bulletin is one outcome of the Guelph Spring Conference
on Creative Supports held 29 April
2005, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. It is
who is vulnerable because of any kind of disability, and for their
friends and supporters. We can share dilemmas and difficulties as well
bright ideas and successes. There are announcements of events and
projects, discussions of issues and concerns, and links to useful
websites and other resources. Our focus is mainly on Ontario, but we
contacts as well.
organizing the Guelph
Spring conference, we were moved by a desire to be positive and
amid challenges--by the idea expressed in a Chinese proverb: It is better to light a
candle than to
curse the darkness.
bulletin is being sent first to email addresses on our Aroha
it's good for a Listserv or website to have a short, distinctive
unlikely to be confused with any other. More importantly,
Polynesian Maori word from Aotearoa/New Zealand, means the various
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understanding and true friendship—all in active ways, not just ideas or
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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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New Releases from the Individualized Funding Coalition
IFCO is pressing purposefully
to persuade the Ontario Government to move ahead in implementing the
new directions announced in Opportunities and Action – Transforming
Supports In Ontario for People who have a Developmental Disability IFCO
members are meeting with Ontario Ministers, members of Treasury Board
and MPPs this month.
Independent Planning and Facilitation: Why MCSS Should Move Quickly
document presents nine rationales for independent planning and
facilitation which will help build a sustainable, innovative, cost
effective direct individualized funding program. With this
document, IFCO calls on MCSS to move ahead with independent planning
and facilitation as a vital infrastructure to ensure the success of
Common Vision EXTRA!!!
A news summary including
excerpts from interviews with leaders in the social change movement.
issues are vital for Ontario. Look up the many current resources on the
FOR ADULTS WITH A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY
Disability advocates have been
to learn that the Ontario Government (through the Ministries of
Community and Social Services and Health and Long-Term Care) has made
plans for adults with a developmental disability and relatively high
needs to be admitted to long-term care facilities instead of opening
community living opportunities for them. Advovates of inclusion and
community living see a discrepancy between this new "access protocol"
and the values and strategies discussed in the MCSS "transformation
process" for developmental services since mid-2004.
the Ministries' Access Protocol (July 2006)
letter of serious concerns by Shelley Martel MPP
Doublespeak, a critique by Dr Patricia Spindel
(we have permission to share
One purpose in posting
these announcements is to publicize events being offered by
organizations who have similar values to ours. As many of us are
limited in our ability to travel, another purpose is to share creative
ideas that might be taken up by people in other cities and regions.
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details of the following as BRIEFLY as possible:
Speakers and Topics of Event
and Location of Event
information to learn more about event
Do Not Send Files Or Brochure Attachments, but URL links to more
detailed information on other websites are welcome.
25 - 27, 2007, in San Diego
Learning to Listen: Personalizing
Supports Across the Life-Span
Conference topics include
Anne M. Donnellan, Ph.D.
Martha R. Leary, M.A.,
Jeff Strully, Ph.D.
Jodi A. Robledo, Ph.D.
Panel of Parents and
Click for Winter Autism Conference details
- The role of movement
differences/disturbances in communication and behavior challenges
- Pitfalls of literal interpretation of behavior: Successful
interactions with individuals whose unconventional ways of
communicating make you think they are not listening and wouldn’t
- Sensory-movement issues and stress
- Personalizing accommodations and life options for
- Panels of parents and of self-advocates who address the
processes and supports that make a real difference in their lives
May 23 – 27, 2007, Sheraton Centre Toronto
Your Senses Conference
Opening the Sensory World to
& Adults with Complex Disabilities
By MukiBaum Treatment
Call for Papers NOW
you are interested
presenting at our conference, visit the website at www.mukibaum.com
and click on the link for Submit Paper. The complete details and
for submission are outlined on the website.
caregivers, persons with disabilities, researchers and consumers to
a wide array of topics within the realm of Sensory-Motor Therapy and
with disabilities. The goal is to share and disseminate knowledge
experience from around the world so that we can better understand the
Reality of people with disabilities and the many forms of treatment
is now open at http://www.sensoryconference.ca/
you can take advantage of Early Bird rates. There will be
opportunities for you and your organization to exhibit, become a
sponsor of the
event and participate in a number of activities throughout the
PLAN Institute for Caring
"Weaving the Ties That Bind"
an online course on facilitating social support networks--in January
for full information on the current course
ensure registration for the January 2007 course,
firstname.lastname@example.org before November 24th, 2006 or call 604.439.9566.
Philia: a dialogue on caring citizenship
A few years ago, a small
group of thinkers, doers and innovators
from across Canada began meeting to consider the question: "What would
it take to create a genuine welcome of marginalized people, an
appreciation of the gifts of diversity, and a greater capacity to
care?" The outcome of these consultations was the Philia Dialogue on
Caring Citizenship – a cross-sectoral endeavour whose aim is to nurture
inclusive communities that welcome the participation and contribution
of all citizens.
Our inspiration for Philia
of our roots in the disability community. People with disabilities can
and want to contribute to the betterment of our society – to fulfill
their duties as citizens. By welcoming the participation of people with
disabilities – and others who have been marginalized or isolated –
everyone benefits. Individuals benefit from being valued as full and
contributing citizens, and society benefits from their knowledge and
gifts. Indeed, we believe that the health, well-being and strength of
our society depends on the presence and participation of all citizens.
realize our vision of a fully inclusive society, however, we need to
move beyond the disability community as well as within it. Philia
brings the wisdom and experience of PLAN Institute to the larger
conversation. By engaging in dialogue with caring citizens in all
sectors, we hope ultimately to transform how people think about
disability and citizenship, and to embed these new ideas in society's
structures and institutions.
NEW RESOURCE FROM YORK
SUPPORT SERVICES NETWORK
A guide to transition planning for parents of children with a
Toronto and York
Regions (August 2006)g yr tray
Connections is a guide to
transition planning that has
been developed to assist parents and individuals as they transition
to life in the community. The guide is intended to provide readers with
information on transition planning and the issues that need to be
starting at a very young age, in order to develop a successful
Readers will learn about tools and community resources that can assist
through these life transitions as they work to make their dreams become
Download this 125 page document at http://yssn.ca/images/clientupload/Connections.pdf
FROM THE FRONT LINES:
CALLING FOR HELP AND
some vulnerable adults and their families and caregivers are heroically
resources they have to achieve some successes with their challenges.
can report remarkable progress. We invite you to share your challenges,
dreams and success stories, if
you think others might help or benefit.
CALL FOR HELP
Seeking Neurologists Sensitive to Autism
Families and caregivers of
several adults who live with autism and occasional grand mal seizures
are looking for neurologists willing to see adults with autism and, if
at all possible, to consider strategies other than medication. Some
adults react to drugs and some are highly sensitive to medical
procedures. Please let us OAARSN know of anyone you could recommend.
we will not publish your name or email address. You may send a