For the past eighteen years in Ontario, Families for a Secure Future has been innovating with the role of Independent Facilitation in supporting adolescents who have a developmental disability to transition out of secondary school into a meaningful adult life.
We are all “social beings” who make meaning with and through others by telling stories about our lives. As children and adolescents, we are accustomed to others being the narrators of our story. Parents, teachers and siblings defining our potential, ... Continue Reading →
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Responding with Gentleness:
The Six Elements of a Culture of Gentleness
Guest Speakers: Sheldon Schwitek & Shelley Nessman
This workshop is aimed at individuals and families from across Ontario who feel perplexed about how best to respond to their son or daughter who struggles to make themselves understood.
If we start with the assumption that everyone needs to feel safe and valued, we can begin to understand how simple interactions of gentleness and ... Continue Reading →
Hiring Personal Support Workers: First Steps
Presented by Judith McGill
Having some form of Individualized Funding (including SSAH and PASSPORTS) can be extremely helpful in building a meaningful life for yourself or family member. Personal Support Workers are critical to making many of the “good things” happen in people’s lives. Before starting the interview process with potential Personal Support Workers, it is important to consider not only what is needed in a Personal Support Worker, but also what role he or she ... Continue Reading →
“Providing benefits not burdens” is how former Health Minister, Judy LaMarsh once described the vision for disability policy in Canada.
As reported in GlobalNews and the Huffington Post, reports from Autism Canada and disability groups across the country suggest recent CRA decisions have resulted in people diagnosed with autism and intellectual disability having their eligibility to the DTC suddenly revoked or denied, against the CRA’s own rules.
This is unsettling news for families caring for children with disabilities, given three in four children with a disability ... Continue Reading →
Gathering Around Our Stories: Family Networking and Celebration
Sunday, September 17 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm
Come celebrate together with other individuals and families served by FSF for networking, inspiration and storytelling.
Enjoy Lunch on us.
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Registration is free
Registration includes lunch.
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Naoki Higashida is the non-verbal teen autism author of bestseller The Reason I Jump. In Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 he explains his behaviours and challenges others’ perceptions.
The other day, when it was time to say “Thank you very much” to my helper for taking me out and bringing me safely home, the phrase that came out of my mouth was “Have a nice day!” I’ve been working on these verbal set-pieces for ages and ages, but ... Continue Reading →
It has been an incredible 2 years of learning through the Independent Facilitation Demonstration Project (IFDP). The intent of the 2 year Project was to: expand the number of people in the province who are supported by IF; to deepen our understanding of the impact of IF on the lives of citizens with developmental disabilities; and discover what is required to make Independent Facilitation a viable support option throughout the province. Generally, the Project was exploring what it will take ... Continue Reading →
Families and friends of children who are developmentally disabled joined Lisa Gretzky, Hamilton Mountain MPP Monqiue Taylor, OPSEU President Smokey Thomas, and CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn outside of Queen’s Park to call for change.
In 2003 Sharon Gabison was at Queen’s Park, calling on the government to provide support for her son and other Canadians with developmental disabilities. Fourteen years later, she said she was sad to find herself in the same place, advocating for the same cause.
The mother shared her story during a ... Continue Reading →
Irish film Sanctuary made history when it helped overturn a law in the country that wouldn’t allow people with mental disabilities have sex unless they were married.
Movies can have big impacts on people’s lives, but not many films can say they’ve actually changed the law.
Enter Irish film Sanctuary, about a couple who want to be together but face huge obstacles. The film’s protagonists, Larry and Sophie, have Down Syndrome and severe epilepsy, respectively. (The film’s entire cast is made up of ... Continue Reading →
Families are inevitably concerned about what will happen to their son or daughter with a disability when they’re no longer able to care or advocate for them. In this clip Dr Michael Kendrick makes some suggestions for succession planning and creating space for people to be there.
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