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E-newsletter for COVID-19 on September 9, 2020

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.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital


  • NEW ASD-Engage (weekly podcast) Discusses topics that are meaningful 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. 
  • NEW Isofriendships  A podcast that explores what social connection means for youth living with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COVID-19: Tip Sheets and Resources 
  • HB Info Line The HB Info Line is a new service to help kids, youth and families learn about and get connected to the many programs and services at Holland Bloorview.
  • HB Alumni Network We want to ensure our connection does not end after clients have been discharged from our hospital. We have developed an alumni network so clients (13+), families, and caregivers can connect, share experiences and help us improve care and services.
  • 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.
  • BLOOM Facebook  
  • Parent Voices @ Holland Bloorview Facebook


Back to School



Mental health

Masking, social stories and communication


Caregiver support


  • Financial Relief Navigator (FRN): A tool to increase the financial well-being of people living on low incomes.  It gathers all the benefits and relief packages developed for all Canadians at the Federal and Provincial levels of government (
  • COVID-19 related legal developments: COVID-19 related legal developments including changes in government benefits and emergency supports, future planning rules, visitation rules, back to school considerations, and legal issues related to layoffs (Pooran Law)
  • Government of Canada to make a one-time payment of $600 to persons with disabilities: You do not have to apply for the one-time payment, it will be automatically issued to holders of a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate. Canadians living with disabilities who are eligible for the DTC but who have not yet applied, or your certificate expired in 2019, will have until September 25, 2020 to do so.  For more information on how to apply for the DTC, please visit the government of Canada website Disability tax credit (DTC)


Understanding Racism, Diversity and Inclusion


  • New location for TTC photo ID centre The TTC has announced a new location for their Photo ID Centre.  Families need to go here to get photos taken for their TTC Support Person Card application.   It is no longer at Sherbourne or Davisville Station.  It is now Bathurst Station, Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Webinars/virtual event series

Kerry’s Place

University Health Network

Beit Issie Shapiro & Florida University

Children’s Healthcare Canada


Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospita

Surrey Place

Kerry’s Place

Transitions & Employment


CNIB Come to Work (CTW) and Discover Ability Network

  • Magnet Discoverability Network: GTA Session 1 - Sept 14: The Discover Ability Network and ALiGN help job seekers with disabilities with ways to connect with top employers that are striving for inclusive workplaces.  Job seekers who self-declare as a person with a disability are matched to inclusive employers.

Springboard Employment Services

  • Service Champions workshop: Participants learn how to become Service Champions that will lead to service excellence. One-on-one support from an instructor is available, if needed.
  • I-Youtube: Learn How To Create A Youtube Channel and how to be seen online.

Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District

Aptus Treatment Centre

  • Aptus Career Navigator for interested youth (ages 17 to 29) interested in employment and/or skill building employment. Contact: Donald Guse Salah Call/text 416-768-8915;;

Recreation & Life Skills

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 Questions?  Please e-mail