Education Resources

Financial Supports

Easter Seals Ontario
Diaper grant

Presidents Choice Children’s Charity
Will provide funding for specialized equipment and to make home accessible
If you need assistance in filling out the application please contact Nancy Howson at

Canada Revenue Agency Forms Call centre
Disablity Tax Credit

Registered Disability Savings Plan

Miscellaneous services

Toronto Central Healthline

Griffin Centre
1126 Finch Ave West, Unit 16
Toronto, ON M3J 3J6

Phone 416-222-1153

Aptus treatment services
Offers a range of services for children, teens, and adults



2020 Education Survey
Readiness for the Safe Return to School: Findings from the 2020 Autism Ontario Education Survey

Positive Advocacy Strategies for School – The IPRC Process with Ed Mahony

Ed Mahony is both a Parent Advocate and Special Education Resource Teacher. He supports parents in learning to provide positive, practical and proven strategies to work successfully with their children’s schools to address special education needs. Ed also provides individual consultation to families in person, online and by phone throughout the province. Contact Ed at or at 905-906-6021 (text) or by visiting

Surrey Place: Caregiver Coffee Chat
Sep 16 2020 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Feeling isolated? Need to take some time out to relax? Please join us for the on-line Caregiver Coffee Chat! We will meet for an hour to discuss some fun topics and share community resources.

Autism Ontario: How I Can Help My Child to Print? with Taunia Clouthier
Sep 17th, 2020 2:00 PM through Oct 30th, 2020 2:30 PM
A Printing Readiness Workshop for Parents

Learn functional tips and tricks to help teach a child how to print. This workshop highlights several fundamentals and provides functional and motivating ways to teach children. It is applicable for any child who may be new to printing (i.e. pre-school & kindergarten) or any child who may struggle with the task of printing.

Surrey Place: Parent and Child Social / Musical Group
Sep 21 2020 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
o provide parents/caregivers with information in all areas of development (motor, language, daily living, social interaction and play skills).

Surrey Place: Getting Started with Toilet Training
Sep 22 2020 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Caregivers will learn about signs of readiness, different toilet training methods, and teaching strategies that can help with the toileting process. Families will also have an opportunity to develop a plan to get started. This session is appropriate for families of young children that have not yet started toilet training or who have recently started and would like additional support.

p4p Planning Network: Person Directed Planning: For all ages and stages
Sep 22, 2020, | 7:00 pm
This brand NEW P4P WEBCAST presentation followed by live Q&A provides valuable information on Person Directed Planning for families at every stage.

Autism Ontario: Finding a “new normal”: How psychological services can support you and your family in the COVID era with Stephanie Price
Sep 25th, 2020 12:00 PM through Oct 30th, 2020 1:00 PM
This webinar is intended for anyone who is interested in learning about how a psychologist, psychological associate, or other mental health professional can support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, particularly while we attempt to transition back to “real life” after COVID. In this webinar, we will cover various topics, including the similarities and differences between Psychology and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), various psychological assessment and intervention approaches, the impact of COVID (or other stressful experiences) on the mental health of individuals and families, and accessing psychological support in times of need.

Surrey Place: Using Social Stories to Support Changes
Sep 30, 2020, | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This interactive webinar is designed to support caregivers in using social stories to support changes in routine tip sheet.

ABA in Educational Settings with Tracie Lindbland

The purpose of this webinar is to define applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and clarify how it fits into the Ontario education system through the implementation of Policy and Program Memorandum 140 (PPM- 140). Applied Behaviour Analysis has been shown to be an effective, evidence-based treatment for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Systematic and guided application of these principles within the educational
setting can improve the behaviour, communication, learning, and social challenges experienced by children with ASD.

Addressing Bullying In Youth with ASD with Jonathan Weiss

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders often experience bullying at school, and it is important that parents and professionals work together to address this problem.

This webinar reviews ways of supporting youth who are experiencing bullying to increase their coping skills and to help stop the problem from happening in the future. Effective interventions require knowledge and a team approach, and the current workshop discusses what children can do, and what adults can do, to make everyone feel more safe.

Reading Video 1: Successful Strategies for Beginning Readers with Down Syndrome
This 30-minute video outlines our successful strategies for beginning readers and contains both practical ideas as well as footage of these ideas in practice. It is never too early or too late for learning to read and these strategies can be used with very young children to the adult learner.

Reading Video 2: Successful Strategies: Memory, Phonological Awareness and Beginning Phonics
This 30-minute video is the companion to Successful Strategies for Beginning Readers and supports the next step in reading development. The video explains that students with Down syndrome may have difficulties with auditory memory due to auditory processing difficulties and/or hearing loss, and demonstrates activities that target the development of auditory memory.

Reading Video 3: Developing Phonics Skills and Reading Fluency
This video demonstrates a variety of activities you can use to support the development of phonics skills and reading fluency. Skills focused on are digraphs and consonant blends, segmenting and blending, and reading fluency.

Fall 2020 – The Back to School Issue

Welcome to Issue Four of 3.21: Canada’s Down Syndrome Magazine, a joint publication of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society and the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation.


School, Inclusion & Community

With most students having been away from the classroom since March, “back to school” has taken on a whole new meaning this fall. The schools to which pupils will be returning will be very different from the ones they left last spring. This issue is packed with information to prepare students with Down syndrome and their families for the unique school year.

The fall issue is also about inclusion. In the words of Shelley Moore, who is featured in this issue, let’s all work together to take another step towards “acknowledging all the ways that kids are diverse, which includes not just disability, but culture, gender, race, language… all the things that make us who we are.” Also hear educators, parents, inclusion advocates, and adults with Down syndrome share their perspectives on how to maximize learning success –
throughout the lifespan.

Open to discover new resources, learn what we are working on right now to support the Down syndrome community, and details about upcoming events.

Download Your Fall 2020 Issue Here