PLN LIST is an email bulletin begun in 2001 for exchanging news and views about strategies of building and maintaining personal support networks for people with disabilities, and associated issues. PLN LIST came into being at the time Planned Lifetime Networks was incorporated in the Waterloo-Wellington region of southern Ontario. Members of the List are now distributed in communities across Canada, with some in other countries too.

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10 February 2004

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If you are concerned with Autism Spectrum Disorders, please note the wealth of news, announcements and other links in the Autism News Bulletins that are archived on the OAARSN website. Click for the list of OAARSN bulletins.



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 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 feedback.

Join the conversation: log on and add your voice to this dialogue. 

PLAN Institute for Citizenship & Disability
Suite 260 - 3665 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC
V5R 5W2
Tel:  604-439-9566
Fax: 604-439-7001



Help Ontario clean up its disability act
Minister seeking input from public
From the Toronto Star, Feb. 7, 2004

  • 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, more meaningful? 
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.

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
Read a Family Net article on this subject

Advocacy 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 (Waterloo-Wellington...) 
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

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**
Click for flyer

February 20 to 22, 2004 at the Inn on the Park in Toronto.
"Expanding 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. 
Click for updated information
Email or call Barbara in the Individualized Funding Coalition office at (416) 447-4348
Click for IFCO website
Interview with Judith Snow
Interview with John Lord

Tuesday, February 24, 2004, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m, in London
Preventing the Crisis Before It Occurs:
Ed Mahony, is a Special Education Resource
Specialist, Hamilton Catholic District School Board, and Rethinking Restraints Trainer – a form of nonviolent crisis intervention.
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?
Common Solutions: 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.
Click for flyer

Saturday March 27, 2004, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in London
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 organizations.
Community Living London, 190 Adelaide Street South, London, ON
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 Plan: 
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
3rd Annual Immersion Learning about Self-Determination
Offered by the Center for Self-Determination in partnership with the Georgia Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. Click for program details
Registration Questions?   Kris Copeland or 734-306-9641
Center for Self-Determination's E-Newsletter

April 30 - May 2, 2004, at Gananoque
**The Art 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
in Ontario." 
Click for full details

See details of more events on OAARSN Bulletin Board and Calendar, and our archive of past OAARSN news bulletins.

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Transition Ontario Project 
January 2004
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, parents and
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.
Click for full bulletin

Family Voice
Creating a 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 full citizens.

"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.
Click to read 

Click for all the resources of The EnableLinker!


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