August 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

Join us for a Fun Family Event at Shear Park in Barrie, Monday August 15th!
We're excited that Shear Park has a new inclusive playground! Come meet and chat with other families of kids with special needs while enjoying a little fun at the park. Snacks, drinks and activities will be provided. For more information click here. To register directly visit
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. 

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

Domino's Alliston helped build brighter futures together for kids with multiple special needs through some tasty fundraising efforts in the spring. Learn more about how local businesses can make a difference.


Transitions to school can be one of the most stressful times for parents of children with special needs. This article provides some tips and advice from parents who have been through it, and some useful links to help get you through this time - from preschool to post-secondary.

Special needs and the school system: IEPs and IPRCs
The process of creating Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) can be confusing. This article shares details and tips on how to navigate the process and useful links to information for caregivers.
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.

To view event calendar click on the image below

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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