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.
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 email@example.com.
If you do not have internet access please call 905-849-8000.
One-to-One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is currently a waitlist for registration but we encourage
you to contact Melanie if you are interested in attending.
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
Your Family Member is Turning 18, here is Some Important Information
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 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.