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Funding

Autism Ontario

March Break Reimbursement Fund  (deadline to apply is January 24, 2022) 

  • The 2022 March Break Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families of children or youth with ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker OR who have paid for their child to attend a 2022 March Break camp or program, but not both.  
  • A random selection will be  made from all eligible applicants who apply between December 20, 2021 and January 24, 2022.     Maximum reimbursements of $350 per child or youth (up to 18th birthday) will be made to subsidize services purchased between March 14-18, 2022.

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP) 

Now open: application forms for OFCP Funding Programs 2022. This funding is for OFCP members only. To become a member and be eligible for future funding, fill out the application form.

  • Member group emergency fund: One-time amount up to $5,000 to assist with the costs associated with COVID-19 (open now) 
  • Life Emergency Action Fund: One time assistance up to $500 to help members access financial assistance to enrich, enhance or augment an activity the member currently participates in or is interested in. OFCP will try and accommodate each request as it pertains to the COVID-19 emergency situation (opens Jan 17, 2022)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Support Fund: One time assistance up to $200 to help members cover additional expenses with receiving the vaccine (opens January 17, 2022)
  • Assistive Devices Funding Program: Funding to access life-changing assistive devices and equipment up to $2000 (opens January 31, 2022)

Canadian Revenue Agency

Get ready for the 2021 tax year: If you need a quick answer to a question, there is an online chat function on the CRA homepage 

 

Mental Health and Wellness | Caregiver Support

Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) & Ann Douglas

Parenting Survival Guide with tips and resources: In Ontario as many as 1 in 5 children and youth will experience some form of mental health problem. Many parents find it challenging to get the help they need – it can feel difficult to find help and wait lists can be painfully long. This guide offers tips and helpful information.

The Sibling Collaborative

Siblings Collaborative: The Sibling Collaborative welcomes adults who have a sibling who identifies as having a disability.  Our relationships with our brothers and sisters with a disability evolve, especially if our parents are the main source of care. During those times, many of us find that we must take on new roles and responsibilities that we may not be ready or prepared for. 

Community Living Toronto and Woodgreen Community Services

ParentShare: A support group for caregivers of people with Developmental Disabilities (Feb  3 & 17, Mar 3 & 24) RSVP  to Community Living Toronto   Sarah Winter swinter@cltoronto.ca  647-968-6214 Woodgreen Community Services Bonnie Heath  bheath@woodgreen.org   416-645-6000 X 1311.

Sawubona – Africentric Circle of Support 

Are you raising/caring for someone with special needs? Join this unique support group for Black Caregivers. Meetings held monthly every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month. See flyer for more information. 

For more events for caregivers as well as children, youth and young adults, please consider checkingAutism Ontario;Children’s Treatment Network;Connectability.ca; Community Access Learning Centre; Family Service Toronto;Kerry’s Place Autism Services;My Community Hub;Meta Centre; Surrey Place - Wellness Services 

Family Workshops/Events

Toronto District School Board 

Virtual Community Fair (Jan 26)

For parents/caregivers of children, youth and young adults with special needs.  Talk with Developmental Services Ontario (DSO), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Passport about preparing for adulthood and planning for life after graduation from high school.

Extend-a-Family

The Power and Potency of Social Capital (Jan 27)

You will walk away with a better understanding of the impact of friendships in our lives, or “social capital” and what our relationships do for us. You will begin to think about how friendships can be better developed over time, and in turn build a more inclusive community.

Developmental Services Ontario

Bricks and Mortar: Exploring Your Home Ownership Options (Feb 10) 

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

Partners for Planning (P4P)

Toronto District School Board 

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

 

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