Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

Short Term Programs

Short Term Programs at W Ross Macdonald School are provided for students throughout Ontario who are blind and visually impaired. These weekend programs are FREE of charge for students, with no cost to parents or school boards. Students arrive Friday evening at the school and stay in the new student lodging until Sunday after lunch. Meals and snacks are provided!

Short Term Program weekends span far beyond the traditional academic curriculum and can help to support a student`s beginning steps towards independence. We provide students with a safe and supportive place to explore independence, practice life skills, and to develop self-awareness and self advocacy skills. These weekends are also a great opportunity for students to socialize with peers who are visually impaired and make lasting friendships. Each weekend has a different theme geared towards the unique needs of students with visual impairments. Students leave each weekend feeling proud of themselves for succeeding on their own, and it is not uncommon for students to say they want to stay longer!

Short Term Program staff are trained to work with students who are blind or visually impaired and have experience in the areas of independent living skills, orientation and mobility, education etc. Staff are on duty 24/7 (including overnight) with the appropriate student to staff ratio at all times.

Attached are the dates and themes for Short Term Programs for the school year.  If interested, please fill out an application form and return to:

Kerri Readings
Administrative Assistant
W Ross Macdonald
350 Brant Ave, Brantford N3T 3J9

For more information, Please contact:

Candace Bayliss
Manager – Short Term Programs
W Ross Macdonald School
519-759-0739 ext. 369


Lukas Newhouse
Acting Manager – Short Term Programs
W Ross Macdonald School

Short Term Programs at W. Ross Macdonald School

November 18, 2021

Virtual “Welcome Back to STP!”

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

December 16, 2021

Virtual Holiday Party

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

January 13, 2022

Virtual Sports Program

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

January 21 – 23, 2022

Sports Weekend

Students will have the opportunity to try out a variety of unique sports including: Blind Hockey (in participation with Blind Hockey Canada), Goalball, Wrestling, Judo, and more. Let’s get active!

February 10, 2022

Virtual STEM Program

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

February 25 – 27, 2022

STEM Weekend:

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. During this STP, students will be encouraged to experiment, build, create, explore and problem solve! We will create curiosity and passion for this area and provide an opportunity for students to push the limits of what they can do!

March 10, 2022

Virtual Creative Arts Program:

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

March 25 – 27, 2022

Creative Arts Weekend:

Students will explore their creative side through visual arts, music (vocals and the ukulele), drama and dance. Each student will have an opportunity to engage, discuss and participate in a safe-accepting environment that best reflects who they are.

April 7, 2022

Virtual Cooking Program:

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

April 22 – 24, 2022

Cooking Weekend:

Students will be shown different, “tips and tricks” regarding kitchen organization, kitchen safety and meal preparation by trained Independent Living Skills Instructors. The students will use their newly learned skills to prepare a feast to be enjoyed among friends!

May 19, 2022

Virtual Outdoor Recreation Program:

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

June 3 – 4, 2022

Outdoor Recreation Weekend:

An outdoor learning experience with low rope and team building activities off in an off campus adventure!