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.

PLN LIST is a free service maintained by Elizabeth & Gerald Bloomfield and hosted by the University of Guelph with technical support by Peter McCaskell. We welcome items of news and comment which should be sent to They will be grouped in batches for posting from time to time. Frequency depends on the volume of material submited and the urgency of announcing meetings or recommending advocacy.

Click for our archive of past PLN bulletins

a. If you wish to join or leave PLN LIST, please send a request including your first name and last name and your email address, to with "PLN" in the subject area.

b. When you have ideas and announcements to share with others, please send a message to  with "PLN" in the subject area.

7 May 2004

We regret the gap since the last bulletin. These bulletins are timed in response to information and comments from you!
Look up  link to list of earlier bulletins for announcements and news that may be still current.

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 weekly OAARSN bulletins that are also concerned with general issues of disability and inclusion.

Click for the latest issue of AAIWW Adult Autism Issues in Waterloo-Wellington, joint newsletter of Waterloo-Wellington Autism Services and Guelph Services for the Autistic. It includes a summary report by Andrew Foster on the  Individualized Funding Coalition Conference, Toronto, February 2004, and “Kevin’s Empowerment Group,” Joan Gray's account of her son's microboard.


... Spring 2004 series of workshops by Planned Lifetime Networks:

Saturday Mornings: 9:30 am12:00 noon, at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kitchener

Click for more information and how to register

Two good meetings have been held already:

April 24 Planning Personal Relationships, Karen Klee

May 1
Planning for Our Wills, Peter Brennan of Amy, Appleby and Brennan law firm

May 8 Planning for Individualized Funding:

Please note that because of illness in Jan Burke-Gaffney's family, the speaker on May 8 will be Wolfgang Strauss, ED of Community Living St Marys .

May 15 Planning for After We’re Gone, Elizabeth Bloomfield on Microboards, known in Ontario as Aroha

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
Click for more information and how to register

An idea for a one-day conference on


Creative living supports that are person-centred and family-based and invite and facilitate collaboration and community engagement:
- In Guelph in September-October 2004
- Keynote address integrating various elements
- Workshops on four areas: Supports for Individuals, Homes and Living Spaces, Work and Leisure, and Making Creative Options Work in Ontario.
- Poster sessions and brief presentations on a whole range of living supports from which persons and families may choose the particular mix that suits their situations and needs
- Informal connections and discussion

What do you think?
Whether this can be organized (by GSA in partnership with other organizations) depends on your response. Your perceptions are important. Please respond by email to



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

Please send submissions for this news bulletin or for the OAARSN Calendar and Bulletin Board in plain text format by email to with "announcement" at the beginning of the subject line.
Please provide details of the following as BRIEFLY as possible: 
 Name of Event
 Main Speakers and Topics of Event 
 Date of Event 
 City and Location of Event 
 Contact information to learn more about event 
 Please Do Not Send Files Or Brochure Attachments



Transition Ontario Project
DOOR (Disability Ontario Online Resource) To Adulthood
“Transition Ontario” is a large, ongoing project to develop and evaluate an online resource service for the transition to adulthood, to support young people aged 16-29 years. The project uses a participatory-action research (PAR) approach, in which all participants consumers, researchers and professionals collaborate and join in the development, implementation and evaluation process. The overall outcome of “Transition Ontario” is a consumer-driven, community-based and interactive online resource called “DOOR (Disability Ontario Online Resource) To Adulthood” that meets the needs of people in Ontario who are interested in the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities. The “Transition Ontario” project will improve access to quality information and will facilitate communication and networking about the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities in Ontario. "The “DOOR To Adulthood” website is going to be accessed through Ability Online. We would like to know what you would like to see on the website. We are holding focus groups to serve as discussion boards for participants to share ideas in developing the information for the website. We are also connecting with people via email and our listserv. We want to hear from people from across Ontario" Click to read more
Click for the D.O.O.R. Transition to Adulthood poster
If you want to help with Transition Ontario, or want more information about the project, please call toll-free (800) 363-2440, or (416) 425-6220, ext. 3207, or e-mail

Ontario--Becoming Accessible For All?
A Government press release about the Accessibility Ontario website. Details of grants to organizations of up to $5,000 are provided.

Let the Funding Follow the Children: A Solution for Special Education in Ontario
Click for description of this interesting publication by the Fraser Institute
Click for a PDF version of the full publicaiton


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



See also: Funding Issues--in OAARSN Discussion Boards and Topics. Press the Communications bar on OAARSN’s main page then choose Discussion Area

The Future of Adult Services : Managing New Directions in Uncertain Times
a series of teleconferences organized by TASH
* Creating High Energy Organizational Culture -Thursday, May 20th 
* Out-Maneuvering the System - Thursday, May 27th
* Using Self-Determination Tools to Achieve Flexible Supports - Tuesday, June 1st
* CMS's Independence Plus Initiative - Tuesday June 8th
* Recapturing Person Center Plans Thursday, June 10th 
* Building Meaningful Daytimes - Tuesday, June 15th 
* The Real Challenges of Individualized Supports - Wednesday, June 16th
* Paying Customers Are Not Enough - Tuesday, June 22nd 
These exciting sessions take place over the telephone! You can call in from home, work, or on the road! Only one telephone line may dial in per registrant. You can register as an individual or as a site. If you register as a site and have access to a speakerphone, or have the ability to do internal conferencing, you may have as many participants as you would like listening to the session, and you will also receive an audiotape of the session as well! If you are interested in a topic but cannot participate at the scheduled time, just register anyway and dial in to listen to a replay of the session at your convenience!
The topics are listed below. For more complete information, including registration rates, please visit :
For additional information please contact TASH
29 W. Susquehanna Ave, Suite 210
Baltimore, MD 21204
410-828-8274 x 103
Fax: 410-828-6706

Breaking The Barriers is now officially online!
A declaration with and for people who are often misperceived as being incompetent or less able because they do not speak. The vision: That all people with disability labels, who do not communicate through speech, have means of communication which allows their fullest participation in the world; that people can communicate using their chosen method; and that their communication is respected by others. And that Facilitated Communication will be accepted in practice and policy as a legitimate augmentative communication method. "We need support and help to clear away the barriers that make it hard or impossible for us to communicate and to actively participate in decision-making and public policy that affects our lives. We want to work collaboratively with other advocates to gain support for the right to communicate."


Click for all the resources of The EnableLinker!


{return to the OAARSN Bulletin Board}