Hydrocephalus Canada

Young Adult Resources

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The SB&H Resource Centre provides extensive up-to-date information on spina bifida, hydrocephalus and disability-related topics. We also provide and distribute unique materials such as booklets, kits, videos, and customized information packages.

Where are we? The Resource Centre & Lending Library is located in the SB&H offices, Suite #1006 (10th Floor) at 555 Richmond Street West, 1 block east of Bathurst Street.

Who can access our centre? The Resource Centre is accessible to individuals with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, their families, educators, health care professionals, students and all other interested persons.

How to Reach Us

The Resource Centre & Lending Library is open to the public, 9am til 5pm daily, Monday thru Friday. Our services can be accessed:

in Person: Suite #1006, 555 Richmond Street West, Toronto
by eMail: provincial@sbhao.on.ca
by Phone: 416-214-1056 or 800-387-1575
by Fax: 416-214-1446
by Mail: 555 Richmond St.W, P.O.Box 103, Ste.1006, Toronto, ON M5V 3B1

Detailed descriptions of all materials available on request.

Spinabilities; A Young Person's Guide to Spina Bifida -For teenagers and young adults with spina bifida. Has practical hints and suggestions on topics such as health care, relationships, sexuality, employment, fitness, school and the future.

Maya - Based on a character from the Degrassi High tv show who has spina bifida. 16 year old Maya and her best friend plan out a summer which includes getting jobs, getting their license and getting boyfriends. However it’s all not quite what she bargained for.

Caution: Do Not Open Until Puberty! An Introduction to Sexuality for Young Adults with Disabilities -An open discussion about puberty and sexuality for adolescents living with a disability. The young people talk about themselves, their diagnosis, long term health and their own bodies.

Fighting Invisible Tigers, A Stress Management Guide for Teens -For teens feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, inadequate, tired or stressed out by the challenges of their lives. Let’s you know you are not alone, and other young people feel the same way. Learn what to do and how to cope with stress. Learn how to be assertive, build relationships, and use positive self-talk for life management.

The Survival Guide for Teenagers with Learning Differences -Handbook of school and life skills for teenagers with learning differences. Asks the reader to identify themselves, discuss how to self advocate, continue your education and plan for the future. Strategies include how to become independent, make and keep friends, find and keep a job and how to be the best that you can be.

The Road Ahead: Transition to Adult Life for Persons with Disabilities - A powerful, well-written resource for individuals with a disabilities, their families and those who assist them with transition from school to work, to other environments, to a quality adult life. It explores transition planning, assessment, instructional strategies, career development, adult employment, community functioning skills, social life, quality of life, supported living and post-secondary education. Although this is American based, much of the information can be used for Canadians.

Transition-A Guide for Young People with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus -Looks at the transition planning process being in grade 9 and how spina bifida and hydrocephalus might affect the transition from education to employment. Discusses how to set up a transition action plan, issues and questions, personal experiences and available options. A two book series on transition to adulthood for those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Below the Belt Teen Talk: Continence, Relationships and much more - When you are approaching your teenage years the transition for childhood to adolescence is enjoyable, but it can be stressful, especially if you are living with a health condition like spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. This booklet covers topics such as taking control of continence issues, hygiene, relationships and sex which should stimulate further questions and encourage youth to talk about issues with parents, caregivers or health care providers that they may not feel comfortable raising on their own.

The 411 on Disability Disclosure-A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities -Workbook provides the expertise about disclosing a disability. It does not tell you what to do, rather, it helps you make informed decisions about when, how, to who and if you should inform people depending on the situation or setting and the need for accommodations. Each unit contains a general statement of purpose, useful terminology, a discussion section and activities to allow the user to understand and practice the ideas presented throughout the unit.