Archive for 2018

Part Three: Supporting and Keeping Community Support Workers

Part Three: Supporting and Keeping Community Support Workers

Presented by Judith McGill

It is essential that you find someone to hire who is a good fit for your son or daughter and your family. However, hiring well is never enough. It is critically important to consider what it takes to effectively orient and train a new Support Worker in order to retain them once you have hired them. This workshop will focus on what it takes to build a mutually satisfying relationship ...

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School Inclusion in Canada

School Inclusion

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, ...

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Workshop and A.G.M.

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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 ...

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Hiring Personal Support Workers: First Steps

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 ...

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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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