August 2019 | Newsletter

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

We are proud to share Connect - a monthly newsletter for families of kids with special needs and the service providers who support them. If you have feedback on the newsletter, story ideas or want to volunteer to write an article please contact

CTN Appoints New Chief Executive Officer
The Children's Treatment Network (CTN) Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Karen Eisler as the organization's next Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective October 15, 2019. 

Supporting Quality Care for Ontarians with Autism
As recommended by experts and supported by families, regulation of ABA behavioural clinicians will set standard expectations for quality therapy across the province.

Introducing Mental Health Walk-In Clinics in Simcoe and York
Starting immediately, York Hills will be providing children's mental health walk-in hours on Mondays and Tuesdays at their Richmond Hill location (see CTN calendar for more information). Newpath will continue to provide walk-in hours across Simcoe in Alliston, Orillia, Bradford, Collingwood, Barrie and Midland. Click below for times and locations.

Ministry Update to the Ontario Autism Program
On July 29, 2019, the Hon. Todd Smith, Minister of Community Children and Social Services, announced that the province is expanding the scope of the Autism Advisory Panel to provide advice on what a new needs-based and sustainable autism program would look like.

Special Needs Parenting: Back to School Resources
Learn more about special education, Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and how to build strong relationships with your child's school team.

Tips to Make the Back to School Transition a Success
Heading back to school can be a particularly stressful time for both parents and kids with special needs. Here are some transition tips to make September a little easier as the kids head to kindergarten, high school and even post secondary.

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 and coffee chats.

If you're interested in posting your event on our calendar, please complete this  online form .

Funding, Finance and Planning 
All About School and Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  Diagnosis Information
 Youth and Transition to Adulthood
Camps and Recreation
Autism Resources

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