Information Sessions

Our list for the Spring 2018 workshops is up! Please read below for more details or sign up for our email list to get the latest updates. If you have suggestions for workshops you would like to attend, email us at You will also find links to register for upcoming workshops here.

Spring 2018 Workshops

A Good Life
Tuesdays, May 15-June 19, 2018
Community of Christ Church, 414 Fischer-Hallman Rd, Kitchener

Parents and caregivers are invited to register for this free six week series on how to build a good life for their loved one with a disability. The series, based on materials from the book A Good Life – For You and Your Loved One Living with a Disability (Al Etmanski), will guide parents through the steps to take to secure a safe future for their loved one using group facilitation and discussion. Register online today.

Previous Workshops

The Art of Resiliency
Thursday, April 19, 2018 – Luther Village on the Park

Partners for Planning, a Toronto based organization, brings us this unique opportunity to hear about resiliency in this Ted Talks style format. This event will be webcasted live on the big screen in a local venue. Join us in this community-wide event. Local speakers will facilitate and share their own experience.

An Introduction to Microboards
Saturday, April 7, 2018 – The Family Centre

A Microboard is a small group of committed family and friends who join together with an individual to create a non-profit Board of Directors to help a vulnerable individual with planning and managing their life. This panel of parent, family and friends share their experiences with using this model to support those that they love.

Wills, Henson Trust & Estate Planning
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – The Family Centre

Peter Brennan of Amy, Appleby and Brennan discusses how to ensure the financial security of your loved one with a disability through careful planning and set up of Henson Trusts, wills and estate planning.


Ontario Disability Support Program and Registered Disability Savings Plan – November 9, 2017 – The Family Centre

Fatima DaSilva from the Kitchener ODSP office and Paul Arsenault from Kindred Credit Union join us to discuss applying for and new changes to ODSP and the necessary steps to setting up an RDSP for your loved one with a disability.

Lunch and Learn: Planned Lifetime Networks and Bridges to Belonging – November 2, 2017 – The Family Centre

Nadine Hiemstra of PLN and Carmen Sutherland of BtoB share the inside scoop on the similarities and differences between the two organizations. Find out the specialty of each and who might benefit from their services.

Henson Trust, Wills and Estate Planning – October 24, 2017 – Langs Community Centre

Peter Brennan of Amy, Appleby and Brennan discusses how to ensure the financial security of your loved one with a disability through careful planning and set up of Henson Trusts, wills and estate planning.

Care for the Caregiver – October 10, 2017 – Langs Community Centre

Linda Fleming from Community Support Connections will discuss how individuals and families can learn some strategies to help with the different ways we all support each other at home and in our communities. She will talk about aging and caregiving; effective communication; self-care and home care and resources in the community.

Wills, Estate Planning & Henson Trusts  – May 24, 2017  – The Family Centre

Gain peace of mind with the information you need to determine the best approach for your family situation and answers to your questions.  There are always new things to learn to update your wills etc.

(Anyone planning to attend the event, may wish to review the material on our Wills and Estate Planning resources)

Future Planning Session – April 27, 2017 – The Family Centre

Planned Life time Networks and Bridges to Belonging invite you to learn more abour each organization.  Each organization brings complimentary resources to families yet each has a different approach to a good life for your relative with a disability.  Strategies will be shared.  Questions with be answered.  come and share and learn together.

Unscheduled Sessions


Registered Disability Savings Plan  

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a savings plan designed specifically for people with disabilities in Canada. The first of its kind in the world, this new tax-deferred savings vehicle will assist around 500,000 Canadians in planning for long-term financial security. We host regular workshops on RDSP’s.

Understanding Consent, Capacity and Decision-Making Options
for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The laws related to decision making in Ontario cn be overwhelming for many people
This session will highlight the provisions of the Health Care Consent Act, the
Substitute Decisions Act and the Mental Health Act as they relate to individuals with
intellectual disabilities and their families, as well as the implications on service
providers. In particular, the session will focus on explaining the limits of the current
legislation relating to matters affecting people’s property and personal care.
Brendon D. Pooran is the principal lawyer at Pooran Law. His practice, which is primarily built around disability issues, is inspired by the challenges people with disabilities face throughout their lives.

Future Planning Information Sessions 

“We support families to develop a good life for the lifetime of their relative who is isolated due to disability and circumstances.”

PLN is hosting this information session to share with families their concerns about what will happen to my adult child with disabilities after I die. Strategies on how to help with issues such as isolation, housing, financial security, and friends will be explored.