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CRA Denies Disability Tax Credit

“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 ...

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Individualized Funding Library Project

Many adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario receive Individualized Funds. These funds might come from the Passport Program, from agencies or other sources.  Using these funds effectively, however, can be a challenge.  People have trouble:

  • Understanding what the funds are for and how best to use them
  • Finding or developing individualized supports
  • Managing individualized budgets
  • Hiring and maintaining staff

Using individualized funds like Passport effectively can be complex, as there are many aspects that need to come together to develop individualized supports, including thinking about ...

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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:

Registration is free
Registration includes lunch.

Click here to register.

 

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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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Parents, MPPs rally for funding for developmentally disabled adults

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 ...

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Irish Film, Sanctuary

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 ...

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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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