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Community Living Ontario Remembers Tim Coughlin

Community Living Ontario was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Tim Coughlin on Sunday.

A former President and lifetime member of Community Living Essex County with a strong connection to Community Living Ontario, Tim was known for his leadership and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

As a former educator and principal with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, he believed strongly in including children and youth with significant disabilities into regular classes in his schools.

 

Read the full blog post here.


S.T.A.R. Abuse Prevention Program Shines Brightly

Abuse is something that, in any form, should never be taken lightly, and Community Living Port Colborne-Wainfleet (CLPCW) has launched a program that is designed to address the problem before it starts.

 

Stop.Think. Act. Report. (S.T.A.R.) was created to teach participants how to identify and prevent abuse. The idea came from a Stratford-based self-advocacy group that presented a similar program to People Helping People Achieve (PHPA), a self-advocacy group from the Port Colborne area. Following this meeting, the PHPA group began to brainstorm how they could create their own unique presentation that was tailored to their community.

 

Update Friday spoke with ClintTyrrell, a self-advocate from PHPA and Kim Simons, Coordinator at CLPCW, who talked about the fundamentals of the S.T.A.R. program.

 

Read the full blog post here.


Building Family Networks and Cultural Competence

While Ontario celebrates the diversity inherent in its culture, Ritu Singarayer, Supervisor of Community Living York South’s (CLYS) Community Support Program and Respite Services, thinks it’s important that we all speak the language of inclusion. That’s why she, along with colleagues Sadia Shaukat and Annie Zhang, will be discussing “Building Family Networks and Cultural Competence” at Community Living Ontario’s 62nd Annual Conference and AGM.

 

Singarayer, who has been with the association for 12 years, has been involved in almost every aspect of its operation, having held positions in community support, supported independent living and many day programs on the path to her current post. Her varied positions have made it clear to her that there are far more people in her area that need support than they have the capacity to provide for. CLYS’ government-funded programs can provide for approximately 350 to 400 people in direct services, such as day programs and supported independent living. Meanwhile, they can only provide certain outreach services for the 1,500 individuals on their regional waitlist.

 

Read the full blog post here.


 

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