August 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

Webinar: Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services at CTN
In Sept 2018, CTN will be broadening services by introducing new eligibility criteria for receiving CTN occupational therapy (OT) and physiotherapy (PT) and a new service delivery pathway for OT and/or PT. Attend this online information session and hear about the enhancements and how your family will benefit.

Free Family Park Event in Barrie on August 8th
The CTN Family Mentor Program and the Local Team Facilitators are co-hosting a free family park event at Shear Park in Barrie this month. Join us for summer treats, bubbles, and a chance to connect with other families while the kids have fun in the sun!

CTN Coffee Chats are Back in September
Check out the CTN calendar for regional Coffee Chats across Simcoe County and York Region. Coffee is provided along with a chance to network with other caregivers of children and youth with special needs.


Beyond Backpacks: Getting Ready for a New School Year  
Prepare for the upcoming school year with helpful tips to make transitions to JK, high school and post-secondary less stressful. 

Special Needs and the School System
The process of creating Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) can be confusing. This article shares details and tips on how to navigate the process and useful links to information for caregivers.

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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