December 2020 | 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

CTN Seeking Second Accreditation
On January 21 and 22, 2021, CTN will be welcoming the survey team from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) to evaluate how well we meet international standards of service quality as we try to earn accreditation for the second time. Gaining accreditation is important to CTN because it publicly demonstrates that we are recognized as an organization where quality matters. It also reaffirms that we strive to continually improve and offer the highest quality of service to the children, youth and families the network collectively serves. 

Ministry Offers Additional 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 age 12 or $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. 

New COVID-19 Testing Centre at Holland Bloorview
Starting December 14th, a testing service for children with physical, developmental and complex medical conditions who cannot be served by their local testing centre will be available at Holland Bloorview. 

Holiday Giving in Support of the CTN Family Fund
Help us build brighter futures together by making a donation to CTN's Family Fund this holiday season. Your donation will help kids and families in Simcoe County and York Region get the support they urgently need, especially when they've exhausted their other sources of funding. Tax receipts will be provided for any donation over $10. 


Indoor Winter Fun During the Pandemic 
It's the second wave of the pandemic and days are shorter and colder. Check out our favourite inclusive indoor activities that you can enjoy with your family this winter.

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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