Common Threads Conference 2016


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

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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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News on the Ombudsman’s Report

The Ombudsman’s Report from Paul Dubé was released on 24th August, entitled “Nowhere to Turn”, which details the investigation into the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ response to situations of crisis involving adults with developmental disabilities.

As you know from our updates, this investigation was launched almost four years ago and the Toronto Family Network was involved.

We want to point out that at the press conference Ombudsman Paul Dubè encouraged families to continue to report any concerns regarding Ontario’s developmental services ...

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Ombudsman’s Report

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé will release a report on his latest investigation on Wednesday, August 24 – at a news conference at 11 a.m. in the Queen’s Park Media Studio.

The Ombudsman will deliver findings and recommendations on his Office’s investigation into the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ response to situations of crisis involving adult with developmental disabilities. More information on this investigation can be found here.

Copies of the Ombudsman’s report will be available to journalists in advance – ...

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News and Deadlines on the Next Class-Action Settlement


Former residents of 12 Schedule 1 provincially-run facilities and institutions who were part of a class-action settlement are being urged to request their files by the end of next month.

Thousands of people are part of a $36 million class-action settlement that was approved on April 25th, 2016.

The class-action lawsuit that was initiated ...

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Project Value

Project Value is a series of two-minute videos, each one featuring the voice of a disabled Canadian whose life experience challenges widely held perceptions about what gives life value. A bit like the “It Gets Better” series, Project Value aims to speak to young disabled people, and newly disabled people, offering a different perspective on what life ahead may offer. One new video will be released daily throughout the summer, and perhaps well beyond, as interest seems to be building.

I have had ...

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Friendly Housemates

Friendly Housemates: when Krystal Nausbaum moved out of her family home nearly two years ago to live with a friend from her high school, she knew it was a big step.

Both women have intellectual disabilities. Although it was her first time on her own, Nausbaum, 27, was comforted by the fact they’d be joined by a third housemate, Maggie Sulc, who’d act not as a caregiver but a mentor — a peer they could learn from and who would lead ...

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New Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation

TORONTOFeb. 22, 2016 /CNW/ – A consortium of partners led by Ryerson University is pleased to announce a new Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (OCWI). The initiative is funded by a $7.5 million grant over two years from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The OCWI will offer a single, coordinated access point for research on evidence-based employment and training approaches for key stakeholders in Ontario. Recent studies point to an urgent need to recalibrate employment service systems to better ...

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Ontario to introduce legislation that would boost affordable housing units

Ontario municipalities will be able to mandate affordable housing in new developments under planned legislation that cities, including the “scorching” housing market of Toronto, are closely eyeing.

The proposed legislation would allow communities to establish so-called inclusionary zoning policies, meaning new housing proposals would require developers to include a certain percentage of affordable units in order to be approved.

Vancouver and Montreal have similar policies, as do many major cities in the United States, advocates say.

It’s a step ...

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