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The information provided in this newsletter is for reference only. It is not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of organizations, news sources, policies or political parties, or as a comprehensive resource list.

Past newsletters and COVID-19 specific tipsheets can be accessed here.

 

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Holland Bloorview resources and supports

 

Vaccine information

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 rebecca.wood@cilt.ca  or call 416-599-2458 ext 291.

Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)

Have questions or concerns about being vaccinated? Review the videos at ontariocovidpledge.ca

Surrey Place

Easy read information about the COVID-19 vaccineQuestions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccine

 

Social groups and recreation programs

Camp Awakening

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

CampTO – City of Toronto Spring break sessions

Epilepsy Toronto

 

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 kcpsolutions2@gmail.com

Developmental Services Ontario

Creating Your Individualized Housing and Support Plan - Free Workshop Series April 1, 8, 15  Attendance required for all three (3) dates.

Extend-A-Family

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

Foundational Services for Autism: virtual parent education workshops

Adventure Place; Etobicoke Children’s Centre ; Lumenus Community Services

  • 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

 

Caregiver support

Extend-a-Family

Safe & Secure Future Networks virtual caregiver support - April 20, May 18, June 15

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 info@solhc.ca

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, program@giftedpeople.ca, 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.

Rogers

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.

 

Sibling support

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Sibling Support group.  For more information contact Victoria Rombos. vrombos@hollandbloorview.ca

Community Living Toronto

Virtual Sibshops (April 12 - 14)

Friends for Kindness

Buddy Program groups for 6 -12 years; 13 -17 years and 18+  

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.

Geneva Centre

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.

RelateTO

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 resourcecentre@hollandbloorview.ca