18 July 2003
NEWS OF DISABILITIES
AND SPECIAL NEEDS
OF EVENTS OR SPECIAL PROJECTS
October 2-4, 2003, in Vancouver, BC
for Community Living's National Conference
Our struggles for an inclusive Canada, and an
inclusive global society, are
all too often unnoticed, unsupported, and unconnected.
Association for Community Living convenes this
conference, in collaboration
with the British Columbia Association for Community
Living, to celebrate and
learn from communities, to share strategies, and
to join forces for change.
We invite those who want to help develop inclusive
communities -- people who
have been labeled, families, community organizers
and service providers,
policy makers, partners and allies in change.
This conference will focus on
local places and spaces where children, youth,
and adults with intellectual
disabilities live, learn, work, and participate.
We will look at how to
build leadership and partnership for community
change. We will learn from
how others have opened the doors to inclusive
communities, adequate health care, community services,
participation, paid work, and community arts and
culture. We will explore
new models for community governance that make
re-investment in community
Thirteen communities from across Canada, one from
each province and
territory, will be brought together at this conference.
Learning from their
strategies, participants will debate and dialogue
what lessons they can take
back to their own communities. From community
stories to practical skills in
community facilitation, community organizing,
public policy for local
development, popular arts and theatre, this conference
has something for
everyone. For more information, please visit
Networks (Waterloo-Wellington-Oxford) announces...
for June 2003 – June 2004
Monday, June 9, 2003 @ 7pm – A Good Life Meeting
– Chapter 1
Saturday, July 5, 2003 - 10-2 – Solution Circle
re: do we need to hire staff or what?
Monday, July 14, 2003 @ 7pm – Business meeting
Monday, August 11, 2003 @ 7pm – A Good Life Meeting
– Chapter 2
Monday, September 8, 2003 @ 7pm – Business Meeting
Monday, October 13, 2003 @ 7pm – A Good Life Meeting
– Chapter 3
Monday, November 10, 2003 @ 7pm – Business Meeting
Monday, December 8, 2003 @ 7pm – A Good Life Meeting
– Chapter 4
Monday, January 12, 2004 @ 7pm – Business Meeting
Monday, February 9, 2004 @ 7pm – A Good Life Meeting
– Chapter 5
Monday, March 8, 2004 @ 7pm – Business Meeting
Monday, April 12, 2004 @ 7pm – A Good Life Meeting
– Chapter 6
Monday, May 10, 2004 @ 7pm – Business Meeting
Monday, June 14, 2004 @ 7pm – A Good Life Meeting
– Chapter 7
Sunday, August 24, 2003 – Barbeque at Rowett’s
4 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 11, 2004 – 3rd Annual Potluck
at Vincent’s 4 – 8 p.m.
Annual General Meeting:
Sunday, March 28, 2004 @ 3 p.m. Potluck to follow
4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday mornings (9-12) in the fall 2003 (September
1. How to approach a Lawyer
2. Insurance and how to benefit from it
3. Investing and financial planning
4. Capacity Assessment
5. PLN – a panel of parents - questions
6. Creative Housing Options
For more information about these meetings and how
to join PLN (WWO):
Planned Lifetime Networks (Waterloo-Wellington-Oxford)
5-240 Erb Street West, Suite 306
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 6K6
phone (519) 746-1188
December 11-13, 2003
Annual TASH Conference,
Chicago "the most inclusive and vibrant disability conference around"
Come to Chicago for one of the most invigorating
and rejuvenating experiences
around for a person committed to progressive disability
policy, research, and social change!
Find out more about the Conference or register
by clicking here:
Or call to register with a credit card by phone
(1-800-482-8274, ext. "0", East Coast business
The Individualized Funding Coalition of Ontario
is planning a symposium in February-March 2004,
to share what has been
learned so far and create strategies and actions
The last symposium was in October 1998.
We will post more information as it becomes available.
IFCO is also creating a new website at http://www.individualized
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Issues--in OAARSN Discussion Boards and Topics.
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Law Reform Platform
PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Networks) of British
Columbia is developing
a policy framework that will be urged on the federal
and provincial governments, to:
-Create tools and instruments to help families
plan for the time when they can no longer care
-Acknowledge the existing contributions of families
-Provide incentives for families to contribute
and plan for the future
There are several financial provisions, including:
-Developing a Registered Disability Savings Plan
-Improving the RRSP/RRIF rollover provisions
-Creating a Disability Expense Tax Deduction
-Improving the Disability Tax Credit
-Syncronizing Old Age Security with provincial
of PLAN’s Social Audit website!
PLAN’s Accountability Report is now available www.socialaudit.ca
where there is also a downloadable file of the
Discover how PLAN’s 2002 Accountability Report
measures the social benefits of its work.
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network is the first
non-profit organization in Canada
to conduct an externally reviewed social audit.
The resulting Accountability Report, covering
the year April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002,
provides a transparent view of PLAN, reporting
on both successes and challenges in a
balanced and candid way.
After your visit PLAN would love to hear from you.
Please send your feedback,
comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2
Ph: 604.439.9566 • Fax: 604.439.7001
publishes a bi-monthly “thought sheet for Canadians”,
entitled A Human Future.
ONLINE ON THE
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:
News of Disabilities and Inclusion
News of Disabilities and Inclusion in the Rest
News of Disabilities and Inclusion
2. Announcements of Events
ENTITIES FOR PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT AND SUPPORT
on Abilities and Inclusion (documents of personal experience)
archive of past PLN bulletins
(including announcements of past events)