December 2018 | 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

Happy Holidays from CTN
Visit our calendar for sensory-friendly visits with Santa, parties with cookie decorating, crafts and other accessible holiday activities for kids and youth with special needs and their families. CTN events are being hosted in Orillia, Collingwood and Barrie this month. Click  to see other events in your community!

New Temporary Location in Alliston Starts January 2019
We are moving in January 2019 to a temporary location at St. John's United Church, 56 Victoria St. E. Alliston. This site will include: Simcoe County Resource Consultation Services, Simcoe County Preschool Speech and Language, Catulpa, CTN and other providers who regularly use our space. Families who access this space should contact their team via email, as phone numbers may change. Feel free to contact your child's team or Debbie Bushby, Local Team Facilitator, at if you have any questions.

New Loanable Equipment: Borrow a Sledge This Winter
CTN now has 18 sledges of various sizes for families to borrow this winter. Some of the sledges have extra trunk support and a push bar. All of the sledges can be used for public skating or to try playing sledge hockey. The sledges will be stored at the Resource Centres in Barrie and Richmond Hill. Borrowers will be responsible to pick up and return the sledge to one of these locations. Sledges will be available for pick up on a Thursday and should be returned 10 days later on a Tuesday. This will give families 2 weekends to try it out. If your child needs a sledge with trunk support, please contact your therapist to arrange a joint visit when you pick up the sledge for the first time. Your therapist will determine if the sledge has adequate trunk support and if a push bar is needed. If your child does not need added trunk support on a sledge and/or your child does not have a therapist, please contact Jacqui Wesselingh at if you live in Simcoe or Christian Marquez at if you live in York.

Introducing Empowered Kids Ontario
The Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services (OACRS), a not-for-profit organization representing the province's publicly-funded child development and rehabilitation sector, is excited to introduce its new name, Empowered Kids Ontario-Enfants Avenir Ontario (EKO-EAO).

Inclusive Indoor and Outdoor Winter Fun
Building an indoor fort, science-based crafts, adapted skiing and sledge hockey are all inclusive ideas to have some indoor or outdoor family fun this winter!

Special Needs Parenting: Celebrating the Holidays
It's difficult to keep stress at bay, but here are some tips to help let go of some everyday stress and enjoy the holiday traditions, magic and wonder with your child with special needs.

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 having your event posted 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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