Checking In – Disability Advocacy Network of Eastern Ontario

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:

3. The Ontario Association for Community Living has put together a COVID-19 resource page 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.

Minda Bojin,