5 October 2007
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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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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The Ontario provincial election campaign is an opportunity for us to air neglected issues (and to express our judgment through our votes). One example is the petition about Passport funding which many of us supported. There are also wider issues of fairness and social justice for Ontario's vulnerable citizens.

Please click to read election leaflet from Individualized Funding Coalition of Ontario.

IFCO’s summary of essential issues for the next government in Ontario:
1.  Increase Ontario Disability Support Program benefits to a level that is not below the poverty line.
2.  Overturn Bill 107 to fully restore the Human Rights Commission.
3.  Put teeth into the implementation of the new Disabilities Act.
4.  Make real investments in Individuals and Families.
5.  Implement Individualized Funding based on a life plan developed with Independent Planning and Facilitation now!
Ask the candidates in your riding to promise these. Let them know it's important to you in deciding on your vote.
Please also note the election issues posted on Family Alliance Ontario website:  
and on the Special Services at Home Provincial Coalition website:


NOTE: Please pre-register now for the Facilitation Workshop: Building a New Story on October 25-26, 2007, 9am to 4pm, in Guelph.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 7-9pm in Toronto
The Surprising Gift of Fragility in Community
L'Arche Forum presents Professor Amy Laura Hall (professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University)
"What does it like today in North America to live in a family, a community or a neighborhood obviously marked as vulnerable?...Without romanticizing either poverty or disability, Professor Hall will suggest that life and love are often freely given in the midst of overt fragility...." 
Click for the brochure

October 12, 2007, 9:30am–3:30pm, in Woodstock
PROMOTING COMMUNICATION: A Speech-Language Pathologist Speaks Up on Every Day Encounters
PRESENTER: Aren Hutton, BA (Hons.), M. Health Sc., S-LP (C), Speech Pathologist
Offered by Regional Support Associates
Communication is the base of human interactions. Often, people with intellectual disabilities feel isolated due to their communication deficits. During this workshop you will learn how to identify your client’s level of communication in addition to some tips to encourage positive interactions during every day tasks.
Cost: $50.00  Click for flyer and to register
See info on all RSA workshops

Saturday October 13, 2007, 10am to 5pm, in Guelph
Families for a Secure Future Leadership Series
Workshop Facilitator: Judith McGill
25 Somerset Drive, Guelph
Having some form of Individualized Funding (including SSAH) can be extremely helpful in building a meaningful life for you or your son or daughter.  Support Workers are critical to making good things happen.  They can play a significant role in moving one’s life forward and helping you or your loved one to feel that they have access to the “good life”.
That is why it is important to take time to reflect on finding the “right match” between your needs or your son/daughter’s needs, the candidate and the job. When there is not a good match and the staff is not working out it can create a lot of turmoil in your family. The interview process can help you to screen out unsuitable candidates.  It can be designed to assist you to learn a lot about the candidate during the interview process before making a hiring commitment.
Click for details and to register
The same workshop is offered in Pickering on October 20

October 16-20, 2007, in Minneapolis
Closing The Gap - Assistive Technology Resources for Children and Adults with Special Needs
Pre-conference October 16-17.
Click on title for details of 200 presentations, plus workshops and exhibits.

Tuesday, October 16, in Brantford
Caring for Others, Healing Ourselves
with Heather Summerhayes-Cariou
Offered by the CMHA-Brant County Branch
Please click on title for more

Saturday October 20, 2007, 10am to 5pm, in Pickering
Families for a Secure Future Leadership Series

Workshop Facilitator: Judith McGill
Durham REGION- Rougemont Co-op, 400 KINGSTON RD, Pickering
See note on workshop under October 13 in Guelph
Click for more information and to register

Note: please register very soon to be sure of a place in this important workshop:

October 25-26, 2007, 9am to 4pm, in Guelph (Orchard Park)
Facilitation Workshop: Building a New Story
A New Story across Canada involves the creation of individualized supports and strengthening communities through the presence and participation of all citizens.
Led by John Lord and Charlotte Dingwall whose approach to training recognizes that
all of us can benefit from the skills of listening, planning, group work, collaboration and negotiation--the essence of facilitation.
Click for brochure and registration form
Relevant to this workshop: this new book:
Pathways to Inclusion: Building a New Story with People and Communities
by John Lord and Peggy Hutchison
Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-165-4 (2007) $29.50
Read more from the publisher

Note: PLAN offers additional online courses for November and December.
Weaving the Ties That Bind: online course on facilitating social support networks
offered by PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship

Facilitated social support networks are an effective way to address the isolation and loneliness of many people living on the margins of our society. These networks (also known as “circles of friends”) are proven to contribute to the health, safety and well being of individuals who are vulnerable as a result of age, disability or social circumstance. Self-paced--approx 20-25 hours.

Click for details. Please contact Helena at to register or for further information. Alternatively call Helena at 604.439.9566. Download a registration form here.

We recommend @Philia  “a conversation on caring citizenship”
Vol. 6, Issue 5, September 2007 of this ezine was posted last week.

We welcome news, announcements, ideas and comments related to creative supports. Please send material to

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Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield


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

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April 18, 2007
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February 20, 2007
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December 26, 2006
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November 12, 2005
October 10, 2005
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August 15, 2005
August 1, 2005
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Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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