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  1. Minister Jaczek Visits Community Living Ontario
  2. Proud Sponsor of Community Living Ontario -- Find Out More About CSBT!
  3. Court Date Set to Determine Whether to Approve Class Action Settlement
  4. Quand les parents et la communauté se donnent la main…
  5. Matters Related to Special Education to be Explored Next Month
  6. Important Notice for People Registered to Attend Community Living Ontario's Upcoming Social Policy Forum
  7. Creating Meaningful Relationship for Your Child, a Mother's Perspective
  8. Community Living Fort Frances and District to Expand its Employment Services
  9. Session Promises to Assist Workers to Better Navigate the Education System
  10. Supporting Young People Plan for a Good Life
  11. Créer notre avenir: connaître pour mieux communiquer
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Minister Jaczek Visits Community Living Ontario

Community Living Ontario was pleased to welcome the Minister of Community and Social Services to its new Toronto office yesterday (January 28).

Accompanied by Assistant Deputy Minister Karen Chan and Senior Policy Advisor Jonathan Bradshaw, Minister Helena Jaczek met with staff and toured the office space before sitting down for an hour-long discussion on various topics, including Community Living Ontario’s budget submission (click here to read our recommendations) to the Standing Committee on Finance.

Board Treasurer Patrick Grist, Council Chair James Taylor and Peter Sproul, Chair of the Provincial Executive Directors’ Group and Executive Director of Community Living Kingston and District, joined Chief Executive Officer Chris Beesley as part of the discussion.

Minister Jaczek provided an update on developments related to provincially-funded sheltered workshops. She acknowledged that people possess a broad spectrum of abilities and there cannot be a one-size-fits-all solution to transitioning people from sheltered workshops. Karen Chan stated that Ministry representatives have been consulting with service providers across the province regarding sheltered workshops and that engagement sessions were likely to take place beginning in March. In the meantime, the Ministry is encouraging the agencies’ Boards to meet with families around the issue.

James Taylor brought forward concerns related to ODSP Income Support and how issues around poverty affect many people with an intellectual disability. He stated people often find themselves having to choose between buying groceries and transportation due to lack of funds. Taylor, like Community Living Ontario, would like to see the ODSP exemption on earnings raised from $200 to $800. Currently, a person who is receiving ODSP will have their Income Support reduced if they make more than $200 a month. The exemption can sometimes create a disincentive for people to work additional hours at their job.

The Minister indicated that she would discuss income exemptions with her federal, provincial and territorial counterparts, when they meet next week in Edmonton around social outcomes for Canadians. It’s the first time in ten years that ministers responsible for social services will share information, establish priorities and determine a plan to move forward on common goals.

She also intends to speak to her counterpart from British Columbia about the increase in the level of assets allowed in that province. Community Living Ontario would like to see the level raised from $5,000 to $100,000.

Minister Jaczek also noted that Deb Matthews, the Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, is examining several areas related to social assistance reform.

In terms of support to agencies and their ability to meet pay equity obligations, the Minister said they continue to consult with the Ministry of Labour on the issue.

- Ron Laroche, Community Living Ontario

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Court Date Set to Determine Whether to Approve Class Action Settlement

A decision on whether or not to accept a tentative class action settlement involving former residents of a dozen institutions in Ontario is expected in about three months’ time.

The court hearing is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 25th.

If approved, the province has agreed to pay $36 million. Class members will share in the settlement, but only after $3.7 million in legal fees are paid to Koskie Minsky, the law firm representing the claimants. $481,000 in taxes and a $2.9 million payment to the Class Proceedings Fund will also need to be made prior to any payouts.

The suit alleged that the province was negligent in the management and operation of the facilities, resulting in abuse and harm to former residents.

The tentative deal, which was reached on November 12, 2015, is very similar to the class action settlements for former residents of Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Regional Centres. Those agreements totalled $67.7 million.

Claim forms will only be made available should the settlement be approved. However, people are able to request their resident file, as part of submitting their claim. They can do so by contacting the Access and Privacy Office for the Ministry of Community and Social Services (1-855-376-9886 or [email protected]).

The members of the class action are people who were alive as of June 16, 2012 and who lived at the following institutions over a specific period of time:

  • Adult Occupational Centre (Edgar), between January 1, 1966 and March 31, 1999
  • Bluewater Centre (Goderich), between April 1, 1976 and December 20, 1983
  • D'Arcy Place (Cobourg), between September 1, 1963 and December 31, 1996
  • Durham Centre for the Developmentally Handicapped (Whitby), between April 1, 1974 and September 28, 1986
  • L.S. Penrose Centre (Kingston), between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1977
  • Midwestern Regional Centre (Palmerston), between September 1, 1963 and March 31, 1998
  • Muskoka Centre (Gravenhurst), between August 28, 1973 and June 30, 1993
  • Northwestern Regional Centre (Thunder Bay), between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1994
  • Oxford Mental Health Centre (Woodstock), between January 1, 1969 and March 31, 1974
  • Oxford Regional Centre (Woodstock), between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1996
  • Pine Ridge Centre (Aurora), between September 1, 1963 and August 31, 1984
  • Prince Edward Heights (Picton), between January 1, 1971 and December 31, 1999
  • St. Lawrence Regional Centre (Brockville), between April 1, 1975 and June 30, 1983.

Former residents are automatically part of the class action and can make a claim, if the lawsuit is approved.

People that want to sue the province individually over the allegations in the case are required to opt out of the class action. To ask to be removed, a person must send a letter to the Class Action Administrator, postmarked no later than April 15, 2016, stating that they do not wish to participate in the class action Clegg v. Province of Ontario.

Those that want to remain as part of the lawsuit but don’t want the settlement approved can object by sending a written submission to the Class Action Administrator by April 4, 2016.

Former residents or family members wanting more information should contact Koskie Minsky at 416-977-8353.

To read the Settlement Agreement, click here.

- Update Friday Staff

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Quand les parents et la communauté se donnent la main…

Nous sommes très fiers, à Ottawa, de la belle histoire que voici. Une histoire d’efforts convaincus et persistants couronnés de succès, et de coopération!

Suite à la fermeture de tout programme de formation collégiale pour les jeunes francophones ayant une déficience intellectuelle, des troubles du spectre autistique, ou le syndrome de Down par exemple, ceux-ci se retrouvaient, à leur sortie du secondaire, sans aucun appui collégial organisé et adapté, pour poursuivre leur formation académique ou technique en français. En contrepartie, leurs collègues anglais se trouvaient bien servis par les programmes offerts au Algonquin College.

La Coalition des familles francophones (CFFO), qui regroupe plus de 70 familles dont au moins un enfant a une déficience intellectuelle ou autre problème de développement, a décidé en 2009, d’entreprendre des démarches auprès de La Cité Collégiale pour combler ce manque.

La Cité est l’unique collège français à Ottawa et son rayonnement est bien établi dans maintes régions de l’Ontario. En 2010, suite à une bonne préparation et une historique bien documentée et soutenus par Claudette Migneault de l’Association pour l’intégration sociale d’Ottawa, quatre parents du sous-comité de l’éducation du CPPO ont rencontré Mme Bourgeois, la présidente de La Cité, afin de faire valoir leurs revendications.

« Après de longues délibérations, plusieurs rencontres, de nombreux coups de téléphone et grâce à la bienveillance de Mme Bourgeois, nous avons réussi. Le programme Intégration communautaire par l’éducation coopérative fut créé » dit M. Normand Brunet, parent d’un étudiant dans le programme et membre du Comité consultatif de celui-ci. Le programme est l’unique en son genre à être offert en français en Ontario.

Tant les parents que les intervenantes et intervenants observent, comme le dit si bien Mme Sylvie Rozon, Coordonnatrice du programme, « un sentiment de valorisation chez les étudiants marquant, ainsi que leur confiance en eux-mêmes. Ils sont très reconnaissants de vivre une telle expérience ».

Mme Ingrid Khouzam, enseignante du cours sur l’environnement à La Cité et qui inclut des étudiants du ICEC, dit qu’elle est édifiée par la fiabilité des étudiants de ce programme, leur application, la qualité des travaux remis ainsi que par l’attention des intervenants qui les accompagnent.

Le cursus est de deux ans et inclut quatre étapes qui incluent des cours d’informatique, de langue française et d’exploration dans plusieurs domaines techniques et professionnels. Les deux dernières étapes comprennent chacune un stage, le premier de 45 heures au sein du collège même, bibliothèque, cafétéria ou librairie par exemple et le deuxième de 90 heures dans la communauté, tel Hôpital Monfort, Home Depot, garderies, bureaux du gouvernement, etc.

Ces stages sont reliés aux études exploratoires dans les différentes techniques. Le but du programme ICEP est de permettre aux étudiants d’accroître les compétences relatives à l’employabilité et à la vie en communauté et de vivre des expériences de travail. De plus, il leur donne l’opportunité d’accéder à des cours de niveau collégial adaptés aux besoins des personnes, à des stages supervisés, le tout menant à l’obtention d’un certificat.

Il y a actuellement douze étudiants en première année, dix à la deuxième. Cette année, au printemps, le programme verra ses premiers finissants. Ils seront huit et nous les félicitons! Trouveront-ils un emploi? Le temps nous le dira. En attendant ils auront vécu une expérience transformatrice d’intégration, de croissance et d’apprentissage.

Les inscriptions vont bon train pour la prochaine année académique et, comme pour tout programme offert dans nos institutions académiques, les étudiants ont accès à des bourses et à l’aide financière.

Pour en apprendre plus, visitez le site web de La Cité Collégiale. Vous pouvez aussi visionner la vidéo promotionnelle ici.

Chapeau aux parents qui ont su ouvrir des portes afin d’offrir à leurs enfants et ceux des autres familles les mêmes privilèges que ceux de tout membre de notre  société canadienne!

Bravo à La Cité Collégiale d’avoir été à l’écoute et mis en place un programme qui fait ses preuves et qui éveille beaucoup d’enthousiasme dans la communauté!

Félicitations à tous les intervenants et intervenantes, aux partenaires et employeurs qui appuient les étudiants dans leur démarche et toute la communauté qui les accueille!

Quand les parents et les partenaires communautaires se donnent la main, le succès suit, la qualité de vie de toutes les personnes concernées s’améliore et la société s’enrichit.

- Salwa Khouzam, Membre du Conseil d’administration d’Intégration communautaire Ontario (Ottawa)

 


When Parents and the Community Join Hands

We take great pride in Ottawa regarding this beautiful story. A story of belief and success following persistent efforts and cooperation!

Following the closure of college programs for francophone youth with an intellectual disability, those on the autism spectrum disorder, Down's syndrome, among others, students that had completed high school found themselves with no organized and adapted peer support to pursue their academic or technical education in French. By contrast, their English colleagues were well served by the programs offered at Algonquin College.

The Coalition of Francophone Families (CFFO), which includes more than 70 families with at least one child that has an intellectual or related disability, decided in 2009 to undertake steps with La Cité Collégiale to fill the gap.

La Cité is the only French college in Ottawa and its influence is well established in many parts of Ontario. In 2010, well prepared and supported by Claudette Migneault of l’Association pour l’intégration sociale d’Ottawa, four parents from the (CFFO) education subcommittee met with Ms. Bourgeois, President of La Cité, in order to assert their claims.

"After much deliberation, several meetings, numerous phone calls and thanks to the kindness of Ms. Bourgeois, we succeeded. The Community Integration Program for Cooperative Education was created," said Mr. Normand Brunet, a parent of a student in the program and a member of its Advisory Committee. The program is the only one of its kind to be offered in French in Ontario.

Both parents and support workers see, as so aptly said by Sylvie Rozon, Program Coordinator, "a sense of value in the students and a belief in themselves. They are very grateful for such an experience."

Ingrid Khouzam, who teaches environment studies at La Cité, which includes students from CIPCE program, said she was struck by the reliability of the students in the program, how they applied themselves, the quality of work that was submitted and by the attention of support workers that accompanied them.

The curriculum is a two year program and is comprised of four stages that include computer classes, French and opportunities in several technical and professional fields. The last two stages each include an internship; the first 45 hours are spent within the college, its library or cafeteria, and the last 90 hours are spent in the community, in places such as Montfort Hospital, Home Depot, daycare centers, government offices, etc.

The purpose of the CIPCE program is to enable students to increase job readiness, as well as to develop life skills and employment experience. Moreover, it gives them the opportunity to access college courses tailored to their needs, with supervised internships, which results in the students earning a college diploma.

There are 12 students in the first year and ten in the second year. In the spring, the program will have its first graduates. There will be eight students graduating and we congratulate them!

Will they find a job? Time will tell. Meanwhile, they will have had a transformative experience of integration, growth and learning.

Registrations are being accepted for the next academic year and, as with any program offered in our academic institutions, students have access to scholarships and financial aid.

To learn more, visit La Cité Collégiale’s website. You can also view the promotional video here.

Hats off to the parents who were able to open doors to their children, as well as to other famlies, who now have the same privileges as any other member of our Canadian society! Congratulations to La Cité Collégiale for listening and implementing a program that is proven and that generates a lot of enthusiasm in the community!

Congratulations to all the support workers, partners and employers who support the students in their efforts and the community that welcomes them!

When parents and community partners join hands, success follows, the quality of life for all involved improves and society becomes enriched.

Salwa Khouzam, Board member, Community Living Ontario (Ottawa)

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See what businesses are saying about hiring people with an intellectual disability through the jobStart model: https://vimeo.com/128594335

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Matters Related to Special Education to be Explored Next Month

Community Living Ontario’s Education Working Group is seeking input from the Confederation’s stakeholders to identify trends and ideas around education in communities through the province.

Information is being sought on issues related to special education programs and services, as well as inclusive education. In addition to identifying challenges, the committee and the Minister’s Advisory Council on Special Education is looking to hear of successful practices that are happening in different parts of the province. Ideas on possible solutions to problems and future directions the Ministry may wish to take will also be examined.

Local associations, Special Education Advisory Committee representatives and those responsible for supporting families with education-related matters are encouraged to fill out the form (download the form by clicking here) by February 5th, 2016. All identifiers will be removed and responses will be compiled as part of one submission.

The information will serve as part of the discussion at an upcoming meeting on February 18th and 19th. The theme of this year’s meeting is Communication: Collaborating with the Community.

Completed forms can be emailed to Laura LaChance, member of Community Living Ontario’s Education Working Group and the Minister’s Advisory Council on Special Education, at [email protected].

- Update Friday Staff

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Important Notice for People Registered to Attend Community Living Ontario's Upcoming Social Policy Forum

This year’s policy forum, Building a Full Life and a Home of One’s own in Community through Direct Funding, is a popular event, it sold out very quickly and a wait list was established.

In order to provide more space for this event, we have moved the forum from Ryerson University. The forum will now be held at a new location:

The Harbourfront Community Centre, 627 Queens Quay West, Toronto. This is at the corner of Queens Quay and Bathurst Street.

The Centre can be reached on Toronto Transit by taking the Harbourfront 509 LRT which runs from a platform in Union Station - get off at Bathurst Street and Queens Quay. For those coming by car, the closest parking is at the Spadina Pier Parking Garage which is on the pier just to the east of the community centre off Queens Quay.

Details of the event remain the same including the date (February 12), the start and finish time (9:30 AM to 3:30 PM) and our speakers. Lunch and other refreshments will still be provided as originally planned.

We hope that this change will not cause any significant inconvenience to participants. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please do let us know.

Even with the larger space, there are still people on the wait list who wish to attend if current participants are unable to do so. 

If you have any questions please contact Gordon Kyle, [email protected] or Terri Meshwork, [email protected] or by phone 416-447-4348.

- Update Friday Staff

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Creating Meaningful Relationship for Your Child, a Mother's Perspective

“I’m funny, outgoing and positive.”

That’s how Michael Jacques described himself as part of his presentation at last weekend’s Family Forum in Welland, a Community Living Welland Pelham Family Engagement Initiative.

Parents and caregivers came together to hear stories from other families that had created meaningful relationships for their sons and daughters.

Michael, along with his mother Debbie Jacques, talked about the many opportunities that have come his way, thanks to his positive attitude, determination and the dedication of his parents in pursuing a good life for their son.

Forum attendees heard about the 24-year-old’s many interests; his involvement on Community Living Welland Pelham’s Board of Directors, his role on the planning committee for Community Living Ontario’s Re:Action4Inclusion initiative, and his passion for public speaking. Michael also talked proudly about his position at Sobey’s in Fonthill, where, as a frontend clerk, he performs a variety of tasks, four hours a day, five days a week.

Community Living Ontario spoke with Debbie Jacques following the presentation, as she wanted to offer some advice to young parents who are looking to create strong connections and opportunities in the community for the their son or daughter.

Debbie and her husband, Marcel, sought out help for Michael early on, when they noticed that he was not achieving his milestones.

“We just tapped into anything that was out there to support Michael and to help him with his development,” said Debbie.

As a Child and Youth Worker with the Niagara Catholic District School Board, education played an important role in Michael’s development for Debbie and her husband, Marcel, who is the Principal at Father Hennepin Catholic Elementary School in Niagara Falls.

She says that families are likely to become frustrated with the education system, but that it’s important not to give up.

“It is work. It is heartache sometimes, but you need to invest [the time] so that your child will be the best person he or she can be.”

Another concern for Debbie is that parents often accept that their son or daughter won’t be able to accomplish certain goals, like going to school or finding employment.

Admittedly, she and her husband fell into that cycle when Michael had just started high school, after speaking to a psychologist who said their son would not graduate with a diploma. They opted to have their son attend high school, but not earn credits.

At the time, it was more important to Michael’s parents that he was happy attending school and feeling like he belonged, rather than passing. It wasn’t until a teacher intervened in Grade 11 that the Jacques’ reversed course. Michael graduated from Notre Dame College School in Welland.

Debbie encourages parents to be very involved in their child’s schooling throughout their lives. In her role at the school board, she finds that parents tend to be less involved in their child’s education when they reach high school. For her, it’s also important that parents work with the school.

“There are lots of bumps on this journey that you’re going to be on and there’s lots of emotions that can arise, but you have to keep it in check.”

For Debbie, it’s critical for parents to offer lots of praise to their son or daughter and not to focus on their challenges, but rather their strengths. At one point, at an early age, Michael asked his mother why he was different, and why children treated him differently and did not include him in activities. She and Marcel then had a conversation with Michael about who he was, so that he could “feel comfortable in his own skin.”

As part of their efforts to develop Michael’s confidence, it was important for his parents to have daily conversations at the dinner table to discuss the day’s events. They would ask their son to recap what he had learned that day, so that he could develop his own voice. When he was younger, Debbie and Marcel used a communication book that Michael’s teachers and educational assistants used to outline key points about Michael’s school day; a starting point for their conversations.

“They have a voice and they need to learn to advocate for themselves, and you have to begin teaching [children] when they’re young,” said Debbie.

She remembers a time when Michael was in Grade 9 or 10, and he was having difficulty understanding what his teacher was saying. With encouragement from his mother, Michael spoke to the teacher and corrected the issue on his own.

Michael ended last week’s presentation at the Family Forum by telling the audience to “never give up and to always believe in yourself.” Great words to live by.

Thank you to Michael and Debbie Jacques for choosing to share your experiences with other families. In next week’s edition of Update Friday, we’ll hear from Julian and Ines Escallon and their thoughts about some of the issues that families may be encountering.

- Ron Laroche, Community Living Ontario

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Community Living Fort Frances and District to Expand its Employment Services

Editor’s note: Congrats to Community Living Fort Frances and District on their efforts to support young people with a disability to succeed in competitive employment.

With plans to expand its employment services, staff of Community Living Fort Frances and District looked to the expertise of Bob Vansickle, Supervisor of Employment Services at Community Living Sarnia-Lambton, during training that took place Monday and Tuesday (January 18th and 19th) at La Place Rendez-Vous.

“We want to get into the summer employment,” said Alanna Barr, Executive Director of the local branch.

“It’s an area that we haven’t gone before,” she noted, adding they offer employment services to adults, but not to those under age 18. “So this is something really new for us.”

Barr knew of Vansickle’s expertise and asked if he would travel to Fort Frances to present to staff here. He also brought along Kathy Hoof, the Toolkits for Transition Coordinator.

“We wanted him [Vansickle] to help us enlarge the direction we are going,” said Barr, noting they are expanding on the Employment and Modernization grant the local organization received last year.

“We have some transitional planning but it’s to get those younger students,” she explained. “They are the future users of our services and we want to make sure we have the connection.

“We want to build on those students as a resource and provide opportunities that they are not really getting,” Barr added. “There are not too many young students with a disability in our community that have access to employment and we want to ensure that.”

Barr stressed it’s important for these students to get work experience. “It’s building their future, as well.”

She added the local organization also wants to improve what it already has.

“We were just looking for additional resources because we want to make sure we are going to have the best program, the best services, to offer to people,” Barr said. “So this an additional resource for us and we want to build on their experience,” she reasoned. “We don’t want to reinvent the wheel.”

Vansickle said the funds his branch received from the Employment and Modernization grant were used to develop two turnkey toolkits containing all the materials and the resources needed to run the Summer Employment and jobStart programs.

“For instance, everything for the summer program—from funding applications to job descriptions, to interview questions for job coaches, to a training manual for the job coaches, and information on how to market to employers,” he noted.

“All of that stuff is all in there so it doesn’t have to be recreated. We’ve been able to take 25 years of work and just put it into a toolkit.”

Meanwhile, a toolkit also was developed for the jobStart program, which has been running for 15 years.

“The summer toolkit is geared towards young people aged 15-21, and so it’s an opportunity for them to be able to build skills and to get experience,” Vansickle said about the difference between the two programs. “Then jobStart really kicks in when someone is done school.”

“It’s more intensive,” he noted. “It’s six weeks long and during that six weeks, we’re working on that stuff we already talked about, but we’ll also have local guest speakers.”

Vansickle suggested the local branch will be looking for people in the area to come in and help with presentations, whether they are local employers, human resources, the local health unit, local police department, etc.

“After they finish the six weeks, the goal is we know folks well enough if they are ready for employment, we put them into a job,” he said, though noting sometimes not everyone is ready for employment at that time.

“So there might be another intervention that people might look at going to, such as continuing education, volunteerism to develop some skills, whatever might be the next step in their journey,” Vansickle added.

Barr said their goal is to have a job coach in place by May to help work with the younger students in a summer employment program locally.

Vansickle noted his agency uses a pre-employment workshop to really get to know the clients so they can make the best job match possible with local businesses.

“It’s a very non-committal way for local employers to experiment with hiring a young person who has an intellectual disability,” he said.

“And to know they are going to get support from someone,” echoed Barr.

“The whole weight of the employment relationship is not just on the employer, but we’ll be there to support the person so that they can be successful. It’s about getting a successful summer job and hopefully returning the next summer,” she reasoned.

Vansickle added the younger people can start gaining employment experience, the better.

“So I think it is commendable that Community Living Fort Frances wants to start even younger,” he enthused. “It’s fantastic.”

Barr said thanks to last year’s Employment and Modernization grant, there are 14 people locally who have been competitively employed since last May.

“I think that shows a very high level of success,” said Vansickle, noting that having a job is a sense of identity for people.

“There’s dignity through having a job and having a purpose in life,” he reasoned. “There’s dignity in moving away from income support. There’s dignity in becoming a taxpayer.”

“For people to see you are a valuable contributor to the community,” agreed Barr.

- Heather Latter, Fort Frances Times

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Session Promises to Assist Workers to Better Navigate the Education System

Staff that advocates for students and families and accompanies them to school meetings will gain some invaluable training on a number of topics tied to the education system in Ontario.

Community Living Ontario, in partnership with ARCH Disability Law Centre and Inclusive Education Canada, will be hosting A Day On: Effective Education Advocacy.

Participants will be given the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the rights each student possesses and how to effectively support them and their families in navigating the education system.

The day’s speakers include Rob Lattanzio, Executive Director of ARCH Disability Law Centre, Luke Reid, staff lawyer with ARCH, and Dr. Gordon Porter, Director of Inclusive Education Canada.

The workshop takes place on Wednesday, March 23rd from 10 to 3 at the Delta Toronto East in Scaborough.

The cost to attend the workshop is $75 and lunch will be provided.

To register, contact Amina Patel at 416-447-4348, extension 241 or by email at [email protected].


Une session qui promet d'aider ceux et celles qui accompagnent les familles à mieux naviguer le système d'éducation

Les personnes qui défendent les droits des étudiants et de leurs familles et qui les accompagnent aux réunions scolaires vont acquérir une formation inestimable concernant des sujets liés au système d'éducation en Ontario.

Intégration communautaire Ontario, en partenariat avec ARCH Disability Law Centre et Inclusive Education Canada, sera l'hôte d'une Journée sur la DÉFENSE EFFICACE DES DROITS EN ÉDUCATION.

Les participants auront l'occasion d'acquérir une compréhension approfondie des droits que chaque élève possède et comment les soutenir efficacement, eux et leurs familles, à naviguer le système d'éducation.

Les conférenciers du jour comprennent Rob Lattanzio, Directeur exécutif de l'ARCH Disability Law Centre, Luke Reid, avocat du personnel avec ARCH, et Dr. Gordon Porter, directeur d’Inclusive Education Canada.

L'atelier aura lieu le mercredi 23 mars de 10h à 15h30 au Delta Toronto East à Scarborough.

Le coût pour assister à l'atelier est de 75 $ et le déjeuner sera fourni.

Pour vous inscrire, communiquez avec Amina Patel au 416-447-4348, poste 241 ou par courriel à [email protected].

- Update Friday Staff

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Supporting Young People Plan for a Good Life

Working with youth and young adults to develop valued social roles in community as they prepare to leave high school will be the focus of a two-day event in March.

Commence, Student Links’ annual conference, will provide human service workers, families and others who support youth with an intellectual disability with the necessary tools to enable them to discover their gifts, to explore their passions, and to identify roles that make for a richer life.

Participants will hear from a diverse group of experts and visionaries, as well as from people who will speak about the importance of relationships in their lives and how some are working in community and continuing their education.

The conference, in collaboration with the Ryerson School of Disability Studies, takes place on March 1st and 2nd at the university’s student centre. For information on registration, accommodations and other conference details, click here to download the flyer. If you’re ready to explore what’s possible for young people in your community, click here to register for the conference.

Check out this year’s exciting line-up of guest speakers.

John O’Brien has been in the forefronts of thinking and creating precedent setting innovations that help to inspire full lives for people who have a disability. In addition to developing many of the planning systems used internationally and training thousands of facilitators and human service workers, John and his wife Connie Lyle have also been writers with enormous insight on this topic.

This session will provide insight and reflection on the themes of the conference and discuss what he’s learned from ‘pathfinders’, a term he has coined for people whom are actively engaged in the pursuit for more of the good things in life.


Tom Kohler is a native of Savannah, Georgia and has worked as the coordinator of Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy since 1976. This has involved meeting, listening, talking with, and involving thousands of people in one another’s lives, through an idea called Citizen Advocacy.

This session will include powerful and moving stories of advocates and protégés finding each other and their community.


Milton Tyree has been working in the areas of supported and customized employment in Kentucky for more than 25 years, essentially from the beginning of the supported employment movement, and was recently awarded the TASH, Marc Gold award.

This session will give participants an overview of challenges and opportunities in employment. Milton will also touch on his recent work in helping people to find employment with the help of faith-based communities.


Beth Keeton is a senior consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associates. For the past fifteen years, Beth has spent considerable time honing her expertise in customized and self-employment services. While many job developers simply fill vacant positions, the model explored here shows how an innovative method carves, creates and develops employment that actually fits a person’s unique skills and passions.

Why take an entry-level position when it makes more sense to make your own business, carve a job, or create a business within a business? Beth examines the need for and the basics of customized job development. She will share the methods of customized job development: informational interviews, vocational themes, resource development and the “Colombo” approach to job development. Beth highlights her creative approach with intriguing, inspiring personal profiles and examples.


DeAmon Harges is the original “Roving Listener” as a neighbour and staff member of the Broadway United Methodist Church, in Indianapolis, Indiana. His role is to listen and discover the gifts, passions and dreams of citizens in his community, and to find ways to utilize them in order to build community, economy, and mutual “delight.”

In this session DeAmon will uncover the principles and practices of Asset-Based Community Development that brings neighbors and institutions together to discover the power of being a good neighbor. DeAmon will also explore how to see people’s gifts and help them to flourish in the abundant community.


Commence 2016, une conférence organisée par Liens étudiants

Qu’est-ce qu’il faut faire pour bien planifier son départ de l’école? Comment les jeunes ayant une déficience intellectuelle peuvent-ils découvrir leurs talents, explorer leurs passions et trouver les rôles accessibles pour une vie intéressante et utile?

Viens te joindre à d’autres jeunes de partout dans la province pour apprendre à créer ta vision et ton plan d’avenir! Cette conférence te permettra de rencontrer des experts, des personnalités dynamiques, des visionnaires et bien d’autres personnes qui se posent ces questions et qui cherchent ou ont réussi à y répondre. Seront aussi présents plusieurs spécialistes de l’emploi, un groupe de personnes ayant créé des réseaux dynamiques et les conférenciers réputés John O’Brien et Tom Kohler.

Sois des nôtres les 1er et 2 mars 2016, au centre des étudiants de l’Université Ryerson, pour apprendre, explorer et faire du réseautage avec nous. C’est un événement à ne pas manquer!

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John O’Brien fait partie de l’avant-garde de ceux qui créent des précédents en innovations visant à inspirer les personnes ayant une déficience à vivre pleinement leur vie. En plus d’avoir élaboré plusieurs systèmes deplanification utilisés à l’échelle internationale et formé des milliers de facilitateurs et travailleurs de services sociaux, John et son épouse, Connie Lyle, sont des auteurs qui ont beaucoup de connaissances et decompétences en la matière.

Tout au long de cette séance, John apportera un éclairage et fera une réflexion sur les thèmes de la conférence; il discutera aussi de ce qu’il a appris des pathfinders (éclaireurs), terme qui, pour lui, caractérise les personnes activement engagées dans la poursuite d’encore plus de bonnes choses dans la vie.


Tom Kohler est né à Savannah et travaille comme coordinateur pour Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy depuis 1976. Cela signifie nonseulement rencontrer plus de 1 000 personnes, mais aussi écouter les gens, converser avec eux et les encourager à participer à la vie des uns et des autres, grâce à une idée appelée Citizen Advocacy (sensibilisation des citoyens).

Au cours de cette séance, Tom racontera des histoires puissantes et émouvantes d’intervenants et de protégés qui se sont rencontrés et ont découvert leur communauté à Savannah, en Georgie.


Depuis plus de 25 ans, en fait depuis le début du mouvement en faveur de l’emploi assisté, Milton Tyree travaille dans les domaines de l’emploi assisté et de l’emploi sur mesure à Kentucky. Il a récemment reçu le prix Mark Gold de TASH.

Au cours de cette séance, il donnera un aperçu des défis et des possibilités dans le domaine de l’emploi. Il parlera aussi du travail qu’il a fait récemment pour aider les personnes à se trouver un emploi avec l’appui de communautés de croyants.


Beth Keeton est une conseillère principale chez Griffin-Hammis Associates. Depuis les quinze dernières années, elle a consacré beaucoup de temps à se perfectionner dans les services d’emplois autonomes et sur mesure. Alors que plusieurs prospecteurs d’emplois se contentent de tout simplement remplir des postes vacants, le modèle présenté dans cette séance illustre dans quelle mesure une méthode novatrice sculpte, crée et développe un emploi qui convient aux compétences et passions uniquesd’une personne. Pourquoi accepter un poste de niveau débutant quand c’est plus logique de créer sa propre entreprise, de concevoir un poste ou de créer une entreprise dans une entreprise?

Beth examinera pourquoi il est important de développer des emplois sur mesure et quels sont les principes de base pour ce faire. Elle soulignera aussi les différences entre la recherche et la création d’un emploi de même qu’entre le développement d’un emploi traditionnel et celui d’un emploi sur mesure.


DeAmon Harges est le Roving Listener (l’écouteur itinérant) initial à titre de voisin et membre du personnel de la Broadway United Methodist Church à Indianapolis, en Indiana. Son rôle est d’écouter et de découvrir les talents, passions et rêves des citoyens de sa communauté ainsi que de trouver des moyens de les utiliser pour que la collectivité, l’économie et chaque personne puissent en « jouir ».

Au cours de cette séance, DeAmon expliquera les principes et les pratiques du développement communautaire fondé sur les acquis (Asset-Based Community Development - ABCD) qui réunit des voisins et des institutions pour qu’ensemble, ils découvrent la puissance des relations de bon voisinage. DeAmon examinera comment on peut voir les talents des personnes et leur permettre de s’épanouir au sein d’une collectivité florissante.

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Créer notre avenir: connaître pour mieux communiquer

Le Regroupement des partenaires francophones présentera une journée de ressourcement qui promet d’être une occasion de réseautage pour les parents et proches des personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle avec ou sans diagnostic du spectre de l’autisme (DI/TSA) dans l’Est ontarien.

Sous le thème Créer notre avenir: connaître pour mieux communiquer, les conférences porteront sur le cheminement dans les services de l’enfance à la vie adulte ainsi que sur une approche inspirante de la communication.

L’atelier aura lieu le samedi 5 mars 2016 de 8h30 à 16h au terrain de golf Pine View situé au 1471 chemin Blair à Ottawa.

La date limite d’inscription est le 12 février 2016. Veuillez adresser toute demande d’information à Patricia M. Gauthier à [email protected].

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