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Dreams Take Flight

2013 Ottawa Chapter Flight

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WHAT: Dreams Take Flight – a 1-day trip to Walt Disney World-Florida.
WHERE: Flight leaves Ottawa at 5-6 a.m. and returns at 12 midnight.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
WHY: To make the dreams of disadvantaged & disabled Canadian children come true!
WHO: Children 8-12 years of age for siblings, 10-14 for ASD diagnosed

Once again, Children at Risk has been selected as one of the participating charities for this year’s Dreams Take Flight trip! Currently we have been granted 6 spots on the plane. Applications will be received up to Monday, April 26. Candidates will be randomly drawn. Once the selection has taken place, recipient families will be contacted to complete a Participant Package, which must be completed by the end of April.

There is some flexibility for a disabled child (one or two years older) but, as before, parents or caregivers will not be allowed to accompany the child. The ratios of child to adult are 2 to 1 (usually Air Canada volunteers accompany the 6 children). For this reason, only higher-functioning Autistic children or their siblings of any ASD child can be considered. (Please note: Siblings must be within the age range and any child being submitted must have NEVER visited any Disney theme park!) Children at Risk needs to ensure that the children sent will have a successful day. It is important to consider that this is an extremely long day for your child (4 a.m. arrival at the airport) and that there are many sensory issues (large crowds, noise, bright lights, etc.). Your child must be able to function without a one-on-one aid and with strangers. Children must be Canadian Citizens or have a passport if they are landed immigrants. Also note that a child with severe or life-threatening food/nut allergies cannot be considered, as Dreams Take Flight is unable to control these circumstances.

Take these things into account when you are completing this application and do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions or require more information. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Reisch at (613) 741-8255.