1 October 2008
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Ontario Passes New Legislation for People with a Developmental Disability
Passed on 30 September 2008, The Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 replaces the 35-year-old Developmental Services Act, which provided services mainly for people living in government-run institutions.

Click on this link to read the news release, widely relayed in the media, here in The Globe and Mail's Report on Business:
More Independence And Choice For People With A Developmental Disability

Read our review of the legislation and the process of amending it over the summer.

Note, in Announcements below, the meeting planned for October 17--
a forum discussion about what needs to be considered as the government proceeds to develop regulations and policy directives related to "Bill 77" as now enacted.

Modeling Community Change and Innovation

In faith that the new legislation will allow more inclusion, choice and flexibility for people and families who live with a developmental disability, a three-year collaborative project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation is showing the way.

Visit the new website of Modeling Community Change and Innovation

"The focus of this project is the collaboration of three communities in Ontario that are committed to building support for individualized approaches for citizens with a developmental disability. The Trillium grant is being used to develop community readiness, strengthen autonomous groups, resource materials, and sustainable community plans. This project will assist people with disabilities, and their families/networks to direct their own lives and live as healthy, participating, contributing citizens as they build a good life for themselves in community.

"The following partners share this project's commitment to supporting, promoting, and enhancing the leadership and capacity of people with disabilities, families, friends, and community systems and supports. "Modeling Community Change and Innovation has a vision for people with disabilities to have the opportunity to build a good life by increasing community capacity to support Individualized Funding and Independent Planning & Facilitation and by developing sustainable community infrastructure supports. This project will help communities prepare for impending changes. Communities who have made a commitment to individualized approaches will have the opportunity to build on that work. For example:
  • Communities involved in this project are working on different components of effective individualized support:
  • Effective independent planning & facilitation
  • Strong autonomous groups ( i.e People First and Family Networks)
  • Opportunities for networking and relationship building
  • Strong community infrastructure supports (i.e human resource, payroll)
  • Increased capacity building and information sharing
  • Development of a Facilitators Forum
  • The learning and tools created will be shared with other communities interested in individualized approaches."

Read more on the website of Modeling Community Change and Innovation

For more information about this project contact:

Windsor Essex Brokerage for Personal Support - Lead Agency
Marlyn Shervill
519 966 8994

Charlotte Dingwall – Project Lead



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Announcing Series of Events

Fall 2008, between October 18 and November 29, in Oshawa
Compassion in Action: Open Mind, Open Heart, Skilful Means
an 8-part introductory seminar series in compassionate practices with Felicia Jervis.
THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Some children and adults express themselves through actions that are at times difficult to understand and support safely. These actions may include: occasional withdrawal or aggressive acts towards self, others and property. These actions must be understood not as challenging behaviors that need to be controlled or eliminated, but rather as communicative acts that often speak of the pain of humiliation and rejection, and a yearning to belong....
Click for full brochure and how to register in the workshop series

Click to read "When children hurt themselves"
by Felicia Jervis in BLOOM magazine on the Bloorview website

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) Workshops & Seminars

Within BC or online.
To help you in planning a safe and secure future for your relative with a disability, PLAN offers a variety of seminars and workshops on topics of interest to families. For a list of upcoming events, go to PLAN's website:


Announcing Individual Events

October 3-5, 2008, in Ottawa
Family Alliance Ontario Annual Conference
Engaging Families and Building Bridges
Visit the Family Alliance Ontario website at this link for full information, including an important note about booking hotel rooms.

October 7, 2008: 9am-4pm, at Wellington County Museum, Fergus/Elora
Aging and Developmental Disabilities
Click for flyer

Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 4:30-6pm, in Kitchener
Social Innovation Generation, at the University of Waterloo (SiG@Waterloo,, invites you to
Social Innovation Dialogues: Fall 2008
Michael Quinn Patton, Developmental Evaluation
"Measuring the Impact of Social Change"
Venue: Kitchener Public Library, Main Library, 85 Queen Street North, , ON

Tuesday, 7 October 2008, 7–9pm, in Guelph
First of a series of information forums for families living in Guelph-Wellington, who are interested in learning about services and increasing life options for adults with Autism. Supported by Kerry’s Place Autism Services. At Kortright Presbyterian Church, 55 Devere Drive in Guelph (registration begins at 6:30 pm)
Guest speakers include: Andrea Robinson from Access, Information & Referral, Developmental Services; Elizabeth Bloomfield of Guelph Services for the Autistic; Gail Jones from Kerry’s Place Autism Services; and Dwight Syms, Service Resolution Facilitator for Wellington. Service information booths with staff representatives will also be available throughout the evening.
Child-minding services will be provided on site and light refreshments will be served.
Click for more details and to register
**For more information and registration, call Wendy Perry at 905-867-6152**

Friday, October 17, 2008, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, in Toronto
Bill 77 - Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008: A Forum to Discuss Future Directions for Policy Development, hosted By Community Living Ontario
Who should attend? 
The forum is open to all who are interested in a taking part in a discussion about what needs to be considered as the government proceeds to develop regulations and policy directives related to Bill 77. The discussion will benefit from your participation as a person who has an intellectual disability, a family member, a person who provides planning and support or anyone else who has a perspective to share on these matters.

What should attendees expect from the day?
This is not an information day where you will learn about how the Bill will be implemented, but rather, it is an opportunity for you to share your ideas on how the Bill should be implemented. This is not a government sponsored discussion, but a chance for stakeholders to have their own discussion; however, representatives from the office of the Minister of Community and Social Services, and from the Ministry’s policy office, have agreed to join in as observers and participants in the discussion. A report of the day will be prepared and shared with the Ministry. This is an opportunity to provide your insights and knowledge.

Where:  Harbourfront Community Centre, 627, Queens Quay W., Toronto (Queens Quay and Bathurst St.)  Lunch will be provided.
To Register: Please contact Arlene Robinson at Community Living Ontario by Tuesday, October 14: by email (preferred) ; by phone (416) 447-4348. (Please confirm any access or dietary considerations you might have when you register). Space is limited, so register today
Cost: We ask that those sponsored by an organization pay $25 if possible to assist with costs, those paying their own way are welcome to attend with no charge.

18 October 2008, 8:30-5pm, in Guelph
Hiring Support Workers: First Steps
an all-day workshop presented by Judith McGill
for Families for a Secure Future
Click for full details and how to register

October 22, 23, 24, 2008, in Toronto

Autism 2008 – Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium
The Symposium will provide a cross-section of perspectives on the most recent research and information on evidenced based best  practice.  All topics of importance to autism intervention will be addressed including biomedical and neurobiological research, ABA, intervention, social skills, behaviour, communication, first-hand accounts, Asperger’s Disorder, and more.  Featuring speakers from Canada, U.S., Great Britain, and Australia.  For registration information, visit or contact Eva Finna at or 416-504-4500 ext. 208.

25 October 2008, 8:30-5pm, in Pickering
Hiring Support Workers: First Steps
an all-day workshop presented by Judith McGill
for Families for a Secure Future
Click for full details and how to register

November 3 and 4, 2008, 9am-5pm, in Oshawa
Protecting the Health and Life of Hospital Patients, especially those who are vulnerable
sponsored by The Durham Region Training Committee
Last date to register: October 22, 2008
Click for brochure with full details

November 10, 2008, in Toronto

Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services,
Employer Outreach Secretariat:
Symposium on Disability and Employment

Contact: Tim Hilliard


3rd Floor, Hepburn Block

80 Grosvenor Street

Toronto, Ontario M7A 1E9

Tel: (416) 325-5352

FAX: (416) 212-4704


Employer Outreach Secretariat contacts:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 4:30-6pm, in Kitchener
Social Innovation Generation, at the University of Waterloo (SiG@Waterloo,, invites you to
Social Innovation Dialogues: Fall 2008
Frances Westley & Paul Born (SiG@Waterloo and Tamarack)
"Systems Change: Thinking like a Movement"
Venue: Kitchener Public Library, Main Library, 85 Queen Street North, , ON

November 12-14, 2008 in Niagara Falls ON
National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD) 25th Annual Conference: 
"A Quarter Century of Awareness: Assessment, Treatment & Policy Advances (ID/MH)"

At the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel,
Niagara Falls, ON, Canada.
At the end of the conference, participants will be able to:
• Cite advances in the field of co-occurring MH/ID;
• Recognize the genetic underpinning of several MH/ID disorders;
• Identify to relevance of the DM-ID to the diagnosis and treatment of persons with MH/ID;
• Name several integrated system responses that have developed in Canada and the US;
• Interpret relevant integrated research that can be generalized to other individuals with MH/ID issues.
To learn more information about this event, please visit: 

November 13, 2008, 1-2:30pm: by videoconference at various locations in South Region
Sensory Integration Dysfunction with Shirley Sutton OT
Free--click for full details and to register

November 17-21, 2008, in Ottawa

Global Forum for Inclusion and CACL 50th Anniversary Conference
CACL (Canadian Association for Community Living) is co-hosting a Global Forum for Inclusion and celebrating its 50th Anniversary November 17-21, 2008 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario. The Global Forum consists of an international gathering of self-advocates and families, Inclusion International’s General Assembly, an International Conference on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Study Tours on Inclusive Practices in Canada and the US. CACL’s 50th Anniversary conference will celebrate the last 50 years and look at next steps needed to address the remaining challenges and barriers to the full inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
Join with people from around the world to transform rights into action and make inclusion a reality for all!
To register for the Global Forum for Inclusion visit:
To register for CACL’s 50th Anniversary Conference visit:

November 18, 2008, 7-9pm, in Waterloo (at KidsAbility)
All About Me: an Advocacy Seminar/Workshop
Presented by Beverly Grant.
Also on April 28, 2009

Click for full details and how to register

November 25, 2008, morning: live at Walkerton and by videoconference at various locations in South Region
Anxiety Disorders In People With Intellectual Disabilities
presented by Dr Karen Baker
Free--click for full details and to register




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