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WRFN and BtoBe Receive Grant to Support Adults with ASD

Posted in: News | On: May 8th, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

The Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) and Bridges to Belonging (BtoBe) are pleased to announce that we have received a $30,000 grant from Autism Speaks Canada to offer Independent Facilitation and Person-Directed Planning to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are not eligible for Ministry funded supports.

WRFN will play a coordinating and referral role in this project, while BtoBe will provide direct support through their Independent Facilitation program. This funding will expand our supports for one year to five individuals with ASD who are not otherwise able to access this important support.

Building on this local partnership, WRFN and BtoBe will be collaborating with partners in the Ottawa area who have also been awarded a $30,000 grant by Autism Speaks. Together we will support 10 individuals through Independent Facilitation, while our organizations will collaborate on specialized training for staff and project evaluation. We look forward to collaborating with Citizen Advocacy Ottawa, Asperger’s Society of Ontario, and Heather Fawcett MSW.

More information will follow in the near future about referral into this project.


Announcement from Autism Speaks: “In 2015, the Ministry of Community and Social Services announced funding for Independent Planning and Person Directed Planning (IFPDP) services in Ontario. Unfortunately, many adults with ASD who would benefit from IFPDP are not able to access services through Developmental Services Ontario due to eligibility requirements. IFPDP is a valuable tool to support individuals in achieving their goals and an ideal future. Those who are not eligible for this Ministry funded service would be required to pay out of pocket to access the same service. This grant will extend this valuable service for individuals deemed ineligible to access funded support across Waterloo Region and Ottawa to demonstrate the efficacy of IFPDP for those who do not qualify to access funding support for this for this service.”

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