On July 29, 2019, the Hon. Todd Smith, Minister of Community Children and Social Services, announced that the province is expanding the scope of the Autism Advisory Panel to provide advice on what a new needs-based and sustainable autism program would look like. To facilitate that work, Ontario is extending existing behaviour plans and continuing to bring children off the waitlist to ensure continuity of service for families. The minister also announced the steps Ontario is taking to provide continuity of service while providing the necessary time to design a new needs-based autism program by April 2020.
For more information about this announcement, please read the Ministry’s press release. We appreciate that changes to this program have a significant impact on many of the children, youth and families CTN and our network partners work with. At this point, we don’t have further details about changes to the program, but will share information as it becomes available. We encourage clients and families to continue to stay updated on what is happening with the Ministry via their website and speak with their service providers.
For information on community supports and services, please connect with CTN via our ACCESS team at 1-866-377-0286.
Barrie Skating Club - Adaptive Learn to Skate Program - Barrie
Do you have a child with special needs? Do you wish to have your child learn to skate in a safe and supportive environment that can be adapted to meet their needs? If so, we have the program for you!
Canada's National Ballet School - NBS Kids Adaptive Dance Program - Toronto
The NBS Kids – Adaptive Dance Program was created by Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), in consultation with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The program offers adapted creative movement classes for children ages 6-9 with diverse cognitive, physical and developmental needs. These 45-minute sensory-friendly dance classes provide
opportunities for children to explore creativity and expression through the use of movement and music.
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