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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 

Events

HIghlighted resources

  • parent homework.ca: Medical experts from top hospitals including Sick Kids, Kids Health Alliance and Holland Bloorview answer top COVID-19 questions asked by parents about children’s vaccine.
  • Project Inclusion: A learning resource for Ontario educators built around the voices and experiences of students with disabilities, their families, and school board staff.  The website offers five learning modules on disability, accessibility and inclusion for staff working with students in kindergarten to Grade 12. (Holland Bloorview & the Ontario Ministry of Education)
  • BLOOM February 2022

Family Workshop Series (recorded)

Mental health and wellness with Protibha Gupta

Holland Bloorview family supports

Recreation & Respite (all ages) 

Taxes | Finance 

Bright Futures Ability Network (Special Needs Planning Group & Ability Private Client Group) 

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 

Woodgreen 

Provides free tax clinics, budgeting workshops, debt management and other resources to improve financial literacy 

Transitions | Future Planning

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO)

Transit education | Wheeltrans

Toronto Transit Commission and Magnusmode

  • Step-by-step guides that will help people with neurodiverse disabilities navigate the TTC.  The guides include visual cues, audio and text-based instructions to help users familiarize themselves with the TTC.
  • The app is free to download in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The TTC MagnusCards are located within the ‘Travel’ section of the MagnusCards App, identified by an aeroplane icon.

Need help learning how to use Wheeltrans in different languages?

  • Wheeltrans Customer Service will assist families needing help with booking, in different languages.  They can be reached at wtcs@ttc.ca  or 416-393-4111.  When customers call into any of Wheeltran’s departments they can request to have an interpreter on the line in the language of their choice. The representative will put the customer on hold while they contact the interpreter service.  
  • Wheeltrans self- booking system: Open in Google, click on the button for eng/fr, click on the three dots and then “Choose another language”.  
  • How to book your trip on Wheel Trans There is a “Google Select Language” button at the top right corner of the webpage. 
  • Video: how to book a regular trip, an occasional trip, cancelling trips and trip interruptions : Look at the bottom right of the video.  Click “Settings” (circle with bumpy edges). Click on “subtitles/cc”.  Select “subtitles English auto-generate”.   Click “subtitles” again. You will now see “Auto-translate” and can select the language of your choice.

Mental Health and Wellness | Caregiver Support

Asperger’s Society of Ontario (ASO) Family Support Network

Learn with Fern - Supporting a loved one with ASD (March 8, April 26, May 31)

Geneva Centre

Trauma and Burnout in Autism: A Conversation (March 22) 

Includes recognizing the early signs of mental health concerns for autistic people, recognizing features of autistic burnout & discussion about interactions between mental health and autistic burnout.

Surrey Place

March Wellness Events

University Health Network (UHN) 

A Guide to Finding Individual Therapy for Children and Youth: a resource to help you understand what are the different therapies and how to find a therapist for yourself or your child.

Homecare Hub

Sources shared living and caregiving options for families. 

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. This guide offers tips and helpful information.

Wellness Together Canada

Mental health and substance abuse support platform: provides free access to tools, apps & programs to support your wellness.

 

For more events for caregivers as well as children, youth and young adults, please consider checking: Autism Ontario;Children’s Treatment NetworkConnectability.ca; Community Access Learning Centre; Family Service TorontoKerry’s Place Autism ServicesMy Community HubMeta CentreSunflower Developmental ServicesSurrey Place - Wellness Services.

 

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