme. Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $185 per week of camp SELF-EXPRESSION Learn how to [...]

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July 2, 2018 | Activities

What's happening in Montreal

Come with us and discover some of the events and festivals that make summertime in Montréal so much fun. Departure site: MAIH Return site: will depend on the place visited June 14th to August 11nd Thursday: 5 p.m. to 9 [...]

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June 21, 2018 | News, Activities

Go to New York in April 2019!

Broaden your Horizons returns in 2019! Registration details : Estimated cost: 1800 dollars per person Non-refundable deposit: $ 200 per person Final payment required before January 15, 2019 Possibility of cancellation until February 15, 2019 inclusive, with reimbursement of [...]

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June 18, 2018 | Activities, Camps

Camps

CAMP SAINT-URBAIN $555 per week of camp (7 nights) July 15-22 | 18 years and + | group of 12 campers July 29 to Aug. 5 | 18 years and + | group of 12 campers August [...]

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Activity types

Members

Social participation workshops

Participants in these workshops learn to maximize their community involvement. The various get-togethers and discoveries strengthen our members’ ability to act, while fostering their social integration and raising public awareness.

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Skill development workshops

Participants in these workshops develop and practice skills they can apply in their daily lives. More than 150 places in various types of workshops are offered each year.

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Out-of-Town Stay Program

From vacation camps and the Broaden Your Horizons program to Weekends in the Country, all our out-of-town stays offer MAIH members an opportunity to develop their skills. These special moments help break their isolation and give them a chance to form strong bonds with each another.

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Family

Family outings

This section contains more details on the various activities offered to people with MAIH family memberships, including discussion groups, information sessions and talks, but also family outings.

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Discussion groups, information sessions and talks

designed for families of people living with intellectual disabilities and focused on a variety of themes, including sensitive topics such as planning for the future, sexuality, and emotional relationships.

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Social participation workshops

The 633 Club

The 633 Club is a place open to MAIH members who wish to get together and socialize with other members. It provides them with an opportunity to learn new things, meet new people and lend each other support through activities designed to break their isolation and help them form meaningful relationships. This non-facilitated workshop helps them develop and apply various skills needed in daily life and social interactions, while also giving them a sense of belonging.

Saturdays from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MAIH.

Cost?

Free for members in good standing

Implic’Action

This workshop provides an ideal opportunity for getting involved and raising public awareness as it shows that people with intellectual disabilities can also give back to society by volunteering. It helps participants find fulfillment and develop a sense of pride and self-confidence. The visits paid to organizations also raise awareness of intellectual disability in the community at large.

Currently, this workshop is given exclusively at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM) to residents of residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs).

Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost?

Free for members in good standing

With whom are we working?

IUGM, Accueil Bonneau

Opening Doors to Montréal

This workshop gives participants a chance to discover the different faces of Montreal though visits to cultural, sports and community venues and activities that are related to their goals and interests. For example, they visit recreation centres, community organizations, and libraries, and attend shows and cultural centre exhibits.

Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30p.m. in autumn and winter sessions.

Cost?

23$ for members in good standing

With whom are we working?

Théâtre Espace libre, Carrefour d’éducation populaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles, d’un œil différent, association sportive et communautaire du centre-sud, bibliothèque Benny et Fablab, YMCA centre-ville, musée des artisans.

What’s Happening in Montréal?

In summer, Opening Doors to Montreal become What’s Happening in Montréal? The participants can discover some of the events and festivals that make summertime in Montréal so much fun.

Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost?

25$ for members in good standing

With whom are we working?

La TOHU, Saint-Urbain, Musée des beaux-arts, maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, DHCR

Cultural activity for people with an intellectual disability

Vendetta – Storie di Mafia

A cultural activity organized in collaboration with Exeko. It will be an opportunity for MAIH’s members to express their views on the subject of accessibility in the cultural milieu.

Cost?

Free for members in good standing

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Skill development workshops

Let’s get ready

This workshop provides an opportunity to meet people, address the challenges that arise at this stage of life and get ready for what lies ahead. You will be participating in lively discussions and a variety of activities, organized outings and parties. Developed only at the MAIH, this workshop is unique and given nowhere else.

On Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Centre d’éducation populaire Carrefour Marguerite-Bourgeoys in autumn and winter sessions.

Cost?

$10 for a membership at the Carrefour Marguerite-Bourgeoys, to be paid directly to the Carrefour.

With whom are we working?

L’Arche de Montréal, le carrefour Marguerite-Bourgeoys, les Accordailles, les porteurs de musique, les ateliers plaisir et saine alimentation, le centre de santé des femmes, le département de pharmacie de l’Université de Montréal.

It’s not always easy…

The “It’s Not Always Easy…” workshop series is divided into several themes. The workshops are designed to be practical and to help participants develop skills they can use in their daily lives.

The following themes have been addressed since the series began: To Express Myself, To Make Friends, To Keep Fit, To Be Self-Confident, To Talk about Sexuality and Emotional Relationships, and To Organize My Day. All these themes address our participants’ concerns.

The workshops are given on weekdays and run from two to three hours.

The following themes are being featured during the current session:

 

It’s not always easy… TO TALK ABOUT SEXUALITY AND EMOTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

In this workshop, open to both men and women, we will be talking about the big sexuality related issues, in an atmosphere of openness and respect.

Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Cost?

Free for members in good standing

 

It’s not always easy… TO MAKE FRIENDS

For people who would like to be doing more activities and going out more, or just to have a friend to talk with. This workshop includes activities related to current technologies like smartphones and tablets, to help particpants understand what it means to have a friend: how to make a friend, how to maintain the friendship, things you can do with a friend, etc.

Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost?

Free for members in good standing

 

It’s not always easy … TO KEEP FIT!

A variety of activities will be offered to help participants increase their level of physical fitness (weight training, dance, gymnastics, soccer, etc.). Health-related topics such as nutrition, general health, and physical education will be addressed. There will also be an opportunity to make some healthy recipes.

Thursdays, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost?

Free for members in good standing

With whom are we working?

le CREP, Centre de santé des femmes, l’association sportive et communautaire centre-sud, l’écomusée du fier monde, centre de prévention des agressions.

Explorations in Art

Participants explore different artistic styles and methods.

Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost?

90$ for members in good standing and pay 2$ to CédA.

At the moment, participants are creating a Stop Motion which is funded under the agreement on cultural development between the City of Montréal and the Québec government’s ministry of culture and communications.

Participants think up a story along with characters and dialogue, create the sets, record their own voices for the dialogue, and take the photos, according to stop motion principles, that will bring the project to life. This is a joint project with the group taking the literacy course at CÉDA.

With whom are we working?

CEDA (groupe d’alphabétisation), Musée des beaux-arts, DOD, Bibliothèque de la Maison culturelle et communautaire, Innovation inclusion de subvention de la ville de Montréal.

Summer Skills Day Camp

We also work at helping our members develop their skills during the summer months. The six-week summer program features theme-based activities, visits to organizations and outings.

Members can thus participate in a two-week session on each theme, specifically:

Self-expression

Learn how to express yourself and practice doing so in a safe setting during various activities (role-playing, improvisation games, workshops on art and self-defence, etc).

July 3rd to 7th | August 7th to 11st

Cost?

185$ for members in good standing

Cooking

Planning balanced menus, grocery shopping, preparing delicious meals, and, best of all,

eating them!

July 10tht to 14th | July 24th to 28th

Cost?

185$ for members in good standing

Keeping fit

Discover new sports and recreation activities. Learn how to make the time for yourself to have fun and to stay healthy and in shape!

July 17th to 21st | July 31st to August 4th

Cost?

185$ for members in good standing

With whom are we working? Rêvanous, Les jumeleurs, sentier urbain, l’association sportive et communautaire du centre-sud, coop coup d’griffe, Élise Hardy, Bouffe action Rosemont, les olympiques spéciaux Québec.

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Out-of-Town Stay Program

Vacation camps

All summer long, the vacation camps held at an outdoor recreational centre allow our members to leave behind their usual routine for an entire week. Ideally, they can participate in activities with other people at the centre (recreational inclusion). These camps help our members integrate and raise their awareness in a different context from usual.

The camps are held continuously throughout the summer months of July and August.

Cost?

Varies, depending on the place and weekend chosen, more information can be found in the seasonal program ((insérer le lien))

With whom are we working?

Camp Saint-Urbain, Plein-Air Lanaudia – village des jeunes, Accès Plein-Air.

 

Weekends in the country

Our members can enjoy weekends in the country all year long. These involve stays at outdoor recreational centres where participants practice their social skills. In addition to the outdoor activities offered on site, participants expand their knowledge through discussion groups, special activities, and communal living.

The weekends in the country are held once a month.

Cost?

Varies, depending on the camp and week chosen

With whom are we working?

Plein-Air Lanaudia – village des jeunes, Centre Notre-Dame de Fatima, Camp Familial Saint-Urbain, Base de plein air Bon Départ.

Broaden Your Horizons

This program offers members a chance to travel in complete safety and to explore new horizons in a context that allows them to push their limits.

Accompanied by facilitators, they stay in youth hostels, take public transportation, help choose schedules and activities, and participate in all the daily chores. This allows them to meet new people and form relationships not only with each other but also with other travellers, while developing their social skills and ability to adapt.

Here are some of the places visited as part of this program: Toronto, Québec, New York, Trois Rivières, Rimouski, Percé, l’île aux coudres, Saguenay, Bouctouche, Baie-Saint-Paul, Halifax, Tadoussac, Shawanigan,  Sherbrooke, Mont Tremblant, Niagara Falls, London, Ottawa, Boston, Saguenay, Granby, Moncton, Jonquière, Gaspé et Lake Placid.

With whom are we working?

Voyages, les ailes d’or

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Family outings

Sugaring off

It’s maple syrup season – join us on an outing to a sugar shack and bring your friends or the entire family! A mini-farm, a taffy pull on the snow and a DJ! Wheelchair accessible.

Cost?

Adults $25 (includes transportation, meal and regular activities). Payment required when registering for the activity.

Apple picking

All ages will enjoy this outing to pick apples in the countryside and enjoy the gorgeous fall colours! Site attractions include the small farm, a corn maze, a chance to sample some of the different varieties of apples grown and a picnic area where we can eat together. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Cost?

$15 per person (includes transport and a bag for holding 5 lbs. of apples)

For more information, please contact Renaud Judic at vie.associative@amdi.info or at 514-381-2300, ext. 35.

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Discussion groups, information sessions and talks

Sexual and Emotional Relationships

It’s never easy for a parent of a child with an intellectual disability to face the issue of their child’s sexuality. The many aspects to be considered, as well as the parent’s own doubts, tend to become mixed up with the adult child’s entirely legitimate desire for freedom. Over the course of three meetings several topics related to this theme have been addressed. The different experiences of the group’s participants have leaded us to further lines of thought. The discussions have been be led by Annabelle Caron, coordinator of the Centre de santé des femmes de Montréal (Montréal Women’s Health Centre). Madame Caron was a speaker last November during the day-long seminar, organized by AQIS, on countering sexual abuse and violence.

During winter 2018, the following themes were discussed:

  • Why It’s Important to Talk About This Subject
  • What Sexuality-Related Issues Does an Adult with an Intellectual Disability Have?
  • Security Precautions and Staying Safe in the Era of Social Networks, with invited speaker Dolores Brice, a social worker who will be sharing her clinical experience.

Planning for the Future… in 6 steps (3 workshop evenings and 3 conferences) a collaboration with Corporation L’Espoir

The purpose of these meetings is to offer opportunities for planning and organizing the future of a child or sibling with an intellectual disability, in order to provide for their security in every way possible, in a way that includes the specific information and tools for doing so. Parent-members of the MAIH who have been through this process have shared their experiences. Speakers have also been invited to address relevant topic:

INFORMATIONS SESSIONS

  • Global Portrait of the Situation
  • The Network
  • Housing

TALKS

  • A Better Understanding of the Health and Social Services Network
  • Protection Needs
  • Financial Matters

For more information, please contact Bérengère Solles at soutien@amdi.info or at 514-381-2300, ext. 27.

Good Deeds

Here some good moments from our activities and our membres at the MAIH !

Testimonials

Testimonials from MAIH members

Robert Berthiaume, familial member at the MAIH

For 24 years, Luc Berthiaume and his father Robert are members of the MAIH. For Robert, weekends and camps are moments of well-appreciated relaxation!

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Marie-Eve, member of the MAIH since 1997

Marie-Eve is a dynamic young woman, with a head full of projects. In 2017, she played in the short film "Rest, I do not want to be alone" of the director Gabriel Savignac. She lives alone in an apartment since [...]

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Mathieu and the Weekends in the Country

Mathieu is a member of the MAIH since 2017! He is a 22-year-old man who is always playful and enjoys participating in MAIH activities, especially on the Weekends in the Country. In addition, he gives us a hand for our [...]

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The importance of respite weeks for the Blain family

During every one of the 21 years that Lyne Blain has been a member of the MAIH, she has participated in MAIH’s summer vacation camps. For Blanche, Lyne’s 88-year-old mother who lives with her, and for Louise, her sister and [...]

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Robert Berthiaume, familial member at the MAIH

For you this fall, what does a weekend of respite mean?

It’s marvelous, it’s great for Luc to go see his friends but it’s also good for parents to relax, to have an occasional break. It just feels good!

How do you take advantage of your respite week-end?

It gives time for a family visit, as we avoid costly outings since we live on a fixed pension. We are able to relax at home or go for walks.

During the fall season, do you have other moments of respite?

Yes we also have another group that gives a weekend respite but Luc really prefers going to the MAIH’s outdoor camps (Montreal). Of course, they are sometimes skipped [weekends of respite] because we have to live within our means, as our budget limits what we can do.

In a few words, the importance of respite for you:

It gives us moments of relief and needed rest as we are also aging. It gives us the opportunity to relax a bit, because we are so bound and captive to Luc. It relaxes us, we are getting older so we have less patience, and so need more rest time. When he leaves, we are happy but the respite week-end goes by so quickly. Still we are satisfied with what we have, because there are others who do not have any respite.

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Marie-Eve, member of the MAIH since 1997

Marie-Eve is a dynamic young woman, with a head full of projects. In 2017, she played in the short film “Rest, I do not want to be alone” of the director Gabriel Savignac. She lives alone in an apartment since a year and she loves having her independence. She also enjoys going out with her friends and enjoying many cultural activities.

In a day what is difficult for you?

Getting up, it takes me a few seconds to get up in the morning but after that I’m motivated to start my day.

Do you need help with some tasks?

No.

What is your biggest dream?

I would like to redo a movie project, to be surrounded by the people I love. The cinema is something that I like a lot and when I did my project I was very focused, motivated. It really stimulated me a lot and then I was with people of confidence and it helped me a lot. To be continued!

What are you good at, what do you like to do?

Cooking ! But I am not good at housekeeping. I do it once a week but I have to motivate myself! I like to go out with friends too and do shopping! I am often with my mother, we go out together and I like to be with my family. I also like to go on cultural outings. I try to go there quite regularly but being at school is a bit more difficult.

What do you like about people around you?

I love their listening, their sensitivity. When I explain my situation some people do not understand well and are not sensitive but other are.

What would you like to add?

Those who have an intellectual disability or an autism spectrum disorder but have the potential to go to work, I will tell them to go, to go beyond their limitation because in life everything is possible. As a matter of fact, I succeeded.

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Mathieu and the Weekends in the Country

Mathieu is a member of the MAIH since 2017! He is a 22-year-old man who is always playful and enjoys participating in MAIH activities, especially on the Weekends in the Country. In addition, he gives us a hand for our project this summer with Ville-en-Vert.

Mathieu, where are you going tonight?

At Bon Départ.

Why do you go to Weekends in the Country?

To talk to new people, make new friends and have fun.

What do you prefer as activities during the Weekends in the Country?

Normally I like them all but I especially like doing outdoor activities but also indoors sometimes.

What are you most proud of in camp?

To meet new people and make new friends. And when my friends come back too, I feel proud.

The hardest?

Being away from my family is the hardest. Also the fact that there are many people.

Thank you Mathieu!
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The importance of respite weeks for the Blain family

During every one of the 21 years that Lyne Blain has been a member of the MAIH, she has participated in MAIH’s summer vacation camps. For Blanche, Lyne’s 88-year-old mother who lives with her, and for Louise, her sister and guardian, it’s a special time that for them means rest.

Are these the only times during the year when you have a break?

No, we also have an occasional weekend break thanks to MAIH activities.

Do you only ever get a complete week off during MAIH’s summer camps?

Yes, because Lyne works at a supervised day job during the year.

What do you do during these summer camp weeks?

We use them to catch our breath. My mother lives with Lyne and sees to her daily needs, so these weeks give her a chance to rest. As Lyne is a very active person who likes to get out a lot, the weeks when she’s at summer camp give my mother a chance not only to rest, but also to think a little more about herself, while Lyne has an opportunity to socialize with others.

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