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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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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Anger

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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Common Threads Conference 2016

COMMON THREADS
OIFN CONFERENCE

Changing Stories…Stories Of Change

Come gather with other people interested in FACILITATING CHANGE in the lives of people with developmental disabilities, and their families.

November 16 -17, 2016

Holiday Inn
Toronto Airport Conference Center
Toronto ON

Download the event flyer.

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Two Family Workshops

Extend-A-Family and Safe and Secure Future Networks are hosting two family workshops this fall!

We are forwarding the attached promotional flyer for our two fall workshops!!

Please join us! (pre-registration is required)

Saturday, September 17, 9:00 – 3:30 at St Leonard’s church

Michael Kendrick presents “Get A Good Life”

Michael will guide us to examine what is important when planning activities for our young people, so that it will become a foundation for meaningful participation, valued contribution and creating opportunities for relationships.

He will encourage us ...

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