17 April 2003

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See details of more events on OAARSN Bulletin Board and Calendar
Please note those already posted for April-May-June 2003 in our PLN Bulletin for April 7, 2003 

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Thursday April 24, 2003, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Peel Family Network Meeting (announced by Stan Woronko) 
Tomken Arena, 4495 Tomken Road, between Eastgate and Eglinton

1. Input to a letter we will be sending to the Ontario government, in response to its call for input for the coming Speech from the Throne. What are your priorities?

2. Special Services at Home issues. SSAH policies and the SSAH
appeal process for families who did not receive all that they asked for.

3. ODSP. The Ontario Disability Support Program and what it covers. Some
individuals are missing out on benefits that they are entitled to receive.

4. Updates on our application for support for individuals through the
Foundations program, and an upcoming opportunity for residential funding very
soon. Updates on appeals to Minister Brenda Elliott and plans for a press
conference at Queen's Park.

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.


On April 12, 2003, in Kitchener, Planned Lifetime Networks-WWO sponsored an Information Workshop: 
"Capacity Assessment and Substitute Decision Making with Elaine Atchison"
We heartily recommend this workshop, about Ontario legislation and procedures,  to other groups and families concerned with this issue. 

What is a capacity assessment?
...a formal assessment of a person's mental capacity to make decisions about property and/or personal care under the [Ontario] Substitute Decisions Act 1992 (SDA). Assessments are made in some situations where, as a last resort, individuals need to have someone else make decisions for them on a long-term basis. If a person is found incapable of making decisions regarding property and/or personal care, a guardian may be appointed or apower of attorney may become effective, depending upon the circumstances.

Here are some Internet links for more information:
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General : Capacity Assessment
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General : Power of Attorney
A useful compendium of links 



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L'Arche Thought Sheet
This "thought sheet" is produced "as a service of the L'Arche Canada Foundation as a contribution to the Canadian public conversation about values and the social ethos in which we live." 

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)