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Below is a varied selection of resources that may be helpful for parents, CHAP Respite Providers, and agency staff.  The resources below are either English, or bilingual.  For a list of French resources not listed here, please visit our French Resources section.

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A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive , Sally Ozonoff

  Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism are detected earlier and more accurately today than ever before. Children and teens with these disorders often stand out for their precocious intelligence and language abilities--yet profound social difficulties can limit every aspect of their lives. This hopeful, compassionate guide shows parents how to work with their child's unique impairments and capabilities to help him or her learn to engage more fully with the world and live as self-sufficiently as possible. From leading experts in the field, the book is packed with practical ideas for helping children relate more comfortably to peers,learn the rules of appropriate behavior, and participate more fully in school and family life. It also explains what scientists currently know about autistic spectrum disorders and how they are diagnosed and treated.
  http://books.google.ca/books?id=wcsItYYA7o8C
Achieving Best Behavior for Children With Developmental Disabilities: A Step-by-step Workbook for Parents and Carers , Pamela Faith Lewis

  Although this book is written in language aimed at parents of children with a developmental disability such as autism and/intellectual disability, the basic principles apply to adults as well as children, and the book can be used by others involved with a child or adult with a developmental disability.
 
Asperger's Huh? , Rosina G. Schnurr

  A child's perspective with illustrations by John Strachan.
 
Children Diagnosed with Autism-What to Expect and Where to Get Help , Autism Society of Ontario

  Strategies and information for Ontario families and care providers.
 
May I Be Excused, My Brain is Full , Krista Preuss-Goudreault

  Imagine knowing you are different and not knowing why. . . this is Olivia’s story. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 10, Olivia bravely invites us into her thoughts and mind as she copes with life as an “aspie”. Her story, colourfully told, illustrates her own coping strategies to manage her differences in a way that relates to younger kids.

Olivia hopes to help other children understand that Asperger’s Syndrome does not define a person, but rather explains a very special part of themselves.
 
My Friend with Autism , Beverly Bishop (Author), Craig Bishop (Illustrator)

  Written for classmates of spectrum students and the classmates' parents, this kid-friendly book explains in positive ways that children with autism are good at some things, not so good at others - just like everyone else! The narrator (a peer) notes that his friend's senses work "really well" - he can hear sounds no one else can hear; his eyes work so well bright lights can hurt them. In all cases, the differences are described in a kind, understanding manner. There are charming illustrations for readers to color. "Notes for Adults" offer parents more detailed information about the "kid's pages."
 
Pretending to Be Normal - Living with Asperger's Syndrome , Liane Holliday Willey

  Pretending to be Normal tells the story of a woman who, after years of self-doubt and self-denial, learned to embrace her Asperger's syndrome traits with thanksgiving and joy. Chronicling her life from her earliest memories through her life as a university lecturer, writer, wife and mother, Liane Holliday Willey shares, with insight and warmth, the daily struggles and challenges that face many of those who have Asperger's Syndrome.
 
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew , Ellen Notbohm

  Winner of an iParenting Media Award and Honorable Mention in the 2005 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards! Every parent, teacher, social worker, therapist, and physician should have this succinct and informative book in their back pocket. Framed with both humor and compassion, the book defines the top ten characteristics that illuminate the minds and hearts of children with autism. Ellen's personal experiences as a parent, an autism columnist, and a contributor to numerous parenting magazines coalesce to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum.
 
The Spark - A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius , Kristine Barnett

  The extraordinary memoir of a mother's love, commitment, and nurturing, which allowed her son, originally diagnosed with autism, to flourish into a universally recognized genius-and how any parent can help their child find their spark.

Today, at thirteen, Jacob is working on extending Einstein's theory of relativity, and is a paid researcher in quantum physics. Yet at three, after an autism diagnosis, Jacob was assigned to life-skills classes, his parents told to adjust their expectations. The goalpost was to be tying his own shoes at sixteen. Kristine's belief in the power of hope and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we keep our minds open and learn to fuel a child's true potential changed everything.
 
A Difference in the Family: Living with a Disabled Child , Helen Featherstone

  This book explains what is like to live with a disabled child, the challenges encountered and how families can cope.
 
A Good Life , Al Etmanski

  Every parent whose child lives with a disability struggles with the same question:
"Who will look after my child after I am gone?"

If you are thinking about...
Wills and Estate planning...
Supported decision-making...
Developing a Circle of Support...
Alternatives to legal guardianship...
 
Achieving Best Behavior for Children With Developmental Disabilities: A Step-by-step Workbook for Parents and Carers , Pamela Faith Lewis

  Although this book is written in language aimed at parents of children with a developmental disability such as autism and/intellectual disability, the basic principles apply to adults as well as children, and the book can be used by others involved with a child or adult with a developmental disability.
 
Creative Play Activities for Children With Disabilities: A Resource Book for Teachers and Parents , Lisa Rappaport Morris & Linda Shulz

  In this book you will discover 250 games and activities designed to help infants to 8-year-olds with all types of disabilities grow through play. Many activities describe special adaptations for physically, visually, and hearing impaired children and for emotionally and mentally handicapped children.
 
Dual Diagnosis , Dorothy M Griffiths, Chrissoula Stravrakaki, Jane Summers

  An introduction to the mental health needs of persons with developmental disabilities.
 
Esteem Builders , Jalmer Press

  Through development of the five building blocks of self-esteem, students become self-empowered and capable of internally directing themselves. Real team-building is in evidence among adults and students alike. Students display stronger inner motivation and a ?take charge? attitude.
 
Helping Your Special Needs Child: A Practical and Reassuring Resource Guide , Sandy Tovray, Maria Wilson-Portuondo & Sandy Tovray Greenberg

  The book is a good start for parents with children who have learning or physical disabilities. It covers doctors, education, support systems, siblings, and an assortment of odds and ends like travel, sexuality, illness, driving, ect. Very easy to read and comprehend. It offers step by step guidance in becoming an advocate for your child.
 
Helping Yourself Help Others: A Book for Caregivers , Rosalynn Carter & Susan Ma Golant

  This book offers tips for dealing with health professionals, finding a support group (or starting one of your own), recognizing signs of caregiver burnout, and techniques to make life more satisfying for both caregiver and care recipient.
 
Here It Is: The Cutting Edge of Respite Care , Isaac Croom Turner

  The Cutting Edge of Respite Care was written to encourage Churches to get involved in the Respite Care Ministry. In this book, the author shares successful experiences in the ministry as well as benefits to caregivers and care recipients. He also provides detailed guidelines and procedures to help churches start a ministry that is geared toward providing support and relief to caregivers who have the responsibility of caring for a loved one.
 
Life Skills Activities for Special Children , Darlene Mannix

  This book offers teachers and parents a unique collection of 190 ready-to-use activities complete with student worksheets, discussion questions, and evaluation suggestions to help exceptional students acquire the basic skills needed to achieve independence and success in everyday life. Each of the book's activities focuses on specific skills within the context of real-life situations and includes complete teacher instructions for effective use, from objective and introduction through optional extension activities and methods to assess student learning. The book includes numerous reproducible parent letters which can be sent home to help parents reinforce these lessons while children are away from school.
 
Life Skills Circle Game

  A book on life skills.
  Contact : Wellness, Reproductions and Publishing, LLC. Beechwood, OH
My Perfect Son Has Cerebral Palsy: A Mother's Guide of Helpful Hints , Marie A. Kennedy

  Marie Kennedy's story of her son's coping with Cerebral Palsy is one of hope, strength, love, encouragement and most certainly courage.
 
NF Canada

  NF Canada's mission is to improve the lives of Canadians living with Neurofibromatosis.
  http://www.nfcanada.ca/
On My Own: A guide to independence , Lisa Bendall

  This book discusses finding your own independence while struggling with a disability. It provides hope and advise to the reader.
  Contact : Canadian Abilities Foundation, Toronto ON
Planning Care for Children in Respite Settings: Hello, This is Me , Helen Laverty

  Developed in response to a practice need, this book offers a new approach, centered on the child's abilities, to the planning of respite care provision. With its positive focus on emerging level of independence in disabled children, the "Hello, this is me" model provides a method of assessing and planning care for children with a variety of needs. The authors emphasize a partnership between families and carers which enables children and parents to make their voices heard when planning respite care, so that each child's unique needs can be met.
 
Raising NLD Superstars: What Families with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Need to Know about Nurturing Confident, Competent Kid , Marica Brown Rubenstien & Pamela B. Tanguay

  Essential reading for all those who come in to contact with children with non-verbal learning disorders (NLD). Instead of insisting upon the one size fits all model of intervention, the author focuses on the individual nature of NLD children and offers practical, adaptable advice that will help them find their place both in the family and in wider social groups.
 
Respite Care: Support for Persons With Developmental Disabilities and Their Families , Christine L. Salisbury

  Provides information about support to individuals with special needs.
 
Social Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs , Darlene Mannix

  A flexible, ready-to-use activities program to help special students in grades 6-12. The updated new edition of this valuable resource offers an exciting collection of 200 ready-to-use worksheets to help adolescents build the social skills they need to interact effectively with others and learn how to apply these skills to various real-life settings, situations, and problems. The book provides 20 complete teaching units focusing on 20 basic social skills, such as being a good listener, "reading" other people, and using common sense.
 
Social Skills Activities for Special Children , Darlene Mannix

  For all teachers of children with special needs, here are 142 ready-to-use lessons and reproducible line master activity sheets to help children become aware of acceptable social behavior and develop proficiency in acquiring basic social skills.
  Contact : The Centre for Applied Research in Education. West Nyack, NY.
Special Kids Need Special Parents: A Resource for Parents of Children with Special Needs , Judith Loseff Lavin

  On Becoming a Parent. Targeting both parents of children with special needs and professionals who care for these children. Combining compassion and considerable firsthand research (based on interviews with special needs children, their parents, medical professionals, principles, teachers and celebrities with special needs, like actress Marlee Matlin), Lavin has prepared a positive and comprehensive guide to the myriad issues surrounding a special needs child and a lengthy list of helpful organizations and services.
 
Stronger Together: Ideas, Reflections and Suggestions about Networks of Support , Bruce Kappel

  This book looks at a variety of topics, it focuses on making support more personalized to enhance the quality of life.
 
Teaching Motor Skills to Children With Cerebral Palsy And Similar Movement Disorders: A Guide for Parents And Professionals , Sieglinde Martin

  These chapters contain numerous helpful photographs that illustrate the exercises, with suggestions of how to incorporate the use of toys to interest the children.
 
The Survival Guide for Kids with Ld: Learning Differences , Gary L. Fisher, Rhoda Cummings & Hackie Urbanovic

  Grade 5 and up. A book intended for use by young people with disabilities. The warmth, affirmation, and solid information kids need to know they're smart and can learn, they just learn differently. It answers the many questions they have like "Why is it hard for kids with LD to learn?" and "What happens when you grow up?" It explains what LD means (and doesn't mean); describes the different kinds of LD; talks about what happens in LD programs; helps kids deal with sad, hurt, and angry feelings; suggests ways to get along better in school and at home; inspires them to set goals and plan for the future. Includes resources for parents and teachers.
 
Therapeutic Excercise in Developmental Disabilites , Barbara H. Connolly & Patricia Montgomery

  Therapeutic Exercise in Developmental Disabilities has been expanded and updated to include everything a student or professional needs to know when working with children with developmental disabilities. Utilizing a problem-solving approach, this comprehensive Third Edition enhances critical thinking and evaluation skills.
 
Towards Inclusion , Nancy Ruther, Ken Pike, Bruce Kappel, David Jory

  Guidebook about quality education for children with disabilities in Ontario.
 
Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working With Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD , David Nylund

  Leave it to David Nylund to reinvent Huckleberry Finn for a recreation of story, growth, strength, and decisiveness. The author engages his readers by giving permission to imagine success until they learn that even the label of ADD or ADHD can be a unique way to realize self-worth. Nylund's approach is imaginative, proactive, and truly therapeutic.
 
Views from our Shoes , Edited by Donald Meyer

  Growing up with a brother or sister with special needs.
 
Working with Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects , Deborah Rutman, Claude Louise Normand

  A collaborative research project funded by the Ministry of Social Services. A companion guide to working with families affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Effects. This book deals with experiences, needs and support strategies.
 
You Will Dream New Dreams: Inspiring Stories by Parents of Children With Disabilities , Stanley Klein & Kim Schive

  Includes pieces like "Hard Choices", on the painful decision to place a brain-damaged child in a group home, and "Getting to Know My Son", on a mother's struggle to accept and love a child with Down's Syndrome. Compiled by clinical psychologist Stanley D. Klein and Kim Schive, a former editor of Exceptional Parent magazine, the book offers emotional support to disabled children's families and should help educators and health care professionals better understand these parents' perpectives.
 
Crayola

  A great source of creative ideas and activities for children. Ideas for parents, educators and kids.
  http://www.crayola.com
Different Roads to Learning, for children with developemental disabilities

  Different roads to learning is an on-line catalogue of speciality toys and learning materials for children with developmental delays. A sight with a variety of resources, including manipulative toys, activities and multimedia materials.
  http://www.difflearn.com Contact : 1-800-853-1057
DLTK's Crafts for Kids

  DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, colouring pages and more including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of our children's favourite cartoon characters. The site is run by a mom of two girls (7 and 10 years old) and has been doing the site since the youngest was born.
  http://www.dltk-kids.com
Do2Learn

  Free picture cards, fun stuff, game ideas, directions and products available on-line for printing. This site has a Face Expression Activity - that is FREE. It enables the operator to experiment with a 3D face to create a variety of facial expressions for different emotions.
  http://www.do2learn.com
Finding activities for kids with special needs

  Find out about activities in the Sudbury/Manitoulin District for children with special needs.
  http://sudburybeststart.ca/topics/finding-activities-for-kids-with-special-needs/
HELP! ...WE'VE GOT KIDS The Complete Children's Resource Directory.

  Products, services, activities, programs. If your child needs it, you'll find it here!
  http://www.helpwevegotkids.com
Including ME

  Offers teaching materials for educators and parents of children with Autism and other special needs. Among these is the series of Playsteps books, which offer simple sequences showing toy construction with Lego and Tinker Toys. Simple but effective idea to teach independent and shared play skills.
  http://www.includingme.com
The Toy Theater

  Toy Theater is a collection of early learning activities to be used as another tool in the teachers toolbox. An eclectic "Theater" of learning toys, Toy Theater is a safe place to play and learn.
  http://www.toytheater.com/
A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder

  A great up-to-date resource providing information about Autism diagnosis, treatment, and much more.
  http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/index.shtml
ABACUS

  The ABACUS website aims to serve as the best possible source of information so that parents, caregivers, and the general community can be informed consumers of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Ontario.

This website is produced with support from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
  http://www.abacuslist.ca/
Asperger's Society of Ontario

  Education and information regarding Aspergers.
  http://www.aspergers.ca
Aspergernauts

  Your universe for Aspergers help, advice, and information.
  http://www.aspergernauts.co.uk/
Autism Central

  A central location for information sharing and resources on ASD and developmental disabilities in Canada.
  http://www.autismcentral.ca
Autism Ontario

  Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Members are connected through a volunteer network of 31 Chapters throughout the Province of Ontario.
We are guided by a Board of Directors, composed primarily of parents of individuals with autism, plus a host of volunteers and respected professionals who provide expertise and guidance to the Society on a volunteer basis.
  http://www.autismontario.com
Autism Society of Canada (ASC)

  Autism Society Canada (ASC) is a national incorporated non-profit charitable organization. It was founded in 1976 by a group of parents committed to advocacy, public education, information and referral, and support for its regional societies.
  http://www.autismcanada.ca
Autism Speaks Canada

  Autism affects 1 out of every 110 children and 1 in 70 boys.

Autism prevalence figures are growing. Now, more than ever, we need answers.

At Autism Speaks Canada, we are dedicated to finding the missing pieces of the puzzle and to bringing hope to those living with autism every day.


With your support and through our programs of research, family services, public awareness and advocacy, we will achieve our goals.
  http://www.autismspeaks.ca
Autistic Spectrum Disorders

  This website includes information about Autism and Asperger syndrome.
  http://www.nas.org.uk
Ed Mahony - Information on Advocating For Your Child , Ed Mahony

  Ed Mahnoy's website provides information and guidelines for positive advocacy for a child on the Autism Spectrum. Information covered in this site includes;

Special Education Legislation
What really counts in IEPs
IPRCs
Understanding the reality of Ontario Schools
Approaches to working with staff that really work.
Meetings
The legal framework surrounding special education: The Special Education Tribunal and the Ontario Human Rights
Commission - A review of key decisions.
Secondary schools
  http://www.sites.google.com/site/edmahonyadvocacy/
Geneva Centre for Austism

  Information and education regarding autism.
  http://www.autism.net
MagnusCards

  MagnusCards is a free mobile application that can be used by parents and community partners to create digital social stories to build life skills for independent living and community involvement.
  http://www.magnusmode.com
OASIS (Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support)

  Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS). This web site provides articles, educational resources, links to local, national and international support groups, sources of professional help, lists of camps and schools, conference information, recommended reading, and moderated support message boards.
  http://www.aspergersyndrome.org/
Ontario Autism Coalition

  The Ontario Autism Coalition formed in 2005 and has grown into an Ontario-wide organization with over 600 members. The OAC has organized over 20 rallies to draw public attention to the need for publicly funded programs that effectively meet the needs of individuals in the Autism community. We have also met with countless government policy advisors, senior provincial Cabinet Ministers and M.P.P.?s to make our case.
  http://www.ontarioautismcoalition.com
The Autism News

  General information site about Autism.
  http://www.theautismnews.com/
Abilities Magazine

  ABILITIES is Canada's foremost cross-disability lifestyle magazine. It is widely read by people with disabilities, their families, friends and professionals.
In addition to its subscriber base, ABILITIES is circulated to every organization across Canada committed to the advancement and well-being of people with disabilities, as well as thousands of professionals, corporations and government agencies.

Go to the website to subscribe or view past issues.
  http://www.abilities.ca
ADDISS

  ADDISS provides information and support for parents, sufferers and professionals in the fields of ADHD and related learning and behavioural difficulties. ADDISS' activity is supported by their Professional Board of expert advisers.
  http://www.addiss.co.uk
Cerebral Palsy Consortium

  The Cerebral Palsy Consortium (CPC) is an infrastructure aiming to facilitate social participation of children 0- to-18-years old. living with cerebral palsy.
  http://www.consortiumpc.ca/
Epilepsy Canada

  National site for families affected by Epilepsy. The site includes facts, information and guides for children and teens.
  http://www.epilepsy.ca/
Family Alliance Ontario

  Family Alliance Ontario is an alliance of citizens that offers knowledge, tools and networking opportunities to individuals with disabilities and their families to assist them to realize a vision that includes having valued relationships, choice and control in their lives, and enables inclusion through meaningful contribution and participation in their communities.

For more information, please visit their website.
  http://family-alliance.netfirms.com/family-alliance.com/index.html
Fraser - Special Needs, Bright Futures

  Fraser is a nonprofit organization that assists children , adolescents and adults in the United States.
Their website offers helpful information about a variety of special needs. You can also view and print tip sheets regarding specific disabilities.
  http://www.fraser.org
Inclusion Network

  A website about inclusion for children with various special needs. The website includes a list of resources, newsletters as well as workshops.
  http://www.inclusion.com
L'Arche Canada

  L'Arche is a unique vision of care giving and community building that fosters inclusion, understanding and belonging. In nearly 200 small homes and day settings across Canada, caregivers and volunteers from diverse cultures and backgrounds share deeply committed relationships with people with developmental disabilities. Every year L'Arche has a transformative impact on the lives of hundreds of young people who assist in L'Arche settings.
  http://www.larche.ca/
OASIS (Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs)

  Their mission is to facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources and information by liaising with government on behalf of their member organizations.
  http://www.oasisonline.ca/
Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy

  The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy is a non-profit, charitable organization with a mandate to address the changing needs of people in Ontario with cerebral palsy.
  http://www.ofcp.ca
Ontario March of Dimes

  Assistive Devices Progam: May provide partial funding for certain types of communication and mobility equipment.

Home and Vehicle Modification Program: May provide partial funding on certain home or vehicle modifications.

For more information please see The Ontario March of Dimes website.
  http://www.marchofdimes.ca
Partners for Planning Resource Network

  Partners for planning is a future planning resource for people with a disability, their families, and caregivers. They also provide excellent online webcasts covering a variety of relevant topics. Visit their website to find out about upcoming webcasts.
  http://www.partnersforplanning.ca
Social Skill Builder

  This resource was founded by a speech language pathologists who has developed interactive CD-ROM computer programs that target understanding and use of every day social skills in children with a variety of disorders and delays.
  http://www.socialskillbuilder.com/
Special Olympics Canada

  Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.
  http://www.specialolympics.ca/
The Easter Seals Society

  Various Child, Youth and Young Adult Programs:
-Camp and Recreational Programs
-Financial Assistance
-Scholarships
-Grant Programs

For more information please visit The Easter Seals Society website.
  http://www.easterseals.org
Welcome to the Neuro-Patient Resource Centre

  The Neuro-Patient Resource Centre of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is a part of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). We can help you to find good, reliable, up-to-date information on neurological diseases, disorders and treatments. The Centre is also able to give you information on resources at the MUHC and in the community.
  http://infoneuro.mcgill.ca/
abcteach

  This is the place for kids, parents, student teachers, and teachers. 5000+ free printable pages and worksheets are available for a variety of different activities and subjects.
  http://abcteach.com/
Ask Nanny

  This site provides help and advise to anyone caring for a child. A child development chart can also be found to help monitor your child's developmental milestones
  http://www.ask-nanny.com
Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development

  This web site is dedicated to providing the latest and best information on child mental health problems and the influences that shape the developmental health and well-being of children and youth.
  http://www.offordcentre.com
Mayo Clinic

  The site provides information and services from the world's first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group medical practice. Manage your health with information and tools that reflect the expertise of Mayo's 2,500 physicians and scientists, learn how to access medical services, and discover Mayo's medical research and education offerings.
  http://www.mayoclinic.com
Mind Reading

  This is a unique reference work covering the entire spectrum of human emotions. Using the software you can explore over 400 emotions, seeing and hearing each one performed by six different people.
  http://www.jkp.com/mindreading/
PubMed

  This site is a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health. It provides access to full text journal articles.
  http://www.pubmed.gov
Super Duper Inc.

  A great site. A supplier of speech and language materials with an extensive catalogue and FREE shipping to US and Canada.
  http://www.superduperinc.com Contact : 1-864-288-3426
211 Ontario

  Directory of accurate and up-to-date information on Ontario services provided by nonprofit, community-based organizations or the public sector.
  http://www.211ontario.ca/main.htm
Best Start Hubs

  Information relating to your local Best Start Hubs.
  http://www.sudburyfamilies.ca
Ministry of Children and Youth Services

  In 2003, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services was created to make it easier for families to find the services to give kids the best start in life, make it easier for families to access the services they need at all stages of a child's development, and help youth become productive adults.

This site includes information about current developments within the ministry and programs and services funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
  http://www.children.gov.on.ca
Ministry of Education

  We are the ministry that administers the system of publicly funded elementary and secondary school education in Ontario.
  http://www.edu.gov.on.ca
Ontario Early Years

  This web site is a place where you can find answers to frequently asked questions about Ontario Early Years Centres. It also features a library of information about the first six years of your child's life.
  http://www.oeyc.ca
Reach for the Rainbows - Integrated Camp Programs

  Reach for the Rainbows partners with camps and provides a one-to-one support worker for children with special needs to enable the child to attend. Please visit their website to find out more about how the program works and for details regarding costs.
  http://www.reachfortherainbow.ca
Canadian Mental Health Association

  The Canadian Mental Health Association is a nation-wide, charitable organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
  http://www.cmha.ca/bins/index.asp
CHEO

  CHEO is a pediatric health and research center providing outstanding family-centered patient care, pioneering breakthrough research, and training the health care professionals of tomorrow.
  http://www.cheo.on.ca
eMentalHealth.ca

  Your online mental health resource.
  http://ementalhealth.ca/sudbury/en/_Mental_Health_Resource_Directory_a100_b1.html
Kids Health

  This site provides information on a multitude of issues experienced by both children and youth. It includes links for parents, children and teens.
  http://www.kidshealth.org
Kidsaid (by kids)

  Kidsaid is a safe place for kids to help each other deal with grief and loss. It's a place to deal with feelings in the e-mail support group, to share and view artwork and stories, and for parents and kids to ask questions and find answers.
  http://www.kidsaid.com
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC)

  Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC) is the national voice for persons with learning disabilities and those who support them. LDAC is dedicated to a level playing field for individuals with learning disabilities to enable them to function as citizens with equitable opportunities and to develop to their chosen potential. LDAC accomplishes these goals through public awareness about the nature and impact of learning disabilities, advocacy, research, health, education and collaborative efforts.
  http://www.ldac-acta.ca/
Mind Your Mind

  mindyourmind.ca is an award winning site for youth by youth. This is a place where you can get info, resources and the tools to help you manage stress, crisis and mental health problems. Share what you live and what you know with your friends.
  http://www.mindyourmind.ca
National Institute on Drug Abuse

  NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.

The site includes links for parents, youth, and professionals.
  http://www.nida.nih.gov
Triple P Parenting Program

  Whether you’re a parent, a practitioner or an organization that works with parents, the international award winning Triple P – Positive Parenting Program®, backed by over 25 years of clinically proven, world wide research, has the answers to your parenting questions and needs. We have the knowledge and evidence to prove that Triple P works for many different families, in many different circumstances, with many different problems, in many different places! Whether you’re the parent of a tantrum throwing toddler, a truant teenager or an organization that wants to implement Triple P across the country, this web site has the information and tools you need.
  http://www.triplep.net
"All About Me" package

  This package can be downloaded and completed by parents to provide valuable information to their CHAP/respite worker regarding their child. It covers information about a child's needs, likes, dislikes, routines and more.
Please click on the web link to view/print the package.
  http://www.ccnsudbury.on.ca/en/AllAboutMe.pdf
Activities List

  This is a list of activities that take place in the Sudbury and Manitoulin District. The list is categorized by season and includes information about prices as well as well as costs for respite workers as some places offer free admission for support workers.
It is a comprehensive and helpful resource package that includes many activities that are free.

To view/print the package, please click on the web link.
  http://www.ccnsudbury.on.ca/en/ActivityList.pdf
FINDS Directory

  A comprehensive directory of resources for parents. The directory includes resources for a variety of different needs.
  http://www.ccnsudbury.on.ca/en/FINDS2015.pdf
Handbook to Assist Parents in the Training of a Respite Worker

  This handbook will assist parents in ensuring a meaningful respite experience for themselves and their child. Parents will find information to help develop a profile of their child that will provide invaluable information to their respite worker. It will also help parents to define the type of assistance they are seeking as well as identifying the specific roles and responsibilities of their respite worker.
Please click on the following link to download a copy of the handbook.
  http://www.ccnsudbury.on.ca/en/handbook.pdf
Transitions Directory

  A community resource directory that can be helpful in preparing for the transition to adult services.
  http://www.ccnsudbury.on.ca/en/TransitionResourceDirectory2015update.pdf



Adults 18+

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