Dear OIFN community,
We know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us. We remain passionate about raising the voice of people with developmental disabilities and their families, loved ones and friends, in pursuit of an everyday ordinary life in community, where everyone’s contributions are needed, welcomed and valued.
Since our last newsletter, we have been hearing stories from people and families through a family-led initiative called the Independent Facilitation Matters Coalition, highlighting the difference and contribution Independent Facilitation has made in living the life of their choosing.
We have learned over time that adults with developmental disabilities, their families and loved ones know how powerful it is to build a meaningful life in their neighbourhoods and communities. People and families have shared stories about what it takes to stay together and build their resilience and courage. OIFN is committed to learning together with people and families and others who care about what true belonging is and what it takes to hold a vision of a more just and inclusive Ontario.
We continue to hear from people and families who want something different – a full life in their neighbourhood or community. The Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN) distributes weekly social media posts to share stories, experiences and connections to ideas about what more is possible and to delight, inspire and start conversations that matter.
We invite you to continue to engage with us on social media and share our newsletter signup with your friends and family to help us grow, change, and promote ways for shifting our cultural understanding of how ordinary everyday lives can be made possible for all.