Connect (e-newsletter)

Connect:  News and Stories, Events and Resources Relevant to You

We are proud to share Connect - a monthly newsletter for families of kids with special needs and the service providers who support them. If you have feedback on the newsletter, story ideas or want to volunteer to write an article please contact

Connect (May 2019): Connect: Registration for the Ontario Autism Consultations, Charity Yoga, Try-A-Bike Events, Inclusive Spring Activities and more!

Connect (April 2019): Join us April 27th for the Special Needs Information Fair, Update on the Ontario Autism Program (OAP), Scholarship Opportunities, Board of Director Recruitment, Ideas for an Inclusive Easter and Tax Tips!

Connect (March 2019): March Break Events, Ministry Updates, Upcoming Information Fair and World Down Syndrome Awareness Day.

Connect (February 2019): Connect: Changes to the Ontario Autism Program, Upcoming Information Fair, Free CTN March Break Events, and more!

Connect (January 2019): We have moved in Alliston, School Based Rehabilitation Services Announcement, Meet our CTN Local Team Facilitator, Self Regulation Workshop for Caregivers and more!

Connect (December 2018): Holiday Events, Borrow-A-Sledge Program, Update on the Alliston Site, Inclusive Winter Family Activities and more!

Connect (November 2018): Save the Date for Sensory Santa Events, World Prematurity Day, Giving Tuesday and What You Need to Know About the Flu Shot!

Connect (October 2018): Meetings with Local MPPs, ACC Clinic Days and Inclusive Halloween Events and Tips for Families!

Connect (September 2018): Information about PT/OT Services at CTN, A Generous Donation from TD Bank, Important September Events and more!

Connect (August 2018): Upcoming Webinar about PT/OT Services at CTN, Barrie Park Event, Tips for School Transitions, Back to School Resources and more!

Connect (July 2018): CTN's Annual Report, Try-A-Bike This Summer, Free Park Events, Back to School Resources and Books to Add to your Reading List!

Connect (June 2018): Important Provincial Election Day Information, CTN Summer Camps, Try a Bike Event, Inclusive Summer Fun and Happy Father's Day!

Connect (May 2018): What You Need to Know about the Provincial Election in June, Drop-In Wheelchair Basketball, and Ideas for Inclusive Spring Fun!

Connect (April 2018): Simcoe Youth Information Fair, Scholarship Opportunities, Inclusive Recreation Support for Barrie Residents, Tax Tips, and more!

Connect (March 2018): Simcoe Youth Information Fair, Important News for Families, Webinars, Inclusive March Break Events and more!

Connect (February 2018): Family Engagement Opportunity, New Online Resources for Youth, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC) March Break events, and more!

Connect (January 2018): Happy New Year from CTN, Introducing our Family Guide, Save the Date for the Simcoe Youth Information Fair, News About Ontario Early Years, and more!

Connect (December 2017): Free Holiday and Winter Break Events, Tips for Parents, New Knowledge Hub, and Happy Holidays from CTN!

Connect (November 2017): Save the Date for Sensory Santa Events, Update on OHIP+, Giving Tuesday, and What You Need to Know About the Flu Shot!

Connect (October 2017): Inclusive Halloween Parties, Changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Celebrating World Cerebral Palsy Day, and Halloween Tips for Kids with Special Needs!

Connect (September 2017): Back to School Resources, Upcoming Events, and a New Community E-Newsletter Launches This Month!


Connect (August 2017): A Visit from the Honourable Michael Coteau, Happy Campers, a Fun Family Park Event in Barrie, and Getting Ready for September!

Connect (July 2017): Happy Summer! Read the 2016-17 CTN Annual Report, Join us for Park Events, and Learn Tips for Post-Secondary School.

Connect (June 2017): Update Your Email Profile, All About Privacy, Accepting a Diagnosis, Tips for Inclusive Summer Fun, June's Events, and more!

Connect (May 2017): Easter Seals Scholarship Deadline, Speech and Hearing Month, Autism Resources, Camp Tips and Links, Happy Mother's Day, and more!​

Connect (April 2017): Connect: Scholarship Opportunity, Family Mentors Needed, Inclusive Easter and Spring Ideas, and more!

Connect (March 2017): Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day, Survey Opportunity, Alliston Birthday Party, Post-Secondary Resources for Students with Disabilities, and more!

Connect (February 2017): Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Special Needs Information Fair, Vulnerable Persons Registry Now Available for Alliston families, Marriage and Parents of Children with Special Needs, and more!

Connect (January 2017): York Region Special Needs Information Fair, Exciting Opportunity for Ontario Youth, Accessible Sports Programs, and more!

Connect (December 2016): Holiday Tips, Upcoming Events Information on the Flu Shot, and more!

Connect (November 2016): Funding Workshops, Join our Family Engagement Council, Win a Night of Pampering, Holiday Shopping and more!

Connect (October 2016): Halloween Tips and Events, Wheelchair Basketball in Collingwood, Parent Workshop...and more! 

Connect (September 2016): Back to School, Respite Survey, Film Your Life, Finding Recreation Programs, Events and more

Connect (August 2016): Barrie Family Fun Event, Free App Now Available, Back to School Transitions Tips, IEPs and more

Connect (July 2016): Two CTN Youth Win Scholarships, CTN's 2015-2016 Annual Report Now Available, Free Family Events, Ideas for Summer Outdoor Fun, Special Needs Blogs and Books and more...

Connect (June 2016): Summer Camp Guide, Northern Karate Schools Kick-A-Thon, An Inclusive Prom to Remember and More

Connect (May 2016): A Parent's Guide to Inclusive Fun this Spring, Wheelchair Sports "Have a Go" Day was a Huge Success and More

Connect (April 2016): Important Announcement About Autism Services, Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day, Easter Seals Workshop Registration, Recognizing Our Valued Volunteers and more

Connect (March 2016): Ontario Budget Puts Families First, Tax Tips You Need to Know and Family Engagement Council Opportunities

Connect (February 2016): Funding Workshops, Inclusive Birthday Event, Family Mentors Wanted and more!

Connect (January 2016): Easter Seals, Autism Ontario and Kerry's Place Funding and Applications Now Available, Volunteer Opportunity: Family Mentors Wanted, Events and more!

Connect (December 2015): Special Needs Strategy Update, The Buzz on Social Media, Dealing with Stress, Inclusive Holiday Events and more!

Connect (November 2015): How You Can Make a Difference; Family Mentoring Program Now Available; Your Child and the Flu Vaccine; Best Toys for Kids with Special Needs, Events and more!

Connect (October 2015): Halloween Tips; IEPs; Why You Need to Vote; Local Events and More