I am very pleased and happy to have been able to complete 8 courses in 3 months, and with great marks! 🙂
The Community Advocacy Certificate through Lambton College offers the chance to learn and gain some great information and resources through online learning. There are a number of courses offerered for the certificate, 8 are needed to complete the certificate. The only mandatory course for the certificate is Community Advocacy Techniques. Each course is 4-5 weeks in length. There are 7-9 assignments for each course, and a final written assignment/exam.
The courses I took are as follows:
- Community Advocacy Techniques*
- Ontario Works Act
- Ontario Disability Support Program Act
- Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits
- Residential Tenancies Act – Part 1
- Human Rights in Ontario
- Employment Standards Act
- Consumer Protection Laws, Part 1
The course is not being offered again now till Fall 2011. Information on it, in the meantime can be found here, http://www.communitylawschool.org/community. Later in the summer the Lambton College website will have the listings as well.
It was alot of work, and I was able to gather so many resources and so much information, I really enjoyed taking it! I’m looking forward to using the information and resources and advocating for families/individuals in whatever way I am needed.
I’m looking at more courses/workshops/seminars etc… that offer more information on Advocating, accessibility and any other information that will/can help me help families/individuals with disabilities and special needs navigate through the various circumstances that come our way.
One course a few of us Advocates here in London are interested in a new course being offered this fall at Durham College. It’s the only college offering it in Ontario. http://www.hcs.durhamcollege.ca/EN/main/programs/accessibility_coordination_grad_cert.php Right now it’s only offered full-time and in Oshawa. I have emailed though and asked about the possibility of it being offered for distance learning. I know there are many who would love to take this as well.
Ok…time for supper! Have a great night! I’ll be back! 🙂