Wish your loved ones a happy holiday season with the AMDI greeting cards! They were made by the members who participated in the Artistic Explorations workshop this fall. Thanks to Verlaine Fleurissaint, Chelsea McEvoy, Julie Longtin, Cécilia DiNiro and Mickey [...]
Following the announcement of his nomination during the General Assembly on June 12, Mr. Renaud Judic takes over from Mrs. Sylvie Tremblay as MAIH’s Executive Director. His involvement with the association since 2013 as a Community Organizer and then [...]
Dear members, dear partners, The Montreal Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (MAID) is pleased to invite you to its 86th Annual General Meeting which will be held on June 12, 2021 in a hybrid format from Patro Villeray, multipurpose [...]
The particular period we have been going through for 1 year now pushes us to reinvent ourselves and explore new avenues. Between the closure of museums or the impossibility of receiving groups there, why not include the museum in the [...]
There is still room for our new Adapted Dance workshop in partnership with the National Center for Dance Therapy at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens! Their mission? Promote the benefits that dance can bring. We will have the privilege of being [...]
Registration will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at the Lajeunesse Community Center, at 7378 Lajeunesse Street (Jean-Talon metro station). From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. you can enjoy our traditional corn roast and register for the activities of [...]
An event not to miss to meet the participants of the workshop Explorations In Art and have the opportunity to create a collective piece of art together! If you want to learn more about the work of the MAIH and/or [...]
A long weekend filled with outdoor activities and times for talking and sharing, a perfect opportunity for practicing how to relax and fully exploring our relaxation tips. 3 nights from March 7 to 10, 2019! There is only one place [...]
Winter is tough and what better than an outdoor weekend to treat yourself at the base de plein air Bon départ! There is a vacant place for one participant for this weekend which will take place from February 8 to [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, from 2020 October 3 to December 19 and 2021 January 30 to April 24.
Free for members in good standing
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).
IUGM, Accueil Bonneau
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.
Opening Doors to Montréal takes place on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., from September 26 to December 19, 2020 and from January 30 to April 24, 2021. This year, Opening Doors to Montreal will take place every other week, depending on the group in which the member registers.
25$ for members in good standing
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.
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. In the summer session only.
25$ for members in good standing
La TOHU, Saint-Urbain, Musée des beaux-arts, maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, DHCR
Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from October 1 to December 17, 2020 and from January 28 to April 22, 2021.
Come spend time at MAIH and meet other members on this dedicated time slot! Every Thursday evening, come and offer leisure activities and share moments of conviviality.
Free for AMDI members in good standing.
Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from October 2 to December 18, 2020 and from January 29 to April 23, 2020.
These respite time slots, by reservation, will be offered in an evolving supervision ratio according to ministerial rules relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. These respite hours will allow for a variety of activities depending on the interests of the members.
Free for members in good standing
“Shared art” program in collaboration with Place des Arts on Thursdays April 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2021.
Come and sing in place of the arts as part of the vocal exploration workshops! These 4 adapted workshops are led by opera singers and will be an opportunity to awaken the singer who sleeps in you!
Free for MAIH members in good standing.
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:
Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from September 29 to December 15, 2020 and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from January 26 to April 20, 2021.
The aim of this workshop is to raise your awareness about the many types of grief you can experience, such as grief over the loss of a loved one or loss of mobility or over transitions to new housing. Led by two facilitators, we go from theory to your personal experiences in handling grief. This workshop will give you the opportunity to work through your own grief experiences and help empower you to act !
Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from December 1 to 17, 2020 and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from January 28 to April 22, 2021.
What are some positive and automatic habits you can develop to stay in good mental and physical health? Come to the MAIH to learn how to safeguard and improve your well-being. A perfect opportunity for meeting people and sharing pleasant moments, while talking in a group about healthy eating, personal care, and environmentally friendly habits you can adopt.
Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. from October 1 to December 17, 2020 and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. from January 28 to April 22, 2021.
Each week, participants organize activities they would like to do with the other members of the group. The participants can work on their organizational, speaking, and leadership skills so that they can plan activities that relate to their interests.
Free for members in good standing
Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. from October 2 to December 18, 2020 and Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. from January 29 to April 23, 2021.
This workshop offers experimentation with different artistic practices and techniques. This is the opportunity to discover the artist in you through self-expression, deepening creativity and leadership, etc. The visual arts will be in the spotlight!
$ 55 for MAIH members in good standing per session.
Who do we work with?
Art hive from Guy Concordia University, Musée des beaux-arts, DOD, Library of the Cultural and Community House, Innovation inclusion grant from the city of Montreal.
Also in the summer, we work on developing the skills of our members. Over six weeks, this program allows you to do so through thematic activities, discoveries of organisms, and outings.
Thus it is possible to participate in two weeks on each theme. More information soon for summer 2021!
For the Sumer Skills Day Camp, we are working with: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Rêvanous, Les Jumeleurs, urban trail, the sports and community association of the center-south, coop coup d’griffe, Élise Hardy , Bouffe action Rosemont, the Quebec Special Olympics.
Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. from September 29 to December 15, 2020, and Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. from January 26 to April 20, 2021.
This is an opportunity to take some time for yourself, to replenish your energy levels, to move, to freshen your mind, and get some fresh air. This is a special moment that you can share in person, or online with the virtual yoga workshop adapted live on the internet!
Face-to-face: $ 30 for members in good standing
Online: $ 15 for members in good standing
Who do we work with?
Center-Sud sports and community association
Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. from January 27 to April 21, 2021.
Adapted dance workshop in collaboration with the National Center for Dance Therapy (CNDT), a division of the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, whose mission is to promote the benefits that dance can provide. We will have the privilege of being accompanied by professional dancers in the spacious studios of Les Grands Ballets. Everyone can dance: this is an opportunity to discover and unfold. A mixture of different types of dance will be experienced.
$ 45 for members in good standing.
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.
A big thank to the Fondation Bon départ de Canadian Tire du Québec for their material support which allowed us to put in place a new program “A night under the stars” starting in summer 2018.
Varies, depending on the place and weekend chosen, more information can be found in the seasonal program ((insérer le lien))
Base de plein air Bon départ, Plein-Air Lanaudia, Notre-Dame de Fatima, Val Notre Dame.
Our members can enjoy weekends in the country all year long. These involve stays at outdoor recreational centers 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.
Autumn 2020 :
Winter 2021 :
Varies, depending on the camp and week chosen
Plein-Air Lanaudia, Centre Notre-Dame de Fatima, Base de plein air Bon Départ.
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.
The last trip was in New York from April 19th to April 22th.
Voyages, les ailes d’or
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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Sugar Shack is canceled.
Adults $25 (includes transportation, meal and regular activities). Payment required when registering for the activity.
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!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Apple picking is canceled.
$15 per person (includes transport and a bag for holding 5 lbs. of apples)
For more information, please contact Jean-Simon Provost at email@example.com or at 514-381-2300, ext. 27.
Several times a year, AMDI offers conferences, information sessions or training for families and caregivers of people living with an intellectual disability.
Find soon the next meetings for the year 2020-2021.
Themes of past meetings:
Testimonials from MAIH members
Anik is the mother of Marie, 27 years old. A member of MAIH since she was 18, she particularly likes summer camps where she can practice various activities and make friends.
Abid Eissa, member of the MAIH since 2017, talks about his favourites MAIH activities and the out-ouf-town stay programm.
Julie has been volunteering at the MAIH since 2014. Her involvement has been interspersed with a lifetime of living in California for a year and a half. Graphic designer for twenty years now she seeks to reorient. At 45, it's [...]
Jean-Simon is the spokesman of the MAIH for the year 2018-2019. His participation in some activities of the MAIH has allowed him to develop his self-confidence and to be more autonomous!
Véronique has been a member of the MAIH since 2001 but has sometimes stopped participating in the activities of the association due to a job. She has participated in activities for some years now, which allows her to have a [...]
Jacques is very fond of visiting the MAIH team and he always wants to help and get involved in different volunteer tasks, as the MAIH "belongs to him".
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
What activities does Marie participate in at MAIH?
Marie really enjoys the summer camps and all the activities offered, especially archery and swimming. This summer she did two weeks at Camp Plein Air Lanaudia. It was a real pleasure to be able to spend this vacation after two years of pandemic.
What are the benefits of summer camp for your daughter? And for you?
Marie always comes back very happy from the AMDI summer camps. She is a young woman who has difficulty expressing herself verbally, but her body speaks for itself: When she comes back, her shoulders are straight, she smiles a lot, which is a pleasure to see. Moreover, the camps allow her to develop her autonomy, to prove to herself that she is capable of doing things, alone. As for us, we can of course get together, it’s a form of respite for a few days for the parents.
What do you think makes members want to return to MAIH?
As parents, we have a very good contact with the team, the workers. We trust them completely, and this has been proven over time, they are responsive and dedicated. Marie talks to us a lot about Félix whom she adores. In addition, being with other people with intellectual disabilities allows her to make friends. She feels appreciated by the group, which is important for her self-esteem. We have already signed her up for an outdoor weekend in the fall!
What activities do you do at MAIH?
In general, I’m on the members committee, I’ve been on the members committee for two years. And right now, I would love to start again, I don’t know when the dates will be, but I would really like to start the members committee again. Other than that, I also go to the summer camp or the weekends in the country.
To all the members who have never had the chance to go to the camps, I recommend that you go, it’s really a great experience, the trips as well as the camps.
What is your favorite thing about camp?
Oh, well for me it’s all the activities to do with sports. Everything to do with survival skills, sports, things like that.
What do you think it means to your family members that you go away to camp?
Well, for my mom, it gives her a bit of a break. She can work on her own things while I’m at camp and I love that! I make lots of friends and I always do and I love that!
What do you like about camp?
Ah well me, I’m happy! I love it because everything to do with the outdoors, camping, survival skills, I love it!
What makes you proud when you go to camp?
I’m proud because we do a bunch of cool activities, and at night sometimes we make a camp fire. We roast marshmallows and we sing songs. In a sense it’s a bit like what I’m used to with the scouts, but only with MAIH.
What would you do if you weren’t going to camp?
If I wasn’t going to camp? I don’t know, I’m used to going to camp. Outside of going to camp, I don’t know because there is almost nothing to do.
Julie has been volunteering at the MAIH since 2014. Her involvement has been interspersed with a lifetime of living in California for a year and a half. Graphic designer for twenty years now she seeks to reorient. At 45, it’s like a little questioning as she tells us so well. One thing is certain: she loves volunteering at the MAIH and being present with the members of the association in the different outings or helping us with events or direct mail.
For me, it’s a gift of self, of generosity, but it’s also very selfish because it does us good at the same time. It helps to be less self-centered and that’s very positive. To be listeners, patients, and there are other openings when you volunteer that you might not have seen elsewhere, you get to be more yourself.
I have been volunteering a little in California for soup kitchens. When I came back here, I didn’t want to do that, I wanted to invest myself more and be with a group, and I thought about intellectual disability.
When I came back to Montreal after California I wanted to, to make myself useful and I found your website. When I was younger, I had a friend who was trisomic and I loved him, so I was always attracted to the cause of intellectual disability. I find those people real, happy. Something about it always attracted me. I prefer being with the members, that’s what I’ve done that Summer, the outings. That’s what I like most, I like to be with them, close.
My first day! Amélie told me “listen, we meet there” and I have only seen her on the internet, so I got there and I was looking for her, stressed, and she put me with Céline. So Céline starts talking to me and was a little shy, and I saw other members since there was a painting expo. But at the end, I spent time with her and Amélie really trusted me; it was a great moment. And as an artist, all the art I saw that night, all the dynamic of pride, it really touched me!
It allowed me to be less self-centered, it brought me joy. I find them real, each has a different personality, there is no judgment. I find that there is a lot of judgments nowadays, it’s incredible, so I tell myself, in this environment of volunteering, it reminds me of this. Not to judge people, everyone has its place, everyone is important despite the differences. They have a place, and that’s what Amélie tries to do, so I find her work admirable. I like her a lot, she’s a great girl.
People are all devoted here. People are at their place, members are well organized, they have a lot of things to do. It’s a nice organization, there are a lot of activities for members and they are well surrounded. MAIH, it’s super devoted people and a winning formula. This is how I see them, I don’t know everybody at MAIH but it’s really a nice association. Good thing they are there. I wouldn’t come here if this wasn’t good! People look happy too. And also I’d like to add that I’m a really positive person in life, but I had to face very negative events. When I come to MAIH, members are so positive, they don’t think about that, they have a path, an activity, and they put their heart into it and that’s not complicated. It teaches me how to dedramatize.
Jean-Simon joined the MAIH three years ago, when he was 18, because he wanted to become more autonomous. He tells us, “With the MAIH, I mainly go on trips with Broaden Your Horizons and I participate in Opening Doors to Montréal and What’s happening in Montréal. Thanks to those activities I became more independent and I have learnt how to cool ! I have also discovered new places and I made many friends that I see now outside the MAIH”.
More than being independent, participate in these activities gave Jean-Simon the opportunity to develop his self-confidence. He explains: “With Broaden Your Horizons I was able to travel to Quebec City, Ottawa and Halifax, Halifax was the biggest trip I have done, and now I am going to New York in April 2019. I feel more self-confident with those trips and thanks to that, I was able to go on a trip with a friend in a completely independent way. We went to Quebec City for a weekend and we visited Old Quebec and we also visited the aquarium. ”
Also to continue this personal progression, we offered to Jean-Simon to become our ambassador and spokesperson for the year 2018-2019. A challenge he enthusiastically accepted “For me, my role as MAIH ambassador is important and allows me to speak on behalf of the members. I want them (MAIH members with an intellectual disability ) to be heard so that people can make a donation! I listen to the members and I want to be there for them and hear their voices. That’s also why I got involved in the committee members, so that members have fun and we can propose new activities! ”
Finally according to Jean-Simon, the MAIH is synonymous with pleasure, security and commitment.
Véronique has been a member of the MAIH since 2001 but has sometimes stopped participating in the activities of the association due to a job. She has participated in activities for some years now, which allows her to have a lot of fun!
I like visiting Montreal because we do not really have the chance to visit the city like people who are in resource! I am lucky to be able to discover the festivals in Montreal and all of that especially with my boyfriend who is also a member of the MAIH. It’s been almost three years since we’ve been together!
Yes I like to go back with my boyfriend and my mother.
I like everything I do on the workshops! But we meet at metro changers by ourselves and my mother does not come all the time to accompany me, except when I do not know the place. When the activity is over, I go home alone or with my boyfriend.
I like that but at first it was a bit difficult because there are people I like less but I try to work my patience! And I have my boyfriend and other friends so it’s fun!
The MAIH is really fun, it’s good we have nice outings, for Christmas holidays we have a dinner at the hotel governor where I like to go with my boyfriend. We went to see a show of great Canadian ballets.
Jacques is very fond of visiting the MAIH team and he always wants to help and get involved in different volunteer tasks, as the MAIH “belongs to him”.
People need help, I had a meeting with Renaud (association life coordinator at the MAIH) and we discussed the changes for the MAIH, because the MAIH also belongs to me – Jacques joined recently the members’ committee. It’s been two years that I distribute flyers and I like it because I worked hard, I was standing and there were many people (distribution of the souvenir programs of the enCirquez-vous gala benefit evening) . I’m patient, we had a package of flyers and I gave everything (we were two people). I was the first and I took the time to give everything, and it was an incredible success.
I have sent postal solicitations, I can still help you, I’m here for that.
Because I have decided to do that people need help and it’s important to work as a volunteer for me. If the MAIH needs help, I’m here to help you as much as possible.
For me I did my job well, I took the time helping people, whether standing or sitting. So I worked very hard for that. The group appreciated me, people saw me and appreciated what I did.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting up, it takes me a few seconds to get up in the morning but after that I’m motivated to start my day.
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!
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.
I love their listening, their sensitivity. When I explain my situation some people do not understand well and are not sensitive but other are.
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.
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.
At Bon Départ.
To talk to new people, make new friends and have fun.
Normally I like them all but I especially like doing outdoor activities but also indoors sometimes.
To meet new people and make new friends. And when my friends come back too, I feel proud.
Being away from my family is the hardest. Also the fact that there are many people.