2 June 2008
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Families for a Secure Future Funding Issues

CBC reporters
John Wilson and Alison Crawford have prepared a radio and TV documentary with three non-profits about the funding problems with the Banyan Tree Foundation and CRA.  It was aired on Monday morning, June 2 at World Today and then on the Current at 8:30-9:30 am. There will be a feature this evening on the National at 9-9:30 and again at 10:30 pm. There is also a written web piece on the web as of Monday morning.
We hope the publicity helps FSF to find new corporate donors.

Ontario MCSS: How Goes the Transformation?
In May 2004, the newly elected Liberal Government of Ontario announced that services for people with developmental disabilities were to be transformed, and invited various stakeholders to take part in a processes of consultation. We have reported many phases of this process, including the partial implementation of some new initiatives such as Passports funding and the Innovative Residential Model Initiative. Some changes are still being tested and have yet to be evaluated.

Now the Government has introduced legislation to replace the previous act of 1974 that has governed developmental services in Ontario.
Hansard's verbatim report of what was said in the Ontario Legislature about this bill on Monday, May 26 gives an idea of the extent of the transformation in the Government's mind: Click on this link
What do you think? If you have concerns about how the legislation may affect persons and families who live with a disability, you might send us a note. Various advocates are meeting soon to discuss the Ministry's bill.

A Developmental Services Bulletin from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, reporting:

1. The third phase of testing the developmental services application package is nearing completion, after involving 12 community agencies and nearly 2,000 volunteer participants composed of people with a developmental disability, families and caregivers. The third phase, which got underway in November 2007, has focused on developing a way to predict the supportive resources an adult with a developmental disability will need based on the information from the application.

2. The Supports Intensity Scale is a tool used to measure the practical support requirements of a person with a developmental disability. You can find out more by visiting

3. Families to get help in hiring support workers
With community partners, the DSB is developing and implementing strategies to help families recruit and retain qualified and caring support staff now and in the future. We’ve put together a panel to look at the issues families may face and to find solutions. The panel is composed of family members, self-advocates and family networks, Independent planners, facilitators, and service coordination brokers. The panel is
  • Discussing issues and solutions that families may face in finding, hiring and keeping staff
  • Identifying and developing recommendations on recruitment and retention issues and strategies
  • Reviewing literature on recruitment and retention strategies
  • Establishing qualification requirements for support workers
  • Providing administrative support tools for families
  • Developing an implementation plan for the recommended strategies.


June 9-11, 2008
, in Honolulu, Hawaii
International Conference on Diverse Abilities & Innovative Supports 2008
Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Community
Join us as we explore topics such as:
Dual Diagnosis * Direct Support Worker Issues & Solutions
Supervision & Management * Clinical Issues
International Best Practices * Self-Advocacy/Independent Living
Autism/Aspergers * Employment * Caregiving
Find out more from
1-888-542-8555 CRA, 373 JaMax Dr., Hillsborough, NC 27278

Toronto Summer Inclusion Institute 2008
Hosted by the
Marsha Forest Centre
Ryerson University
, Toronto July 12 -17, 2008
Click to view pamphlet

August 2 to 7, Montreal
ISAAC 2008 - The 13th Biennial Conference of the
International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
The conference theme is Leadership. Individuals who use AAC for their daily communication have increasingly taken on leadership roles in many different ways. Examples of leadership will be showcased as part of the 2008 conference program. 2008 is the 25th anniversary of ISAAC. They will be celebrating the history of ISAAC and AAC, which has changed enormously in the last 25 years, and will continue to evolve in the future. For more info visit


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Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield




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Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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