Session 1:
Preparing for Developmental Service Reform in Ontario: Lessons from Australia and New Zealand 

May 11, 4:00 p.m. Eastern 
Duration: 1.5 Hrs
The Ford government is planning a reform of Ontario’s developmental service system. We have an opportunity to change the system to help people achieve lives of greater choice and independence – but only if we get it right.

Join us to hear about recent disability service reform in Australia and New Zealand. Both countries have made major changes to their services and supports for people with disabilities, and these changes have had significant effects on people who have intellectual disabilities.

Session 2: 
Supporting Independence, Quality and Choice in Housing for People who have Intellectual Disabilities

May 18, 1:00 p.m. Eastern 
Duration: 1.5 Hrs 
People who have intellectual disabilities have shown that they can achieve greater independence and control in housing, even when they have high support needs. Unfortunately, low incomes and a shortage of available housing are major barriers to achieving this on a broad scale.

In this session we will hear from community living organizations that are assisting people with a range of support needs to move to semi-independent housing in the community. Panelists will discuss the changes they have seen in quality of life among people supported, and the (often decreased) cost of support. They will also share tips on working with landlords and developers to grow the availability of appropriate housing.

Session 3:
From Substitute to Supported Decision-Making: Amplifying Voice and Choice among People who have Intellectual Disabilities 

May 25, 1:00 p.m. Eastern 
Duration: 1.5 Hrs 
Many developmental service organizations work closely with the people they support to understand and respond to their personal wishes and preferences. Unfortunately, these efforts are hindered by some laws, policies and systems in Ontario that restrict the control of people with intellectual disabilities over their own lives.

Panelists will discuss the drawbacks and dangers of guardianship, and of Ontario’s substitute decision-making legislation. Attendees will learn about concrete examples that have negative effects on people’s ability to access needed supports. This panel will spotlight two guests who will talk about recent progress toward supported decision-making in the United States. 

Session 4: 
Adventures in Staffing: Building Qualified and Consistent Support Teams in Developmental Services

June 1, 1:00 p.m. Eastern 
Duration: 1.5 Hrs 
People, families, and agencies all struggle to find qualified staff to provide essential disability and health-related supports. The developmental service workforce is widely unionized but also relatively low paid, and turnover is a perpetual problem that leads to lower quality care and higher costs.

Our panelists will discuss the causes of the sector’s workforce issues, and put forward recommendations on how we can change the system to increase the quality and consistency of care and support.

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Every year the CLO Foundation explores ways in which to grow funds for the Anne Stafford Light Up The Future Bursary. A donation of any amount to the CLO Foundation today will receive an immediate tax receipt and will go directly to this Bursary Fund. Your support will help an Ontario resident aged 18 and older who identifies as having an intellectual disability to pursue an educational program or personal interest course.


We thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Tue., May 11, 2021 - 08:00 p.m.UTC - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 09:00 p.m.UTC

Session 1:
Preparing for Developmental Service Reform in Ontario: Lessons from Australia and New Zealand 

May 11, 4:00 p.m. Eastern 
Duration: 1.5 Hrs
The Ford government is planning a reform of Ontario’s developmental service system. We have an opportunity to change the system to help people achieve lives of greater choice and independence – but only if we get it right.

Join us to hear about recent disability service reform in Australia and New Zealand. Both countries have made major changes to their services and supports for people with disabilities, and these changes have had significant effects on people who have intellectual disabilities.

Session 2: 
Supporting Independence, Quality and Choice in Housing for People who have Intellectual Disabilities

May 18, 1:00 p.m. Eastern 
Duration: 1.5 Hrs 
People who have intellectual disabilities have shown that they can achieve greater independence and control in housing, even when they have high support needs. Unfortunately, low incomes and a shortage of available housing are major barriers to achieving this on a broad scale.

In this session we will hear from community living organizations that are assisting people with a range of support needs to move to semi-independent housing in the community. Panelists will discuss the changes they have seen in quality of life among people supported, and the (often decreased) cost of support. They will also share tips on working with landlords and developers to grow the availability of appropriate housing.

Session 3:
From Substitute to Supported Decision-Making: Amplifying Voice and Choice among People who have Intellectual Disabilities 

May 25, 1:00 p.m. Eastern 
Duration: 1.5 Hrs 
Many developmental service organizations work closely with the people they support to understand and respond to their personal wishes and preferences. Unfortunately, these efforts are hindered by some laws, policies and systems in Ontario that restrict the control of people with intellectual disabilities over their own lives.

Panelists will discuss the drawbacks and dangers of guardianship, and of Ontario’s substitute decision-making legislation. Attendees will learn about concrete examples that have negative effects on people’s ability to access needed supports. This panel will spotlight two guests who will talk about recent progress toward supported decision-making in the United States. 

Session 4: 
Adventures in Staffing: Building Qualified and Consistent Support Teams in Developmental Services

June 1, 1:00 p.m. Eastern 
Duration: 1.5 Hrs 
People, families, and agencies all struggle to find qualified staff to provide essential disability and health-related supports. The developmental service workforce is widely unionized but also relatively low paid, and turnover is a perpetual problem that leads to lower quality care and higher costs.

Our panelists will discuss the causes of the sector’s workforce issues, and put forward recommendations on how we can change the system to increase the quality and consistency of care and support.

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Every year the CLO Foundation explores ways in which to grow funds for the Anne Stafford Light Up The Future Bursary. A donation of any amount to the CLO Foundation today will receive an immediate tax receipt and will go directly to this Bursary Fund. Your support will help an Ontario resident aged 18 and older who identifies as having an intellectual disability to pursue an educational program or personal interest course.


We thank you in advance for your generosity!

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