Category Archives: Community supports

Sex?!

Maddie has a boyfriend. He’s very handsome and very gentlemanly. They go to movies, share popcorn and have been seen holding hands. But now that she lives on her own, people ask if I’m worried about sex. Years ago, a … Continue reading

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Who’d like to have 15 First Dates?

…all on one night! It’s hard for young adults with developmental delays to find romance! So, Maddie’s roommates, the awesome Karen and Morgan, have organized two speed dating events to help young people meet others, find new friends and maybe … Continue reading

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So what happened?

As I said, way back in June, we fired the first House Mentor. Then what to do? We asked Maddie how she felt staying in the house without someone there overnight. She was fine. So were Karen and Krystal. For … Continue reading

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Housing–the next big step

It turns out that finding housing for a young adult child isn’t just one problem. It’s really two HUGE problems. At least that’s what Bryan Keshan, CEO of Reena, has helped me understand. As a parent, I want to find housing that … Continue reading

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Dream Weavers

Mira Etlin-Stein and her partner, Amanda Landry are young Occupational Therapists who didn’t let a soft job market stop them from practicing in their chosen profession. They started Dream Weavers Collective— a community-based grassroots company that offers group and individual … Continue reading

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ODSP, DSO, DSTO—who does what?

The social service world is full of confusing acronyms. ODSP, DSO and DSTO are all funded by the Ontario government and all provide services to adults with disabilities. However, they are separate organizations with separate application procedures. ODSP–Ontario Disability Support … Continue reading

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Two information nights: DSO and Life After High School

Developmental Services Ontario is now the gateway to most opportunities for our disabled children. Laura Starret, Lights Coordinator with Community Living has organized a Networking Evening on the topic of – Understanding “the system” with a DSO Toronto Service Navigator … Continue reading

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