November 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

Sensory-Friendly Visits with Santa at the Inclusive Holiday Events 
Visit our calendar for sensory-friendly visits with Santa, parties with cookie decorating, crafts and other accessible holiday fun for kids and youth with special needs and their families. Events are being hosted in Vaughan, Georgina and Orillia with more locations coming soon.  Click to see the CTN Calendar and to RSVP for the event in your community!

Respite/Direct Support Workshop in Richmond Hill Tonight
Join Simcoe Community Services, York Support Services Network and CTN for this informative  workshop tonight from 6pm-9pm. CTN parent mentors will share their experiences with this process and support participants in developing their own plans.  This workshop will also assist in the development of a general financial budget for recreational programs, camp opportunities, and 1:1 support providers.

Giving Tuesday is November 27th
After Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to rally for favourite causes and give back to the community. Through generous donations from individuals and companies, the CTN Family Fund can help some kids and families who have short-term, urgent financial needs that cannot be met through existing government financial assistance programs or charitable funds. Over 163 CTN families have been assisted since the fund began in 2011. With these much-needed dollars, we've been able to help our families pay for costly equipment and supplies.  Click below to make a donation or to learn more.

Protecting Yourself and Your Children from the Flu
Developmental Pediatrician, Dr. Nicola Jones-Stockreef shares information about the flu, its risks to the health of children with special needs and the importance of getting vaccinated.

World Prematurity Day is on November 17th 
World Prematurity Day raises awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. Prematurity also impacts many CTN families. CTN Manager of Communications, Anchel Krishna, shares her story in honour of this important awareness day.

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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