Provincial News

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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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


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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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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