“I Have Something to Say” Panel Discussion Webcast Now Available

Ontario Provincial Advocate for Chidren and Youth (OPACY)

Dear Friend,
On December 3rd, my Office convened a special event in Toronto to hear the extraordinary stories of seven youth (including two siblings) who are leading the “I Have Something to Say” initiative.
Launched last year, “I Have Something to Say” is a youth-led initiative created to hear directly from children and youth with special needs about their experiences and aspirations for the future, and what changes
are needed to support them.

Health Rights Survival Guide

Ontario Provincial Advocate for Chidren and Youth (OPACY)

Dear Friend,
In the report My Real Life Book, I heard from many young people who said they felt “left out of their own lives.” This view was especially felt in the area of health care where decisions were being made about a child or youth’s body and medical treatment without their involvement or consent. Recent media stories have highlighted examples where health professionals, lawyers or service providers were making
these important decisions without considering the young person’s wishes.


Wed, 01/14/2015 - 18:00

This fall Family Outreach and Response ran a photovoice program. For 9 weeks we met with six young people (18-25) who have experienced mental health distress and worked with them to explore the impact it has had on their lives and what hinders and helps as they move towards recovery. 

ODSP Employment Benefits - Changes in 2015

Your Legal Rights

Recorded on December 11, 2014 - Big changes are coming to Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) employment benefits in 2015. The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC), the ODSP Action Coalition, and CLEO present this information and action webinar about these changes and their impact. Among the items discussed:

ODSP Medical Reviews: Increase in reviews coming in 2015

If you get benefits from the Ontario Disability Support
Program (ODSP), you may get a notice that your disability status is
being reviewed.

These "medical reviews" have always been part of the ODSP system. This is because ODSP is a program that provides support to people with disabilities even if their disability is not permanent.

For many years, however, the Ministry of Community and Social Services did not do medical reviews due to lack of resources. Many people who should have had a medical review have not had one done.

Free counselling at reachOUT for youth 12-18, NO wait list


reachOUT Free Counselling for youth 12-18!

reachOUT provides counselling services to youth between the ages of 12-18years old. Until March 31st our services are open to ALL youth. There is NO WAIT LIST for youth 12-18. Our services are grounded in LGBT positive, anti-oppression, and harm reduction frameworks as well as in an understanding of the social determinants of health. We offer individual and family counselling and can support people who are dealing with the following concerns:

LGBTQ Counselling

Employment Reintegration Specialist

Pay Type: 
Position type: 
Contract - full-time
Application deadline: 
Friday, December 12, 2014
Contact name: 


Title of Position: Employment Reintegration Specialist
Term: Full-time 1 year contract
Start date: January 5, 2015
Location: 581 Trethewey Dr., Toronto

Links between FASD and justice system explored in provincial HSJCC webinar

Canadian Mental Health Association

People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are more likely than their non-affected peers to come into contact with the justice system.  Sheila Burns and Cheryl Neave from the FASD Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE) explained why in a recent webinar hosted by the Provincial
Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC), with the support of the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet).

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