OFCP eBulletin # 35
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To Our Members, Our Stakeholders, and the Public 

We are pleased to announce that we are moving to a new location on April 1st, 2021.

Our New Address is:

4211 Yonge Street, Suite #316
Toronto, Ontario
M2P 2A9

Our contact information including emails and telephones will remain the same and will be fully operational during the moving process and you will not experience any changes. Our staff will be available to answer any emails and phone calls, and we are asking you to please contact us directly by email or by phone. The staff contact information is available on our website here.
The health, safety and well being of our Members and Employees is our top priority.  As we continue to take measures to help prevent the transmission of COVID 19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our Members and Employees, please note that our offices will remain closed to public until further notice.

We encourage you to use all necessary precautions to keep safe from contracting the virus. For information and updates on the Coronavirus, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ontario Government websites.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Gordana Skrba, Executive Director (Interim)
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New OFCP Vaccine Support Fund

Important announcement for OFCP lifetime members.

OFCP is working hard to anticipate and support our members in accessing services, PPE and other supports as we all navigate through the COVID 19 pandemic and the issues that face people with disabilities.

As you know, we developed funding opportunities like the LEAF Life Emergency Action Fund, assisting members to purchase food, supplements, PPE and cleaning supplies to help address scarce inventory and address higher costs for these items. We then established the Life Enriching Education Fund, assisting members in addressing barriers to accessing supports related to online or in person schooling. Both have been so well received and members have told us how instrumental these funds were in helping them and their families.

In that spirit of anticipating where future barriers may lie, we are opening a new funding opportunity to assist our members in accessing the vaccine, if they choose to do so. This fund is called the COVID Vaccine Support Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide one time assistance to help members cover additional expenses related to costs associated with receiving the vaccine. These eligible expenses include but are but not limited to transportation costs, attendant services, parking, or other related costs.

Our members will be able to access up to $200.00 per application, beginning March 15th, 2021, until the funds are utilized. For more information and instructions on how to access the funds, see link below.

COVID 19 Vaccine Support Fund Application Form

COVID-19 Vaccines and People with Disabilities in Ontario

CILT invites you to “COVID-19 Vaccines and People with Disabilities in Ontario Zoom Webinar” on Wednesday April 7, 2021, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Topic: COVID-19 Vaccines and People with Disabilities in Ontario

Description: CILT will be presenting a zoom webinar on COVID-19 vaccines to empower people with disabilities with information and self-advocacy skills. The webinar will explain the different COVID-19 vaccines, their effectiveness & safety in Canada, addressing vaccine hesitancy, the meaning of herd immunity, the various stages of vaccine rollout and how to self-advocate for receiving the vaccine in Ontario.

When: Wednesday April 7, 2021, 1:00pm-300pm
Register in advance for this meeting at:

This workshop will cover the following topics:
1) Information on Different COVID-19 Vaccines, Effectiveness & Safety in Canada
2) Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and the Meaning of Herd Immunity
3) How Canada Chooses Groups for Early Vaccination
4) Vaccine rollout: Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine in Ontario
5) Vaccine Advocacy & Action Toolkit for Vaccine Equity
6) Question and Answers
7) Resources

If you need assistance with registering please e-mail or call 416-599-2458 ext 291.
Please note: you will not be able to join the session without registering first. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the zoom link or phone number for you to use to join the webinar. Registration closes two hours before the webinar.

Workshop Presenter: Timothy Valyear, RPN, Owner, Integrity Care Consultants Inc.

Upcoming Webinar for Women with Visible and Invisible Disabilities

Scarborough Women's Centre

“Nurturing Our Relationships + Well-Being: During COVID-19 and Beyond" will take place on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm via the Webex Meeting Platform.

In this webinar participants will learn more about:
· Personal and social factors that affect relationships
· Effective strategies to improve communication
· How to nurture their relationships during COVID-19 beyond!

Real-time captioning will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook, but this is NOT required to participate.

RSVP to Melissa by Monday, March 29, 2021. Please indicate any accommodations needed when you

RSVP. Phone: 416 439 7111 (Ext 3) or E-mail:

Funding for this project has been made possible by the Canadian Women's Foundation.

Ontario Offers New Sign Language Courses to Secondary Students

Ontario is becoming one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to offer high school students in the province second-language courses in American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes quebecoise (LSQ).

Details were provided today by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education and Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility.

"By expanding second-language course options for students, our Government is cementing its role as a leader in providing innovative learning opportunities," said Minister Lecce. "By offering students the chance to learn ASL or LSQ, they can expand their language skills while developing greater understanding of Ontario's ASL and LSQ culture."

Starting in September 2021, high schools may offer American Sign Language as a second  language and Langue des signes québécoise langue seconde to provide students with the opportunity to develop new language and conversation skills, gain cultural understandings, and learn about ASL or LSQ literary works and texts.

For more info click here:

Toronto District School Board planning for full return to in-class learning in September

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is preparing for a full return to in-class learning this September.

For more info click here:

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CANADA Government COVID-19 INFO:

Ontario cases status updated twice a day, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.


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