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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

Holland Bloorview 

Upcoming events and new resources

Resources to support families 

Want to learn more about Holland Bloorview?

  • HB Info Line helps children, youth and families learn about and get connected to the many programs and services at Holland Bloorview.

How to remain connected

Vaccine resources 

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.

Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada

Max the Vax 

Learn all about the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.  Regularly updated to make sure it has the best, up-to-date information.

How to book a vaccine appointment

Book your appointment through the provincial vaccine portal and Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).  Appointments can also be booked through  pharmacies. The City of Toronto also has a list of locations where vaccinations will be available. 

SickKids is available to help coordinate COVID-19 vaccination appointments and offer specialized services including drive-through vaccination and the availability of child life specialists and pediatric vaccinators.

Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre

Five  important actions we can take to stay safe right now.Read the Blog Post here.

How to use the take-home rapid response antigen screening kit

Please see this Youtube video on how to administer the test.  

Funding

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP) 

Applications for funding for OFCP Life Enriching Activity Fund (LEAF) will start on Monday, January 17, 2022 and for OFCP Assistive Devices Funding Program (ADFP) on Monday, January 31, 2022.  Note: this information is not yet available so please check website regularly for updated application details.

Fido 

Accessibility Discount on Cell Phone Plans: New and existing Fido Mobile customers with accessibility needs are eligible for a $10 monthly discount on all in-market postpaid mobile plans.      

Bell

Mobile accessibility plans

For those who have Bell mobility Connect Everything or Unlimited Smartphone rate plans, there is a $20/month accessibility discount available. 

Mental Health and Wellness | Caregiver Support

Surrey Place

January 2022 Wellness Program Guide

Community Living Toronto

Grief and Loss Support Group - starts Jan 17

A 10-week confidential, safe, and caring Support group for families who have experienced the death of a loved one who had a disability. The group is not limited to how recent or distant the loss was experienced.  Register by January 10.

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.

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. Registration is required. If you have any questions/concerns, please email us at connect@asecommunityfoundation.com 

Connectability.ca

Friendly Connections is an interactive social service for individuals of all ages with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities run by ConnectABILITY.  We want to connect with individuals across Canada through phone calls, video calls, emailing, messenger chats and good old fashion mail. We mail letters, postcards, colouring sheets, activity sheets, stickers and other fun goodies!

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.

For more events for caregivers as well as children, youth and young adults, please consider checking Autism Ontario;Children’s Treatment NetworkConnectability.caFamily Service TorontoKerry’s Place Autism ServicesMy Community Hub;Surrey Place - Wellness Services 

Transitions

Developmental Services Ontario

Bricks and Mortar: Exploring Your Home Ownership Options - January 27

Join DSO Housing Navigators for a free virtual presentation on various types of home ownership options and resources.

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