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      Independent Living Conference
      Saturday Sept 15, 2012
      930am to 430pm

      Community Living Toronto
      1712 Ellesmere Rd., Toronto, Ontario
      (McCowan and Ellesmere)

      Cost $30.00 per person
      No Cost for Self Advocates, but must be registered.

      Scarborough Residential Alternatives
      Scarborough Residential Alternatives Group are parents of developmentally disabled young adults. Because there are almost no funded residential places available for our children, we are examining ways to create our own residential alternatives for lifelong living arrangements. We are determined to successfully create the best possible living arrangements for our children, using all resources, governmental and otherwise, that are available to us. We welcome the participation of any parents or caregivers who find themselves in a similar situation and want to join us in building our children’s future.

      Register online

      For more information please contact Bonnie Heath


      • Ron Malis, Financial advisor
      • Pointer Ware
      • LIGHTS
      • Dignity Transportation
      • John Lord Facilitator New Story
      • Drama Way
      • Connectability

      Self Advocate Conference

      9:30 to 10:15
      10:15 to 10:30 — Break
      10:30 to 11:15 — Self Advocate Panel on Living On My Own
      11:15 to 11:30 — Break
      11:30 to 12:15 — My Place
      12:30 to 1:30 — Lunch
      1:00 to 2:00 — Drama Way
      2:00 to 3:30 — Finish My Place
      3:30 to 4:30 — Dance and Minge

      Parent Conference

      9:30 to 9:45 — Welcome
      9:45 to 11:00 — Session A Brendan Pooran — Session B John Lord
      11:00 to 11:15 — Break
      11:15 to 12:30 — Session C Ron Malis Financial Advisor — Session D Nancy Huntley Mediator
      12:30 to 1:30 — Lunch/Market Place
      1:30 to 2:45 — Session E Parent Panel—We did it! — Session F Pointerware Softwear
      2:45 to 3:00 — Break
      3:00 to 4:15 — Session G LIGHTS — Session H
      4:15 to 4:30 — Evaluation


      Nancy Huntley
      Family Mediator, Parenting Coordinator, Counsellor
      Family mediation is a voluntary, consensual process in which a neutral person helps clients discuss and resolve family relationship issues or In business disputes between members, helping the members create a partnership agreement, reach an informal understanding of how the business (home) will be run, or establish terms for the dissolution or sale of the business (home).

      Raul Rupsingh
      Developer of Pointer Ware.
      PointerWare is THE simplest way for seniors and special needs populations to connect online with family, friends and the wider world. Even if someone has never used a computer in their life, they’ll be up and running in minutes with PointerWare software – it’s that easy.

      Brendan Pooran
      Lawyer specializing in areas of disability
      Brendon can also help individuals with disabilities and their support networks form microboards. Microboards are incorporated non-profit organizations comprised of a group of individuals that support the lives of people with disabilities. They are an effective way of administering individualized funding for residential and/or day supports.

      Ron Malis
      Financial Advisor
      Ron Malis is an associate broker with Independent Financial Concepts Group. In addition to his financial services expertise, Ron has held senior leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector and continues to consult with selected agencies. He has close ties to professionals in the disability sector and has participated in a number of committees and working groups, focusing on Independent Facilitation and Person Directed Planning. Ron is a financial services professional working with people with disabilities and their supporting family members.

      John Lord
      In this session, John Lord will describe how an independent facilitator can assist you in building a meaningful life in community. John will also outline how a new organization in Kitchener-Waterloo is helping people create homes that are personally rewarding for them. You can learn more about facile at

      John Lord is a researcher, author, and facilitator. He was the founder of the Centre for Community Based Research. John has published widely about community alternatives. His most well-known book is Pathways to Inclusion: Building a New Story with People and Communities. His most recent co-authored book is Facilitating an Everyday Life, a book about independent facilitation, which will be available to purchase at the workshop.

      Laura Starret
      Manager of LIGHTS.
      LIGHTS is a unique new program which has been created by community leaders in partnership with Community Living Toronto to address the very significant shortage of independent and appropriate housing for intellectually disabled citizens in Toronto. Its goal is to enable new housing opportunities to flourish for the intellectually disabled, and to share its blueprint for success with other communities across the country.

      Parent Panel
      Hear how other parents have helped their children move into their own home.

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