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In this issue:

• Upcoming WebEx
• National Youth Forum
• International Day of Persons with Disabilities
• Financial Literacy Month
• We’re moving to a New Website

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Planning A Winter Vacation?

This year the big present for the family is going to be a winter vacation.  It’s not something that you’ve ever contemplated before because you realize – oh how well you realize -  how tricky it can be navigating an airport with a child on the autism spectrum.  But life is short!

Now I’m not really the one to offer advice.  My daughter loved to travel.  In fact, if she could travel without her parents, life would have been perfect.   But I’ve been reading a lot about the stresses that parents who have children and teens with developmental and autistic challenges faces when air trips are in the future.  And I’ve heard many of the horror shows from the “horse’s mouth”.

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Laundry Matters provides wash and fold laundry service for residential and commercial clients.  We pick up and deliver or provide on-site service.

We are a social enterprise that employs individuals with developmental disabilities.  So we're not just about laundry but we're really good at it!

To find out more visit our website or call 613.733.0112.

Let's put a fresh spin on community!

Best Buddies Program
2017-18 Season

Families Matter Co-Operative (FMC) is in its 2nd year of the Best Buddies Program.  

The Best Buddies College/University Program pairs students in post-secondary institutions with adults from the community with intellectual disabilities.  To be involved in the Program, people with intellectual disabilities must be receiving services from a partner community agency.  Applicants to the Program via Families Matter will be paired with students from Carleton University.

Find out how to get involved in the most FUN event of the year! Download a copy of our Corporate Sponsorship package today.

National Arts Centre's  Family Adventures Series
Complimentary Tickets to Lotus Centre!

The NAC has very generously provided Lotus Centre with complimentary tickets to the entire (4 shows) Family Adventures Series! In an effort to make sure that families of children with special needs have space to feel comfortable, the entire balcony has been set aside for our families. The next show, "How the Gimquat Found her Song" is January 28, 2017 at 1:30. Future shows are on March 4, April 1 and May 20, 2017.

Email Sandra at sandra@lotuscentre.net to reserve your tickets!

The Developmental Services Housing Task Force is carrying out a study to learn about innovative approaches being used across the province to build, buy, acquire, rent, etc. homes for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Ontario is taking steps to improve the process for young people with developmental disabilities and their families applying for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Until now, young people with developmental disabilities seeking ministry-funded adult developmental services and supports, as well as income support from ODSP, were required to have their developmental disability assessed twice.

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