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COVID-19 Immunization Clinics for People with Disabilities

May 13 & 19 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 11 AM to 4 PM – By appointment only; no walk-ins

For more information and to book an appointment visit https://covidvaccineontario.simplybook.me

Eligibility requirements:
• 16 years of age and older
• Individuals with a disability
• Toronto resident

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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

Repost of Assistive Devices Funding Program 2021 Information

We are very pleased to share with you that the ADFP is still accepting new applications. Updated application forms, guidelines and a list of equipment funded are available for review.

 Apply Here:  ADFP Funding Application Page

Only 2021 Updated application forms will be accepted.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 416 244 9686, ext. 221 or toll free 1-877-244-9686, ext. 221 or email adfp@ofcp.ca

 

Repost of Life Emergency Action Fund 2021 Information

We are very pleased to inform our Members that our Life Emergency Action Fund Is still accepting new applications. Updated application forms and guidelines are available for review.

 Apply Here:  LEAF Funding Application Page

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 416 244 9686, ext. 221 or toll free 1-877-244-9686, ext. 221 or email leaf@ofcp.ca

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OFCP Annual Scholarship Award Nominations 2021

The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy has long been involved in advocating and promoting awareness, understanding and acceptance of persons with physical disabilities, as well as assisting individuals to develop to their utmost potential.
 
OFCP is pleased to announce the following Scholarship Awards for 2021:

  • Eric Waldron Scholarship Award 2021

  • Nicholas Milojevic Scholarship Award 2021

  • John Stone Sports Achievement Award 2021

We would appreciate your support and interest in promoting our awardscholarships to interested families and students.  For more information regarding award nominations, please click here.

Applications should be received no later than Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
 

During this time, applications and reference letters cannot be received by postal mail.

Please click here to submit your completed application and attach all reference support letters.  

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact our OFCP Awards Committee:

Email: cathy@ofcp.ca

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Important Announcement to OFCP Member Groups Regarding 2021 Member Group LEAF Emergency Fund

As we are all aware, the global COVID 19 crisis we now face has brought many challenges to all, with greater risk for those that have underlying medical conditions due to their age or disability. OFCP recognizes that we are enduring a time that is frightening, fluid and ever changing.

To our Essential Business Member Groups:

The well being and safety of our members is of paramount importance to the OFCP. So too, is the safety of your organization's employees. The OFCP is aware of the support, risk and essential services you provide to our members, today and every day.

As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic and the additional burdens you may face, the OFCP is offering a LEAF Member Group Emergency Fund (Life Emergency Action Fund), which has been created to assist you in these trying times.

Effective immediately, a one-time amount per Essential Business Agency up to $5,000 will be available to OFCP Member Groups who are deemed to be an Essential Business to assist with the costs associated with COVID-19.

The fund criteria will be broadly defined to encompass items/ inventory that address immediate concern. Items like additional PPE's, cleaning/disinfecting supplies, things that are important for your operations, are all considered valid. Of course, these are just suggestions, recognizing that member groups know their own needs best. To apply, please follow this link: Emergency Member Group LEAF Application

Finally, I want to assure our Member Groups that we are here for you. The Board of Directors and staff will work tirelessly to support you and our members in every way possible. Our Federation is committed to being active and responsive to your needs as they arise. Be well and safe.

Sincerely,

Gordana Skrba, Executive Director (Interim)

Bright Futures Ability Network

Bright Futures Ability Network is hosting a series of free webinars that will be open to the general public.

You can find this list of webinars, as well as links to sign up here: brightfuturesplan.com/upcoming-events  

Please pass along information about these webinars to anyone who might be interested.  

How to Serve on a Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee Guide

A guide to help members of municipal accessibility advisory committees carry out their responsibilities, engage with their municipal government and work well as a team.
 

About 1.65 million Ontarians have a disability and may face barriers to accessibility. They may find it hard to access local services, enter public buildings or use public transit.

While all levels of government are working to improve accessibility, municipal governments have a special role to play. Municipalities serve communities and manage many important programs and services that touch our daily lives, such as libraries, social housing and emergency services, and parks and roads.

Accessibility advisory committees advise municipal councils about the requirements and implementation of Ontario’s accessibility standards. According to the law, municipalities with 10,000 or more residents must establish an accessibility advisory committee. The majority of committee members must be people with disabilities.

This guide will help you build the practical knowledge and skills you will need to contribute to your accessibility advisory committee and carry out the work more effectively.

It can also be a useful resource for municipalities.

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ONLINE RESOURCES:



NORTH YORKERS FOR DISABLED PERSONS (NYDP)
COVID-19 DAILY UPDATES:

https://www.nydp.ca/covid-19-updates.html


CANADA Government COVID-19 INFO:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

ONTARIO Government COVID-19 INFO:
Ontario cases status updated twice a day, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus


City of TORONTO COVID-19 UPDATES:
https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19



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