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Home for the Holidays: Tips and Resources for Parents and Caregivers of Kids with Special Education Needs

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The Zoom webinar took place on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

Speakers shared creative tips and resources for parents and caregivers of kids with disabilities and complex care needs. Sixty families joined the conversation and it was a smash hit. Holland Bloorview is proud to partner with Bloorview School Authority and the Toronto District School Board to take a leadership role in supporting parents and caregivers. The holidays are challenging during the best of times, and piling on the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic is making life even more challenging for families in our community. 

Special thanks to our speakers and moderator:


  • Laura Howson-Strong, occupational therapist & team lead, early learning and development/transitions strategy, Holland Bloorview
  • Payal Khazanchi, parent and family as faculty, Holland Bloorview
  • Sandra Puglielli, TDSB coordinator, leadership, learning and school improvement


  • Diane Savage, vice president, experience and transformation, Holland Bloorview

Webinar Recording


The following is a list of resources and information which offer ideas and tools to support routines, stay socially connected and to support mental health during this period of isolation and physical distance. Please contact community providers directly with program-specific questions.

This is a collaboration between Holland Bloorview and Bloorview School Authority, and is supported by the Toronto District School Board.

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