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Meet the Jordans
Chris has multiple disabilities.
His aging mother and father face serious illness.
The whole family must plan for an uncertain future.
Visit the family at www.nfb.ca/tiesthatbind
and participate in a unique community engagement project.
Inspired by PLAN, the National Film Board has produced
a film documentary depicting the story of the Jordan family and their circle
of support. While the film is being produced the NFB has created an interactive
Internet documentary with regular updates, opportunities for sharing and
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PLAN Institute for Citizenship & Disability
Suite 260 - 3665 Kingsway
clean up its disability act
input from public
From the Toronto Star, Feb. 7, 2004
There's no limit to the number of suggestions or comments
you can submit but to simplify the process, the ministry suggests boiling
things down to your top three suggestions for making the ODA more meaningful.
"These can be changes to the ODA itself or suggestions for things that
be done without changing the law," it says.
If you were a provincial lawmaker, what would you
do to make Ontario a truly accessible province, one in which people with
disabilities can get the education and experience they need to contribute
their talents to an enhanced quality of life for all?
What would you do to tear down the barriers that ostracize
anyone who moves, communicates or processes information in a unique way?
What are your top three suggestions to make the Ontarians
with Disabilities Act (ODA), brought in by the former Conservative government,
So get going. The whole point is to include everybody.
There's no reason to hold back.
Write: Helen Henderson, Life Section, Toronto
Star, One Yonge St., Toronto, Ont. M5E 1E6. Please include your telephone
number. E-mail: hhenderson @thestar.ca.
a Family Net article on this subject
Advice on FamilyNet
"Thinking back to when my daughter was diagnosed,
I wish now someone had provided my husband and I with a course on our new
role as our daughter's advocate. Most of what we have learned has been
by trial and error. I have have been very inspired by the commitment that
I have seen from other parents. Truly the best teachers."
Planned Lifetime Networks
holds evening meetings on the 2nd Monday each
month, alternating discussion of chapters in A GOOD LIFE with business
meetings. For more details, phone 519-746-1188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
February 18, 2004, 7-10 p.m., at North Toronto
Memorial Community Centre
Toronto Family Network seminar:
**Education Law & The
Ontario Human Rights Code:
A Review of the Ontario
Human Rights Commission Report on Education**
February 20 to 22, 2004 at the Inn on the Park
Individualized Funding: The Time is Now!"
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.
for updated information
or call Barbara in the Individualized Funding Coalition office at (416)
for IFCO website
with Judith Snow
with John Lord
Tuesday, February 24, 2004, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m, in
Preventing the Crisis Before
Ed Mahony, is a Special Education Resource
Specialist, Hamilton Catholic District School
Board, and Rethinking Restraints Trainer – a form of nonviolent crisis
This session will focus on the importance of maintaining
the safety and dignity of individuals through understanding behaviour/communication
and concentrating on changing the environment, not the person.
The Hilton London, 300 King Street, London, ON
IAI and LFN are pleased to co-host this session
with the London Chapter
of the Autism Society Ontario
March 19-21, 2004, in Syracuse NY
Ableism? Classism? Racism? Homophobia? Sexism?
How can we address all of these issues without
add-on programs and disjointed initiatives?
Inclusion and Diversity at the Center
An exploration of how schools and communities
can address social justice issues in integrated ways through curriculum,
pedagogy, school climate, teacher/staff training, advocacy and policy-making.
Keynote speakers: James Banks and Norman Kunc
Also post-Conference sessions on March 21.
Saturday March 27, 2004, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.,
CHOICES, OPTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES:
GETTING TO THE PLAN
This is a practical interactive forum with stories
from families of people with disabilities who are supported in non-traditional
ways, to have lives of their choosing after leaving high school, and how
they do it. You will learn to put together an individualized personal plan
for your family member, outlining their desires for the future, along with
the individualized supports required (including funding) to facilitate
their continued success in the community.
Hosted by London Family Network and other local
Community Living London, 190 Adelaide Street South,
For more information contact Realizations Training
& Resources 519-433-2387
Tuesday. March 30, 2004, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., in London
The Individual Education
Kathy Schaffer – Education Officer, Ministry of
Education will explain the Ministry of Education IEP standards and how
the plan should be written to most effectively support students to be successful
in their learning.
3rd Floor Boardroom, Siskinds, The Law Firm, 680
Waterloo Street, London ON
For More Information and/or to Register
- Call Angie Kehoe 519-672-2251, ext. 363
April 28 - May 1, 2004, in Atlanta, Georgia
Immersion Learning about Self-Determination
Offered by the Center for Self-Determination in
partnership with the Georgia Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.
for program details
Registration Questions? Kris Copeland
for Self-Determination's E-Newsletter
April 30 - May 2, 2004, at Gananoque
of Advocacy: Every Parent is an Advocate**
FAO/IAI Annual Conference
Key Note Speaker: Judy Finlay on "Why a
Strong Family Voice is Essential to Advocacy
for full details
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Please help us create an important online resource.
We want to make the
transition to adult life for youth with disabilities
(16-29 years) easier.
We are making a website for the province of Ontario
with the latest news
about transition to adulthood. This will
include a listserv where people
can talk and share information. People with disabilities,
service providers are working together to make
the website and the
listserv. We hope everyone will be able
to use this resource as well.
This project was started by a group of service
providers, parents and youth
with disabilities in 1999. They learned that we
need an information
resource in Ontario that has all of the information
you would like about
transition, as well as giving you a chance to
share your experiences and
asking other people questions about transition.
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Virtual Voice for Canadian Families
A new independent website supporting Canadian
families to network and share information, while also facilitating political
action to achieve a vision of people with disabilites participating as
"A Human Future: A Thought Sheet for Canadians"
by L'Arche Canada
The latest issue, on Education, may be especially
of interest to teachers, parents and people in ministry.
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