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Resources to Support Children and Youth with Special Needs

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Title (Source) Brief Summary Link Resource
1. Find and pay for child care (Government of Ontario) A list of options to help you find, choose, and pay for child care. Find and pay for child care Website
2. Special Needs Support (Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services) A portal to the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ resources for children and youth with special needs. This includes a page that gives updates on Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy. Special Needs Support

Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy
Website
3. We Have Something to Say: Young people and their families speak out about special needs and change (Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth) This is a report on the results of the “We Have Something to Say” project, which invited youth with special needs to discuss their experiences and their hopes for the future. The participants talked about their families and homes, school and education, supports and services, and life transitions. We Have Something to Say: Young people and their families speak out about special needs and change PDF
4. Support for Parents of Kids with Special Needs (KidsHealth) This article offers suggestions on how parents of kids and teens with special needs can avoid caregiver burnout. Support for Parents of Kids with Special Needs Website
5. Special Needs Schools in Canada (OurKids.net) This resource discusses the types of support offered at special needs schools, as well as potential costs, pros and cons, and program options. Special Needs Schools in Canada Website
6. AbilityOnline This is a supportive online community for kids, teens and young adults with special needs or health challenges, as well as their parents. The website offers connections to peers, resources and skill development, and equipment grants. AbilityOnline Website
7. ConnectAbility.ca This website provides a support network for people (from kids to seniors) who have an intellectual disability and their families. It provides toolkits, fact sheets, and the chance to connect with families in similar situations. ConnectAbility.ca Website
8. Financial Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs (CHEO) A list of financial resources and information for families of children and youth with special needs in Ontario. It includes topics like financial assistance programs, federal income tax, filing claims and deductions. Financial Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs PDF
9. Inspiring Possibilities: Estate Planning Guide (Community Living Ontario) This toolkit helps with planning for taxes, benefits and wills for Ontarians with disabilities. It delves into topics such as creating a will, trust planning, legal decision making, and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Inspiring Possibilities: Estate Planning Guide PDF
10. You Are Not Alone: For Parents When They Learn their Child has a Disability (ParentCenterHub.org) An article that talks about how parents may react upon learning that their child has special needs. The author gives suggestions for support systems, managing feelings, and practical steps to take. You Are Not Alone: For Parents When They Learn their Child has a Disability PDF
11. Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Bullying and the Child with Special Needs (AbilityPath.org) A report that aims to teach parents of children with special needs about bullying and other challenges they may face in social situations. Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Bullying and the Child with Special Needs PDF
12. The Special Needs Planning Group The Special Needs Planning Group is a source of information for parents and family members of people with special needs. The website helps parents plan for their child’s future care and wellbeing. The Special Needs Planning Group Website
13. The ABCs of Mental Health Parent Resource (SickKids) This resource covers mental health topics in children and teens, ranging from mood swings to concentration issues to mental health as it relates to disabilities. The ABCs of Mental Health Parent Resource Website