MARCH 2023
Ruby comes from a happy, thriving, family of five from Simcoe County and is on a mission to educate the community and advocate for those with Down syndrome. Here is just a little piece of Ruby’s story for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, written by her mom, Ashley.
Purple Day is March 26 to raise awareness for kids, youth and adults living with epilepsy. It's estimated that 1 in 100 people and more than 300,000 Canadians are living with epilepsy. Will you be wearing purple? Follow along on social media using the hashtag #PurpleDay, read this kids book about epilepsy or listen to this kid-appropriate podcast with Lisa and Avery about epilepsy and seizures.
Camp offers a unique environment for kids and youth to have fun, make friends, get active and develop new skills! CTN's Community and Family Coordinators have searched Simcoe County and York Region for inclusive camps that offer 1:1 support, accommodations for kids and youth with disabilities and developmental needs and offer fun activities for kids of all ages and abilities.
Once again, it is time to prepare annual tax returns. Returns must be filed by April 30 to avoid any late penalties. Learn more about tax credits, deductions and tips related to people with disabilities (these tips are from 2021, but are still relevant for the 2022 tax year). i
Niki Tohki is one of Easter Seals Ontario's newest provincial ambassadors! Niki is a strong advocate for people with disabilities and strives to educate non-disabled people on accessibility and inclusion. Advocacy and volunteerism runs in the Tokhi family, as her sister, Lexi, is the Vice Chair of CTN's Family Advisory Committee (FAC). We wish Niki great success in her new role with Easter Seals!
The CTN Community and Family Coordinators (CFCs) have planned a very busy March Break for kids, youth and their families. Many of our events have filled up, but we have space still available for:

Our network calendar features events hosted by CTN, our partner organizations and other local community agencies that may be of interest to your family. New workshops, programs and events are added each week.
CTN supports kids, youth and families by focusing on CanChild's framework of the F-words for Child Development. Every child with varying abilities has the right to have fun, enjoy friends, function as they are, access fitness, plan for their future and join in on family activities.
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