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WE ARE MOVING TO A NEW LOCATION - IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

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.

Sincerely,
 
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

Research Recruitment: Youth, Young adult Participation and Environment Measure

Research Institution: McGill University  

"Youth, Young-adult Participation and Environment Measure (Y-PEM)"  

We are conducting a research project to evaluate participation in daily activities at home, school, community and the workplace, using a questionnaire called the Y-PEM (Youth and Young Adult Participation and Environment). We need your assistance to test whether the Y-PEM can capture youth and young adult's participation and whether it is valid and consistent. If you are interested to be part of our study, please contact us at  saeideh.shahinvarnousfaderany@mail.mcgill.ca or dana.anaby@mcgill.ca.

Ontario Caregivers Organization

If you support someone in need and feel anxious and overwhelmed with your caregiving responsibilities, you’re not alone. The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support Ontario’s 3.3 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour. We support caregivers by being their one point of access to information, so they have what they need to be successful in their role. 

For more information click here.

Ontario Helping People Get their COVID-19 Vaccination

TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing $3.7 million as part of the 2021 Budget to help seniors and people with disabilities get their COVID-19 vaccinations, where transportation is a barrier. The Province is launching this initiative to remove that barrier and ensure that anyone who wants a vaccine is able to get a vaccine. 
 

Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board, Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and General Rick Hillier (retired) while touring the new mass-vaccine clinic at Thorncliffe Park in Toronto.

"It is critically important to ensure that our most vulnerable get the protection of a COVID-19 vaccine and that's why we are doing everything we can to remove any and all barriers," said Premier Ford. "In our 2021 Budget we are providing funding to help people get to the vaccines, or to bring the vaccines to them. The health and safety of our seniors and people with disabilities is a top priority."

For more information click here.

 

The Assistive Device Exchange A.D.E. Website Has Been Rebranded and Updated!

ILS is thrilled to announce a FREE online classified website that helps get gently used assistive devices and home care equipment to people who need it most. Quipit is a one stop shop for people looking for equipment they need. Quipit is also a useful tool for people who find themselves with equipment they no longer require or that they’ve inherited and can’t donate.  Now it can be sold or given away on www.goquipit.com

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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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