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Carizon-Home Visiting Program

Get connected with a Carizon CAPC Facilitator and get personalized 1-1 support for you and your family!

Check out the program details, by clicking here or emailing capc@carizon.ca.

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Attention Ontario Parents Take This Once In A Lifetime Opportunity To Make Your Views Known.

The Ontario Government, after years of advocacy work by the AODA and other disability organizations, has committed to enact an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). An advisory committee, the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee, which includes representatives from the government and the disability community, was assigned to develop recommendations on what the Education Accessibility Standard should include.

 

The committee’s initial recommendations report, a 185-page report, was made public on June the 1st (summaries below). The public has been given until September the 2nd to send feedback on the initial recommendations. This may be your only opportunity to have your voice heard. 

 

To take more action, click here and find out more.

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CYPT Open Letter

Click here to read an open letter from the Child & Youth Planning Table.

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Autism Ontario's One to One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund

Autism Ontario is happy to announce that the 2021 One to One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund is now open for application!

 

Applications are due by June 28th!

Reimbursements will be provided based on a random selection made from all eligible applicants who apply by Monday, June 28th, 2021.

 

To learn more, click here.

To read FAQ, click here.

 

To apply, click here.

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Research Study-Investigating Physiological Risk Factors and Mental Health in Children with CP

Do you have a child with cerebral palsy between the ages of 8-18?

For more details about this research study, click here.

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Early Planning Tool Kit

We all share the same dream for our children—a life filled with friends, joy and opportunities. As a parent of a child with a disability, you already have a lot on your plate. But there are things you can do NOW that will make a huge impact on your child’s future.

 

The Early Planning Toolkit will get you started. 

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rare Summer ECO Camp subsidizes

These week-long day camps provide children with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, values, and motivation necessary to become environmentally-responsible community members – all while having fun in a primarily outdoors environment.

 

We have full week ECO Camp subsidies available for children aged 6-12 located in Cambridge or North Dumfries who would otherwise be unable to participate in camp programs.

 

In some cases, this may also cover transportation costs to and from camp should that be a barrier for families. We are reaching out to you and your organizations in hopes that you can help us reach families and children who may be interested in this opportunity.

 

Reach out to Jenna Quinn jenna.quinn@raresites.org directly, if you want to recommend a child or family.

 

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New Mental Health Initiative — Take5.

This year, OACAS will use Children and Youth in Care Day to launch a new mental health initiative — Take5.

With funding from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS), OACAS worked alongside the Youth Advisory Committee of First Voice Advocates, 20+ community organizations, and experts to curate information resources, original multimedia content, live workshops, and events for caregivers, children, and youth of all ages.

You can check out Take 5 by clicking here.

Also included below are two video messages from the Grandriver Zone Youth Champions, a group of people from 10 agencies who work together for youth engagement and support.

May 14 Child and Youth in Care Day

Child and Youth in Car Day 2021

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Tips for Parents of Students with Disabilities on How to Advocate for Your Child's Needs at School

Tips for Parents of Students with Disabilities on How to Advocate For Your Child’s Needs at School - YouTube

Osgoode Hall Law School Visiting Professor David Lepofsky gives practical tips to parents of students with disabilities in Ontario or other Canadian provinces on how to advocate for your child’s needs at school.

More information available at www.aodaalliance.org/education and @aodaalliance Check out great legal information from the ARCH Disability Law Centre available here. 

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Lutherwood Blog-Mental Health: Ways to Help Children with Climate Change Anxiety

Mental Health: Ways to Help Children with Climate Change Anxiety
Climate change anxiety in young clients has increased over the years. Fear is an adaptive emotion; it is there to help keep us safe in the face of danger. But when the danger feels large and unchangeable, it can lead to feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed. Read more to learn some strategies to help those you know with children through what they're facing!



 

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