Was Your Sibling Institutionalized for a Developmental Disability?

Was Your Sibling Institutionalized for a Developmental Disability?

Connect with other brothers and sisters who share this experience

Tuesday December 1, 7– 9pm  (online via Zoom)

In 2009, the last three Ontario institutions for people labelled with developmental disabilities – the Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Regional Centres – closed. Soon after, survivors launched class action lawsuits alleging systemic abuse and neglect. The suits were eventually settled, and survivors received some compensation for harm done to them. But the far-reaching impacts of institutionalization are still being felt by survivors, their families, and our communities, and institutionalization continues in other forms and in other jurisdictions.

Through the class actions, siblings of those who were institutionalized started to connect and discover that we have much to share and learn from each other. While our sisters and brothers suffered the worst injustices and harms, our families suffered too, in numerous and often unrecognized ways. As siblings, we may not have had anyone to talk to about what was happening in our families at the time of institutionalization; we may know little about what happened to our siblings. Some of us may have not thought there was anything to talk about as our family or community saw institutionalization as the “best thing to do.” For these and other reasons, our stories may have remained untold for decades. Yet sharing our stories can be healing and can add another dimension to society’s understanding of the consequences of this flawed model of care. At the same time, we recognize there is a diversity of experience and there are positive stories to be told as well.

Join Victoria Freeman and Vici Clarke for an opportunity to meet other siblings, listen to their stories, and perhaps share your own. Victoria Freeman is the author of A World without Martha: A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference and Vici Clarke is the Litigation Guardian for the Rideau Regional Centre class action. Our siblings were both institutionalized at Rideau. We know it is often hard to share difficult stories, but we have found it empowering to connect with others who have similar life experience.

This virtual meeting is sponsored by the Uncovering the People’s History Project of Family Alliance Ontario, which is helping survivors and others share their stories of the impact of the institutions on the people who lived in them, their families, and their communities. We invite siblings of anyone who lived at any institution for people with developmental disabilities, in Ontario or beyond, to join this discussion. We will create an informal, safe, supportive, and respectful environment for discussion: a skilled person who has a deep understanding of the issues and experience in assisting survivors and their families will join us to provide support, as needed. We can also direct you to other resources that might be helpful in contextualizing sibling experiences. Come and join us … to speak or just to listen. We look forward to connecting with you

See and share the full flyer here!

Family Knowledge Shares

Family Knowledge Shares

We are pleased to offer our first set of Family Knowledge Shares. This is a way for our networks and members to share information and stories.

Wednesday November 25, 2020: Imagining a Better Life Series Part 2

Kirby with his mom Noreene Adams will share his story about having his own home. Q&A and Discussion.
RSVP by Monday November 23, 2020. Click here to register!

We will forward the zoom link the day before the event to those who have registered.

More Family Knowledge Shares are planned for the last Wednesday of the month, dates as follows: Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • January 27, 2021
  • February 24, 2021
  • March 31, 2021

Details to follow! For more information, please contact us at: familyallianceont@gmail.com

Family Knowledge Shares

Family Knowledge Shares

We are pleased to offer our first set of Family Knowledge Shares. This is a way for our networks and members to share information and stories.

Wednesday October 28, 2020: Imagining a Better Life Series Part 1

Cindy Mitchell will share Karen’s journey about secondary education. Q&A and Discussion.
RSVP by Monday September 26, 2020. Click here to register!

Wednesday November 25, 2020: Imagining a Better Life Series Part 2

Kirby with his mom Noreene Adams will share his story about having his own home. Q&A and Discussion.
RSVP by Monday November 23, 2020. Click here to register!

We will forward the zoom link the day before the event to those who have registered.

More Family Knowledge Shares are planned for the last Wednesday of the month, dates as follows: Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • January 27, 2021
  • February 24, 2021
  • March 31, 2021

Details to follow! For more information, please contact us at: familyallianceont@gmail.com

Family Knowledge Shares

Family Knowledge Shares

We are pleased to offer our first set of Family Knowledge Shares. This is a way for our networks and members to share information and stories.

Wednesday September 30, 2020: Toronto Family Network with Janis & Reva

Janis will address what is legally required regarding Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Identification Review Placement Committee (IPRC) process for the first 15 minutes and then will open up the floor to questions. We are asking that if you any questions, can you please add them at the bottom of this form. Thanks.
RSVP by Friday September 25, 2020. Click here to register!

Wednesday October 28, 2020: Imagining a Better Life Series Part 1

Cindy Mitchell will share Karen’s journey about secondary education. Q&A and Discussion.
RSVP by Monday September 26, 2020. Click here to register!

Wednesday November 25, 2020: Imagining a Better Life Series Part 2

Kirby with his mom Noreene Adams will share his story about having his own home. Q&A and Discussion.
RSVP by Monday November 23, 2020. Click here to register!

We will forward the zoom link the day before the event to those who have registered.

More Family Knowledge Shares are planned for the last Wednesday of the month, dates as follows: Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • January 27, 2021
  • February 24, 2021
  • March 31, 2021

Details to follow! For more information, please contact us at: familyallianceont@gmail.com

Family Engagement Meeting

Family Engagement Meetings

(Starting September 2020 we will run them bi—monthly)

Second Thursday of the Month, dates as follows: Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

September 10, 2020

November 12, 2020

January 14, 2021

March 11, 2021

May 13, 2021

Details to follow! For more information, please contact us at: familyallianceont@gmail.com

Family Network Knowledge Share

GOOGLE FORM 101: An online webinar on Google forms (which is free) that can easily be used by anyone to build your capacity. The first of (we hope many) Family Network Knowledge Share Webinars!

Family Network Knowledge Share

GOOGLE FORM 101: An online webinar on Google forms (which is free) that can easily be used by anyone to build your capacity. The first of (we hope many) Family Network Knowledge Share Webinars!

Family Alliance Ontario

FAO Annual General Meeting 2020

Dear Members,

Re: Annual General Meeting on Saturday May 2, 2020

You are herewith cordially invited to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday May 2, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. You are an official member of Family Alliance Ontario and qualify to vote at FAO’s AGM. Please find the following enclosed documents in this link:

  1. FAO’s Invitation to Attend the AGM
  2. The Official Notice of Annual Meeting of Members
  3. Agenda for the AGM
  4. Nomination Form
  5. A list of current Board members for your information.

Due to the coronavirus, we will be hosting our AGM this year via zoom. We ask that you register and complete our membership form prior to April 29, 2020 at which time we will forward you the zoom link to attend the AGM.

If you are unable to join us this year please assign your Proxy Vote by completing the form online HERE

Membership fees have been waived this year! Membership renewal can be completed by completing the form online HERE

You can RSVP to familyallianceont@gmail.com or contact Carla O’Neill at 705- 783-3012. We look forward to seeing you on May 2, 2020.

Sincerely,

Carla O’Neill President

Family Alliance Ontario

Standing Together – Connecting and Sharing Ideas

Family Alliance Ontario along with our affiliated family networks have stood with people with a disability, their family and friends for a quarter of a century. These last few days, we have been barraged by the news and social media about the Coronavirus. No one knows better than all of us that our vulnerable loved ones could face significant challenges from the Coronavirus known as COVID 19. THIS IS WHY AT THIS TIME, MORE THAN ANYTIME IN OUR HISTORY, WE NEED TO STAND TOGETHER.
FAO stands with our affiliated family networks and all people, families and friends. Let’s face the fear of this pandemic TOGETHER. We ask that you reach out by phone, face time and/or email to other families and people with disabilities.
This is what we stand for, freely given family to family support.
We will be hosting a gathering on Wednesday March 25, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. for our affiliated family networks and members to connect and share ideas.
Please use the following link:
Meeting ID: 552 269 718
Password: 590137
Phone: 1-647-558-0588
Meeting ID: 552 269 718

The Power of Roles with Darcy Elks

Join Darcy Elks for a free, live, expert presentation on the power of valued social roles as a path towards the good things in life for people with intellectual disabilities. Kids with disabilities can have their whole identity defined by their diagnosis. They often experience rejection and poor treatment even from those who are supposed to help them. Social roles (like friend, student and team mate) can counteract some of these hurtful experiences and lead to a full, meaningful and inclusive life.


Darcy Elks

Darcy is an international educator, consultant, human service evaluator, and advocate on behalf of people who have a disability. Darcy is also a parent of 3 adult children one of whom has an intellectual disability.

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