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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.

 


 

Housing for All Strategy

A Human Rights Based Strategy to Address Homelessness and Housing

Responding to public concern over homelessness and housing affordability expressed by the public in the Strategic Plan Environics Survey Council directed an Affordable Housing Strategy be completed by 2020 in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo community groups and development industry. Housing For All is the City of Kitchener's comprehensive strategy to realize the right to housing and help make housing affordable using the tools and resources available to a local municipality.

Click here to read the Housing For All Strategy report.

 

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Town Hall - MCCSS Survey

We hosted a Town Hall on Saturday December 5 with about 19 participants. What an event and great conversation.   

 

We thought we could share the information that was collected and if you could share with your networks and contacts.  Please find attached the following documents:

1.  Key Words from Town Hall

2.  Town Hall Jam Board

3.  Word document with questions (can use this to complete the survey and then copy and paste)

 

The survey links are in the document but I have attached in this email also:

Plain Language Version

English:  https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/wp/en/programs/developmental-services/making-ds-better-in-ontario/

French:  https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/wp/fr/programmes/services-ontario-personnes-deficience-intellectuelle/ameliorer-spdi-en-ontario/

 

Full Version

English:  https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/wp/en/programs/developmental-services/discussion-guide-ds-reform-engagement/

French:  https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/wp/fr/programmes/services-ontario-personnes-deficience-intellectuelle/guide-discussion-consultations-reforme-spdi/

 

 

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Technical committees on employment and emergency egrees

Starting today, we are recruiting volunteer* experts for two new technical committees. These committees will create employment and emergency egress accessibility standards.

 

Membership

Experts with disabilities are key to the successful development of accessibility standards.  Each technical committee will consist of 12 to 18 members. All experts are required to represent one of the following categories:

► Industry and commerce

► Government authorities

► Consumer and public interest

► Labour and unions

► University and research groups

► Non-governmental organizations

► Standards development organizations

How to apply

Our goal is to make the process accessible and easy for all candidates.

Deadline to apply: December 21, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Here are the ways to apply:

 

A) Apply online

Follow these steps:

1.   Click on the technical committee you are interested in above.

2.   Click on the Apply button.

3.   Fill out the online form. You will need to attach your resume (maximum two pages).

4.   Submit the form.

5.   You will see a message confirming submission.

 

B) Apply in American Sign Language (ASL) or Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)
Choose one of the following 2 ways :

1.   Follow the steps right above to apply online. Then attach a video in ASL or LSQ that describes your expertise in the "Resume" field. You will see a message confirming submission.

2.   Simply send us an ASL or LSQ language video describing your expertise by email.

 
C) Other ways to apply

To apply by mail, by phone or through other means, please contact us:

 

Email

asc.technical.committees-comites.techniques.nac@canada.gc.ca

 

Phone

1 833 854 7628

 

By mail

Accessibility Standards Canada

125 Sussex Drive

Terrace level

Suite 010, Confederation Hall

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2

 

If you have any issues or questions, or if you need help applying, please contact us (contact information right above).

 

Thank you for considering sharing the news in your network!

 

*We are following Canadian and international best practices to develop our standards. These are volunteer roles, but if an expert with a disability is not paid by an organization, we will pay them for their role on a technical committee.

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MCSS-Improvement and Reform of DSO survey

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) has put out a survey asking what they can do to improve and reform Developmental Services in Ontario. This is an opportunity to help shape the future of developmental services and provide your feedback on how it looks for you right now.  Your input is very important.

MCCSS is asking for ideas, feedback, and comments that will help them improve supports for people with developmental disabilities and the survey provides opportunities for people to share their thoughts on:

  • Making funding fair and transparent
  • Better Assessment and planning
  • Delivering supports that meet people’s changing needs
  • Improving service quality
  • How technology can be used to improve services

There is both a plain language version and full version with discussion guide that will take about 45 minutes to complete. 

Plain language Version
ENGLISH
FRENCH

Full version
ENGLISH
FRENCH

Open for feedback until December 31, please take some time to answer some or all of the questions. Ensuring that MCCSS hears from people in our community is so important in ensuring that places like Waterloo Region Family Network can continue to provide supports and services for people with developmental disabilities.
 

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Ontario Government survey for Developmental Service Reform

While some of you may already be aware, we wanted to bring to everyone's attention the Government of Ontario's new web-page dedicated to engagement on Developmental Services Reform.

 

The web-page can be found here.  

 

The page includes a survey that asks for ideas, comments and feedback on how to improve supports for people with developmental disabilities across Ontario.

 

They will be accepting submissions until Friday, December 4th.

 

Given the significance of this consultation, we encourage everyone to participate in this survey and to also share this information with others who may be interested in participating.

 

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Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Finally, the CRCB will provide a $500 per week taxable benefit, for up to 26 weeks, if an individual misses work to care for a family member due to COVID-19. This benefit will also be available for one year, beginning on Sept. 27.

The CRCB can be shared among household members, but only one household member can receive the benefit in any one week. If a facility is available, but an individual prefers to keep a dependent at home, they’re not eligible for the CRCB. To qualify for the CRCB, you must have been unable to work for at least 60 per cent of your normally scheduled work week because you must take care of a child who is under 12 years old, or provide care to a family member with a disability or a dependent. You must be caring for the child, family member or dependent because either: their school, daycare, day program or care facility is closed (or operates under an alternative schedule) due to COVID-19; a medical professional has advised that they cannot attend the facility due to being at high risk if they contract COVID-19; or because the caregiver usually providing care is not available because of COVID-19. In addition, you must not have received paid leave or certain other benefits (including the CERB, CRB, CRSB, short term disability benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, or EI benefits) for that work week.  

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Equitable Access to Care Now!

The Canadian Government recommends that essential support person(s) be included in 'essential visitor' policies.  Ontario has not updated their recommendation around essential visitors since this updated guidance document was sent to all provinces and territories.  

 

People and their families in Ontario still have to advocate at the local level on an individual basis to ensure that they have the supports necessary to access care. Granting this access to supports is at the discretion of the person in charge.  It shouldn't have to be this way.  

 

B.C. just updated their visitor policy to include essential support people.  Ontario must do the same NOW!  

 

Help get this policy changed in Ontario--it's easy just click the link below, read the open letter, sign on, then forward this email to all your family, friends, colleagues and networks.   

 

Please Sign on Today!

Equitable Access to Care Now! | Family Alliance Ontario

 

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Ontario's Triage Protocol

ARCH Disability Law and its partners have drafted a response to Ontario’s Triage Protocol that will be sent to the Premier, Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors and Accessibility. Please share this widely, and ask organizations and individuals to endorse the letter before it is sent on April 7th, 5.00 pm.

Thank you for taking the time to review and hopefully endorsing this letter to protect the human rights of people with disabilities in this province who may fall ill due to COVID 19.

 

The ARCH letter is found here. 

What is Ontario’s Triage Protocol?

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/03/29/ontario-developing-last-resort-guidelines-on-which-patients-to-prioritize-if-hospitals-are-overwhelmed-by-critical-covid-19-cases.html

Marilyn Dolmage and her son, Jay a professor at the University of Waterloo have shared a critical analysis of the accommodations required for people with disabilities during the pandemic.  

https://accommodationsduringapandemic.wordpress.com/

This pertains to measures which may occur in our province if a disabled person were to require medical intervention due to Covid-19, referred to as  COVID Triage Protocol. They will not be triaged according to their medical needs, instead by their disability.

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Ontario Autism Consultations Now Open

Ontario’s government is engaging in a month-long series of public consultations on how children and youth with autism, including those with complex needs, can be better supported.
You can participate in the consultations during the month of May by participating in an online survey and/or through participating in telephone town hall sessions.
Visit the website to learn more about these opportunities. 

 

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NEW FASD Ontario Website

We are pleased to share that FASD Ontario has launched!
 

This website is a comprehensive, online hub where you’ll find up-to-date and accurate information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as well as access to valuable resources and services in your area and across the province. You will find:

  • FASD Sevices
  • FASD Information
  • News
  • Learning Events
  • FAQs 
  • Ask Questions

www.fasdON.ca 

www.tsafON.ca (French-language site)

 

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