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- submitted: Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 11:41

Hello, everyone. As 2016 draws to a close, I want to thank you for all the work you have done.
Our achievements have helped to improve the lives of our athletes, people with disabilities, and all Canadians.
We have improved access to sport and promoted athletic excellence.
The Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Rio were a great source of pride and inspiration for Canadians.
In 2017, we want to go even further.
We will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. I’m sure this will mean even more opportunities to promote sport, physical activity and healthy living, as well as to further increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians with disabilities.
Your commitment means the world to me.
I believe that by working together we can truly make a difference in the lives of Canadians.
I would like to wish you a joyous holiday season with your family and friends. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Sensitive Santa visits at the Swift Current Mall - submitted: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 22:10

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, some children enjoyed a quiet moment with Santa Claus on Monday evening at the Swift Current Mall. The fourth annual event, sponsored by SaskFEAT (Saskatchewan Families for Effective Autism Treatment) and Tim Bugera, Property Manager of the Swift Current Mall allows children to visit with Santa Claus in a sensory-friendly environment with lower lighting and quieter surroundings. After the Mall closed, Santa waited for the children to arrive at their appointed time, and for these Santa visits, the children take the lead.

SaskFEAT is very grateful for Tim Burgera, Property Manager of the Swift Current Mall, and Santa for bringing a whole lot of love and magic to all this season.

- submitted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 14:15

Good news indeed!
Today, Minister Beaudry-Mellor announced that proposed income assistance program changes announced earlier this year, particularly to the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program, will not be implemented for existing beneficiaries. Effective October 1st, the changes only apply to new applicants or to beneficiaries whose conditions (i.e.: they move) change. Please click here to read today’s news release and accompanying background materials.
Also announced today were plans for an evaluation of the SAID program, including the launch of a pilot project that will evaluate an assessment tool developed by the World Health Organization to help determine eligibility for SAID. Results of the pilot will help inform future decisions regarding the SAID application process. To read the news release and background materials, please click here.
Daryl Stubel
Executive Director
Office of Disability Issues

Self-Directed Funding Demonstration Project a Success - submitted: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 15:40





Self-Directed Funding Demonstration Project a Success

Released on September 21, 2016

Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor today announced the future implementation of a self-directed funding (SDF) model for individuals who experience intellectual disabilities to give them greater choice over their life decisions.  Self-directed funding allows individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities to choose supports that meet their needs and help them reach their goals.

Currently, funding to clients goes through community-based organizations, but under SDF, goes directly to the individual.  This allows individuals and their support team to decide which supports and services they access depending on their own unique needs and aspirations.  Minister Beaudry-Mellor joined participants of the SDF Demonstration Project and their families to celebrate the positive impact and successes of this approach.

“The result of the SDF pilot has been remarkable,” Beaudry-Mellor said.  “I look forward to working with the disability community to find ways for even more people across the province to experience the success that the project participants have had.  SDF aligns with the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by providing individuals experiencing disabilities with more effective supports and services, as well as a greater sense of dignity in gaining more independence.”

Lynn Schaan, whose son Daniel was a participant in the project, joined Minister Beaudry-Mellor at the announcement, which took place in Daniel’s home.  Through SDF, Daniel now lives independently with a roommate (his brother) and has trained support staff visit when needed.

“Self-directed funding allows Danny the freedom and choice to create a unique plan of daily living that puts joy in his life, light in his eyes, hope in his dreams and the safe environment to grow, mature and become the best he can be,” Schaan said.  “I am overwhelmed by Danny's growth in the past 10 months.  Like every parent, I hoped and dreamed that Danny would have a good life if he had the appropriate supports, and self-directed funding has given Danny that opportunity.  I am so grateful.”

The Saskatchewan Association for Community Living (SACL) is a community-based organization that works to ensure that individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities are valued, supported, and included, and have opportunities and choices in all aspects of life.  The Ministry of Social Services partnered with SACL to provide facilitation and navigational services to participants and their families during the demonstration project.

“The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy talks about making supports for people with disabilities more person-centred, and self-directed funding is one way to make that happen,” SACL Director of Strategic Initiatives Judy Hannah said.  “Self-directed funding allows people with intellectual disabilities to create a plan for their lives.  SACL is so pleased to have been a part of the project.  It has been incredibly exciting to see the changes in the lives of each of the individuals and families involved.”

SACL produced a video demonstrating the positive impact of SDF that can be viewed at

A self-directed funding option was one of the recommendations put forward by the Valley View Centre Transition Steering Committee in 2013.  The Committee recognized that some individuals were unable to access certain supports through the former funding model, and that a funding model with more choices and autonomy would personalize the supports and services available to individuals transitioning from Valley View Centre into communities across Saskatchewan.  The self-directed funding model will be implemented province-wide beginning April 1, 2017.

Individuals and families who are interested in this opportunity can talk to their Community Living Service Delivery worker for more information.


For more information, contact:

Leya Moore
Social Services
Phone: 306-787-3610

in memory of Michael J. Lewis - submitted: Monday, September 12, 2016 - 15:54


Michael J. Lewis

1950 – 2016

Michael will be forever remembered as one of the greatest autism advocates in Canada.  He was also a wonderful family and business man.

His journey in autism began when his son was diagnosed 19 years ago.  He immediately became involved in the Autism Society of British Columbia (ASBC). Michael served as a Director for ASBC from 2000-2015 and President of their Board for 10 years. Michael, his wife Jean, and a number of other families were active in organizing and directing several legal initiatives in British Columbia including Auton, Anderson and Hewko.

Michael served on Autism Society Canada’s Board of Directors for several years and had held the position of President.  Most recently he was very involved with the amalgamation of Autism Society Canada and Autism Canada Foundation.   He was elected to the new Board and served as the Chair of the Provincial and Territorial Council and sat on the Finance and Audit Committee.

He was also the Past President of the British Columbia Boys Choir and a past member of the Finance and Audit Committee for the District of West Vancouver.  In the fall of 2008 and again in 2011, Michael was elected in the district of West Vancouver as a Councillor.  He also served on other non-profit organizations over the years.

Michael will be greatly missed by Autism Canada’s Board, staff and his colleagues on the Provincial and Territorial Council.

** A private family service will be held on Monday August 15, 2016 followed by a public celebration of life from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse (6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver).

The family has requested no flowers please.  For those wishing to give some form of remembrance we suggest considering a contribution to the most firmly held belief, and committed cause, of Michael’s life: “Medicare for Autism Now”.  Donations can be made, or information found, at

Individualized Funding For Autism Spectrum Disorder March 15, 2016 - submitted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:57

Individualized Funding For Autism Spectrum Disorder

March 15, 2016


SaskFEAT has been contacted by the SaskParty in regards to today's announcement "Individualized Funding For Autism Spectrum Disorder March 15, 2016" SaskFEAT also received a written response to the two questions from the SaskFEAT Toolkit that were presented to the SaskParty. The SaskParty's written response will be posted tomorrow.



- submitted: Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 14:15

This year, Autism Canada celebrates 40 years of advocacy, support and hope.
To begin, here is our 40th anniversary-inspired edition of Faces of Autism.


This year, Autism Canada celebrates 40 years of advocacy, support and hope.
We will be using#AC40 to symbolize this milestone over social media and we encourage you to help us spread the word. We have some very exciting initiatives in store. To begin, here is our 40th anniversary-inspired edition of Faces of Autism.

*Please note: All pictures were voluntarily submitted to us with consent to be shared on Autism Canada's social media.

What is DISC? - submitted: Monday, January 18, 2016 - 10:07

What is DISC?
The Saskatchewan Disability Income Support Coalition (DISC) is made up of a large cross section of disability advocates, consumers and organizations from across Saskatchewan who are committed to advocating for a respectful, dignified and adequate income support system. As partners in a non-partisan
coalition, DISC members have joined together to speak as one voice, working towards a distinct (or separate) income system for people with disabilities that is built on our common vision and principles.

To read the complete DISC Publication, and/or for more information and to learn more about DISC, go to


Box 483
Shaunavon, SK.
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