September 2016 | Newsletter

C o n n e ct:  News, Stories, Events and Resources Relevant to You

We are proud to share Connect - a newsletter designed for families of kids with special needs and the service providers who support them. In this newsletter we hope you find information that is relevant to you. We also share in person events where you can meet local families of kids with special needs. Connect is distributed monthly. If you have any feedback on the newsletter, story ideas or want to volunteer to write an article please contact Anchel Krishna, Communications Manager at

In the Loop: A Free App for Families of Preschoolers with Special Needs in York Region
In case you missed our summer announcement, families of preschoolers in York Region with special needs can now keep track of contacts, appointments and access information about their child's services using a free app that is available for iPhone and Android devices. 

Children's Respite Survey
The York Region Children's Respite Committee invites you to complete this short survey about the respite needs of your family. This survey hopes to determine the gaps in respite services across York Region for children with special needs and their families.
The results will provide direction to the committee in the creation of new opportunities to meet respite needs in York Region, through funding and support options. All responses are confidential.
The survey will be open until midnight September 10, 2016. Your time and participation is greatly appreciated. To complete the survey click here.

Canada in a Day: Grab a Camera and Film Your Life on September 10
Canada In A Day will be a CTV special created entirely from footage made by Canadians in one day, over 24 hours on September 10th, and will reflect the thoughts, hopes, and lives of Canadians just like you. It will be a celebration of Canada for the country's 150th anniversary. We think it is important that people and families of all abilities are included in mainstream media so we hope you will grab your camera (a smartphone is fine!), film your world and submit it to CTV. For more details about the initiative, filming tips and information on how to submit your video please visit:

Youth Volunteer Opportunity: Prime Minister's Youth Council
If you are 16-24 years old, you can apply to become one of the Prime Minster's Youth Council members. For more information visit You have until October 7 to join the second wave of members who will meet with the inaugural members and the Prime Minister in 2017.

Transitions, IEPs, IPRCs and Online Resources
September means back to school for most families. For students with special needs and their families, back to school includes a few additional processes and often requires planning. CTN is proud to share Transition Tips, Information on IEPs and IPRCs and an entire section in our Online Resource Centre that is devoted to school.

Focus on Fun: Finding Adapted, Inclusive and Integrated Recreation Program
All kids can benefit from fun, structured activities outside of the classroom throughout the year. It helps kids relax, build friendships, independence and fosters skill-building. Learn more about how your child can find a local program.

This events calendar features events hosted by CTN, our partner organizations and other local organizations that we thought may be of interest to your family. New events are added to our network calendar each week! Check out the upcoming dates for family fun, inclusive recreation programs, camp and parent workshops or coffee chats!

If you're interested in having your event posted on our calendar or have an idea for a seminar, workshop or fun-filled activity that you'd like to see CTN host, please contact us.
Coffee Chats Start Again in September
Coffee chats start this month and we hope you will join us to talk, relax and network with fellow parents and caregivers of children/youth living with special needs. To find a coffee chat in your community click here.

Funding, Finance and Planning 
Camps and Recreation
All About School and Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
For Youth
For Kids
Parenting, Play and Therapy

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