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The requirement to wear a mask at Holland Bloorview for all members of the team, clients and families will not be changing for the foreseeable future. See our statement for more information.

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The information provided in this newsletter is for reference only. It is not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of organizations, news sources, policies or political parties, or as a comprehensive resource list. Past newsletters and COVID-19 specific tipsheets can be accessed here.  

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Bloorview Research Institute

Left in the waiting room: A pilot study of a digital intervention for siblings of children with disabilities  If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Hiba Hakeem at thenovellab@hollandbloorview.ca  

Not really sure about the COVID-19 vaccine?  

Sick Kids Hospital 

COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service: The SickKids COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service is a by-appointment phone service that provides a safe, judgement-free space to have an open conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine for children and youth. It is available in multiple languages, using over-the-phone language interpretation.

Scarborough Health Network (SHN)

VaxFacts: Talk to qualified SHN doctors who understand you may have questions or concerns, or just want to learn more .  You can book an appointment to do a call with one of our expert doctors. They are ready to talk, listen and help you get the most accurate information.

Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre 

Call 1-833-943-3900 (includes different languages)

COVID-19 Transition

Proof of vaccination & ID cards

Future Planning

Pooran Law

What’s in a Will? (Nov 30) 

November is Make a Will month. Attend this free webinar to learn why you need one and why it should be done with the help of a lawyer.  This event is for families of people with a child or sibling who has a disability and people who have a disability

Partners for Planning - P4P

Creative Options for Home: Exploring Individualized Housing Models (Dec 7) 

Many families have found creative and innovative ways to support their loved one in having a home of their own and one of their own choosing. Tune in to learn more about innovative housing options that could support you and your loved one in taking that next step toward “home.”

For more events for caregivers as well as children, youth and young adults, please consider checking

Autism Ontario;Children’s Treatment Network;Connectability.ca;Family Service Toronto;Kerry’s Place Autism Services;My Community Hub;Surrey Place - Wellness Services 

Mental Health and Wellness | Caregiver Support

Autism Ontario

Provincial - Black Caregiver Check in and Chat (Nov 25) An opportunity for Black Caregivers supporting an individual on the autism spectrum to share and discuss their unique experiences in a welcoming and compassionate environment.

ASE Community foundation for Black Canadians with Disabilities

AYA warrior group is a virtual, biweekly drop in session open to Black people with disabilities to connect with one another during this COVID-19 transition, share resources, and talk about the experience of living at the intersection of disability and Blackness.  Registration is required. If you have any questions/concerns, please email us at connect@asecommunityfoundation.com 
 

Community Living Toronto & Relationship Group 

Virtual support group for Moms (Monday and Thursday - Sept 20 - Dec 16, 2021) 

Surrey Place

December Wellness Program Guide

The Lighthouse Beacon Podcast

Podcast: Diverse Expressions of Grief in Children with Complex Care at Emily’s House 

Presenters share their experiences, wisdom, stories regarding anticipatory loss, and post death grief support of children with complex care needs, and their families.

Toronto District School Board 

tdsbHUB.ca Locate virtual events from across the TDSB intended for parents/caregivers and the community.  Find meetings, trainings, events and initiatives to support you, your child and your community.

  • Dec 8 Virtual office hours for Students with Complex Needs
  • Dec 1 Eritrean Parents/Caregivers Meet and Greet
  • Dec 13 Mental Health and Well Being - Parents as Partners
  • Dec 17 Group  for Somali Parents - Shah and Sheeko (Tea and Chat) 

Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility

Vibrant Healthcare Alliance

Boundaries Enhancing Individual Growth Toolkit provides women, girls, trans, Two Spirit, nonbinary and other gender-marginalized individuals living with disabilities and their allies information, tools and support to respond to violence.

Across Boundaries 

Provides a range of inclusive and compassionate mental health and addiction services for racialized communities

Rainbow Health Ontario

LGBT2SQ Health and Social Service Provider Directory 

Transitions

Developmental Services Ontario

DSO Housing Toolkit Housing resources put together by DSO staff, to help you create a housing plan.

Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN)

Building Capacity in Independent Facilitation OIFN Shared Learning Events 2021-2022

Shared Learning events for people living with disabilities, family members, loved ones, and aspiring, new, and experienced facilitators.  Passport funding can be used for reimbursement of course fees.  

 

Holland Bloorview’s Grocery Foundation Family Resource Centre is a place where you can find information and resources on childhood disability that are helpful to you and your family.  We have information on: respite, recreation, housing, funding, education, parenting and more.  All Holland Bloorview workshops and events are listed on www.hollandbloorview.ca/familyevents. Questions?  Please e-mail resourcecentre@hollandbloorview.ca