April 2021 | Newsletter

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Connect: News, Stories, Events and Resources Relevant to You

We are proud to share Connect - a monthly newsletter for families of kids with disabilities and developmental 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.

Coming Soon: CloudCare 2.0
On Monday, May 3rd, CTN will be upgrading its current version of the shared electronic record (GoldCare) to CloudCare 2.0. The system allows your child's team to access client information to support their needs at home, school and community from any device where internet access is available. 

COVID-19 Financial Support for Learners
The Ontario government will begin issuing payments of $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with disability and developmental needs starting April 26th. If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you don't need to apply for this additional payment. If you missed applying before, you will have the opportunity to apply from May 3 - 17, 2021. 

Register Now: Virtual Youth Event on April 12th
Join us on Monday, April 12th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for some spring break fun! Youth, grade 7 to the end of high school are invited to register. Join us on Zoom for fun activities hosted by Georgian College Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program students. 


Keep Up to Date with CTN's COVID-19 Response and Resources
CTN adheres to public health measures to help keep our communities and citizens safe. Our commitment is to keep you updated on what's happening to support the children, youth and families that we, along with our network partners, collectively serve. Visit our COVID-19 Response and Resources page to see the latest information about local sites, any changes to services or programs and supports for families.

World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day
April 2nd was World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day. This year, our CTN staff wore rainbow colours. Why? Over the past several years the neurodiversity movement has focused on the unique nature of each individual on the autism spectrum. This has led to the evolution of how the day is celebrated by many. The different colours of the rainbow better symbolize the idea of autism as a spectrum. Want to learn more about this day? Read these books about autism or watch this video created by some amazing autistic advocates.

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 virtual events.

If you're interested in posting your event 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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