October 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 info@ctnsy.ca.

CTN Visits with Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) 
CEO Louise Paul and a mix of CTN Board members, senior staff and parents have recently had a series of meetings with Paul Calandra, MPP Markham-Stouffville, Andrea Khanjin, MPP Barrie-Innisfil, Doug Downey, MPP Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, Jill Dunlop, MPP Simcoe North and the Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General, Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs and MPP, York-Simcoe at CTN's local sites. More visits have been scheduled over the next few months to connect with MPPs and share information about how CTN is making a difference for families of children and youth with special needs in their local ridings. 

For a list of current MPPs, click here.

Sign Up for Augmentative Communication Clinic Days
CTN's Augmentative Communication Consultation Services (ACCS) team hosts clinic days in Richmond Hill and Barrie two times each month. Visit the calendar to see dates and to book your time with this specialty team. Appointments will be first come first served. The ACCS Clinic days are open to families and local team members supporting any CTN ACCS client (past, present, on the wait list).

Join Us for Inclusive Halloween Events this Month
CTN along with its partners, will be hosting our annual inclusive and sensory-friendly Halloween events in  Midland, Orillia, Alliston, Richmond Hill, Collingwood and Barrie. Wear a costume for trick-or-treating, spooky arts and crafts and activities for the whole family!


Halloween: Tips for Kids with Special Needs
Halloween is a great way to get out in the community and meet your neighbours. And while a holiday that involves dressing up and getting candy is a dream come true for many children, it can pose some challenges for children with sensory issues, physical challenges, restricted diets or other special needs.

Halloween: 20 Non-Edible Treats to be Inclusive 
To make sure that you are including all kids when they come to your door this October 31st, you can keep a supply of non-edible items that can all be found at your local dollar or party supply store. Helping to support kids with special needs encourages an inclusive environment and helps to raise awareness of kids who may have feeding difficulty and allergies.

Halloween: Finding the Right Costume for Your Child 
Easter Seals shares ideas for children using mobility devices and tips to help with the sensory issues associated with this fun holiday.

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'd like 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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