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Prime Minister announces supports for Canadians with disabilities to address challenges from COVID-19

Last week, SCS joined an initiative encouraging provincial organizations and our partners to send a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and MPs located in the Eastern Region requesting financial support to help people with developmental disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.

Our Board members took it a step further and connected with local MPs to ensure the message was heard.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.

This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020, as follows:

  • $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate.
  • $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
  • $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

Click on this link to read the announcement:
https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/06/05/prime-minister-announces-supports-canadians-disabilities-address

We Are All in This Together – A Message From SCS Team

Our day to day activities have drastically changed over the past few months, and there is still fear and uncertainty as to what the future holds for all of us in this new era of physical distancing.

Even though we are not able to meet you in person at this time, we are still here to support you! We have taken measures to ensure that you can still contact us by telephone, or meet with us virtually through other methods of online communications.

Our employees and Board of Directors have been very active within the last few months, and have continued to work relentlessly to ensure that individuals and their families are heard and supported. We are extremely grateful for all the employees at SCS, who continue to go above and beyond during this pandemic. We couldn’t do it without each and every one of them. A big thank you to all of our employees!

As we prepare for the “new” normal and the eventual re-opening of SCS, your safety and the safety of our employees will be our priority and will require careful planning. Please visit our website at scsonline.ca, in order to see updates about the eventual re-opening of our offices, and on how to get in touch with us.

We are all in this together!

Service Coordination Support

Passport Funding: Temporary changes to eligible expenses in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are temporarily expanding the list of eligible expenses under the Passport program to support people and their families while community-based activities and settings are closed. These changes allow you to use your funding for goods and services that may make it easier for you to stay at home during this time and practise physical distancing.

Click on this link to learn more:
https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/developmental/serviceSupport/passport.aspx

Checking In – Disability Advocacy Network of Eastern Ontario

Greetings and we hope you and your families/friends are well and safe.

We just wanted to check in with a few suggestions for further reading and connecting. And we would appreciate receiving information about great resources and activities you have all discovered over the past few weeks.

1. People First Ontario, ARCH Disability Law and CAMH’S Health Care Research and Developmental Disabilities program have put together a weekly virtual information sessions to answer questions, in plain language, about COVID-19. Registration is via eventbrite (see attached file) – where you can submit your questions then connect with presenters, every Wednesday from 2 – 3 pm.

2. Service Coordination has compiled some resources and suggestions about life under the COVID-19 epidemic. Check out their website for further reading: https://scsonline.ca/.

3. The Ontario Association for Community Living has put together a COVID-19 resource page https://communitylivingontario.ca/en/staying-connected which is being updated on a regular basis. It includes resources aimed at self-advocates, and links to what to do while staying at home.

4. The Ottawa Adult Autism Initiative continues their work to survey the community and put together resources and supports/services for local individuals with ASD. DANEO received information about the work being done by these researchers in February, and are encouraged that their work can continue, with your participation, through these challenging times.

5. Citizen Advocacy’s popular Caregiver Retreat, originally planned for the end of April, is being rescheduled for early October. Planning is ongoing, while monitoring the public health situation. More information/registration will appear on CA’s website as the days go by – so check it out.

6. DANEO is an affiliate member of Family Alliance Ontario (FAO). Carla O’Neill, chairperson of FAO, convenes a weekly Zoom session to compare notes from family networks across the province. They discuss issues that come up in our community as the virus spreads and threatens individuals, agencies and families alike. Not just our physical health, but our emotional health as we look to a changing future. If you have any questions, concerns or opinions you would like us to share, please let me know.

7. Pooran Law partners in Toronto provides online access to many resources for individuals, families and agencies in developmental services. They have been holding a series of webinars on some of the labour and funding implications of COVID-19. While much of the information relates to the operations of formal residential services, I encourage families to check out their information sources, particularly their COVID-19 Resource Centre

Okay – Maggie is sitting here beside me, reminding me with her not-so-subtle tap on the shoulder, that it is time to make (another) loaf of banana bread.

Best to you all.

Minda Bojin,
daneo.raipheo.ca@gmail.com

Virtual Behavior Supports

With virtual behavior supports, parents and caregivers connect with a behavior consultant using clinical videoconferencing from their home. Behavior supports use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to focus on reducing challenging behaviors and teaching new skills, such as: life skills, self-care (toileting), leisure and academics. Research shows that when parents and caregivers implement ABA strategies, they help maximize learning and development.

Click on this link to view the flyer:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lnpcRwaziBGd3yHE8A3EhHHzgthWrK2S/view

New COVID-19 text and chat line

Together with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, Interval House of Ottawa, Ottawa Victim Services and the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Crime Prevention Ottawa is pleased to announce the launch of Unsafe at Home Ottawa, a secure and supportive text and online chat line for victims and survivors of domestic and gender-based violence.

Click on this link to learn more:
COVID-19 text and chat line