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From time to time, the Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is asked to distribute information on behalf of third parties. WRFN provides general information to self-advocates and families of children with special needs. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider. WRFN is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource.

 


 

Tips for Parents of Students with Disabilities on How to Advocate for Your Child's Needs at School

Tips for Parents of Students with Disabilities on How to Advocate For Your Child’s Needs at School - YouTube

Osgoode Hall Law School Visiting Professor David Lepofsky gives practical tips to parents of students with disabilities in Ontario or other Canadian provinces on how to advocate for your child’s needs at school.

More information available at www.aodaalliance.org/education and @aodaalliance Check out great legal information from the ARCH Disability Law Centre available here. 

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DSO-Housing Navigators survey

Housing Navigators would like your feedback and invite you to complete this survey about DSO Housing Navigation and the Housing Toolkit.

 

Survey: http://bit.ly/HN​SurveyEN

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Lutherwood Blog-Employment: But I've been out of work for too long for anyone to hire me

Employment: But I've been out of work for too long for anyone to hire me
Many people have experienced an elongated length of unemployment due to various changes and impacts of COVID19. Hopefully the tips in this article will help provide some strategies and hope that a next career move doesn't have to feel like an unachievable goal!

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Lutherwood Blog-Mental Health: Ways to Help Children with Climate Change Anxiety

Mental Health: Ways to Help Children with Climate Change Anxiety
Climate change anxiety in young clients has increased over the years. Fear is an adaptive emotion; it is there to help keep us safe in the face of danger. But when the danger feels large and unchangeable, it can lead to feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed. Read more to learn some strategies to help those you know with children through what they're facing!



 

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Toronto Family Network Newsletter

Toronto Family Network

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Toronto District School Board Policy Consultation on Human Rights Deadline: April 30, 2021

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Policies-Procedures-Forms/Policy-Consultations

Please share this link widely and encourage participation.  Toronto Family Network has made a submission that was addressed to the Senior Human Rights Policy, Education & Org Change Specialist listed as the contact person for this consultation, as well as to the Director of Education, Chair of the Board, Special Education Advisory Committee, Parent Involvement Advisory Committee and Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

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TDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meeting

Next Meeting: April 19, 2021

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/How-to-Get-Involved/Advisory-Committees/Statutory-Advisory-Committees/Special-Education-Advisory-Committee

Link to Human Rights at TDSB Page: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Human-Rights

FYI Other consultations include Parent and Community Involvement Policy, Specialized Schools and Programs Policy and Workplace Harassment Prevention.  

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Toronto Catholic District School Board SEAC Meeting

Next Meeting: Wed, April 21, 2021

https://www.tcdsb.org/board/trusteesoftheboard/boardmeeting/Pages/BoardMeeting.aspx

https://www.tcdsb.org/ProgramsServices/SpecialEducation/SEAC/Pages/default.aspx

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Government of Ontario News Release Ontario Extending Temporary Wage Enhancement for Personal Support Workers

March 18, 2021

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60798/ontario-extending-temporary-wage-enhancement-for-personal-support-workers

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From Family Alliance Ontario

Social Hour:  Sunday April 11, 2021, 8:00-9:00 pm. Who has questions about gardening?  Do you have knowledge that you can share? RSVP by Sat April 10, 2021:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbQabxhpeovZTkljUef3ZFLhK1eanne64QTLFAnwi_7I8zoA/viewform?usp=pp_url

Family Knowledge Share:  Wed April 28, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm.  Rosanne Purnwasie, Organizer, Durham Sibling Group and FAO Board Member, will share information about their group.RSVP by Mon April 26, 2021: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAosghgGSXFN__JUy3rFufAYvOnzsKqbqCVuLpcwIP7mncew/viewform?usp=pp_url

Family Knowledge Share on Wed May 26, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm.   Topic:  Supported Decision Making: Community-based initiatives to advance the equal right to decide by Michael Bach with the IRIS Institute (www.irisinstitute.ca).

Family Alliance Ontario Annual General Meeting on Sat June 5, 2021 from 9:30 am.-12:00 noon.  Speaker:  Rupert Gordon, Assistant Deputy Minister will be sharing information about the Developmental Services Reform.

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Family Alliance Ontario (FAO) ODSP Survey

https://forms.gle/2DExh8RiwDso84Tq5

Family Alliance Ontario wants to find out what families and people across Ontario experience when they interact with their local ODSP office. 

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Family Alliance Ontario (FAO) and People for Personalized Funding (PFPF) Surveys 

Both surveys close April 16, 2021

Ontario SSAH Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRkYhhETMbTM8OYsdWOFhqp2Cfq0nv1UK2yuIqP8-VJquLkQ/viewform

Ontario Passport Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-ILApMbaVGSn_Nv-eIS4O5_ZOvaWs4rWKdniRy-75Kb2SlA/viewform

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Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) Housing Navigation and Housing Toolkit Survey

Survey: http://bit.ly/HNSurveyEN

Responses collected until May 14, 2021

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From Marilyn Dolmage

CTV investigation into class actions aired Saturday March 20th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6XzHE3aW8Q

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Advocacy Kit from People for Personalized Funding (PFPF) formerly called the Special Services at Home/Passport Coalition

Revised kit found on site: https://www.pfpf.ca/

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Families for a Secure Future (FSF) April Family Gathering

April 8th from 7:00 - 8: 00 pm Eastern Time 

Zoom login details posted on FSF website: https://www.familiesforasecurefuture.ca/

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Toronto Star Article

Reva was interviewed for this article and quoted.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/03/02/most-ontario-children-are-faring-worse-during-covid-19-but-some-are-doing-better-sickkids-study-says.html

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From Jason Weppelman Client Program Manager Toronto Companies Looking to Recruit/Hire People with Disabilities/Autism/Neurodiversities

www.rangam.com

www.sourceabled.com

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Community Living Ontario Feature Story: Provincial Budget Announces New Funding for People with Disabilities, Developmental Services

Find on website in Update Friday: March 26, 2021

https://communitylivingontario.ca/en/

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The OHRC at 60

Toronto Family Network received an invitation to this 15-month commemoration and celebration. 15-month.

On March 29, 2021, the OHRC marked its 60th anniversary with a virtual celebration to mark the start of a 15-month period of commemoration and celebration of both the OHRC’s 60th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of Ontario’s Human Rights Code in June 2022. http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/ohrc-at-60

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From Amanda Bartlett-Hindley, Ontario Community Services Coalition (OCSC)

Overview of the COVID-19 vaccine in a 30 minute info session with Q&A available on OCSC website: www.ocsc-ontario.ca under “Family Forums & Links.” Also found on the website is Dr. Patricia Spindel's Advocacy Workshop Presentation.

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Ontario Human Rights Commission Right to Read Public Inquiry

We have no new info to share. Last Post on the OHRC website seems to have been October 26, 2020. Please let us know if you hear anything new.

http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/right-read-public-inquiry-on-reading-disabilities

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Kerry's Place- Online Calendar

Check out what's happening at Kerry's Place. To see online calendar, click here.

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Region of Waterloo-Survey about Child Care & Early Years Services

Dear parents/caregivers,

 

The Region of Waterloo is inviting you to participate in a survey about child care and early years services. We need your help to identify what is important to families. Your input is highly valued.

 

This survey is for all parents and caregivers who live in Waterloo Region and have at least one child age 12 years or younger. This includes all families, both those who use child care or EarlyON programs, as well as those who do not. We only need one response per family.

 

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

 

Visit the survey page to learn more or to take the survey. Please feel free to share this survey link with other parents in Waterloo Region.

 

Thank you,

Barbara Cardow

Director, Children’s Services, Region of Waterloo

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Family Alliance Ontario-Experience with ODSP survey

FAO has been hearing about the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) from our members and from our affiliate family networks. Thus we have decided to find out what other families and people across Ontario experience when they interact with their local ODSP office. Please assist us in our advocacy efforts by completing this very short survey.

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Family Pulse-April 2021

Welcome to April! 

 

Inside the April issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

SEAC Updates 
Save the Date
Always Hope
What's Happening at WRFN
Steph's Corner
Community Information, Resources and Opportunities

 

You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download a pdf copy. 

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WRFN Annual Fundraiser-Evening of Elegance @home

Join us for our annual fundraising event! This year is a family-friendly cooking event in partnership with The Culinary Studio.

Click here for your ticket TODAY! Ticket sales end May 1, 2021.

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