Community Clips: Resources for Families with a Loved One Living with a Disability

Community Clips is a knowledge-sharing resource for caregivers, siblings, allies and people living with disabilities. This content will help families to learn about community resources in a meaningful way and to think through a person-centred lens. Our roster of speakers have shared their insights at one of our many events. If you’d like to attend one of our knowledge transfer events where you can connect with families and have your personalized questions answered follow us on social media or check our Seeding Innovation Through Knowledge Workshop Series page for upcoming events.

Cinéma communautaire: ressource pour les familles avec un proche vivant avec un handicap

Cinéma communautaire est une ressource de transfert de connaissances pour les parents, les dispensateurs de soins, les frères et sœurs, les professionnels et les personnes vivant avec un handicap. Nous espérons que le contenu de ce programme aidera les familles à s’informer davantage sur les ressources communautaires de manière à maitriser l’approche centrée sur la personne. Notre liste de présentateurs a partagé ses pensées au cours d’un évènement que nous avons organisé. Si vous  aimeriez vous joindre à nous afin d’entrer en contact avec les autres familles et d’obtenir des réponses à vos questions, suivez-nous sur les réseaux sociaux ou consultez notre page de la série d’ateliers  ‘Semer l’innovation par la connaissance’ pour vous informer de nos prochains événements.

3rd Annual Eastern Ontario FASD Symposium: Keynote Myles Himmelreich
Myles Himmelreich is a well-known motivational speaker, having presented nationally and internationally for over 10 years; sharing his experiences of living with a disability. Throughout this session the audience will learn tools, strategies and supports that help Myles to be the successful man he is today. In his interactive presentation, he will give personal examples of sensory issues, processing, and executive functioning.  Myles hopes to encourage and inspire audiences, and society as a whole, to change the way they see and understand the word disability.

Jannelle Bata, Véronique Di Loreto et l’équipe de planification indépendante

Jannelle et Véronique parlent de leur vie en communauté et montrent comment la facilitation Indépendante les a aidées à réaliser leurs objectifs. Par la suite, Hélène Courchesne et Louise Cayer-Deslauriers présentent la philosophie et la pratique de leur rôles comme facilitatrices indépendantes. Elles considèrent les rôles sociaux valorisés comme un important outil dans la création d’un plan authentique.

3rd Annual FASD Symposium: Transitioning into adulthood
As a parent or caregiver of a youth with FASD, it is vital to remember that teens with FASD are usually developmentally younger than their chronological age and thus function differently than their same-aged peers. This workshop will explore some of the key transitioning goals for your youth or young adult. We will explore how you can support your loved one as they transition to early adulthood, by learning to understand what supports they may need in the areas of housing, employment, finances and social relationships including sexuality. Presented by: Joyce Hamelin of Citizen Advocacy Ottawa’s Fetal Alcohol Resource Program and Barb Sabourin, an individual with lived experience as a caregiver.

Jerryne Mahele Nyota
Jerryne est à la fois travailleuse sociale au CEPEO et en pratique privée, et mère de 2 jeunes adultes ayant le trouble du spectre de l’autisme. Elle partage ses expériences en ce qui a trait à la défense des droits de ses fils.  Elle fait aussi la promotion des ressources communautaires et la façon d’encourager vos êtres chers a réaliser leur plein potentiel.

3rd Annual FASD Symposium: Fostering Healthy Growth
Understanding the interaction between FASD, trauma, attachment and sensory is crucial to building the best strategies for healthy growth for each individual. Participants of this breakout session will: 1 Recognize how the roots of behaviour effect and influence each other 2 Identify how behaviour is an expression of the interaction of FASD, trauma, attachment and sensory processing vulnerabilities 3 Discover how to build strategies for healthy growth-based on the clues provided by the behaviour Presented by: Tanya Eichler, Psychotherapist and Janet Carioni, Occupational Therapist.

Caroline Granger

Caroline Granger est la directrice de Valor & Solutions de Prescott-Russell. Elle est une experte au niveau des rôles sociaux valorisés (RSV), pour avoir bénéficié de l’enseignement de Raymond Lemay, qui représente l’un des principaux penseurs des rôles sociaux valorisés (RSV). Elle présente l’histoire des RSV et la participation communautaire. Elle met l’emphase sur l’importance de l’approche centrée sur la personne lorsqu’il s’agit de créer une bonne vie.

3rd Annual FASD Symposium: Navigating the School System
This session will help participants understand the educational system in relation to students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. We will unpack the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process so a parent, caregiver or support/school staff can better support the child/student as they navigate their way through school. Strategies to be used in the classroom will also be explored. Presented by: Sharon Lerher, MSW, RSW Chief Social Worker Ottawa Catholic School Board Karen Konrad Education Consultant Ottawa Catholic School Board.

Michel Potvin

Gillian Keefe Video


Natalie Sanna Wills Estates and Henson Trusts Video


Natalie Sanna Power of Attorney Vs. Guardianship Video


Service Navigation with DSO Video


March of dimes ODSP Employment Support Video


Gail Dawson – Caregiver Compassion Fatigue Video


Lifetime Networks Video


Person Directed planning Video


Martha Beach

Martha Beach, Housing Coordinator for Developmental Services Ontario Eastern Region, provides families with resources and information to help them create a person-centered housing model. The housing coordinator helps connect families with local resources, much of what Martha shares is applicable across the province of Ontario, however she also provides Eastern Ontario specific information and shares stories of her successes.


Stéphane and Josée Boulanger

Self-Advocate Stéphane and his sister Josée share Stéphane’s story about moving into his own apartment. Stéphane likes to make his own decision and wanted to have greater autonomy – even the small things like being able to pay for his own pizza. They share their journey, how they created a plan, how they executed it. They share how they leveraged community and organizational resources to ensure that Stéphane was able to live his vision- his own home within the community. There is also a robust question and answer period in this powerful video.  

Stacey Bielaski and Independent Facilitation

Stacey Bielaski, Self-Advocate, is introduced by her Independent Facilitator Ruth Ann Moore and shares her story. Independent facilitation and a person-centered planning changed her life in a positive and meaningful way 4:00 – 19:00. Ruth Ann and Hélène Courchesne then share the philosophy of Independent Facilitation and person-centered thinking. They share stories and help guide your thinking to start seeing your loved ones for their ability and to help them recognize and realize their dreams.


Janet Klees

Janet Klees, Executive Director of Durham Association for Family Resources and Support, has been involved in the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and allies for over 30 years. She has been involved as the Family Coordinator for 20 years with Deohaeko Support Network. This network of families  designed and built a 105-unit housing co-operative. She has also written three books: We Come Bearing Gifts; Our Presence has Roots; Deohaeko Decades.

Janet uses a Social Role Valorization framework to inform her thinking and everything she does is rooted within real community. She divides her presentation into three core separate and inter-related topics after first setting the stage outlining her philosophy and experience. Home 20:00 |  Housing 40:00 | Support 1h:20.

David W Housing Video