March 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

Free Simcoe County Youth Information Fair- April 28th 
Get connected to agencies and organizations supporting youth across Simcoe County. Explore different resources to get started with volunteering or employment, and access information to help plan for the future. 

If you'd like to be a vendor at this event- click here

Important Information for Families Receiving Direct Funding 
The increase in the provincial minimum wage (Bill 148) may impact expenses for people and families engaging support workers. The Ministry of Community and Social Services is providing increased funding for people and families who receive direct funding through the Special Services at Home and Passport programs so they can maintain their services with providers. CTN is hosting a workshop with PooranLaw on March 20th to discuss what this means for families. 

Mindfulness and Meditation: Caring for the Caregiver Webinars
CTN is pleased to present this online workshop for caregivers of children and youth with disabilities. Learn important ways to care for yourself, techniques for meditation, and ways to become more mindful to reduce stress.

Register for March Events Across Simcoe and York
We've collaborated with our network and community partners to host these free inclusive events for families in Simcoe and York; 

Special Needs Parenting: Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day
In honour of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st, we are featuring a special interview with one of our CTN families.

Happy Easter: Tips for Inclusive Easter Fun for All Kids
For many families and kids with special needs, each holiday can be a reminder of barriers or differences that exist. Check out these egg hunt and non-edible treat ideas so that kids of varying abilities and needs can have fun this 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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