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—By David Lepofsky, Contributor
Media have reported on some of the most extreme COVID-19 impacts on people with disabilities, the tip of a horrific iceberg, like the government’s scandalous failure to effectively protect residents in nursing homes and independent living residences. Let me reveal a worrisome but unreported thread running through those reports that connects hitherto-unconnected dots.
People with disabilities suffer a brutal triple whammie during this crisis, beyond what the broader public faces. First, many people with disabilities are ... Continue Reading →
Conversations at the Crossroads – Jan. 17th, 2019
News Coverage for Windsor and Essex County
Story was aired on the radio during the day January 17, 2019, prior to the event, then posted on-line at 5:00 am the next morning pointing people to the Facebook page and website for Independent Facilitation Matters.
Group calls for disability funding to continue
By Mark Brown – January 18, ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
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, ... Continue Reading →
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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 ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
“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 ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
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.
Click here to register.
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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 ... Continue Reading →