March 2021 | Newsletter

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Connect: News, Stories, Events and Resources Relevant to You

We are proud to share Connect - a monthly newsletter for families of kids with disabilities and developmental 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 Volunteer Board Positions Available
CTN's goal is a governance structure that reflects the communities we serve. We invite applications from individuals with disabilities, those who identify as Black, Indigenous or persons of colour, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, those with lived experience as a family member of an individual with a disability and others. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 31, 2021. 

Coming Soon: CloudCare 2.0
CTN will be upgrading its current version of the shared electronic record (Goldcare) to a web-based version called CloudCare 2.0. Access to CloudCare 2.0 allows your child's team to access client information to support their needs in their home school and community from any device where they have internet access. 

Apply Now: Empowered Kids Ontario (EKO) Scholarships
Empowered Kids Ontario Scholarship Program helps kids with disabilities go after their dreams, providing support so they can reach their education and career goals. As many as six awards of up to $2500 are available through this annual program. This year, EKO is including an award for Indigenous students. If you know someone who would be interested, application deadline is May 31, 2021.

FASD Family Capacity Building Workshop
Are you a family member or professional caring for a child or youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)? On March 23rd, join us for the FASD Family Capacity Building Workshop to discuss effective FASD resources, relevant provincial programs and supports and ensure other financial supports are known to the broader FASD community.


Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day 
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed on March 21st. People will be raising awareness and celebrating kids and adults with Down syndrome all around the world. Read more about this day and what it means to one CTN family.

Sharing the Voices of Disabled Youth
Making Space: Stories of Disabled Youth in the GTA is a two-part online storytelling event series hosted on March 11th and 18th exploring the past and present experiences of disabled and chronically ill youth growing up in Toronto. 

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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