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Playground Launch

Community Event

Playground Launch

completed playground construction

In partnership with the Bloorview School Authority and Kindercircle Daycare, Holland Bloorview is delighted to invite our staff, clients and families to a virtual celebration on Monday, November 23,6 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the official launch of our new, accessible, state-of-the-art playground for our students and clients to enjoy. The playground redevelopment was co-created by a dedicated playground committee comprising clinicians, teachers, clients and families, volunteers and staff.

Located on the west side of the building, the accessible playground features many play elements for children, both with and without disabilities, to explore in a natural environment. Great care and planning has been taken to fully integrate universal design principles so that accessibility features blend in naturally.

Children will be able to express their creativity through play, whether they’re playing with friends in accessible colourful play huts, drawing on an outdoor chalkboard, or creating their own music on musical instruments and play panels scattered throughout the playground. They can also play on fully accessible swings and slides, including a special wheel chair swing.

The play scape will also encourage them to explore nature as well. Kids can see their outdoor environment up close by exploring the many types of plants growing in outdoor planting beds. The rubberized surface of the playground has also been coloured to mimic beaches, rivers, mountains and meadows for children to explore safely.

The construction of the new accessible playground is the first phase of the hospital’s largest research expansion in its 120-year history to support ground-breaking research in childhood disability. By expanding our research capabilities, we will have the highest concentration of childhood disability research in the world. This means we will have the potential to impact the future of children with disabilities – everywhere.

Learn more about the accessible playground and Grow Holland Bloorview Research:

Zoom Details

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When:Nov 23, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic:Playground Virtual Launch


Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://hollandbloorview.zoom.us/j/99492639999?pwd=UE92OGhGcDFqRER4NVRKZnpQVjJiQT09
 

Passcode:Ep33E*g
Webinar ID:994 9263 9999

Virtual Town Hall: Changes to Family Support Fund

Family Event

Virtual Town Hall: Changes to Family Support Fund

Learn about the new Family Support Fund:

The Family Support Fund is a financial assistance program available to all Holland Bloorview clients and families. The fund covers items and services that help to keep our clients safe, while at the hospital and at home:

  • Medications (not covered by Ontario Health Insurance Plan)
  • Equipment
  • Respite and recreation
  • Food, shelter, clothing and hygienic products

In response to the financial stress caused by COVID-19, Holland Bloorview has doubled funding available through the Family Support Fund. Tune in to this virtual Town Hall to learn about the new funding available to you and your loved one.

To qualify for the Family Support Fund:

  1. Clients must be 18 years old or younger
  2. Clients must have had a clinical appointment at the hospital within two years of submitting an application
  3. A short application form must be completed in full and submitted

If you have questions or comments, please contact abudin@hollandbloorview.ca

Note: This town hall is virtual over Zoom.

We're all in this together: In conversation with Canadian author Sue Robins

Community Event

We're all in this together: In conversation with Canadian author Sue Robins

Bird's eye view book

This interactive session will include readings from Sue's new book, Birds Eye View: Stories of a Life Lived in Heathcare on topics including perspectives on having a child with a disability, the importance of disclosing diagnosis well and how simple kindnesses can help families heal. 

We will encourage audience members to share experiences and curiosities when it comes to delivering client- and family-centered  care as well as reflections and ideas about building strong relationships with families rooted in our shared humanity.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Caregivers’ Information Workshop

Family Workshop

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Caregivers’ Information Workshop

This workshop will provide family caregivers with information on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and help them determine if this is right for them. CBT is a therapy proven to make positive changes by teaching practical skills and strategies to help manage mental health. CBT is centered around thoughts, emotions and behaviors and participants work to develop coping tools and enhance resiliency.

This workshop will be facilitated by clinicians from the Centre for Addiction for Mental Health (CAMH).

Registration closes Thurs. January 30th

Holland Bloorview's 6th annual Recreation, Respite and Life Skills Fair

Community Event

Holland Bloorview's 6th annual Recreation, Respite and Life Skills Fair

Recreation, Respite and Life Skills Fair

Talk to representatives from over 50 community programs, find the right program to fit you or your family member's needs,  register for summer and seasonal services, try activities offered at the fair.   For more information, see flyer.

Holland Bloorview Rocks

Community Event

Holland Bloorview Rocks

Holland Bloorview Rocks

You're Invited!

Holland Bloorview Rocks again with the Hungry Lions and Magical Queen Machines. Our amazing bands are ready to hit the stage on November 17 to showcase their hard work and rock it out with the audience!

Come on out and cheer on our bands and support Music Therapy at Holland Bloorview. Enjoy special performances, celebrity judges, snacks and raffle.

Admission is FREE - Donations are welcomed