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Please Join Caitlin Cardill, Erin Kelley and Richard Liss for a presentation, followed by a Q&A period, on planning and decision-making for parents of adult children with disabilities.
Spaces are limited to 100.
For more information and to register, see the Evening Information Session poster
Family Services Ottawa will be offering their Fall programs virtually and registration is now open for all programs. Please see below for the program flyers for the following groups:
CHEO will be offering free virtual workshops in August and September so please visit the CHEO website to have the latest information.
Autism Awareness Centre Celebrates 17 Years and along with Independent Living with Autism they have created a document called Your Roadmap to Success. It includes webinar events and other resources.
Please see Your Roadmap to Success for more information
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.
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:
BounceBack® is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.
Click on this link to learn more:
When coping with stress, know that there’s a silver lining.
As COVID-19 disrupts our daily routines and creates a new level of stress, it is important to prioritize your mental health & wellbeing.
Shoppers has designed a stress management program to help you manage your stress and build resilience.
Click on this link to sign up: