On Your Way: Saskatchewan Youth Conference
On Your Way is a youth conference for persons with physical disabilities who live in Saskatchewan. It grew out of a dream from the neuromuscular clinic staff who partnered with Muscular Dystrophy Canada and Canadian Paraplegic Association and recognized very little is very available in the province of Saskatchewan for youth and families to assist in transition planning following discharge from clinic and graduation from high school.
23 youth along with their families joined together on May 23rd and 24th for sessions involving Post-secondary and vocational planning/preparation, Self advocacy, Government of Saskatchewan initiatives, as well as parents-only sessions focusing on parenting and transitioning your youth, advocating for your child, issues and topics of persons with disabilities, and relationships and parenting.
Conference participants welcomed Luca Patuelli for his inspiring message of “everyone can dance.” Social and recreation activities including a dance party allowed youth and families opportunities to connect with one another. This very successful conference wrapped up with a wheelchair basketball session provided by Saskatchewan Association of Wheelchair sports. Participants were joined by the Saskatoon Firefighters. This conference was made possible by the funding of Community Initiatives Fund. Check out the video which captures the learning, fun and community building that participants enjoyed during the conference: