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 →
It has been an incredible 2 years of learning through the Independent Facilitation Demonstration Project (IFDP). The intent of the 2 year Project was to: expand the number of people in the province who are supported by IF; to deepen our understanding of the impact of IF on the lives of citizens with developmental disabilities; and discover what is required to make Independent Facilitation a viable support option throughout the province. Generally, the Project was exploring what it will take ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
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.
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This update from the Ontario Housing Task Force is a reprint from the Community Living Ontario Newsletter
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 ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
Thirteen year-old Niam Jain has autism, and can’t speak. But he’s learned to communicate through painting. And art experts are blown away.
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COMMON THREADSOIFN 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
Toronto Airport Conference Center
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