October 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 akrishna@ctnsy.ca.
Youth Drop-In Wheelchair Basketball in Collingwood
Learn the exciting inclusive sport of wheelchair basketball with this 10 week drop-in program (September 16th-November 18th) sponsored by the Wheelchair Sports Committee of South Georgian Bay.  For more information,  click here  or contact Jennifer Phillips jphillips@ctnsy.ca  and 705-446-3080.

CTN Workshop: A Parent's Guide to IPRCs and IEPs
  1. Learn about the role of the parents in Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) meetings and Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  2. Discover tips for school success
  3. Ask questions and connect with and learn from other families

York- October 5th- For more information click here.

Simcoe- October 19th- For more information click here

World Cerebral Palsy day: October 5, 2016
Like many other organizations around the world, CTN is celebrating World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 5th. Here's how you can get involved.

Access4All Program is open - will you be a barrier buster?
Do you know of a public space like a school, park or community space that could benefit from improved accessibility? If so, check out Rick Hansen Foundation's Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative to learn more about how charitable organizations can apply for a grant to help remove barriers and increase accessibility. For more information visit http://www.rickhansen.com/access4all.

Inclusive Halloween Events Across York Region and Simcoe County
Each year CTN in partnership with local community partners host an inclusive Halloween event for families and their children with special needs. To find a Halloween event in your community  click here

Halloween Tips and Costumes for Kids with Special Needs
Read these important tips so that kids of all abilities can enjoy Halloween.
Learn more about non-edible treats to keep October 31st inclusive! 
Click here for our Pinterest board of some creative and innovative costume ideas for kids with wheelchairs, walkers and canes! 

Innovative Programs: Therapy in the Park and Fun in the Pool
Outdoor play helps develop of a wide variety of skills, so CTN and its partners took therapy outside this past spring! Click here to read more about our therapy in the park program.
Earlier this year, collaboration between CTN and our partners resulted in a very successful pilot of pool therapy (hydrotherapy) offered to CTN families that are receiving preschool physiotherapy in Simcoe County. Click here to read more about the hydrotherapy 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 have started again in your community! See our calendar for dates.
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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