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Past newsletters and COVID-19 specific tipsheets can be accessed here.
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
- Webinar: Planning for the April School Break (March 31) - afternoon and evening session Offered by Holland Bloorview, the Bloorview School Authority and Toronto District School Board.
- Virtual coffee chat (April 1) for parents and caregivers of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder Offered by Holland Bloorview social workers and Autism Ontario.
- ASD-Engage weekly podcast New topics: Putting it all together with Social Work, Dealing with Behaviour, Promoting Physical Activity.
- Participate in Research: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Is your child/youth diagnosed with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Consider participating in a research study to identify feeding treatment targets through a multidisciplinary assessment.
Holland Bloorview resources and supports
- Sibling Support group. For more information contact Victoria Rombos email@example.com
- Solution Focused Conversations for Families For more information contact Elaine Cook, firstname.lastname@example.org
- ASD-Engage weekly podcast For parents and families of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including those who are on the waitlist for an ASD assessment to those who have just received a diagnosis.
- HB Alumni Network An alumni network for clients (13+), families and caregivers to connect, share experiences and help us improve care and services.
- Parent Voices @ Holland Bloorview Facebook
- BLOOM’s blog on parenting children with disabilities To subscribe to BLOOM’s monthly e-letter, go to the link and scroll down to the blue banner to input your e-mail.
- Follow us on BLOOM Facebook to read the latest BLOOM stories about parenting children with disabilities and check out mainstream news stories on disability.
- HB Info Line helps children, youth and families learn about and get connected to the many programs and services at Holland Bloorview.
- Funding and Financial Support Guide for Families who have children with disabilities (revised January 2021)
- Family Events Brochure for February 2021 - April 2021
Centre for Independent Living (CILT)
COVID-19 Vaccines and People with Disabilities in Ontario Zoom Webinar - April 7, 2021 The webinar will explain the different COVID-19 vaccines, their effectiveness & safety in Canada, the meaning of herd immunity, the various stages of vaccine rollout and how to self-advocate for receiving the vaccine in Ontario. If you need assistance with registering please e-mail email@example.com or call 416-599-2458 ext 291.
Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)
Have questions or concerns about being vaccinated? Review the videos at ontariocovidpledge.ca
Social groups and recreation programs
Camp Awakening @ Home for April Break A combination of daily virtual fun and a camp care package with independent resources and activities (ages 9-18 with a physical disability)
City of Toronto
- April Break Virtual Drop-In (children and siblings)
- Mindfulness Group for Pre-Teens living with epilepsy
- Music and Movement for Babies and Tots: connect with parents of young children who experience seizures
- Live with Lily! - Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry offers information, support, and community for children who are living with or impacted by Epilepsy
- Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favorable Thoughts (UPLIFT)
- evidence-based 8-week mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) group for people impacted by epilepsy and depression/anxiety.
For ongoing social/recreational events for children, youth and young adults and additional supports for caregivers: Children’s Treatment Network; Surrey Place - Wellness Services; My Community Hub; Connectability.ca ; Autism Ontario
Virtual educational workshops and supports
Toronto Respite Network
Caregiver Feedback session - March 31 We invite caregivers and users of respite, to join us in a facilitated session to share your ideas, thoughts and hopes. Questions? Please contact Kelly Casey, KC Professional Solutions at 289-221-9665 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Developmental Services Ontario
Creating Your Individualized Housing and Support Plan - Free Workshop Series April 1, 8, 15 Attendance required for all three (3) dates.
Sexuality Workshops with a Focus on Healthy Relationships - starts April 7 For children/youth with developmental disabilities from 11 to 15 years of age.
Family Service Toronto
Planning for a Caregiver in Crisis Are you the primary caregiver for someone with a disability? Do you have a plan in case something happens and you’re not able to provide care? Preparing an emergency plan will give you peace of mind that the person you care for will be safe. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation.
Partners for Planning (P4P)
Spring 2021 webcast schedule Includes workshops on RDSPs and creating financial security for your loved one.
Plan Institute for Caring Citizenship
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Webinar Learn all you need to know about this Canada-wide matched savings plan specifically for people with disabilities.
Aptus Treatment Centre
- English version: Tips for Dealing with Behaviour Challenges for professionals and families ; French version: Tips for Dealing with Behaviour Challenges for professionals and families
- An Introduction to Reinforcement
- The Power of Choice
- How to Offer a Visual Schedule
Foundational Services for Autism: virtual parent education workshops
- You must be under 18 years and registered with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP)
- Access free services and no limit to how many times you can register for a service.
- Questions on how to register for the OAP? Please review the OAP homepage
Montage Support Services
Life with Loss Online Discussion Group If you are dealing with loss – either recently or in the past, and your loved one may have had a disability or life challenges, we invite you to join our online weekly discussion group.
Community Living Toronto, Montage Support Services and Relationship Group
Ontario Wide Virtual Support Group for MomsFor Moms who have a child with an intellectual disability and/or Autism of any age. The group is open to everyone regardless of where they reside in the province of Ontario.
“It takes a Village” Black Parent Support Group
A group for Black caregivers of children or adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Contact: Clovis or Sherron Grant, BPSGroup2020@gmail.com
Chinese Speaking Family Support Group
In association with Spirit of Life. A family network supporting Cantonese and Mandarin speaking individuals with families who have a son or daughter with a developmental disability. Contact: 905-474-9500 email@example.com
North York Parent Group for Chinese Speaking Families
In association with Gifted People Services. Parent Support Group for parents of teens and adults with a developmental disability. Contact Sara Zhang, firstname.lastname@example.org, 647-978-8416.
VHA Home Healthcare
The Heart of Home Care Awards - Apr 6 A free virtual event for unpaid caregivers taking place on National Caregiver Day.
Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
IDD: Get to know me’ podcasts Discusses barriers/stigma and misconceptions about people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. New episodes come out every other Thursday. Available on all platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play.
Connected for Success Ontario Offers high-speed, low-cost internet across Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland to subsidized tenants, seniors, families with children and to individuals receiving disability and income support.
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Sibling Support group. For more information contact Victoria Rombos. email@example.com
Community Living Toronto
Friends for Kindness
The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO)
Young Caregiver’s Connect Website and discussion/drop-in forum for caregivers aged 15-25, and moderated by OCO with information and resources developed by and for youth.
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Empowered Kids Ontario (EKO)
Scholarship Program Now open for post-secondary education at college, university, Indigenous Institutes, or at a career training program. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2021.
Les and Kae Martin Adult Respite Bursary Program Provides financial assistance for adults with autism to access their respite services. The deadline for the application is May 31, 2021.
Relationship Coaching and Supports Online Groups Offers inclusive and accessible programming to support individuals in creating and maintaining meaningful personal relationships. Available to anyone who identifies as autistic, neurodiverse or having a disability. Must be 16+ and live in Ontario.
Holland Bloorview’s Grocery Foundation Family Resource Centre is a place where you can find information and resources on childhood disability that are helpful to you and your family. We have information on: respite, recreation, housing, funding, education, parenting and more. All Holland Bloorview workshops and events are listed on www.hollandbloorview.ca/familyevents Questions? Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org