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CURRENT OFCP FUNDING PROGRAMS:

Program:

Vaccine Support Fund

Status:

ACTIVE – OPEN NOW (until funds are utilized)

Who qualifies:

OFCP Members (click here to learn more)

Type of funding:

One time assistance up to $200 to help members cover additional expenses with receiving the vaccine

How to apply:

Online at ofcp.ca – CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

Program:

Assistive Devices Funding

Status:

ACTIVE – OPEN NOW (until funds are utilized)

Who qualifies:

OFCP Members (click here to learn more)

Type of funding:

Funding to access life-changing assistive devices and equipment up to $2000

How to apply:

Online at ofcp.ca – CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

Program:

Life Emergency Action Fund (LEAF)

Status:

ACTIVE – OPEN NOW (until funds are utilized)

Who qualifies:

OFCP Members (click here to learn more)

Type of funding:

One time assistance up to $400 to help members access financial assistance to enrich, enhance or augment an activity the member currently participates in or is interested in. OFCP will try and accommodate each request as it pertains to the COVID-19 emergency situation

How to apply:

Online at ofcp.ca – CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

Program:

Member Group Emergency Fund

Status:

ACTIVE – OPEN NOW (until funds are utilized)

Who qualifies:

OFCP Member Groups (click here to learn more)

Type of funding:

One-time amount per Essential Business Agency up to $5,000 to assist with the costs associated with COVID-19

How to apply:

Online at ofcp.ca – CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Nicholas Milojevic Walk ‘N’ Roll-A-Thon

Please join us for the Sixth Annual Nicholas Milojevic Walk 'N' Roll A-Thon Saturday, September 11, 2021. This event starts at 10 a.m. 

Purchase tickets and/or make a donation with the form on the left (or below if your on a mobile device) OR follow this link to the registration form (same form as here but in a new window):

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/ontario-federation-for-cerebral-palsy/events/nicholas-milojevic-walk-n-roll-a-thon-2021/

Government of Canada introduces legislation to create the new Canada Disability Benefit

the Government of Canada introduced legislation to establish the framework for a new Canada Disability Benefit. The benefit would help reduce poverty among low-income, working-age Canadians with disabilities by providing direct financial support. 
 
Bill C-35, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, has been published here: LEGISinfo - House Government Bill C-35 (43-2) (parl.ca)
 
The Government of Canada committed in the 2020 Speech from the Throne to develop the first-ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). This plan will include:
•             a new Canada Disability Benefit;
•             a robust employment strategy for Canadians with disabilities;
•             and a better process to determine eligibility for federal disability programs and benefits. 
 
The new Canada Disability Benefit is the cornerstone of this plan.
 
For more information, please see the news release and backgrounder: Government of Canada introduces legislation to create the new Canada Disability Benefit  - Canada.ca

Free Concert on Zoom: 'The Power of Music' with Stelth Ng. Saturday July 17 at 7PM

The CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter, Canadian Council of the Blind, proudly presents their online concert series, featuring performances by talented Canadian artists with lived experience of vision loss.
 
The Power of Music – with Stelth Ng

Stelth Ng began playing the piano at age four and violin at age five. As a teenager, he obtained Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT Performance Diplomas for both Piano and Violin, and is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

He has performed regularly as Concertmaster and Guest Soloist with several prestigious orchestras and has received numerous awards, including the CNIB Jazz FM Annual Scholarship for visually impaired musicians and the Felix Galimir Chamber Competition Prize at The University of Toronto. A solo and chamber violinist, Stelth is the founder of the award-winning Grigori String Quartet and the Sipe Piano Quintet. His work further includes playing as a ballet pianist several top-ranked ballet schools and directing his own media production company, Triple Pointe Media, combining photography, videography, and artists.

Join Stelth Ng and the CCB Toronto Visionaries, and feel the power of music: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86334819123?pwd=K0RVOGlxWkV5cjQ5aU95UHdKWVoyZz09

Ontario Providing Accessible Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

The Ontario government announced it is investing $3.7 million in a partnership with the Ontario Community Support Association to help people with disabilities, including seniors with mobility issues, get to and from vaccination sites so they can get their shot and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
 
The Accessible Drive To Vaccines program will ensure that anyone who wants a vaccine is able to by connecting eligible individuals with staff and volunteers who will drive them to and from local vaccination sites across the province. This includes individuals who have not yet received their first shot, or anyone who may require additional support to access their second.
 
This initiative will focus on helping people who do not have access to accessible transportation through family, neighbours or community organizations. Getting as many Ontarians as possible vaccinated is a critical part of the government’s strategy to fight COVID-19.
 

Quick Facts

  • Individuals must have a vaccine appointment booked for the date of transportation requested.
  • Eligible individuals must be a person with a disability within the meaning of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
  • Depending on logistics it may be the same driver both ways or two separate drivers.
  • One caregiver or support person will also be permitted to accompany the person on this accessible transportation initiative.

Measuring Brain Synchrony Between Children and Their Parents While Drawing Pictures Together

Research Institution: Bloorview Research Institute and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Does your child enjoy drawing pictures and tablet computer games? Consider participating in our study! We are understanding how parents and children synchronize brain activity while drawing pictures together. This will be done by measuring your brain activity using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), which is non-invasive and has no known risks, while drawing.

Who can participate? Children aged 7-18 (with or without ASD) living in the Greater Toronto Area and their parent or primary caregiver who is also willing to participate. Participants must have mobility of their dominant hand/torso and stay focused on a task for at least 2 minutes. You must be able to understand English and have normal/ corrected-to-normal vision/hearing. Adult participants must have no history of neurological, cardiopulmonary, respiratory, or drug/alcohol related conditions as well as traumatic brain injury or concussion.

What’s involved? You and your child will participate in one, 1-hour session at the Holland Bloorview Research Institute. Besides drawing pictures, you will play ‘Simon Says’ to help us understand how body movements affect brain signals. You will also be asked to complete qualitative questionnaires that measure you and your child’s social abilities. Findings from this study could further our understanding how ASD affects social processing areas of the brain and may point to new biomarkers for diagnosing. You will be given a small gift card as a token of appreciation for your time.

Interested in Participating? If you are interested or have additional questions, please contact Karly Franz at kfranz@hollandbloorview.ca.

COVID19 Guidance: Elementary & Secondary Schools – Last updated June 15, 2021

Download Toronto Public Health’s Guidance for Reopening Schools PDF (JK to 12) (also available below and in French PDF) and COVID-19 Prevention Checklist for Schools JK to Grade 12 PDF (also available below and in French PDF).

The Planning Guide for Schools PDF identifies issues and critical elements of emergency preparedness that organizations should consider in planning for a pandemic.

For more information click here.

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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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