Brampton Sessions: 456 Vodden St.E. Unit #3, Brampton, ON L6S 5Y7                                     

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019   Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm                                                 

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019         Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm                                                              

Caledon Sessions: 12 Parr Blvd. Unit #10, Bolton, ON L7E 4H1

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019    Time: 1:00-4:00pm

To register for these sessions, contact Saara Zainul, Peel Passport Developer at 905-866-6300 ext.225



Lisa Sticht-Maksymec, a lawyer with Pallett Valo, will present information about legal guardianship for adults living with a developmental disability.

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019                         Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Location: 19 Rutherford Rd S, Unit B, Brampton L6W 3J3 (behind Napa Auto Parts)

To register: email [email protected] or call Karen 905-453-8841 ext.1221


Robert Lattanzio from ARCH Disability Law Centre will discuss the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and expand on the rights and responsibilities of the parent/guardian in developing an IEP.

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019                                 Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Location: 19 Rutherford Rd S, Unit B, Brampton L6W 3J3 (Behind the Napa Auto Parts)

To register: email [email protected] or call Karen 905-453-8841 ext.1221


Passport Community Developer, Saara Zainul, will present information about Passport funding and how to utilize these funds to support their loved ones with a developmental disability.

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019                               Time: 7:00-8:00pm

Location: 19 Rutherford Rd.S. Unit B, Brampton L6W 3J3 (behind Napa Auto Parts)

To register: email [email protected] or call Karen 905-453-8841 ext.1221


Lisa Sticht-Maksymec, a lawyer with Pallett Valo, will present information regarding Wills, Henson Trusts & RDSP’s for their loved ones with a developmental disability.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019                         Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm                         

Location: 19 Rutherford Rd.S. Unit B, Brampton L6W 3J3 (behind Napa Auto Parts)

To register: email [email protected] or call Karen 905-453-8841 ext.1221


There is a housing crisis confronting Ontarians with developmental disabilities —
and it is a crisis that has been growing steadily more serious for at least twenty years.
For many citizens whose families are unaffected by the challenges connected with
developmental disabilities, the housing crisis is often invisible. Too often, however,
housing challenges can bring pain and consequences that profoundly limit the joys
and opportunities that should be available to all in a province as blessed as ours.

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Province promises improvements to autism services in Mississauga and Brampton

The provincial government’s announcement that it will create a needs-based autism plan for families in Ontario is receiving mixed reviews.

“I’m very encouraged, but I’m also cautious,” said Tara Bourgeois, of Brampton, who is the mother of an 8-year-old boy who has autism. “We’re getting a lot of talk but no action.”

After six months of protests from families over cuts to autism services, Children, Community and Social Services Minister Todd Smith announced Tuesday (July 29) the province will continue to provide continuity of service while the ministry works on a new program for autism services.

The province said it will invest an additional $278 million in Ontario’s autism program, bringing the total amount to $600 million each year.

Come January, Brampton single-father of autistic boy will have to pay over $55,000 out of his pocket to cover critical treatment.

‘Significantly impacted’: Nearly 300 ErinoakKids employees receive layoff notices due to autism funding overhaul

“Ensuring the Ontario Autism Program is needs-based will help families that require specialized care for their children,” Mississauga Centre MPP Natalia Kusendova said in a statement. “We must work together to protect the sustainability of the program so that it can support children and families today and in the future.”

However, the new program will not be in place until April 2020.

“Some of these people have been waiting two to four years,” said Bourgeois. “Many families, unfortunately, will likely be unhappy as they continue to wait for therapy. I feel their agony as I’ve been on a wait list before.”

This is an unreasonably slow time frame, according to the Ontario Autism Coalition (OAC). In the meantime, the OAC said parents are being told childhood budget cheques will continue to be issued to families on the wait-list, even though there is agreement a one-size-fits-all approach is wrong.

“It’s tidy in terms of administration,” said Bruce McIntosh, past-president of OAC. “It’s based on the province’s needs and not families.”

Although the province says there are now 25,000 families on the waiting list for services, McIntosh said there is no way to determine exactly how many families are waiting because of privacy laws.

McIntosh said some families have registered their child in different regions to expedite access to services. He’s heard of some parents who have joint custody of a child registering the child twice.

Bourgeois is fortunate her son will get an additional six months of therapy. But what happens to parents of children who have other disabilities, such as Down syndrome, asked Bourgeois? “They are left in the dust.”

In August, OAC will hold another round of protests outside MPPs’ offices. McIntosh said the message is “hurry the hell up” and get the program up and running.

Ontario Autism Telephone Town Hall Consultations

The Government of Ontario is engaging in a series of public consultations on how children and youth with autism, including those with complex needs, can be better supported.

The Province says that these consultations will help look at ways to reduce barriers for children with autism, while also looking specifically at enhancements to the Ontario Autism Program.

The Telephone Town Hall forums will be hosted by a non-partisan consultant and run for one hour. They will be broken up into segments where the key themes of the consultation will be a focus of discussion.

To register go to www.ontario.ca/autism You will then be taken to a registration page on the Eventbrite site. To register you will need to provide your name, telephone number and email address. After you have registered you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you have provided.

Minister Announces Changes to Controversial Autism Program

Ontario is making changes to its controversial autism program, eliminating income testing and exploring supports based on need.

Parents of children with autism have been protesting the plan announced last month by Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, saying it would leave kids without access to the levels of therapy they need.

MacLeod has previously announced that in order to clear a waiting list of 23,000 children, kids with autism would receive direct funding to pay for treatment, with caps of up to $20,000 per year for treatment for children under six and $5,000 a year for children six to 18.

Those maximums were based on family income, and MacLeod says today that all kids under six diagnosed as on the spectrum will receive $20,000 and kids over six will receive $5,000.

MacLeod also says the government is now looking at how best to provide additional supports to families based on the diagnosed need of the child.

Intensive therapy can cost up to $80,000 a year and many parents with kids already in government-funded therapy say they will be unable to cover the difference to keep their kids in full-time therapy.