Although children’s treatment centres are funded by the provincial government of Ontario, the federal government is responsible for some key financial programs that support those with disabilities such as the Child Disability Benefit, the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and some education programs. While most of the federal government support comes in the form of funding and tax credits for individuals and families, there are other opportunities for the federal government to support and protect the rights of those with disabilities.
According to recent polls, health/healthcare and managing the pandemic tops the list of respondents concerns for the future of Canada and all of its citizens. In addition, we know that the next federal government will be tasked with pandemic recovery. That's why it’s even more important for parents, caregivers and service providers supporting those with disabilities and developmental needs to vote for a party whose platform aligns with their priorities.
Here's how you can make an informed decision…
Be in the Know
It’s important to be an informed voter and learn about party platforms. Platforms outline a party’s priorities and what they say they will do if they are elected. If your child has a disability, you may want to search out what each party’s platform contains in terms of providing support to your children and and families like yours. You may also want to search other topics that are important to you (like healthcare, jobs, education, pandemic recovery, reconciliation, disability benefits, anti-racism, etc.). Click on the major political parties below (listed in alphabetical order) to read their platforms and look for information that applies to or interests you.
Kerry's Place - (FFS) All About You- A Support Group For Siblings - Online
The All About You is an online support group for children, aged 8-12, with a sibling who has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This group will offer interactive activities to create a fun space focused on them and their interests. This group strives to provide siblings with a safe space to express their feelings, learn about ASD, and meet and connect with other children whom share common experiences.
Kerry's Place - (FFS) Ontario Autism Program - Online
Foundational Family Services are available to all families registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) as part of the new needs-based program.
This live webinar is for family members who live in York Region or Simcoe County and want to learn more about Foundational Family Services, including eligibility and how to find services.
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