7 April 2003

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April 29, 2003: 4-7 pm, by Lifetime Networks Ottawa
PLAN's patron, His Excellency John Ralston Saul, will speak about PLAN to a group of about 300 in Carleton University's Fenn Lounge, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa. 
A great publicity opportunity with the press; refreshments provided.

New Degree in Disability Studies 
A new graduate program is now offered at York University's Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies in Toronto. Through a Masters Degree in Critical Disability Studies, students
explore issues of disability in relation to social policy, social justice, human rights and social movements in Canada and beyond. Deadline for applications is May 15, but early applications are
recommended. For more information and admission requirements,

April 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Developmental service agencies in Wellington County are hosting an information night for families 
At the Italian-Canadian Club in Guelph (135 Ferguson Street) 
An update as to who is involved in the system now, and what the service "flow" looks like. 
SEAC's importance and the need for Wellington representation. Tables will be available for agencies/groups to showcase what they have to offer.
For more information, contact Bob Butella of Guelph-Wellington Association for Community Living, phone (519) 824-2480.

April 21 at 8:00 a.m. for an hour on the TV Life Network
Health on the Line episode on "Parenting a Child with Special Needs"
featuring Michael Bach, Susan Beayni and two other mothers.

quick references to past announcements (for more details see recent PSN bulletins and OAARSN Bulletin Board under Events and Calendar)

April 10 in Walkerton and April 12 in Owen Sound:
Bruce/Grey Planned Lifetime Support Networks sponsors Tom Cain talking about launching a PLAN affiliate in Lethbridge, Alberta. 
RSVP to Lorrie Garrod by April 7, 2003 at Planned Lifetime Support Networks (Bruce/Grey Inc.) P.O. Box 2217, Port Elgin, ON  N0H 2C0,  e-mail, or phone 519 - 832 - 6147.

April 12, 2003, in Kitchener:
Planned Lifetime Networks-WWO presents an Information Workshop:
Capacity Assessment and Substitute Decision Making with Elaine Atchison
More information and to register

April 25 and 26 in London:
Provincial Conference and AGM for both Family Alliance Ontario and Integration Action for Inclusion. See more details of the conference program and a poster in PDF format

April 28 - 30, 9-5pm, in Toronto
Inclusion Press presents TOOLS FOR CHANGE workshop
with Hosts Jack Pearpoint and Louise Bailey
Hands-on Learning: Graphics, PATH, MAPS, Solution Circles, Listening, Facilitating.
College St United Church, 452 College St, Toronto
Enrolment is limited; register soon.See more details under date in March 25 PSN Bulletin
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. 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

June 20-22, 2003 in Vancouver BC:
Vela Microboard Association of British Columbia announces the 
First Training Institute on Developing and Supporting Microboards
Please note that this workshop is for people outside BC who wish to set up a network of microboards, rather than a single microboard around an individual.
For more information or e-mail Linda Perry and look up Vela website

European Year of People with Disabilities!
Visit the EYPD website



PLN Bulletin is now posted on the OAARSN website, so that past issues are indexed and accessible through Internet searches. While OAARSN is devoted to adult autism issues, some parts of the website are of more general interest to folks concerned about inclusion, self-determination and a good life for all who live with disabilities.

See the OAARSN Bulletin Board:
1. General News of Disabilities and Inclusion: 
Ontario News of Disabilities and Inclusion
News of Disabilities and Inclusion in the Rest of Canada
International News of Disabilities and Inclusion

2. Announcements of Events


4. Perspectives on Abilities and Inclusion (documents of personal experience)

5. our archive of past PLN bulletins
(including announcements of events already posted)