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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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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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Kerry's Place- Online Calendar

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

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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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Muslim Social Services: Hear Me Out- Suicide Prevention Platform

A community-led, culturally sensitive, educational project founded on evidence-based resources to:

  • promote emotional health and well-being
  • de-stigmatize loss by suicide
  • increase capacity for connection and resiliency
  • tailored interventions to Muslim contexts

For more information, please contact coordinator@muslimsocialserviceskw.org

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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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Family Pulse-March 2021

Welcome to March! 

 

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

Inside this issue:
SEAC Updates

Save the Date

Reflecting on Growth

What's Happening at WRFN
Community Information, Resources, & Opportunities

 

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

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Family Alliance of Ontario Jan-May2021 Calendar

Check out the event calendar for Family Alliance of Ontario from January-Mary 2021 here.

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