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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

COVID-19 Family Town Hall updates for outpatient clients and families
As we begin to increase the number of programs and services available on-site, we know our families have a lot of questions about their safe return to 150 Kilgour.  To help address these concerns and prepare you for coming on-site for a future appointment, we are hosting a virtual town hall for our outpatient clients and families.

Family Town Hall (10 - 11 am, Oct 15)

Family Town Hall (7 - 8 pm, Oct 15)

Solution-Focused Communication for Families workshops are designed to help parents improve their communication skills by highlighting their family strengths and resources. They are free and co-facilitated by a parent.  For more information contact Elaine Cook, ecook@hollandbloorview.ca


Other

 

Flu Shot & COVID-19 testing for families

Did you know

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Toronto Public Library
PRESTO cards are being provided to people who do not yet have one or may face challenges in purchasing one. Starting October 5, 2020, PRESTO cards will be available at select Toronto Public Library branches.  Click herefor a list.

Toronto Pearson Airport
Lanyards available for passengers with invisible disabilities to help identify that they may need extra help or additional time while travelling.

 Ontario Autism Program - Foundational Family Services

  • Foundational Family Services are for families registered with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP)
  • If you are not sure if you  are registered for the Ontario Autism Program, you  can contact the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services for help at:1-888-444-4530 or oap@ontario.ca
  • There is no cost and no limit to the number of times you can register for these services.

CanChild
Survey: COVID-19 supports for people with disabilities and caregivers

Caregiver support

Future Planning


Behaviour management


Caregiver mental health


Financial/Legal

  • Financial Relief Navigator (FRN): A tool to increase the financial well-being of people living on low incomes.  It gathers all the benefits and relief packages developed for all Canadians at the Federal and Provincial levels of government (Prospercanada.org)
  • COVID-19 related legal developments: COVID-19 related legal developments including changes in government benefits and emergency supports, future planning rules, visitation rules, back to school considerations, and legal issues related to layoffs (Pooran Law)

Understanding Racism, Diversity and Inclusion

Webinars/virtual event series

Surrey Place


Developmental Services Ontario


Community Family Services of Ontario and Autism Ontario

Children’s Healthcare Canada


Children’s Treatment Network

Toronto District School Board

Autism Community Training (ACT) webinars

Recreation & Life Skills

City of Toronto

  • Sledge Hockey at Commander Park Arena: start date Oct 25.  Participants must bring their own CSA approved hockey helmet. Participants must provide their own caregiver.   For more information, contact: Terry Chung (416) 396-4071, tchung@toronto.ca. To register: Call (416) 396-7378 (Option 1) or go to register for recreation programs Para sport Child Barcode # 3339426, Para sport Youth Barcode # 3339427
  • Best Buddies virtual programming: Instagram live workouts, concerts and cooking offered.
  • e-Buddies: An email pen pal program that provides safe opportunities for individuals with and without intellectual/developmental disabilities to start an email friendship.  e-Buddies is in English and for anyone 10 years and older

Transitions & Employment

MentorAbility Canada - National Webinar Series

ARCH Disability Law Centre &  DAWN Canada

  • Free Legal Rights Virtual Workshop (Oct 15): Do you identify as a Deaf woman, woman with a disability, LGTBQ+ Deaf woman, or LGTBQ+ woman with a disability? Are you experiencing barriers surrounding employment?  Do you wish you had more tools when self-advocating for your rights and disability-related accommodations? Then this safe, inclusive virtual workshop is for you and your allies


Surrey Place

Autism Ontario

  • e-newsletter (Adults) October 2020: Funding opportunities, mindfulness for adults, social groups, reproductive health study for people with disabilities, virtual college fairs for students
     


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