Special Needs External Resources

Diagnostic Information and Resources

You can find reliable information for professionals and parents on topics including diagnostic information sheets, specific programming ideas, programming resources, and referral services on these websites

Apraxia Kids
www.apraxia-kids.org

Autism Ontario
www.autismontario.com

Canadian Down Syndrome Society
www.cdss.ca

Community Living Ontario
www.cltoronto.ca

ConnectABILITY
www.connectability.ca

Developmental Services Toronto
www.dsto.com

Epilepsy Ontario
www.epilepsyontario.org

Geneva Centre For Autism
www.autism.net

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
www.ldac-acta.ca

Muscular Dystrophy Canada
https://muscle.ca/

Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders
www.oafccd.com

Ontario Brain Injury Association
www.obia.on.ca

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy
www.ofcp.ca

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada
www.sbhac.ca

Surrey Place Centre
www.surreyplace.ca

The Easter Seal Society
www.easterseals.org

Safe Kids Canada (Hospital for Sick Children)
www.safekidscanada.ca

The Special Life – Tips and Tools for Special Needs
www.thespeciallife.com


Children’s Mental Health

For help with understanding mental health issues, finding a directory of mental health services available in Ontario, or on line education and resources for a variety of mental health issues including resilience, the following websites offer a good overview. Children's Mental Health Ontario www.kidsmentalhealth.ca Mental Health First Aid www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca Parents for Children’s Mental Health www.pcmh.ca The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario www.onthepoint.ca

Blind/Low Vision Early Intervention Program in Ontario

When children are diagnosed with blindness or low vision, a referral can be made to the local Blind - Low Vision Program by a physician, ophthalmologist, optometrist, parent or caregiver. The Blind - Low Vision program offers three types of services: Family Support, Intervention Services, Consultation Services. There is a full description of current services on their website.