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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 

Events | Workshops | New Resources

Bloorview Research Institute

Research study: Kids, Virtual care and the COVID-19 pandemic: Learning from our experiences [Client Youth and Parent/Caregiver] | Holland Bloorview: Are you a client youth or parent/caregiver of a client who has received virtual care? Are you interested in sharing your virtual care experiences? 

  • We are looking for: Holland Bloorview clients (up to 21 years old) OR Parents/caregivers of clients who have received any type of virtual care (ex. assessment, consultation or intervention service) at Holland Bloorview or satellite/community school sites since March 2020.
  • If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Sharmigaa Ragunathan at trail@hollandbloorview.ca / 416-425-6220 ext. 3635. Contacting us does not obligate you to participate in the study.

Holland Bloorview resources

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for People with Developmental Disabilities & Testing

Holland Bloorview and Toronto Public Health (TPH) 

Family-friendly, sensory-friendly and fully accessible vaccination clinic (May 26, 11 am - 6 pm)

  • For children aged 5+ (born in 2016 or earlier) with disabilities and/or complex care needs as well as their siblings and family members. 
  • Doses one through four available. 
  • Please register here to attend!
  • A reminder that staff walk-ins are welcome for third and fourth doses. Seedose eligibility criteria from Toronto Public Health.

Surrey Place

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Doses Available!  By appointment only, no walk-ins.For current Surrey Place clients -  Contact your clinician. For all others: Email covid@surreyplace.ca or Call 416-925-5141 x 4444.

  • Saturday, May 28 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) 2 Surrey Pl. Toronto, M5S2C2 
  • Sunday, June 26 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) 10 Milner Business Ct., Suite 102, Scarborough, M1B 3C6

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Individual with a developmental disability OR their caregiver OR sibling 
  • At least five years old at the time of the appointment 
  • Toronto resident living in an M postal code 
  • Received their previous doses in Ontario
  • Clients and caregivers are eligible for the fourth (second booster) dose if they meet government eligibility criteria.

COVID-19 testing and vaccine information

SickKids COVID-19 Testing Centre online booking system: For children with medical complexities (CMC) who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 PCR test. Caregivers/providers will now use the online booking link to book the COVID-19 PCR test appointment at the SickKids COVID Testing Centre located at 555 University Ave (SickKids).

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 (Parent Homework).

Social events | Summer recreation

City of Toronto

CampTO: A fun and creative full-day experience for children 6 to 12 year olds. Includes Adapted Recreation Camps for participants who have a special need and/or a disability. Registration and arrangements can be made through the Adapted Recreation section before registering for any camp.

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services

Dixon Hall Music School: Now offering adopted music lessons and opened it up to people outside their regular catchment area. E-mail Charlotte.Stewart-Juby@dixonhall.org  with any questions.

Community Living Ontario

Action4Inclusion Youth Advisory Committee (May 26):For youth aged 14 - 29. If you are a sibling of a person with a disability and want to connect with other siblings,join us for the fourth session in a series of sibling meet-up sessions to talk about the joys, challenges, and responsibilities of being a sibling. 

Variety Village

Community Rugby Day (May 31): Join us to take in a Toronto Arrows open practice,at Birchmount Stadium grass field, a try-it session where fans can give the sport a go and end the day with a BBQ with the team. Registration required for the BBQ.

Inclusion | Diversity

Caregiver support | Workshops

Partners for Planning

University Health Network (UHN) 

Health Talk: Tips and Tools for Inclusive Communication (May 26): A online session for patients, families, staff and community members. Learn about: A patient’s experience using a speech-generating device; Talking with someone who communicates differently; Resources at UHN and in the community.  For more information: Email: pfep@uhn.ca or call 416 603 6290.

Surrey Place

June Wellness Events 

Child and Parent Resource Institute

Sleep: It is Not All About the ZZZ’s! - June 9: This workshop will provide an overview of sleep disorders in children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders. Principles of treatment and management will be discussed. Case presentations, as well as, a Q & A will enable the audience to integrate learning. *FEE based*.

Mothercraft EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Looking for activities or support for yourself or your child 0 - 6 years?   

  • To sign up for the monthly program calendar and receive pre-recorded content by email please subscribe here.
  • If you have any questions, or would like to talk with a Family Support Worker, please email us at office@mothercraft.org or to schedule a virtual, telephone or in-person 30 minute One-on-One Check-In session please click here.

Financial savings

  • The Fair Pass Transit Discount could save you $1.10 per ride and $32.75 per monthly pass. For assistance, and more information on whether you qualify, call the Application & Support Centre at 416-338-8888. Language translation (online) and interpretation services (phone) are available (Toronto Transit Commission)
  • fuelService app lets you find out if a gas station has a staff member that can help you fuel up before you go there. The app shows a list of participating locations, you pick the one most convenient for you (fuelService App & Shell).
  • Subscribe for Affordable Housing Opportunities E-updates to learn how the City is working to create more affordable housing (City of Toronto).
  • Fido: New and existing Fido Mobile customers with accessibility needs are eligible for a $10 monthly discount on all of Fido’s in-market postpaid mobile plans. 
  • Rogers (scroll down to “Wireless plans and add-ons” section):  Offers a $20 monthly discount on all in-market plans, including Rogers InfiniteTM plans which include Data Manager and Roam Like Home. 
  • Bell: Eligible customers with hearing, vision, speech, cognitive and physical (mobility and dexterity) accessibility needs will receive $20/month off any current Bell Mobility Connect Everything or Unlimited smartphone rate plan.  To find out if you qualify for the $20/month discount, please contact the Accessibility Services Centre by calling 1 800 268-9243.
  • Tetra is a non-profit charity organization that recruits volunteer engineers and skilled trades people to design and construct unique assistive devices for individuals with disabilities with no cost for labour.  
    • Fill out a Request for Assistance (RFA) online at  tetrasociety.org  and it will be directed to the Coordinator of the Tetra Chapter nearest the client  for assignment of a volunteer to carry out the project request, in consultation with the client. 
    • No referral needed on the medical side, you do not submit medical documents and most material costs are also covered.

 

For more events for caregivers, children, youth and young adults, you may want to explore the following resources : Autism Ontario; Children’s Treatment Network; Connectability.ca; Community Access Learning Centre; Epilepsy Toronto; Family Service Toronto; Kerry’s Place Autism Services; My Community Hub;Meta Centre; Sunflower Developmental Services; Surrey 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