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Gathering around our Stories

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.

Contact us for help with transportation costs.



Registration is free
Registration includes lunch.

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Teen Autism Memoir Author

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 ...

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Independent Facilitation – Weaving a Story of Change

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 ...

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Succession Planning

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.

Watch the video…

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There are plenty of good reasons to be angry at the social and environmental state of the world. Here are six types of anger I’m acquainted with.

Wounded bird – Anger is camouflaged as weakness. Expects others to play along.

Chip on shoulder – Anyone in authority must be challenged. Anytime. Over anything.

Dragon slayer – I’m righteous. They are ...

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Free RDSP Calculator for Canadians

Canadians with disabilities and/or their parents can calculate their benefit entitlements using the free RDSP Calculator. Developed in partnership with PLAN, eligible Canadians can project the estimated future value of an RDSP, and the approximate value of future withdrawal payments by answering a few simple questions.

Start planning today! The RDSP Calculator helps Canadian families project the estimated value of the Grant and Bond amounts you might be eligible for.

Check out the calculator here.

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Ontario Developmental Services Housing Task Force Update

This update from the Ontario Housing Task Force is a reprint from the Community Living Ontario Newsletter 

Written by 
Evelyn Senyi

Hoping to encourage people to share their ideas on how to remove barriers, improve opportunities and support innovative and inclusive housing options for adults who have an intellectual disability, Minister of Community and Social Services Dr. Helena Jaczek hosted a housing forum earlier this week.Held in Chatham, Ottawa, Orangeville, Thunder Bay, Toronto and online, Wednesday’s (November 30th) forum built on the work of the Ontario ...

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Developmental Services Housing Task Force

Given the tremendous demand for and lack of housing options available for individuals living with a developmental disability, creating appropriate and affordable housing solutions has become top priority. In 2015, the Developmental Services Housing Task Force was launched and issued a call for innovative housing proposals from across the province.

Big change is on the way. Looking to community first, families, advocates, agencies and people living with disabilities are now joining forces to create innovative solutions. Personalized funding, independent facilitation and ...

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Housing for adults with developmental disabilities

Families wait decades for a home for adult children with developmental disabilities. Panic for parents of grown-up children who know they can’t take care of their children forever. “Our daughter Caroline was on a wait list for 20 years. The wait for us was really difficult, and it got more and more difficult as the years went by.”

Ontario’s Ombudsman is highlighting the scope of the crisis after a four year investigation. The Ombudsman says Ontario is making a sincere attempt to make ...

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