Recreation Resources Across Simcoe County and York Region
CTN partners with local municipalities and organizations to support families and children in recreation across Simcoe County and York Region. Together we work to improve access to recreation through creating and promoting inclusive and adapted programs that meet the needs of our families. CTN has worked closely with community to partners to appropriately trained and educated staff and volunteers to allow provide support for all individuals to participate through activity modifications, assistive devices and disability awareness.
Many recreation opportunities are already available in your local community. CTN, together with community partners host accessible community-based, sport and recreation opportunities throughout the year.
You can find more information about those programs by visiting the CTN Events Calendar.
If you have any questions or new ideas for recreation opportunities in your community, please contact Jennifer Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why should I include my child in Recreation?
Recreation opportunities can provide lifelong healthy benefits for your child. Focusing on CanChild’s framework of the 6F-Words for Child’s of Childhood Development, recreation participation meets each aspect in helping your child’s development:
What are the different types of Recreation Programs?
There are a variety of programs geared to meet the interests and abilities of ALL participants:
Inclusive Recreation vs. Adapted Recreation
Inclusive Recreation programs provide the opportunity for children with and without disabilities to participate in the same activity together. For inclusive services to be successful, inclusion must be a value that is shared by all parties involved including agencies, staff, families, participants and the greater community.
Inclusion may also be referred to as “integration”
Adapted Recreation is a program that has been modified to meet the needs of a specific group of participants. This is achieved through various methods:
Guide to Successful Participation
Various funding options are available to assist in supporting children in recreation. Funding providers can assist with variety of expenses including:
It is important to pay attention to what costs are covered by the funding provider as many will only cover ONE of the above expenses, such as equipment or registration fees.
Some of these programs will grant money once a year, some will be reimbursement.
Often funding providers will ask for a letter of support from a community agency; this can be done by many people including could be your Service Planning Coordinator, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Case Manager or Behaviour Therapist.
Most municipalities will offer Fee Assistance programs for individuals that qualify for low-income based on the Low-income Cut-Off Table; this assistance will help with the cost of registration only.
Some municipalities offer assistance for the fees associated with a 1:1 support staff (i.e. for a week of for summer camp). Often if you register for one week of camp and pay for a support staff, the municipality will offer a second week of support at no-cost. You would still need to pay for registration fees.
Be sure to ask your program coordinator PRIOR to registering for the program for fee assistance.
See CTN's Respite Support Funding for more information about available funding to cover your 1:1 worker. Many of these fundings can be applied to camps or recreation program supports.
Contact local service clubs such as Rotary, Kiwanis, or Lions clubs. Local clubs may be able to fund recreation programs and equipment in yearly grant programs.
For more information about available funding options, please refer to the following resources:
CTN is committed to supporting the participation of children and youth with special needs in their home, school and community. CTN has a recreation large equipment pool to promote accessibility and participation of recreation opportunities for children with special needs. Equipment is available for loan to service providers, community partners, and families for a maximumfor a period of 2 weeks at a time.
Try a loan for a new program, new family outing or just practice and improve skills!
Contact your service provider or Local Team Facilitator for more information on suitable loans for your child and availability of items.
If a barrier to accessing recreation is transportation, please check out this resource and discuss with your service providers.
Accessible Transportation Listings Simcoe/York
Swimming lessons are offered in a variety of formats.
Swimming can offer a fun opportunity for your child to get used to the water, learn water safety, increase mobility, strength and sensory awareness in a supported environment.
Registered Swim programs are offered year-round in 6-8 week blocks at local community centers or pools. Private pools may also offer private lessons. Be sure to contact each program for more information.
Smaller municipalities may only offer general swimming program and not specialized adapted programs, however, additional support may be available upon request.
Many recreation programs are available in your local community that are inclusive or adapted for your child’s needs.
These listings are some of the adapted or special needs programs available across Simcoe County and York Region for children with special needs. Please note, this list is not exhaustive and is always changing.
If you are looking for a general recreation program, please click here to find your local Community Recreation Guide.
Always contact the program for more information and questions
Sports and Recreation
May be competitive, team or individual play, specialized equipment may be required, focus on Fitness, Fun, Function, Friends
Inclusion and Community Services Specialist
905-832-2377 ext. 7405
905-953-5300 ext. 2821
Jaclyn Lotto for Aquatic/Pool programs
905-953-5300 ext. 2711
Community Parks, Recreation & Culture
Town of Georgina Recreation
905-476-4301 ext. 2238 to inquire about inclusion support
Kinark- Caregivers Converse Support Group - "Advice to my Younger Self"
Research has shown that caregivers of children with autism experience challenges that can lead to stress and isolation. Finding the time to care for your own physical and mental well being, meet others, and speak about your experiences can be challenging. Facilitated by our social worker, our caregiver support group aims to empower caregivers of children with autism by creating a safe space where you can share your experiences, as well as gain understanding and support from other caregivers with similar experiences.
Kinark- Caregivers Converse Support Group - "Making Time for Me! (Ages 11 – 15)"
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