About Us

Social Diversity for Children Foundation (SDC) is a registered Canadian charity. Founded and operated largely by young people, SDC empowers youth to empower children with disabilities. SDC recognizes the importance of teaching the younger generation about inclusivity, acceptance, and compassion at an early age. After all, they are still learning about the world, and have the power to change how the world works. This is why our mission is twofold: We provide quality social learning programs to empower children with disabilities and children without disabilities from all socioeconomic backgrounds; and, equip youth leaders with the skills and resources to empower and educate their own communities about the importance of diversity and discussion. These goals encourage the development of friendships between children with disabilities and children without disabilities, ultimately helping us set up the warm and loving community we’ve always dreamed of.  

SDC Foundation currently offers several creative therapy programs such as the Education through Creativity (ETC) art therapy program, and Building Bridges with Music (BBM) music therapy program. In addition, SDC Foundation provides training on disability awareness and advocacy through its Youth Training Workshops and Global Impact Delegation. These initiatives encompass SDC Foundation’s foremost values of disability justice and youth empowerment.

 

What We Believe In

 

Social Diversity for Children Foundation has a simple philosophy: All you really need to create an inclusive, accepting, and compassionate world is friendship. That’s why our mission is to provide social learning programs in which children with disabilities and children without disabilities can bond on an interpersonal level; and, equip youth leaders with the skills and resources to educate their own communities about the importance of diversity and discussion. The younger generation is particularly more open to positive social change because they are still learning about how the world works and how the world can work. We believe in the power of youth, the power of love and compassion, and the power of disability justice.

 

 
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Therapy. Learning. Family.

At Social Diversity for Children Foundation:

Educational programs such as music therapy and social awareness events bring people together to help develop young community leaders of all abilities- leaders who may not always have a voice, but can still be heard in other ways, such as through a headstrong attitude or volunteering.

Learning is a continual process for everyone from the staff to the participants in our programs and events. Life skills, keeping tempo, holding a paint brush properly- whatever it may be, everyone finds ways to improve themselves for the better. No one is better than anyone else.

A family connection holds everyone together, even when there’s not always a blood-relation. SDC Foundation is an organization where organizers and participants work together and play together without reservations about being judged or discriminated against. Acceptance and friendship holds everyone together.

Birthday Surprise

 

Due to financial reasons, many parents can only purchase little trinkets from the dollar store as birthday presents for their child. At SDC, we believe that every child deserves a fulfilling, well-rounded childhood, complete with magic, surprise, and joy. We hope to show children with disabilities that they have the support of many people, in addition to their families, who believe in them. With our Birthday Surprise program, we celebrate each child with disabilities’ birthday with a birthday party. A meaningful birthday present, card, and cake is included; just a small gesture to show how much we appreciate them!

 
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Creative Therapy

 

We offer a variety of creative therapy programs. Our Education Through Creativity (ETC) art therapy program encourages interaction and connection between children with disabilities and children without disabilities. SDC hopes to provide children who are easily overstimulated by sound and movement a safe environment in which they can participate freely. For those who are more comfortable with active social interaction, we offer our Building Bridges with Music (BBM) music therapy program. This program uses music as a mediator to promote socialization between children with disabilities and children without disabilities. With our creative therapy programs, we are not so much concerned about improving the musical and artistic abilities of children. Rather, we hope that children participating in the program will become more well-adjusted and confident in their own expressive abilities.

 
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Youth Training Workshops

 
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At SDC, we strongly believe that empathy comes with understanding and acceptance. The current state of society today reflects a situation in which kind-hearted individuals are willing to selflessly help out others, but lack the resources and training to do so in a confident and effective way. When it comes to working with the vulnerable sector like children with disabilities however, this reality is especially palpable. SDC attempts to change this reality by hosting Youth Training Workshops. These workshops develop the social conscience of youth at an early age. First, the youth learn about disability justice and human rights. Then, they learn fundamental skills to help them become advocates and activists in their own communities.

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Global Impact Delegation

 

Our Global Impact Delegation (GID) is a cross-national trip to China to work with Chinese governments from the municipal, provincial, and national levels to improve the social welfare policies affecting children with disabilities overseas. SDC members are given the opportunity to plan and establish support programs for children with disabilities that involve both inclusion and integration, thus improving the policies and services available. In addition, our members work with teachers and professors from schools to exchange strategies on how to teach children with disabilities to further enhance the programs for children with special needs that are offered in both China and Canada. Our goal with GID is to inspire compassion and activism in youth of all abilities everywhere.

 
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