The Annual General Assembly (AGM) of Solidarité de parents is approaching! It will take place on June 14, 2023, at 7pm in virtual mode. This is an unmissable event for an association, and we would like to meet you to testify about the activities carried out, the impact of these on families and present some aspects of our action plan for 2023-2024.
On May 17, you should have received by email the notice of meeting, the agenda, the minutes of 2022, the nomination form and the information for the renewal and the various payment methods.
To receive the link for the AGM, you must first register at email@example.com or by phone at 514-254-6067 ext. 203*
On the occasion of the next 40th anniversary of the organization, Solidarité wishes to display new colors in its logo. Have you noticed? Also, our website has been revamped and will be presented to you soon.
THE BOARD NEEDS YOU
At the next Annual General Meeting to be held on June 14, 2023, the members will elect representatives of the next Board of Directors of Solidarité de parents. Positions will be filled.
Would you like to be part of the decisions made for the organization? Would you like to work on important issues concerning the future of Solidarité de parents? Would you like to make a difference for member families?
We continue our in-person meetings between parents and for the month of June, it will be in the morning.
On Wednesday, June 7, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. come and have a coffee at La Petite Marche at 5035, rue Saint-Denis, H2J 2L9 (2 minutes walk from Laurier metro).
Since a snack will be offered, registrations are required with Elena Seco by email firstname.lastname@example.org
“I really wanted to thank you for this initiative of this meeting, and I am very happy to have participated in the chat. It’s really appreciated. We understand that we live the same reality. As they say: we are in the same boat, and we understand each other better. Thank you very much and thank you again.”
”For more than 20 years, the “angel” that bears the name of Solidarity of parents of disabled people accompanies us, soothes us the heavy burden, relieves us when we are exhausted (especially me, the mother) while there is no one on whom I could count … Coming from afar, you have been the family we do not have in Canada.
Without you, I don’t know how far my exhaustion would have come and, as a result, our family (parents and 3 children) could have survived or not this exhaustion. Some team members leave, others arrive, but the heart and mission remain the same, at the same height of dedication.
We can never say thank you enough, thank you from the bottom of my heart and good luck.”
– Mirvat Hageali
CANADIAN DENTAL BENEFIT
Hurry! The Canada Interim Dental Benefit is designed to improve dental care for children under the age of 12 who do not have access to dental insurance and whose parents have a family income of less than $90,000 per year. With the help of this benefit, they can get the dental care they need.
Depending on your adjusted family net income, a tax-free payment of $260, $390 or $650 is available for each eligible child. You can receive a maximum of 2 payments for each eligible child. Benefit payments are administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
This dental benefit is temporary and is only available for 2 periods! If you are eligible, there are two periods for the care received:
The first benefit period covers the period from October 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023. The last day to apply is Friday, June 30, 2023!
The second period is for the period from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024
An additional payment may be available as of July 1, 2023, for certain eligible children. You may meet the criteria if you do not apply for both benefit periods and your child’s dental expenses are higher than $650 in the period for which you are applying. You must have already applied and be eligible to meet the additional payment criteria.
As we approach the end of the school year, we would like to share some references with you in order to enjoy the summer holidays.
Do you know Kéroul?
Kéroul is a non-profit organization whose actions aim to make tourism and culture accessible to people with limited physical ability. They offer practical information to fully enjoy your travels, outings and getaways for those who use a cane or wheelchair or who have a disability. Their website will allow you to discover many resources and references related to outings with your children with a physical limitation.
Do you need equipment for leisure activities for your children with reduced mobility?
TRACKZ Mobility is a Quebec company that specializes in the design, production and sale of wheelchairs entirely designed for outdoor activities (hiking, beach, cross-country skiing). In addition, TRACKZ Mobility also offers a trolley-stroller adapted for outdoor conditions and can be used by several types of customers.
The importance of participating in leisure activities to support the social participation of people with autism was highlighted in the results of the research Perspectives on the Social Participation of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Consult here this summary sheet based on the results of research by Mélanie Couture, occupational therapist, Ph.D. (in French).
Do you know the Association québécoise pour le loisir des personnes handicapées (AQLPH)?
The AQLPH brings together, concerts, represents, and equips key players from different regions of Quebec working on recreational accessibility (inclusive/universal accessibility, inclusive leisure experience, the outdoors, sports, day camps and reasonable accommodation) for people with disabilities by positioning itself as a leader and facilitator.
The AQLPH is active in terms of inclusion and improvement of the quality of life of people with disabilities and ensures the transfer of knowledge to its network and partners with an offer of training, awareness activities, presentations, and the dissemination of original publications.
Did you know that the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts pays special attention to people with disabilities? Admission to exhibitions and collections is free for anyone with a disability and their companion!
All pavilions are accessible and adapted for wheelchair users (exhibition halls, toilets, elevators) and three parking spaces reserved for holders of “disabled” stickers are available on Avenue du Musée.
The Museum has also developed a sensory kit to help better integrate autistic children (six years and older) accompanied by an adult or family members.
The Sensational Supplies Pack is a support tool that fosters an appreciation of artworks by tapping into the senses. It is made up of calming toys, drawing materials and activity sheets to follow during a tour of the galleries of the Pavilion for Peace.
You can check out the sensational bag’s activity sheets online.
The Sensational Supplies Pack is available Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can reserve the Sensational Supplies Pack online, or at the ticket counter on the day of your visit (limit of one per family). The reservation includes free admission to the Museum for the autistic person and the people accompanying them!
QUEBEC DISABILITY WEEK
Quebec Disability Week is celebrated from June 1 to 7. The spokesperson for the Week, Rosalie Taillefer-Simard, and the ambassador, Luca Patuelli, invite you to highlight this edition under the theme “Contribute 100%”.
Did you know that more than one million people have a significant and persistent disability that makes them likely to face barriers to doing business? Indeed, society is not always adapted to their needs. That is why the Week highlights the challenges that remain. It highlights the actions that need to be taken to make our world more inclusive. Because even today, we must continue to act to improve the social participation of people with disabilities.
All actions taken count more than you imagine, whether individual or collective. Recognize the extent of the abilities of people with disabilities to exercise full power over their lives. Take every opportunity to reduce the obstacles they face.
Your kindness and actions can help a person get involved in society, be self-reliant, take their place and feel good.
In a more inclusive world, people with disabilities can achieve their potential. Let them contribute 100% of their abilities!
Video in French, but subtitles in English are available.
SLEEP FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM
Do your children have trouble sleeping? Have you noticed that the longer summer days don’t make bedtime any easier? Listen to this brief capsule about sleep in children with autism and remember or learn that light (natural or artificial) plays a major role in sending the brain to produce the sleep hormone melatonin.
Sleep is regulated by two mechanisms: the circadian process (the biological clock) and the homeostatic process (sleep pressure).
The video is in French, but English subtitles are available.
Would you like to develop knowledge and skills in occupational therapy? We recommend the website of Josiane Caron Santha, Occupational Therapist, who is the founder of the JCSI Academy.
You will find online training (some of which are paid) and resources on its website. In addition, you can also subscribe to its Newsletter (L’info ERGO) and, following registration, you can download (for free) on guide of 14 pages on the stages of the development of the gross and fine motor skills of the child between 0-6 years.
Finautonome is a community-based charitable organization dedicated to the financial well-being of people with disabilities. It offers support for families to help them access more easily the financial assistance that exists for them, through government programs and tax measures.
They offer conferences that provide an overview of the main measures and financial assistance and a telephone or virtual help service to answer your questions.