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.

Evolving Stories: A Conversation with Sue Robins about the Importance of Family Stories in Healthcare Advocacy

Join author and family storyteller Sue Robins for a special event sponsored by The Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at CAMH and the Miles Nadal JCC.

Sue will lead a conversation in partnership with a diverse family panel. This interactive session will include how to harness the power of stories for advocacy in health care, and giving space for our loved ones to tell their own stories. This event will include readings from Sue’s new book, Bird’s Eye View, about her travels from grief to celebration as the mother of a 16-year-old son with Down syndrome.

Access notes: venue is wheelchair accessible and accessible all gender washrooms are available. ASL available if requested two weeks in advance.

ARCH and CILT’s workshop on Attendant Services + Legal Clinic

ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH) and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) invite you to our workshop on Attendant Services + Legal Clinic

ARCH and CILT will provide 3 repeat workshops for consumers of attendant services about their legal rights and self-advocacy strategies.

After each workshop, ARCH’s lawyers will be available to give up to 30 minutes of legal advice and information to persons with disabilities on Attendant/PSW services issues. Please sign up for an appointment if you would like to take part in this free and confidential service.

Thursday February 20, 2020
Tuesday March 17, 2020

Workshop: 11:00am – 1:00pm (Reception at 10:30 am)
Legal Clinic: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (30 minute sessions)

ARCH Disability Law Centre
15th Floor, 55 University Ave. (at King St. W.)

Please choose only one date as seating for each workshop is limited to 25 people.

by Eventbrite:
or contact Robin at or 416-599-2458 ext. 293

This FREE event is wheelchair accessible and promotes a scent-free environment. Please do not use products that have scents, fragrances or essential oils in them such as perfume, body sprays, lotions or other scented products including shampoo, conditioner, laundry products, etc.

Attendant services and light refreshments will be provided.

Reasonable reimbursement for transportation costs may be available. Please ask for this when making a reservation.

To request other accessibility accommodations and/or dietary restrictions, please inform Robin at CILT at least 1 week in advance of each workshop.

ARCH is primarily funded by Legal Aid Ontario, as well as other funding sources. CILT funding support provided by United Way Greater Toronto, City of Toronto, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), and Independent Living Canada.

ARCH Webinars on Rights Regarding Attendant Services – Direct Funding and Other Services Direct Funding

ARCH, in partnership with Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO), is offering webinars on your rights regarding attendant services.

Direct Funding and Other Services

Direct Funding: Application process, contracts and how to appeal decisions; Other services: SSLUs, Homecare, Outreach, homemaking, etc.

When: Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 7:30 PM
Where: online videoconferencing through Zoom

ARCH Webinars on Rights Regarding Attendant Services – Contracts and Quantity of Services

ARCH, in partnership with Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO), is offering webinars on your rights regarding attendant services.

Contracts and Quantity of Services

General provisions in contracts, reviewing and amending contracts and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board.

When: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 7:30 PM
Where: online videoconferencing through Zoom

ARCH Webinars on Rights Regarding Attendant Services – Foundation to Legislation Framework

ARCH, in partnership with Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO), is offering webinars on your rights regarding attendant services.

Foundation to Legislation Framework

This introduction will cover the legislative framework, how to make complaints, individual advocacy strategies and tips.

When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 7:30 PM
Where: online videoconferencing through Zoom

Social Role Valorization Including 10 Related Themes: A High-Order Concept for Addressing the Plight of Societally Devalued People and for Structuring Human Services

This workshop provides an introduction to Social Role Valorization (SRV) using the 10 core themes, developed by Dr. W. Wolfensberger, considered one of the most influential thinkers in the world, in the field of intellectual impairment. Dr. Wolfensberger’s work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, safeguarding of rights, and the deinstitutionalization movement.

SRV is a systematic and universally applicable concept for structuring human services strongly anchored in the empiricism of psychology, sociology, and long and broad human experience. SRV suggests a close relationship between the socially perceived value of the roles that people hold, and whether people in those roles will be accorded opportunities and other good things of life. Bad things tend to get done to people who are seen in devalued roles, and good things tend to be afforded to people in positively valued roles.

Topics to be explored will include the universality of social devaluation, the defining power of roles in people’s lives, strategies for pursuing socially valued roles, or at least less devalued roles for devalued people with an aim toward improving their life conditions, enhancing people’s social images, and enhancing people’s competencies.

Tuition subsidies are available for Ontario families to attend this. The funding for these subsidies are a result of a ‘Strategic Investment Grant’ which represents funding left over from unclaimed/unallocated funds for the Ontario Institutional class action lawsuits. FAO would highly recommend this workshop for families who want to build a good life for their son or daughter with a disability that doesn’t include segregated living or group activities.

View the full flyer and registration form here!

The Toronto Summer Institute

Saturday July 11 – Thursday July 16 – 2020

The final Toronto Summer Institute – coming to you with a full cast of hosts:   McKnight, Lyle O’Brien, O’Brien, Mount, Kohler, Simmons, Hasbury, Scott, Wieringa, Kahn, Harges, Pearpoint and more… Now we need you.

Accommodations at Ryerson – ILLC (International Living & Learning Centre) where much of the institute is being held – accommodation information will be available after Nov. 30. We will notify you when room registration goes online. Space will be limited.

See and share the Save the Date flyer here!

What Does it Take? Creating a good life for great kids!

This series offers families of young children an opportunity to come together to create good lives for great kids! Families will come together, along with mentoring parents, to experience new ideas, to share, to imagine, and to take next steps towards the good life that we all want for our children.

Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions to complete the series:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

Monday, March 9, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

All sessions will take place at the Durham Family Resources’ Gathering Place – 20-850 King St. W, Oshawa

Each night will begin at 6:30pm and will run until approximately 8:30pm

See and share the flyer here!
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