OFCP Informaction - Spring Issue
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In This Issue of InformAction:

  1. Windsor Gala
  2. Communication Disabilities Access Canada
  3. Independent Living Services of Simcoe County
  4. Canada Revenue Agency Information
  5. Cerebral Palsy and Reproductive Health Survey
  6. Congratulations Harriet On Winning Gold!

Windsor Gala

The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy is putting on the 4th Annual Windsor for Cerebral Palsy Gala! 

This event is taking place Friday, March 22nd, at the Fogolar Furlan Banquet Hall, 1800 N Service Road in Windsor, Ontario, N8W 1Y3. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. There will be raffle draws and a cash bar. The evening concludes at 10:30 p.m.

There will be a performance by Hospice Wellness Band, a presentation by guest speaker David Dame, and the Master of Ceremonies will be Mike Kakuk from AM800. 

To purchase tickets contact Sheila Ruggaber at 519-919-2443, or online at For more information email

Tickets are $30 per person and 100% of all funds raised go directly to the OFCP Assistive Devices & Life Enriching Activity Funding programs.

OFCP wishes to thank our generous sponsors: Fogolar Furlan Banquet Hall, VIA Rail, KASE Insurance Inc., Cidel Asset Management Inc., Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, Empire Life Insurance and APRI Insurance Services Inc.

Communication Disabilities Access Canada

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Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is a national and Ontario based, non-profit organization that focuses on social justice and accessibility for people who have speech and language disabilities that are not caused primarily by significant hearing loss. CDAC offers a range of accessibility resources for organizations and people who have disabilities that affect their communication.

CDAC has three online communication courses that are free until April 30, 2019.

Check out CDAC’s courses at, there you can learn how to assist people who have disabilities that affect their communication when communicating at meetings and events, hire and work with a communication assistant, and, make your services accessible for people who have disabilities that affect their communication for organizations and businesses.

Also check out the Communication Assistance Database, developed to find people who can assist with communication in situations where assistance is needed.

Independent Living Services of Simcoe County


Independent Living Services of Simcoe County would like to share the following information about two important services:

First, if you have equipment you no longer need, you can list it on The Assistive Devices Exchange Website for Sale or Give away. If you are looking for equipment, you may find it on The A.D.E. too!

Second, The Accessibility Resource Centre is a free service that offers guidance & support in finding assistive devices, home & vehicle modifications that can help you live safely & independently at home & within your community. If costs are a concern, A.R.C. can help you navigate the funding sources which may be available.

For more information, contact Independant Living Services at (705) 737-3263

Assistive Devices Exchange and Accessibility Resource Centre

Canada Revenue Agency Information


What’s new this tax-filing season

This tax-filing season, many important changes and improvements were made to services, benefits, and credits for Canadians. Here's what you need to know:

The Medical expense tax credit has been expanded to allow expenses related to service animals who are specially trained to perform specific tasks for a patient with a severe mental impairment that help the patient cope with the impairment

You may also be able to reduce the amount of federal tax you pay by claiming a non-refundable tax credit on a wide variety of medical expenses.

You may be able to claim medical expenses for yourself, your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children (under 18 years of age), and certain other dependants. To claim medical expenses, the expenses must:  

- Be eligible – the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a list of common medical expenses that may qualify
- Have been paid by you or your spouse or common-law partner
- Have been paid within a 12-month period ending in 2018 and not claimed for 2017

Cerebral Palsy and Reproductive Health Survey


Are you a woman with Cerebral Palsy over the age of 18?

The survey below was developed by Dr. Anne Berndl at the Accessible Care Pregnancy Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  

Dr. Berndl is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist who focuses on pregnancy and physical disability. She has created this survey to address the lack of knowledge about reproductive health and pregnancy in women with CP, which may affect the care they receive or the healthcare choices they make.  

This survey was created with input from women with CP, and the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy. It is completely anonymous. You may skip any questions that you do not feel comfortable answering.

If you are interested, please visit the survey through the link below:

Congratulations Harriet On Winning Gold!

On the 9th and 10th of February, OFCP member Harriet Lahman competed in the Paralympic games in Whitby with support from our Life Enriching Activity Fund.

After playing in two close Boccia Ball matches, Harriet found herself in the finals. Her competitor had about 30 family and friends cheering then on from the audience. Harriet, who is deaf, said "Sometimes it’s good to not hear too much". Harriet would also like to mention that her competitor, Nico, "has amazing shot control and all the smarts needed for the game". Overall it was a tough competition.

After falling behind early in the match, Harriet came back and won the gold with a score of 6-3! Her dad, who practices with her, jumped out of his seat as Harriet threw her hands up in the air. In the end, it was announced that Harriet was a champion! We could not be more proud of Harriet and her amazing achievement. 
Harriet Competing in Boccia Ball
Harriet Competing in Boccia Ball
Harriet Competing in Boccia Ball

   How you can help the OFCP   

You can play an important role in helping the OFCP by either making a financial contribution to our organization and help support our programs and services, or contact Clothing Pick-Up for Cerebral Palsy Trust where they will pick up your used clothing and gently used household goods.

Here are some of the ways you can HELP Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy.

Special Fundraising Events - Participate in or sponsor an event
Plan a party that allows you and your guests to support the OFCP
Free Home Collection Service - Arrange your CP4CP home pick-up
CP4CP Clothing Donation Bin - Find a Donation Bin near you
Online Donation - Quick and easy way to donate to OFCP
In Memoriam Donation - Make a gift in memory of someone dear
Donation in Honour - Make a donation In Honour of someone special
Monthly Giving Program - Set up a regular monthly donation
Donate a Car Canada - Running, or not! Old or new! Donate it to OFCP
Planned Giving - A donation made at a future date through your will
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