March 2024

Focus on Families - Virtual Series this Spring

Join the Community and Family Coordinators as they explore topics related to the caregiver and family experience! Each information session will be followed by an informal coffee chat to debrief, share experiences and explore the topics covered. Download the flyer here.

Spring Sessions


Exploring IEP’s and IPRC’s

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Learn more about school board documents, processes and what to expect when your child is accessing special education programs. This workshop is hosted in partnership with YSSN and presented by a parent who has lived experience.

Register here

All About Respite

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Are you curious about respite? Join us as we explore the ins and outs of respite care – where to find it, how to access it, funding resources and dealing with the emotions that come along with it!

Register here

Equipment Loan Program Summer Preview

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 from 12 to 1 p.m.

The Equipment Loan Program summer preview webinar will look at what recreation equipment is available to make the most of this summer season! CTN’s Equipment Loan Coordinator, Kevin, will be available to answer questions, make recommendations and help you access fun and fitness this summer.

Register here


March Awareness Days and Holidays

Learning Disabilities Association of York-Simcoe (LDAYS): Spring Social Skills Groups

LDAYS is running spring social skills groups for kids and youth aged seven to 12. These six-week programs focus on skill development in areas of interpersonal skills, conflict resolution and problem solving, self-advocacy skills, bullying and more. The program is facilitated by registered social service workers. Learn more about the spring groups on their website.

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Recreation Equipment Available Through CTN's Equipment Loan Program

The CTN Equipment Loan Program (ELP) has equipment that supports participation in a variety of activities for kids and youth with disabilities and developmental needs. Some of the equipment available includes adaptive bikes and trikes, Explorer Mini - powered mobility device, the GRIT Freedom Chair and more! Our recreation equipment can be borrowed for up to two weeks by families of kids and youth with disabilities and developmental needs who live in Simcoe County or York Region.

Learn more about the ELP

Upcoming March Events

There are some great events this month for kids, youth and families. Check out some upcoming CTN events below and visit the calendar on our website for more events!

Our network calendar features events hosted by CTN, our partner organizations and other local community agencies that may be of interest to your family. New workshops, programs and events are added each week.

Check out all Network Events

Upcoming CTN Events

Heartworks Children's Art Studio Event in Orillia

Tuesday, March 26th

from 4 to 6 p.m.

Families are invited to discover, explore and create together at the open-ended, child led and process focused art and sensory play stations.

Register here

Try-it Indoor Rock Climbing in Aurora

Tuesday, March 26th

from 5 to 8 p.m.

Kids and youth can try adaptive rock climbing with Reach’s trained team. Individual needs and support requirements will be assessed.

Register here

Youth Night with Wasaga Adventure Park

Wednesday, March 27th

from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Youth 12 years old to high school are invited to participate in a fun-filled evening of laser combat, light refreshments and connections.

Register here
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CTN supports kids, youth and families by focusing on CanChild's framework of the F-words for Child Development. Every child with varying abilities has the right to have fun, enjoy friends, function as they are, access fitness, plan for their future and join in on family activities.

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