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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
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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depends on the volume of material submitted and the urgency of
meetings or recommending advocacy.
Remembering Pat Worth Patrick Worth of
Toronto, Ontario, one of the early founders of the People First movement, died suddenly
on November 11 at the age
of 49. Worth, an eloquent spokesperson, advocated for the right of people with disabilities to
live as full citizens, without
labels. He himself had been labelled "mentally retarded" as a child and placed in a segregated
school setting. Worth went on
to become an author, consultant and world-renowned public speaker, and was actively involved with
many organizations focused
on inclusion. He will be greatly missed by the disability community. Read many tributes to his contributionsRead Judith McGill's eulogy
December 3 is United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons In celebration, the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (CAILC) invites you to celebrate the day at its third annual national kick-off event. This year's international theme is "Nothing About Us Without Us." The United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed by the United Nations' General Assembly in 1992 to build a better understanding of the needs, rights, talents and contributions of 600 million global citizens with disabilities throughout the world. "Nothing About Us Without Us" reflects the true power and potential of the disability rights movement. It embodies the philosophy that empowerment is the only equitable and credible means of overcoming marginalization. Involving persons with disabilities in active and meaningful ways in the design and implementation of policies, programs and supports is the most effective means of barrier removal. NOTHING ABOUT WITHOUT US IN ACTION! A Celebration of the UN International Day of Disabled Persons (live web cast) December 3, 2004, Noon. If you can't be there in person, catch the live web cast, at http://www.cailc.ca at 12:30.
New Issue of Abilities Magazine "Home Sweet Home" is the theme of the new Winter 2004 issue of Abilities, Canada's Lifestyle Magazine for People with Disabilities. The special accessible housing feature in this issue includes the latest developments in barrier-free design. Also in this issue: travel in Japan, tips for managing fatigue, and news about an upcoming arts festival. Read more about it
appreciate some dialogue concerning a situation I find myself in as a
and director of a small day program for verbal adults on the autism
spectrum in Toronto. I have a clinic type setting in a
apartment in my home. There are three modest sensory rooms,
sensory dysfunction, developing activity/sensory type diets, using
resources to expand the interests of participants. I am having
obtaining insurance because of the population I work with. I could have
care in my home, for neurotypical children-- even with no separation
living space and working space--without its affecting my home insurance
policy.But as soon as I say 'special
needs' children or 'special needs adults', my broker tells me that my
insurance policy (general liability) will be canceled. ...Has anyone
experienced issues with insurance in servicing from a residence...and
if so how
was it solved?" Click on title to read the full account. OAARSN welcomes general
responses. Or let us know if you are willing to speak directly to this
provider. This is a real challenge just as we hope for more flexible
for our vulnerable adults.
British Columbia transformed its community living services from May 2001 The BC experience is explained and assessed inGathering Momentum: Mobilizing to Transform Community Living in BC.Researched and Written by Cameron Crawford of the Roeher Institute, 2004. The circumstances of Ontario’s “transformation” are similar, being initiated by a new Liberal government in a period of budget and service cuts. The report identifies strengths and uncovered areas of tension, from which we in Ontario may learn.
Thanks to John Lord for drawing out some key lessons for our Ontario transformation process, from his close reading of this report. Click to read John's thoughts
Some stressful events
seem to turn a
person's hair gray overnight.
Now a team of researchers has found that severe emotional distress --
such as that caused by divorce, the loss of a job, or caring for an ill
child or parent -- may speed up the aging process within the body's
cells. The findings, being reported today, are the first to link
psychological stress so directly to biological age. The researchers
found that blood cells from women who had spent many
years caring for a disabled child were, genetically, about a decade
older than those from peers who had much less caretaking experience.
The study, which appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, also suggests that the perception of being stressed can add
years to a person's biological age.
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November 30 saw the Ottawa premiere of the National Film Board of Canada's film (with Force Four Productions): The Ties that Bind about 28-year-old Chris Jordan, who lives with multiple disabilities, and his transition toward a more independent life. Click on title to reach the related website which has many features and continues to evolve.
Other opportunities to see this film: 1. Thursday evening, December 2, in Kitchener, 7-9 pm hosted by Planned Lifetime Networks (WWO) and Extend-A-Family. The Ties That Bind Kitchener Public Library Auditorium 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener Doors open 6:30 p.m. Discussion and refreshments to follow the film. Seating is limited so please confirm your attendance by calling Extend-A-Family at (519) 741-0190 ext. 0.
2. For those who are unable to attend the film screening, the CBC will be airing a TV version on Thursday December 2nd on the News World Channel at 10:00 p.m. Click for more details Message from Kathleen Jordan, mother of Chris: I hope you can join the Bill Jordan family in viewing "The Ties That Bind". The documentary film which was recorded over a period of 3 years from 2001 to 2004, depicts the challenges of the Jordan family with their adult son with disabilities, Christopher, as he prepares for an interdependent life in his community. With the help of a personal support network created by the family and a local charity, Lifetime Networks Ottawa (LNO), the family prepares for a safe and secure future for their son. Bill and I were instrumental in starting this organization in Ottawa and it is modeled after an organization in B.C. called PLAN. A more detailed explanation of both organizations can be found at the following websites:www.plan.ca and www.lifetimenetworks.ca; At the most recent web site created by NFB and hosted by Geoff Jordan www.nfb.ca/tiesthatbind, NFB hopes to inspire you through the stories on the site and provide information for you to learn more. This fully accessible site begins by telling the Jordan story (most if not all of these stories are not repeated in the documentary) but it is hoped that you will participate by visiting the site, sharing your opinions and/or stories, and eventually becoming part of someone's network in your community or neighbourhood. This film makes a memorable contribution to social policy issues of growing relevance in Ontario and Canada. Although the screening of the film will be followed by a Q.& A. with the family, there might also be an opportunity to pose questions to the politicians - federal and provincial directly involved in these issues. It is absolutely essential that the most vulnerable members of our society can achieve a level of interdependence and dignity while becoming valuable contributors in their communities. We are optimistic that together we can figure out how this can work rather than focusing on why it can't. I invite you to participate!
Thursday, December 2, 2004,
, in Toronto DURHAM
ASSOCIATION FOR FAMILY RESPITE SERVICES & THE SOUTHERN ONTARIO TRAINING
GROUP CO-SPONSOR An
Exploration of Some Higher Order Issues of
Restraint as a
Human Service Technique Location: Room SHE560,
5th Floor, SallyHorsfallEatonBuilding, RyersonUniversity Recently, the press,
advocacy groups, and professional organizations have been raising
concerning the use of restraints in human services.This workshop provides a forum for concerned
individuals, especially service workers, to explore some of these
moral questions raised by the use of restraints in human services,
within the context of the vulnerability of people who receive services.This is not a how-to-workshop, but rather an
opportunity for reflection and learning. Click for
information and to register