EVENTS FOR CAREGIVERS
Research Study for Parents/Caregivers of Neurodiverse Individuals
This research study is approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Toronto. It is being conducted to explore the experiences and needs of parents/family members/caregivers* who are supporting a neurodiverse individual in navigating dating and romantic relationships. The study will be conducted by two occupational therapy students at the University of Toronto, supervised by a team of registered occupational therapists. Download More Info
Are you a family member of an adult with a developmental disability? The Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at CAMH is offering two 6-week programs for family caregivers in Ontario.
Mental health for adults with developmental disabilities during COVID: A virtual course for family caregivers
Dates: Every Tuesday, from March 1st to April 5th
Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm EST
Join this 6-week course to learn strategies and practical tips on how best to help your loved one during COVID-19. The course open to all Ontario family caregivers of adults (18+) with developmental disabilities. The curriculum will specifically address the mental health challenges that this population can face during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information and to register for the course.
Caring for the caregiver: A mindfulness course for Ontario family caregivers of
adults with developmental disabilities
Dates: Every Thursday, from March 3rd to April 7th
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm EST
Join together with other caregivers in a program to gain self-care mindfulness skills. The program, open to all Ontario family caregivers of adults (18+) with developmental disabilities, will be led by Sue Hutton, a mindfulness teacher with 30 years of experience. The curriculum is a 6-week program that has been developed at the CAMH’s Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre. Click here for more information and to register for the course.
BACK TO SCHOOL RESOURCES
Wearing a mask to school [pdf]
DSRF and COVID-19
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.
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
FAMILY TIPSHEET: Wearing a Mask | Holland Bloorview
Surrey Place – COVID-19 Tools | Advance care Planning tool
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