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


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.


TDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meeting

Next Meeting: April 19, 2021


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.  


Toronto Catholic District School Board SEAC Meeting

Next Meeting: Wed, April 21, 2021




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

March 18, 2021



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:


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: 


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.


Family Alliance Ontario (FAO) ODSP Survey


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


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


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

Survey: http://bit.ly/HNSurveyEN

Responses collected until May 14, 2021


From Marilyn Dolmage

CTV investigation into class actions aired Saturday March 20th.



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/


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/


Toronto Star Article

Reva was interviewed for this article and quoted.



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




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



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


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.


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.



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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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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 Pulse-February 2021

Welcome to February! 


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

Inside this issue:
SEAC Updates

Colour Can Be Everywhere
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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SEAC Updates - June 2018

Waterloo Region District School Board - Special Education Advisory Update
Submitted by Carmen Sutherland 
There was discussion about the Townhall and how it was structured.
There were also some administrative updates including the fact that they are updating some of their procedures.
There was a discussion of how our Board got $500,000 for mental health and how this money may be used this money to hire child and youth workers for the elementary schools that do not have them. This is one time funding. The Board also received funding that is continuous to help support multidisciplinary teams.
The group has decided to support the PRO Grant for parent engagement from the Parent Involvement Committee. The group is also looking at how we can support whatever is done with the grant.
The evening ended with discussion about how to build better peer-to-peer relationships within schools.​
The next SEAC meeting is Wednesday, June 13, at 7p.m. at the Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener N2C 2R5.


Waterloo Catholic District School Board - Special Education Advisory Update
Submitted by Christine Zaza
At the May SEAC meeting, members congratulated Gerald Foran on his new role as Superintendent of Learning.  Renee King presented a preliminary report on the special education budget; a more thorough report will be given at the next meeting.
SEAC members have not had any luck with their efforts to recruit new members; however, the committee decided to revisit this issue in the Fall.   Due to the recent change in SEAC Chair, the committee decided to defer our PRO Grant application for one year. There were no new Ministry updates and no changes to the special education plan this year, other than changes in staff and staff development.
Trustee Update
Bill Conway provided several Trustee Updates.  Trustee Amy Fee has resigned so that she can run as a PC candidate in the upcoming provincial election.  The French Immersion program will be offered at two more schools in 2019, and at an additional two schools in 2020.  There are no school closures planned at this time; in fact, new schools, including a new high school, are in the planning stages.  The St. Louis Adult Learning Centre will be moving to the St. Francis campus in 2020. 
An additional meeting was held on May 23, 2018. This update was submitted by Sue Simpson. 
WCDSB SEAC met for an additional meeting on May 23 regarding the presentation of the Special Education budget for the coming year. Renee King, Manager of Business and Finance, shared updated information regarding the budget.  Revenues will increase due to projected increased enrolment. SEAC approved the draft balanced budget to be presented to the Board of Trustees on June 4.
Irene Holdbrook, SEAC Chair, presented to the Committee of the Whole on Monday, May 14 providing annual updates and challenges on behalf of SEAC. The presentation was appreciated and well received.
There were no ministry updates and no association updates shared at the meeting.
The next SEAC meeting will be on Wednesday,  June 6, 2018, at 6:30pm at 35 Weber St. West, Kitchener.      

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