Planning the Future for Your Child with a Disability:
Everyone dreams that their child will have a full life, complete with meaningful activities, personal and considerate friendships, financial security and a home to live in. For parents who have children with disabilities, this requires extra planning and action. This website will help you get oriented to the adult service system and to how others can be of help to you and your young adult child.
This website was designed for parents of young people 14 to 18 years of age who live with a developmental disability. Siblings, extended families and friends will find this information extremely helpful as well. The purpose of this website is to give contact information, some tips, resources and practical information to assist with the transition away from the school system and into life as an adult.
Our best advice is to begin early. Starting earlier than what one may think helps to create tailor made options that will reflect the lifestyle essentials of both your family and your child. Planning also involves thinking creatively so that you can build on the skills, interests and strengths of your child to develop natural connections in your community.
You will note information about financial incentives for families of all income levels such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan. AS well, information about the Ontario Disability Support Program is highlighted.
In Windsor and Essex County (Ontario), independent facilitators, service providers and Ministry representatives have come together to think about what information families could use to assist them to think about their future. This conversation led to the creation of this binder. In the school system it is called “the transition binder”. To obtain a first time or an additional copy, please ask your child’s teacher.
Also available on the website:
1. Family stories
2. Planning steps and community resources
3. Calendar of events from various groups