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25 September 2003

Individualized Funding poster 
It doesn't cost more to have a better life. 
Make Individualized Funding an option in Ontario!
Share this poster produced by the Family Alliance of Ontario

Investing in People
A new essay by John Lord in the series, Periodic Updates from the Individualized Funding Coalition of Ontario. "Understanding Individualized Support: The Power of Independent Planning and Facilitation."

Group offers support to parents of children with developmental disabilities
A good story about the Orangeville group of the newly incorporated Ontario organization, Families for a Secure Future. FSF is creating a new website, about which more next time.  See the announcement below of a special event on Saturday, 27 September.



The Power of Social Roles
Saturday, Sept 27, in Orangeville
A dynamic workshop facilitated by Judith McGill, Provincial Animator of Parents for a Secure Future

Planned Lifetime Networks: Autumn Workshop series
Four Saturdays mornings, in Kitchener
Planning a Good Life Now
Oct. 25: Planning financial security
Nov. 1: Planning a home of one's own
Nov. 8: Planning for after we’re gone
Nov.15: Planning with our disabled children (capacity assessment, powers of attorney, and supported decision-making.
Click on heading for more details or phone 519-746-1188 or email

"Expanding Individualized Funding: The Time is Now!"
February 20 to 22, 2004 at the Inn on the Park in Toronto.
The goals are:
- To develop an action plan for implementing IF in Ontario; and
- To develop strategies for building the capacity of families & communities for citizenship & IF.
Key stakeholders from all parts of the province are invited to think carefully about who needs to be invited in order to create and train a diverse, energetic and motivated leadership team. Please contact Judith Snow. Phone: 416-538-9344 or Fax: 416-516-1691



Ask Lindsay Moir
Family Net column in which questions about special needs in the Ontario education system are answered.


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