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Family Alliance Ontario-Membership Renewal & AGM

On behalf of Family Alliance Ontario, we would like to remind everyone that it is time to renew your membership. The membership form can be filled online on the website. If you are not yet a member but would like to be, please view the Family Alliance Ontario Accord. To learn more about FAO, please check out our website.


Please contact: [email protected] for further information.


Save the date for Family Alliance Ontario's Annual General Meeting. It will be held Saturday, October 29 at 10am until 12:30pm through Zoom. If you are an FAO member, updates will be shared via email.


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Feeling Isolated? Friendly Connection is here to help

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Employer Forum Series

Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) invites you to attend our upcoming webinar series. This 4-part series will bring together employers, employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability, employment agencies, labour market analysts, researchers and other subject matter experts from across the country to present and discuss the various impacts and implications of inclusive employment. Each webinar will consist of a panel presentation with plenty of time for questions and answers.


Forum 1: Corporate Leadership – How to innovate through inclusive hiring

Tuesday October 4th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Costco, Auticon, DHL and EY


Forum 2: The Future of Work and Emerging Employment Opportunities

Wednesday October 5th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Statistics Canada, Specialisterne and SCE LifeWorks


Forum 3: Diversity and Inclusive Hiring in the E-Commerce, Manufacturing, & Logistics Sectors

Thursday October 6th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Amazon and Sephora


Forum 4: From Jobs to Careers - Exploring Career Advancement

Wednesday October 12th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Ference and Company, Gateway Associates and Avalon Employment


This webinar is for:

  • Employers of all sizes and industries; it will be particularly relevant to executives, managers, human resources, and hiring managers;
  • Employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability;
  • Employment agencies looking for more information on how best to support clients;
  • Anyone interested in advancing workplace inclusion is also encouraged to attend!

ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided in each session. Sessions will be in English only. A recording of the webinar series will be available in French shortly after.


To register, click here.

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Join the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)!

The Re:Action4Inclusion Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a provincial movement of youth from across Ontario that has steadily advocated for social change for over a decade. This movement is driven and empowered by youth leaders, with and without a disability, who see the importance of the basic human need to belong. This provincial network of youth is committed to overcoming the feelings of isolation and exclusion youth feel by embracing a culture of equity and inclusion.


Interested in getting involved with the Youth Advisory Committee? Want to work with a team of like-minded people to make a difference? Apply here!


Want to learn more? Click here.


And if you still have questions, contact:

Agnes Palaganas, CLO's Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator, at [email protected]


Nicole Canzoneri, Chair of YAC 2021–2022, at [email protected]

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Siblings: Citizens with a Cause Is Recruiting!

Siblings: Citizens with a Cause is a group of sibling advocates with a vision for a more inclusive Canada. Our team of siblings have important advocacy roles at Community Living Ontario, as they ensure that siblings of those who have disabilities are heard and represented in all settings. Their daily interactions with their siblings allow them to see first-hand the exclusion their siblings face, which is their motivation to advocate for a more inclusive Canada. This supportive network of youth share personal stories, resources, and are a helping hand to anyone who would like it through advocacy initiatives such as their Siblings meetups. At these monthly webinars, youth and allies come together to discuss navigating life in Canada.  


Siblings: Citizens with a Cause is now recruiting new siblings to continue its advocacy efforts and expand its youth network!  


Now’s your chance to get involved! 


If you have questions or wish to apply, contact:

Agnes Palaganas, CLO's Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator, at [email protected]


Payal Khazanchi, Director of Inclusion Initiatives at [email protected]  

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