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Family Alliance Ontario Again Demands the Ontario Government Act to Protect People with Disabilities from Discrimination in all COVID-19 Policies and Directives

Click here to read the Family Alliance Ontario news release.

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The Importance of Filing Tax Returns (Even When Income is Low/Nil)

Click here to read about the benefits of filing taxes.

 

Free tax clinics (some criteria apply):

-  Tax Clinic 2021 | Social Development Centre Waterloo Region

RoW-Volunteer-Income-Tax-Clinic-Information.PDF (regionofwaterloo.ca) 

 

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Making Canada Accessible

Dear stakeholder,

 

Our annual public meeting is fast approaching, and you are invited! We consider you an important partner and value your thoughts and expertise on accessibility. Your voice can help making Canada accessible. We want you to be a part of the discussion.

 

About the event: Making Canada accessible

This is our first annual public meeting, and we have a lot to share. The event is free and will happen virtually on May 31, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

 

It will be an opportunity to:

·         meet our Board of Directors and CEO;

·         learn about our role, our achievements, and our future plans;

·         hear from accessibility experts; and

·         share thoughts and ask questions on accessibility areas related to our mandate.

 

For more information, visit our event page.

 

Register today

Registration is required for this event. Space is limited. Register here – you have until May 14 to do so.

 

If you need help registering or have questions, please contact us by email or by calling
1-833-854-7628.

 

How to join

Closer to the event, we will send participation details to those who are registered. Use this information on the day of the event to join us online. There will also be the option to call-in and listen to the event.

 

Our goal is to make Canada accessible for all, and this is not possible without you. Please share this invitation with anyone in your network that would like to attend.

 

Our board of directors is excited to see you – watch their video invitation here. See you there!

 

Accessibility Standards Canada

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Critical/Important Information-Triage Information & Letter Template-from Family Alliance Ontario

We would like to bring your attention to the following very critical/important information re: Triage Protocol. Please review the information before making a decision. Thank you to the family groups that put this package together.

Additionally, please read the related press release from FAO.
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Dear Families, Self-Advocates, and Supporters,
 
For the past year, disability advocates have been raising the alarm over the provincial governments proposed critical care triage protocol.  As we are experiencing the third wave of the pandemic, seeing increased numbers of patients in Intensive Care Units, and are faced with the real threat of our health care system collapsing, we have collected information from trusted resources for your awareness and information on this important issue.  Please see the links below.

Please visit our website Critical Care Triage Protocol - Thunder Bay Family Network to download a template letter that was developed for the purposes of advocating to the Ontario government.  You will see that there are highlighted sections for you to personalize the letter and we encourage you to add your comments.  This letter is addressed to Premier Ford and Health Minister Elliot and should you choose to send it, please cc your local MPP.

Link to MPP contact list: Current MPPs | Legislative Assembly of Ontario 
Doug Ford, Premier: doug.fordco@pc.ola.org
Christine Elliott, Minister of Health: christine.elliott@pc.ola.org

The AODA Alliance is seeking support from self-advocates, families, and anyone who supports those with a disability to put pressure on the government so that discriminatory practices do not occur towards our loved ones should a protocol such as this have to be utilized due to the health care system being overwhelmed.  Other advocacy ideas can include social media sharing of tweets and posts, contacting your local media, engaging with faith-based groups in your community, or connecting with a local family network.

You can follow AODA on Twitter at @aodaalliance and we encourage you to sign up for their newsletter to receive updated information on this and many other areas of concern:  Sign up for the AODA Alliance Newsletter.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance:
Ontario Human Rights Commission Again Commendably Raises Human Rights Concerns with Ontario’s Critical Care Triage Plans, While the Ontario College of Physicians And surgeons Appears to Wrongly — Green Light Those Plans The AODA Alliance Responds!

Ontario Human Rights Commission: New letter to Minister of Health on critical care triage protocol | Ontario Human Rights Commission

Thunder Bay Family Network Town Hall video: https://youtu.be/VvcOJpdIphU

 

Click here to view and use the template letter.

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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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People for Personalized Funding (PFPF) have created an advocacy kit for increasing Special Services at Home

URGENT ACTION IS NEEDED!

 

The Ontario government is keeping thousands of children with disabilities waiting for help on a lengthy Special Services at Home (SSAH) waitlist.

 

This pandemic has only highlighted how important adequate and timely support is needed so that children, youth and their families can thrive. It appears that 11,000 children may currently be on the waitlist and we expect that number to increase by thousands next year. Further analysis can be found at on our website.

 

If you are a family member, child or youth, or ally, contact your MPP and let them know

Ontario’s 2021-22 Budget must enhance SSAH funding so that the waiting list is eliminated and all children and youth are supported as soon as they become eligible.

 

HOW TO TAKE ACTION:

  • Find out who your MPP. Click on this link to find your MPP’s contact information https://www.ola.org/en/members
  • Send a message to your MPP and encourage others in your network as well. You can cut and paste the sample message below and send by email or use as a script for a phone call.

 

SAMPLE MESSAGE

 

Dear  [MPP’S NAME],

 

I am writing as to express my concern that thousand of children and youth are languishing on long waiting lists for Special Services at Home (SSAH) – some waiting for years.

 

 SSAH is an extremely important and cost-effective way to improve the lives of Ontario children and youth with disabilities. Families receive funding for workers or other supports so that young people can participate in and contribute to their communities. 

 

We urge the government to ensure that children, youth and their families who live with disability receive immediate support. Ontario’s 2021-22 Budget must enhance SSAH funding so that the waiting list is eliminated and all children and youth are supported as soon as they become eligible.

 

[ADD YOUR OWN PERSONALIZED MESSAGE IF YOU WISH]

Sincerely, 

[YOUR NAME]

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IMPORTANT REMINDER to Submit Temporary Wage Increase Claim for Direct Support Workers by March 22, 2021

People and families who employ or purchase services from eligible direct support workers with funding from the Passport program are eligible for this temporary support.
 
Claims for this temporary support can be for expenses dating from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
 
For details and guidelines, please click here. 

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Ontario Considers Expanding Definition of “Child” in Children’s Law Reform Act to Include Adult “Children” with Disabilities

To read more, click here.

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Populations Eligible for Phase Two COVID-19 Vaccination

To read the latest news release from the Ontario government about the next phase of Covid vaccines, click here.

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Important Information from Family Alliance Ontario

For Vaccine and Covid resources, click here.

To read a letter to the Ontario government re: Medical Triage protocols, click here. 

To read a news release from Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, click here.

To read a news release from Family Alliance Ontario and the Ontario Disability Coalition re: protecting people with disabilities from discrimination in all Covid-19 policies and directives, click here.

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