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Safety for Independent Living February 2024


Join Developmental Services Ontario, Central West Region for Safety for Independent Living, a personal safety course where people learn lifeskills that empower them to make safe choices both online and offline. 


Course content includes, basic first aid, fire safety, being assertive, people safety and how to ask for help, online safety, road safety, and more. 


The course is held from February 12 to 15 from 10 am to 12 pm. A Zoom link will be sent after you register.


To Register, contact Ashlyn Northfield at anorthfield@cwsds.ca.

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Core Competency Cafe

The Developmental Services Workforce Initiative was formed with the focus to address one aspect of Journey to Belonging: Choice and Inclusion, namely, Planning for a Skilled Workforce. This part of the plan is about supporting a skilled, diverse and professional workforce that will help people participate meaningfully in their communities and live good lives.


Modernizing the Core Competencies is one component to support this outcome.


Core Competencies reflect the needs of our workforce by recognizing the professional nature of Developmental Services, recruiting the right people, building leadership capacity and ultimately enhancing the lives of the people we support.


They are now taking registrations for the Core Competency Cafe. See details below:

Core Competency Flyer

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P4P Planning Network Intro to the ODSP

Intro to the ODSP Webinar


January 25, 2024 at 7pm


If your loved one with a disability requires financial help with basic living expenses, including medical expenses, they could be eligible for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Understanding how this program works and how to maintain it alongside other financial resources will ensure your loved one continues to receive this support for as long as he or she may need it need it. 

Expert and disability advocate Graeme Treeby provides an overview of all things ODSP including clarifications on recent changes.  Following this presentation Graeme will be available for a live Q & A. 

What's in it for You:

  • How to qualify and apply for ODSP
  • Definition of disability under ODSP
  • Employment Supports and how work impacts benefits
  • An overview of recent changes

Register here now!

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The Henson Trust and Trustee Considerations

The Henson Trust and Trustee Considerations


January 17, at 7pm


Many are unaware that the Henson Trust was initially conceived by a father trying to protect and plan for his daughter with a disability. Leonard Henson was a father concerned with his daughter's future. As a result of his efforts, the Henson Trust has become an important tool that not only safeguards ODSP benefits but increases financial security for our relatives living with a disability.


The Henson Trust is but one type of trust that can be incorporated into an estate plan to support a family member with a disability.


Join P4P on January 17 to learn more about the Henson Trust and critical considerations in selecting your trustees.


Register here now!

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Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and other benefits and credits for persons with disabilities Webinar

Learn more about the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and other benefits and credits for persons with disabilities!


When (Date & Time): Wednesday, January 18, at 6:30 pm 


Duration: 1 hour


Description: Inclusion Canada is hosting an interactive webinar with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for our community to learn more about:


  • Disability Tax Credit (DTC)
  • Child disability benefit (CDB)
  • Canada workers benefit (CWB) disability supplement
  • Registered disability savings plan (RDSP) and home buyers' plan (HBP)
  • Canada caregiver credit (CCC)
  • and other CRA services


You will get a chance to ask your questions and hear responses from the CRA directly. 


Register here now! 

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