Friday, May 22
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Online via Web Streaming
- ACT - Autism Community Training
- $75 - $410
For parents of children with invisible disabilities, including autism, ADHD, anxiety and a range of conditions, it is often a challenge to convince those in authority that one’s child requires services beyond what a family can typically access. This situation is further complicated when neurodiverse children exhibit behavioral difficulties, which are sometimes falsely attributed to poor parenting by those with limited training in invisible disabilities.
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce parents to basic advocacy strategies. Examples will be specific to the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), including the need to:
- Educate social and mental health workers about your child’s diagnoses and requirement for services.
- Develop your communication skills in advocating for services.
- Create a paper trail – document your interactions with MCFD employees when requesting services.
- Understand how to appeal a decision made by an MCFD employee, when necessary, including MCFD’s internal complaints policy, the role of the Office of the Representative of Children and Youth and the Ombudsperson.
We will also review the various service areas within MCFD to better understand what services it is responsible for providing, including:
- Children and Youth with Special Needs
- Children and Youth with Mental Health
- Family Services including Child Protection Services
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Define their role as an advocate for their child.
- Identify basic advocacy skills.
- Identify key resources that can provide support for children with an invisible disability.
- Describe key steps in developing an advocacy strategy.
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Bursaries are available for parents and professionals in need. Visit our Bursary Page for more information.