1 November 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. We will bring you the text of the new act as soon as we have it and, we hope, also a plain-langauge version.

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.

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

"Positively Autistic": CBC TV documentary
aired on Monday, 27 October on "The National"
Is autism a disorder, or just a neurological difference? Psychiatrists consider it a mental disorder, but since the early 90's, an autistic rights movement has sprung up, challenging the official view of autism and working to change how the world sees autism. In this special feature, we meet some of the people at the forefront of this movement, and find out what they see are the positives of living life as a person with autism.

Click for main blog link
View the video (19 minutes)

Forgotten: Autism Ontario Releases Discussion Paper
on Needs of Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Link to read the full report: Forgotten: Ontario Adults with Autism and Adults with Aspergers
Report in Globe and Mail, 16 October 2008
Article in The Star

Amy Baskin's "Empty Nest Envy"
feature article  in the November 2008 issue of MORE Magazine.

Not available online


The organizers of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD) 25th Annual Conference, November 12-14, 2008 in Niagara Falls, have made this appeal to help family members attend.

The NADD Family Issues Committee is having their 4th  Annual Silent Auction at the 25th Annual NADD Conference. We seek donated items for the silent auction, which is the Family Issues Committee annual fundraiser. The proceeds from this event will financially assist family members to attend NADD Conferences. The items donated should be portable in size (for travel). Examples of items for donation are: books, artwork, gift certificates. Cash or cheques will gratefully be accepted as well.
If you would like to send a donated item to the Conference for the Silent Auction, it can be forwarded to:
Nancy Stone
4450 Lakeside Drive
R.R. #1
Beamsville, Ontario Canada
L0R 1B1
If you have any questions please contact: Elizabeth Arnold, Chair, NADD - Family Issues Committee - or 519-832-5554


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Name of Event
 Main Speakers and Topics of Event 
 Date of Event 
 City and Location of Event
 Contact information to learn more about event
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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

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

Monday, 24 November 2008, 7:30pm, in Toronto
Haadd: Helping Adults with Autism and Developmental Disorders
presents, as the highlight of our Annual General Meeting
Guest Speaker, John Lord
Inclusive Lives in Community: How Families are Building a New Story

Jewish Community Centre, 4588 Bathurst, Rm.202
Between Sheppard and Finch on the west side of Bathurst, parking at the rear
Click for flyer with full details

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

December 2, 2008, in Guelph, all day
Independent Planning and Facilitation Symposium
organized by the Wellington
Independent Planning and Facilitation Steering Committee in partnership with MCSS, Individualized Funding Coalition of Ontario and Families for a Secure Future.
Click for advance brochure and registration form (registration must be received by November 18)




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Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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