GENERAL RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES & CAREGIVERS

General Resources for Families and Caregivers for individuals with Down Syndrome

Easter Seals Ontario
Diaper grant
www.easterseals.org

Presidents Choice Children’s Charity
www.pcchildrenscharity.ca
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 nancy.howson@dsat.ca

Canada Revenue Agency Forms Call centre
Disablity Tax Credit
www.cra.gc.ca

Registered Disability Savings Plan
www.cra.gc.ca

Toronto Central Healthline
www.torontocentralhealthline.ca/displayservice.aspx?id=133585

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

Phone 416-222-1153
email: contact@griffincentre.org
http://www.griffin-centre.org/

Miscellaneous services

Aptus treatment services
www.aptustc.com
Offers a range of services for children, teens, and adults

BACK TO SCHOOL RESOURCES

Wearing a mask to school [pdf]

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COVID-19 Hospital Transfer Form

The COVID-19 Hospital Transfer Form is designed for family and other caregivers of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the event of a hospital admission for COVID-19, this form communicates essential information to hospital staff, including medical information, substitute decision-maker contacts and information about support needs. It promotes the accommodation of a person’s unique communication and behavioural support needs in health care. It is recommended to prepare this form in advance of a COVID-19 emergency and have it available upon a transfer to the hospital.

Download Form

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TTC Face mask exemption cards

The wearing of face masks and face coverings on the TTC is mandatory effective July 2, 2020. We recognize that not everyone is able to wear a mask, so the TTC has created a card that customers can use as a visual identifier for exemptions. These cards are provided as a courtesy by the TTC; customers who cannot wear a mask are not required to carry them.

More info about the exemption card

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FAMILY TIPSHEET: Wearing a Mask | Holland Bloorview

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Surrey Place – COVID-19 Tools

Supporting an Anxious Child – Live online webinar – Thu, August 27, 2020 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

This interactive webinar is designed to support caregivers in using the ‘Supporting an Anxious Child’ tip sheet.

Led by a Family Support Coach, caregivers can expect a review of the information included in the tip sheet, expanded details on the concepts and strategies, relevant examples on the topic, and a discussion on what has worked well for families along with any challenges they’ve been having in the area.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/supporting-an-anxious-child-live-online-webinar-tickets-111178584138
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Triple P Seminar 2: Helping your Child Reach their Potential  – Thu, August 6, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/triple-p-seminar-2-helping-your-child-reach-their-potential-tickets-111167115836

Triple P Seminar 3: Changing Problem Behaviour into Positive Behaviour  – Thu, August 20, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/triple-p-seminar-3-changing-problem-behaviour-into-positive-behaviour-tickets-111167456856

Positive Parenting for Children with a Disability is a 3 part seminar series. We will discuss the seven key principles of positive parenting, review the steps to successful teaching at home, and discuss common behaviour problems and steps to manage these behaviours. Families are encouraged to attend all 3 seminars:

1: Positive Parenting for children with a disability

2- Helping your Child Reach their Potential

3- Changing Problem Behaviour into Positive Behaviour

This session is best suited for caregivers of children under 12.

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Two of a Kind Buddy Initiative

The Two of a Kind Buddy Initiative under the nonprofit organization Disable the Difference® is a pioneering initiative to close the distance that many of us are experiencing at the moment, especially for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other special needs. Especially during COVID-19, where many youth with special needs cannot go to school or receive at-home care, parents are bearing much of this extra weight and students aren’t able to be their best academically, socially, and behaviorally. We want to increase support for youth with special needs and their families, providing them with online opportunities to interact with others, receive mentorship, and have fun throughout the summer and into next year! We would love for you and your family to become a part of the Two of a Kind Buddy community!

Link to Application for Volunteers: https://forms.gle/8Wd29hxCrJvUZFEq6
Link to Application for Parents of Youth: https://forms.gle/X8vmaE5P2sP6ju497