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Camp Funds Available for 2011/2012

The HSS Respite Program has received limited funds to assist families/caregivers with costs related to sending their child to camp. If you would like to apply for these funds, please fill out the form on our website or contact us for a form to be sent to you. Forms must be returned to HSS by Tuesday May 31, 2011. If you wish to discuss your request please contact the Respite Program at 905-849-8000 ext. 433.

For those who have a family member under the age of 22, there is information regarding summer recreational opportunities and potential financial resources available at www.respiteservices.com or by emailing info@haltonsupportservices.ca. If you do not have internet access please call 905-849-8000.

Autism Ontario
One-to-One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund

This fund is available to families of children or youth who have ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker for their child to attend a community summer camp or summer program. Maximum reimbursements of $600 per child/youth (18 years of age or younger) will be made to subsidize services purchased between June 27, 2011 and September 2, 2011. Reimbursements will be provided based on a random selection made from all eligible applications who apply between April 25, 2011 and May 31, 2011. The deadline for all applications is May 31, 2011, with no exceptions. For more information or to obtain an application please visit www.autismontario.com or call Ginny at 416-246-9592 ext. 225.

Respite Training – Getting Ready for Camp

The Central West Region Autism Respite Training Initiative Committee is pleased to offer a free training workshop for support workers. This workshop will provide an overview of ASD and focus on the importance of preparing not only the individual being supported but also preparing workers. They will discuss strategies to address difficulties in the area of behaviour, communication and transition as they relate to camp.

Registration for this workshop is required. It will take place on Monday June 13, 2011 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in Oakville. For more information or to register please visit kerrysplace.org/RespiteTraining or call 1-888-928-5463.

Developmental Services Transformation
Regulation on Quality Assurance Measures

The government wants to improve services and supports for adults who have developmental disabilities and their families. It wants services and supports to:

• Be fair, so that everyone gets treated the same way
• Be flexible, so that services and supports better meet people’s needs, and
• Be here for the future.

To make these changes, the government passed the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008. This new law will replace the Developmental Services Act, which was put in place over 35 years ago. There is a new regulation on Quality Assurance Measures. This regulation is part of the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008. It talks about the rules that agencies and Developmental Services Ontario (called Application Entities in the Act) must follow. Quality assurance measures are rules that help agencies and Developmental Services Ontario provide high quality services and supports and meet set standards.

For more information on this regulation, there is a plain language guide available to help you better understand this regulation. For a copy of this guide, please visit the Ministry of Community and Social Services website, www.mcss.gov.on.ca or if you do not have access to the internet, call Halton Support Services for a copy.

Incontinence Supplies Grant

This program is for children and youth between the ages of 3 to 18 years of age. Individuals who are eligible must have a valid Ontario Health Card and require incontinence supplies as a result of a chronic disability of irreversible incontinence or retention problems lasting longer than 6 months. For more information please contact Easter Seals at 416-421-8377 or 1-888-377-5437.

Interesting Information/Workshops

Autism Family Resource Centre Opens in Halton

Kerry’s Place Autism Services (KPAS) is thrilled to announce the opening of our Halton Resource Centre for the families, individuals and community partners. The Halton Resource Centre is the sixth Kerry’s Place Autism Services Resource Centre to be operating in the Central West Region. It is located on Nipissing Road in the Town of Milton.

The centre will provide a place for parents and individuals to avail themselves of resources through their book and toy lending libraries, as a place for Family Resource Days, Social Groups and Family Support Groups. As with their other Resource Centres, they aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment for families and individuals.

This new space was made possible by a collaboration of a number of people and groups. KPAS would like to acknowledge The Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Also they wish to thank the numerous community agencies who kindly provided donations for the start up of the centre. Additionally, they would like to extend their gratitude to the Kinsmen Club of Milton for their donation which allowed them to purchase specialized books and resources for the centre.

KPAS recommend that you call and schedule a time to visit as they may be out of the office. They also provide open access days that they encourage you to utilize. Their address is:
917 Nipissing Rd., Ste. H, Milton Ontario L9T 5E3 Phone: 905-875-0620 Fax: 905-864-4869

The Kerry’s Place Autism Services Presents
Bullying: We Can All Help Stop it! A Guide for Parents of Elementary and Secondary School Students

This family centered workshop is designed to provide parents with helpful information and supportive approaches towards bullying in schools. Parents will be given tools and strategies necessary to discuss the topic with their children or teenagers. Attendees will receive an educational handout package. It will take place on
Thursday May 26, 2011 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Milton. For more information please contact Melanie at 905-855-4984 ext. 200 or email mvaartjes@kerrysplace.org. There is currently a waitlist for registration but we encourage you to contact Melanie if you are interested in attending.

Farley Foundation

This is a foundation that can assist individuals who receive ODSP to cover emergency vet bills. It is up to the Veterinarian to apply for these funds on behalf of the pet owner. There are other eligibility criteria for these funds as well as a maximum that can be received yearly. For more information please talk to your Veterinarian or visit www.farleyfoundation.org

If Your Family Member is Turning 18, here is Some Important Information on ODSP

• Six months prior to his or her 18th birthday contact the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). ODSP is an Ontario government program designed to meet the unique needs of individuals who have developmental disabilities and are in financial need or who want to work and need support. You must be 18 years of age to receive ODSP.

• The program has two parts; Income Supports and Employment Supports. Income supports provide financial assistance and other benefits to eligible individuals that can include accommodation and basic living expenses as well as prescription drugs and basic dental care. Employment supports provides services to eligible individuals to assist them with overcoming barriers to employment.

• To apply for this benefit please contact your local Ministry of Community and Social Services ODSP office at 905-637-4500 or toll free at 1-800-567-6388 and ask to speak with Intake to conduct a phone interview.

• When you are applying for ODSP you will need to provide them with your Social Insurance Number (SIN), Health card, Date of Birth (DOB), information regarding your current accommodation, next of kin and proof of income and assets (e.g. Bank statement).

• If you need assistance obtaining a SIN card please contact your local Service Canada office at 1-800-206-7218.


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