In this very first Newsletter of 2023, we provide you with information that seems interesting to us for families. In addition, we share with joy that 2023 will be a year of celebration! 🍾
Did you know that Solidarité was founded in November 1983 and that we will celebrate our 40th year of function? For us, 2023 will therefore be a remarkable year. We wanted to celebrate our anniversary and share the good news with you. This year, we aim to punctuate the coming months with surprises, to gather, and to take the pulse of the member families. We need you and your testimonials! Please come forward, in writing, via video, or on the phone, we want to hear from you! What can you say about us? Please write to us here at email@example.com
For logistical reasons, it is necessary to make an appointment before coming to our offices. We invite you to contact the person you wish to meet directly and to plan your meeting with them.
PLAY “ROSE AND THE MACHINE”
A small group of 11 members of Solidarité had the opportunity to attend the play Rose and the Machine. This play is about the journey of a parent with a child on the autism spectrum. The evening between mothers was very appreciated.
‘’It was a pleasure to meet you and share a moment that we all understand. Too short to know you enough but hope it will be partly postponed. A big thank you Elena and Solidarité for making this moment possible.’’
‘’Thank you all, it was refreshing to be with you yesterday for this play that encouraged and comforted my heart. Knowing that there are people who want to make our realities known and assist us in this is the positive that I remember from having been with you yesterday. Thank you, Elena and Solidarité de parents for this much-appreciated respite. I hope there will be other opportunities like that.’’
JASETTE BETWEEN PARENTS
The February Talk (in French) will take place on Monday, February 20 at 7 pm on Zoom and will be about how to take care of oneself as a caregiver. We would love to meet you virtually and look forward to seeing you in March’s Talk in person!
Since the time has come for the good treatment of caregivers and it is important – essential even – to take care of oneself as a parent of a disabled child, here are the tools #SolidairementProcheAidant, created by the psychosocial intervention team at L’Antr’Aidant. The tools are inspired by the experience and reality of caregivers who accompany people with intellectual disabilities, and physical and/or autism spectrum disorders. They are tools used to reflect, exchange, develop knowledge and strengthen your network. Please note that the tools are in French.
Have you heard of the Children’s Dental Benefit? In fact, this benefit is temporary and is intended to help reduce dental costs for eligible families earning less than $90,000 per year. Parents and guardians can apply if the child receiving dental care is under 12 years of age and does not have access to a private dental insurance plan. If you are eligible, the current application period is from October 1 2022 to June 30 2023.
For general information, eligibility criteria and to apply online, click on the button below. For telephone information, you can call: 1 800 715-8836.
The one-time supplement to the Canada Housing Benefit is designed to help low-income tenants pay their rent. You may be entitled to a one-time, tax-free payment of $500 if your income and the amount you pay for rent are eligible. It will be possible to apply until Friday, March 31, 202!
For general information, eligibility criteria and to apply online, click on the button below. For telephone information, you can call: 1 800 282-8079.
Do you know about Corpuscule Danse’s integrated dance classes? Their classes are adapted to the specific needs of children with mild to moderate motor disabilities or intellectual disabilities (cerebral palsy, spina bifida, dyspraxia, autism, language problem, Down syndrome, etc.). Their classes are also aimed at children without disabilities because the beauty is to offer a mixed space where children with and without disabilities rub shoulders, help each other, and tame differences.
Where? At UQAM’s dance department, room 1150 (840 Cherrier Street, Montreal) Tarif? $160 for 6 days (8h15 of lessons)
Parents of children with disabilities must always take steps well in advance in order to offer their children a place in a day camp or a specialized summer camp. To find out more about the various camps that welcome children and youth with special needs, visit the Association des camps du Québec website.
What are the terms to favor and avoid when naming autism? The Research Group for Adolescents and Adults with Autism (GRAADA) is interested in the question and a study entitled “Diversity of Speech” aims to survey the people concerned on the most appropriate terminology to designate autistic people, and the terms to avoid reducing the experience of prejudice. The study will provide data to Francophone organizations, collectives, employers, and policymakers so that they can use the terms that the autistic community embraces and accepts. Using language accepted by the majority will help reduce the harm and stigma experienced by members of the autistic community.
If you want to give your opinion, click on the button below. Here are the criteria:
Participants must be 18 years of age or older and be members of the broader autistic community: autistic person, family, or professionally affected by autism.
Participation consists of completing a short survey.
For those who wish, there is also the possibility of participating in an interview by videoconference, telephone, or Messenger in exchange for a financial contribution.
The Cerebral Palsy Association of Quebec has just launched in January 2023 the Télé Handicap channel on social networks. Their purpose is to present a variety of programs on all disabilities, dealing with culture, sport and science, as well as interviews and discussion tables. You can view their shows from Youtube.
We have prepared a special summary about transportation.
STM METRO STATIONS ACCESSIBLES The list of STM metro stations with accessible elevators at street level is now up to 24.
De la Concorde
At any time, you can check the status of elevator service by phone at 514 STM-INFO (786-4636) by selecting option 2 or option 4.
Other metro stations are the subject of ongoing work to integrate elevators: