January 2021 | Newsletter

Connect: 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 info@ctnsy.ca.

CTN Update: Response to the Second Provincial Emergency
Yesterday the Ontario government announced a second provincial emergency effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. The government has issued a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. We will continue to support clients during the provincial emergency through our virtual-first service delivery model. For more information around our COVID-19 response, please visit our dedicated webpage on our website.

Supporting Effective Partnerships - Client Rights and Responsibilities and Complaint Policy
CTN is committed to protecting and promoting the rights of the people we serve in accordance with the laws of Ontario. It's important to us that clients are aware of these rights and responsibilities so we can work together effectively. Families who are currently receiving CTN services will receive a letter or email later this month. We also encourage families to review our complaint process and how to make a complaint as feedback helps us address any concerns, issues and improve network processes. 

Financial Support for Learners 
Eligible parents or guardians can get financial support to help with additional costs during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19. A one-time payment of $200 for each child up to grade 12 or $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Application is now open.

Transitions to Adult Care Pop Up Event: January 26th and 27th 
Hosted by Children's Healthcare Canada, the inaugural Canadian Transition to Adulthood pop-up event is focused on how to build bridges to promote the best possible health outcomes for youth and families in Canada. Participants will hear from local, provincial and Canadian thought leaders, peers and families. Registration is now open.


Fitness: Try Sledge Hockey or Adapted Skating this Winter 
Makenna loved learning to play sledge hockey! CTN families can now borrow sledges and sticks for recreational skating or hockey from two of our sites. 

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 virtual events.

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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