25 March 2003

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new or modified postings

March meeting of the Peel Family Network: Review and Planning
Thursday March 27, 2003, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Tomken Twin Arena (See directions below).
Topics include: 
- New funding-- what we have to say about the Ministry's plans for this year
- How we want to have a voice for families
- How we want families to be involved in government planning
Since November, we have met with Minister of Community, Family and Children's  Services Brenda Elliott, with Assistant Deputy Ministers Cynthia Lees and Andrea Maurice, with the Central West Regional office, and with the Peel Regional Planning Group. 
Directions: Tomken Twin Arena, 4495 Tomken Road, between Eastgate and Eglinton, Mississauga, 905-625-1582
Admission is $4 per family to cover expenses (refreshments and room), or free to members of the Peel Family Network. Memberships available at the door, $25 per year per family.

Late March to June 2003: TASH announces Telephone Conferences on Issues Related to Self-determination for People with Disabilities
1. New Approaches to Quality: Why Do We Think Self-Determination Works?
2. Self-directed Support Corporations: Understanding The Concepts 
3. Alternatives to Guardianship 
4. Collaborative Negotiations
5. Self Determination With and For Individuals with Significant Cognitive Disabilities 
and Their Families 
6. What Are the Threats to Self-Determination?
7. Self-Determined Transition Planning: What Happens After the Meeting?
8. Voting: Everyone Must Have a Voice
Click for details

April 25 and 26 (Friday and Saturday) in London:
Provincial Conference and AGM for both Family Alliance Ontario and Integration Action for Inclusion ***Note some program changes***
See more details of the conference program and a poster in PDF format

April 28 - 30, 9-5pm
Inclusion Press presents TOOLS FOR CHANGE workshop
with Hosts Jack Pearpoint and Louise Bailey
College St United Church, 452 College St, Toronto
Hands-on Learning: Graphics, PATH, MAPS, Solution Circles,
Listening, Facilitating
Tuition $500 per person, payable to Inclusion Press
Send cheque with full details of name, address, phone and email
to Inclusion Press, 24 Thome Crescent, Toronto, ON M6H 2S5
Enrolment is limited; register soon!
For more about Tools for Change, see the Inclusion Press website

May 5-10, 2003 at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
Five-Day ABCD RETREAT for 30 community leaders on asset-based community development. JUDITH SNOW of Toronto, founder of International Association for Inclusive Citizenship, is one of the trainers and describes the event as a "weeklong seminar where we can explore in depth both building contribution and quality lives with individuals from unique differences, and building diverse and peaceful communities from our assets." 
See flyer for details

May 9, May 30, June 6: Three workshops in BC:
Individualized Funding: Changing Systems . . . Changing Lives. 
See  more details and full course flyer
NOTE: Individualized funding and independent planning supports are significant parts of the new BC initiative in changing the design and governance of disability services and supports.
See: Community Living Transition Steering Committee: A partnership of individuals, families, agencies and government Final Report
Ministry of Children and Family Development on MCFD change.
Final Report (455 pages) in PDF 
Individualized Funding Information Resources 

European Year of People with Disabilities!
Visit the EYPD website