26 December 2006
An electronic bulletin for adults who are vulnerable because of disability
and for their families, friends and supporters who care about them

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This bulletin is for everyone who is vulnerable because of any kind of disability, and for their families, friends and supporters. We can share dilemmas and difficulties as well as bright ideas and successes. There are announcements of events and special projects, discussions of issues and concerns, and links to useful books, websites and other resources. Our focus is mainly on Ontario, but we have wider contacts as well.

You are receiving this bulletin because you attended the Guelph Spring Conference on Creative Supports in April 2005 or expressed interest in resources coming out of that conference. Or you may have been a member of our PLN Listserv, for people concerned with Personal Support Networks. Or someone on the List has suggested that you could be interested. We hope you will continue on the Aroha Listserv, recommend it to others, and contribute news and ideas that we may share. Please click for a technical note on how to maintain your membership of the Aroha Listserv and how to unsubscribe if you wish.

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The Aroha Listserv and Creative Supports Bulletin are linked to the OAARSN website (Ontario Adult Autism Research & Support Network) which is hosted at the University of Guelph. Click to reach OAARSN's main page 

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Please note that we (or OAARSN or the University of Guelph) do not necessarily endorse announcements or opinions that may be posted in this bulletin.. We will make reasonable efforts to check sources.

Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Previous Creative Supports bulletins may be found by clicking on the following links:

November 20, 2006
November 7, 2006
November 1, 2006
October 7, 2006
July 2, 2006
June 28, 2006
May 20, 2006
May 14, 2006
April 2, 2006
March 20, 2006
February 16, 2006
February 10, 2006
February 4, 2006
January 18, 2006
November 12, 2005
October 10, 2005
September 18, 2005
August 15, 2005
August 1, 2005
July 6, 2005


At this turn of the year, we bring you some special messages.

1. One is from Judith Snow--a call for peace through the practice of full inclusion.

Judith writes:
For most 0f my life I have known that I wanted to have peace for people and for our planet. What I realized recently is that inclusion creates a relationship and cultural context where peace can flourish.

I mean a couple of things by inclusion. Inclusion means to me that diversity of ability is present, and that participation is happening in some activity that matters to the community, whether that activity is anything from play to work to worship to education. I mean that people whose abilities are strange and perhaps challenging to most people are welcomed as participants in that activity and that they are supported to participate based on a common recognition that they are contributing something to the fulfillment of the common purpose.

Please click here to read Judith's message

2. Another is an appeal to save the Canadian Abilities Foundation ...
..."a national treasure that, since 1986, has been a key communication resource to all Canadians, and in particular, those with disabilities. Abilities Magazine, the outstanding publication produced by the Canadian Abilities Foundation is the glue that holds the ‘disability’ sector together. They are in danger of disappearing due to unprecedented financial circumstances."
The need is urgent. Various leaders of the Canadian disability movement have formed a coalition of urgency, Friends of the Canadian Abilities Foundation that is acting together to stabilize the Canadian Abilities Foundation. "We are setting aside our individual needs, and in the spirit of collaboration, requesting that you join us in supporting the Canadian Abilities Foundation in this troubling time."

Click for the full appeal and please consider

sending your tax deductible contribution directly:
Canadian Abilities Foundation
340 College Street. Suite 401
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 3A9
To donate on online please visit:
Type in Canadian Abilities Foundation

Summary Report Consultation on Changing Supports in Ontario For People who have a Developmental Disability
In September 2004, the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services began a process of consultation towards "transforming" the system of supports for people with a developmental disability in Ontario. We have posted links to many previous documents. This one, by Mercer Delta Consulting, summarizes points made by about 1000 people who took part in discussions around Ontario and/or submitted their comments online or on paper.
Click on the title above to read the basic report.
Or click on this link to download a plain language version

Disability advocates are very upset 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. Advocates 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.
Read the Ministries' Access Protocol (July 2006)
Read a letter of serious concerns by Shelley Martel MPP
Read Doublespeak, a critique by Dr Patricia Spindel
(we have permission to share this).

From Family Alliance Ontario…No to ALL institutions!



We know that some vulnerable adults and their families and caregivers are heroically using what resources they have to achieve some successes with their challenges. Some can report remarkable progress. We invite you to share your challenges, dreams and success stories, if you think others might help or benefit.
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