Holiday Cheer


This is such a busy time of year.  There is end of year holiday shopping whether for Chanukah or Christmas.  There are office parties and neighbourhood and family get-togethers.  There are the cookies to make; the treasured recipes to dig out.  Did you get those snow tires on yet?  And don’t forget the charitable donations before the end of 2014 (please consider FMC as one of your donations ).  Yes, it’s a crazy busy time.  While we’re all breathlessly watching the end of 2014, FMC is beginning to plan for 2015.  It has been an eventful year for all of us and we know that your expectations for next year are just as high.

Best of the season to everyone!


Wipe that furrowed brow.  The gift goddess is here to help you find the right present for your favourite adult with a developmental or intellectual disability.  Sure, it was easy to find something appropriate when they were kids.  Not as easy now that they’re teens or adults.  So here are some suggestions from a mom who spent many years trying to figure out what to buy – and even more difficult, what to suggest to other family members to buy as gifts.

  1. You can never go wrong with gift cards – restaurants, nail salons, theme parks – whatever the person enjoys.  Just make sure you’re prepared to be the companion if they’re not independent.  If they are, provide two gift cards so they can go with a friend.
  2. How about a digital picture frame where the pictures continue moving?  Fill it with his favourite pictures.
  3. Depending on her developmental level, there are many simple video games – many hand-held.
  4. You can’t go wrong with a gift basket of some classic Disney movies (or maybe Harry Potter) and some appropriate snacks.
  5. If your favourite adult doesn’t read on his own, maybe he would enjoy books that read to him.
  6. If you are thinking of giving money, give it in loonies and toonies.

Happy Shopping!


If you haven’t heard of ARCH, it’s a specialty community legal aid clinic that’s dedicated to defending and advancing the equality of people with disabilities in Ontario.  Their work includes representing individuals and disability organizations in precedent-setting cases, public legal education, as well as law reform and policy.
Currently, ARCH is undertaking research that it is hoping will lead to a Bill of Rights in Ontario for developmental services users and an independent complaint mechanism.
ARCH argues that Ontario’s Human Right Codes and the Canadian Charter of Right and Freedoms may not adequately deal with the uniqueness of the relationships that exists within the receipt of developmental services.

Examples of the kinds of rights:

  • The right to make personal decisions about such things as appearance
  • The right to be made aware of community supports & services and the choice to access & participate in them
  • The right to personal privacy
  • The right to have accessible services and the right to complain without fear of punishment.
  • If you want to learn more about this ARCH movement, the website is  ARCH is looking for input.

2014-2015 Board Members

Sharon Edwards, President; Stephanie King, Vice President; Ben Felix, Treasurer; Angela Oberoi, Director; Branka Gudelj, Director; Shana Davis, Director; Bernice McKeown, Director; Robbie Moses, Director; Ben Sherman, Director; Jody Brenton, Director; Louis Carvalho, Director

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