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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) - Brain Link

Leah Bowman at 4:56 PM
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P4P fall Update

Beyond Graduation: New Toolkit

Every high school graduate deserves a bright future. The Beyond Graduation Toolkit can help families think creatively, collaborate with school teams and explore pathways that can lead to a full and meaningful life for their son or daughter once they reach the end of their high school career.


Designed for parents with a child transitioning out of high school in the next few years, this new toolkit provides critical concepts and resources that can help parents prepare for this transition.


This toolkit includes:

Planning for Adulthood Action Guide
Planning for a Good Life Beyond Graduation Webcast

Ready For Adulthood Checklist


Click here to open the Toolkit.


You can check out the other two toolkits here:

Leah Bowman at 12:46 PM
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FREE Guide: 12 Powerful Independence Tips Straight from Other Families

Discover what is working for other families and get new ideas on how to help your loved one grow their independence!

To get free guide, click here.


For questions, contact Eric Goll at [email protected]

Leah Bowman at 10:21 AM
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Family Managed Home Care Updates its Definition of Substitute Decision-Maker

We are thrilled to announce that guardianship is no longer a barrier to accessing Family-Managed Home Care (FMHC) funding. The Ministry of Health (MOH) has officially updated the definition of “Substitute Decision-Maker” in its FMHC Program Specifications to include:


“an individual managing Ontario government funding from the MCCSS specifically from the Passport Program, Ontario Works, and/or the Ontario Disability Support Program on behalf of the Client who is an adult.”


Together with Community Living Ontario, PooranLaw has been advocating for changes to the MOH policy for over three years. This change took effect on Thursday, September 1, 2022.


READ MORE to learn how this news impacts people living with a disability and their families.

Leah Bowman at 10:00 AM
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WRFN-IEP Workshop

To register, email [email protected]

Leah Bowman at 9:24 AM
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