October 2015
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Peterbio: TONY DOWNER After years of struggling, Mr. Downer is back on his feet and is more than willing to help others
Peterborough This Week, By Lance Anderson
How you deal with the challenges in life defines who you are.
Sometimes those challenges may be small, and at other times the hurdle ahead can seem insurmountable. But perseverance shapes character -- two things Tony Downer has in spades.
Mr. Downer, 34, has an intellectual disability, a condition which doesn't make his world an easy place to live at times. He has faced many tribulations from being taken advantage of to being shunned by employers.

However, this doesn't stop this Peterborough native. Quite the contrary actually. In fact, every time Mr. Downer is knocked down, he springs back with a positive attitude, leading a charge to not only make his life better, but for those around him.
For the past four years, Mr. Downer has been a member of People First Peterborough -- an advocacy group for people with intellectual disabilities. Since then, people who help and support Mr. Downer have noticed a positive change.

"I've seen Tony grow in confidence and grow his leadership skills because of all the opportunities he's had," says Krista Brailey, outcomes facilitator at Community Living Peterborough. "It's opportunities he's taken. He's active in his own pursuits."   Read more...

Developmental Services Spotlight on Transformation
Issue 49  |  September 2015
Housing Task Force Update 

Twelve creative housing projects, recommended by the Developmental Services Housing Task Force, have received the green light from the Ontario government. The Task Force reviewed and assessed 80 proposals, submitted this past spring by developmental services agencies, family organizations, municipalities and health agencies, alongside other community partners. Read more... 
 
More Inside:

A Few Words from Ron Pruessen 
Making Almonte a More Inclusive Town 
Ministry Taking Action on Inquest Recommendations 
Independent Facilitation Demonstration Project
 

Building Leadership in Families 
Families Are Strong Series:   
Information Nights for Parents,  
Caregivers & Guardians  

Through funding from the United Way, Community Living Peterborough is offering informative evenings for parents, caregivers and guardians who care for someone living with an intellectual disability. These nights happen bimonthly and focus on the important areas when planning for the future, while providing an opportunity for families to meet and connect with one another.

This fall we have focused on housing, hosting the DSO and the Peterborough Housing Corporation we got the reality of housing needs and waiting lists. 

In November we have a panel of parents discussing the alternative housing models they are using to provide safe sustainable housing for their adult children.  

Come January we move to topics such as financial planning, transition planning and dealing with difficult behaviors. There is no cost to attend these events, and childcare is available upon request.

We invite you to join us!
 
We have also created a Closed Facebook Group, a private group for parents, caregivers and guardians to connect and get up-to-date information. If you are a Facebook user search: Families are Strong, and ask to join! or Click here!
 
If you'd like more information or have any questions, please contact either
Krista Brailey (705-743-2412 ext 547 kbrailey@communitylivingpeterborough.ca)
or Penny Wood (705-743-2412 ext. 528 pwood@communitylivingpeterborough.ca )
  
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